Samsung Galaxy Note II and its S Pen magic: a summary of the new features

Samsung Galaxy Note II and its S Pen magic: a summary of the new features
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is not only a state-of-the-art crossover of a phone and a tablet, but also a device for creativity, coming with a brand new built-in S Pen.

The second generation Note is a great device on its own - it packs a monster screen, processor and battery all working to create a smooth and long-lasting Android experience. Best of all, it runs on the latest Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. 

When it comes to software, though, Samsung focused most on what relates to the brand new, slightly thicker and easier to hold S Pen. It’s an essential part of the second Galaxy Note. It comes with plenty of new features that come to think about it look very natural but never made it onto Android smartphones yet.

Here’s a rundown of all the features of the second big phablet and its magical new S Pen.

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  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3100 mAh(16h 3G talk time)



1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Better grip and rubber tip.

30. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012


36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

OLD??? The Samsung Galaxy S III is not even 4 months old. WHAT are you talking about?!?

41. SleepingOz unregistered

Haters gonna hate..

38. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Its design is better than S3

43. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

LOL, they are just Following Apple Right?? Same old Iphone design...

45. serious9010

Posts: 254; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Apple had the same design with two models of their phones, but now that Samsung's doing the same thing it's suddenly OK !!???!?

2. Savage unregistered

Make way for the monster.

3. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

My next phone for sure...

25. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

mine too ........ :)

28. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

same here!

33. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Mine Three :)

44. master0fursinz

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 26, 2010

this is on top of my list for next phone now. I just want them to keep that quad core for the US version!

4. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I hope Sprint get this one!!..with the LTE too!..

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome. Now that's innovation.

18. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

iFans thumbs u down lolzzzz

22. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

I have to agree. No one has created a stylus with such functionality and tie-in to the software. Whether Apple fanboys like it or not, that is innovation.

26. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

may b apple have some email stored a decades before having ipen idea patents ........... lolol

31. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

steve jobs once said stylus is the worst innovation as god gave us 10 fingers, but sammy prove that he was wrong

34. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Especially the Airview feature, my fav of all the features ;)

7. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I guess the plastic tips lasted too long so they made it rubber now so it wears out and drags across my screen leaving smudges and pieces of rubber behind like a pencil eraser??? With the ICS Update I already have Hover. Hopefully pulling out the pen can be configured...sometimes I just want to pull out the pen in my browser and not have an app open, or perhaps I just want to pull it out to key in a number more accuratly while on the phone. Pulling it out and having the phone turn on like my HTC Fuze did would be cool too. I'm not sure what they mean about that DPI or Pressure because pressure wise There are less than five levels...more like 3. And if DPI the pen is accurate enough in the is the edges that have issues. There is a "Secret" Test/Debug menu you can really see this in too. Bigger is nice and a more easily used button would be good. I often wish it worked like a pencil too where I write and when I want to erase I flip it and use the other end.

8. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

The official phone of the state of Texas.

19. The_Godfather

Posts: 196; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Well said mate and in NewZealand too :p

9. wendygarett unregistered

The only things that surprise me is the jellybean :) Design : looks like a polished note1 if you ask me Processor : Meh... I don't think jellybean needs that... Resolution : don't know yet but 1280 x 720 will be the hint , but I'm glad It's not pentile screen... Conclusion : not worth to be upgraded, really!! If you take a look at pic 7, you can actually confused that it is a last year note, but it just me... However, if you are new, you definitely choose this because it is far better than galaxy s3 (which still struggling the jellybean update)

20. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Ms. Garett, In first place the Galaxy S3 already runs Jelly Bean 4.1,1 LPH7 My Galaxy S3 is running it right now. Regarding the Note 2 yes, it worth upgrading because it have better specs thatn the Note I I'm the owner of a S2, S2 HD LTE (Korean Version), Galaxy Note & Galaxy 3 & yes I'm gonna purchase the Note II. My suggestion to you is to continue using your HTC One X that is a good handset, but fail behind the mighty S3.

24. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Could it be you just dont like bigger and better things. Its totaly an upgrade to the 1st note and its not an upgrade to the GalaxyS3. Maybe you dont like phones too big for your small hands ;-)

39. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

the screen and the battery is what might tip the scale for me but other than that i am not hugely impressed, impatiently waiting for the Nexus.

10. Chasers

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

I must have this as my next phone!

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

wish many of these features where included into other non note devices and we could buy this pen in a store.... or maybe its just me...

12. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I was saving for a galaxy S3 but if this comes to verizon I might go for it. I thought the S pen was kinda gimmicky before but on the note 2 it actually seems like something i'd use.

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