Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review (What S3 Dreams Of Being)

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We’ve got our very own review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, so we’ll see if it’s just a beefed-up Galaxy S3 or a mighty fine phone of its own.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does look like a super-sized Galaxy S3, all rounded corners and almost non-existent bezel. It also has a home button in the middle, and touch buttons along the sides for menu and home. You can choose from marble white and titanium grey. Many people dismissed the original Note when it first came out, saying that its size would stop it becoming popular. They were wrong, and it did sell well. The Note 2 is 5.5”, so not massively bigger than the original, and its 16:9 ratio makes films look amazing.

People with big hands will do fine with this phone, but even they will need a Bluetooth headset for longer calls, as it can get uncomfortable after a while.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has much better hardware than the Galaxy S3 – a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos chip with 2GB of RAM. The US version of the S3 has 2GB as well, but it’s only dual-core.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 battery is much bigger as well – 3,100mAh compared to 2,500mAh. This means that you’ll get 12 hours of talk despite the big screen and LTE. The Samsung Galaxy S3 only lasts for a bit longer, and you’ll find that both handsets die after around 7.5 hours of looped video. That big chassis of the Note 2 doesn’t actually mean more charging, then.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has 16GB of internal storage that’s expandable up to 80GB on SD, and it has Jelly Bean. Its four cores and Project Butter means that it simply zips along with any task you give it, and you’ll see a real difference between Jelly Bean and ICS when you’re changing screens and launching apps.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a remodelled S-Pen, which is more ergonomic and also gives a bit of friction which makes it feel as if you’re writing on paper. Just get the stylus out and it’s good to go. AirView is a handy widget that allows you to preview content like emails and videos, and there’s also Easy Clip, which means you can crop images then transfer or share them.

As if that wasn’t good enough, there’s the multi-tasking windows. You can run two apps simultaneously on a split screen, and change the size of each screen independently. This feature is reportedly coming to the S3 as well but given its smaller display, it won’t be as nice to use.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has changed the face of the phablet scene, and it’s selling like hot cakes. There’ll be the odd person that’ll opt for the Samsung Galaxy S3 still, but they’ll be missing out on some fab features and hardware. So, don’t nix the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 because of its big size and dreams. Give it a day in court and you may end up a convert!

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.