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When the original Galaxy Note was unveiled back in August of 2011, I’ll admit: I was one of the naysayers. Nay, I was more than a naysayer – I was a hater. The idea of the “phablet,” I thought, was absurd. Who would possibly need – or want – such a ridiculous piece of form-factor experimentation? Like much of the tech media world, I looked on and fully expected Samsung’s newest Galaxy product to be a total failure. It was the kind of device that people just wouldn’t be willing to take a risk on. Memories of 2010’s Dell Streak (a phablomination, if you will) only reinforced such thinking.

I was wrong. I was so, so wrong. To date, Samsung has sold well over 10 million Galaxy Notes and Note II’s. That’s a lot for any phone, let alone one whose premise is upsetting the form factor paradigm in a market that is still quite young.

There are two things Samsung had going for it when it unleashed the Note, though. First, an ample marketing budget. Second, a legion of increasingly loyal followers who came in riding the Galaxy brand bandwagon. I’m not saying Samsung didn’t earn this fanfare, but that it was definitely leveraged in pitching the Note to potential buyers. Samsung took that smartphone street cred, and put those eggs in the Note basket. And it worked – the Note has become a smash hit.

It’s not as though Samsung always has a magic touch when it comes to all things Galaxy, either. The original Galaxy Tabs sold poorly, and I strongly suspect that the latest hardware experiment to be given the galaxy namesake – the Galaxy Camera – will be a near-total flop. But that’s the thing about Samsung. Say what you want about superfluous features or cheap materials, they persevere under even the strongest of criticism. And the Note brand has flourished for it.

So, when I was offered a chance by retailer Basatne Electronics to try out a Galaxy Note II for a while, I thought “why not?” (You can find the Note II at Basatne here.)

This isn’t a review, it’s just sort of my attempt to describe the experience using something I was so against for so long. And - mostly - loving it.

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The First Days

When I popped open the box I wasn’t particularly intimidated by the Note II’s size. Not at first. I slapped in the beefy 3100mAh battery, and it wasn’t until I saw the display illuminated in all of its giant-blue-subpixel glory that I came to the realization of just how big this thing is.

Every time I set it down on my desk, or it’s anywhere but my hand, I don’t particularly notice the size. It looks like a big-ish Galaxy S III. Until I pick it up and tap the well-placed side-mounted power button. My eyes are then totally engrossed by that 5.5 inches of backlit beauty once again.

If you haven’t used a Note II, I suggest heading down to your friendly neighborhood carrier store or big box electronics retailer and doing so – even a few minutes with it is quite an experience. Opening a desktop-formatted webpage in Chrome, for example, is just worlds apart from doing so on my One X+. As Steve Jobs would say, there is something a little magical about viewing content in the palm of your hand on such a large display.

In fact, it’s so different in terms of visual experience from a normally sized smartphone, even a relatively large one like the Galaxy S III, that part of me seriously doubts Samsung even fully understood what it was they’d done with the first Note. I think they envisioned some stylus-packing productivity tool, but that’s probably the worst reason to buy into the Note II. It’s difficult to describe the idea I’m relaying here, and I understand that, so let me see if I can illustrate by example.

Yeah, But Have You Ever Written Your Email… On Note II?

On a typical smartphone, it’s pretty rare that I look at webpages for any extended period of time. Unless I’m away from my computer. Even then, reading those webpages is unpleasant. There’s a lot of squinting, scrolling, pinching, and interaction I don’t want to have while I’m trying to read. It’s annoying. On the Note II, I can pop open an entire article on, say, the Economist, and read it a reasonable distance away from my face after a single pinch adjustment, occasionally flicking my thumb. It’s so much more pleasant.

Another example – writing email. Typing an email on my smartphone is certainly doable, but I don’t particularly enjoy it. I will go out of my way to wake up my laptop to type up more than a sentence or two. On the Note II, I’ve written paragraphs. The large display makes touch typing so much easier, so much more natural. I fly along at speeds I’d only dream of my pitiful 4.7” One X+.

One night last week, when I wasn’t able to sleep, I grabbed the Note II and started watching some TV on Hulu+. I wouldn’t dream of doing this on my One X+. Unless I was on a transcontinental flight. And my laptop battery was dead. And the person next to me was snoring - loudly. I can’t stand watching videos on a tiny screen. Yet, the Note II’s display is just big enough to make doing so reasonably enjoyable without having to hold it uncomfortably close to my eyes. But it’s also nowhere near as heavy as a tablet.

What I’m really trying to say about the Note II is this: It changed the way I use my phone. That’s something special.

Range Anxiety

I don’t have it anymore. The Note II’s battery easily lasts me all day, no matter how much I use and abuse it. More often than not, it lasts until the early evening of a second day. On Wi-Fi, I can stretch it to an entire weekend – off the charger from 8AM Saturday until Monday morning.

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Need to tether for 30 minutes? Not a big deal. Want to watch something on YouTube? That’s fine. Kill 15 minutes playing whatever game’s struck my fancy lately? Go for it.

It’s an experience I’ve never had with a smartphone. It is going to be incredibly difficult to go back to thinking about my battery more than once every 24 hours regardless of how much I’ve been using my phone. It’s the experience I think all of us want, but so few of us have achieved.

The Drawbacks

There is no denying that while in many respects the Note II is brilliant, in others it is a decided failure. I readily admit that while I very much like the Note II, there are things about it that sometimes make me want to throw it against a wall. Of course, every – read: every – smartphone has its major drawbacks.

Number one? The size is definitely a double-edged blade. While the Note II fits comfortably in my jeans, operating it with one hand can go from zero to “GOD DAMNIT! REACH YOU STUPID FINGER!” in the blink of an eye. I can pretty easily manipulate my X+ with one hand 99% of the time. The Note II’s physical manageability depends heavily on what exactly it is you’re trying to do. One-handed typing, for example, sucks. And the one-handed keyboard mode is activated via pinch. Good luck doing that with one hand. The Note II’s large 720p display also doesn’t get very bright, so sunlight viewing is kind of terrible.

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Next: Samsung build quality. It sucks. While the Note II felt solid when I took it out of the box, I was quickly reminded that Samsung plastic and “physical interaction of any kind” are the bitterest of enemies. It snaps. It creaks. It groans. It makes more unpleasant noises than an old man with indigestion after dinner at Chipotle. Samsung, I know your loyal fanboys would foam at the mouth (I can already hear the Change.org petitions being typed up), but ditch the stupid removable rear cover. Someone’s not going to own this thing long enough to need a replacement battery, and it lasts long enough that providing the option is totally redundant. I would honestly consider buying this phone if it didn’t feel so ludicrously cheap. Case in point, if I twist it just the right way, the screen turns on. Lovely.

A Note On S-Pen And Split-Screen Apps

It’s not really a drawback, per se, but I’ve found the S-Pen worthless. Smartphones are touch devices, and your fingers are the input method of choice by design. I have zero inclination to “write” myself a note on my phone or go all John Madden on a screenshot when I have voice typing or a fantastic software keyboard experience. I guess there’s no reason not to include it, but seriously, anyone claiming the S-Pen is anywhere near the best thing about the Note II is delusional. Like the back seat in a small, 2-door sports coupe, the S-Pen is that thing you convince yourself is a practical consideration the first day you have it, and then promptly proceed to forget it even exists. It is, to me, the physical manifestation of Samsung’s unrelenting obsession with gimmicks.

Screenshots_2012-12-01-10-56-22I wanted to like Samsung’s multitasking split-app window thing. I really, really did. For the first few days I had the Note II, I made a conscious effort to utilize it. Because hey, if Ron thinks it’s cool, how can it not be?

It’s not. If you’re attempting to make your phone some kind of copy-paste kung-fu ADHD-satiating slab maybe, maybe, you could get into the actual habit of using split-screen apps. Be it Samsung’s particular implementation or the concept at large, I couldn’t bring myself to care about it after a few days. In fact, more than anything, I find myself wishing I could get rid of that annoying little tab that comes up on the side of the screen. It pops up for no apparent reason at times (yes, even after long-pressing the back button to get rid of it). I have not, though, found it to be enough of a nuisance to actually go looking for a way to disable it in Samsung’s multitude and labyrinthine settings menus.

Like all of Samsung’s software gimmicks, split-screen apps do little harm (see: annoying tab thing), but only amplify my suspicion that Samsung’s mobile software division is run by engineers that do not ask, once conceptualized, if a new feature is useful, but merely if it can be done.

The penultimate expression of my distaste for these little “extras” is probably best distilled into a sentiment I think many of you will appreciate: I only wish there were a Note II that ran stock Android.

The Public Embarrassment Factor

Has been wildly exaggerated, where it is even mentioned. If you’re actually concerned your friends will make fun of your ginormous phone, you probably need some new friends. If you’re concerned people in public will stare or gawk, news flash: no one really cares about your phone, or the size of it. Unless they want to mug you and steal it. Then they might. And you should run away.

No one has so much as taken a second glance at the Note II the entire time I’ve had it, as far as I’m aware. I’ve read enough reviews that talk about this phenomena that I have to wonder: are people just lying? Or is everyone in New York City actually a pretentious asshole? And to be clear, I live in LA, where everyone and their hipster brother has an iPhone. The only way you’re going to get someone to comment on the dimensions is by holding it up to their face and saying “HEY, LOOK AT THIS GIANT PHONE.” The commonness of 4.5”+ smartphones today has desensitized everyone to the size issue, much in the way the creeping growth of small sedans has allowed BMW to make this year’s 3-Series larger than the 5-Series was in 1987. Feel free to look it up.

Final Thoughts

I don’t want to keep you here too long, as this piece isn’t meant to be review so much as op-ed, so I’ll wrap things up. The Note II has opened my eyes to something: the fact that we haven’t necessarily set the smartphone form factor mold just yet. The things a larger display allow you to do are notable enough (pun very much intended) that I don’t think it will be long before we see competitors copying Samsung’s brilliant little discovery. And I mean good copies, which is to say, not the Optimus Vu. Ew.

I admit, I often come off as a bit pessimistic in my writing. OK, really pessimistic at times. Today’s different, though. The Note II is one of those products that genuinely makes me curious about the future, about all the new things we’re going to see, next year and beyond.

I’m essited.

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Thanks again to Basatne Electronics, who made this article possible by sending me a Note II (which you can buy here) to try out for a few weeks. Because they're awesome like that.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Spoken Word™

    Welcome to the club. But please stop using the word Phablet!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Why? It makes sense to me.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Because, 'tis a silly word.

        • Hands0n

          Phablet sounds like you're trying to say "phabulous" ... and that is what the Note 2 is :-)

          • smeddy

            It's a horrible word!

          • CactusCat

            Maybe it sounds too much like "phallus" or "phallic" which if you don't what that means.... well, Google is your friend.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I limited my usage to the amount necessary. :P

    • http://twitter.com/NoBullet NoBullet

      I hate that word. Sounds like a word meaning "a quick fap" or something.

    • S K

      Phaaaablet... Phaaablet... Phablet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      sorry too late

  • NeedName

    I want a 6" Android handset. . . and I've been saying that since my first Android phone (3G MyTouch) — I'm secure enough to handle the uninitiated's gawks and jokes ;)

    • digi_owl

      Why not just go up another inch and get a 7" with mobile radio inside?

      • Jose Marie Maquinay

        And that's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 inch 3G. It can make/answer calls and SMS. I love using it as a phone just to be able to see the funny expressions other people make when I answer calls :D

      • DrewNusser

        VOIP!

    • @bigpeepz

      I love my new Note 2 but I've been thinking for a year or two that 6-6.25 inches would be the perfect size smartphone screen.

  • Tarex

    I would have wanted this article to comment on Nexus 7 owners, and whether or not they should change from a 4.x" smartphone to a 5.5" phablet alongside their 7" tablets.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I have a Nexus 7. I still use it. Maybe a little less.

      • TareX

        But should N7 users upgrade their phones to 5.5" phablets? It kinda defeats the purpose of getting a N7...

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I disagree. The N7 is a lot larger than the Note II, and it's a lot better for gaming, or leisurely reading, or video. The N7 definitely still has a place for me.

          • jamaall

            Yep. Even though its only a 1.5" difference, the area has increased much more than that. The N7 is definitely one of the best devices for gaming on phones and tablets. I will always reach for it when I want to play a game.

  • andrew__des_moines

    My 5'0" wife has an original Note and loves it (but it is badly in need of some Project Butter). I plan on getting the Note II in May. Reviews by actual owners are revealing -- each one basically says the same thing in one way or another, "I love this phone, it is ideal and perfect for me." As far as the unexpectedly high numbers for sales, I think it is a combination of the target productivity consumer and a surprising number of women who want a very large screen for Facebook or whatever. And demand by the latter underlines THE key concept of the modern smartphone -- it is the window through which we experience much of modern life: friends, family, entertainment, etc. And for something as personal and important as that, who wouldn't want the biggest window possible?

    • heyheythere

      Women can't be productivity consumers? All women use a smartphone for is "Facebook or whatever"? Wow.

      • andrew__des_moines

        I don't believe I assigned the "productivity consumer" a gender. Nor did I state or indicate that women only use a smartphone for Facebook or whatever.

        • heyheythere

          You phrased your comment as though productivity consumers and women are two separate and distinct groups. I see I am not the only person to interpret it this way. The women group supposedly only wants a large screen for what you perceive to be trivial uses. You also neglected another group: the "Facebook or whatever" men. Trust me, there are tons of men for whom Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the main purposes of owning a smartphone. And that's fine. Let each person do what they want with their selected technology. Just remember that their usage is not dependent on their sex.

          • andrew__des_moines

            Fair enough. Apologies. I was probably subconsciously alluding to initial reviews of the Note that stated the phone would only be practical for people with large hands, which would discount a higher percentage of women.

          • spydie

            Personally, I like the battle of the sexes... keep going... I'm enjoying it.. NOw if we could only tell which posters are women/men, then we could keep score!

    • Magdushka

      I´m 5'2" woman, owner of this device and must say that it feels little bit wierd to make a call with it. But I own it because I´m note taker and artist, not for facebook or whatever men think women have it for. Sometimes it´s irritating to know that men think this about us. We search for some added value, larger screen, S-pen, or on some devices keyboard, not only bigger RAM, built-in memory or faster CPU but something that makes the device unique. For me, Note II is the most useful phone I´ve had. And facebook for android is useless. But generally, I agree with you. Buy one, it´s very smart choice. And don´t get me wrong, I don´t want to be offensive, I´ve just had the urge to say it.

      • andrew__des_moines

        There is nothing between the lines in my statements. So you are a productivity consumer -- great. I just think there is an additional group of consumers that buy the phone for the purpose of better experiencing social media and that group is mostly women. That does NOT imply that women are primarily interested in social media when selecting a smartphone, just a segment.

        • Magdushka

          That's correct, l just wanted to react to your statement " Facebook or whatever" because I've heard it a lot and just needed to say something. Just a little advice, women who use smartphone for facebook don't read this site, but these who are productivity consumers do , so choose your word wisely :) and also I'm not from US or any English speaking country so there might be some cultural differences between us which can change the way we understand the subject.

          • andrew__des_moines

            I live with three women (wife, 16 & 20 year old daughters) and know the dangers of making statements that can be construed the wrong way -- I should have been more careful ;-)

      • spydie

        that WAS offensive... how do you know what men think? sounds like PE

  • Alessandro Angotzi

    i hate my short fingers with the note I but i love the phab... device...

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    There are as many as two legit uses for the S-Pen (I have the first Note, so Im judging from there):
    Either you are a painter/graphical designer, and you want to do quick sketches on the go - it is still far worse than using PC for that task.
    Or you are nerdy IT guy, and you need remote access to your PC desktop at all times, the stylus replaces mouse just fine for operating desktop OS remotely.

  • andrew__des_moines

    Also, there is NO backlight on an AMOLED screen -- the pixels are the light source.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Fair enough. I'm keeping it for alliterative purposes, though!

      • andrew__des_moines

        How about "prismatic pleasure" or "chromatic cornucopia of cool". I guess that would be alliteration obliteration...oh, well.

  • Tom

    to author - you find the phone creaks? i honestly don't. it feels solid. as far as the battery thing goes - choose a different phone. don't try to take away from us one of the 2* things that samsung does that many others don't. it's useful - not all the time but it is. fly from london to LA. 12 hour flight i think? deduct take off/landing etc and the 11hour video playback i get from my note 2 keeps me entertained during the flight. i can then swap batteries and not worry about it dying like other people.

    *the other being the mSD. 16/32 isn't enough and i'm not paying more for a 64GB ver when i can do it myself for less money. tis why i will never own a nexus phone - no expandable storage (and it's a shame - i want one).

    point is, we all want different things and that's the strength of the android system. you want a large screen without a removable battery? may i suggest the DNA from HTC or whatever that thing is called? don't try and limit our options

    • andrew__des_moines

      Seriously, every review by ACTUAL owners, including Tom's, can be condensed down to, "I love this phone, it is perfect and ideal for ME."

      • Tom

        of course, otherwise we wouldn't have chosen it. some hate the idea of a phone this big and their perfect phone might be 3.7", also fine. the beauty of android is choice - or if you want to put a negative spin on it like apple do - it's fragmented. :D

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      True, removable batteries (and long lasting ones on their flagship phones these days) and expandable storage is something Samsung is nice to keep in their devices, at least compared to HTC who can't manage to keep good battery life on their devices (seems to be changing with Droid DNA though) and just refuse to put in a microSD card (on One X/X+ and even on WP 8x).

      • Tom

        afaik, the battery in the DNA is about 2000mah? they could have put a bigger one in there.

        • Abhijeet Mishra

          Yes, but according to reviews, it lasts long, despite that 1080p display, though yeah, could have done with a bigger battery.

          • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

            Or that it lasts longer than they expected a 2000mah battery to last?

    • http://twitter.com/tagont1 Joseph Lotorto

      Mine doesn't creak at all either. I agree also about the removable battery. This was the main reason I bought a note 2.

    • TareX

      Even the HTC DNA doesn't have a mSD. I think we're moving towards the point where all the good options won't have mSD. But I agree 16GB shouldn't be the highest offering, but unlike you, I'm willing to pay extra for the 64GB.

      • Tom

        i did pay - for a 64GB mSD card :D

        a little symlink and apps/cache etc are now on the mSD.

        • okungnyo

          What are you going to do with 64GB? Load up all the games and movies you got off The Pirate Bay? Instead of buying them from, say, the Play Store and helping Google compete against iTunes? Then you wouldn't even need any storage because it's all streamed from the cloud.

          This is why iOS has the best apps. You might say that Android users are just smarter and only pay for good apps. But good apps aren't created overnight, they are nurtured like alpha indie titles. The environment has to be inviting to profit, and Android isn't.

          I don't hate Android. I own a Nexus 7 and would get a Nexus 4 if Google would get its act together. But I also buy books, movies and music from the Play Store. And guess what? I'm currently only using 7GB.

          • Tom

            1 - games. some games have 1.5GB + installs, even deadtrigger (free) is about 750MB. on a device with 10.5GB internal storage (actual) that's a lot.

            2 - videos/music - they do take a lot of space you know and i don't have any pirated content on there - believe it or not - shock!

            3 - profit? some companies do - but android has a lot more of a linux like "community" feel to it (see xda) and a lot develop apps for the fun of it and give it away free.

            p.s i have bought apps off the play store - no piracy.

            finally? "the cloud"? the cloud is sold as advantageous to us consumers - and in some ways it is. i have my titanium backup uploaded after an update to dropbox etc. the reality of the cloud is that it exists to pay apple/google/amazon a rental fee to hold our stuff and then of course pay verizon, att, O2, EE whatever for the privilege of uploading and downloading huge amounts of data via 3G (or more £ for 4G).

            call me crazy but i would rather spend £35 on a 64GB mSD card for the 1 or 2 year life of this phone than the £100s or even £1000s it would cost me in storage and data costs to stream it during that time.

            pp.s - airplanes, train tunnels, subways - plenty of places where "the cloud" isn't available. but while you site there unable to access your content, i'll just play a video off my mSD card :D

          • Peter Jones

            Those of us who travel extensively have a perfectly legitimate need for large amounts of memory to load our legally acquired content.

          • mesmorino

            My music collection ( I have the actual cds) is around 50GB. Of that, 15GB is on my phone. The pictures I take regularly hit 5GB, and I've got about 6GB of recorded videos on my phone. That's what, 26GB of LEGALLY acquired media?

            Slow down with your baseless assumptions, not everyone who wants more storage space needs it for pirated media. And don't bring that cloud nonsense into this, the basic facts are that a) Cloud access is not ubiquitous or reliable enough yet, and b)Phone batteries don't have the longevity to last more than two days with regular use. Add streaming to that and they won't even last a day- Many of them already CAN'T last a day.

            I'd rather have my media on an easily transferrable memory card than in some cloud where my access to it can be disrupted by something as common and ordinary as going into a basement.

          • http://www.facebook.com/amar.a.singh.7 NoIdentity Necessary

            if you wonder why you are being down voted; Try recording a bit of 720p video and you will see that you can easily fill a gig within maybe 2 min of recording?

            Also the cloud is useless considering that cell phone coverage is still VERY patchy for some people. I sometimes cant even send a simple SMS because I just DONT have service...

            Besides that.... Yea I agree I wouldn't need 64 gigs myself... but I CAN do with 20 - 30 ...

      • al

        Good options? The best selling android phones have microsd.

        • okungnyo

          No, the best selling Android phones are the ones that have the best marketing/ad campaigns. And they just happen to have microSD. People I know with the Galaxy S3 don't even know what microSD is. All they care about is Facebook, texting, calling, YouTube, and the occasional casual game. That's it. Seriously.

          • http://angrykeyboarder.com/ angrykeyboarder

            Not me. I LOVE the MicroSD. I've got a 64GB one in my phone. That's where my music and photos are stashed. This frees up internal storage for the hundreds of apps I have.

    • jamaall

      I think removable batteries are stupid. You have to keep both charged, and they could make the phone stronger without the battery door.

      If you need more battery, just buy an external battery from amazon. $42 for 10,000 mah. The big plus side to this is the fact that you can charge both your phone and a tablet at the same time. Plus you'll get a couple charges out of it.

      Just my opinion.

      • DrewNusser

        You would rather make the Note 2 even bigger than to carry around a separate battery? I'm guessing you don't own one then.

        • jamaall

          Unless you're using your note II 24/7, you would charge it when you're not using it. Guess you don't own an external battery.

          • Tom

            why on earth would I buy a large bulky item like that (compared to a battery)? i don't have a tablet - don't need one. far far far easier to have a small battery in a pocket to swap out when needs be than have cables dangling all over like a 1990s camcorder with batteries wrapped around the waist :D

            ok, over the top but it's far more convenient IMO to have a spare battery than an external battery - especially when on the move

          • jamaall

            If you only have phone, then it's great. But I know many people on AP have a nexus 7 or other tablet.

          • Thudly

            I have a number of external batteries. Had to. I had an iphone. Now I have a Note. And spare batteries. And 64 gb of storage. I'll be buying a Note 4 when it comes out if Samsung doesn't listen to you.

        • jamaall

          Oh, and external batteries won't make the note's battery any bigger at all btw

          • DrewNusser

            What are you talking about? External batteries attach to your phone to provide the extra juice. How would they possibly not make the phone bigger? It doesn't matter anyway, because with the 3100 mAh battery, 99% of people probably wouldn't need replacements or an external battery.

            And yes, I have had external batteries in the past, and of course they make the phone bigger, which is something most people aren't going to want to do with the already enormous Note 2.

          • jamaall

            I was taking about the one you plug phones into. You can just charge your phone while your not using it.

          • DrewNusser

            Ah, now I get what you're saying. Honestly, I'm not sure which direction I would go then. If you have multiple devices, then yeah, that definitely makes more sense.

          • http://www.facebook.com/russell.w.morris Russell Morris

            The external batteries are a plus if you carry multiple devices, and want to carry a cord. But if you're a heavy user like myself, there is no substitute of having backup batteries available. Every phone I've had starting w/ my Evo 4G has had at a minimum of 3 batteries: 1 in the phone, 1 in my pocket, and 1 on the charger for when I return home. I also keep an external battery in my bag for use when I need a quick charge, or in case someone who doesn't have a removable battery needs a charge while we're traveling. :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/amar.a.singh.7 NoIdentity Necessary

          Not bigger, but if its build in it could have a higher capacity... So why not give it a build in battery, that has 4000 mAh and make it look nicer.

          • talksick559

            I dont know about you. But, I have a case on all of my phones. Especially on one that cost as much as my N2 did. Whats the point of a nice heavy back plate if you never see it??

      • spydie

        and a dumb one....

        • jamaall

          People are different. Don't call someone's opinion dumb because they prefer something different than you.

      • Peter Jones

        Carrying and swapping an internal battery is far, far easier and more effective than carrying an external battery and then plugging the phone in when it needs juice. Tried both, this is what works.

        • jamaall

          When you have multiple devices like me, an external battery is more practical. Also, many new phones dont have removable battery. My RAZR m is sealed in. I also have a nexus 7. The nexus 7 is a hassle to switch batteries and its rather large. Plus, you can charge anyone else's phone with an external battery. Or even a Nintendo DS if you have kids. If you only have a phone, then removable battery is great.

        • carlisimo

          I found the opposite to be true for me. My Nexus S had pathetic battery life so I kept a second one on me all the time. I'd inevitably use it, and then it's like now what... I've got two used up batteries and one device in which to charge them. I'd charge one overnight, and the other would remain empty.

          If you're at your desk most of the day I guess you can swap batteries and charge at work, but that wasn't working for me. I like the external battery because it can charge independently.

          • jamaall

            Finally someone sees what i am taking about

          • Jonathon Luken

            i have a dock that charges the phone and a seperate battery for this

          • everfallen

            When your phone crashes. How else will you reset it. You have to pull the battery out. That's why the back peels off a Samsung.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523907787 Maxx Tan

        Try being in a situation when your phone got accidentally dunked into a pool of water. your only wish is to be able to pop the battery out and dry the phone ASAP. Well, unlike your intelligently designed irremovable battery form factor, you can enjoy watching your phone die. The screen flicker and permanent death.

        • jamaall

          I avoid that situation at all times. I've even decided to buy board shorts with no pockets to avoid that since its already happened to me. My phone had a removable battery and it still died. My RAZR m has water resistance so all i would hope for is thati got it out in time too save it

    • Designer

      @tommo123:disqus

      well said

  • http://www.justanotheriphoneblog.com brandon

    "anyone claiming the S-Pen is anywhere near the best thing about the Note II is delusional"

    That was the best thing about the Note 1 for me. I'm a note taker. I take notes about everything (because I forget everything), and I never have a pen&paper when I need it. To be honest that's the #1 thing I miss after I've moved to a Nexus 4. So for you, I may be delusional. For anyone who appreciates the need to carry a Moleskine or other notebook... I'm far from it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      That's funny cause I had the Note 1 as well and moved to the Nexus 4 and definitely miss the note taking also. I think with my tax returns next month I'm going to hit up an international Note 2, and yes I'll be using two devices lol.

  • http://twitter.com/tyler78_ cenk

    At the same time you publish this article, Evan from phonedog publishes an article about how great the s-pen is. :) http://www.phonedog.com/2012/12/01/i-ve-completely-stopped-typing-on-my-galaxy-note-ii/

    I'm going to buy this phone some time next week. Great to read your experiences. Thank you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      That was a good read, thanks!

  • roseis

    I bought the first Note for the S-pen and still use it with the S-pen. I love being able to whip out my smartphone and do up a nice drawing without having to struggle with not seeing what I'm drawing because my finger is too fat. Also, notes done with the S-pen are so much more colourful and memorable. They're also useful when you're dealing with anything where your finger gets in the way, as the S-pen is much slimmer.

    One thing I hated about the iphone is the way Steve Jobs single-handed eliminated styluses from an entire industry just because he thinks people don't use it. So please don't preach this in your article either, or at least put in a sentence that says you don't use them but others (like me) obviously do. I want to have **some** choices when I buy my next smartphone, okay?

  • Freak4Dell

    I will never be a believer. Fuck phablets.

    • Jon Garrett

      no, fuck you !! my note rocks !!! lol.

    • Jay T

      You know what they say, each to his own. If you don't like phablets, don't get a phablet.

      • Freak4Dell

        Wouldn't be an issue if every fucking Android phone wasn't turning into a phablet.

      • carlisimo

        There are now only two Android phones with 4.3" screens and specs that were considered really good six months ago, available on just two carriers in the US. Choice is disappearing and that's why we small phoners are so bitter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

      no Sir, Phuck you!

    • spydie

      guys with really small ones can't appreciate those who have large ones

      • Freak4Dell

        Some of us don't need to compensate. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      You know Dell made the first phablet, Mr. Freak4Dell.

      • Freak4Dell

        I do, and I hated that, too. It just wasn't a problem back then because that thing sucked overall and nobody else was trying to make all their phones that giant, so I had no reason to talk about it.

  • peter steffek

    I had to agree, when I first heard that the note 2 would be bigger then the first note I laughed out loud. Then when I read more about the note it seemed like the second would be amazing. Now I've got the phone and I can't imagine going back to a smaller phone, my phone is my most treasured possession. (I'm 17 and worked 2 months to pay for the phone)

    • Peter Jones

      Peter, I commend you for earning your own phone! I'm sure you enjoy it more knowing you earned it!

    • Jonathon Luken

      lol see this is what i agree with. the screen is bigger but the device has only a mm or 2 difference in the actual size.

  • thedarkknight80

    Samsung are building a niche dynasty with this device . It's a Winner. I could only imagine what the Note 3 will be like.

    By the way, i wrote this with the S Pen :)

    • Chris

      Note 3 wasn't that much more impressive, huh? Note 4...excited for that one!

  • johnym

    This was an awesome article. Now please get a DNA and compare the experiences v

  • cy_n_ic

    Is samsung going to make galaxy pants with wide deep pockets to comfortably fit this thing?

    • Freak4Dell

      They hired MC Hammer as a consultant.

      • Stocklone

        I'm not going to touch that.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          You can't.

    • jamaall

      My nexus 7 fits in all my pockets... I'm sure a note II could

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        large pants much?

    • Tom

      don't need large pockets for this. fits just fine in my jeans - but then again, i'm not a hipster with my jeans spray painted on to fit in with my heroin chic look :D

      seriously though, jeans, work pants, shirt pocket, coat pocket - fits just fine. seen a few women with these things but of course they have purses that can hold a laptop

  • kinthiri

    Interesting. I haven't had quite the same problems with my Note II. I have no issues with twisting or creaking. The phone feels very solid and comfortable.

    I must be an exceptional case though. I manage to get through 2 3100mAh batteries on a busy day and even when I only use one, I still charge it every night.

    Its nice to not have to charge through the day any more, but taking away my option to swap out the battery at some point in the day, or when travelling, just because the device you were loaned creaks or twists is not acceptable. I got the Note II rather than waiting for the Nexus 4 because I wanted a very powerful device that could handle the amount of use it gets, and that allows for a swappable battery. In the end, that was the deciding factor for me. Don't forget that your use is likely different to my use which is likely different to most other people's usage of the phone. You don't need a swappable battery, I do. Simply leave the back closed and move one.

    I agree about the UI. Its not the best it could be, but its not entirely bad either. Don't use what you don't want to use. Your experience with the side bar for multi-window apps could have just been the way you were holding the phone. I had a similar problem for a while, then discovered it was because I had the base of my thumb resting over the back button in between using the keyboard or touching the screen. When I adapted the way I hold the phone, from less like how I held my Gnex or SII, to something more suited to a device of this size, that problem went away.

    Its a pity you didn't find the S-Pen useful. I find it to be kind of great actually. Handwriting recognition is really good on the device. For longer messaging/input, I will use the handwriting recognition on the S-Pen rather than type on the screen. I find that to be just as fast and strangely accurate. There are also many other uses. Not everyone will like it. I understand that. But I don't personally find it superfluous or unuseful.

    I put my initial impressions of the device on G+ a month ago. You can see how I reacted to the device a week or two after I first got it at https://plus.google.com/113064402350615967581/posts/8fPEmkN2R93

  • http://twitter.com/BennyTriad Mr. Blair

    Love the note 2 and iphone 5 both have excellent build quality .The Note 2 completely replaced nexus 7. 2 phone's for this dork.

  • Karim

    No one can understand the fabulous experience on the note 2 until you've tried it. I'm addicted to my note 2, I just can't put it down.

  • chris125

    I am going to play with one in verizon store and see if i like it. I played with the at&t version and it didnt feel that big at all and I by no means have large hands, I am 5'7 and it didnt feel to large for me

  • Stefannie Tan

    I'm actually getting this phone because of the s-pen. So there. :D

  • Magnus100

    Here are the most important features of this phone
    1. The size
    2. The S pen and it's amazing functionality (single most useful feature for me)
    3. The removable battery
    4. The micro SD support
    5. The multi viewing feature.

    This phone could be more beautiful, but it feels solid and doesn't creak or give. I suspect the writer might have been high and hallucinating when he suggested that it creaks.

    and, by the way, I wrote this with my S pen

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dominick-White/642535026 Dominick White

    i played with one today at verizon store and damn its a amzing phone, but it was just a bit too wide for me, so i when with the dna instead, but damn have to say it again its amazing phone

  • Mco

    You know, I love Android Police, and I think their reviews are some of the best. That being said, I have never seen any other site that can be as reliably counted on to go on a complet freakout more often about Samsung's use of plastic in their phones. The reviewers here share a disgust of it that seems to border on vendetta level. It's something that comes out in their articles in a way that it doesn't in most others.

    Look, the reality is that the vast majority of people out there aren't bothered by Samsung's choice of build materials. Most don't go around twisting the bodies of their phones intentionally to see if they creak. They don't bend the housing to see if the screen turns on. They probably don't stop to wonder if plastic makes it "less premium" somehow. They probably don't think about it at all.

    We're entitled to have our own opinions, of course, and that's fine. I guess I just don't agree that plastic automatically = cheap. I have agreed in the past that other Samsung devices DO feel this way (i.e. SGS3), but I have been pleasantly surprised by the Note 2: this is really the first time a Samsung phone has felt truly top-tier to me. It is solid, and mine certainly does not creak, groan, etc. This is a well built phone from top to bottom, and I suppose I'm not prepared to call it "cheap" simply because it isn't made of glass metal. Premium can come in more than one shape or form.

    • al

      "high quality" feeling iphone 5 vs flimsy plastic s3
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rofgMueCOqo

    • Mike

      The blame lies with editor David Ruddock. He's the one behind most of the constant bashing of Samsung, you really do have to wonder if there's a motive behind it.

      I love most of the other content at AP, but every editorial that Ruddock writes is so negative, it's really an insta-face palm. Not that Android is perfect, but FFS enjoy what we have.

    • FrillArtist

      David Ruddock acts like a complete tool anytime he gets a device in his hand "Oh, the screen isn't wide enough, oh this button sticks out too much, waah...waah....waah....waah...

      • carlisimo

        That's what keeps bringing me to this site. Nitpicky reviews are the most useful by far... tell me everything that might be wrong with a phone, and then I'll decide if it's important to me or not.

        • FrillArtist

          Nitpicky? What if the thing he's nitpicking at doesn't exist. It creaks and groans when I twist it. How do you twist a phone?

  • Brian Knapp

    I love my Note 2. No creaks. I have 2 batteries and I am so glad that it is an option for me. It's my first Samsung phone and with all that I have read about their typical build quality, I have to disagree. My G2 had a lot of metal and other materials but this phone feels solid and dense even with thin plastic on the back. I also picked up one of the thin cases from Samsung Accessories when you guys posted a 50% off coupon a while back. I couldn't be happier! Also, I find that the S-Pen is great when viewing desktop versions of websites that have menus that require hovering.

  • alsosun

    I had the galaxy s, s2 s3 and about 15 previous phones. Nothing compares to my Note 2. It certainly doesn't creak or groan, and as for the pen, it was the deciding factor. I have to take notes in meetings all the time. My daytimer looked like George's wallet on Seinfeld. Now, any handouts are snapped with camscanner and annotated in Adobe reader or s memo. All my hand written notes are neatly filed away in folders. Basically, I win. Work will never beat me

    • Brian Parkerson

      That's exactly why I don't just want this phone, I need this phone!...It will definitely be a valuable tool for my profession in Project Management!

  • spydie

    I have actually had girls comment on my size..."wow, that is really huge". On top of that, I find the s-pen to be really fun, like when you get a reminder of a facebook pal's birthday and you tap on it in the calendar, then post a handwritten happy birthday on the built-in card directly to their facebook page all with a few taps of the pen. I also take quick notes, like if someone is giving me a phone number... pull out the pen (the notepad appears automatically) and quickly jot down the phone number to be transferred to contacts or called later. And no, if you use your phone even moderately it won't last a whole weekend. With light to moderate use, I can use up the battery to 40-50% in a 12 hour day. If I don't plug it in, it's down to 30+% by the next morning, which is not enough to make it through the day. So I top it off each night. With heavy use, it's into the high teens by the end of a 12-14 hour day. It's the best on the market, but for us med-heavy phone users, it's perfect in that it really does last all day... the first phone that can do that. You twist your phone? Why? I don't notice any creaking or squeaking, but like most people, I have a case on it (gel case). I don't think that should even be a complaint. If the back wasn't removable, we'd have no place for the SD card. With no SD card, you be back to the two largest complaints of the Nexus 4 (non-removable battery and no sd card). You turn on the phone with the side button? Man... OLD SCHOOL. That's what the "home" button is for, dude. I think too much of your original prejudice came through and you haven't yet really learned to appreciate the features that you claim you don't like. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    A friend of mine is an Android user (partially because I keep spreading Android love to him, and partially because he doesn't like the dictatorship nature of how iOS works -- but he's not a tech savvy person.) He on Verizon. His wife always wanted an iPhone, but the timing had never been right on Verizon -- the first time they got a smartphone, Verizon did not offer the iPhone, so they got the Droid (that's what I used back then, and I recommended it.) The second time, the iPhone was available on Verizon, but they got tired of 3G and wanted a 4G phone, but back then the iPhone did not have 4G, so they got the Galaxy Nexus (again, I recommended it to them.) His wife, even though she's been on Android for over 3 years now, keeps wanting the iPhone ... until recently ... she saw the Note II and fell in love with it. This time, I didn't say a word because I personally have no need for a phablet and prefer the stock Android experience. Without my input, she, for the first time, wants an Android phone, more than an iPhone.

    So, I asked her what makes her like the Note 2 so much. Surprisingly, it's the size of it. She actually told me that many female friends of her want the Note 2. Women, it turns out, have no problem with carrying a phablet because they always have a bag with them and almost everyone of them put their phones into their bag. And the one hand operation problem? Another surprise -- people who aren't very tech savvy are bad at doing things using one hand even on a small phones. They use two hands anyway, so it's also a non-issue to them!

    Talking to my friend's wife makes me rethink how useful is the so called "expert review." Yes, the expert could give us some expert level of opinions. But whether those opinions matter to the non-expert users are questionable.

  • epitomia

    I bought the phone only and solely for the S-Pen. The author may find it a "gimmick", but if not for the Note 2, I would still be bringing lame pen and paper to various meetings in my work, and worse, not being able to share those notes with co-workers without either scanning it, or transcribing it on digital manually.

  • Chris

    Nice Article, by the way the S-Pen Rocks!!!

  • DeadSOL

    I own a Galaxy S3 and the Note 2 is just a tad too big for me but... I think the Note 2 is a fantastic device! The S-Pen is really, really helpful! I also love taking notes or randomly drawing. Fingers aren't of much use there, no matter how pressure sensitive the screen! I'm content with my S3 but I'd definitely recommend the Note 2 to anyone who doesn't think the screen size is an issue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

    I thought people would be used to the bigger phones, but i was wrong...i bought the note one and everybody asked me if i was using a "tablet." NO its a phone, and now people are doing it with the note 2....ugh people...

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      lol I was always surprised when people asked if my Note 1 was an iPad. This was even before the iPad Mini too. People, ugh.

  • FrillArtist

    "it creaks and groans".

    David Ruddock and his typical lies. Making up stuff just to whine and complain.

  • zandra

    i love the s-pen. i bought this for the s-pen and it just so happens it requires a big screen. now i love the big screen and can't go smaller anymore. i do the handwriting recognition typing a lottttt as much as swyping with s-pen. there's something elegant in the way people used to pull out a stylus and do something with it in their palm devices. the note 2 revived that for me. and as a woman, i dig all that. plus the big phone reaches almost a wallet size so meaning i'll be accessorizing it as if it's a wallet. it's really cute. ask around and you'll see that there are as much women who love this phablet as there are men. we're fine with two hand typing or using the s-pen to type. i'm buying a furry pendant for this thing tomorrow. =)

    the geeky side of me loves the 2 gb RAM, the latest android OS out of the box and the real multi-tasking. this phone can do anything. i'm buying the allshare cast dongle soon and a game controller plus that all powerful dock. This phone deserves all the goodies.

  • Mark

    I bought this phone coming from an iphone 4 ( did not want to spend loads on basic upgrades ). For my first time in the Android realm I have to say i was blown away by the freedom it gave me. As for the phone my only niggle is the position of the buttons, i keep hitting the power button. This phone is a great and as for the reviewer talking about plastic feel, buy a case and that goes away. The weight of the phone would have been to much if sturdier materials would have been used. Samsung has done a great job with this phone and I am a true Android convert. :)

  • Designere

    "but ditch the stupid removable rear cover. Someone’s not going to own this thing long enough to need a replacement battery, and it lasts long enough that providing the option is totally redundant."

    you are so wrong, just because tech freaks like u switch their phones like their pants, it doesnt mean we the normalos do that aswell, 99% of people dont even think about a phone switch before 2years!

    i have my samsung galaxy s still (2,5years) and not planing to get a new one any time soon! switching after 1,5years the stock battery with a another was the best thing i could do, now i have 3day battery life, while it barly survived one day with stock battery

    so no, samsung does the right thing with changeable batterys, which btw has nothing to do with "It snaps. It creaks. It groans." BECAUSE MY S1 doesnt do that.

    else i like the "review"

  • Ionuț Leonte

    I have both an S3 and a Note II and this is my experience with them:

    - the S3 does indeed creek a bit, the Note II however is perfectly quiet thus far (I will say however that the S3 is about 1 month older than the Note II and I have played more with its cover).
    - the SPen does feel a bit of a gimmick but I have found some legit uses for it. One such usage is for actual writing (I'm talking about the text recognition feature of the keyboard not the "note taking" featured in many ads/reviews which is basically just drawing) - as a programmer I haven't used handwriting since I was in college so it's a nice change to make use of it again. Another usage for the pen is with drop down menus (or any other 'hover' effects) in desktop-mode webpages. It works great and I'm glad I have the option to use it.
    - the battery life on both phones varies drastically. Even on the S3 I am able to get a weekend without charging while on my perfectly stable home wifi connection. However the moment you start moving around and switching between mobile and wifi (and various levels of 3G/HSPA coverage even) the battery drops quite rapidly. Maybe I'm just not a heavy user but I've never had any of the phones last less than a full day on a charge however.

    - I 100% agree with the article on multitasking. While waiting for the Note II to become available I watched/read a lot of reviews and I thought it would be the one feature I would make most use of but now that I actually have the device I find that I never do. The problem I have with it is that the display is not big enough and the input methods are too limited to make it truly useful.

  • http://twitter.com/lean6rtj2 lean6rtj

    When you see "tech" articles written such as this, you get the feeling that the sole intent is to inflate incendiary comments for the sake of clicks. One thing for the people obsessed with the one hand thing...Maybe if it were more difficult for EVERYONE to play with their phones with one hand, people would pay more attention to what they should be paying attention to...like the road.

  • yarrellray

    The Spen as well as the multi Window feature are the many industry leading things about this device. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is on a level entirely of it's own. Never again will i have the basic smartphone on the market those devices offer nothing but dull Internet connection. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers the chance for creativity the opportunity to enjoy an all purpose device. Industry leading battery life that will never be found on any other device on the market. I will have this device for many years to come but can't help but look forward to the Galaxy Note 3 at 1080p and 6inch screen. Until then Samsung has made the BEST productivity/all purpose device on the market nothing is better.

    • squiddy20

      "those devices offer nothing but dull Internet connection." ...As opposed to "exciting internet connection"? o.O You clearly have no concept of reality.
      Those are the exact same screenshots you've been using for months throughout the various websites that use Disqus. Come up with something new or shut up.
      The S Pen is not "industry leading". As David rightly points out, smartphones were made to be used with fingers, not styluses. You're taking a step back if you have to use a stylus.
      "Industry leading battery life that will never be found on any other device on the market." A year ago you couldn't find one smartphone with 2 GB of RAM. Now there's at least 3. Never say "never". Idiot.

      • Freak4Dell

        Okay, Steve Jobs. :rollseyes: Smartphones were operated by a stylus before they were operated by finger (though they were operated by buttons and directional pads before that). The finger may make it easier to use for run of the mill activities, but the accuracy of finger input has yet to even come close to the accuracy of stylus input. Stuff like that happens to be pretty important for productivity.

        Granted, his battery life comment was stupid. Motorola brought the big batteries first.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        You don't 'have' to use the stylus for much of anything if you don't choose to. That's what makes Android so great is that you have more options.

  • http://pandu.poluan.info pepoluan

    I think you (David) slightly miss the point of the S-Pen: it's not meant to replace your finger to interact with the phone; instead, it's meant to assist people needing near-pixel accuracy. Plus, someone in Samsung had a GREAT idea of licensing Wacom's technology that allows the S-Pen to register a heckuva lot of pressure level -- a great boon for artists since it allows greater degree of freedom.

    That said, coupling some interesting features exclusively to the S-Pen *is* kind of stupid, though. Oh well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bella.pease.75 Bella Pease

    I had a Note, great phone but I'll sold it, because it was too big, and the annoying issue with the dodgy emmc firmware. My previous GS2 was about the perfect size. Now I'm rocking a Lumia 710 and Nexus 7 combo, I now do most of my computing on the Nexus, and only use the phone for cals, sat nav etc, and that is the trouble with Phablets, too big for everyday use, without a bag or huge pockets and their screen is too small comnpared to the experience of using a Nexus 7 / iPad mini for media / browsing / gaming etc.

  • http://muddypa.ws nportelli

    Why would you twist your phone? That's not something that would usually happen I think, well maybe since the thing is so damn big. As to the pen? I'm a huge advocate of real digitizers on tablets. I see the pen useful for taking notes. I tend to draw diagrams and doodles in mine. It's probably not for everyone, but a plus. For most people I guess the fake finger would work.

  • smeddy

    I agree with a lot of this article, except I was a convertee from before the first Note came out.

    Where I strongly disagree is if Samsung removed the removable battery. It's crucial to be able to swap batteries, and HTC's refusal to do this - and their lack of SD slots - keeps me away from them.

    Personally, I've just slammed a 5,000Mah battery in my Note and I couldn't be happier, even with the added bulk. The kickstand is a nice touch too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Which brand is that battery that comes with the kickstand? I'd be interested in that.

      • smeddy

        Hi, all the info on 10th post of this XDA thread (by me, Smeddy)

        http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=34443365#post34443365

        But yes, a massive fan - the battery is as strong as they say it is, the phone is more comfortable to hold, and however hard I use the phone, I rarely get below 40% in a day (and I mean using it A LOT). And it was all of £15 (UK)

        • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

          Oh I thought that was for the Note 2. Thanks for the heads up!

          • smeddy

            Whoops! Soz, if that seller does a Note 2 battery, I'd trust him

          • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

            I'll keep an eye out for sure, thanks dude!

  • http://twitter.com/chaosz911 René de Groot

    I sold my iPad3 and iPhone4 and bought the Note2. Glad I did :) You can do just about anything you like with it (computerwise).

  • http://twitter.com/Lwazi_mfwethu Lwazi Sijaji

    Can't wait for mine to arrive

  • http://angrykeyboarder.com/ angrykeyboarder

    In order to be on my radar, a smartphone *must* have a removable battery. That's my #1 favorite thing about my beloved Galaxy S III.

    I almost never plug my phone in to charge it. I have an extra battery and a charger to go along with it.

    I'm sorry you've not seen the light.

  • tedleaf

    will get my i told you so t-shirt ready.
    as i said before release,ageing tech geeks eyes get worse everyday,bigger screens = ease of use.

  • gcappa

    Everyone used to make fun of me when I got the original note... now everyone loves it!! And now I'm loving the Note 2. I got about 3 brain washed apple-ites to dump the iphone for a note. And there all loving it too!

  • d

    but your ignorance cannot be defining factor . the s pen is a beautiful device . just accept you dont know how to use it yet

  • d

    i cannot understand how people go around making statements without understanding the bigger picture ....grow up .

  • back button

    To get rid of the tab just press on yo the back button. It takes like 1 sec for it to disappear.

  • the rana

    Hey anyone can help me pls i hust bought new sg note 3. But its back space and multi task button does not work with finger its only working with pen. Do i have to do some settings