"Best phone I've had!"4.5 starson by clifjmpr
Pros: - Battery life! (~3x iPhone)
- Call quality!
- Speaker sound!
- Android Jelly Bean rocks!
- Google Now, Google Maps, Google Navigator...all awesome!
- microSD = 64GB extra storage about $60!
Cons: - Charges slow as iPad due to huge battery
- Screen resolution could be higher
- Power (on/off) button on side is awkward
Summary: Switched from iPhone 4 to the Galaxy Note 2 after waiting long enough for the "next great iPhone evolution". The 4S didn't tempt me, and the 5 is just a 1/2" taller 4S (albeit lighter) with inferior maps and a different connector. Sad because I'd invested a lot of time in building my "Apple ecosystem" and even learned to program for iOS, but then I saw Android Jelly Bean and knew I'd been had. So much freedom to change my UI with widgets, live (i.e. moving) wallpapers, myriad security locks...and my favorite...I can download apps without having to enter an iTunes password EVERY TIME! Oh I was tired of typing that in over and over.
The Gorilla Glass display is durable and feels solid. The plastic back cover makes NO DIFFERENCE to me since I have always used a phone case...even with the iPhone! I've seen enough of those glass backs shattered to be thankful this one is plastic and can be replaced for PENNIES! The $6 case I found for the Note 2 on Amazon is perfect...and even includes a kickstand. Also makes it a bit less likely you'll press the on/off button accidentally...another bonus!
The phone size may be a bit much for some users, but if you tote both a phone and a tablet or notebook around then perhaps you will find this phone useful. My iPad stays at home most days now, as I now have plenty of screen real-estate in my pocket.
Google Now seems at least as useful as Siri. Check out examples on YouTube...it can do A LOT of things all by voice. Google Maps/Navigation is outstanding...voice guidance, real-time traffic, updated maps...and on this phone the display is easy to see and the directions are easy to hear! Get a phone mount for your car (~$20 on Amazon) and you won't need any other navigation device.
I could go on for days talking about all the little feature improvements over the iPhone...LED indicators, proximity sensor, microUSB connector, removable battery, microSD memory slot, etc. If the iPhone isn't exciting you, try this phone, or if it's too big for try the Galaxy S3 (or even better wait for the S4). Fabulous!