Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review: S3 All Grown Up

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We’re here with our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review. Is it just a souped-up Galaxy S3 or does it have the goods to stand up by itself?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does look like a big S3 – rounded corners, thin bezel and massive screen. There’s also a home button in the middle, and touch buttons for home and menu on the sides. You’ll get marble white or titanium grey. Many dissed the first Note, saying it’d be too big to catch on, but they were proved wrong. The Note 2 is 5.5” – only a shade bigger than the original – and its 16:9 ratio makes watching films amazing.

Those with big hands will be just fine, but they’ll still need a Bluetooth headset for comfortable longer calls.
The Note 2 has better hardware than the Samsung Galaxy S3. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos backed up by 2GB of RAM. The US S3 has 2GB of RAM too, but only two cores.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 battery is bigger too – 3,100mAh from 2,500mAh. This gives 12 hours of talk even with LTE and the big screen. The S3 doesn’t manage much more, and both phones die out after around seven hours of looped video. So, that big Note 2 body doesn’t actually mean lots of charging.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 16GB of storage, which goes up to 80GB with SD. It runs on Jelly Bean with Project Butter, and so with the four cores, you’re in for a smooth ride. We’re talking way faster than an ICS-bound Samsung Galaxy S3 when it comes to changing screens and launching apps.

The S-Pen has been redesigned and now it’s more ergonomic. There’s also a small amount of friction that makes it feel as if you’re writing on paper. Once the stylus is out, it’s good to go, and you’ll love previewing content like emails by hovering the stylus over them with Air View. You’ll also find Easy Clip handy, as you can crop and share images easily.

That’s not all, though. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 multi-tasking windows are the real draw. You can run two apps at the same time, with split screens that you can adjust independently of each other.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has changed the face of the phablet, and it’s selling great guns. Some may still like the S3 because it’s smaller, but they’ll be missing out on amazing hardware and features. Give the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 a bash before you write it off – you’ll be surprised.

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