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About samsung galaxy note 2
6 September, 2013
If you've ever fondled or caressed the original
Samsung Galaxy Note and found its larger size
too much to handle, we'll break this to you with
a sledgehammer - the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is
It's now 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4mm (5.9 x 3.2 x 0.4
inches), so slightly up from 146.9 x 83 x 9.7mm
(5.8 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches). That said, we didn't find it
cumbersome at all.
In the way the original Samsung Galaxy Note
followed the Samsung Galaxy S2's square
design, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 follows the
Samsung Galaxy S3's more rounded rectangular
And what a beauty it is. It actually felt slightly
smaller to us in day-to-day use - but that may be
down to the fact that we have gravedigger
Galaxy Note had a
screen as it was,
so would have
likes a challenge.
The size has gone
up slightly from
5.3 inches to 5.5. And although pixel density is
reduced, we didn't notice it.
This is the bright, vivid Samsung Super AMOLED
panel that we all know and love - and what a
beauty it is, replicating colours amazingly and
immaculately. Side by side with the Samsung
Galaxy S4, it may look a little less glam. But so
will most phone screens.
As expected, that screen takes up most of the
front. You get a home button and two hidden
soft keys beneath it as before, plus a front-facing
camera and sensors up top.
The handset itself has little to note (geddit?)
around the edges. A headphone jack up top,
power button on the right, volume on the left
and charger port below, right alongside the S-
Pen slot - more of which will follow later.
Around the back,
you'll find the 8MP
camera with flash.
sorcery is carried
out away from
expansion slot is
beneath the rear
cover - as is the
hidden behind the
enormous 3,100 mAh battery.
And there's a whole lot of goodness even further
inwards than that: HSDPA ( LTE if you're extra
lucky), NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and so forth. It's a
veritable treasure trove of geekdom.
One other thing we'd say is that this does feel like
a quality Android smartphone/tablet. We're
aware of the protestations by some readers
(particularly iPhone users) that phones such as
the Samsung Galaxy S3 feel like toys because
they're so light and plasticky.
At 183g (0.4lbs), you couldn't describe the
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 as a feather - and the
weight gives it a real notion of substance.
If you want to pick a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 up,
you'll need to be willing to part with some
serious cash. Although it has come down in
price. From around £530/AU$999/US$700 SIM-
free late last year, just a few months on, you can
pick one of these up for as relatively little as
It is also available on contract, but be willing to
shovel £40+ per month in the network's
direction for two years if you'd like the handset
gratis in the UK.
Normally, this is
where we'd talk
offer. But we
Why? Well, in our
mind, there is no
clear rival. The
Samsung Galaxy Note created its own category,
in that there were no real phablets about before.
And while you'll get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
operating system and similar benefits from the
Samsung Galaxy S3 or Samsung Galaxy Note
10.1 (depending on whether you want a phone
or tablet), the form factor is pretty unique. You
can bring other larger handsets into the fold - like
the Sony Xperia Z, for example - but they don't
have an S-Pen or equivalent.
In fact, the only real rival is the original Note - a
worthy contender for that title because it's now
available for a much reduced sum. Just £345/AU
$500/US$450 SIM-free will get you one of those
babies - and that makes it a very serious and
credible alternative to its replacement, the Note 2.
Though bear in mind, we are likely to see the
Note 3 towards the end of the year, so the
original will be way out of date by then.
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