Today we come with the Samsung’s Galaxy Note II 4G review. The second of Samsung’s big phones to be released, the Galaxy Note 2 is one massive device. Featuring a 5.5 inch screen, you’ll never call the 4.8 inch Galaxy S3 a big phone again, and while that huge display is one of the reasons to draw you to the Note II, it’s the little things and performance that will keep you there.
Starting with those specifications, the Galaxy Note II features a new faster version of the chip found in the Galaxy S3, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor manufactured by Samsung. Speed is obviously a priority here, and you can expect 2GB RAM keeping the experience moving at a steady pace, while 16GB storage was included in our model, with the microSD card slot underneath letting you expand it considerably.
Wireless connectivity is mostly standard here, though the WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n support relies on a dual-band antenna, which should fare better than the typical smartphone. Otherwise, you’ll find Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, Near-Field Communication, DLNA, GPS, and support for both 3G and 4G in Australia.
The screen is fairly important too, with Samsung moving to a 5.5 inch display supporting the 1280×720 resolution, protected by Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2.
With a bigger 720p display, the pixel per inch value is lower than the Galaxy S3, with the Note scoring 267ppi and the S3 grabbing 305ppi. This reduction in ppi means the Note’s display isn’t technically as sharp as the S3′s, or even the iPhone 4S or 5, though you do get a bigger screen size for your troubles.
The world is changing, and while a few years ago we found phones were getting smaller – so small, you could accidentally sit on them – now they’re getting bigger, thanks to our consumption of the web, social networking, video, and this desire to have tablet computers with us at all times.
Enter Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the biggest smartphones of the lot, marrying the best of what Samsung develops with the largest form-factor. We saw the first Galaxy Note in Australia earlier this year, that model arriving a touch later from its release around the world late in 2011.
Not even a year later, we have the Galaxy Note II, an even bigger handset that borrows from the template made popular by its Galaxy SIII brother, and makes what could be Samsung’s best handset ever.
Let’s start with the size: if you thought the Galaxy S3 was big, think again.
With a 5.5 inch screen, the Galaxy Note II is positively massive, encompassing anything that tries to compete with it.
Aesthetically, Samsung has stuck with a similar design to what it used in the Galaxy S3, choosing to use plastic as its main material, with a removable battery, main home button at the bottom, soft buttons on each side, shiny metallic grey trim, and a slippery feel.
It’s not the best design, and out of the plastic bodies we’ve seen and felt this year, doesn’t exude the strongest quality, especially compared with the likes of the HTC One X and Nokia Lumia 900. Still, you find you get used to the feel relatively quickly.
Read full Samsung’s Galaxy Note II 4G review here.