Samsung Galaxy Note II Review
So one of the benefits of going Android when choosing a phone is that you have a plethora of devices to choose from. Each new toy is bigger and better than the last (or smaller and better whatever your size preference may be) and as much as I was craving the GS3, the new Galaxy Note II offers a whole new world of funsy time! Check it out!
Despite the huge price tag, $299 and up with contract, and $679 and up unlocked (Yikes!), the Galaxy Note II looks to be one of the coolest new gadgets out there. It’s already been a hit in UK and Asia, and was just released in the US at a big launch event last night. And don’t worry Australia, it’s coming to you next!
Because of it’s awesome specs and sizing, the Galaxy Note II is being called a “Phablet,” a term originated by its predecessor, the first Galaxy Note. Now when I say awesome specs, I’m not just being nice. This thing is a beast! It’s got 1.6 Ghz quad-core processor, a 5.5” Super AMOLED screen, 8 mp camera with LED flash, 4G LTE, NFC, and 2GB of RAM.
It will have expandable memory via a Micro SD slot that can hold up to a 64GB card, and comes with Android Jelly Bean out of the box, and of course Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The combo together allows things like Multi-Window, where you can split screen apps and the Note of course has S Pen technology that we are familiar with from Samsung’s other Note devices.
Also, the battery is huge at 3100 mAH! I never believe battery life quotes on devices because I feel like they are always unrealistic, but that’s double the size of some other major competitors out there. It really is a mix between a super high-end phone and the latest tablet. Odd size for some, perfect size for others. I’m still undecided.
Now don’t do what I did and rush out to check out the new Note II, because most stores don’t have it yet. Only T-mobile is offering it as of today and the other carriers have it for pre-order only. Major retailers like Best Buy won’t get it in until the second week of November (wah wah). So if you are anything like me, you will want to be hands on with this new phablet before making any kind of purchase decision. This phablet is most likely too big for my tiny hands to comfortably use as a phone, even though it’s slimmer now than before, but I want to check it out anyway, just in case.
Needing the hands on test unfortunately means… we wait… or hunt down a T-Mobile store… which I’m currently doing… bye!