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Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) Review
3 February 2014
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note II will set you back a whopping Rs 40,000 and while that is a lot, you are getting a whole lot more than just an Android phone. So it does offer a lot more value than the S III. The Note II is possibly the first phone to ship with Google’s latest version of Android, so there’s a big plus right there.
Excerpt: Samsung entered the market with their 5.3-inch Galaxy Note not expecting it to sell well, but they pretty much single-handedly created the 'phablet' market we all know and love today. Before the Galaxy Note was released, smartphones at the 5-inch market were laughed at, and considered tablets. Samsung changed all of that.
Excerpt: What happens when the Samsung Galaxy S 4 arrives and takes away all the attention from the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a phone that seemed to possess the best that Samsung had to offer? Is that still true, or is it time to upgrade something fresher?
Excerpt: The original Samsung Galaxy Note was a concept that really shouldn't have succeeded; a phone with a finger-stretching 5.3-inch screen by rights should be a laughable spectacle, yet it found a receptive audience and at the time of writing has sold five million units worldwide. Such was its popularity that Samsung has released a successor in double-quick time, and true to form has equipped it with an even larger display.
Conclusion: There's not much not to like with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It's virtually better in about all areas compared to the original Note. It's got a slightly larger screen size, much faster with 2 extra cores making it a Quad-Core, better graphics processing unit, more system memory (RAM), more internal storage with a 64GB model, significantly better battery life from a larger capacity batter, a new Android operating system that is stable, more features throughout, just...
Summary: In the last four weeks, I have really enjoyed getting to know my Note II. I know there are a lot of things that I still need to learn about it. I also can see me writing about it quite a bit, which judging by your comments is something that a lot of you would like. I am primarily a weekend writer, so keep an eye out on Saturdays and Sundays for more about the Note II.
Excerpt: To say that the original Galaxy Note was a game-changer is a bit of an understatement. It is said that the best marketing move is not by catering to an existing need, it is creating a need that wasn’t there before. The original Galaxy Note is among the best examples of.
Summary: I mentioned in my unboxing that my overall impression of the Galaxy Note II was that Samsung’s designers had taken a Galaxy S III, used the resize tool on it, and added a stylus. And this, I think, is the Galaxy Note II’s downfall. It isn’t bad, but it could have been better than it is.
Conclusion: For people who see the appeal of a big screen smartphone, the Galaxy Note II is one of the best specimens of the type available today. The closest competition is the LG Optimus Vu/Intuition, which is too inelegant and blocky to compete with the Note on design and looks. HTC's Droid DNA comes close with a design that feels more phone-like and a far denser display, but can't match Samsung on performance or battery life.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Buttery-smooth performance, Outstanding battery life, Wi-Fi calling, S Pen is becoming legitimately useful
Cons: Display remains imperfect, Paucity of good stylus apps, Plastic construction, S Planner is a downgrade from default Calendar app