Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review: More Than Just A Big S3

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is here and it feels like a suped up version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S3. So just how does is it using the biggest smartphone on the market right now? Let’s find out.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks just like the S3 – thin bezel, round corners and a huge screen. There’s a home button in the middle and touch buttons along the sides – one for menu and one for home.

The first Note took people by surprise, and many thought that it wouldn’t be a day-to-day phone because of the size. The Note 2 is 5.5”, but it’s not that much bigger given the thinner bezel. The screen aspect is 16:9, so watching HD films on it is Super AMOLED-duper.

If you have long fingers or just big hands, you’ll be fine with the Note 2. You will want to get a Bluetooth headset, though, as it gets uncomfortable holding it up to your ear after a while. You’ll have to decide between titanium grey and marble white in colour.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features are just awesome. There’s a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip and 2GB of RAM. Alongside this is 16GB of internal storage that can be extended by another 64GB. It has Jelly Bean and you will be stumped by its speed, thanks to Project Butter and the quad-core chip.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 3,100mAh battery is a step-up from the 2,500mAh battery in the original Note, and you’ll get 12 hours of talk. This bigger battery is essential because of the bigger screen and LTE. There’s also an 8MP rear and a 1.9MP front camera. Battery life tests bring it in just under the S3 at around 7 hours (WiFi-only on with web video playing).

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a revamped and redesigned S-Pen. The stylus has been made more ergonomic, and there are some new features it is now capable of. The stylus tip provides a little friction and feels like you’re writing on paper. Once the stylus is out of its dock it’s good to go. You’ll benefit from Airview, Quick Command and Easy Clip. Easy Clip lets you crop images, then share them or send them into different apps. With Airview you can preview messages and videos by hovering over them with the stylus.

So, S-Pen is great, but the biggest draw of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, for me at least, is its multi-tasking windows. With this, Samsung has rewritten multitasking on Android and hopefully this inspired feature will spread platform-wide. You can run two apps simultaneously via split screen and even adjust each window independently.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has come to revolutionise the phablet scene. This is a great gadget and will sell well regardless of size. There’ll be some who will buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 because it’s smaller – but it is also lesser compared to the Note 2 in terms of features and eye candy.

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