Galaxy Note 2 Review: Not That Fat Kid Who’s Picked Last Anymore

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While there is no denying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks like a larger version of the Galaxy S3 thanks to the corners that are rounded, the thin bezel and the large display, it offers so much more. Of course it also has the same button layout with the home button being in the middle and touch buttons located to either side.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

The device comes in marble white or titanium grey and despite some saying the original Note was too big to be used as an everyday handset, it sold well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is even larger with a display of 5.5 inches, however it doesn’t look much larger than its predecessor. And while the original Samsung Galaxy Note was criticized about its size, the Note 2 was met with a huge reception and is no longer considered a niche device. It is a jumbo phone that comes ahead of its rivals big and small.

Of course you still can’t get away from its size. If you have large hands you will have no problem holding the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. However you might want to invest in a Bluetooth headset when it comes to taking long calls. The device can get awkward to hold against your face for extended periods of time.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with more advanced hardware than what is found on the Samsung Galaxy S3. It has the Exynos quad core processor of 1.6GHz and 2GB of RAM. In the US the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM, but is only has the dual core processor.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with the larger battery, which is 3100mAh compared to the 2500mAh of the Galaxy S3. This should offer up to 12 hours of talk time even with LTE and the large display. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with slightly longer talk time and both of the devices need a recharge after playing a looped video for 7 hours. This means that the Note 2 even though it is larger, doesn’t need charging much more often than its smaller counterpart.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 16GB of storage, but this can be expanded up to 80GB with an SD card. As the handset has Jelly Bean and Project Butter, users are in for a fast ride and one that is smooth. The device is a lot faster than the Samsung Galaxy running ICS when it comes to launching apps and having display transitions that are smoother.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 the S Pen has had a makeover and it is now very ergonomic. You will feel some friction and this gives the feeling of writing on paper. When you take the stylus out you can choose between Air View, which allows you to preview emails, along with video, simply by hovering with the pen over content. Easy Clip allows you to easily crop photos and then you can share them.

While the S Pen is superb, there is another feature that stands out and this is multi-tasking windows. This means that you are able to open two apps at the same time and change the size of the windows independently.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be a game changer in the world of phablets and it is selling very well. There are some people that could choose the Samsung Galaxy S3 thanks to it being smaller, however if they do then some features will have to be sacrificed, along with hardware. Don’t discount the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 solely for its size. Thanks to the added extras, you could be converted from the S3 to the Note 2.

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