Samsung Galaxy Note II (AT&T)

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I must start my review of the Galaxy Note II by admitting that I misjudged the original Galaxy Note. After a week with that device, it was my conclusion that Samsung had put together a great package of technical innovations whose premise of an oversized, stylus-equipped smartphone wouldn’t find a receptive audience. As it turned out, Samsung’s native South Korea fell in love with the 5.3-inch Note, which went on to sell over 10 million units in its first year on the market. As unique and...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.4 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 5.5 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.1

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Tech Specs


Height 5.95 inches
Width 3.17 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.4 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White, Grey
Loudspeaker Yes


Screen size (diagonal) 5.5 inches
Technology Super AMOLED HD
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 720 px
PPI 267
Touchscreen type Capacitive


Carriers AT&T
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS frequencies supported 2100, 1900, 850
LTE frequencies supported 1700
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Media streaming DLNA, AllShare


Manufacturer Samsung
Brand / family Exynos
Model 4412
Clock speed 1.6 GHz
Number of cores 4


Manufacturer ARM
Model Mali-400 MP4


RAM size 2 GB


Internal size 16 GB
External Yes
Max external size 64 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 1.9 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p


Operating system Android
Skin TouchWiz
Launch OS version 4.1


Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL


Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer


Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Yes

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by quarlow (Currently owns)

    I have had my Note II about a month.

    I love this phone. I haven't felt this impressed and instantly in love with any device before.

    I really like the fit and finish of the phone. Feels more solid and better built than the One X I had. I have the titanium gray version. I really like the brushed metal effect under the glass. This is my first phone with a case. With the size and cost of the device I wanted something to protect the corners from potential drops.

    This device leaves me with no wants. No "it'd be nice if it..." statements.

    I find the screen easily on par with the One X screen in actual use. Can't see the pixels, viewable outdoors, color reproduction feels the same.

    Performance behemoth. Only time I see hesitation or stutters is in known trouble apps like Chrome and Facebook. Cannot fault the phone for poorly coded apps. Whether I am using multiple apps with Multi-View or pop up play, or both, its always super smooth and responsive.

    Battery that actually lasts me a whole day. I am a power user, and was used to charging my GS II twice before bed time, the One X once, and the Note II has battery left over.

    Camera could be better in low light, but otherwise its great, and really fast. Call quality is what it is. Who uses a phone for phone calls anyway?

    TouchWiz is just awesome. No CM/AOKP for me. Sure, there are a lot of features I don't use, but there are some simple incredible features I use all the time. Smart Stay, Smart Alert, Pop Up Play, Multi-View, and AllShare Cast come to mind quickly.

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    • Software 10
    • Battery life 10
    • Ecosystem 9
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