Oct 102012

When it comes to looks the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 takes on the appearance of the Samsung Galaxy S3 with rounded corners, bright large screen and the bezel that is very thin. The Note 2 has a home button in the centre and touch buttons on both sides, with one of these being for access to the menu and the other for going back.

The Note was said by some to be too big and it couldn’t be used as a phone every day, thanks to the fact that it had a 5.3 inch display. Well the Galaxy Note 2 has an even larger display of 5.5 inches. However while it may have a larger screen, it doesn’t look that much bigger. The display of the Note 2 is 16:9 aspect and this is perfect when it comes to watching HD video on the 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED screen.

The Galaxy Note 2 is a large device and whether you can get along with it will all depend on the size of your hands. You may wish to get a Bluetooth headset as the device is awkward to hold up to the ear for an extended period of time. The Galaxy Note 2 comes in two colours, marble white and titanium grey.

The features on the handset are very impressive and it is run on a 1.6GHz quad core Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM. There is 16GB of storage on board and you can expand this to another 64GB. The device runs on Jelly Bean and is the first handset to do so out of the box. Browsing through the functions of the device, it is hard not to be impressed by its fluidity and speed. It certainly feels faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 on ICS and that says a lot.

It has a large 3100mAh battery, which provides up to 12 hours of talk time. The battery on the original Note was 2500mAh, so it is an improvement and is needed thanks to having support for LTE and the larger display. The Galaxy Note 2 comes with a camera of 8 megapixels on the back and on the front is a 1.9 megapixel camera.

The Note 2 has a redesigned S Pen and there are numerous new features. The stylus is easier to hold thanks to it being wider and having sides that are flatter. The tip of the pen provides even more friction and gives it a feel as though you are writing on actual paper.

All you have to do is take the pen out of the dock and you get access to a host of applications for the pen. Easy Clip, Airview and Quick Command are just a few. Easy Clip is superb for capturing and cropping images, which can then be pasted into apps or you can share them with your friends. Air View lets you get a preview of photos, videos or even your emails and calendar by just hovering the pen above them.

Aside from the S-Pen and the standard TouchWiz features we’ve seen slapped on to the Samsung Galaxy S3, one particular feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which did stand out was its multi-tasking windows. Samsung has somewhat reinvented how you multitask on Android and they have done it so well that I think it should be a feature of Android by default.

8 MP camera and full hd video recording on Note 2 are fabulous, they compare with the best in the market.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has reinvigorated the phablet category and is more polished than its predecessor. It is a solid device and despite its somewhat large appearance, it should be very well received. However it is also because of its size that many users may still flock to the Samsung Galaxy S3. But to be honest, the Note 2 is a bigger, faster and more feature rich S3.

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