Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review & Why I Picked It Over S3

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When the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was released a lot of people said that it looked just like the Samsung Galaxy S3, except that the device was larger. While it does look similar the device does come with much more extras and there are differences to take note of.

There is no denying that the handsets have the same layout. This is in relation to the volume and home button which all feature in the same spot on the devices. You can get the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in marble white or titanium grey.

There were some people who said that the original Samsung Galaxy Note was too large, when it was launched. However it did become a popular handset and Samsung had the last laugh. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is larger than its predecessor; however it doesn’t look it thanks to it having a bezel that is very thin. The phablet has a 16:9 ratio and this is superb if you like to watch movies. If your hands are big then you won’t have an issue with the device, but you may wish to get yourself a Bluetooth headset if you talk for frequently for extended periods.

There have been many other improvements to the hardware in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 over the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with the 1.6 GHz quad processor and this is coupled with 2GB of RAM. In the US the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM, however it only has the dual core chipset. The quad core is available in the international version of the handset with 1GB of RAM. As it cannot beat the larger device, the phablet is the winner in terms of processing power.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with 16GB of internal storage and owners can add on more via a microSD. It runs on Android 4.1 and this has Project Butter.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features a battery of 3100mAh, which has been boosted from the 2500mAh of its predecessor. This means that you should get around 12 hours on a single charge. However bear in mind that the larger battery does have to power a larger display and LTE. There is a 1.9 megapixel camera on the front of the handset along with an 8 megapixel on the back. The battery has seen some improvements over that of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and it should last around 7 hours when playing video that is looped. This does mean that it doesn’t have to be charged more often just because the body of the device is big.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does stand out thanks to the S Pen. There have been improvements over this and it now feels as though you are writing on paper. As soon as you take the S Pen from the dock you get access to Quick Command, Easy Clip and Air View. Air View means that owners can preview the content and Easy Clip is perfect for cropping photos, which can then be shared.

Multi-View is another feature that stands out. Users can open up two apps and have them id different windows, which can then be re-sized.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the phablet that all others will have to compete with. There is no doubt that it will sell well and up to now more than 5 million units have been moved. There are some people who will want the smaller handset, the Galaxy S3, but then they will be missing out on some big extras like the larger display, better battery life, tons of S-Pen features and a more powerful processor.

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.