Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint)

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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89 Comments

53. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Dude that makes me feel really good about purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Note II. +1

55. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm in the same boat as you. Just sitting and waiting. Having this gigantic screen has spoiled me. I won't accept anything less than 5 inches now. One of my devs said he may be getting the Note II. He's done amazing work withe Gnote 1 so far. ManelScout4Life waiting to find out if he's going with the Gnote 2. Sadly, that will strongly sway my decision lol.

77. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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!

25. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Case closed... As I have been stating for the last month nothing will be better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for the next 180 days period. This review proves my point 100% this device is worth any amount. And will be mines come November 1st.

51. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

My Beast :)

57. babyk

Posts: 379; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

One x Plus

62. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

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

68. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Galaxy Note 2 Optimus G = LG never update their phone 920 = bad ecosystem

73. enGet

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

3. PhoneArena Team

Posts: 258; Member since: Jun 27, 2006

You are right, this has been fixed. Thanks

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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...]).

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

22. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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."

27. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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!

37. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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'

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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).

15. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

20. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

52. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

After all its iPhonearena guys. :(

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

10. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 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." OH WAIT IPHONEARENA. 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?

35. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

18. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

81. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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

26. ChrisG

Posts: 38; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

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

29. redmd

Posts: 1890; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

32. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 2012

I think he gave it a 9 because of the size; everyone doesn't want a mini tablet for a phone but other than that this phone is like a 9.7 with people who don't mind the size.

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