Powerhouse Of Productivity the Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, no doubt is a massive and hefty, tablet-like smartphone. The 5.5” screen size of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does make it unwieldy to hold and carry it as an everyday device. But, besides this the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s highest-end phone in terms of specs. It comes with a speedy quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, an 8-megapixel camera and an extra-large battery.
Its smarter software and more comfortable, sensitive and natural S Pen stylus unveil a more evolved device than before. And as every product carries with it its pros and cons, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is still unable to rip apart some of the complaints that hounded original Galaxy Note. As compared to other smartphones, it is better-equipped for creating and consuming media but is still small from a 7-inch tablet.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is much familiar with the Samsung Galaxy S3. With the round corners, high-gloss surface, bubbled-out screen and scant bezels of the Samsung Galaxy S3, add a stylus slot and blow the smartphone up a size.
Samsung carries on its plastic tradition. Though the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is attractive but it has not won any award for construction. The highly reflective surfaces often bounce back light in distracting ways.
It weighs 6.4 ounces and is 5.9×3.2×0.37 (height, width and thickness) in measurements, which make it a large phone. That is handful to be sure. The weight feels proportional to phone’s dimensions. Any lighter could mean smaller battery. Despite the girth, the Note 2 looks relatively sleek and slim. Compared to Samsung Galaxy Note, the Note 2 is not much larger and is more palmable than a 7-inch tablet.
Besides the physical properties of a phone, the Note 2 offers helpful hardware buttons and ports. Above the screen is a front-facing camera, a light and proximity sensor. Below the display is a physical hardware Home button sandwiched between touch-sensitive buttons for Back and Menu. The volume rocker is on the left, power button is on the right spine and Micro-USB port is located on the bottom. There is also a 3.5mm headset jack on the top.
You will find LED flash and camera lens on the back. The stylus slot with S Pen is resided at the bottom of the back panel. Behind the back cover is the microSD card slot which is capable of holding up ti 64GB in external memory.
S Pen stylus:
If you never unholster the signature stylus of the phone, you will still be able to enjoy full use of Note 2 and its Android-given glory. However, if you want to use S Pen, productivity and drawing tools await.
The S Pen is redesigned from original Note. The stylus of the Note 2 has squared-off sides and four distinct surfaces. It has a ridged button so you can click by feel. This stylus is more comfortable, compared to the Note’s round, thin twig of a wand. And is less likely to roll away and is also less prone to accidental button presses.
The Note 2 merges pen and paper sensibilities with healthy dose of curser and mouse functionality. The S Pen is a natural and comfortable extension of your own hand. It also gives your fingers a break. You will find gestures and commands of all sorts. You can also create some gestures of your own. Gestures can be more efficient and faster.
A keyboard pops up anytime, you can use the S Pen to swipe words, hunt-and-peck or handwrite them. After going through some settings, you will be able to handwrite into apps like Gmail. To rely on the handwriting software, recognition must be accurate, fast and reliable consistently. You might also face pauses, corrections and rewrites.
The S Note app of Samsung is both one of the phone’s weak points and one of the best arguments for S Pen. It also supports photo and video inserts, voice dictation and can record your actions. It will convert your sketches into shapes or math formulas and insert clip art.
Screen and OS:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 features a 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED screen and is bigger as compared to the original Note’s 5.3 inch display, translating into a wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio. The ratio helps it fit right with video playback and more standard graphics.
The HD AMOLED is great with vibrant colors and deep blacks. It features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s TouchWiz interface on top. TouchWiz adds great functionality extending Google’s Android vision but it is getting a bit outdated and also lacks edginess or elegance of competitors overlays.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports HSPA+ and 4G LTE. It will be available on Sprint, AT&T, U.S, T-Mobile, Verizon and Cellular.
- Android 4.1
- Improved stylus
- Blazing quad-core processor
- Great camera
- A bit unwieldy to carry
- Halts in S Pen stylus and apps slow you down
- Price-wise is not a suitable tablet replacement
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a complete Android phone that features an exceptional Quad-Core 1.6 GHz CPU, 8 megapixels back-facing and 1.9 megapixels front facing camera and a 5.5” multi touch, HD AMOLED capacitive screen.
It features Wi-Fi connection and can also be provided to other devices as a mobile hotspot, HSPA+ and LTE 4G high performance connection type. It works with SIM card to connect to GSM networks and works with both GSM and CDMA carriers.
It also sports Bluetooth (4.0), NFC (Near Field Communication), GPS and multiple sensors such as Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Compass and Barometer. One of its many great features is its Multi-view mode. It splits the screen to open another app. It gets much greater support for third-party apps but unfortunately it is not coming to U.S versions of phone yet. The Note 2 counts on s high capacity 3100 mAh battery which is enough to provide an incredibly long battery life.
For more info, read the article: Productive And Multitasking Samsung Galaxy Note II, Titanium 16GB (Sprint)
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