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Video shows how to use the Samsung GALAXY Note II as a PC

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Video shows how to use the Samsung GALAXY Note II as a PC
Sure, the Samsung GALAXY Note II is a powerful smartphone, but could the device be used as a PC? ColdFustion posted a video showing the phablet connected to a 29 inch Samsung monitor using an HML Samsung adapter and an HDMI cable. An Apple wireless QWERTY keyboard and Magic Mouse was hooked up to the device, and a number of tests were performed to see if the Samsung GALAXY Note II could make it as a PC.

Multitasking, as you can see from the video, is entirely possible and the Samsung GALAXY Note II supports a more full-featured floating browser than the pop-up one found on the phone. Looking to tax the processor, two flash videos were started at the same time. With four flash videos running simultaneously with two native apps, things finally started to lag and break down.

Can the Samsung GALAXY Note II be used as a PC?

Can the Samsung GALAXY Note II be used as a PC?

One test that failed when tried with the Samsung GALAXY Note, involved a copy and paste test using the Dolphin Browser and a picture of a cat and lettuce. The picture was successfully copied and pasted thanks to the 2GB of RAM on the Note II. The 1GB of RAM on the OG Samsung GALAXY Note could not handle this test. S Note became a whiteboard-like tool, allowing the user to use the S Pen to scribble notes that could be seen nicely on the larger monitor. How did the Samsung GALAXY Note II hold up for PC game playing? Most games worked without a problem. One in particular suffered from a permanent portrait orientation, which looks pretty horrible on the monitor. Another game, called Nova 3, had a problem with frame drop. And lastly, plugging in a USB stick directly into the Samsung GALAXY Note II allowed the user to watch Misfits without a hitch. Trying this particular test with the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung GALAXY Note resulted in some contrast issues in scenes with low lighting.

The bottom line? While it might not be "practical" to use the Samsung GALAXY Note II as a PC, considering the extra accessories you would need to make this work, it is possible. Considering that much of the testing did not work with the OG Samsung GALAXY Note, a huge step was taken with the higher specs on the GALAXY Note II. Imagine where we will be in, say, three years from now.

source: ColdFustion via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:32 44

1. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Best smartphone ever in the history..!!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:55 27

6. Mightymack (Posts: 73; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


That's just amazing

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:05 28

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


Be afraid MS, be very afraid!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:26 2

13. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


sighhhh relating it again to MS.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:15 12

17. MeoCao (unregistered)


This article is about PC, and can we talk about PC w/o mentioning MS? :))

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:50

88. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I really like that fish effect in the beginning of to
He vid

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:55 2

24. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


This video is great in showing the pure power of the device, but this will never be a desktop alternative

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:06 7

28. MeoCao (unregistered)


Maybe not this device, but that is enough for many people to ditch the PC.

With multi user support Android is getting closer to challenge Windows.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:14 4

31. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


On a big screen, android is ALREADY a great desktop alternative already, for vast majority of people.
Only professionals, gamers and heavy geeks will need full pc power

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:39 3

37. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


let's not get crazy. The video was really impressive, but this does nothing to challenge PCs. Even the video maker thinks its impractical

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 09:14 5

52. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You are clearly missing the point..this is to show that android is capable of doing what 99 percent of pc users need a pc for.
Impractical?
Man, this was just an self -made assembly for making a point, it wasn't a shelf solution obviously and as such didn't needed to be "100 percent practical".

Have you heard of a Samsung smart dock?
I say putting your phone to charge via that thing plugged into a big full hd tv is the most practical semi -desktop computer solution you can get ;)

The only thing missing really is the desktop mode for phone android versions, but that's just a matter of simple tweak.
The OS and hardware are already there, and that's the point.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:21 1

54. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


but all this comes to nothing as a pc is a much more powerful and versatile piece of tech. theres no way that android will replace windows

and ive already had some android fan think it will but thats the hight of idiocy.

no tablet (bar the surface pro not rt) will be a match and full replacement for the pc

this is impressive but people are going overboard

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:46 2

57. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Just wait and see.. =]

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:53 1

58. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


i will, and i know that android wont be taking of the likes of windows xp,vista,7,8 etc

its a mobile os that hasnt yet been fully optimised for tablets so how you expect it to send pc's into the pages of history is beyond funny

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:58 4

60. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


You seem to have issues with reading carefully, but alright.
Let's cut to the point.
Say you're a person that uses pc for internet, Skype, movies, music, and some casual gaming.
What can a pc do for you, that this cannot?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:17 1

62. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Lets say you need to Skype and make a PowerPoint, are you going to use this? Lets say you have an essay to write, are you really going to use a blown up version of some mobile app instead of Microsoft Word on a computer? You don't need to connect the Note II to a big screen to know that it can mimick the same functions as a computer, but that doesn't make it a replacement.

And you're spending all that money on accessories, might as well save yourself some time and buy a cheap ultrabook. But hey, everyone has different opinions. If you really think its a good replacement go ahead and sell your PC/Mac. Just know that most Android users will say its great, but won't even bother (even the majority on this site) and the person who made the video thinks its cool but impractical. I agree

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:29 1

71. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


hmm lets see shall i ditch my laptop that allows me full browsing, able to download from many sources without lag, secure payments (sorry but id never do any transactions on android dont care how you wanna react to this but i can guess you will attack windows for virus's but as you android lot shout on about i havent had any so im fine its how you use it)

i may play skyrim etc wow would look so amazing on the note 2 right ....please the games arent even close, then we have the software like nero, corel photoshop, sony vegas, fl studio, adobe cs5 , cinema 4d etc you cant for one second think the note to can offer the level of software available on pc's

your classing people who use a pc are using it for basic tasks they also use there phone for which is stupid. android would be a complete nightmare for what i use it for.....and before you go well others arent you if everyone wanted basic levels of software , gaming etc why has microsoft dominated the computer world. apple with the mac have a better chance to replace pc then android

im sorry but a great mobile os doesnt mean it can beat a full blown computer operating system

i might as well go on your crazy train and say nokia make symbian a pc os, hell and meego.

expecting the thumbs down as the only opinions on here that get accepted are those for android if your against any outrageous claim then ohh noo the android fans get annoyed.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:21 2

80. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Fine, but that's exactly what I was talking about. You basically shot down your own argument.
You are a power user of pc.
You are NOT a majority. Not even close.
Here's some food for your thought.
The percentage of pc owners that have played skyrim?
The percentage of them using any of those programs you listed?
How many people will own some android smartphone in 3 years?
Here's your answer - probably well over 3 BILLION people. For more than a billion, it will be their first computer ever.

BTW.. which phone are you using?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:31 1

81. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


well i havent as i said even those who dont use all i do still would go for windows pc's as its just more natural and easier to use. andrid offers a lite version only you dont get the full package

its funny how your saying im not the average user but there are more who now have high end pc's then tablets etc. the pc becomes the central hub for the house where all can be done for each user.

android will not take down the pc, i dont get why you believe it will it would be a downgrade. you go on about why would android users go to ios and be restricted, well why would pc users go to limited functions and lite apps offered when they could have more.your over promoting android, its a capable mobile os, and with some work i.e optimising apps it will be great on tablets too but to think it will take away the need for pc's is a leap to far.

and i have the 808 why ? i dont see the relevence of that

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:39 2

87. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Easier to use than to plug your smart dock into a tv, while your phone is charging? (remember we are talking about worldwide desktop user base in general here, not laptops..which will be a dead breed in 5 years btw, thanks to tablets and hybrids )
Are you really that thick?
Dinosaur stuck in the past?
Can you answer my questions.. please, one by one?
I asked fairly, if you're unable to answer, well..

Oh and the phone you are using(apart from the camera ) is a HORRIBLE OS experience, compared to my phone, for example.
It is an ARCHAIC hardware.
It's so useless that I find it VERY relevant.
I'll all makes perfect sense now, really.
Maybe you should spend some quality time with a quad core jelly bean, before speaking again here. Seriously

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:23 3

86. infinitemethod (Posts: 125; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


You need to work on your grammar for people to actually take you seriously. And you're missing the point of the video. All the applications you listed, about 90% of the world will never use. Get your head out of your ass for 5 seconds.

It is an amazing device and easily the closest to a desktop replacement. I would never use it for my business but the fact that I COULD if need be is awesome. Can't wait to get my Note 2 on Thursday.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 14:05 3

65. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


For the same reason the tablet is replacing the notebook, the smart mobile can replace the PC altogether: Most people don't need a PC level machine to conduct their daily computing needs. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Skype, Instagram, and some web surfing & casual gaming thrown in can all be achieved on one device. A smartphone.
PowerPoint? How many people out of the hundreds of millions of computer users are making PowerPoint presentations at home??? My money is on the minority of users.
Hell, the larger display and dedicated input device(s) aren't even a necessity, but add to ease-of-use.
It seems to have worked out pretty well for Apple... Isn't one of the leading Apple-enthusiast statements regarding defense of iPhone over Android's multitasking that the iPhone does 99% of what they need their iPhone for anyway, and there's work arounds for the 1% left over?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 14:20 2

67. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


That's my point from the start but this guy is missing it too.
For docs, office app for android and Google drive are JUST FINE for vast MAJORITY of users.
And he comes up with power point. What's next, programming in autocad?

Anyway, to summarize - if you have this, a smart dock (around 80$ if I'm not mistaken ), a big monitor, and are a casual pc user - you can already throw the power sucking, space consuming tower out and never look back. Period

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 14:59 1

70. SleepingOz (unregistered)


QuickOffice works fine for me and I think that MS Office is also on its way to Google Play. Most of them are either Android or Samsung haters somehow, but this video surely prove them wrong, they just won't admit it. Future is bright for Android users.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:30 1

72. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I think what we're disagreeing on is when you say things like

"that is enough for many people to ditch the PC"
"its fine for the vast majority"
"android is ALREADY a great desktop alternative already, for vast majority of people"

If there was such a big market, by now we would have seen a huge push for using smartphones as a PC and that hasn't happend.

Lol, you're comparing making a powerpoint to CAD? Even the simple mobile office apps are not good enough. Some people may need 3-4 word docs open at the same time to write something meaningful. On a PC, that's an EXTREMELY simple task, but on a smartphone you now have a challenge. Why limit yourself?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 14:57 2

69. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


If you're okay with permanently using mobile apps and a mobile browser, then go for it. The tablet isn't replacing the notebook. Almost everyone who has a tablet has a notebook to go along with it. Or maybe I should say that people with notebooks have tablets to go along with it.

Powerpoint was just one EXAMPLE out of many reasons. And I was trying to identify a possible demographic for using a smartphone as a PC and the only one I could come up with was "broke college student," thus the reason for my bringing up powerpoint and office.

I think equating a collection of mobile apps on a big screen to a PC/Mac is an insult and degrades the complexity of real computing systems. I'm not saying it never could happen, but you guys are seriously jumping the gun. Big Time.

If the reason why you bought a PC is for "Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Skype, Instagram, and some web surfing" then I could see a possible argument because Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook are all pretty weak reasons to buy PCs. But for the vast amount of productive things you could do on a PC/Mac, mobile phone apps don't cut it.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:33 3

74. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


My company doesn't even have desktop computers anymore. Everyone has been issued a laptop. All we have at work are desks with docking stations, no cubicles, the team can just get together and find a table to sit at to conduct work.
(A slight drawback to that is they also figured if they put everyone on salary, that there was no excuse not to work from home as well. Technology - a true Sword of Damocles)
Mobility is the future of technology. Key portions of that future are already here.
Tablets will probably be the next step for the company... I've already heard talk of Windows 9 tabs being issued once they're available, but with just switching to all-laptop and Windows 8 still be new they decided to be fiscally responsible. Other companies are already starting to implement iPads in their business activities even as we speak (err, type). What do you think the next evolutionary step is? The pocket PC. Oops, I mean smartphone.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 15:37 2

75. roscuthiii (Posts: 1789; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


E.N. - "Why limit yourself?"

Ask the droves of people that bought iPhones.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:33 1

76. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


As always, the simple-minded creatures like roscuthill and SleepingOz can't think pass iOS vs Android. If you really like to know, the reason why I have an iPhone is for apps, music, fluidity/speed, browsing, and the camera. The iPhone may not be the #1 best in all those categories (i.e. Lumia for camera), but it excels at all of them combined. If you prioritize customization and installing custom roms, then OBVIOUSLY the iPhone isn't for you.

Now that we're done with iOS vs Android, maybe we can segway back to what we were actually talking about.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:58 2

78. SleepingOz (unregistered)


"can't think pass iOS vs Android?" WTF? Did I ever mention iOS here? Seems like you're really butthurt dude, since your beloved iphone can't do a single thing that this monster can do. Oh com'on just don't be jealous.. May be you'll get these features in 3years or so and you'll call it "magical".

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:08 2

79. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Suggesting that all these comments are because I somehow hate Android or Samsung is so stupid and pretty much stepping into the territory of iOS vs Android.

And just read the comment you just wrote, lol. what a tool

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:48 3

82. SleepingOz (unregistered)


There's a lot of Android haters from WP/Symbian/Nokia fan base. And there's a lot Samsung haters within the Android fan base as well. Calling people "simple-minded" for something they never did or said, makes you the simple-minded one, dude! Unless if you're an egocentric biased ifan, not everything in the tech world is related to apple.

And what's with my comment? Aren't you the jerk who called me a "simple-minded" creature for no apparent reason? Are even more butthurt now?Seriously, grow up dude..

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:02

83. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


and there are alot of wp/symbian/nokia/apple/ios/bb haters in the android fanbase

just thought id add that

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 18:15 1

85. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


regardless of which group you were referring to, its still really "simple-minded" to say that the comments are stemming from hate.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 06:13 1

92. SleepingOz (unregistered)


But still you proved me right.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 14:01

94. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yup, keep thinking that

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:41 1

77. E.N. (Posts: 2280; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I pretty much consider laptops/desktops to be PC/Macs, but maybe I'm using the word incorrectly.

And I agree with the majority of what you're saying. The smartphone is great for mobility. But let's not pretend that it's going to out PC the PC anytime soon and that a smartphone is a good replacement to a PC for most users. That's just crazy

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:21 5

46. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


I think the video disproves what you just said.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:27 3

48. imsickwithphone (banned) (Posts: 76; Member since: 17 May 2012)


iphone cant do this!!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:59 2

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


...yet!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:43 5

22. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


yet because next year, note 3 would be epic. -.-

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:02 6

9. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


Too big

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 00:19 10

18. nobelset (Posts: 269; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


small hands?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:58 2

26. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


yea to big, my hands very small, sgs3 can not fit in most of my pocket

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:10 3

51. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


I dont understand why people thumb me down. I don't insult them. And i own sgs3 thats why i know sgs3 not fit on my pocket. Yes it fit but i can't sit without broke my pocket or phone

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 01:13 1

20. XYZ360 (Posts: 51; Member since: 01 Jan 2012)


in a history that ends in 2012

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:44 4

38. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


probably on your planet lolzzz

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 21:09 1

89. NaRFL (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)


My friend this sucks. My iphone 17 can do just that. For now, we've achieved adding one more row of icon to our phone. That's wat i called a revolutionary start :). Screw Samsung!

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:42 16

2. Schuler2828 (Posts: 56; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


This video showed me what this phone is capable of doing. It amazes me,I don't care how big this phone is it is worth it,and I'm now getting it:)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 07:23 1

47. CellularNinja (Posts: 302; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


Same, I own an S3, but for my next upgrade I might go for the Note series! I can't believe that I could even somewhat replace my PC by just buying a monitor and connecting my phone with it! Super cool.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 13:17

63. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Pal, even the S3 will be like this after the next update.
And S4.. well let's just say you won't have to wait for the next Note :p

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:47 3

3. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


Welcome to 3 months ago. There have been videos like this on YouTube since a week after the phone was released as well as for the original note.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=use+the+galaxy+note+ii+as+a+computer&oq=use+the+galaxy+note+ii+as+a+computer&gs_l=youtube.3...36886.40379.0.40969.10.9.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0.echs..0.0...1ac.1.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:48 12

4. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Totally respect for Android platform and tech giant Samsung once again.
And big thanks to "Coldfusion" for his great work for bringing all these great features front of users. Big fan man :)

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 22:53 7

5. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


I want to try it when my sgs3 updated to android 4.1.2

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:03 3

10. tedkord (Posts: 4702; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm on naive 4.1.2 right now. Talk about smooth and powerful.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:57 1

25. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


because stock android 4.1.2 samsung bring split screen to sgs3.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:01 5

8. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2967; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I ordered my UNLOCKED Note 2 and can't wait to get it next week! No bloatware and no waiting for updates! I probably won't have LTE in my area for another 1-2 years anyway and AT&T's HSPA+ network does the job for me.

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 23:05 10

12. antmiu2 (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


ifans are really quiet now

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:39 2

36. AnTuTu (limited) (Posts: 804; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


They are speechless because this device answer their each n every question.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:54 3

59. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Not just ifans but all Android/Samsung haters in general. WP/Nokia fanboys included!

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