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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, 23:07 1

62. imkyle (Posts: 1079; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

I am rocking a Galaxy Nexus and I love Samsung products, but the Optimus G has my attention.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:14

63. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

oh tyou want to be like the palm pre at 9.9?

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 10:03

68. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Galaxy Note 2

Optimus G = LG never update their phone
920 = bad ecosystem

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 12:52 1

69. shandesilva (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

jshan my friend, you still havent made up your mind? :)..its android !,,,and the galaxy phones are much better than iphones in lots of aspects.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 16:48 3

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

I like both Android and iOS operating systems, they have their cons and pros.

Android is an open source operating system developed under the linux core, it gives you almost the same freedom as a linux operating system on a PC, many customazion options, the ability to root it and great third party support. But all this comes at the cost of performace in some cases, most Android phones lag at a certain point, and they are not the easiest phones to use. But I think they finally got it right with Jelly bean.

iOS: It's a well built ecosystem all around, music, videos, movies, apps...almost everything you need. However it is a closed ecosystem, meaning that everything you do or use has to come from Apple. Third pary support is great too. The operating system is very simple to use, but sometimes boring and that makes you wanna upgrade your phone every year. There is no lag at all, at least 98% of the time.

In my case, I trust the finns more (Nokia), finland has the highest student achievement rate. They always come up with great stuff, I also like their designs and build quality of their products,I like their maps system (which is the best), and finally the great support that they're giving to their Lumia line.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 23:13

73. enGet (Posts: 31; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Excatly my problem too, and the same phones as well :)

I am putting the Note in third place though because of the low quality case and screen, but I love the size. The Lumia is well-built and has Win 8 so it should be damn good. The Optimus looks awesome as well - high quality parts, awesome screen, etc, but I am a tad worried that Android hasn't fixed their wifi connectivity issues such as having to use a static IP address to connect to a wifi hotspot/modem/router (2 out the last 3 Androoid devices I have owned had this issue).

Right now I am waiting to see what the Nexus 4 (LG) looks like, then I'll make my final decision.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 00:32

77. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

I dunno, from what I understand developers have a harder time developing for phones running Exynos processors, for some reason? I would get the phone if that is false, or just wait for either the HTC Nexus 5 or the HTC J Butterfly or whatever it's called, 5 Inch 1080p Screen with 440 pixel density, quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2 gigs of RAM, count me in!

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:49

79. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Between ios and android, Android hands down. Better ecosystem, better phones, cheaper to own/operate, and upgrade.

That said, I've moved from Android to WP and haven't looked back. It's a good system, just not for me, and, really, probably not for most general non-enthusiast consumers. iphones have had their day, the world is moving on.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:50

80. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

True, but you void the warranty on it, and I wouldn't do any rooting until after the warranty was up.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:11 3

2. sheik (Posts: 249; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

You are wrong. The GN II front camera is 1.9 MP, not 1.3 MP

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:15 4

3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

You are right, this has been fixed. Thanks

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:55 3

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Edit: I am 'justifying' AT&T by trying to convince myself that it would be good to have a second carrier for those times when VZW doesn't have coverage.... Lame, I know, but still, that is how bad I want this toy.

Come on VZW!!!! Your version has already received certification from the FCC, so it is nothing more than you f*cking with the market.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:54 2

22. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Patience... Verizon will not release this in the same 2-week return window as the RAZR HD/RAZR MAXX HD launch. My educated guess is a November 8th release date on Verizon. "You can quote me on that."

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:17 3

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

VZW, stop f*cking around.... RELEASE your version of the Note II!!!!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:31 2

11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

I know, I can't take it anymore (I feel like one of those people who habitually stand on-line when a phone is released; of course, this is different because it's 'the Next Big Thing', unlike the same old small thing that those other people wait on-line for [dangle preposition...]).

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:45 2

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

November is my decision month. Specifically, early November (9th). If VZW hasn't announced for late November shipping, I may have bite the bullet and go with the AT&T edition. I am not going to wait into December for VZW to ship something this good.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:02 2

27. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Yeah patience.... Ever walk around with a small pebble in your shoe? At some point, you just have to stop and remove the shoe to get rid of the pebble. For me, that point will occur when the AT&T edition of the Note II ships.

9.0. What a joke, PA!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:42 1

37. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

No one knows more about that proverbial "pebble" than I. After all, I dealt for years with Microsoft Windows phones after Windows Mobile 2003SE hoping that they would continue to evolve
but, instead experienced the steady spiraling devolution of Windows Mobile 5,
5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 6.5, etc!

So, I truly feel ya'

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:22 5

9. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

"John V." this phone deserves a "10" solely based on that video posted yesterday demoing the use of the S-Pen to paint on top of all the other hardware that completely blows anything else, including that teeny-tiny "other" phone with the headphone jack now on the bottom' (which is half a phone compared to the G-Note II).

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:39 4

15. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Yeah, I would agree that PA has down-rated the Note II. If the iP5 gets a 9 with all of its 'issues', the Note II rates at least a 9.5.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:51 4

20. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Thank you, I didn't want to point out all those issues for fear of getting another "warning". But, you're right that "other" phone (if you can call it a phone) has a host of hardware and software issues and it, too, got a "9". Someone at PhoneArena (cough, cough Michael H.) should review, revise and update "John V's" atrocious rating.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:55 3

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Yes, the Note II deserves a 9.5 at least. Especially since there is no cons list if you look.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:54

52. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

After all its iPhonearena guys. :(

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:28 3

10. FranksGT (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)

"Regardless of that noteworthy item, it’s still a bit unwieldy to hold in the hand, making it more suitable for two-handed operation."


The Ipad Mini 7.9 can be used with 1 hand but a PHONE can't?
Are you mental?
Your stating a 5.5 inch phone is more sutible for 2 hands, and a Ipad mini is comfortable with 1 hand at 7.9?

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:34 1

35. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

Yeah, but you forget, the MiNiPad has this new feature called "Thumb Detection"; an entire article devoted to it was posted here last evening.

Here's to "Big Thumbs" on PhoneArena.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:47 2

18. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

Well I'm tired of Android bring on wp8. All Androids are the same just different specs. Getting to childish for me. Apple is OK just tired of the same ios.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 15:53

81. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I did the same thing in April (for WP7, of course, not 8) and haven't looked back. No crashes, no restarting launchers, no random reboots, great signal and voice quality, and the data and memory isn't being hogged by a bunch of poorly written apps

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 08:58 2

26. ChrisG (Posts: 38; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

"Discrete" vs. "discreet." Look it up. Basically, you used the wrong term throughout the article. Otherwise, nice review!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 09:16 1

29. redmd (Posts: 1314; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

John V is this year's Ray S for the Note. Score of 9 without a con, where did the 1 go? The absence of fruit logo probably hid it. Seriously I've been using the Note 2 for a week now and I think it's the most fluid android yet both hardware and software. coming from Note 1 I'm impressed to the maxx.

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.

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