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Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2012, 08:40 posted on

The GALAXY Note carved a brand new niche for itself, and more than 10 million units have been sold so far. Now we have its successor, the Note II, which transitions the Note family feel from the I’m-with-dork to an oversized-Galaxy-S-III-with-stylus impression. It also ups the ante with a much more ergonomic S Pen stylus that learned new tricks, a larger 5.5” screen in a thinner, narrower body, die-shrunk quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. Are there other improvements in store? Read on our review to find out...

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posted on 08 Oct 2012, 00:46

124. Intelligence (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I'm so excited to own one too. Getting it the day of. Currently have an iPhone 4S. I needed a break from android and am excited to dive back into it with such an amazing device. So I'm currently sitting on an upgrade, hopefully it'll come in late October.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:45 8

4. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


so how this get a 9 and xperia t got an 8... ?? sony haters..

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:47 14

10. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Xperia T is a good product but doesn't have much 'personality' if you ask me.. Sony seems to be lost in alphabet jungle!! They need to innovate their product naming.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:00 18

15. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


sonys still a year behind

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:15 5

56. mukrenol (Posts: 90; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)


i own a sony... but unfortunately... i do agree with you there = =

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 20:04

90. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


But Xperia T is James Bond's phone. It should get a 10 solely for that.

posted on 08 Oct 2012, 12:24 2

125. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Ive really never liked Jame bond.. lol

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:05 1

17. tluv00 (Posts: 134; Member since: 18 Oct 2007)


Because reviews are opinions. Not eveyone is going to have the same one as you.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:45 23

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


Good Job Samsung on another excellent device

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:25 13

31. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Make the battery bigger and it will destroy an Ultrabook.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:45 23

6. lee480 (Posts: 197; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


At least it is much better than some rotten fruit.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:45 32

7. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Geez!!!

Look at the cons & it STILL only got a 9 out of 10. The Apple iPhone 5 had more cons & can expand its memory, has more RAM, has a more powerful processor, & not to mention the innovation that is the S Pen. I am sorry but PhoneArena.com's reviews are very suspect!

If the Apple iPhone 5 is a 9 out of 10 then the Galaxy Note II is a 11 out of 10. Get my drift PhoneArena.com?

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:52 12

13. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


The iPhone 5 had more cons & the Galaxy Note II.... Yeah I am having a bad day today. I can't type for the life of me. & I hate I can't edit because some posted right after I did.

PhopneArena.com PLEASE CHANGE OR FIX THIS!!!!!! I want to EDIT at anytime or at least for 5 to 10 min after even if someone posts right after me! lol

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:01 23

16. ajac09 (Posts: 1481; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


happens when apple pays for reviews

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:07 11

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


9.4 for me. Better than s3. But needs more improvement. :)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:18 8

19. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Thank you. lol I really was exaggerating just to make my point. To me it's a 9.75 because the loud speaker actually has some bass with it. To me that is VERY sweet. I can't remember the last phone that can make that claim.

Also the battery life is phenomenal EVEN with a 5.5" screen. Also the VERY excellent photo & video quality is awesome feature. We all know that the poor sounding recording can be fixed in a future update so that should be squashed fairly quickly.

Also the innovation that is the S Pen can be made even better once 3rd party apps take advantage of its tech. I can keep going but to me the Samsung Galaxy Note II legitimizes that "phablet" category & it will now get more & more mainstream.

Basically another thing Apple will copy from Android & Samsung. lol

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:09 2

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


9.75 for me is too much given the fact that there's more room for other technology to fit on this device such as S pen as a mic and earpiece for calling, wireless charging and many more.

But I'm so excited to have this one. :D

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 10:32 1

35. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


I agree. How about putting Quad Core S4 Pro? Or maybe a SGX 543MP2 instead of Mali-400MP? Or how about a Mali-T604?

A15s are basically useless for mobiles according to me. Go either Quad A9 or Custom design.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:53 1

50. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


exactly. this phone clearly deserves 9.7

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 12:05 3

53. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Agree. I'd go with a 9.25-9.5... taking off for its sound issue while recording. If it has great call sound quality for the user and the person on the other end, then its obviously a sound glitch while recording video which can be patched, I agree.

If we start getting apps/games that use S-Pen in an intuitive way, that would make this device even more sweet. Prepare for the return of the stylus lol.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 13:18 1

67. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


lol YES Samsung is bringing sexy back with the S-Pen. The return of the stylus IS in full effect!

+1 :-)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 11:37 3

47. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I also think this phone deserves a higher rating than the S3, but whatever, we're all entitled to our opinions.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:45 11

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


s**t! Only if I had money Q__Q
Well I have it reserved for Lumia 920 :)
But clearly, this is an awesome product. I love the way how android is customizable..

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:57 4

25. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Same here. I am loving the Galaxy Note II, but the Lumia 920 seems to have stolen my heart. This phone sure is a beast though.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:47

9. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Now I bet nobody is going to criticize the mark it got. (I really love PhoneArena for this reason)

Nice phone in my opinion, but I always get the feeling most users are actually compensating for something having one ;)

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:50 1

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


Finally! a full review, gotta read this later. This will decide whether I'll have this or other phone.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:52 11

12. nofear (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


iPhone 5 has nothing to compare with this lovely beast.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 08:55 7

14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


9/10? As if I wasn't already sold on the fact that this is the phone for me. Can't wait.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:37 8

20. henrickrw (Posts: 408; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Well, the Iphone 5 score the same rating & it's light years behind the S3 & the Note2

Well, I would have given a 9.5 to the Note2.

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 09:44 4

21. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The iPhone has more premium materials, it's got a blazing fast processor, a very nice screen with high PPI and an optimized OS. How is it lightyears behind?

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