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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review: An S3 On Steroids

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Many people believe that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the Samsung Galaxy S3 after the S3 has spent months at the gym. However there is much more to the larger handset than being a clone when it comes with looks.

One of the things that make the two devices look similar includes the layout. This has the volume, menu and home buttons on it. The device colours are marble white and titanium grey.

When Samsung first revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 people said that the handset was too large and that it wouldn’t catch on. However much to their surprise it did. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is larger thanks to the 5.5 inch display; however it doesn’t look much bigger as the bezel happens to be thin. The device has a ratio of 16:9 and this is superb for those who like to watch movies. If you have larger than average hands this device will feel right at home. If you are one for talking a long time then you might want a Bluetooth headset.

The hardware of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has improvements on the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the 1.6GHz Exynos processor and it is paired with 2GB of RAM. In the US, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has dual cores and 2GB of RAM, while internationally the quad core processors have been paired with 1GB of RAM. It cannot beat four cores and 2GB of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has internal storage of 16GB and it can be expanded to 80GB as it comes with support for SD card. The device runs on Android 4.1 and it has Project Butter, which makes it fast, much faster than the Samsung Galaxy S3 running Jelly Bean.

The battery of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is 3100mAh, with is better than the 2500mAh of the older device. This should offer owners up to 12 hours of talking. Bear in mind that the larger battery has to run LTE and the larger screen. There is a camera of 1.9 megapixels on the front of the handset and there is also a smaller 1.9 megapixel on the front. The battery is just a bit of an improvement over the one on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and in tests the devices played a video that was looped for 7 hours. This means that it doesn’t need to be charged more often, even with the larger body.

One of the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the S Pen. This has been improved over the original. It now gives the feel as though you are writing on paper. As soon as you remove the pen from the dock, up pops Quick Command, Easy Clip and Air View. With Easy Clip owners are able to crop images, which can then be shared. Air View allows owners to hover the pen over content so that they can preview it.

While the S Pen is superb, Multi-Windows comes above it and has shown that Samsung are the best when it comes to multi-tasking. With Multi-Windows owners are able to open up two apps in different windows. These can then be re-sized independently.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has set the standards for other phablets to follow and even though the device is large, it will no doubt be popular. Samsung commented that already they had sold 3 million units. Some people will stick with the smaller devices, but then they will have no idea just what they are missing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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