Pros Battery life on this device is fantastic.
Camera is great.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
S-PEN Very easy to use.
Cons Smooth and slippery, Very easy to drop.
Summary First 2 questions I get when someone sees this device: is that a phone? Does it fit in your pocket? No, its a blender. No, it doesn't fit in my pocket I have to wear a backpack to carry it around. But seriously, it is big for a phone, but it fits in every pocket of pants that I wear easily. I sold my Galaxy Tab 10.1 and my Galaxy S III for this phone. I hate the word phablet, but it is truly both. The screen size allows for all types of media consumption comfortably. The hardware along with JellyBean make the Note II the smoothest Android experience to date. I mean no slowdowns, stutters, or crashes of any kind. Besides having the functionality of a phone, you get many features including S-Pen and a great camera, which in combination makes for something special, and a big battery for the long trips.
I am not an artist, but the S Pen makes it super easy to experiment with. It is really fun and easy (once you know about them) to explore through the features, although I do recommend downloading "User's Digest: Samsung Galaxy NoteII" from the Playstore. It is a basic, yet informative guide that takes you through many of the S-Pen features. And there are many!
The battery life on this device is fantastic. I am averaging 30 hours between charges with medium to heavy use (4-6 hours of screen time), and that's usually with 10-15% left (I don't like running the Li-Ion battery all the way down). There's now a battery on the market that more than doubles the capacity of the stock 3100 mah battery (obviously sacrificing bulkiness and weight) for those of you that never want to put this thing down. But for me, this is plenty of battery life and I am truly impressed considering the thickness and reasonable weight.
The camera is great. There are many features including burst mode, panorama, best picture, and many more. The camera has some trouble in low light conditions, like most cellphone cameras, but it still gets the job done. Under normal lighting conditions the results can be compared to a point and shoot. But where the magic takes place is what you can do with all of your pictures. The camera paired with the S-Pen functionality make the possibilities endless. You can hand write captions, easily crop and paste custom selections from anything that's on screen at any time by tracing with the pen, you can add all kinds of crazy effects and then easily share your creations instantly with NFC, email, text, Facebook, etc. As "slogany" as this sounds, it really does inspire you to get creative.
I do have one criticism of the Note II. And it is by no means a deal breaker. The audio from the 3.5mm headphone jack. Music is not nearly as crisp or punchy as the Galaxy S III. I compared them both side by side. Bass is not as deep and sound range is tighter in general. You can compensate by tweaking the equalizer (I use a paid MP3 player app : PowerAmp, its awesome), but it's still not the same. I checked some forums and people seem to agree; most point fingers to the possible use of a weaker DAC chip (Digital to Analog Converter). Now, don't get me wrong, I still listen to music on it all the time, but it is a minor disappointment.
Taking the time to learn and explore the features will make your experience much more enjoyable with this device. There's a lot packed in there, so be patient. Samsung deserves a lot of credit to have the balls to make a device that many people thought was too big and would never sell. I'm glad they took the risk because this is everything I've ever wanted from a phone/universal tool.
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Thank for reading and hope this review is helpful.
Pros Long-time iphone user here, and now I realize how STUPID I was. I'm blessed to start my experience with Jelly Bean, one of the best OS's ever created on a phone. See below for pros
Cons -Afraid it would get stolen
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Summary This phone's got it all. To be honest, when I now compare my iphone 4 with this phone, I realize how much I was missing out. Screen is AMAZING, Camera is great when there's enough lighting (decent in low light but not great), S-pen is EXTREMELY useful (air view, cutting an image, print screen, many many others!) And google maps - oh google maps!!! How much love do I have for thee?? Imagine a turn by turn navigation for GOOGLE MAPS!!! The best map application on the planet just became BEASTLY!!
Let me list some pros off the top of my head:
-S Pen is truly amazing
-Battery life is LONG. Easily lasts a WHOLE DAY on HEAVY USAGE.
-Sound quality is great.
-Extremely smooth and fast, navigating through the screens is tremendous!
-Extremely flexible (widgets, customizable) - just beats the iphone in every aspect on OS flexibility.
-Light for its size - whoever says this is a heavy device is a moron. This phone is as thin as the iphone 4 even though it's JAMMED with an amazing battery.
-Fits in my pocket - at first I was afraid this thing will be too big; it's not. Unless you wear skinny jeans that stop the blood circulation in your legs you should be fine.
-5.55 inch screen is just too good. Easy to read eveything, easier on the eyes, a true masterpiece!
-Replaceable battery, Micro-SD slot!!! Add all the movies and pictures you want!!
-S-voice needs improvement. Doesn't recognize a 'contact' unless spelled correctly. So if I say 'Call Mohammad' and it detects 'Call Mohamed', it says the contact doesn't exist instead of finding the closest match...
-Cover is flimsy when taken off, but GREAT when it's on the phone. This shouldn't really be a con, but i'll include it just to be fair.
-Volume rocker and power buttons seem a little flimsy. I don 't know why, sometimes i press them and the whole button seems to be moving left and right. Not a big deal, they work well, but it's something to keep in mind.
-Picture quality in low light: Not that great, can't lie there. I think the iphone does better with overall picture quality, although the two are close in well-lighted areas.
-Smoothness when not in home screens/applications screens: For example, when viewing a PDF, the screen is not as smooth as scrolling around in the home screen. A LITTLE choppy. Same as when browing email, browsers, etc.
Recap: Trust me when I say this is the best device out there. I love so many things about it, and the Cons are very minor. Every time i look at the iphone 4, I start laughing at myself. I'm pretty sure I lost some eye sight trying to view that small 3.5 inch screen.
You know what they say about people with big phones.... ;)
Pros Loved the way you can attach a picture with your respective notes. The big screen make things easier to read and give the user a great experience with games as well. It is a user friendly phone.
Cons I feel like the placement of the power button would have been better if it was on the top of the phone. The button has some play as well which makes it difficult to know if the button has been pressed or not
Summary I used this phone for the first time when I traveled to China to attend a business exhibition. I used it more for its note-taking feature and since then I have fallen in love with it. However the phone feature is a bonus and I have now started to use this as my main phone as well. The size is not a problem for me per se and I believe that one has to use it for a day minimum to get hooked to it. Nevertheless, this is a complete phone / tablet for me and for my business use.
Pros Large screen for watching movies, photos and browsing.
Powerful processor and long battery life
Abundance of features
Cons none to speak of so far.
Summary I have had this phone for a couple of weeks now in the UK and I can say after using the iPhone for two years I wont be going back. I found the lack of innovation from apple disappointing but everyone has their own opinion and preferences. If you like a big screen phone with plenty of power under the hood, tones of features and a long battery life this could be the phone for you. Well done Samsung!!!
Pros Fastest phone on the market-especially on wifi. Huge screen, amazing battery (for a phone), good camera, plenty of options, and the S-Pen is revolutionary.
Cons Only con is the amount learning curve it is compared to any other phone. There are so many tricks and tips that you could literally spend a month learning it all. NOT as easy and basic as the Iphone.
Summary I am neither an Android or Apple homer as I have used everything from an HTC Evo 4G LTE to an Iphone 5 and the Note 2 is hands-down, the best phone on the market.
As long as your hands are large enough to where the size isn't an issue, than this phone is the best out.