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Best Phone I've Ever Owned- The Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 3G 16GB
Member Name: Sophieejn
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 3G 16GB
Date: 25/06/13, updated on 25/06/13 (11 review reads)
Advantages: Great design, battery life, ease of use, smart features, good camera, fast and reliable
Disadvantages: Expensive phone, large size
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a smart phone which was released in September of 2012. I purchased this phone in December of 2012 and I am extremely glad I did. The phone itself is fairly large compared to any other mobile devices I have ever had, however, if you are looking for a phone that is smart, fast and fun; then this is for you. The phone is available in various different colours including Titanium Grey, Ruby Wine, Marble White and Amber Brown. The Note 2 doesn't fail to live up to its slogan- 'Be Creative, Be Expressive'.
In my opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a very attractive appearance, it's both smooth and sleek with only one home button on the front and 2 hidden soft keys either side (back and menu), which light up when pressed. This gives the phone a very simple look; often people can get confused by too many buttons on a phone. Underneath the phone is where the S-Pen is kept, it slots in perfectly and if you didn't know any better, you wouldn't know it was there. It is easy to extract, and matches the phone's attractiveness perfectly.
The size of the screen is 5.5 inches and the overall size of the phone is 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches, which at first glance, didn't seem enormous. It weighs 183 grams which seems heavy to some people, but honestly I feel as though it's quite light. However, before considering buying this phone I suggest going to your nearest phone store to try the Note 2 out. I did this myself before purchasing the phone and I was incredibly shocked by the size of it, but after using this phone for a week I found that I just got used to the size of it, and now after 6 months of use, it feels completely normal. As long as you don't mind the occasional weird look or comment off someone ('woah that phone is huge') when pulling out your phone then the size shouldn't bother you too much.
The phone has Super Amoled capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors; which on a screen of its size looks amazing. The display is 720 x 1280 pixels which allows you to view photos and other media to the best quality. The phone has different colour settings, which allows you to adjust the colours that the phone shows as often people believe that the photos taken are too vibrant and unrealistic; which can be easily changed in the settings. The phone can be bought with either 16,32 or 64gb of memory, and with a micro-sd card you can add extra memory to the phone. I have a 16gb memory, as well as a 16gb memory card and I am having no trouble with keeping all my music, photos and apps on the phone.
With such a massive phone, it is vital to have a massive battery; and the Note 2 does. It has a 3,100 mAh battery which personally for me lasts around 2 days of normal use- this being occasionally surfing the internet, using social networks and texting. When I am constantly using the phone, it'll last about a day, maybe a day and a half- this being listening to music for about 2/3 hours, watching YouTube videos and playing games and apps. For me, the battery life is perfect, however it really does depend on what you are going to use it for and how long you are going to be using it.
The main camera on the phone is 8mp with autofocus and LED Flash, and personally, I think this camera quality is amazing. It has many different shooting modes, just like a digital camera and also has a front facing camera for taking self shots. The front camera has a small 1.9mp however once again I believe the quality is perfect for what I use it for.
The phone is made from a strong Gorilla Glass which is supposed to protect it from both scratches and smashing. Personally, I believe the phone is very strong, as I have dropped it face down twice onto concrete and wooden floorboards from about chest height and I have a perfect screen; no scratches at all. I do however have a few scuffs around the edges. I wouldn't recommend you not being careful with this phone though, as my experiences could have just been luck! I do recommend, however, buying a case, just to be on the safe side, as this phone is very expensive, and I believe repairs can be expensive too.
The phone is very fast with a Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, and is great for internet surfing and streaming music and videos.
Like many Samsung phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with S Voice built in. S Voice is a app which uses voice commands to open other apps, surf the web and control music. It is a bit like Siri from iPhones apart from you can't really have a proper conversation with it; although it will tell you jokes! The Note 2 also has a feature called Smart Stay. This can be turned on or off in the settings and uses the camera to track your eyes and adjust the brightness of the screen depending on what you're doing. For example, if you're reading something or watching a video, the screen will stay on and will not dim down or turn off. I have had no problems with this feature and would recommend turning it on!
The main unique feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the S Pen. The S Pen is a stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone. It can be used as a normal stylus to navigate the screen, or it can be used to unleash your creativity. You can use the S Pen to write what you want to type, which the phone will automatically change into text which makes texting a lot easier if you're not a fast typer. You can also use it to quickly jot down notes and view photos by hovering over them. I personally really like the S Pen, but I don't use it as much as I should. I mainly use it for drawing on apps which you can download for free off Google Play or the Samsung Market.
One of my favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which I find very useful, is the ability to pause/stop your music playing by placing your hand over the phone, or placing it face down on a flat surface. In my opinion it is very responsive and the music stops the second the phone is covered.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the best phone I have ever owned and Samsung have really outdone themselves with this product.
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a great phone which has many smart features and is simply amazing.
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