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Galaxy Note 2

February 18, 2014

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Galaxy Note 2Samsung became, over the years, one of the biggest mobile phone companies on the market. It achieved that with a lot of money spending on research and development but also with a good deal of adaptability, trend forecasting and learning from other companies, both in terms of success or failure.
And, most important, from time to time, by hitting the markets with products like Samsung Galaxy, a truly iconic smartphone which was sold in millions.

The same story goes for the original Galaxy Note, launched in 2011 and thus creating a niche in the market, a combo between a smartphone and a tablet, something unseen before and with no competitor from its rival brands.

One year later, in 2012, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 2, which was bigger and better from any point of view, from the screen/processing power to the battery, that’s now pretty impressive.
Galaxy Note 2 penAs you will see, the Note 2 is a real beast of burden, offering anything you can imagine. It’s bigger, better, faster yet thinner, with a cool slim design and Android JellyBean 4.1 out of the box (upgradable), a real treat folks. The Koreans took their best shot and used their latest technology on this fellow, let’s take a look at the details.

Galaxy Note 2 screenThe retail package is nothing out of the ordinary, it contains a charger, a micro USB cable, and a pretty cool pair of headphones with some extra ear buds for perfect fitting.
The smartphones has 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm, a little bit taller than its predecessor, but now it’s narrower and even slimmer and the weight remained almost the same, at 180 grams. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Is a big presence, even amongst the high end droids on the market, you can play Ping-Pong with it and even win a tournament.

As for design, it looks almost the same as the Galaxy 3, it is made entirely of plastic to keep the weight down and overall, thanks to the huge screen, it’s an awesome droid.
On the front panel, you will see a 1.9 megapixels secondary camera and the 2 usual ambient/proximity sensors. There are also the classic Android keys, the hardware Home button and the capacitive Menu and Back ones.

The top of the giant hosts the 3.5 mm audio jack and a secondary microphone, used for stereo sound recording.
On the bottom you will find the micro USB port, used for both charging and data transfers, also MHL enabled for HD video output. Here you will find the stylus slot too. The back of the Note 2 hosts an 8 megapixels camera lens and a led flash, the cover is user removable and reveals a really huge 3100 mAh battery plus the usual micro SD and SIM card slots.

The battery is impressive not only in terms of size, it manages to offer three full days with a single charge, an outstanding performance for such a powerful droid with such a big screen, the Galaxy Note 2 is really something folks.

The huge display of the original Note just got better, it has a 5.5 inch diagonal and a 16:10 aspect ratio. It also has a resolution of 720p (1280×720 pixels) and an improved pixel density of 267 ppi.
Being an S-AMOLED screen, it has great brightness and contrast levels, the sunlight legibility is also good yet not spectacular.

The S-Pen is even better integrated, the screen can now detect it from distance, the digitizer is even more sensitive than before, it can distinguish between 1024 levels of pressure, pretty impressive.
The Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1.1 JellyBean with some custom made UI from Samsung.
The user interface is almost similar to the Galaxy 3, the S –Pen is a very important part of the user experience with the Note. It plays an important role in a lot of new features, it launches apps with gestures, and you can also hover the S Pen over various things to get a better look at and so on.
Galaxy Note 2 testingThe Galaxy Note 2 has a function similar to Siri, it’s called S-Voice, it can do the usual tricks like search the web, make calls, send texts answer or reject incoming calls, start the camera and take a photo, control the music player and FM radio and stop or snooze alarms all with the help of your personal digital assistant. There is also a voice command solution from Google, the Google Now app, which can be used for sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site.

All these amazing software features are powered by a state of the art hardware platform, the Samsung Galaxy Note II’s heart is a Samsung-made Exynos 4412 Quad chipset with four Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM and a Mali-400 GPU. Needless to say, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 performs flawlessly in any application, without lag, everything goes smooth.

The phonebook is amazing, it has any feature you can imagine and also has unlimited capacity, The Quick contacts feature has shortcuts to call, text, email or Google Talk.

Telephony is top notch, the signal reception is excellent and the in call sound is loud and clear, with no glitches, you benefit from smart dial and voice dial obviously, also Direct Call, which lets you dial a number by lifting the phone up to your ear while browsing contacts or reading/composing a message.

The messaging department is well covered too, the Note 2 handles anything from sms-mms-email (via Gmail of course), text input is made by voice input (works great!), handwriting recognition using the S Pen or the standard on-screen QWERTY which provides excellent feedback and tactile response.

The music player is an updated version of Touchwiz, very similar to the Walkman from Sony, it has equalizer presets and a proprietary sound-enhancing SoundAlive technology, which features 7.1 channel virtualization.
As you can imagine, the Video Player is one of the best features on the Note 2, you benefit from the best viewing experience out of the large, high-res screen. You can adjust video brightness, color tone and enable outdoor visibility too. It can play absolutely anything, WMV, though .AVI (DivX and XviD) and .MP4 to .MKV (H.264), at any resolution, flawlessly.

You also have an FM radio built in with RDS capable of broadcast recording and in terms of audio output quality, the Note 2 doesn’t disappointed me a bit.

The camera is great, one of the best 8 megapixels units on the market, it is capable of taking pictures at 3264 x 2448 pixels and 1080p videos, the secondary video call camera takes 1.9MP pictures and 720p video.
The UI is the usual for a droid with some enhancements courtesy of Samsung, it has plenty of features like geotagging, touch focus, HDR mode, Panorama, burst shot (with Best photo), Share shot, face and smile detection with Best faces, low-light mode, digital image stabilization, scenes, effects and so on.
As for image/video quality, they are both excellent, almost the same as in the Galaxy 3. The full HD videos are recorded at 1080p in mp4 format in stereo.
Galaxy Note 2 coverThe Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is truly a business device with stellar, high end connectivity, it comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G (AWS is missing though). The 3G connectivity is backed by HSPA (21Mbps downlink, 5.76Mbps uplink). The Wi-Fi support covers a/b/g/n, with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band compatibility. Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA are supported, you get Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC is supported and also for wired connectivity we have the MHL port.

Web browsing is a pleasure on that huge screen, the Android browser’s UI is minimalistic in Google style which I personally adore, the browser supports both double tap and pinch zooming along with the two-finger tilt zoom, you can use the S pen like a regular mouse and also for quick searches while browsing the interwebz, everything runs perfectly, fast and smooth, HTML5 is supported out of the box.

The organizer is high end, it contains lots of cool apps, the S cloud service is enabled too.
The Galaxy Note 2 comes with a GPS receiver featuring Google Maps with Street View and for anything you ever need in terms of applications, you can visit the Play Store in which the Samsung Galaxy Note II has access to the latest apps.

Finally, what can I say? It’s a monster of a smartphone, a leap forward in its class, an upgrade from any point of view, from its ample dimensions to the almost doubled processing power, with a bigger and better screen and an impressive battery. Also, the design was improved, and thanks to the slimmer body handling is even better, the S pen is better integrated now and works like a charm. The software was improved too, which means the user experience is even more pleasant now from all points of view. This is as good as it gets folks, I must say, it’s a true wizkid, everything you can imagine in one device, an ideal smartphone for power users who want the best there is.
Galaxy Note 2 camera


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