Samsung GALAXY Note II User Reviews

Overall user rating

9.2

The overall rating is the average of all user reviews, while the overall alternatives are the ones that has been listed most.

Call quality
9.4
Battery
9.3
Reception
9.2
Display
9.1
Build quality
8.5
Text input
9.1
Everyday usage
9.1
UI speed
9.0
Camera
9.0
Multimedia
9.4
Internet
9.3
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makzngalas24 posted on Sep 10, 2013, 1:20 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

10.0

Better late than never

makzngalas24 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is perfect for me, even though the Note 3 was just recently announced and will be released soon, for me, the Note 2 is perfect for my everyday needs, games, watching movies, play music, browse the internet, etc... For those who wants to buy a Note phablet, if budget-wise, go for Note 2 now since the price will decrease thanks to Note 3.

Build quality
9.0
The build quality is good
Reception
10.0
excellent reception
Call quality
10.0
very good call quality, it will depends on the network provider
Internet
10.0
fast internet, haven't tried mobile data though
Multimedia
9.0
almost all videos played except for one
Camera
10.0
very good camera
UI speed
10.0
project butter does it well
Everyday usage
10.0
I use it everyday
Text input
10.0
even though it's a big screen, it can be easily manage
Display
10.0
very good display
Battery
10.0
excellent battery life

Pros

  • Excellent Battery life
  • Very good call and audio quality
  • Very good camera
  • S-Pen rocks

Cons

  • Gallery seems slow at some time

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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charlesph posted on Aug 02, 2013, 5:40 PM
Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

9.0

All Around Companion

charlesph has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Almost all apps run smoothly if anything crashes it's the app itself, like twitter, but the phone never slowed down in every scenario, event, task everything, it's great!

Super sturdy build nothing creaks or bends, very nice. Can get the fastest available signal in the area each and every time, usually it's the networks problem. Calls are great not so loud though just right, but hardly make anyway. Super fast internet, if anything it's the carrier. Plays almost all types of media amazing! Camera shoots every scene nicely except some club scenes. Smooth performance but it's kinda having slight unresponsiveness with Minion Rush whenever i get past 60k. Works each and everyday, texts, image editing, uploads, no lapses so nice. Has a superb keyboard, never attempted to change it. Display is power hungry so i zero out the brightness all the time except when i'm out in the sun. Battery last the whole day of medium to heavy usage, only problems is that it takes a while to charge at least around 3.5-4.5 hrs coming from 10% or lower.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
8.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
9.0

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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stefix99 posted on Jul 21, 2013, 9:21 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 21, 2013

10.0

Very Good Phone, impresive screen

stefix99 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

A Very Good Phone, with an impresive screen Very Good for pPeople Who Take notes or use the Phone for work also Good for People Who like to play or draw, even thow it May seem Too big you Will get used to it

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

Pros

  • Impresive big screen
  • Realy fast components
  • Intuitive UI
  • Good camera

Cons

  • The back materials are quite scratchable

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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strongmanwheat1 posted on Jul 03, 2013, 9:20 PM
Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

10.0

best device I've owned top date

strongmanwheat1 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

It is truly a phablet and will fulfill the functions of both a tablet and cellular phone. It's actually an extraordinary deal when you think about it. If you are searching for a tablet and a phone then you need search no more.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • huge battery, large display while being able to fit into your pocket, s pen, sd card expandable memory, removable battery.

Cons

  • It can't make you invisible, there are no cons.

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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marioesho posted on Jul 02, 2013, 12:09 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

10.0

i love this phone is great

marioesho has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

this phone is great battery life is the best display is awsome buld qualty is really good camera is good is FAST i love the speed of this phone is just perfect desighn looks good as well great everyday usage for this phone i really like it is great for bussines all the galaxy phones in my opinion

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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AliAlawneh posted on Jun 04, 2013, 11:41 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

10.0

Awsome smartphone

AliAlawneh has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Samsung put too many potential in this phone, amazing display, sound, call quality and hardware.
The main drawback is the camera that could be better for a phone as good as this one.
I would have loved to see a metal casing for the note 2 cuz this would make it the best smartphone ever.

Build quality
9.0
It's better if it was metal casing
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
7.0
Average camera
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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ajrane posted on May 16, 2013, 7:48 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: May 16, 2013

10.0

Note II - "The Beast"

ajrane has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

One Of its Kind, Throw Any Game, any app at it........Note II will easily nail it........No lag, No carshes, Smooth as silk, A Gigantic 3100 mAh Battery......a complete package......An Awesome camera......Display that relieves the eyes......A complete entertainer!!!

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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numair.shaikh posted on May 05, 2013, 12:41 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

10.0

note 2 rocks

numair.shaikh has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

its an excellent phone some of motion sensors dont work but overall can say best of in its time i liked it but the s pen is rocking its totally goood its very good built quality it has a bigger screen and a very high resolution good

Build quality
9.0
not that good
Reception
9.0
sometimes good but sometimes bad
Call quality
10.0
voice is very clear and understandable and better than galaxy SIII
Internet
10.0
very fast and good
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
high resolution andexellent quality
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • big screen
  • internet
  • fast
  • s pen

Cons

No Cons

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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edink posted on Apr 26, 2013, 10:10 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

9.0

Every Day Tool

edink has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Absolutely amazed of the speed. Everything is working smoother than on any phone I've used before. In my workflow I've often to use the stylus which tip is great for handwriting and taking quick notes with S-Note.

Build quality
8.0
Samsung should have used more quality materials
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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brook posted on Apr 02, 2013, 9:03 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

10.0

perfect phone

brook has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

the best mobile phone I used. the screen is very large, very bright. Performance is very good, long standby time. operating system is good, and can use ext memory card. Thin and very light, can be placed in a trouser pocket inside, very convenient to carry

Build quality
10.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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shubhtech posted on Mar 25, 2013, 4:56 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

9.0

beast n awesome

shubhtech has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

the phone is awesome. i has more than what u want. the performance is just mind blowing.
the graphics is awesome the durability is awesome. trust me i have dropped mine 12 times and nothing happen t it. its just perfrct in all aspects. i just wish samsung used more premium materials to bulid it

Build quality
9.0
i would give it a 10 if it wasn't made of plastic
Reception
9.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
9.0
the browser can be improved
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
could have been better
Battery
10.0
3100 mAh charges in no time and lasts for 2 days

Pros

  • every single thing

Cons

  • plastic body

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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kamath.arjun posted on Mar 19, 2013, 11:39 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

10.0

Note 2 the best phone from Samsung in 2012

kamath.arjun has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Very good phone for the value you get, Good battery, good speed, clear display

Better than S3

The phone looks very big and can be used as an alternative for a tablet since its way fast than existing phones in the market

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0
Amazing battery for a big screen like this

Pros

  • Superb speed
  • Very Good display
  • Amazing battery
  • Very smooth interface
  • S Pen is very intutive

Cons

  • Build quality can be better

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Ash17_r35 posted on Feb 06, 2013, 4:56 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

10.0

Awesome phone

Ash17_r35 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

All things is ok but the display need more work that's right it's good but when I was compared with other phones. I think it's need more resolution. And the best thing in this phone is evry bad things in note they fixed it with awesome work.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
9.0
Battery
10.0

1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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sparkhi posted on Feb 02, 2013, 11:45 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

10.0

Excellent Phone but with some missing features

sparkhi has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

I am using this phone for more than a month now, Visit http://www.parkhi.net/2013/01/samsung-galaxy-note-​ii-user-review.html for a detailed user review and list of some missing features in this phone and android in general.

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
8.0
Text input
9.0
Display
10.0
Battery
9.0

1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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encaz posted on Jan 18, 2013, 7:21 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

9.0

Samsung Galaxy Note II

encaz has owned it for less than year before publishing this review

Best phone I have ever owned. Glad I chose the Note II over the Iphone 5. Battery almost lasts a full day if you are a heavy user. I only have to CONS. The bottom of the phone is getting scratched by the charger and I have issued with the GPS. Phone is always trying to connect, I cannot check in on Facebook 90% of the time and APS that require GPS do not work most of the time. I am going to take it in to see if its a faulty phone or if it is a software problem.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
9.0
Call quality
9.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
8.0
Text input
7.0
Display
9.0
Battery
8.0

Pros

  • S-Pen, Size, Screen, Battery, Speed

Cons

  • Some scratches by the charge port and poor GPS reception

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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dashakol posted on Jan 12, 2013, 12:45 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

5.0

most of motion sensors don't work! It's not smart at all

dashakol has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

These motion options simply won't work for me:
quick glance
1- smart rotation
2- double tab to top
3- wake up command voice needs network
what if I don't have one always?! and why should it use network for such a simple job?

not so samrt in these parts:
1- smart note
imagine you are working/thinking about a subject during the day. Every time you double tap with smart pen it opens a new S note, there is no fast/smart way to bring up the same note you were working on or at least a list of recent notes you were woking to be opened from the S note window.
2- turn on screen.
you should press the power button each time which is really slow responsing and a PITA!! no smart sensor for this part. as I told quick glance does not work at all. (for example to wake up when you open the lid of cover like amazone kindle paperwhite smart cover)
3- add photo note:
why there is no handwrite detection here? at least as a option.

Build quality
4.0
poor plastic case and fragile screen as many user experience.
Reception
5.0
as any other phone
Call quality
4.0
poor sound spacially in speaker mode.
Internet
5.0
Multimedia
5.0
Camera
7.0
UI speed
5.0
not fast enough considering the braged about processor.
Everyday usage
3.0
it's like you are facing a big challange for doing the most simple jobs like texting a friend.
Text input
4.0
Display
6.0
Battery
5.0
drain too fast.

Pros

  • non

Cons

  • big and heavy
  • not smart at all

2 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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Paul013 posted on Jan 08, 2013, 6:59 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 09, 2012

10.0

Great phone

Paul013 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Overall amazing phone. I recommended it to everyone. Samsung has definitely hit the right note by going into phablet business. And this one is the King of em all!! Just a couple of cons as mentioned
Hope they get fixed...

Build quality
9.0
Buttons are li'l squeaky
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Scren, Processor and RAM

Cons

  • Just a small issue.. The battery life has gone down after 4.1.2 update, and the phone often poses problems with Class 10 memory cards, especially sandisk. Overall a great device...

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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JohnnyMagee posted on Jan 04, 2013, 12:20 PM
Posts: 0; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

10.0

Awesome

JohnnyMagee has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Great phone love it because the battery is super good and the screen is awesomec
love the s pen And the android operating system love my samsung galaxy note 2
i miss my bbm but still love muyphone using whatsapp

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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anhminh1232002 posted on Jan 01, 2013, 9:41 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Jan 01, 2013

6.0

Please help me with Justflip on Note 2

anhminh1232002 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

Hello everyone

The G-sensor doesn't seem to work when the screen is off.
I am using Note 2 Galaxy Samsung.
I tried Justflip to flip to turn on the screen. The screen wasn't on at all.
Please tell me if the is a fix for this bug.

Thank you.

Build quality
4.0
Reception
6.0
Call quality
6.0
Internet
6.0
Multimedia
5.0
Camera
6.0
UI speed
5.0
Everyday usage
6.0
Text input
5.0
Display
6.0
Battery
6.0

Pros

  • large screen

Cons

  • lacking of temperature sensor

0 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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muzzy94 posted on Dec 08, 2012, 7:47 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

10.0

The best phone in the world to date!

muzzy94 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

First thing I want to say is that, this phone is awesome! The display, call quality, battery life, the amount of software, removable battery (a plus for me), jelly bean(super smooth with project butter), micro sd slot, true multitasking (split screen view) and I can keep going for hours. All in all, I think this phone is a beast and it is going down in the history Book as the best phone in the market. I can't recommend enough to my friends and family to buy this phone. 1 of the reason they didn't buy this phone yet because the size and the high price tag. That's the only cons I can think of. When I bought this phone, all I can say is "Damn this thing is huge!" but after three days with this phone endlessly playing with this phone, I used to the size of this phone and when my father's back from his holiday, his s3 look so small when I first used it about 4 months ago. God damn what wizardy is this? Other that that, I think this phone is just perfect. Buy it and u will surely love it:D

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • battery life is awesome
  • S - pen feature is great.
  • display is just perfect for media
  • super smooth with 2gb of ram
  • jelly bean goodness
  • call quality is superb
  • True multi-tasking
  • micro sd slot and removable battery

Cons

  • high price tag
  • plastic cheap feeling
  • display not that bright under sunlight
  • bloatware from Samsung

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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phonemart.pk posted on Dec 05, 2012, 5:53 PM
Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

8.0

phonemart.pk

phonemart.pk has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

One of the best phone we have ever tested. Superb built quality, awsome sound, enough power for amazing multi tasking, Large and vivid screen. best for reading books and watching movies. In a country having electricity problem (Pakistan) battery life seems to be bit low. otherwise Galaxy Note 2 is 2nd to none. phonemart.pk highly recommend this phone

Build quality
9.0
Reception
8.0
Call quality
8.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
8.0
Camera
8.0
UI speed
9.0
Everyday usage
7.0
Text input
7.0
Display
9.0
Battery
7.0

Pros

  • Good quality buit
  • Brilliant screen
  • good weight for this size

Cons

  • Camera

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1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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amunarjoh posted on Nov 29, 2012, 12:31 PM
Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

10.0

Excellent

amunarjoh has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

Amazing phone. Was a bit concerned about the size. Now that I've been using it for a while, I've gotten accustomed to it, And I have to admit; everything else seems a bit mediocre.
Though everything is working flawlessly, I keep looking forward to the 4.2 update.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • Speed throughout
  • Battery life
  • Screen resolution and size
  • Keyboard space
  • Multimedia
  • S-pen
  • Internet experience
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • User experience

Cons

  • Camera could have been better in low light

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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vivith posted on Nov 27, 2012, 3:38 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

10.0

Best phone i ever had

vivith has owned it for less than month before publishing this review

The best phone i ever had. Very fast and good response. Very interesting mobile. Highly recommended. But for the high end phone the design could have been better. Other than this best phone. Not as big as u seeing in the images.

Build quality
9.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
9.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • innovative

Cons

  • could have been better design

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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mage1724 posted on Nov 08, 2012, 7:01 AM
Posts: 0; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

7.0

Decent enough.

mage1724 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review

What is samsung thinking of to use such cheap hollow plastics on such a high-end device? No chance to beat any rival in terms of build quality. Reception and call quality is decent, internet is great because of the large screen. However, the screen has less pixel density compared to the previous model. I don't like all the "improvments" samsung has made to their interface, it makes the UI looks a bit cartoonish and old fashioned. Battery is decent enough. Design of the phone is a bit too round and i won't remember it for too long.

Build quality
4.0
Reception
8.0
Call quality
7.0
Internet
9.0
Multimedia
8.0
Camera
7.0
UI speed
7.0
Everyday usage
7.0
Text input
7.0
Display
8.0
Battery
6.0

Pros

  • Good screen
  • Great multimedia device
  • Decent battery life

Cons

  • Dissappointing build quality for the price
  • Touchwiz ruins perfectly fantastic Android experience
  • Design won't be memorable

4 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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JohnnyCageisagirl posted on Oct 06, 2012, 5:54 AM
Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

10.0

Samsung galaxy note 2

JohnnyCageisagirl has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review

Truly the best phone I have ever seen. It is innovative, great build and what a way to be creative. The camera looks great especially if you want to add special effects to photos like drawing on them. Amazing audio and video capturing. Great for games, movies and shows. It really helps you to make schedules and calendars. Jelly bean works great on this phone especially the GPS. S-voice is even more faster. The camera can capture great hd photos even in low light conditions. Multi-tasking is at its best on the note 2 when you can watch a movie or a video while surfing the net. Great uses for the S-pen. Truly the best smartphone and the king of android phones

Build quality
10.0
Reception
10.0
Call quality
10.0
Internet
10.0
Multimedia
10.0
Camera
10.0
UI speed
10.0
Everyday usage
10.0
Text input
10.0
Display
10.0
Battery
10.0

Pros

  • It is an all star. I have had it for more than a year and it still shows me the same quality in which I had bought the phone

Cons

No Cons

10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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