The Astounding, Astonishing, Whopping Power Of The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – A Review
Without doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has been one of the most highly anticipated smartphones for the year 2012. It packs a lot of punch in its tremendous 5.5 inch frame. Equipped with a fast 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 4G LTE cellular connectivity, up to 64 GB of dedicated storage space, and all the goodness which you can expect from a modern, super smartphone.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was first released by Samsung on 26 September 2012, and based on input from the distributors, is currently available in up to 128 countries worldwide. You may therefore either order it online, or purchase it locally from your tech stores. The “phablet” (phone and table in one) will be officially launched in Australia on November 14 by several local networks. Though there are no official announcement yet from Aussie telcos, the N7105 model which is 4G compatible could be released by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone.
Where To Buy In Australia
Australian customers can nevertheless purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 online from Ebay Australia, Mobicity Australia, Expansys Australia, as well as a number of other web-based stores. You can also purchase the product from local retail outlets in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Canberra, or where ever you may be based in.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 16GB (Marble White) – AU $580.00
2. Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 Unlocked GSM International Version White – US $673.00
Do note that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is available in 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage capacity variants, each expandable by an extra 64GB using a microSD card, and prices of these models vary based on their varying specifications.
Review of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Features and Specifications
So, does the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone live up to its hype? What makes it different from other smartphones? Let’s find out!
Here are the key features of Samsung Galaxy Note 2
This smartphone, just like its predecessor, comes with a stylus called the S Pen. The S Pen can do a lot of things like doing an S Note, editing your S Planner, sending an email with handwriting integration, using Quick Command, Easy Clip, Photo Note, Paper Artist, and is capable of recognizing handwritten shapes and formula. The device has an S Pen keeper which notifies you when you leave without placing the S Pen on its slot.
With Air View, you can browse your gallery, files, messages, email and calendar without opening a folder or album. Simply take your S Pen; hover it over the album you want to preview; and you’ll have a 3 x 3 picture gallery preview of that album.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is also good at multitasking. You can open and work on two different apps at the same time. The screen will be divided in to two windows and you can simultaneously use the two open apps. This is done by tapping and holding the back button until the multitasking bar appear. Then, just drag the two apps that you want to open on to the screen.
Those are just some of the key selling features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Others include the Pop-up video where you can watch a video while doing something else with the device; the Quick Command where you can do tasks by just writing pre-formatted symbols and gestures; the Easy Clip where by just pressing the S Pen button, you can copy on the clipboard an object by just outlining the same; and the Pop up note, just press the S Pen button and tap onto the screen twice, the Pop up Note will come out so you can take important note even if you are in the middle of a call. Those are just a few great features of the Note 2 and many are covered by the video review below.
Let’s now take the Specifications of the Note 2.
The Note 2 sports a stunning 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display which has a 1,280 x 720 resolution. At landscape, the display does great when playing HD videos. With such a big display, you can see more content on the screen especially when you are browsing text messages and email and when browsing a website.
As of most of Samsung’s earlier phones, the body of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is made from plastic, which may be a slight turn-off for some potential buyers. That being said, the quality of the build has been drastically improved over the original Note. The phone also feels and looks like the Galaxy S3 but the corners are less rounded. The phone is quite large in size, owing to its massive 5.5 inch screen, and weighs 6.4 ounces. If the size is not an issue with you, take the Note 2. If you feel uncomfortable with the size but wants more of the features of the phone, just take the Galaxy S3.
Another great feature of the Note 2 is its camera. It features 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Rear Camera with LED Flash and 1.9 Megapixel front-facing Camera. The camera takes stunning photos on any light conditions. You can adjust its settings to take the best photo in a given light condition. It has a feature called “Best Photo” where multiple shots; the camera detects faces and you can choose which face among those shots you think looks the best.
Video Review by PhoneDog.com
To counter the high power consumption of the 1.6GHz quad-core processor and the huge AMOLED screen, Samsung added whopping a 3100 mAh Lithium-Ion battery to the phone. The phone can last for an entire day with normal wireless usage.
Wi-Fi And Cellular Connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone supports cellular connectivity based on 4G standards, uses WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40, incorporates NFC, a USB 2.0 Host, and also features Bluetooth v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE.
If a smartphone does not make good phone calls, no matter what else more it can do, it will not be of much use to the user. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers great call quality, and some very noticeable improvements can be seen over its older models. Reception appears to be fairly decent, the sound volume is reasonably adequate, and allows minimal background noise.
Operating System and Software
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes installed with the Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system, with the TouchWiz “Nature UX” Graphical User Interface. The phone offers Google Voice Search, which may be considered an equivalent of Apple’s Siri.
You can visit the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Australia app store to purchase the latest apps which the store has to offer. You can also visit Google Play Store, which is re-installed in the device to download the hottest Android apps. Android has huge support for third-party apps, and its massive collection should keep you engaged for a long time.
A phone that is as big as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 must succeed in the “pocket” test. That is, it should easily fit inside your pocket without making you uncomfortable, or causing any problem. The phone measures a massive 5.9 inches x 3.1 inches x 0.3 inches, and it does in fact, fit relatively easily in your pocket. As we’ve mentioned above, if you can sacrifice the size over the great features of the Note 2, then get one. If not, just get the Galaxy S3.
We cannot say that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the best phone in the market nor its better than iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia or Galaxy S3. Let’s not be blinded by the specs sheet and all the ads and bashings by Apple and Android Fanboys. These phones are great in their own right. Just choose the one which will best address your needs.