Samsung Galaxy Note II
Top Questions See all 183 Q&A
- "Very impressive battery life, had some issues with the charger but the company was very helpful with sending me a new one free of cost" in 23 reviews
- "The large screen has a beautiful bright display and the speaker is nice and loud though it could be a little louder." in 16 reviews
- "I really like how you can draw and do so many things with it and still it's very light ( and the big screen is awsome for bloggers like me)." in 15 reviews
- "The phone seems giant and "cartoon like" on first glance but after a few days you get used to it and it becomes “Phone sized”." in 11 reviews
- "If you love watching movies, youtube videos, playing games, checking emails...etc then this is the phone for you." in 10 reviews
My 2nd biggest problem with the phone is the build quality. Aside from the screen, it is ALL plastic. After 6 months of VERY GENTLE use (I am freakishly obsessive about how I handle my phone to avoid scratches), the fake metal finish on the trim of the phone is peeling off in the corners. All my friends with the Note 2 are having the same issue. Also the glossy finish on the battery cover is starting to spider-web crack all over (like the paint on an old car left in the sun for years). This is probably the poorest build quality of any phone I have owned.
Another complaint is that Wifi performance is not that great for a device of this price. All my other wifi devices get better speeds at certain distances (even a $180 7" Kobo ereader tablet). I have tried many different wifi modes and channels on my 6x6 MIMO antenna router. I actually resort to using my Kobo in certain parts of my house to watch Youtube.
I will probably never buy a Samsung phone again. Its a shame, because I have owned all the Galaxy phones from the S1 to S3, and Note 2. They have always been good about updates, but I feel it is really poor of Samsung to have already updated the new S4 within weeks of launching, and the Note 2 is already being forgotten about. I will probably stick to buying Google Nexus devices, just so that I can get regular updates.
Like I said, I don't care about version numbers, I just want bugs fixed. It is really poor service of Samsung to already be working on flashy new features for a phone only a few months newer, when there are phones still full of bugs.
The Gorilla Glass display is durable and feels solid. The plastic back cover makes NO DIFFERENCE to me since I have always used a phone case...even with the iPhone! I've seen enough of those glass backs shattered to be thankful this one is plastic and can be replaced for PENNIES! The $6 case I found for the Note 2 on Amazon is perfect...and even includes a kickstand. Also makes it a bit less likely you'll press the on/off button accidentally...another bonus!
The phone size may be a bit much for some users, but if you tote both a phone and a tablet or notebook around then perhaps you will find this phone useful. My iPad stays at home most days now, as I now have plenty of screen real-estate in my pocket.
Google Now seems at least as useful as Siri. Check out examples on YouTube...it can do A LOT of things all by voice. Google Maps/Navigation is outstanding...voice guidance, real-time traffic, updated maps...and on this phone the display is easy to see and the directions are easy to hear! Get a phone mount for your car (~$20 on Amazon) and you won't need any other navigation device.
I could go on for days talking about all the little feature improvements over the iPhone...LED indicators, proximity sensor, microUSB connector, removable battery, microSD memory slot, etc. If the iPhone isn't exciting you, try this phone, or if it's too big for try the Galaxy S3 (or even better wait for the S4). Fabulous!
The positive features is in the Samsung brand - all of their phones include a "reject list" - any unknown phone number or telemarketer that calls can be added to a reject list and the phone never rings, they don't get to leave a voicemail, and it indicates in your menu bar that someone was rejected and that's it!
The camera is also a great feature - both with flash and a front facing camera. There's great apps to edit your photos, and serious the screen is amazing.
I also enjoy the stylus pen. It's fun to play draw something as well as just doodling. You can use the pen for the calendar, but I don't prefer to use it.
What can I say - Androids are BETTER than the stupid iphone. more than a handful of my friends who are iphone users complain that their iphone has restarted and lost of their contacts or photos - have you ever heard a droid user complain like that? I doubt it. Switch to the Android and you will be happier!
I'm usually bad with touch screens as I find my fingers too big sometimes for the screen but with a pen, this is no problem at all.
I also like the swipe left or right function on the contact to call or message. Reallyyyyy convenient.
The wifi connectivity is fast and great as I move from place to place and it connects to the available internet really fast.
The screen is great for watching movies on and camera resolution is very sharp and crisp.
The size is a bit big but I really love it this way as I actually prefer tablets to phone being an artist.
I'm not so crazy about the S Voice though as sometimes it's not the best functioning (either that or I'm not using it right)
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
See All Photos & Videos