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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review
7 January 2013
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 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
Conclusion: With a fast quad-core processor, a big, gorgeous display, and features galore, the Samsung Galaxy Note II delivers almost everything a huge-screen smartphone should—just make sure you look at the HTC Droid DNA first.
Pros: Massive high-definition screen. Fast quad-core processor. Includes a pressure-sensitive stylus and well-designed note-taking and drawing software. Runs Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" out of the box. Good call quality. Stellar battery life.
Cons: Very large. A few minor hiccups in gaming performance. Samsung's heavy UI layer isn't to everyone's taste.
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would have been awarded 5 out of 5 if not for a some jarring UI glitches. Admittedly, its design is also weaker than we would have hoped for a handset costing £528 offline , but what the Note 2 does deliver is the best pen integration of any smartphone available. It also offers the best gaming performance, video playback performance, most considered user interface and amongst the best battery life around.
Conclusion: As we said, you just need to eye over our original Note 2 review to know that unless Samsung did something drastically wrong, the Note 2 LTE would be at the very least good. As it stands, it’s better than that, it’s great. The hardware in isolation could be the best phone out there thanks to its huge, sharp screen, great performance, smart features and strong camera, not to mention LTE on EE taking full advantage of all of these.
Pros: 4G connectivity ensures it is fast, Great screen, Outstanding hardware
Cons: Large size isn't for everyone, TouchWiz can be complicated, Expensive on 4G plans
Summary: Revamped phablet. The sleeves are too short or it tweaks at the waist - a clear case for a half-size. This was likely what Samsung thought when designing the Galaxy Note. The second edition just cannot be pigeonholed into a standard size. It is now even a bit bigger - and extremely fast.
Pros: Good workmanship, Very big screen, Powerful platform, Viewing angle stable, high-contrast screen, Very long battery runtime, Fairly good camera, Wi-Fi for 2.4 and 5 GHz, The courage to bridge the gap or, better, to fill the niche. Samsung does not need to fear competition in this size category up to this date. The uncompromising performance matches perfectly to that.
Cons: Mediocre choice of materials, Averagely bright screen, Slight bluish cast, Limited mobility, No LTE, A higher-quality material impression and a bit more brightness. LTE would be the icing on the cake.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note II is big. Colossally big. Comically big. Write down any adjective you can think of to modify how to describe something large and it will most likely fit the description of the Galaxy Note II. It's important to get that inescapable description out of the way because anyone who sees or holds the Galaxy Note II will have no choice but to be taken aback by how large is the phone-meets-tablet.
Pros: Excellent camera and unique software capabilities because of S Pen and 5.5-inch screen
Cons: Large size may be too much for many users to overcome
Excerpt: The Good - Big, beautiful screen - Considerable processing power - Long battery life - S Pen The Bad - Occasional feature overload - Volume button placement - Drops some good Android 4.1 UI features - Capacitive buttons can be hit by accident When the Galaxy Note debuted last year, it did so largely to confused reviews from the tech press. Was this a phone? A tablet? Some misbegotten amalgamation of the two?
Pros: - Big, beautiful screen - Considerable processing power - Long battery life - S Pen
Cons: - Occasional feature overload - Volume button placement - Drops some good Android 4.1 UI features - Capacitive buttons can be hit by accident
Summary: We like big phones and we cannot lie. From its huge 5.5-inch display to the improved S Pen and quad-core CPU, Samsung took everything we loved about the original Note and supersized it while providing the longest battery life you can get on a 4G phone. Not everyone will want to spend $299 or use a 5.5-inch phone, but those who like the idea of a carrying a pen-enabled handset should look no further than innovative, powerful Galaxy Note II.
Pros: Epic battery life, Good pen performance, Strong graphics and performance, Blistering 4G LTE speed, Large display with sharp details and bright colors, Fast camera
Cons: Size can be somewhat overwhelming, Pricey, Multitasking features not available in U.S.
Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)
24 October 2012
Conclusion: Sure, there’s a premium price attached to the Samsung Galaxy Note II , but there’s a very good reason for that. In T-Mobile’s case, they’re asking a mind-blowing $369.99 for the Note II – and that’s with a 2-year contract ($649.99 outright), while AT&T and Sprint are selling it for $299.
Pros: Best HD Super AMOLED screen from Samsung to date, Excellent battery life, Deep integrated S Pen features, Perfect for browsing the web, Powerful quad-core processor