A brief review of the Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung has become the leader in Android smart phones, and we all know that. The company has been successful in making its flagship line of smart phone, the Galaxy S series, a big hit. And to serve the customers who ask for more, the company has the Galaxy Note line up of smart phones. Right now, there are two smart phones in this line, the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II. The recently released Galaxy Note II became a huge hit as soon as it was launched, with more than 3 million units sold in just one month. So, let us have a look at what made the smart phone sell like hot cake.

To begin with, the South Korean Android smart phone giant has gone a step ahead with the screen size of the second generation Note, and made it a little bigger at 5.5 inches, from the 5.3 inches on the first generation Note. The display is now narrower and longer compared to that no the Galaxy Note I. This gives the Note II display an aspect ratio of 16:9, as compared to the 16:10 aspect ratio on the first gen Galaxy Note. The new display has a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels with a pixel density of almost 267 ppi.

We will talk more about the display later. The smart phone has got its design from the Galaxy S III. If you keep both the phones side by side, you will feel that the Galaxy Note II is just a bigger Galaxy S III. But the case with the internals is not the same. The Galaxy Note II has a bit more powerful internals. The smart phone runs on 1.6 GHz quad core Cortex A9 based Exynos 4412 processor with a Mali 400MP doing the  graphics weight lifting. This is one of the fastest and the one of the powerful mobile processors out there, and the latest operating system from Google, the Android 4.1.1, also known as Jelly Bean, makes the things a lot better on the Galaxy Note II.

Yes, the Note II comes with Jelly Bean out of the box. So you will have to worry about the company not seeding the latest update, the smart phone already comes with it. The Note II has an array of sensors which include accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer. The list should satisfy all power users of the smart phone. And since a lot of games make use of these sensors today, mobile gamers are going to enjoy playing on this one.

On the connectivity front, the Note II is again having a plethora of options including everything right from GPRS. The smart phone supports HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL. This means you can use the device almost anywhere in the world. Along with this, there is also a Wi Fi module under the hood which lets you hook your phone up to Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi hotspots. There is of course Bluetooth v4.0 and a microUSB 2.0 port. The smart phone also provides you with NFC, or Near Field Communication, to take full advantage of services such as Google Wallet and Samsung’s own S Beam.

The Galaxy Note II has an 8 mega pixel camera on the back, the same shooter than you find on the Galaxy S III. The camera is capable of taking really awesome photos at 3264 x 2448 pixels resolution and record videos in full HD 1080p. For video calling, the Galaxy Note II has a 1.9 mega pixel front facing camera too. Samsung has put in more features to the camera to make the smart phone a bit more attractive. These features include Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization.

The smart phone comes in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants. If that is not enough for you, you can extend the storage of the phone with a microSD card slot up to 64 GB. With this, there is 2 GB RAM on the smart phone which just makes it super fast.

The new and improved S Pen that comes with the Galaxy Note II just makes the whole experience a lot better. With the new Air View feature, users will be able to preview emails, photos, and even videos without even opening them. That is one of the best features I love on the Galaxy Note II. And the device becomes just so much more productive with the new stylus.

Coming to another import part of a smart phone, the accessories available for it. There are a lot of accessories already available for the Galaxy Note II, with a few of them being official Samsung accessories. You can get docks, desktop chargers, a bunch of different battery covers, and even a variety of Galaxy Note 2 case.

So what are you waiting for? If you have been in the lookout for a big phone which will give you the best software and hardware combination with an awesome battery life, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is the smart phone for you.

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