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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

Samsung's latest phone-tablet gets put to the test
Wed Oct 17 2012, 16:57

Product Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Website www.samsung.com/uk
Specifications Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 S processor, 5.5in 720x 1280, 267 ppi Super Amoled capacitive touchscreen display, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage expandable via microSD, 8MP rear-facing and 1.9MP front-facing cameras, GSM/EDGE/HSPA+/HSDPA, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, 802.11n , Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB, microSD slot, headphone jack, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 151x81x9.4mm, 183g
Price £530


IT SOUNDS pretty ridiculous that some vendors now sell phones that are almost too big to fit in your hands, but for some bizarre reason, phone-tablets - or "phablets" if you allow yourself to say it - are becoming more popular as the months go on.

Korean electronics firm Samsung's controversially enormous phone, the Galaxy Note was a perfect example of this when it launched just over a year ago. Defying critics' assumptions that a phone bearing a five inch screen would flop, the Note really took off, especially in Samsung's home continent of Asia.

Following the Note's success, Samsung announced the Note 2 at the IFA computer expo in Berlin in August this year with a new curvier design and added features such as a redesigned S-Pen and even bigger screen.

samsung's galaxy note 2

Design
Our impressions of the Note 2 still haven't changed since our hands on review with the device back in August. We are still very much impressed by its undeniably gigantic 5.5in screen, which won us over before we had even had much chance to use it for long. That's because we were struck by its bright, crisp display and still now, we find it quite unbelievable that a device with a screen of this size has the ability to make calls and do everything a phone does.

Measuring a massive 151x81x9.4mm, you'll find that while using the Note 2, you'll forget that it is a phone and not just a small sized tablet device. In our opinion, this is nothing but a good thing, because its ability to make calls then seems like an added bonus.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 side

Compared to the first edition of the Note, Samsung has made the Note 2 appear more stream-lined, and has curved its edges in a way similar to the Galaxy S3. This makes it that little easier to hold and gives it a slightly more natural feel when placed in the palm of your hand.

Though this might be the case, we feel that the bezel could have been smaller while keeping the screen size the same, as there's a 5mm gap surrounding the edge of the phone and the screen. A millimetre or so less on its width, we think, would make a huge difference to how the Note 2 feels to hold, especially for people with smaller hands.

This is one of the major flaws we found with the Note 2. People with larger hands will certainly benefit when using the device. It might sound odd, but the same goes for head size too, as the Note 2's size can look slightly ridiculous when held up to the ear of a person with a smaller head.

Next: Build, display and S-pen

 

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