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Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

Samsung GALAXY Note II

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We’ve got an 8MP shooter on the back of the Note II, and the camera interface is the Nature UX one. Things like zero shutter lag, and burst shot when you keep the on-screen button pressed come standard, plus this thing is almost instantaneous when it comes to focusing and taking a shot. We also have 12 effects to choose from and a variety of scene and shooting modes like HDR, Best Shot, which takes eight shots is rapid succession and suggests the best one, Best Face, Panorama and smile recognition - the works.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

The pictures turned out very good - sharp, with plenty of detail and decent dynamic range. The colors are a bit oversaturated, which makes them more appealing at first brush. Moreover, noise is kept in check very well, without resorting to aggressive suppression algorithms to smear the detail.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Note II - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

Panorama sample - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
Darkness - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

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Video capture on the Note II is done with very fluid 30fps inside and out, and it features slightly boosted color saturation, plus plenty of detail to go around. You can digitally zoom in while shooting with a pinch, which we don’t recommend, since it degrades the quality significantly the more you zoom, and there is continuous autofocus and touch to focus. The captured audio, however, is strong, but pretty coarse and flat, and voices drown in the ambient sounds, despite the two mics for noise-cancellation.





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Multimedia:

The Nature UX music player supports categorization by artists, albums and playlists, and has easy access to a plethora of sound modes like faux 7.1 channel surround sound and Concert Hall, as well as equalizer presets. You can share the tunes you are currently playing to your buddies with the AllShare Play app on the other Samsung phones around, and the Music Square tab places your discography in a mood matrix to choose from.

The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
The Nature UX music player - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

AllShare - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
AllShare - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
AllShare - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
AllShare - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review

The loudspeaker here deserves special attention - it is very strong, stronger than on the original Note, and much stronger than on the Galaxy S III - but what is more, it sounds much fuller and with deeper bass than what we are accustomed to on smartphones.

The gallery takes a good advantage of the large screen real estate, splitting the screen in two while in folder view, offering easy access to all folders on the left, and swift scroll through the pictures they contain on the right. You can also preview the folder content with the S Pen stylus Air View functionality.

There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Timeline makes the pictures march towards you in an increasing order chronologically, and the Spiral View is suspiciously like the spiraling Gallery we saw prepped for Samsung’s Tizen OS. Individual photos can be edited with a pretty rich number of functions besides the usual crop, rotate, and annotate scenarios.

There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
There is a choice of 3D views in the Gallery app - Samsung Galaxy Note II Review



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Samsung GALAXY Note II

Samsung GALAXY Note II

OS: Android 4.4.2 4.3 4.1.2 4.1.1
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PhoneArena rating:
9Excellent
Display5.5 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (265 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2 GB RAM
Size5.94 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches
(151 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm)
6.44 oz  (182 g)
Battery3100 mAh, 35 hours talk time

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