Samsung Galaxy Note II review

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a bigger battery, a new screen and has twice the processing power than Note. Only seeing these upgrades worth a lot but check some of its main features:

  • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Optional LTE connectivity
  • 5.5″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android OS v4.1 with TouchWiz launcher
  • 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad chipset
  • S Pen active stylus with deep system integration
  • 8 MP wide-angle lens autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection
  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • 16/32/64GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass
  • NFC support
  • Stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • FM radio with RDS
  • microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Great audio quality
  • Very slim at only 9.4mm
  • 1.9MP secondary video-call camera
  • Document editor and file manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich video and audio codec support
  • Huge 3100 mAh battery

Full specs on the official site here.

Above the screen on the left side of the ear piece speaker it has the light and proximity sensors and the secondary camera. Under the screen it has the well known arrangement of control buttons: the hardware home button in the middle of the touch sensitive menu and back buttons. On the left side we can see the volume rocker keys while on the right side is the power button. Samsung could put a camera button out there because there’s plenty of space. At the top is has the 3.5mm jack and the secondary microphone for active noise cancellation and stereo sound recording. At the bottom it has the mouth piece, the microUSB port and the stylus.

The Galaxy Note2 can detect when you take out the S Pen (stylus).  It automatically changes the icons from the dock screen and gives you another set of shortcuts. It also brings you to a contextual page where you can see your recent S Notes.

The Super AMOLED display is covered and protected by Gorilla Glass 2 which is thinner. It supports multitouch and has FullHD resolution (720 x 1280) and a pixel density of 267ppi. The sun light legibility is good as we are accustomed with the Super AMOLED displays. A cool thing that Samsung made is that even if you set the brightness to auto the brightness slider remains active.

The Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP primary camera and a secondary one of 1.9MP. As camera features it has geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, panorama and others. It can simultaneously record HD video and take pictures. The image quality is better than the original galaxy Note. Video recording can be made at 1080p or 720p and at 30 fps.

At connectivity it has the following: HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps; LTE cat3, 50 Mbps UL (upload), 100 Mbps D L(download); Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP + EDR + LE; NFC; microUSB v2.0 (MHL) with USB Host support. The browsing experience is excellent.

The quad core Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz is based on the Exynos 4412 chipset. The Mali-400MP graphics processing unit is helped by 2 GB of RAM memory. Internal memory has 16/32/64 GB and it also can be extended through a microSD card up to 64 GB. The phone has accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer, proximity and light sensors.

The phone has the same features as the Galaxy S3: S-Voice natural language commands and dictation, Smart Stay, Smart Rotate eye tracking and 50 GB storage on Dropbox.

The 3100 mAh battery is more than enough. It offers a talk time of almost 17 hours and at an intensive usage it still can keep the phone alive for almost 3 days.

Overall the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a great mix between a tablet and a smartphone. If you like it check good deals for it on


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