The brand new Galaxy Note is trying to give us the most of everything. When we compare it to the first Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II is having larger and brighter screen, faster processor and better OS than the previous Galaxy or even more than other phones. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Beans and excellent Samsung software improvement, this gadget looks very tempting. At the first glance, it is clear that Samsung is giving extra touch to the new Galaxy Note. The dimension of the gadget puts it into phablets category, which means the phone is large enough to be a tablet, but if we call it a tablet, it is small enough to be a phone. It usually goes for phone that has 5.0 to 6.9 inch screen. It is obvious that Samsung puts the best features in the gadget and most people buy it because they know that they will get a premium phablet that won’t let them down, but what features make Galaxy Note II different from the competitors anyway?
When we compare the appearance between Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, it is clear that both versions are having similar design. The dimension of Galaxy Note II is 5.95 x 3.17 x 0.37 inches with 6.34 ounces weight. It means the little brother is about half an inch wider and an inch wider with super slim body. More upgrade is given with the addition of smoked chrome accent ring and faux-anodized silver finish that make the phablet looks so much classier than the preceded version.
When we are talking about design and interface, the star is definitely its screen. Supported by 5.5 inch high definition screen (1,280 x 720 pixel) plus Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 16:9 aspect ratio, the gadget screen gives the most premium experience on phablet display. The brand new display is very impressive. The users will be spoiled with deep black and vivid color that is served in very bright screen with excellent viewing angles. Even though Galaxy Note is having the same pixel depth as other premium phone or phablets, 267ppi, but the screen and looks stunningly impressive.
The large display will definitely give us the easiness to type, moreover with its highly-responsive touchscreen. Samsung adds hardware button on the interface to make the phone features more accessible. We will find Home, Menu and Back buttons on the bottom part of the phone. Just like Galaxy Note, the younger Note version is completed with stylus as well. Quality stylus from Wacom supports 1,024 pressure sensitivity, about four time better than the stylus in Galaxy Note.
Under the hood, Galaxy Note II is supported by 2GB RAM and 1.6GHz quad-core A9 Samsung Exynos as the processor. The combination between quad-core processor and Jelly Beans is obviously gives an outstanding performance. When it comes to quad-core processor, Galaxy Note II can be compared with LG Optimus G. For those who love gaming, LG Optimus G might be their consideration, but it seems that they have to make another consideration because on a test that compared between Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus G, the brand new Galaxy Note result seemed to be better than the LG product. LG OPtimus G is having an excellent performance for gaming as well, but the hardware could heat up easily. To handle it, the gadget is automatically dim the light a little bit. However, with the same gaming performance, Galaxy Note II stays cool on the touch even though it works quite hard.
Entertainment feature is definitely one of the most important things in a gadget. For those who love listening to music or playing game without disturbing the others, Galaxy Note II is completed with 3.5 mm headphone jack right on the top edge of the phone. 16 GB internal store and micro SD slot is also set, so we can add the memory capacity based on our need. Unlike most gadgets that can be upgraded to 32GB, this phablet can be upgraded into 64GB. Therefore, the users don’t have to worry about memory for a while. The Bluetooth earphones from Plantronics BackBeat Go make this gadget so compatible for music lovers as well. The gadget and whole accessories are truly giving a brand new experience on entertainment.
On the rear side of the phablet, we can find 8 MP autofocus camera that is supported by geotagging and led Flash. On the front, we will find 1.3MP camera that provides excellent image for video chat. Both cameras are so solid. Both outdoor and indoor capturing tests were made. On the outdoor scene, the rear camera was able to provide very sharp and detailed image, but when it was taken indoor, the image looked a little bit grainy and soft. The shutter speed is excellent, so as the 1080p video recording that catches 29 frames per second image smoothly. The image stabilization works so well, which means we will be able to minimize blurred image maximally.
In Singapore Galaxy Note II is quite an expensive gadget, but it seems that it is going to worth every penny we spend. For those who want to have both very smart android phone and tablet, buying this premium phablet can be a cheap solution. It will save a lot of money than buying one premium smartphone and one high end tablet. Galaxy Note II is definitely a recommendation for an android smartphone lineup. The gadget is smart yet very powerful. Some people might find the dimension of the phone quite ridiculous, but for those who want both phone and tablet in one package, Galaxy Note II is the best choice so far. The boosting processor, pretty and elegant display and best features rows, this Galaxy version delivers the best from the best.