What ever happened to smartphones that were comfortably pocketable? Don’t ask Samsung, as it’s still too busy raking in the profits off its Galaxy Note range of mini-tablet-sized handsets. Phablets, as most people call them, have risen to dominance in world smartphone market. So it’s no surprise that, after its first phablet offering became wildly successful, Samsung saw it fit to release a follow-up: the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It’s bigger, faster, and more powerful than the original. And it runs the latest version of Google’s Android software.
With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung seems to have crammed in as many high-end features as possible on a handheld device. It features a fast and powerful quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, at least 16GB of internal storage, a 5.5-inch 1280x720 HD touchscreen display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 3,100mAh battery. Other hardware features include a microUSB port, HDMI-out, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. There’s even built-in stylus support, and an actual stylus lies hidden at the back of the phone when it’s not in use.
The default OS of the Note II is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. As such, it can be used to run thousands upon thousands of apps that are available for download through Google Play. Imagine playing your favorite 3D games and running your most-used apps on a huge high-res screen. It’s every bit as awesome as that. And don’t forget, it’s also a phone. It works with quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS networks, and supports HSDPA as well as HSPA+ data. Web browsing is immensely enjoyable on it not only because of its large screen but also because of fast browsing speeds.
As feature-rich as the Galaxy Note II is, though, it certainly isn’t for everyone. It’s slim but it’s undeniably bulky and far too large to pocket. And some people just don’t like using styluses to make their way around touchscreen applications.
Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Note II
1. Has a 5.5-inch HD touchscreen display. (The Good)
2. Default operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. (The Good)
3. Lacks 4G LTE connectivity. (The Bad)
4. Camera performance could be better. (The Bad)
Prices (Where to Buy)
Samsung released the Galaxy Note II on October 25, 2012.
The Galaxy Note II price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare Samsung Galaxy Note II prices from around the web here on The Informr.
We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Samsung Galaxy Note II user manual here.
Samsung backs up the Galaxy Note II with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.
If your Galaxy Note II has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Samsung support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Samsung's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.