Samsung Galaxy Note II

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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 Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.1

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.9 inches
Width 3.2 inches
Thickness 0.37 inches
Weight 0.4 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White, Grey
Loudspeaker Yes

Display

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

Connectivity

Carriers Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Media streaming DLNA, AllShare

Processor

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

Memory

RAM size 2 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 64 GB, 32 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

Software

Operating system Android
Skin TouchWiz
Launch OS version 4.1

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

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

Battery

Capacity 3100 mAh
Removable Yes

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9.0

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    Reviewed by vgerson (Currently owns)

    The galay note 2 has a 5.5 inch screen and great battery life (I can easily go a whole day of moderate use without having to charge the battery). My personal cons about the device includes touchwiz (not a fan, i use nova launcher pro instead) and also the paint wears off on the outside of the phone after a few months.

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    Reviewed by Krishna Vamsee (Currently owns)

    I love the wacom digitizer technology that works with the S Pen . However S Pen is the super star of the device . It has one of the best processor in the market It is the best multi- tasking in all of the devices till date . Even though it hasn't spread the 32GB and 64 GB version world wide it has got expandable storage upto 64 GB which is everything .It has an awesome notification panel with quick access settings, expandable notifications ,and we can even control music and a whole lot of awesome stuff.....................
    However the big size can pose a problem for small hands. The one handed operation has made it easy . The international version however lacks 4G LTE .........................................................
    Over all it's an awesome device.....................................

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    Reviewed by Krishna Vamsee (Currently owns)

    I love the wacom digitizer technology that works with the S Pen . However S Pen is the super star of the device . It has one of the best processor in the market It is the best multi- tasking in all of the devices till date . Even though it hasn't spread the 32GB and 64 GB version world wide it has got expandable storage upto 64 GB which is everything .It has an awesome notification panel with quick access settings, expandable notifications ,and we can even control music and a whole lot of awesome stuff.....................
    However the big size can pose a problem for small hands. The one handed operation has made it easy . The international version however lacks 4G LTE .........................................................
    Over all it's an awesome device.....................................

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    Reviewed by cheeto0 (Currently owns)

    Definitely the best phone of 2012. It may not be for everyone because of the size, but after 2 weeks I got more used to it than I thought. IMO its a game changer. Battery lasts forever, It's especially a game changer when you root it and enable multi window for every app. Its an amazing productivity tool for a phone. I have 2 windows open alot of the time. Youtube+browser, newsreader+brower, email+browser, I've owned multiple iphones, droid bionic, galaxy nexus, and galaxy s3. Currently using the nexus 4 and note 2.

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    Reviewed by yoipyioyu (Previously owned)

    Hello everyone

    The G-sensor doesn't seem to work when the screen is off.
    I am using 2 Galaxy Samsung.
    I tried Justflip to flip to turn on the screen. The screen wasn't on at all.
    Please tell me if the is a fix for this bug.

    Thank you.

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    Reviewed by iEnthusiast (Currently owns)

    One of THE best phones I have used. It took me a few days to get used to the size, but after that it was a pleasure to use this phone. I find myself using the phone more and more. I have barely used my iPad ever since I got this. Samsung hit a home run with the Note II. I can't imagine going back to a smaller screen. MUST BUY!

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    Reviewed by HotelQuebec (Currently owns)

    CLEARLY THE BEST PHONE OF 2012

    - Industry leading Exysnos 4412 1.6GHz CPU and GPU performance that flies through demanding new games like Need for Speed Most Wanted without a hiccup.

    - Transforms into a laptop/desktop/game console/media streamer with Smart Dock with HDMI output, USB connections and speaker out.

    - 5.5" SAMOLED display with pure black, vibrant colors and free of LCD abnormalities such as non-uniformity, backlight bleed, etc.

    - Industry first productivity and creativity phone tablet to combine the best features of Jelly Bean with Samsung's multitasking, Wacom pen enabled applications and much more.

    - Incredible battery life with 7-8 hours of screen on time that rivals full size tablets.

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    Reviewed by societyofra (Currently owns)

    A Phone? A Tablet? A Dockable PC?

    "The answer is all of the above!

    I can tell you that this device does it all by adding S Pen/WACOM and USB OTG functionality while boasting improvements to both hardware and software over the original Galaxy Note. The battery life under heavy usage will now last an entire work day!

    PHONE: Used mainly as a speaker phone with note taking capabilities or multi-tasking of any other kind including the ability to view and join contacts to the current call or text a quick message based on your current call. Bluetooth enabled for privacy and hands-free with exceptional range and voice-command options. Large dialer perfect for driving or the visually impaired.

    TABLET: With the Quad-Core and 2GB of RAM; enhanced video playback, gaming and photo editing is smooth and full featured. The ease-of-use for web browsing and navigation is increased with the enhanced S Pen which also acts like a mouse. The keyboard is large and easy to navigate with a number of input options already pre-loaded including improved handwriting recognition.

    PC: When coupled with an OTG cable and AllShare Hub, your device acts as both PC and a WACOM Tablet. You can then connect a USB/BT wireless mouse and keyboard, external hard drive, card reader and even a DVD R/W. (Requires a powered USB hub). If you own a Samsung Smart TV, you can enable All Share and simply broadcast your phone's screen to the TV in HD without requiring an AllShare hub.

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    Reviewed by Synth (Currently owns)

    Lets talk about size right off the bat, because lets face it, that's really the reason why you're here.

    It took me a about two weeks to really get a good feel if I was for or against the size. After the initial novelty of having a huge phone wore off I quickly stooped to disliking the two hand aspect of this phone. Having to change my mindset from my previous phone (Galaxy Nexus) to the Note just felt annoying, but after sticking it out I finally came round in a big way. I love this screen and I really do think there is a strong argument that 5 inch and above is the perfect fit (for me at least) for a phone.
    But the special really stops there.

    Despite its great CPU, I found that I was getting much less than 60fps on some racing games that performed flawlessly on my old Galaxy Nexus and iPod Touch. Other than some games I found the performance to be pretty good.

    The other big feature of the Note is the stylus. It's pointless. The screen isn't big enough to write anything of meaning, and for quick notes it's much quicker to just type it with the large two handed keypad. The Samsung Note apps are ok at best but without any notable third party apps that excel the technology I found myself never returning to the stylus.

    After coming from stock Android to Samsung's Touchwiz you quickly wish you never left. The OS sucks up so much of the ram you hardly notice the extra gig you find over most other phones. And with no CM or the other major Android roms getting any meaningful development, your stuck running a launcher over the top just for a sliver of customisation.

    The Android ecosystem still lacks compared iOS both in quantity and quality (but mainly quality). A few apps look a little out of place on the big screen (text not formatting properly an issue I saw a several times) or would just be buggy and crash.

    Wrap up:
    Ok phone, nothing special. Holding onto it for now as the screen is just too hard to pass up but the rest could be forgotten easily. Some rom development may save the Note but until then I'm keeping a look out for my next...

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    Reviewed by charbar13 (Previously owned)

    The problem I had with this phone is it's just too big. The whole phablet deal isn't worth buying in to. But Samsung makes it almost seem possible to enjoy. If you have huge hands, this phone could fit the bill. However, for a lot of people this won't work because of its size. If you want a phone, keep it under 5". The Galaxy S3 is a better phone to work with, and I even found that it was on the edge of "too big'ness". Good hardware and packaging, just not practical for many (or so I think).

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