Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

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Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

22 Comments to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

  1. The Droid OS is amazing; I just wish I had gotten it on a more durable phone like the Razr Maxx I replaced it with. The Note II is made to be dropped–it’s seriously like the thing is oiled before it leaves the factory– and it will crack very very easily, and stop working shortly thereafter. I know this from experience, and I expect better from a $700 piece of technology (I don’t want to hear this crap about I should have paid another 30 dollars for a semi-protective case that should already be on the phone when you buy it, I mean, come on it replaces the battery). As someone who has owned everything from the Nokia 3360 (indestructible) to the Iphone 4, this is the most expensive and least durable phone I have ever seen, by far. The stylus and note-taking features were the initial draw for me, but the program for taking notes is setup very poorly, and you can’t take notes on a phone that doesn’t work. Now I am just sad I wasted my upgrade on this “phablet”; so much so that I elected to pay 200 for a refurbished Motorola, rather than paying for the Samsung repair. I will be getting a Xyboard for all my note taking, internet surfing needs (which, by the way, is also cheaper than the Note II).

    Also, Samsung has very bad customer service, and is known for cheapening out on their products. It takes a class action lawsuit (literally) to get them to address their own design flaws.

  2. There must be something wrong with your review unit… all other sites agree that the Galaxy Note 2 has exceptional battery life that only loses to the RAZR MAXX and possibly the iPhone 5

  3. I left iPhone for this phone and I am also a hardcore apple user. In my own home with 3 iPhones, 4 iPads, a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 2005 eMac and an Apple TV I am a traitor running around with an Android device.
    I had so many people ask me why when I was the one who sold them on Apple Products. Simply said it is a better phone.
    I have found the pen very useful. I pull it out for notes often. Much faster to handwrite them then it is to open a note program and tap them out. I can screenshot and highlight which is great for doing research. There are quite a few apps for signing documents, though I have not had reason to use them yet.

    Also as a former iPhone user and still current apple everything else I have been able to find the apps I need to sync my iCal from the Apple cloud to my phone without going through google which is great since I share some very important planning calendars with my Husband and Kids.

    I am still waiting for the split screen feature to launch. Though I read that AT&T started that on Dec 27.

    • Thinking about switching to this phone too from iPhone. Was it difficult to break free from the Apple ecosystem? With so much content tied to iTunes?

      • Shiraz Siddiqui

        I switched as well and this was my main concern. Not at all. Of course Apps you’ll have to replace with Android ones in Google Play, but your movies throw them on a SD card (the Galaxy Note 2 supports up to a 64gb micro SD card) and stick it in your new Android. Music? Well you can upload all of your music to Google Play for free (like iCloud) from your computer and in fact on your computer set it to automatically upload a song if there is one bought in iTunes. You be able to stream ALL of your music and even save it what you want to your device from the Google Play Music App (iPod)

  4. Jimmy Mackey

    I agree that the Galaxy Note 2 is praiseworth, but even though the 720p screen is adequate, have you ever wondered what a 1080p screen would bring to this monster of a phone. I will be looking at some of the higher resolution phones at CES this
    year and I’m anxious to see if I can notice a difference or not. I couldn’t go to CES as me and my DISH coworker that usually goes with me had to stay behind and help launch the DISH Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR last year. It was presented at CES and I got one so I could stop having to set so many timers, since the PrimeTime Anytime records all of the four major network shows at night. I watch the next day or so and never miss a show now.

    • Rick Stanton

      The Galaxy Note 2 is humongous AND heavy. I thought it would be fun to doodle ideas on for the graphic design work I do, and thought I’d get it (on At&T, 4GLTE in New York) but when I felt its weight I knew I would end up dropping it a lot. The manufacturers still need to work on weight and battery life.

      • funny thing about the weight – I thought the same thing – OMG this is SOO HEAVY. Now after having it for a little over a month I can’t believe that my husband’s iPhone 5 weighs so little. I am afraid i am going to crush that thing just by holding it. The iPhone 5 is like a Potato chip and the Note 2 a Cookie.

    • $700 phone and you can’t look after it better than that? Would you buy a Mercedes, back through the garage door, then claim you’d never buy Mercedes again after you destroyed the rear bumper and paint job?

      Pro tip folks, if you’re stupid or a clutz, you and your gear better be tough.

      You folks might want to wait until Fisher-Price gets into the market.

    • $179 to fix a $700 phone doesn’t sound so bad to me. My iPhone 4 was dropped onto a flat surface in a brand new Otterbox and looked worse than this. Sometimes crap happens and it looks like it happened to you.
      Don’t blame the phone or Samsung because you dropped it. I have the Note 2 and I dropped it hard a few times and it has survived.

    • Richard Corso

      I suspect this comment is from another Apple user wanting to knock (no pun intended) this great phone.

    • For one, your first mistake was relying on the awful samsung case. I bought an otterbox immediately for mine because I actually intend to take good care of my $300 purchase.

      Secondly, you should be a lot more careful with your phone. My pooh hole gets tight every time I pull this thing in and out of my pocket. And for good reason. That makes me more careful with it. I have had it for 3 months and haven’t dropped it yet.

      Thirdly, (No disrespect intended at all) I’m not buying that you dropped this thing from only a foot off the ground. I’m with James, it appears that you dropped this thing on a landmine or threw it up against a wall. That’s probably why Samsung is charging you $179 to fix it because they’re not buying your story either.

      Fourthly, this is also why Verizon (which is the carrier logo that is on your phone in the picture) offers a $10/month insurance plan that covers everything. When I say everything, I mean that if anything, whatsoever, happens to the phone then Verizon will take the broken phone and replace it with a brand new phone from the storage room no questions asked for a $99 fee. For $10 a month, I say that’s a pretty good deal and I jumped on that option.

      You can’t blame Samsung for your careless handling (again no disrespect) or your decision to not fully cover the phone under insurance. At the end of the day, the phone itself is an AMAZING piece of technology and you can’t argue that point!!

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