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Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

0. phoneArena 24 Oct 2012, 08:00 posted on

Experimenting with something a bit out of the norm, Samsung decided to gamble on bringing back the stylus with the Samsung Galaxy Note – and surely enough, it proved successful in shedding some light on the long forgotten pointing device. Our friends overseas have been getting some good face time playing around with the impressive smartphone, but now the smartphone is coming to the US – with all four major carriers getting in on the fun!...

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posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:31 1

33. nwright94 (unregistered)


This is exactly what I was thinking. Amazing phone but a little too much phone for some people.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:33

34. aximtreo (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Oct 2010)


Darn, was so excited about WP8; Nokia, HTC and even Sammy. Couldn't decide what to get or what carrier to go with (I am on Verizon) for my next phone. I just sold my Sammy Tab 2 7.0 getting the money for a new WP8 phone.

Now, this comes along and my longing has taken on a whole new direction. A great phone, a great tablet and pen operation. Count me in for this baby as soon as Verizon get's their head out of their (cloud - LOL) and introduces this to the market.

I so wanted to go with WP8 but will wait for a few more months and give this monster a try first.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:54

82. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Why not get a WP8 for your phone and a GNote7 (if that were to come out, which I guess it would) or GNex?

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:37 2

36. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


If you're not going to give this amazing device a "10" please list some cons at the end to let us know what Samsung should have changed.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:59 1

38. twospirits (Posts: 5; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


What's up with all these T-Mobile version reviews? How can the reviewer/article state the following...
"In this review we've used the T-Mobile version of the Note II. The other versions are exactly same, with the only difference being that they support LTE connectivity."

umm I don't believe so. Externally, these versions are the same, internally there are a few differences. For starters, the Sprint version does not have a SIM card slot but rather embedded one. Battery life may be different on a HSPA+ device when compared to a LTE device. So to say that the others are exactly the same is in my view incorrect.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:52 1

46. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1003; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


If there are no cons with this device, then why is it rated at a 9???? I love the phone and I'll upgrade to the AT&T variant of the Note II before the end of the year.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:56 1

47. TheCellX (Posts: 45; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Guys...please go and buy the Note 2. Besides the amazing machine... there are a lot of useful features.. that no other phone can offer. I really love my Note 2..

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:22 1

54. scsa852k (Posts: 290; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Damn excited about Note II.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:54 1

56. Twisted247 (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Bout damn time, I'll be up real early and ready to go pick this beast up in the a.m.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 19:30

58. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


In my experience with every U.S. carrier out there, stay with AT&T. T-Mobile, Sprint, have horrible data reception, and Verizon is a big rip-off!!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:36

65. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Tmobile has vastly improved my friend.I'll take a harder look if I was you.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 19:38

72. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I will try them again, thank you

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 19:49 1

59. GoBears (Posts: 346; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


Sorry PA but this phone's a 9.9. I mean, got to leave some room for improvement! Now just waiting on Big Red to release it.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:34

64. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


Just got finished playing with it and trying it out and I got to say this phone is finer than Kim Kardashian on her worst day..W/O saying IT'S A BEAST!! Feels real light in the hand,screen jumps out at you,plus I like the fact it knows when your going to use the S-Pen and a 3100maH battery in a thin frame! Everything else is like the GSIII.

Once again Tmobile,the first US carrier to get it

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:44

66. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


This review sucks a 9 with no cons but the give the fruit a 9 as well..Do that make sense? This Is the best phone on the market period. And you wonder why ppl call this iphonearena

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 05:39 1

67. 12013E12T (Posts: 37; Member since: 08 Sep 2009)


Wait a minute... I thought this phone was supposed to have some kind of split screen multitasking feature??

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 19:35

71. theo14461 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Superb! Best Android device to date, if you like the enormous size.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 05:43

75. AndreyV (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Is TMo version has a split screen view option ? And when 32Gb version will be available and for what money ? Is it has Gorilla glass 1 or 2, if my any. Thx.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:33

76. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


i wish this power were all all packed in a 4.8 display...5.5 is just a way too big for me..The size of the GS3 is the perfect match. That's my take, but I don't know why Samsng can't put that same processor in the GS3, along with a 3100 mah battery---hey do I see the future GS4 with those specs and still in the 4.8 arena..would be nice.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 14:37

78. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


Does anyone know why there is NO white version available on ATT right now?

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 17:05

83. ttbyls965 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Galaxy note receives 9/10 stars for me. I don't like the fact that I cannot forward my text or I cannot add a signature. Otherwise everything else is great!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 11:42

88. Twisted247 (Posts: 202; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This article is about the note 2, if you are speaking of the note 2 you can easily forward messages and customize a signature.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 20:50

85. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


need to hold one in person to see how it feels and just how large it sits in a pocket. if all is well, i will be buying

posted on 03 Nov 2012, 20:14

86. djtomek (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


just got my sprint version and so far i love it!!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 13:46

89. Rejeimha (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Jul 2010)


Would it be possible to get a review of this phone on Verizon so those of us on big red can get a good idea of how the network affects the battery life, call quality, and data connectivity?

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:58

90. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5736; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


VZW edition Note II:
Battery Life with LTE radio on is dependent on strength of LTE service. I have gotten through a full day surfing the Internets, checking e-mail, making and receiving phone calls, etc. with 60% remaining battery life. A similar usage profile on my GS III would leave me with 50% remaining battery life. Using the Note II in a weak LTE reception area would drop the battery life remaining to 25% (GS III would be down to 15% remaining) at the end of the day.

Call quality is indistinguishable from my GS III (I swapped numbers between the Note II and the GS III). Data connectivity (latency and transfer speeds) is similar to what I get with the GS III.

The S-pen stylus IMO is a handy app - hover the stylus over e-mails and you don't have to open each one. It alone (for me) is worth the price of admission.

posted on 03 Jan 2013, 08:08

91. blackfeather (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


This phone deserves a 10 just because of the S pen. Lol.

But really, S pen is friggin awesome

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 01:17

92. CheapSocks (Posts: 21; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


oh why does it have to run with the exynos chip?!! they could've used the snapdragon s4 like the the S3, that way i can get rid of touchwiz and have some nice stock android on it. Please samsung, release the source codes for exynos! You were so awesome in 2011 with the S2 and supporting developers like the cyanogenmod team.

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