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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review – Big Just Got Bigger

Samsung seems to have taken the saying “Go big or go home” a bit too seriously, as their phones keep getting bigger and bigger. You’ve guessed it, we’re talking about one of their latest releases – the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Let us start by saying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is not for everyone, because many people would feel very uncomfortable holding a phone the size of a brick to their ear, even if that phone happens to be one of the most technologically advanced phones of the moment. Therefore, if you are one of those people that thought the Samsung Galaxy S3 was big, prepare yourself because this one is bigger. A lot bigger.

Breath-Taking Display

Now that we’ve made it clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the biggest beast around, let’s see if bigger is actually better. First of all we’ve got the gigantic 5.5 inch Super AMOLED screen, bigger than the first Note’s screen which measured “only” 5.3 inches. The size is not the only thing that’s changed about the screen, though, as Samsung also adjusted the resolution to 1280 by 720 pixels, which may surprise some users because it’s basically a downgrade from the original Note’s 1280 by 800 resolution. There’s a catch: even though the resolution and pixel density is now lower, the new resolution happens to be the native resolution of HD Ready content, meaning that HD content and apps that are designed to run in HD resolutions will be displayed better, without black borders or any other anomalies. The lower pixel density of ~267 pixels per inch (ppi) in the Note 2 (compared to the ~285 ppi in the original Note) comes with very minor visible differences so we can safely say that the difference is only in the numbers.

Enough with the technicalities, though – let’s see how the screen performs in real-life conditions. The best word to describe it is “amazing”. Due to its big size, doing pretty much anything on the phone is a totally different experience compared to other phones. There’s no sense in talking about browsing the Internet or watching a movie on this phone because it is simply a unique experience. Touch response is great and, as if that is not enough, Samsung also upgraded the S Pen, the Note’s magical stylus. You can now just hover the pen on top of the screen to perform actions, without the need of actually touching the screen, which is a feature with a very great potential for app developers and something fun to use for the everyday user.

Running Faster…

When we reviewed the original Note, we noticed some slight performance lags but didn’t pay too much attention to them as it seemed pretty normal at that time for a phone that big to be a bit lazy. We may have been kind with it but others weren’t, so we’re not sure that this comes as a result of all the complaints circulating around the Internet about this aspect or just because Samsung felt that a new phone deserves a new “heart”, but the Galaxy Note 2 is now powered by a quad-core Cortex A9 processor running at 1.6 GHz, which makes it one of the fastest phones around. Let’s not forget the 2 GB of RAM memory – enough to make everything run flawlessly, so there’s really nothing to pick on when it comes to performance.

…and Longer

Maybe also as a result of numerous complaints or just because the new hardware requires it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a larger battery, a 3100 mAh Lithium-Ion battery to be precise, which allows it to makes it through the day even under heavy use conditions.

Our final verdict is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is definitely a phone that will make you stand out of the crowd, and not just because you’ll look somewhat silly when holding it to your ear.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Phone Model – Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Processor – Quad-Core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Screen Size – 5.5-inch
  • Display Resolution – 720 x 1280 HD
  • Display Technology – HD Super AMOLED
  • RAM – 2 GB
  • Memory – 16 GB, microSD card support, up to 64 GB
  • Back Camera – 8 Megapixels, 3268 x 2448 maximum resolution
  • Front Camera – 1.9 Megapixels
  • Video Recording – Full HD (1080p) @ 30 fps
  • Operating System – Android v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)


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