Samsung Galaxy Note 2
For the phablet category, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the only real contender that marries Android power with a built-in stylus. Note-taking with the S Pen means you can leave the laptop back in your locker or dorm room, and the built-in 8-megapixel camera takes fine videos and snaps. Those who can should wait until Samsung announces a successor in the fall -- if you don't opt for that Note 3 model, at least prices on the Note 2 will drop.
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 110 user reviews
Starting at: $74.00
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.
August 14, 2013 2:48 PM PDT
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