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

33. nwright94 unregistered

This is exactly what I was thinking. Amazing phone but a little too much phone for some people.

34. aximtreo

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 27, 2010

Darn, was so excited about WP8; Nokia, HTC and even Sammy. Couldn't decide what to get or what carrier to go with (I am on Verizon) for my next phone. I just sold my Sammy Tab 2 7.0 getting the money for a new WP8 phone. Now, this comes along and my longing has taken on a whole new direction. A great phone, a great tablet and pen operation. Count me in for this baby as soon as Verizon get's their head out of their (cloud - LOL) and introduces this to the market. I so wanted to go with WP8 but will wait for a few more months and give this monster a try first.

82. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why not get a WP8 for your phone and a GNote7 (if that were to come out, which I guess it would) or GNex?

36. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

If you're not going to give this amazing device a "10" please list some cons at the end to let us know what Samsung should have changed.

38. twospirits

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

What's up with all these T-Mobile version reviews? How can the reviewer/article state the following... "In this review we've used the T-Mobile version of the Note II. The other versions are exactly same, with the only difference being that they support LTE connectivity." umm I don't believe so. Externally, these versions are the same, internally there are a few differences. For starters, the Sprint version does not have a SIM card slot but rather embedded one. Battery life may be different on a HSPA+ device when compared to a LTE device. So to say that the others are exactly the same is in my view incorrect.

46. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

If there are no cons with this device, then why is it rated at a 9???? I love the phone and I'll upgrade to the AT&T variant of the Note II before the end of the year.

47. TheCellX

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Guys...please go and buy the Note 2. Besides the amazing machine... there are a lot of useful features.. that no other phone can offer. I really love my Note 2..

54. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Damn excited about Note II.

56. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Bout damn time, I'll be up real early and ready to go pick this beast up in the a.m.

58. theo14461 unregistered

In my experience with every U.S. carrier out there, stay with AT&T. T-Mobile, Sprint, have horrible data reception, and Verizon is a big rip-off!!

65. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Tmobile has vastly improved my friend.I'll take a harder look if I was you.

72. theo14461 unregistered

I will try them again, thank you

59. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Sorry PA but this phone's a 9.9. I mean, got to leave some room for improvement! Now just waiting on Big Red to release it.

64. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Just got finished playing with it and trying it out and I got to say this phone is finer than Kim Kardashian on her worst day..W/O saying IT'S A BEAST!! Feels real light in the hand,screen jumps out at you,plus I like the fact it knows when your going to use the S-Pen and a 3100maH battery in a thin frame! Everything else is like the GSIII. Once again Tmobile,the first US carrier to get it

66. Tmachaveli

Posts: 425; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

This review sucks a 9 with no cons but the give the fruit a 9 as well..Do that make sense? This Is the best phone on the market period. And you wonder why ppl call this iphonearena

67. 12013E12T

Posts: 37; Member since: Sep 08, 2009

Wait a minute... I thought this phone was supposed to have some kind of split screen multitasking feature??

71. theo14461 unregistered

Superb! Best Android device to date, if you like the enormous size.

75. AndreyV

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Is TMo version has a split screen view option ? And when 32Gb version will be available and for what money ? Is it has Gorilla glass 1 or 2, if my any. Thx.

76. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

i wish this power were all all packed in a 4.8 display...5.5 is just a way too big for me..The size of the GS3 is the perfect match. That's my take, but I don't know why Samsng can't put that same processor in the GS3, along with a 3100 mah battery---hey do I see the future GS4 with those specs and still in the 4.8 arena..would be nice.

78. redsox420

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Does anyone know why there is NO white version available on ATT right now?

83. ttbyls965

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Galaxy note receives 9/10 stars for me. I don't like the fact that I cannot forward my text or I cannot add a signature. Otherwise everything else is great!

88. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

This article is about the note 2, if you are speaking of the note 2 you can easily forward messages and customize a signature.

85. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

need to hold one in person to see how it feels and just how large it sits in a pocket. if all is well, i will be buying

86. djtomek

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

just got my sprint version and so far i love it!!!!

89. Rejeimha

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 29, 2010

Would it be possible to get a review of this phone on Verizon so those of us on big red can get a good idea of how the network affects the battery life, call quality, and data connectivity?

90. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

VZW edition Note II: Battery Life with LTE radio on is dependent on strength of LTE service. I have gotten through a full day surfing the Internets, checking e-mail, making and receiving phone calls, etc. with 60% remaining battery life. A similar usage profile on my GS III would leave me with 50% remaining battery life. Using the Note II in a weak LTE reception area would drop the battery life remaining to 25% (GS III would be down to 15% remaining) at the end of the day. Call quality is indistinguishable from my GS III (I swapped numbers between the Note II and the GS III). Data connectivity (latency and transfer speeds) is similar to what I get with the GS III. The S-pen stylus IMO is a handy app - hover the stylus over e-mails and you don't have to open each one. It alone (for me) is worth the price of admission.

91. blackfeather

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

This phone deserves a 10 just because of the S pen. Lol. But really, S pen is friggin awesome

92. CheapSocks

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

oh why does it have to run with the exynos chip?!! they could've used the snapdragon s4 like the the S3, that way i can get rid of touchwiz and have some nice stock android on it. Please samsung, release the source codes for exynos! You were so awesome in 2011 with the S2 and supporting developers like the cyanogenmod team.

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