Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: GALAXYNOTE2TITGRYULK
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.99 - $799.99
- 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.
Best Gadget Ever!
by Guerrero-hopso on January 24, 2013
Pros: Battery life on this device is fantastic.
Camera is great.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
S-PEN Very easy to use.
Cons: Smooth and slippery, Very easy to drop.
Summary: First 2 questions I get when someone sees this device: is that a phone? Does it fit in your pocket? No, its a blender. No, it doesn't fit in ...
Summary: First 2 questions I get when someone sees this device: is that a phone? Does it fit in your pocket? No, its a blender. No, it doesn't fit in my pocket I have to wear a backpack to carry it around. But seriously, it is big for a phone, but it fits in every pocket of pants that I wear easily. I sold my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and my Galaxy S III for this phone. I hate the word phablet, but it is truly both. The screen size allows for all types of media consumption comfortably. The hardware along with JellyBean make the Note II the smoothest Android experience to date. I mean no slowdowns, stutters, or crashes of any kind. Besides having the functionality of a phone, you get many features including S-Pen and a great camera, which in combination makes for something special, and a big battery for the long trips.
I am not an artist, but the S Pen makes it super easy to experiment with. It is really fun and easy (once you know about them) to explore through the features, although I do recommend downloading "User's Digest: Samsung Galaxy NoteII" from the Playstore. It is a basic, yet informative guide that takes you through many of the S-Pen features. And there are many!
The battery life on this device is fantastic. I am averaging 30 hours between charges with medium to heavy use (4-6 hours of screen time), and that's usually with 10-15% left (I don't like running the Li-Ion battery all the way down). There's now a battery on the market that more than doubles the capacity of the stock 3100 mah battery (obviously sacrificing bulkiness and weight) for those of you that never want to put this thing down. But for me, this is plenty of battery life and I am truly impressed considering the thickness and reasonable weight.
The camera is great. There are many features including burst mode, panorama, best picture, and many more. The camera has some trouble in low light conditions, like most cellphone cameras, but it still gets the job done. Under normal lighting conditions the results can be compared to a point and shoot. But where the magic takes place is what you can do with all of your pictures. The camera paired with the S-Pen functionality make the possibilities endless. You can hand write captions, easily crop and paste custom selections from anything that's on screen at any time by tracing with the pen, you can add all kinds of crazy effects and then easily share your creations instantly with NFC, email, text, Facebook, etc. As "slogany" as this sounds, it really does inspire you to get creative.
I do have one criticism of the Note II. And it is by no means a deal breaker. The audio from the 3.5mm headphone jack. Music is not nearly as crisp or punchy as the Galaxy S III. I compared them both side by side. Bass is not as deep and sound range is tighter in general. You can compensate by tweaking the equalizer (I use a paid MP3 player app : PowerAmp, its awesome), but it's still not the same. I checked some forums and people seem to agree; most point fingers to the possible use of a weaker DAC chip (Digital to Analog Converter). Now, don't get me wrong, I still listen to music on it all the time, but it is a minor disappointment.
Taking the time to learn and explore the features will make your experience much more enjoyable with this device. There's a lot packed in there, so be patient. Samsung deserves a lot of credit to have the balls to make a device that many people thought was too big and would never sell. I'm glad they took the risk because this is everything I've ever wanted from a phone/universal tool.
*Note, you can check for best deals for the Note II at: wirelessandroidphones.blogspot.com/p/samsung-galaxy-note-ii.html
Thank for reading and hope this review is helpful.
41 out of 44 users found this user opinion helpful.
HOLD MY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTE!!
by 3asabybeast on November 14, 2012
Pros: Long-time iphone user here, and now I realize how STUPID I was. I'm blessed to start my experience with Jelly Bean, one of the best OS's ever created on a phone. See below for pros
Cons: -Afraid it would get stolen
See more below:
Summary: This phone's got it all. To be honest, when I now compare my iphone 4 with this phone, I realize how much I was missing out. Screen is AMAZING, ...
Summary: This phone's got it all. To be honest, when I now compare my iphone 4 with this phone, I realize how much I was missing out. Screen is AMAZING, Camera is great when there's enough lighting (decent in low light but not great), S-pen is EXTREMELY useful (air view, cutting an image, print screen, many many others!) And google maps - oh google maps!!! How much love do I have for thee?? Imagine a turn by turn navigation for GOOGLE MAPS!!! The best map application on the planet just became BEASTLY!!
Let me list some pros off the top of my head:
-S Pen is truly amazing
-Battery life is LONG. Easily lasts a WHOLE DAY on HEAVY USAGE.
-Sound quality is great.
-Extremely smooth and fast, navigating through the screens is tremendous!
-Extremely flexible (widgets, customizable) - just beats the iphone in every aspect on OS flexibility.
-Light for its size - whoever says this is a heavy device is a moron. This phone is as thin as the iphone 4 even though it's JAMMED with an amazing battery.
-Fits in my pocket - at first I was afraid this thing will be too big; it's not. Unless you wear skinny jeans that stop the blood circulation in your legs you should be fine.
-5.55 inch screen is just too good. Easy to read eveything, easier on the eyes, a true masterpiece!
-Replaceable battery, Micro-SD slot!!! Add all the movies and pictures you want!!
-S-voice needs improvement. Doesn't recognize a 'contact' unless spelled correctly. So if I say 'Call Mohammad' and it detects 'Call Mohamed', it says the contact doesn't exist instead of finding the closest match...
-Cover is flimsy when taken off, but GREAT when it's on the phone. This shouldn't really be a con, but i'll include it just to be fair.
-Volume rocker and power buttons seem a little flimsy. I don 't know why, sometimes i press them and the whole button seems to be moving left and right. Not a big deal, they work well, but it's something to keep in mind.
-Picture quality in low light: Not that great, can't lie there. I think the iphone does better with overall picture quality, although the two are close in well-lighted areas.
-Smoothness when not in home screens/applications screens: For example, when viewing a PDF, the screen is not as smooth as scrolling around in the home screen. A LITTLE choppy. Same as when browing email, browsers, etc.
Recap: Trust me when I say this is the best device out there. I love so many things about it, and the Cons are very minor. Every time i look at the iphone 4, I start laughing at myself. I'm pretty sure I lost some eye sight trying to view that small 3.5 inch screen.
You know what they say about people with big phones.... ;)
35 out of 41 users found this user opinion helpful.
A very practical phone / tablet for business....
by bzboy01 on October 22, 2012
Pros: Loved the way you can attach a picture with your respective notes. The big screen make things easier to read and give the user a great experience with games as well. It is a user friendly phone.
Cons: I feel like the placement of the power button would have been better if it was on the top of the phone. The button has some play as well which makes it difficult to know if the button has been pressed or not
Summary: I used this phone for the first time when I traveled to China to attend a business exhibition. I used it more for its note-taking feature and since then I ...
Summary: I used this phone for the first time when I traveled to China to attend a business exhibition. I used it more for its note-taking feature and since then I have fallen in love with it. However the phone feature is a bonus and I have now started to use this as my main phone as well. The size is not a problem for me per se and I believe that one has to use it for a day minimum to get hooked to it. Nevertheless, this is a complete phone / tablet for me and for my business use.
38 out of 57 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic can't put it down
by LG1313 on October 24, 2012
Pros: Large screen for watching movies, photos and browsing.
Powerful processor and long battery life
Abundance of features
Cons: none to speak of so far.
Summary: I have had this phone for a couple of weeks now in the UK and I can say after using the iPhone for two years I wont be going back. ...
Summary: I have had this phone for a couple of weeks now in the UK and I can say after using the iPhone for two years I wont be going back. I found the lack of innovation from apple disappointing but everyone has their own opinion and preferences. If you like a big screen phone with plenty of power under the hood, tones of features and a long battery life this could be the phone for you. Well done Samsung!!!
25 out of 37 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best phone I have ever used. Period.
by mayer7196 on October 31, 2012
Pros: Fastest phone on the market-especially on wifi. Huge screen, amazing battery (for a phone), good camera, plenty of options, and the S-Pen is revolutionary.
Cons: Only con is the amount learning curve it is compared to any other phone. There are so many tricks and tips that you could literally spend a month learning it all. NOT as easy and basic as the Iphone.
Summary: I am neither an Android or Apple homer as I have used everything from an HTC Evo 4G LTE to an Iphone 5 and the Note 2 is hands-down, the ...
Summary: I am neither an Android or Apple homer as I have used everything from an HTC Evo 4G LTE to an Iphone 5 and the Note 2 is hands-down, the best phone on the market.
As long as your hands are large enough to where the size isn't an issue, than this phone is the best out.
18 out of 23 users found this user opinion helpful.
Samsung has created the ultimate android device.
by vinas1100 on October 30, 2012
Pros: Large HD Screen, beautiful SAMOLED display, NFC, Jellybean, the front camera is excellent, panoramic mode, zero shutter lag! S-Pen handwriting in txt messages rocks. Using Voice search and Google now, voice works a lot better than on ICS.
Cons: No apps to SD as of writing, but I guess that's an OS (Jellybean) limitation. Plenty of haters who never used the device talking crap.
Summary: I've used android since I pre-ordered the original HTC G1. Honestly, anyone taking away stars for the size of this device have not used it for a week as ...
Summary: I've used android since I pre-ordered the original HTC G1. Honestly, anyone taking away stars for the size of this device have not used it for a week as their primary device. This is the best android device I've ever had the pleasure of using.
16 out of 18 users found this user opinion helpful.
A Phone? A Tablet? A Dockable PC?
by societyofosiris on November 8, 2012
Pros: durable, speaker, games, texting, ease of use, camera/video, Wi-Fi capable, wi-fi direct, nfc, enterprise ready
Cons: battery life, power management
Summary: "The answer is all of the above!
I can tell you that this device does it all by adding S Pen/WACOM and USB OTG functionality while boasting improvements to ...
Summary: "The answer is all of the above!
I can tell you that this device does it all by adding S Pen/WACOM and USB OTG functionality while boasting improvements to both hardware and software over the original Galaxy Note. The battery life under heavy usage will now last an entire work day!
PHONE: Used mainly as a speaker phone with note taking capabilities or multi-tasking of any other kind including the ability to view and join contacts to the current call or text a quick message based on your current call. Bluetooth enabled for privacy and hands-free with exceptional range and voice-command options. Large dialer perfect for driving or the visually impaired.
TABLET: With the Quad-Core and 2GB of RAM; enhanced video playback, gaming and photo editing is smooth and full featured. The ease-of-use for web browsing and navigation is increased with the enhanced S Pen which also acts like a mouse. The keyboard is large and easy to navigate with a number of input options already pre-loaded including improved handwriting recognition.
PC: When coupled with an OTG cable and AllShare Hub, your device acts as both PC and a WACOM Tablet. You can then connect a USB/BT wireless mouse and keyboard, external hard drive, card reader and even a DVD R/W. (Requires a powered USB hub). If you own a Samsung Smart TV, you can enable All Share and simply broadcast your phone's screen to the TV in HD without requiring an AllShare hub.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
Best phone I've had!
by clifjmpr on December 11, 2012
Pros: - Battery life! (~3x iPhone)
- Call quality!
- Speaker sound!
- Android Jelly Bean rocks!
- Google Now, Google Maps, Google Navigator...all awesome!
- microSD = 64GB extra storage about $60!
Cons: - Charges slow as iPad due to huge battery
- Screen resolution could be higher
- Power (on/off) button on side is awkward
Summary: Switched from iPhone 4 to the Galaxy Note 2 after waiting long enough for the "next great iPhone evolution". The 4S didn't tempt me, and the 5 is just ...
Summary: Switched from iPhone 4 to the Galaxy Note 2 after waiting long enough for the "next great iPhone evolution". The 4S didn't tempt me, and the 5 is just a 1/2" taller 4S (albeit lighter) with inferior maps and a different connector. Sad because I'd invested a lot of time in building my "Apple ecosystem" and even learned to program for iOS, but then I saw Android Jelly Bean and knew I'd been had. So much freedom to change my UI with widgets, live (i.e. moving) wallpapers, myriad security locks...and my favorite...I can download apps without having to enter an iTunes password EVERY TIME! Oh I was tired of typing that in over and over.
The Gorilla Glass display is durable and feels solid. The plastic back cover makes NO DIFFERENCE to me since I have always used a phone case...even with the iPhone! I've seen enough of those glass backs shattered to be thankful this one is plastic and can be replaced for PENNIES! The $6 case I found for the Note 2 on Amazon is perfect...and even includes a kickstand. Also makes it a bit less likely you'll press the on/off button accidentally...another bonus!
The phone size may be a bit much for some users, but if you tote both a phone and a tablet or notebook around then perhaps you will find this phone useful. My iPad stays at home most days now, as I now have plenty of screen real-estate in my pocket.
Google Now seems at least as useful as Siri. Check out examples on YouTube...it can do A LOT of things all by voice. Google Maps/Navigation is outstanding...voice guidance, real-time traffic, updated maps...and on this phone the display is easy to see and the directions are easy to hear! Get a phone mount for your car (~$20 on Amazon) and you won't need any other navigation device.
I could go on for days talking about all the little feature improvements over the iPhone...LED indicators, proximity sensor, microUSB connector, removable battery, microSD memory slot, etc. If the iPhone isn't exciting you, try this phone, or if it's too big for try the Galaxy S3 (or even better wait for the S4). Fabulous!
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
A big screen, fast processor and long lasting battery.
by vedhalam on December 18, 2012
Pros: 1. Big screen. The iphone has the same apps but they are much more usable on the note 2 due to the large screen.
2. Unbelievably long battery life. It lasts two full days with moderate use.
3. Superfast processor. Web pages open fast.
Cons: The android system has improved by leaps and bounds but it is not as smooth as the iOS. But there is nothing specifically that I find lacking for my needs.
Summary: I need to see ECGs when I am called in for an emergency. The big high resolution screen is fantastic because i dont have to zoom the image and move ...
Summary: I need to see ECGs when I am called in for an emergency. The big high resolution screen is fantastic because i dont have to zoom the image and move it around to see each corner. Makes my life so much easier. Now I am not bound to a fax machine and I can have the ECG texted to me anywhere I go.
I edit powerpoint word and excel files on the note 2. This was almost impossible to do on the iphone with the tiny screen. I can view my daily schedule and calendar easily and my life is more organized now.
With my old i-phone I had to charge it at least twice daily. This battery is a beast. With moderate use it lasts two full days. Truly amazing.
The note 2 is definitely way way better than the iphone 5. No comparison at all. People who call the big 5.5 inch screen a drawback are obviously blind to great user experience this large screen affords. Every single app can be used to its fullest potential.
Merely having a phone that can fit inside your palm or be used with one hand does not make it a great phone. If the iphone5 had a 5 inch screen, then it may have stood a chance against the note 2.
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
WOW! Samsung is on to something here!
by Lou_S on October 26, 2012
Pros: Screen size and battery life.
Super super fast!
Cons: I could do without Samsung's TouchWiz interface.
Summary: This is the best phone I think I've owned yet. Coming off an iPhone 4. I wanted something with a larger screen for reading books and web surfing. This ...
Summary: This is the best phone I think I've owned yet. Coming off an iPhone 4. I wanted something with a larger screen for reading books and web surfing. This is way better on the eyes!
The battery life is fantastic! I get almost two whole days with heavy use.
At first I didn't think I'd use the S Pen much but I find that I use it a lot now. It's a great cross between a smart phone and tablet. It does take a few days to get used to though. But once you do you won't go back to a small phone again!
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
- 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