Samsung Galaxy Note II and its S Pen magic: a summary of the new features
The second generation Note is a great device on its own - it packs a monster screen, processor and battery all working to create a smooth and long-lasting Android experience. Best of all, it runs on the latest Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Here’s a rundown of all the features of the second big phablet and its magical new S Pen.
The new S Pen: a summary of all the new features
3. There is a slight drop in resolution to 267 pixels per inch, but in return the PenTile matrix with less pixel detail is gone for a new one, much closer in detail to the standard RGB.
4. The slight stutter from the original Note should be completely gone - courtesy of an Exynos 4412 quad-core chip with processors clocked at 1.6GHz.
5. And the biggest surprise - the Note II is shipping with the latest and greatest of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
7. Designwise, the Galaxy Note II looks almost exactly like the Galaxy S III. A bigger one, of course, but with the same soft and great looking Hyperglaze finish.
8. The new S Pen comes with an 8mm body for better grip and a rubber tip.
9. The magic starts when you take the pen out, an application automatically starts, allowing you to instantly start doing things with the S Pen.
10. The new S Pen features better pressure sensitivity with 1,024 levels of sensitivity, up from the mere 256 on the original G Note. Artists would definitely appreciate it.
11. The most amazing new feature is AirView - hover actions for the S Pen. Hover the tip of the S Pen around half an inch (10mm) above the screen and you get to peek inside applications.
12. AirView works with the mail application - hovering brings up a pop-up with contents of the email.
13. AirView works with S Calendar - hover for detailed look at events.
14. AirView works with the gallery - hover over an album to see the images in it pop up.
16. Next comes PopUp Note. Imagine you are speaking with someone on the phone, and you need to write down a note. Now most of us would start looking for a pen and a piece of paper in vain, and Samsung brings the solution - just take out the S Pen and you can automatically start writing down a note on the screen. Neat!
17. PopUp Video is something Samsung borrowed from the S III, allowing you to play a video on top of what you have on the screen. It's not directly S Pen related but you can move around the video with the stylus while you're doing other stuff.
18. Easy Clip is just what it sounds like - encircle an object with the S Pen and you get the option to easily clip it. Neat for making small collages!
20. Screen Recorder is an app not directly related to the S Pen - it lets you capture a sequence of actions, not just a screenshot and record it.
21. Idea Visualizer is another new feature - you write a word in a dedicated box, and the Note II will generate an image that fits with that word.
36. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4015; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
OLD??? The Samsung Galaxy S III is not even 4 months old. WHAT are you talking about?!?
41. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Haters gonna hate..
43. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
LOL, they are just Following Apple Right?? Same old Iphone design...
45. serious9010 (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Apple had the same design with two models of their phones, but now that Samsung's doing the same thing it's suddenly OK !!???!?
2. Savage (unregistered)
Make way for the monster.
44. master0fursinz (Posts: 104; Member since: 26 Apr 2010)
this is on top of my list for next phone now. I just want them to keep that quad core for the US version!
4. MartyK (Posts: 711; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)
I hope Sprint get this one!!..with the LTE too!..
6. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Awesome. Now that's innovation.
22. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
I have to agree. No one has created a stylus with such functionality and tie-in to the software. Whether Apple fanboys like it or not, that is innovation.
26. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 702; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)
may b apple have some email stored a decades before having ipen idea patents ........... lolol
31. desijatt (Posts: 53; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)
steve jobs once said stylus is the worst innovation as god gave us 10 fingers, but sammy prove that he was wrong
34. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
Especially the Airview feature, my fav of all the features ;)
7. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I guess the plastic tips lasted too long so they made it rubber now so it wears out and drags across my screen leaving smudges and pieces of rubber behind like a pencil eraser??? With the ICS Update I already have Hover. Hopefully pulling out the pen can be configured...sometimes I just want to pull out the pen in my browser and not have an app open, or perhaps I just want to pull it out to key in a number more accuratly while on the phone. Pulling it out and having the phone turn on like my HTC Fuze did would be cool too.
I'm not sure what they mean about sensitivity...is that DPI or Pressure because pressure wise There are less than five levels...more like 3. And if DPI the pen is accurate enough in the center...it is the edges that have issues. There is a "Secret" Test/Debug menu you can really see this in too.
Bigger is nice and a more easily used button would be good. I often wish it worked like a pencil too where I write and when I want to erase I flip it and use the other end.
19. The_Godfather (Posts: 150; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Well said mate and in NewZealand too :p
9. wendygarett (unregistered)
The only things that surprise me is the jellybean :)
Design : looks like a polished note1 if you ask me
Processor : Meh... I don't think jellybean needs that...
Resolution : don't know yet but 1280 x 720 will be the hint , but I'm glad It's not pentile screen...
Conclusion : not worth to be upgraded, really!! If you take a look at pic 7, you can actually confused that it is a last year note, but it just me...
However, if you are new, you definitely choose this because it is far better than galaxy s3 (which still struggling the jellybean update)
20. henrickrw (Posts: 404; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
In first place the Galaxy S3 already runs Jelly Bean 4.1,1 LPH7
My Galaxy S3 is running it right now. Regarding the Note 2 yes, it worth upgrading because it have better specs thatn the Note I
I'm the owner of a S2, S2 HD LTE (Korean Version), Galaxy Note & Galaxy 3 & yes I'm gonna purchase the Note II.
My suggestion to you is to continue using your HTC One X that is a good handset, but fail behind the mighty S3.
24. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Could it be you just dont like bigger and better things. Its totaly an upgrade to the 1st note and its not an upgrade to the GalaxyS3. Maybe you dont like phones too big for your small hands ;-)
39. jan25 (Posts: 389; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
the screen and the battery is what might tip the scale for me but other than that i am not hugely impressed, impatiently waiting for the Nexus.
11. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
wish many of these features where included into other non note devices and we could buy this pen in a store.... or maybe its just me...
12. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)
I was saving for a galaxy S3 but if this comes to verizon I might go for it. I thought the S pen was kinda gimmicky before but on the note 2 it actually seems like something i'd use.
13. Aeires (unregistered)
Suddenly pen inputs don't seem so bad anymore. Awesome features, the hover idea is outstanding way to get information.
14. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
I don't even like samsung that much but suddenly all other phones in the world really started to look very crappy...
Airview and 1024 pressure levels? Give me 2 in each color! Why isn't this in every smartphone already?
15. The_Innovation (Posts: 556; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Damn, now this is innovation. Apple should take lessons.
16. SleepingOz (unregistered)
MY NEXT PHONE!
17. Jphones (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
take Notes apple can't sue them this time. just can ihate on it
21. henrickrw (Posts: 404; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
This is a wonderful Handeset. Common Apple.. Sue us again you bitches..!!!
27. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
oh do you actually work for Samsung? lmao
32. joseph98 (Posts: 167; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
I was one of the first adapters of the galaxy note 1. had this phablet since January 2012. I was the first to write Samsung back then that I loved this note and wish the battery was 3000 mAh or more and a larger screen but no more than 5.5 inch would be perfect but keep in mind to reduce the weight or at least keep the same weight and less bazel. I pledged Samsung to buy it if they do that. Now they did but what really disappoint me was changing aspect ratio from 16:10 to 16:9. it's not a bad thing for some users but for me I was expecting the new note 2 will just be larger in width and length but this new note was only larger in legnth and less in width to look like stretched GS3. still it is not a bad thing for some users but for me I pass and will keep my old note. Otherwise this phone is great and loaded with new features and If I didn't own the note 1 then I will definitely buy a note but again it will be hard to choose from note 1 or 2 due to screen ratio that the new note 2 I didn't like. But that is my opinion. for now will keep my old note 1. I might add to my inventory wp8 either Samsung but I will wait to see what Nokia has to offer and no I never and will never buy apple iphone. Apple products is not on my shopping list.
37. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
I love how you say "and no I never and will never buy apple iphone. Apple products is not on my shopping list." +1. You are a very smart buyer for electronics :))
40. alexanderOmar (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)
my s3 got higher score in this benchmark !