Samsung GALAXY Note II User Reviews
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Needs a new life
MahmoudHamsharii has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Needs a new software refreshment btw it's a good phone till now, still beast of a phone as a flagship only a software treatments and it will be awesome, great and gorgeous battery life hoping for an update.
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HOOHH13 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
A pretty great phone,but the size is a bit too big for me. Build quality is average,cheap plastic spoil it. Easy to get dirty,mine is a white colour device. Battery was awesome,can last me for the whole day. Display is big but a bit disappointed because of it's yellowish and greenish display. Camera is great enough. have some lag issues with the UI sometimes . No Android 4.4 upgrade :(
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Good overall, But needs improvement in many places.
Ishmeet has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Having had it for an year, this phone definitely feels good with its large screen and good battery backup. However when connected to wifi or mobile network, battery drain is noticeable. Also speaker volume is quite low compared to what is offered by the competition. The camera could also use some more fine tuning.
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Still a solid performer
slavytodorov has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Already starting to show its age. No major updates so far. Becomes laggy over time. Easily scratchable back. Great camera, even for today's standards. Needs some new features in order not to be too far behind the competition. Otherwise a nice smartphone.
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waiting for the Note III
ebubekir26 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I'ts just extremely awesome, deserves a very high score,
love the battery life,
I have a custom ROM (Aliance ROM), Android 4.2.2,
you just have to root your Android smartphone to make it even more awesome
9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Report
Best phone of 2012 and best phablet of all times till note 3
adrianzka has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Before this, i was using a blackberry. My sister bought a 4s and i used it a few times, it's pretty good. That time i know almost nothing about phone specs and android. I was planning to buy an iphone 5, but my cousin which knows a lot about tech recommends an android instead. I was looking at s3 and note 2. I finally bought this thing on november 2012. To check if my decision is correct i search in tech sites. Now thanks to this phone my knowledge about technology has improved drastically. And till now i haven't regret it. Overall awesome device.
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Jack of all trades....
nightsoft has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
What can I say about the Note 2 that hasn't already been said. The phone has it's flaws in my opinion, mainly it's restrictive Touch UI and limited usefulness of its pen...720p screen instead of 1080p. That's pretty much it, and as you can see those are pretty weak flaws.
In other words, though not perfect, it is pretty close in my opinion. Just the right size for surfing, typing and watching video, while still not so large that it prevents the device from being a useful phone...though I still retain my clamshell for most of my calls. Build quality is really good (a bit perplexed at the choice to make the back cover a snap on plastic affair...), battery life great, touch screen responsiveness impressive, etc. You can install other launchers to use if the Touch UI is not to your taste of course. Perfect size in my opinion to act as a regular GPS unit.
A few recommendations. Pick up a BT keyboard, good case (make sure it's a protective case, many good ones on the market), some kind of stand, an equalizer app to boost sound quality, quality bud headphones and a good THREE PRONG car dock...two prong docks will constantly push the volume button. I own this and the HD2, in my opinion the most mod friendly phone ever made.
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Possibly the best android out right now.
ghostkilla1388 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I have had my Sprint Galaxy Note 2 since Jan. 19 and love it. The screen is amazing and huge, yet i can still use it with ease. I have had many people ask me what phone i have and etc. The battery is great so far, yet im only on Sprints 3g speed since my area in the Upstate of SC has yet to get lte but i have gotten through a day with on average over 30-40% left. Ill take it off charge at 6am and by 10pm ill still have plenty of battery to watch Youtube, play games, or surf the web before i go to bed, i have yet to kill the phone through daily use, im sure 4g lte will use a little bit more battery just how much? The call quality is very good, no complaints there plus their is a little button that you can push while in a call that boosts the ear piece volume. I have no complaints about this phone, I love it!
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Overall good phone but battery doesn't last long enough if you are a heavy user
SiyabongaMoss has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Overall a good phone but not without its flaws and at the price there shouldn't be any, battery isn't as great as the capacity suggests , camera could be better indoors and I constantly get a maps error message even though they are closed
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Galaxy note II
joseph98 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Samsung Galaxy Note II, is simply the best Android phone for october 2012. I used to own galaxy note 1 and bought the note II simply because the note 1 deliver what I expect and I like the note 2 over the note 1 for the faster cpu and enhanced software for the S-pen that I used daily. The battery is really good in the note II and much better than the previous note 1. I also liked the 2GB ram and I found my browser shut down in my note1 due to lack of memory ram ( 1GB in note 1) when I open lots of pages in phoneArena over 12 pages but the note 2 has no problem opening over 20 pages at the same time. One thing I like more about the note 1 is the screen ratio 16:10 compare to note II 16:9 that I didn't like much.
Overall I am very happy with my unlocked phone and yes looking forward to buy the note 3 when available.
P.S. I wrote this quick review using my galaxy note II.
Best Phone, if you can get past the size
iDroidWin has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Note 2 left me speechless after I switched from desire. The difference between single core and quad core is amazing. I rarely cam across any lags or stutters. I wish it was true Android experience, as I have never felt android to be this smooth, not even with the custom ROM for my previous phone. Multi tasking is fairly easy, big ram and multi window only supports it. I have found myself using these features along with pop and play frequently often. S-Pen, however isn't for everyone, but it can improve your efficiency and it has helped me save time. Watching movies or TV shows just can't get better. If you have no issues with the size, its a must have phone. Camera recording could have been better though, its good not great. Its plastic, but I get a case for expensive phone anyways. So good enough for me. Battery last one day with HEAVY usage, two days with average. Its a beast.
Note 1 is awesome note 2 is even better
zheking has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
It's the best phone in the world period . At first coming from s 3 I found it a bit to big but no I find the s 3 to small . Because u will definitely get used to it . The build quality is good but not great because it scratches to easy . But everything else is great
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The phone of the year!
doejon has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
oh man this device is just great i never had a device like that and im loving it since day 1. this device is a tablet and a phone in one single device and its great for students like me. the multiwindow feature is just awsome! the display is outstandig i know thats a metter of personal favors but i love the amoled displays. i love this punched colors
insted of natural colores cuz natural colors i see every day so its good to have sometimes a change ;-) !
sry 4 my bad english
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Samsung Note 2 Big but still the best !!!
driveme has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I had the S3 and loved it but decided to give it to the wife to get the Note 2. I must admit the first few days I thought it was to big. Despite it's size I stuck with it and now I could never go back to anything else. I thought the S3 was the best phone I have ever had but the Note 2 takes it up another step. Jelly bean is just a little better and smoother than ICS. The screen defies logic, it's got a lower pixel count but yet looks better than anything out there. The over all performence of the phone is great. I hate it when people say a phone is perfect so here's the other side of the rating. The S pen take some getting used to. It's not very useful in the air mode, it's to sensitive and can not be used for anything beyond a preview of email but, turn that off and it's much better. The size is big but now everything else seems to small even the S3. Once you enjoy the large screen it's just to nice to want to go smaller. Emials, videos, internet and pictures are so much nicer on the large screen. Text imput is good but not great. IM not sure what Samsung does with their predictive text but it's needs improvement. Overall It's a great phone, the best I've ever used.
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The Best Phone In The World .. PERIOD !
ricodroid has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
what can you say about a perfect phone .. size isnt big .. i have a small hand but its still compact in my hand and i can type and hold .. screen is superb and more realistic than before super MOLEDs .. processing and multitasking is a proof that android crossed iOS in multitasking cause it may take more than 20 apps to slightly degarde speed .. almost not noticeable .. great featured camera .. excellent Jelly bean experience .. smart and smart and smart .. best phone in the world hands down !
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A bit old, but still breathtaking.
rafaelpiresgomes has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Today is September 20, 2015 and I've had this phone since December 2013. Well, I'm a big fan of Android phones, I see the news about them every single day, and I can tell, I've never had such a great phone (until now). Despite being outdated, having a bloated stock rom and a s**tty build quality, it can still compete with actual medium-high end phones, especially talking about performance and camera quality. However, the best way to take the phone's full potential is rooting it and installing a custom rom. By doing this, it's possible to have the S-Pen Air Command feature (that awesome thing we see on Note 3 when we press the S-Pen button) and some other nice things we see on recent phones. If you do not want to spend much money on a phone you don't care about updates, it's surely the best option.
Still A good phone after 3 years
GameBuster13 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
the note 2 is a good phone nowdays after 3 years of usage, a must have if can be bought under 300$ maybe there are other phone better than the Note 2 But it's still a good phone. I have it from 2012 and now, after 3 years i decided to change and buy an LG G4 (because my power button is broken)
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waiting for a good camera.....
tabish763 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It is a good phone for usage.Its battery timing is good in consumption.
Camera is not so good as i was thinking,after taking a picture when it refreshes,the result shown bad coz of its camera pixels and its also effect on front camera.
thestonost has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
i have always hated big phones, but this one is one of the best smartphones ever,even in 2014, i cant see any large differences between it and the note 3 and s4 with my mother, also it can be operated by one hand, and it fits in the pocket!
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best of the best
A.Shaarawy has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
this phone is the best mobile ever ... only note 3 is better .... and if we compare prices note 2 will lead also ....
better than iphone 5s ... better than xperia ... better than every single mobo on earth
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A great phone
nick1324 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
The phone deserve 100000000000000000000000000000000/10 it is awesome at every single thing the display is awesome the phone is fast like hell and very smooth to use the camera is amazingly good and the speakers are loud
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Big, powerful and gorgeous, what more could you want?
Krieg_30 has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Runs like a dream, with android 4.3 flashed and running Nova launcher over touchwiz, delete carrier apps with titanium backup and get some memory freed up, saying that, RAM usage rarely goes over 1.3GB's, so plenty more to fill up that 2GB, camera is top notch as is battery life, can't ask for a more powerful machine :-)
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milank115 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
okay phone for the high price, older version of android (4.1), cheap samsung design, too big, too heavy not practical ,by adding few more bugs you can buy much better phones,don't bye it...................................................
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sahil2589 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
best phone ever used ... best battery life evr... best picture quality.. best for heavy gamers, it is a beast, just wished if there could be a better back panel..............................................................
8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Report
One of the best smartphones i ever had
bobczan has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
One of the best smartphones i ever had. Good primary Note successor. Software could be more polished, because is lacking. Hardware is powerfull and enough to everyday usege. Built quality - definite minus.
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