The Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung has been released and it is a very impressive beast of a device. Here’s our first hands on review of the latest Samsung flagship phone to make its way to stores.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks similar to the Galaxy S3 with its rounded corners and it has a thin bezel that is overtaken by a huge display. In the middle of the device is the home button and there are touch buttons to the sides. One of these is to access the home screen and the other is for the menu.
When the original Note was released, many thought it too large to be used as a phone everyday. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with an even larger display of 5.5 inches and the aspect is 16:9. This means it is even better for watching HD movies on. Those with large hands will be ok with the device, however if not then you may want to invest in a Bluetooth headset.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with solid hardware. It is run on the Exynos quad core processor of 1.6GHz and it has 2GB of RAM. The Note 2 has 16GB of storage (base model) and it supports SD card up to 64GB. This is the first device to run on Jelly Bean out of the box from Samsung, and it is very fast. In fact, it beats the S3 in terms of performance although this may be attributed to Jelly Bean.
The battery is 3100mAh as opposed to the 2500mAh of the original Note. This means you should get on average around 12 hours of talking. The Note 2 comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel on the front.
The S Pen feature has been improved and it is now easier to hold and it does feel as though you are actually writing on paper thanks to the tip which provides heavier friction. When you take the stylus from the dock, apps are available such as Airview, Easy Clip and Quick Command. Easy Clip is perfect for cropping images to share and Airview is a unique way of previewing content on the device. One of the best features of the Note 2 though is multi-tasking windows. This lets you run two separate apps simultaneously and does it magnificently.
In the world of phablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 takes the crown and despite its large size it should be very popular. However those with small hands may still prefer the Samsung Galaxy S3, but this may be considered second best now to the Note 2 if you compare the specs and the fact that it has Jelly Bean preloaded.