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Published On: Thu, Oct 11th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note II Review: Carries Some Uniqueness Along

Samsung’s first biggest smartphone larger than 5 inches launched last year was brought a lot of appreciation from people. Seeing this, the company has offered its enthusiasts a better and bigger smartphone than its last year’s biggest device. Apart from its biggest screen, one more thing that drawn massive attention in the market is the amazing stylus pen which is still found in the new Samsung Galaxy Note. Read Samsung Galaxy Note II review and find out what this phone has to offer.

Galaxy Note II Design and Display

No doubt that the Note was very popular in the market that forced the manufacturer to bring its series with some more improvements to excite people. This time, the Galaxy Note II seems to have got bigger features and specs than its predecessors. The device sports a quad-core Exynos processor, double RAM, bigger display, and new style of S Pen. All these sounds compelling, but the price is the next factor.

Just like the original Note, this one has got same look and square-like edges. It measures 3.16 inches wide, 5.96 inches tall and 0.37 inches deep. In this matter, the new note is slightly thinner, taller and narrower as compared to its predecessor, giving more comfortable experience while holding it in hand. It’s indisputably bigger screen can lure many who love to explore multimedia experiences. Though, the global market was excited to know what Samsung will offer this time and how big to expect the new Note. However, in that matter, this seems to be just the same model with slight changes in dimensions which has nothing to draw popularity.

Samsung Galaxy Note ii

The increased size of this phone has enhanced the chances of its dropping down. So, the built quality has to be toughest to bear such sudden fall. This is why the company has used polycarbonate chassis that we have seen on Galaxy S III. Since the new Note has got larger display and thinner chassis, you can see the buttons positioned on each side have been more naturally placed to find easily. It gives good feel and easy access, but the buttons are very susceptible to press accidentally. There is an LED notification which was lacking on the previous Note, an earpiece, 1.9 megapixel camera placed right above the display, an earpiece, and large physical home button just at the bottom of the display with two capacitive touch keys – one for menu and other for back. The bezel used at the top of the phone and at the bottom is smaller as compared to the OG Note. The design is finely crafted by all these things which make the Note much more elegant and uncluttered.

The right side of this device has got a power button and dedicated volume rocker is placed at the left of the device. At the bottom, you will find S Pen and microUSB port which are very useful to note down things quickly and charge the device or transfer the data instantly. A 3.5 mm headset jack is placed at the top of the phone which is a good thing thing for those who carry their devices in their pockets. Not only the front look of this phone has got simple and elegant look, but the back also gets the similar touch. The best feature dwell at the rear of the phone is a powerful 8 megapixel primary camera that is well supported by an LED flash for bright images even on darker condition. You will definitely love the camera quality which offers realistic, bright videos with better color saturation. There is a speaker grille that can be found near the bottom of the phone. The battery cover is removable, giving access to the battery, SIM card and memory card.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Display

The battery power has been massively improved by Samsung by placing 3,100 mAh battery from the earlier 2,500 mAh used on the original model. At the top of the battery after removing its hood, you get acces to microSIM and microSDXC cards. The phone also supports NFC and wireless charging.

One important thing for owners is that the Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 weighs 6.35 oz or 180 grams where the earlier model was 6.28 oz or 178 gram. So, the current model has got more weight of 2 grams probably due to the advanced techs used in it.

Coming to the display of this device, it sports 5.5-inch screen with 1280 by 720 pixels of resolution where the earlier phone had 5.3-inch with 1280 by 800 pixels resolution. Like the original model, the current model has also received same HD Super AMOLED display. The phone also supports 1080p resolution video capturing which provide unique experience while watching videos.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Connectivity

Samsung Galaxy Note II Connectivity

For connectivity, Samsung has put some advanced features in its flagship Note II that is capable of providing 21.6 Mbps HSPA+ with quadband GSM/EDGE. It also includes dual band, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC. A 3.5 mm headphone is offered which you can connect in both computer and laptop. Not to forget, GPS is the other important feature that this phone offers. Since it is a high end device, you can expect all latest and advanced features integrated in it. The GPS is supported by GLONASS, giving accurate consistency within 15 meters.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Battery

Samsung Galaxy Note II Memory

Only 16GB memory storage is offered on original Galaxy Note, but the current model Galaxy Note II comes with three memory storage options – 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB. This is the internal memory storage capacity which you can further increase up to 64 GB through a microSD card which was earlier limited up to 32 GB.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Button

Galaxy Note II Performance

Just like its beautiful design, the device has been smartly tweaked with more powerful performance where 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 processor, giving much faster speed and accessibility. Through this, you can easily do multitasking and enjoy using different apps or programs at a time. The original model had 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor. The processor is perfectly matching the 2GB RAM which was earlier provided with 1GB only. More than this, what makes this smartphone more appealing is Google’s latest upgrade Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The earlier model had Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system which was able to upgrade up to 4.0.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is the first device in Samsung’s family to come with Jelly Bean operating system. The new OS comes with TouchWiz UI, which includes Google Now that can be activated if you long press the menu button. Predictive keyboard and expandable notifications are the added features that jelly Bean has offered. New features have been added along with Smart Stay S Voice, S Beam and AllShare Cast. There is a popup video that allows one to explore other apps and enjoy multitasking. It gives good experience especially if you have large screen.

TouchWiz on this new operating system is not that exception like we have experience on Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. One of the major changes is the notification menu where you need to put two fingers and pulling down on the notification to access the expandable notifications. One important thing that you must know is the phone is capable of giving you access to 50GB of Dropbox storage just like the Galaxy S III. Also the best is its Mali-400MP GPU through which you will enjoy amazing graphics and some nice gaming.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note II S Pen

The S Pen of Galaxy Note II is a true desire for which many will crave for. In this matter, Samsung has tried to keep changing its S Pen a little bit with uniqueness where we have already seen the beauty of S Pen in the original Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and now in Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This time, the Note II has got slightly thicker S Pen on the button side which you need to press for true pencil feel. Enjoy drawing, noting down points, preparing presentations, or just enjoy coloring between the lines, the S Pen has got everything to make you happy.

Samsung Galaxy Note II S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Price

The best price offered by online stores for this smartphone is Rs. 37,905.


If we consider the price of this device as per its specs and features, it is a bit expensive, but the good is its best in market performance which cannot be denied. The S Pen on the other hand is the best experience that one will get. Next to that is the new Jelly Bean OS which demand more price right now. Altogether, the price does not become a big factor for those who really die for this smartphone and wants to grab it in their hands.

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