Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Verizon)
Samsung's second installment of its mega-phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, essentially adds another operating system on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The "phablet" lets you command a huge swath of screen real estate, while also employing fancy pen techniques to do more than just take notes and draw.
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
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Starting at: $49.99
The good: Oodles of screen real estate make the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 terrific for videos, games, and reading; and its improved stylus aids productivity. A blazing quad-core processor, a great camera, and strong battery life round out the advantages of this Android 4.1 phone.
The bad: The huge display makes the Galaxy Note 2 unwieldy to carry, and hiccups in the S Pen stylus and apps can slow you down. The pricey Note 2 isn't a suitable tablet replacement across all categories.
The bottom line: Samsung delivers a powerful, boundary-pushing device that gets a lot right. Yet its complicated features and high price raise questions about its purpose.
November 30, 2012 4:36 PM PST
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