Gavin posted the video below on Twitter and it really opened my eyes to what the Galaxy Note II can do. Stunning.
Mine will arrive today, cant wait to try it out. But the function "multi windows" does not seem to be available in all countries. Reports on XDA is that some people are missing that
Ok apart from the multi windows multitasking and best shot selection, what is so amazing? The rest is fluff most people wouldn't use (look pretty but I'm not presenting from it, and a 5"5 slab in my pants won't help my pants or my job any more than a galaxy s3.)
Tempted Gavin? :P
Still waiting for news on LTE version before I order it.
Not tempted at all. Great spec but when would you use all that!
It looks amazing. Not wanting to start a flame war but it does make iOS look pretty dated IMO. Definitely tempted but also been looking at a friend's S3. There's too much choice!
Waiting for them to come into stock at my local CPW, will definitely be getting one as soon as they do.
I use the note-taking function all the time - for what I do its invaluable. Up until a year ago I was using One Note on a Windows tablet with an active stylus, so the Note is a significant improvement in portability. Knowing that everything syncs into Evernote means that I don't have to transcribe notes because its all searchable straight away.
I particularly like the addition of Easy Clip - added to the multiscreen function it should make a lot of things I do as easy - or possibly easier - on the road than at the desk.
Looks good to me! I'd love one....
Looks like the Note 2 does support a range of LTE frequencies. But not sure CPW store i am in can't sell me one even though they 2 a problem with their stock management system
Jah I did read somewhere LTE not supported on UK models.
I assume you could sync and save the notes created by the Note to something like Evernote? For me, this is the ultimate gadget but it is also not needed for my requirements. If I hadn't bought in to Apple's Eco system then this would be in my pocket. But I have decided to give my gadgets proper purpose and roles. My iPhone 5 is a phone, messaging, camera, MP3 player, portable gaming, and light browsing, sat nav device. It's ideal since its pocketable and light.
Now if I need some complex photo editing or semi long text entry, or long viewing of the Internet, this is where the iPad kicks in. The larger screen is better for photo viewing, viewing most things actually and some basic editing. Great for media consumption. It also works in tandem with my iPhone 5.
Then my mac is for heavy data entry, cd ripping and complex tasks. All 3 work with my Apple TV. All devices have a distinctive purpose and don't overlap really. And that's why I don't need the Note 2.
I also don't need it as a lot of the features are unnecessary in reality. You would also need 3 months to understand it fully. But it is an astonishing display from Samsung.
And finally why can't Samsung use some sexier materials in the hardware. That would really make it a class act.
"And finally why can't Samsung use some sexier materials in the hardware. That would really make it a class act." - that's the only thing missing Gavin. Other than that the devices are superb. Can you imagine the S3 and the Note with the visual of the iPhone? Killers!I still think a great percentage is induced by the looks, not by the inside.
As for the Note 2, I perfectly understand many will miss this machine and what it's capable of, but make no mistakes - it is by far the best machine on the market, when looking at the whole picture.
But... ultimately, people want easy, simple, tap, go, tap, done. And that's the iPhone/iPad.As for me, "unfortunately" that's not enough.
for me it means it takes two hands which is a no no. I want and need to be able to operate my phone 1 handed and the S3 is as large as I can manage.
I did eventually get a Note 2 but have been in 3 business meetings and now in a London Tube so won't get time to play with the Note until later in the evening. If no LTE then will return it.
Jah. How is it ? Lte ?
@Gavin, Too tired to check it out been awake since 0530 now its 2332.
My gf's seen the vids and has pretty much decided to get it. She wants the grey one so she'll have to wait a couple of weeks probably.
She works in e-learning so being able to cut out part of a webpage, paste it into a note and send it to one of her worker bees with an arrow saying “this bit’s wrong” will be invaluable. She also loves the split screen; if that’s not in the UK version hopefully it will be before long (perhaps XDA Devs can help with that).
She doesn't use her current phone (Galaxy S) one-handed (she prefers two hands) and she has long fingers for a woman (fairly narrow hands though) so the size of the phone will probably be ok. I'm insisting she tries one in a shop before taking the plunge though.
I'd love the Note 2 myself but think it'll be too big for my pockets. I'll definitely give it a pocketability test just in case.
The rumoured HTC device (5" 1080p) could be rather nice, but knowing them they'll leave out the microSD slot again.
Its a lovely phone. Even without LTE I have decide to keep it. Odd how it does not feel that big.
Jah it's huge :)
I had 10 minutes with the Note 2. Very slick gadget. Huge. Seems bigger than old one due to length.
Nothing compares to it. It is in a category of its own.
Anyone selling an "old" Note I? :-)
@Rui, not sure about selling my Note I. May re-consider in a few week ;-)
OK Jah. I would just ask you to drop me a line first in case you do. I will maybe give it a bit more time as I'm sure more Note I will surface to sell...
So Jah is it any better than the original note ?
The LTE version's coming in a couple of weeks: http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/samsung-galaxy-note-2-4g-coming-to-ee-on-15-october
How does Note 2 compare with Note 1? Anybody tried them both? I am asking because I have seen some pretty good deals on the original Note presumably because they are trying to shift them.
Graham. The Note is great and some of the firmware updates will bring it close to the Note 2.
However, the Note 2 fixes everything the original missed out on.
Better camera, miles better audio quality, better s-pen, better screen, more improved software from Samsung, longer battery life and a big difference is 2gb ram.
Thanks Gavin. The extra RAM looks useful but not sure whether I would need all the features of the new device.
Graham. If you don't need all the features then the original will be fine. Also if you can get a good deal that makes it even better.