Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: GALAXYNOTE2TITGRYULK
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CNET editors' review
price range: $49.99 - $563.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 10/22/2012
- Released on: 10/24/2012
The good: Oodles of screen real estate make the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 terrific for videos, games, and reading; and its improved stylus aids productivity. A blazing quad-core processor, a great camera, and strong battery life round out the advantages of this Android 4.1 phone.
The bad: The huge display makes the Galaxy Note 2 unwieldy to carry, and hiccups in the S Pen stylus and apps can slow you down. The pricey Note 2 isn't a suitable tablet replacement across all categories.
The bottom line: Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose.
Owned it for 6 months now, not very thrilled anymore
by impreziv on September 16, 2013
Pros: Fast, great screen, S-pen, MASSIVE battery
Cons: Terrible build quality, major bugs still unfixed 6 months later
Summary: I have been pretty happy with this phone, but my opinion of it (and Samsung) is dropping by the day. When I bought the phone, the first thing I noticed ...
Summary: I have been pretty happy with this phone, but my opinion of it (and Samsung) is dropping by the day. When I bought the phone, the first thing I noticed is that the Screen-rotation function only works about 20% of the time. After a quick Google search, I found this is a wide-spread issue, and its software related. Samsung was promising a 4.2 update for months, and eventually announced that they are actually waiting until 4.3 before they do an update. I dont really care about the version number, I just care about this bug.
My 2nd biggest problem with the phone is the build quality. Aside from the screen, it is ALL plastic. After 6 months of VERY GENTLE use (I am freakishly obsessive about how I handle my phone to avoid scratches), the fake metal finish on the trim of the phone is peeling off in the corners. All my friends with the Note 2 are having the same issue. Also the glossy finish on the battery cover is starting to spider-web crack all over (like the paint on an old car left in the sun for years). This is probably the poorest build quality of any phone I have owned.
Another complaint is that Wifi performance is not that great for a device of this price. All my other wifi devices get better speeds at certain distances (even a $180 7" Kobo ereader tablet). I have tried many different wifi modes and channels on my 6x6 MIMO antenna router. I actually resort to using my Kobo in certain parts of my house to watch Youtube.
I will probably never buy a Samsung phone again. Its a shame, because I have owned all the Galaxy phones from the S1 to S3, and Note 2. They have always been good about updates, but I feel it is really poor of Samsung to have already updated the new S4 within weeks of launching, and the Note 2 is already being forgotten about. I will probably stick to buying Google Nexus devices, just so that I can get regular updates.
Like I said, I dont care about version numbers, I just want bugs fixed. It is really poor service of Samsung to already be working on flashy new features for a phone only a few months newer, when there are phones still full of bugs.
I'm quickly regretting buying this Phone!!
by soldierntears on September 5, 2013
Pros: There are a lot of cool features on this phone... But buyer beware
Cons: working on my second replacement phone due to system/phone crashes since march 2013.....1st time wouldn't connect to network (seems a lot of galaxy note 2 users were having the same issues) and 2nd time stopped notifying of incoming calls
Summary: I bought my phone in march 2013. in Aug 2013 the phone crashed leaving it unable to connect to the network. So I spend $50.00 for a replacement which ...
Summary: I bought my phone in march 2013. in Aug 2013 the phone crashed leaving it unable to connect to the network. So I spend $50.00 for a replacement which I have had now for two weeks (another galaxy note 2) and now it will not notify me when I receive a call. All the settings are set to ring, it will complete sound notification when receiving a text or system notification ETC. but when a call comes in.... Nothing, zilch, nada....no on screen notification, no ring, no sound, no vibration , no missed call notification... only time I know is if the caller leaves a voicemail. So I'm on my way to the cell provider to turn this one in for yet another. I can't wait to be able to trade out this POS. with something that will work. This phone has cost me more than just money I lost very valuable information (regardless of backing up) that was needed for my custody battle... Thanks
The best phone/photo-creative platform/work station.
by mjcorb315 on September 2, 2013
Pros: Swype! It's hands down the best app for working fast. New version is much more accurate and speeds my typing along. Large screen, feels like a real phone but not heavy. PLUS it's 4GLTE so I can use it on location with clients.
Cons: A little tricky moving icons from one home screen to another with the pan feature, but getting used to it. Otherwise, a dream come true in so many ways.
Summary: I've watched my friends with their ipads and knew something was missing. Samsung delivered. It's the perfect blend of a good, easy-to-hold phone, camera with multiple creative features, ...
Summary: I've watched my friends with their ipads and knew something was missing. Samsung delivered. It's the perfect blend of a good, easy-to-hold phone, camera with multiple creative features, and work station. I can go on location with clients via its 4GLTE service, use Polaris 4.0 to open and revise spreadsheets, then put them in Dropbox and all is in sync. And what about SWYPE! The best speed writing app there is. The S pen is amazing and I will get the app that details how to use it. This device is hands down the best ever.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is simply THE BEST Smartphone
by MsBlkALABAMA on August 26, 2013
Pros: -Large, colorful screen
-Can view 2 apps at one time
-Totally user customizable
-4G-LTE capable (Now in Memphis, TN-very fast)
-Long battery life
-Samsung Reps will engage in 2-way dialogue via Twitter
Cons: -Craftsmanship--would prefer aluminum casing
-Power button would be better suited on top of the phone vs. side
-Instant email notification
Summary: I've downloaded (4) additional web browsers that I enjoy using interchangeably. I also actually use my phone MORE than my iPad and computer! With a 5.5 inch screen, ...
Summary: I've downloaded (4) additional web browsers that I enjoy using interchangeably. I also actually use my phone MORE than my iPad and computer! With a 5.5 inch screen, I have to see and enjoy the app I am using. I don't know if I can tolerate a smaller screen again. After using this smartphone a week or so, the phone appears as any other normal size phone---the largeness only stands out when compared to another phone. I never carry my phone in my pocket. I've only been able to find a lot of accessories via EBay. A bit disappointing that Samsung only offers a few additional accessories for such a premium smartphone. I do prefer 'swift-key' keyboard which helps me speed up my typing and my accuracy using an onscreen keyboard.
I am speaking of this brilliant smartphone after (8) months of use.
Best phone ever, goodby motorola
by tekopscnet on August 7, 2013
Pros: Fast, plenty of memory, perfect for power-user, wifi works *awesome*, lots and lots of features and options, large display. can be used as a computer terminal, the list goes on and on and on. Phenomenal battery life. Excellent bluetooth.
Cons: None so far, have had for 3 months.
Summary: I was a loyal motorola user and after a d1, d3 and considering a d4 I just could not deal with the memory limitations anymore or short battery life. will ...
Summary: I was a loyal motorola user and after a d1, d3 and considering a d4 I just could not deal with the memory limitations anymore or short battery life. will never buy motorola again. This samsung has taken me from motorola crashing 3-10 times a day, underpowered, lousy wifi, to robust, reliable, solid phone that does *everything*. It is as reliable as an iPhone yet it has 50 times the features and functionality. I **LOVE** this phone so much my wife is jealous. And she should be.
Fast, plenty of memory, perfect for power-user, wifi works *awesome*, lots and lots of features and options, large display but not too large. can be used as a computer terminal, the list goes on and on and on. Phenomenal battery life. Excellent bluetooth compatibility.
Works *AWESOME* with logitech blue-tooth keyboard!
Great phone and tablet. For those who want both in one.
by LouiseSerban2013 on July 28, 2013
Pros: Great screen, great APPS, the S-voice it's a big plus, i find that very good and helpful, specially for the car. I leave the phone on top of the board and enter the phone with my voice...soooo coooollll.Great amount of games and apps.
Cons: I haven't found one yet.Sorry.
A top quality product.
by eggaw on July 22, 2013
Pros: - Excellent battery life.
- HUGE screen. Short of origami screens, I'd say they have reached the limit of a pocketable screen size.
- Apart from lacking an optical zoom lens, the camera is better than any of the compact cameras I have bought.
Cons: - Flimsy power and volume buttons, easily pressed by accident.
- The screen can be a little too sensitive at times.
- Can feel unwieldy.
It's a much better computer than a phone.
by kbram_97 on July 10, 2013
Pros: The device has a wonderful screen size for surfing the web. It has nice screen resolution.
Cons: I get terrible phone signal from this device. I replaced my iphone 4s because of the small screen size, but I'm going to trade the Note 2 for an iphone again. Iphone 5 bars in my house; note 2 gets 1 if I'm lucky.
Summary: The note 2 has background tasks running that eat up a TON of data and, I think, slow the wifi speed. I've tried a task manager to control them, ...
Summary: The note 2 has background tasks running that eat up a TON of data and, I think, slow the wifi speed. I've tried a task manager to control them, to no avail. Google + always pops back up.
The pre-loaded email apps (gmail too) are also very different from the iphone's. I am having a tough time transitioning to the Android way. It certainly doesn't seem as intuitive as others claim it to be. I am also very frustrated that it doesn't autocorrect my typing like the Iphone did. I don't want to have to choose the word I was meaning to say from a ruler--I just want the program to read my syntax and offer the best suggestion like the iphone did.
Best Cell phone ever! A tablet combined in a phone.
by TheColonel241 on July 7, 2013
Pros: Great speed.
Great screen size.
Smooth intuitive software.
Great Battery Life
Cons: Slippery to Handle without case.
Summary: The next generation of Handheld communication.
Summary: The next generation of Handheld communication.
A Do EVERYTHING Multi-tasking Business Machine
by daehttub2000 on June 18, 2013
Pros: 1) Giant Screen with split screen takes multi-tasking to another dimension. 2) S-Pen and instant notepad multi-tasking is a killer business and personal app. 4) Huge battery life plus replaceable battery make this the ultimate road warrior device.
Cons: Little people will small hands and pockets will whine about the size. Kids will swipe the phone for the awesome game sized display. Sprint only provides 16GB internal memory model. Display is not HD.
Summary: The ultimate power Phablet for big people with poor eyesight and fat fingers and anybody else that wants a do everything phone. Eliminates the need for a tablet for me. ...
Summary: The ultimate power Phablet for big people with poor eyesight and fat fingers and anybody else that wants a do everything phone. Eliminates the need for a tablet for me. Laptop plus the Note 2 is all I need. I can talk on the phone, log into financial site, retrieve excel spreadsheet from laptop remotely and edit it, open another browser window for additional info, and take notes without a pen and paper - ALL AT THE SAME TIME. The perfect phone for former Palm Pilot fans/nerds. It almost makes me stop missing my 5 row QWERTY keyboard on my old smartphone.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: GALAXYNOTE2TITGRYULK
- Bottom Line: Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose.
- Product Type Smartphone
- Width 3.17 in
- Depth 0.37 in
- Height 5.95 in
- Weight 6.35 oz
- Service Provider Unlocked
- Type Exynos
- Clock Speed 1.6 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Quad Core
- Diagonal Size 5.55 in