Galaxy Note 2 Review: Can You Handle The Awesome?

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When Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 2 they gave us a device that looked similar to the Galaxy S3 but which was unique in its own way as well. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a large 5.5 inch screen so if you are bigger than average then you should be able to handle the “awesome” that it has to offer.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers the best of both worlds due to the fact that it has both tablet and phone qualities. It has a large display, one of the biggest on any mobile device on the smartphone market. It is the perfect handset for anyone who reads books or magazines, or who likes to play games on their handset.

The quality of the 1280 x 720 HD display could have been better though. Images on the display are somewhat washed out and they are nowhere as sharp as the images that are seen on the Samsung Galaxy S3. However if you want to read text on the display, it is exceptionally clear.

Google Play Books and Magazines are both apps that make great use of the large display. They ensure that you know you are getting the most out of the real estate offered and this can be compared to what you would get from smaller tablets and e-book devices.

Anyone who loves to play games will welcome the 1.6GHz quad core processor. The device has a display that is bigger than even the PlayStation Vita, however it does lack the control pad.

One of the things that make the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 stand out is the stylus, which comes in the form of the S Pen. There is no doubting that this is a superb tool. The stylus and phablet allow you to do whatever you would do with a pen and paper. However you can do it faster and much better on the phablet thanks to the numerous intuitive features.

The stylus can also be used for texting as you can write on the screen and Note 2 recognizes your handwriting.

The majority of people will have to use both hands to hold the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. However there is a way to use the device with a single hand, but it does take some getting used to. This is by way of being able to put the keyboard on-screen to one side of the display via the Settings option.

The original Note was launched with a display of 5.3 inches and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a larger 5.5″ display, however it has still maintained the same overall size and shape. Both of the phablets are about the same when it comes to weight and thickness; however the Note 2 happens to be narrower and taller.

Mind you, if you compare the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with other devices on the market, it looks very big. It even manages to make the S3 look small and this has the 4.8 inch display.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 1.9MP camera on the front and 8MP on the back. The handset has support for NFC, so you can send photos to compatible devices as well.

The speaker sounds louder on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 than on the majority of devices, however it doesn’t offer any better quality.

The average user should get up to 7 hours of use from a charge. This would be a combination of surfing the internet, playing games and streaming movies, so the battery would last through a medium airplane flight.

The phablet comes with Jelly Bean 4.1 and it should get updated to the most recent Android platform sooner or later.

The biggest drawback to the Samsung Galaxy is that it comes with just 16GB of storage internally. This isn’t much for a device costing $299 on a two year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. You can also get it with T-Mobile who are offering it for $250 with payments per month of $20 for 20 months on their Value plan.

The good thing is that the handset does have support for SD card up to another 64GB, so there is essentially plenty of storage available.

Those with large hands or those who are willing to use two hands will love the Galaxy Samsung Galaxy Note 2… and the old saying is true, bigger is definitely better.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.