Just like the original Galaxy Note ‘Phablet’ Galaxy Note II is a confusing device to say the least. Even its maker couldn’t classify the device into one category and settled calling it a Phablet in its commercials indicating that its neither a phone nor a tablet – its something in between. While some aspects of this device are really fascinating like its gorgeous screen that makes watching movies and playing games on it a delight and using a stylus on it, other things aren’t that impressive especially when you are using the device outdoors or making a phone call with it in a meeting or while walking. Here in this post we will be taking a look at this new Galaxy device by Samsung and see if its worth your money or not. Let’s get started.
Lets talk more about its design. As I have mentioned before the screen size is a deal breaker as well as deal maker for many buyers depending on their preferences. When I held this device in the hand it felt really good and its colorful large screen gave me a feeling that I could do so much on this device. But then after 5 minutes of using it I realized what are the potential drawbacks of such a device. The problem starts when you start putting Galaxy Note II into a category. If you consider it a tablet you might feel it to be too small when compared to other mini tablets including the Nexus 7 and Apple’s newly announced iPad mini. If you consider Galaxy Note II as a phone then you will feel it to be extremely large when compared to any other smartphone available on the market.
When it comes to design Galaxy Note II resembles Samsung Galaxy S III more than it resembles its predecessor. This is because Samsung has changed its design strategy when it comes to mobile devices and is making Galaxy S III’s design more mainstream. The overall look of the device does not feel very premium due to the amount of plastic used on its outer sides – which makes it look cheap. The chrome that surrounds the whole design also does not bring that executive look to the device.
Galaxy Note II features an enormous 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display that carries a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. On the inside it has a powerful 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor. The device has a 2GB of RAM and comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage options. It also has a microSD card slot that is capable of supporting 64GB of memory.
Galaxy Note II has a 8-megapixel camera on the rear and 1.9-megapixel camera on the front. It also includes NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3,100 mAh battery, and more.
The biggest plus point of Galaxy Note II and its big display is that you can use stylus on it for almost all purposes. The S Pen that comes with every Galaxy Note II can be used for drawing, painting, and even handwriting using Samsung’s built in app for the purpose. I tested the handwriting feature on a Galaxy Note II and felt it to be a great input option. It works like magic and the level of accuracy is really impressive This is the only feature I loved on a Galaxy Note II, and will buy one for.
Galaxy Note II runs Android 4.1 along with Samsung’s TouchWiz. Samsung has added a handful of apps to Note II specifically made for the device including Code Scanner, FamilyMap, Navigator and more. Some of them are carrier specific and not available on all models.
Galaxy Note II is available for $664 or above. It will be released on all major US carriers including AT&T, that will release the device on November 9th.
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