Written on: 22/11/2012
With the craze of the iPhone 5 a few months ago, everyone thought the other phones would go overlooked. This was not to be the case with the Note II however. When technology behemoth Samsung decided that they’re going to launch this fantastic piece of gadgetry a few weeks after the iPhone 5, they did so because they knew that the Note II was going to make a big bang. And so it did. While the Apple fanboys rejoiced in the street, Android followers were drooling over this beautiful 5.5” sleek device that boasted a 720x1280 screen with a massive 267 pixel per inch density.
The Note II is a large phone, no doubt, but it’s slim and weighs less than 200g which is fantastic for a phone of its size. The phone boasts the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean, and has a Quad-Core chipset which makes the experience on the device absolutely blazing fast. 2GB of RAM does of course, provide a lot of help. A fantastic 8MP camera at the rear capable of taking photographs at resolutions of 3264x2448 helps its case, as does the front facing camera, capable of HD streaming.
The most standout feature of the Note II of course, is the advancement that has been made in terms of the S-Pen. The hover functionality makes the entire experience absolutely killer, and when you’re taking down notes it almost feels like you’re writing on a notebook. It’s fantastic, it’s smooth, it’s sleek and it’s everything that you’re looking for in an Android smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 is similar, although not as high powered as the Note II, and definitely isn’t able to give the amazing large screen experience that the Note II imparts on its users.
The S-Pen allows you to do a whole lot more with the device, with the right apps you’re able to work on the move, make modifications and write comments on presentations and spreadsheets if you’re looking at working on the move, or lets you make some pretty fun modifications to your photographs if you’re looking at a little activity with friends over networks. Browsing through Twitter, Facebook and other social networking websites is a breeze and no functionality seems to be lacking.
So what’s wrong with the phone? Well, for a section of consumers out there, it might be a little large. I’ve heard of a lot of people going for the S3 simply because they feel they don’t have any use for the stylus and feel that the phone is a little too big to be carried around everywhere you go. It does however, slip and fit really well into pockets of jeans and trousers, but perhaps ladies will have trouble with such a large device, it is something that was expected. Overall, the Note II is a fantastic buy and is an incredibly addicting device.