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Good: Screen size isimpressive
Bad: Its too big to carry
Comment: I am still in exploring stage. So far, I found it very efficient gadget.
Good: specs, screen real estate, more than a phone
Bad: a lot of people think it's comically big
Comment: can't wait to get it this November. Hopefully the attitude toward phablets (especially in America) will change over the years.
Good: Screen size
Comment: This looks very impressive- and good that it comes with jelly bean. Can't wait to try it!
Good: Specs, Screen Size
Bad: Probably the price for PAYG
Comment: I'm looking for a 'phablet', as my budget can't really stretch to both phone and tablet. And having seen other 5inch screen variations on the web, Samsung wins me over. The only shock will be the price on pay as you go, but rather that than extortionate monthly bills! CAN'T WAIT FOR RELEASE!
Good: the size n power
Bad: dunno yet
Comment: For those of use who haven't got money for a fone AND a tablet, I think this could well next the best bet.
I know that's why I'm considering it when I come to upgrade. Mind that's next may, and by then there might be a better choice?
Comment: I can't wait to get my hands on it
Good: * SCREEN
Comment: It's a hope that I will buy. Am currently awaiting an update to iphone 5 from my 4, but the likely screen increase from 3.5 to 4 fills me with no excitement, so maybe time to switch to Android. I'll probably have a play with the Nokia Lumia 920 too before splashing. Life for smartphone users is exciting, eh what?
Good: Screen size, quad-core processor, 2 Gb RAM, larger battery, 16:9 form factor, stylus
Bad: Screen resolution, battery life, stylus, on/off button on side opposite volume rocker
Comment: I am a Note v1 user and not prepared to return to a smaller screen but keen to get something with more internal memory and a faster processor.
It is a shame that the resolution of the screen has not been improved significantly. I believe it is the same as the S3, just stretched out a little more. That said, I have no quibbles with the quality of the display on the old model.
The battery life is likely to still be a challenge even though it is larger than on the previous model given the increased screen size and processor power. I carry a portable external battery based re charger (TeckNet® iEP387 7000mAh Dual-Port http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000UH46YY) though so I never have to worry. (The other day I was on a training course, and lent it to a couple of iPhone 4GS users to charge both of their phones at the same time. It is a fundamental problem for all smart phones, and of battery developments lagging far behind other technologies.)
The stylus is something I use rarely but enjoy a lot when I do use it. The new model is supposed to be a little easier to use (I hope that means finding the button is more natural).
I like the fact the back can be taken off and the battery replaced. It is somewhat worrying though, as as happened to friends, that someone can quickly remove the extra storage when one's back is turned. The faster processor though should make encryption of the extra storage more practical.
I spent a good while finding a protective case I really liked for my current Note. It will take a while for a version to be produced for the new model. Whilst many are happy to go around without protection, I prefer the comfort and protection of a nice leather cover. (I went with a StilGut UltraSlim Case v2 for Samsung Galaxy Note, http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006PSRVXA.)
As a keen photographer, I would have liked to have seen more improvement on the camera front. I had an Apple 4GS before the Note (lost it in the woods, oops) and have to say, despite similar specifications, I achieved better results more easily with the Apple than with the Galaxy (disappointing that the Camera+ app has never made it to the Android world as well).
Good: Screen size. Design. Specs
Bad: Both Cameras could be better. Stylus (??)
Comment: What I've seen of this phone has blown me away. When the first Glaxay Note was released I wanted one so badly, but as I was only 9 months into my 2 year contract with an iPhone it wasn't an option :-( what Samsung seem to have done is take the Note 1 and made it better in every way. It's as simple as that. If your an iPhone user like me (not for much longer as when this gets released I'm jumping onto android!) and you weighing up the pros and cons it's A simple choice really. If your thinking about the Samsung s3 over the iPhone (like i was) well the Note 2 is faster, bigger and better than both. It's a fact. On the downside for me I'm not keen on the s pen. I've never used one so it's probably the fact it's new to me but I just dont see myself using it much. Who knows, I may come to love it? The camera spec is a little disappointing too :-( would have loved to have seen a 10mp+ but hey, can't have it all right? The bottom line is if you fancy a change from the standard phones that have been released over and over again (by both apple and Samsung) well this could be the one for you. I know I will be upgrading to this beast when it gets released here :-)
Good: Doh, everything - but... an improved camera (optics + larger sensor) would be better (wait 4 the Nokia's!!).
Bad: As with the original Note, the power button is opposite the volume rocker - doh, how do you get leverage on such a slim & shiny product to press a button - oohh, the other side; oh, looks like I've adjusted the volume/ switched off the phone, while trying to use the opposite switch...
Comment: As a committed Galaxy Note (1) user, I have to say it's bloody brilliant; I take it practically everywhere, use it incessantly (even the barometer function, which is just great if you know what you're doing) & battery life is not an issue.
Now, if only they could make it waterproof to 10 metres...
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