Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 Review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a cross between a tablet and a cell phone, hopefully providing the distinctive benefits of both devices, namely the large screen for editing, documents, and media, meanwhile retaining the ability to make and receive phone calls and text messages without being too unwieldy.
The device comes standard with an inbuilt stylus for drawing or Palm-Pilot style handwritten text entry. Of course, the device supports 4G, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, giving it a handy place (so to speak) in anyone’s life; but what about their pocket? The Galaxy Note 2 has a Super-AMOLED screen that measures about 6 inches. This gives it a stunning 16 million possible colors in the display, meaning photo and video will be displayed vividly and crisply every time. However, the size may be something of an issue for most users. In simple terms it is a MASSIVE device to try and jam into the consumer’s pocket, this presents a potential problem. However, for software developers and computer geeks, Android is the go-to software, regardless of the size of the screen. That seems to be the idea with this phone. It looks big and goofy and holding it up to make phone calls will make anyone look rather daft, but the capabilities of the device should make up for the inherent silliness.
Galaxy Note 2 comes with a very ambitious price tag on Samsung’s part, and the device will have to perform in order to make the phone worth the money. So does it? The display is gorgeous, everything displayed on the device is vivid and clear, it almost looks better than the real thing sometimes, and the preinstalled live backgrounds are fun to play with. However, all of that screen and software has to be powered by something, and the battery struggles to keep up to such a degree that Samsung now sells Note Spare Battery Chargers on their website. The phone uses so much power that it makes the most sense to buy another battery to keep on the charger while the device is in use. That is a telling statement.
This is not a phone for anyone who stays away from civilization for any length of time, as they will need to be hitting the charger under every 16 hours. Add games and texting like we all do in the waiting room or in line at the grocery store, and the battery life plummets even further, but those hours when it is functioning are spent on one of the best-looking mobile screens with some of the most fun and interesting features.
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