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I think nothing can beat the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 when it comes to pure functionality, screen real estate and still offering one of the most powerful processors and graphics.

1. Size matters

Yes, this 5.5 inch smartphone is big. It's the biggest smartphone on the market. However it still feels comfortable to hold in the hand. For me, I can hold the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with one hand.

2. Design

The design of the SGN2 is classy. I especially like the Titanium Grey version of the SGN2, makes it look much more premium, classy and sexy compared to other phones on the market.

When you heard that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was 5.5 inches, you probably thought "too big". But let's see how it compares with the 5.3 inch Galaxy Note 1:



The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 looks about the same size, actually slimmer but slightly taller. There's also more screen in relation to the bezel, hence the SGN2 fits more screen with about the same amount of bezel as the SGN1.

However the comparison doesn't end there.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 actually feels a lot more comfortable in the hand and more compact because it features the curved edges. Trust me, when I held the SGN1 and the SGN2, I thought the SGN2 was much more comfortable and compact in the hand.

Samsung really succeeded in the ergonomics of the SGN2's design.

3. Superb Super AMOLED screen

Super AMOLED technology is a novel technology which has been driven forward by Samsung. Most smartphones utilizing Super AMOLED panel technology are made by Samsung. This distinguishes Samsung from other smartphone manufacturers. However this isn't my main point.

My main point is that Super AMOLED screens are designed to have the best contrast ratios. When I compare a Samsung smartphone to a smartphone based on IPS or LCD display technology, the contrast ratio difference just blows me away.

The Super AMOLED panel always has the richest colors (can be a bad thing for some people, but I like it) and the deepest black levels. Reading black text on a white background is pleasurable on a Super AMOLED screen. Blacks look black and whites look white (you can argue that there is a slight blue tint on Super AMOLED screens but unnoticeable if you don't have anything to compare it with).
Actually the blue tint issue is not present on the SGN2.

Here's a display comparison between the SGN2 and the SGS3.



LCD or IPS displays are quite different in this regard. You can tell if "black" is not black even if you don't have a Super AMOLED screen to compare it with. The color black on LCD or IPS displays look greyish.

The SGN2's Super AMOLED screen also has an RGB pixel matrix in contrast to the SGS3's PenTile based pixel matrix. This makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 2's screen superior to the SGS3's screen, although I don't really see the difference in real life.


4. Smooth UI, reliability and powerful processor

The one bad thing with the original Samsung Galaxy Note 1 was the obvious hiccups it had when opening more processor demanding applications to simple programs.

However the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 completely solves this issue. The 1.6GHz quad core Exynos 4 brings enough firepower to run ever so smoothly and the 2GB RAM helps as well. Loading processor demanding programs and several webpages is a routine task for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Super fast, efficient and no lag whatsoever.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2's UI is very classy, smooth and elegant. The menus are simple yet sophisticated in many ways. It is so much more customizable than the iPhone yet has the simplistic nature of the iPhone's iOS interface that an Apple user can adjust fairly easily into. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 being an Android device and having a strong developer support also appeals to the Android tech-savvy user who wants to customize it to its fullest extents.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is also the most reliable Android device I've ever used. After several days of playing around with my sister's Samsung Galaxy Note 2 there have been no bugs, no glitches, no sudden restarts or application shut downs. Completely stable and bug-free like the iPhone.

5. Extreme battery life

If you're the type who goes on long business trips, travels in the wilderness or just forgets to charge his phone, you will love the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Even though the SGN2 features a huge-ass screen and a huge-ass overclocked processor, that doesn't stop the 3,100mAh from delivering the best battery life I've seen on an Android device so far (except the Droid RAZR Maxx but that's in a class of it's own):



6. Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the biggest screen on the market. It's classy, big but also ergonomically well designed. It's a huge improvement over the Galaxy Note 1 because of the quad core Exynos 4.

A lot of people ask me if they should wait for the Samsung Galaxy S4 which is going to be a 5 inch smartphone with quad core Cortex-A15 processors, most likely the Exynos 5250 quad core Adonis processor and 2GB or 4GB RAM. My answer is, if your contract is about to end, get the SGN2. However if you can last until April or May, then wait until you can compare with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

How about the iPhone 6? I'm not sure what Apple's strategy is, but I believe they're going to release at least a 4.5 inch smartphone going by the recent trends in the smartphone market. Apple's tiny iPhone screens are the main shortcomings of their product lineup. However Apple makes the highest quality in terms of build materials so the iPhone 6 could be a promising phone. However I don't have enough information to answer that question yet, although Apple did say they were planning to release their new flagship phone earlier this year (possibly Q2 2013).
Edited by Koehler - 1/9/13 at 2:27am
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I was going to get the note 2 but liked the droid DNA better. The 5 inch 1080p screen on the DNA is ridiculously gorgeous. I think that the note 2 user interface is superior. I am getting one for my girlfriends birthday next month.
    
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Love my Note II, and wouldn't trade it for any other phone out right now..
A good friend (and fellow phone/android wh0re) has the DNA currently, and is switching to the Note II in a week. Mainly because the DNA is lacking when it comes to the custom development we've both gotten used to having access to.
Loving my Note II with a version of AOKP.. (check XDA) thumb.gif
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Yea the DNA has some issue and I suspect that a lot of the problems with some apps is the resolution. I think I will only have the DNA untill the note 3 comes out or something like it with removable storage and a tegra 4 equivalent processor. By the way. 5+ inch screens are really awesome and not that big. I think that it sounds bigger than what it really is.
    
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I heard the DNA is buggy and laggy. Also I hate Sense UI because it's too chaotic and doesn't offer the same experience dynamic experience as stock Android and UI of the SGN2.

Look at how much of a performance boost the overclocked Exynos 4 processor of the SGN2 gives over the SGS3:


Edited by Koehler - 1/10/13 at 1:33am
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I heard the DNA is buggy and laggy. Also I hate Sense UI because it's too chaotic and doesn't offer the same experience dynamic experience as stock Android and UI of the SGN2.

Look at how much of a performance boost the overclocked Exynos 4 processor of the SGN2 gives over the SGS3:


I agree with most of that but I can tell you that the DNA is not laggy lol I hate sense UI. I think this weekend I'm going to root it and run a naked version of jelly bean.
    
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I agree with most of that but I can tell you that the DNA is not laggy lol I hate sense UI. I think this weekend I'm going to root it and run a naked version of jelly bean.

I've used the DNA and it had a bit of stutter.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is much much smoother and more optimized IMO.
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DNA pounds batteries hard.

HTC needs to get their battery life sorted out on the double if they're gonna keep making them non-removable. Motorola is untouchable there, but Samsung isn't too far off. No idea how Moto crams such massive batteries in the RAZR MAXX/HD.

Having had all 3 brands, they all have pros and cons. My irritations with HTC are battery life and, no matter how pretty sense is, it's an absolute resource HOG. IMO lately Motorola has really pulled out in terms of software. They're making a conscious effort to keep it as close to AOSP as they can.

Touchwiz is ugly as sin, but is functional.
Edited by wierdo124 - 1/10/13 at 1:04pm
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DNA pounds batteries hard.

HTC needs to get their battery life sorted out on the double if they're gonna keep making them non-removable. Motorola is untouchable there, but Samsung isn't too far off. No idea how Moto crams such massive batteries in the RAZR MAXX/HD.

Having had all 3 brands, they all have pros and cons. My irritations with HTC are battery life and, no matter how pretty sense is, it's an absolute resource HOG. IMO lately Motorola has really pulled out in terms of software. They're making a conscious effort to keep it as close to AOSP as they can.

Touchwiz is ugly as sin, but is functional.

I dont think that the DNA is that bad on batteries. I mean for a 2020mah battery powering a 5 inch 1080 screen is really impressive. I was very skeptical about the battery and thought about trying it out for a week and if it was not good enough I would return it and get the note 2 but after a week of use the battery life was impressive. By no means I think that it is great but considering the hardware that its powering its really good. I hate sense too. I wish that all smartphone makes had an option to get phones with plain android running. I think that the providers are the ones getting on the way of that though.

    
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DNA pounds batteries hard.


HTC needs to get their battery life sorted out on the double if they're gonna keep making them non-removable. Motorola is untouchable there, but Samsung isn't too far off. No idea how Moto crams such massive batteries in the RAZR MAXX/HD.


Having had all 3 brands, they all have pros and cons. My irritations with HTC are battery life and, no matter how pretty sense is, it's an absolute resource HOG. IMO lately Motorola has really pulled out in terms of software. They're making a conscious effort to keep it as close to AOSP as they can.


Touchwiz is ugly as sin, but is functional.
I dont think that the DNA is that bad on batteries. I mean for a 2020mah battery powering a 5 inch 1080 screen is really impressive. I was very skeptical about the battery and thought about trying it out for a week and if it was not good enough I would return it and get the note 2 but after a week of use the battery life was impressive. By no means I think that it is great but considering the hardware that its powering its really good. I hate sense too. I wish that all smartphone makes had an option to get phones with plain android running. I think that the providers are the ones getting on the way of that though.

I don't think hardware specs should be an excuse for bad battery life. A top tier device should still do well .
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