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Samsung Galaxy Note II is here – do you like it?

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Samsung Galaxy Note II is here – do you like it?
To the surprise of no one, the Samsung Galaxy Note II was officially unveiled during the Unpacked event hosted by the Korean company in Berlin. It is exactly what we were expecting it to be, namely a bigger, better, and more capable Galaxy Note, equipped with an improved S Pen and loaded with useful software features. At 5.5 inches, its screen is bigger than the one on its predecessor and should be even sharper since it uses a standard RGB pixel arrangement. The processor has also been upgraded to a quad-core Exynos 4412, which is the exact same piece of silicon that ticks inside the Galaxy S III, but runs faster at 1.6GHz.

Now, all of that sounds pretty impressive and we cannot deny that we are excited to try out the Galaxy Note II first hand. But what about you, dear readers – are you impressed with what the Samsung Galaxy Note II turned out to be? Or perhaps it doesn't quite meet your expectations? That is what we want to learn today with our poll, so feel free to participate by casting your vote below!

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Samsung Galaxy Note II is here – do you like it?
62.62%
1089 votes
(1089 votes) It is perfect! Please, Samsung, take my money now.
12.59%
219 votes
(219 votes) It is good, but not good enough to make me switch from the old Galaxy Note.
8.91%
155 votes
(155 votes) I am pretty disappointed, Samsung can do much better than that.
15.87%
276 votes
(276 votes) Meh. Phablets are so overrated. I am sticking with my human-sized smartphone thank you very much.

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posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:02 1

1. hateftotti (Posts: 135; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I will buy it and enjoy it till some of these cool features come to Galaxy S IV with A15 processor and newer display;)

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:03 6

2. wendygarett (unregistered)


Meh... Good phones but semi tablet? Just meh...

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:12 14

7. Wildmanfan (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


I expect an answer like that from an Asian chick. It's typical. Nothing is ever good enough for you.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:36 3

16. wendygarett (unregistered)


The big phone make someone no self-confidence... Which means it is suitable for geeks...

I'm confident enough to take the tiny phone :b

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 18:07 1

40. joey_sfb (Posts: 2676; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Type of phones the person use has nothing to do with a person self-confidence if it does that person has a very low self-esteem.

I do see quite a number of man and women using the Note I in my office so its not a geek phone either.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:51 6

37. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You must've missed the whole ely tran thing. Not her real picture. If it's a her...

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 17:05

39. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


lol i saw that

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:52

45. MeoCao (unregistered)


Haha, not every Asian is that choosy.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 07:22

55. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Big phones make up for tiny genitalia lol

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:35

15. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Is that really you on that pic?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:39 9

18. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 240; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


LOL that's elly chan in the pic.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:54 1

46. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree kinda.

I tried a GS3 and its pushing it for size for me. The Note 2 would be too big for a phone for me. I think I will try to stay in the 4.3 range.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:04 17

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3802; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


This is a wonderful device. 5.5" Super AMOLED+ screen is INSANE. 1.6GHz quad-core is super POWERFUL. 2GB of RAM is beastly. The new S-Pen is WAY better than the old one on the Galaxy Note. The BEEFY 3100 mAH battery is such a HUGE plus. And the kicker Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean is the icing on the cake.

This is in so many ways BETTER than the original Galaxy Note. I mean why would anyone be disappointed. What they want the Note II to transform & cook them some breakfast. Or maybe give them a warm oil massage. People get real!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:38 3

17. wendygarett (unregistered)


Is not disappoint... It just that it can't give 'wow' to us tho...

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:48 2

19. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yo, im am down for the phone that cooks and "massages" just saying. lol

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:19

30. D3VR04 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jan 2010)


Is Nick T, sure it's Super AMOLED+?! If it is AND hits the U.S with quadcore, I'll be the Happiest Man Ever... well that is until the lg optimus G ever hits the U.S specs in tact lol

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:52

38. Captain_Doug (Posts: 748; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Icing on the cake has got to be the lack of pentile. Huge improvement.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 21:24

49. Hammerfest (Posts: 365; Member since: 12 May 2012)


yeah... lower resolution and crappier aspect ratio = lower ppi

no thanks!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 22:01

50. zhypher_23 (Posts: 195; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)


RGB, not Pentile.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:05 2

4. Aeires (unregistered)


Option 5: really like it but I'll stick with my current phone (GSM GNex).

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:07

24. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Saying the same thing here

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:07

5. Trollonka_KeKe_Jackson (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


I think we expect to much. We need to give companies slack. Expect the iPhone 5 to disappoint. I actually expected worse but was surprised in the end. I will still buy this phone.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:11 2

6. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


i believe that a phablet should be able to run both the phone and the tablet apps because its intended to be a phone and a tablet, until then, its too big for a phone and too small for a tablet......to be honest,its a huge phone......

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:14

8. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I wish all phones shipped with 3000mAh+ batteries instead of getting uncomfortably thinner and thinner. The iPod Touch latterly hurts my hands after 15min of gaming. Also Sasmsung please put Android in the ATIV S metal body, sick of looking at the Wave and WP phones and felling like a second class citizen.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:20 2

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3802; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Metal is know to diminish cell & Wi-Fi reception. Plastics is the best with reception in 3G, 4G, & Wi-Fi.

Metal does look nice but it hurts functionality. I am willing to bet that the plastic Windows Phone 8's will have better reception that the metal ones overall.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:48

20. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


actually, the reception issues can be avoided.....there is no problem with wifi on the ipod touch, there isn't any wifi, 3g or 4g reception problem in the ipad........the iphone 4s has two antennas and the structure can be used as an antenna itself
so after looking at these devices, i don't think that the ativ should have any reception problems.....so if they can make it for the windows phones then they can also make it for the galaxy phones, if samsung is unable to do that, then they should make unibody galaxy phones

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:27

12. thebest (Posts: 231; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


i love the design of the ipod touch 4g.....its great in every aspect
i want samsung to make devices as thin as the ipod touch 4g.......
yes, the ativ has good looks and it also has a huge battery......samsung has done a good job........samsung's windows phones always have better build quality than the samsung android phones.....maybe thats because they are on top of the android market so they can afford to make more money by compromising with the build quality...........a metallic galaxy s4 would be great

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:19 1

9. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


If it drops on verizon i'll get it. I was saving for the s3 but took so long to save up I might as well get this, or more realistically whatever is even better than this in 2 months time.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:26 1

11. Wildmanfan (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


I'm praying that Screwizon does not get it. Only AT&T because apparently Screwizon customers will get the Optimus Vu. The problem is, the company doesn't know how to make their customers happy.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:35 1

14. nicholassss (Posts: 348; Member since: 10 May 2012)


I would rather eat a galaxy note two than live with the ugliness of the Vu

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:29 1

13. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


It's just a little too big for an average user. No? Or is it just me? Don't get me wrong it's amazing specs wise, but just too dam big.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:56

47. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I know if I got it...I wouldn't put it to my ear as a phone. Blue tooth earpiece ftw...lol.

I agree....as a phone I think its too big.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 22:57

52. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea you would look silly holding such a thing to your ear lol.

Say, speaking of this, it's funny how they actually admitted that cellular phones should be held a foot away from your head and recommend using headphones or a bluetooth device. It's even written in the iPhone instructional manual if I'm not mistaken.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:56

21. unbiasedcommenter (Posts: 11; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


i think i might pick this one up, my only gripe is the cpu. if it had the exynos 5 dual instead they wouldn't be able to take my money fast enough

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:12 1

26. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Iphone5 will be alot better than this power hog!!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 15:57 1

22. webOSlove (unregistered)


Watch that beast eat up your battery

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:04

23. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Need an option of I would consider it...

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:12 1

25. ImHungry (Posts: 17; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


I mean its a great phone. But i will just have to see the iPhone 5 before buying either

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:13 1

27. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Iphone 5 will be sick

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:14

28. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Thats all samsung wow lol.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:17 3

29. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 258; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


The biggest screen, the fastest CPU, a GPU that decrowned the 4S, RAM breaktrough, latest software, bigger/biggest battery...

Meanwhile the iphone 5 will have a 4' screen, A5X with faster cpu but slower gpu compared to the new iPad, 1G RAM, NFC, maybe LTE and a 12 MP camera as a gimmick. No native youtube or G maps.

Don't expect anything else, maybe a "magic" logo that will try to convince you it wasn't a bad purchase.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:23

31. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Ya but it is not a Iphone5

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:37 4

33. Wildmanfan (Posts: 220; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


f**k the iCrap 5.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:49

36. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


As we all have found out samsung has been just copying Apple! So if you like samsung you must like apple!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:29 1

32. Chasers (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


What more could you possibly want with the technology available today? That is a better question.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 16:37

34. YaIphoneiscool (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


An Iphone5!

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 18:14

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


by December the Note will be 99.99 on contract so dont go rush to buy Androids

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 22:12 2

51. Savage (unregistered)


Do you buy phones to sell them back?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:11

42. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Personally Im pretty disappointed that they switched from 1280 x 800 16:10 aspect ratio to 1280 x 720 16:9. To me, the 16:10 screen is what made the Note unique; and it gave room for that extra row of apps.

A year later and same size screen (with a different shape) lower resolution, lower PPI and still a pentile display. Pretty disappointing.

Other than that the Note 2 looks awesome. Processor is beefy and battery life should be impressive; although probably less impressive than people are hoping for considering that it has a huge screen, quad core AND LTE in tow.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 21:03

48. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


umm.. you obviously missed the whole part and seperate article where they mentioned that its not Pentile, its now True HD RGB. The different aspect ratio still keeps the phone sizable, but it makes it more pocket and hand friendly, unlike the super large LG phone which is much wider and harder to hold.

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:22

43. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 503; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Gonna be selling my perfect condition Note 1 real soon for around $350, any takers?

posted on 29 Aug 2012, 20:30 2

44. jan25 (Posts: 383; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


would've preferred they switch to the new Cortex A-15, but the reason i am not going for it is because i am waiting for the next Nexus. i appreciate timely updates and the pure google experience way too much. if it disappoints me then the Note II would instantly be the alternative.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 01:45 1

53. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 04:33

54. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Just "NOT(E)" my type!!! :P

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:34

56. meloth1991 (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


Would rather stick wth my s3 :)

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 11:03

57. darkkjedii (Posts: 10252; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This thing looks awesome, and with the way apple is trying to sue everyone and kill competition I'm more interested n this than I am the new iPhone. Sniggly andro remixfa droid x doug and super android evo, the jedii is starting to agree with u guys man. Apple is slowly losing my respect, not the devices but the company and their business practices are sucking big time. I stand up for apple when I feel they're right, and I will b man enough to say it when I feel they r wrong. AND THEY R WRONG for trying to ban all of Sammys most popular devices. I will b getting the new note and jus updating my 4S to ios6.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 18:39

58. maxspecs (Posts: 31; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


for those who are dissapointed, i just want to inform you something, the display of note 2 with the new pixel arrangement will look amazing and crisp and sharp.ppi is noticable only if it's too high or too low but minor diffences like that are innoticable even if there is a 70 ppi diferrence it will be barely noticable so ppi dosen't matter a lot. the new processor is blazing fast and the 8mp camera takes good photos, what makes it not a dissapointment is that there is a huge gap between it and the s3, which shows samsung worked hard unlike when they released the s3, for those who want to say i am samsung fanboy, i love samsung but that dosen't mean that i'll not buy a better phone from other companies if avaliable but right now note 2 is the best.

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