Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: GALAXYNOTE2TITGRYULK
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CNET editors' review
price range: $0.00 - $599.99
- 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.
A bit expensive, but very nice.
by Evilscaught_01 on December 1, 2013
Pros: -2 GB of RAM
-Fast at loading applications
-Runs Android faster than my iPod Touch(5G) can run iOS
-Crystal Clear Screen.
-OLED Display has vibrant colors
Cons: -Over heating issues
-WIFI / Bluetooth problems
-GPS Never seems to work without internet connection first.
-Screen is not scratch resistant
-A bit expensive
-Headphone Jack is in Awkward location
-Speaker is not the greatest.
Summary: Excellent phone. Fits my hand size perfectly (not too big not too small) Very fast, and sleek.
Summary: Excellent phone. Fits my hand size perfectly (not too big not too small) Very fast, and sleek.
Important features were dropped from previous Androids
by mischlbay on November 16, 2013
Pros: Cellphone functions are great. Camera and photo quality are great. I like the integration with Google, especially the calendar and gmail functions. Speech to text captures at least 95% of what I dictate.
Cons: The photo viewer is low quality software. The user cannot sort and organize photos without a VERY obtuse and user-surly method. You're expected to use the Kies software on your laptop to manage photos. For me, that is a HUGE disadvantage.
Summary: Because I'm a photographer and I wanted to use the Note for a lot of impromptu photography, I probably won't buy another Samsung Galaxy phone. This area alone ...
Summary: Because I'm a photographer and I wanted to use the Note for a lot of impromptu photography, I probably won't buy another Samsung Galaxy phone. This area alone might drive me (very reluctantly) to an iphone in the future.
Very glad I have a Note 2 :D
by MisterMajestik on October 21, 2013
Pros: - Great size screen
- Generally Smooth OS
- Amazing Battery Life
- Expandable memory
- You can take out the battery
- Charges pretty quick
- Camera is very decent
- Very nice display
Cons: - Can be sensitive to moisture/rain
- Lags a bit when you first open up the widgets menu
- The Screen Rotation feature often locks up and it won't rotate the screen without restart.
- S pen not that accurate
- No quick way to mute media volume
Summary: 2 months after I got the Note 2 I went for a 10km walk when it was raining/showering outside. I was wearing a big fishermans style coat and had ...
Summary: 2 months after I got the Note 2 I went for a 10km walk when it was raining/showering outside. I was wearing a big fishermans style coat and had the phone in the front pocket. At the end of the walk I pulled my phone out and tried to turn it on but it was completely dead. I took the battery out and everything in an attempt to dry it out but nothing. Took it to a Telstra shop and they sent it off to "check it out" and I was hoping that they wouldn't blame it on "water damage" as the warranty does not cover it. A month later it arrived back and I went back to Telstra to pick it up. When we turned it on the display turned on and it booted but the touch screen was not functional. In the end Telstra was nice enough to replace the phone and it's still going strong. I am much more careful when it is raining and around any liquids.
This does disappoint me when it comes to Samsung...
However the Note 2 is my favorite phone on the market (other than the Note 3 which has just recently come to the market) but would still recommend the note 2 as a very good phone. The screen is fantastic. The 720p screen is plenty for me, at least until January 2015 when I upgrade to the Note 4? Let's see what HTC does cause I also like HTC's.
I don't think any phone is perfect and I could nit pick the Note 2 for a while but in the end I'm glad I have one and it does the job of keeping me entertained on hour long train trips etc.
In fact the Note 2 is so good that I'm happy to wait out another year for newer tech. The Note 3 only has little upgrades imho.
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.
- 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