Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review: Why It’s Better Than An S3

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Some people thought that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was nothing more than an oversized Samsung Galaxy S3. However the truth of the matter is that the device offers a lot more and there is a difference, despite the two devices having looks that are very similar.

The devices do have similar looks as they share the same layout. The volume, menu and home buttons are all in the same place. The colours of the device are titanium grey and marble white.

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was revealed there were some who thought that the device was too big. They even said that it would not be popular thanks to the size. They had to eat their words as it did become a very popular device. While the Samsung Galaxy Note is larger, thanks to the display being 5.5 inches, it doesn’t look much larger. This is thanks to the bezel, which is thin. The device comes with a ratio that is 16:9 and movie lovers enjoy watching movies on the display. Anyone who has large hands will not have any issues with the device. However you may wish to invest in a Bluetooth headset if you talk for long periods of time as the handset can get heavy.

There have been improvements to the hardware of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 over the Samsung Galaxy S3. The 1.6 GHz Exynos processor is found inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This is matched with 2GB of RAM. Over in the US the Samsung Galaxy S3 has 2GB of RAM and a dual core processor. Internationally this is a quad core with 1GB of RAM. It cannot beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 so this device wins.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is offered with 16GB of storage, which in total can be boosted to 80GB with SD card. The device has Android 4.1 and it comes with Project Butter. This means that it runs faster that Jelly Bean on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a battery of 3100 mAh, up from the 2500 mAh of the previous version. Users should be able to get up to 12 hours from the handset when talking. The larger battery does have to power the bigger screen and LTE. Camera wise there is a 1.9 megapixels on the front and an 8 megapixel on the back. The battery has been improved over that on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the devices played looped video for a total of 7 hours. This shows that just because the body of the device is larger, it doesn’t have to be charged more often.

One of the most notable features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the S Pen stylus. This has seen improvements and the stylus gives the feel of writing on paper, thanks to friction. When you take the S Pen from its dock up pops Quick Command, Easy Clip and Air View. Air View allows owners to preview content, while Easy Clip is perfect for cropping pictures.

What beats S Pen is Multi-View, this puts Samsung ahead when it comes to multi-tasking. Multi-Windows allows users to have two apps open in two different windows, which can then be re-sized independently.

Samsung have raised the bar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the phablet category and there is little doubt that the device has been just as popular as its older brother. The device has sold more than 3 million units to date. Of course some people will want to stick with the smaller handsets, however they will not know just what they are missing with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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