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Good: screen size
Bad: dull screen
Comment: tried it in the shop this morning. I was going to get it but after trying it I'm going to wait.
Good size, feels nice to hold, great video play back, expandable memory its handy.
But screen disappointing for reading text, not 4g, indoor photos disappointing, slightly odd/uncomfortable sensation touching the screen.
Comment: I have the original note, and I want one of these to replace it. I am holding out for a 4G version though, which must also do 800/2600MHz 4G as well as EE's 1800MHz 4G.
I'll have to sign a 2 year contract, and from next summer, all networks will offer 4G. I want to be able to use it when it arrives, not be stuck with an outdated phone as soon as next summer!
Comment: Forgot to add - Samsung why didn't you leave native jellybean on this! The Samsung overlay is ok but not as modem feeling or as good as native jellybean.
I'd definitely recommend trying this in the shop before you buy it, and compare side by side with other phones. There isn't anything that hits this size. I've a friend with a nexus 7 and that looks much sharper, has native jelly bean and doesn't get hot. But it's not a phone, and won't fit most pockets.
Good: Screen size, video
Bad: Screen clarity for reading text
Comment: I read the reviews and bought it based on that. This is a very good device if you want a large screen (which I did), and it doesn't feel as big to me as some people might make out. The pen is great and there are a lot of nice things that having this makes possible (reminds me of the old days of styluses with PDAs but better). And the battery life is excellent.
However, it's not perfect (my girlfriend has an iPhone 5 but I prefer the flexibility of android). The main downsides so far:
1) the back gets hot after a while under the camera on the back, which makes it uncomfortable fir me to hold for long periods of time (I'm hoping there will be a decent case out - though I'd prefer not to use one with this phone. For me the width is great).
2) the screen isn't as sharp as the iPhone 5, noticeably so, especially out doors. I don't know what Samsung have done. Video is brilliantly and photos look good. However, text just isn't as sharp as on the iPhone. If Samsung could get that right this could be a near perfect device).
3) audio is nice and loud through the external speaker. However, even with very good ear phones music just hasn't got the quality I was hoping for.
4) the camera is good, but not as good as the one X or iPhone.
5) it doesn't support 4g
So, would I recommend this phone? Depends what you're after. The size is great- especially for video watching. It fits easily into big pockets. However, it's not perfect.i suppose I need to wait for the Note 3!
Comment: The note 2 has had an update today to enable split screen multitasking now you just hold the return soft key next to the home button and you get a row of apps on the left hand side of the screen.You drag and drop two apps to the main screen and the phone will display both simultaneously
Comment: I like the color of this mobile... nicer than iphone...I support for samsum galaxy s3...pocket sprung mattress
Good: speed, image quality, size
Bad: size (not for everyone) and reduced resolution compared to original
Comment: Note 2 review
£455 well spent. Very pleased with the new Note. I bought it pretty much on the spot in a Phones 4U store as on a side-by-side comparison it blew the old model out of the water.
It was much smoother in use on the same applications and in flicking between screens etc (partly down to Jelly Bean, but I have tried a good custom ROM build of Jelly Bean on the original and whilst much better than ICS, not as good as new model, the processing power makes a big difference).
The screen is substantially better although of lower resolution (despite covering a larger area) - a little odd to see fewer icons fitting at first, but in practice makes little difference. Image quality is better, colours seem more natural. Easier to see from wider range of angles. Is brighter as well. White surround on new model verse black on my old model probably has an impact on appreciation of the screen though.
The camera is much more responsive and the stylus greatly improved. The volume and power buttons are lower down, better position I feel, shame still opposite each other.
Whilst the new model is narrower and taller than the original, they really are very close is size when you put them over each other. The new model simply does not look as large even though it is larger. Very strange. I was surprised to find that the new model fits very well into the quality leather Stilgut case I had for the original although the volume button is slightly covered. This will do until decent perfect fit cases are available for the new model. Shows how close in size the old and the new are though.
I paid £455 inc VAT on the spot for a White 16Gb unlocked / SIM free version after negotiation in a branch of Phones 4U. The shop cut my corporate SIM down to size for the new phone. Best price I had seen online was £499 including delivery (since increased to £509) and Amazon were charging £529 (free delivery for me as I am a Prime customer). Very pleased with the deal I got from the shop but they knew I was happy to walk away and wait an extra day for delivery from elsewhere.
Comment: Read latest review about samsung galaxy note II here
it covers all the main features of note II and also software and hardware specification.
Comment: " Bear in mind though that there's only one stylus included, and if you're anything like me, you'll lose that within the week. The Note does have a sensor that can detect if you're walking off and the stylus isn't in the slot, but if you're travelling home on a noisy bus, I have no doubt it would be very easy to ignore." Why do other reviews tell the opposite?
S Pen keeper - it's a keeper
We love the S Pen, but the thing is terribly easy to lose. Samsung has devised a way to make sure you don't leave home without it. It's called S Pen keeper. Using the accelerometer and the digitiser sensor of the Note 2, the phone can tell when you're walking away without the stylus in its little hole in the bottom of the device. Walk far enough and it bleats out an alarm tone.
Good: S Pen (with even more support), Jelly Bean, Powerful, good screen, Innovation
Bad: Seems like poor battery, Could be too big (depends on preference)
Comment: All in all im loving it.
I must praise Samsung. There doing there best to push the boundaries. Im not a Android Fan Boy but I am a Apple hater. I do very much like Apple mobiles but I feel they are over hyped and followed aimlessly by people who just like fashion.
Apple's innovation has been Siri (voice command tech that will never take off), Maps (hey look I can do it in 3d. Yawn!!) and hey I can make tech simpler (but you still have to press the same amount of buttons as I do). All that being said, you couldnt argue with Apple products until the Galaxy S2 and S3. They have just simply been better.
Now we have the Note 2 and its just amazing. Its feature packed (too many to mention). The S pen is a revelation. Yeah its big but if you want the best then you got to deal with it. Personally, since I got a tablet I hate surfing on my phone but I find my 10 inch too big at times. This is the best of both worlds
I like big phone and I can not lie.
Samsung as standard has:
1. Great screen
2. Great Speakers (overlooked in reviews but need to know for speaker phone, maps navigation and music)
3. Touch wiz
4. Free android apps compared to expensive apple apps
However, I think its time we get the battery sorted. 12 hours of use is not good. I dont want to have a phone that I have to switch off all the features that make it smart turning my smart phone into a dumb phone.
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