Samsung Galaxy Note II Smartphone Review

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The Galaxy Note II is a refinement of the original Galaxy Note, with design language borrowed from the popular Galaxy S III. The Note II’s got more rounded corners than the original, along with a metallic, chrome band that runs around the edges of the device.


The Samsung Galaxy Note II in White. Grey will also be available.

The Galaxy Note II is a refinement of the original Galaxy Note, with design language borrowed from the popular Galaxy S III. The Note II’s got more rounded corners than the original, along with a metallic, chrome band that runs around the edges of the device.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G 4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr 4.48 ounces
Nexus S 4.55 ounces
HTC One X 4.58 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible 4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4 4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S 4.9 ounces
LG Spectrum 4.99 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge 5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx 5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic 5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G 5.6 ounces
HTC EVO 3D 6 ounces
Samsung Galaxy Note II 6.34 ounces

 
Looking at the weight and dimensions for other high-end smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy Note II may seem gargantuan by comparison, but it’s really not. Yes, this thing is big—no doubt about it. But it’s only about 1/4" taller and wider than the Galaxy S III, and the weight wasn’t an issue at all. At first glance, the Note II will seem “too big” to most people, but once you use the device for any length of time, size no longer seems to be an issue. The Note II is still easily pocketable and the large screen makes for an excellent user experience in our opinion. There's a reason Samsung has sold millions of the original Note around the world and the device has such a following.

 
Samsung Galaxy Note II / Galaxy S III Size Comparison

The Galaxy Note II’s build quality is very good, but there are some quibbles to mention. Because the Note II has a removable battery cover made of a plastic composite material, the back of the device doesn’t feel quite as solid as those on phones that don’t have any removable panels. The chrome band around the device is also easily scratched and feels like a soft plastic, although it does look like metal.

As we’ve mentioned, the front of the device features the front facing camera (1.9MP), notification LED, ear-piece and proximity sensor. At the bottom front are capacitive back and menu buttons, along with a physical home button. The 5.5” screen, however, dominates the front of the device.


On the back you’ll find the Note II’s 8MP rear camera with LED flash, a small speaker grill, as well as the cutout for the S-Pen. The bottom of the device houses its micro-USB port and main microphone; the top of the device has a 3.5mm headphone jack and the noise cancelling microphone. The right side is bare save for the Note II’s power button and the left side is home only to the volume rocker.
 

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Yeah; I have been watching this one for quite a while, and on my next upgrade it will most likely be the one I go for. The problem is that is not until next April by then there mat very well be worthwhile competition. I use my Sensation for now which I got a couple of days prior to release and it is as well as has been an outstanding phone. I have gotten where I process pretty consistent business over the web now in my several channels and use the GPS, programs, take credit cards etc as well as do some live web replies/conversations with perspective customers as well as onsite submissions so a little bigger display especially with the active pen input will be great to.

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Samsung has been relatively prompt and punctual regarding their Android 4.0 updates, which is good news for Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note owners. The international version of the Galaxy S II received it’s update in March, and now check out 5 New Features added in the AT&T Galaxy Note Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update

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One of our retirees bought one recently and brought it round to show the populace - of course it hasn't received anywhere near the publicity provided the iPhone5, but that's par for the course here in Sweden ; I doubt that the Second Coming would inspire journalists here as much as the latest and greatest from Cupertino. Be that as it may, I hope the learning curve for this device isn't too steep - some of our club members are no doubt going to be asking me for help with this beast, and I don't even own a mobile phone, much less Samsung's top-of-the-line....

Henri

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We seem to be hitting a nice pocket of specialized devices now from all sides the mini iPad is out this Samsung note 2 the Surface the Fire HD etc etc and the all in many ways fit into the same area even though there just as different as alike in many ways. The RT surface and this one from Samsung both in there own way seems to be above the rest as well as special in there own unique ways as well.

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I desperately wanted the original SG Note, it reminded me of my beloved Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC. I will be getting a Galaxy Note 2 with my Tax refund!

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I am always loyal to Samsung.

So will be to Galaxy Note II.:)

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Seems legit :D

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How is the battery life on this phone with Juicedefender installed?

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from what i hear with out juice defender the battery lasts all day long with lots of usage. so with juice defender i can possibly see battery lasting over a day

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Portability to me requires one thing... how long will it last?

Honestly I like the design and size. The stylus makes me think of it as much more than a phone or mobile app device.

Overall, a great design, and marvellous specs. I'd throw money in for something like this. It certainly beats my current fling. The EVO 3D. Honestly the best thing of the EVO is the Sense software provided by HTC.

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