Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

Posted: November 9, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 2 smartphone just got bigger, thanks to a 5.5-inch super AMOLED HD display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM and the new Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS for only $199 with a contract. Matt Mira joins John Barrowman for this latest Gadget Pr0n review.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 weighs 6.35 ounces and measures 5.9" by 3.2" wide.
  • The screen itself almost covers the whole front of the screen.
  • What also sets this smartphone apart is the stylus, or S Pen.
  • The 5.5-inch super AMOLED screen is great with a resolution of 1280x720, which is the same as the Galaxy Note 10.1.
  • The image is nearly twice as sharp, the colors pop and the brightness is excellent.
  • Videos look impressive on the screen due to the 16x9 aspect ratio, which is something the iPad Mini couldn't give us.
  • Browsing the web is great on this as well.
  • It's really a great size for consuming media, just not a good size for being a phone.
  • The S pen is designed specifically for this screen and system.
  • When you pull out the stylus, the tablet immediately pulls up the supported S pen apps, like S Note.
  • Samsung has licensed this technology from Wacom, so what you end up with is a very good experience if you decide to pull the pen out.
  • You can see the pen hovering over the screen and if you hover long enough, it will go into sub folders.
  • There are 1,024 points of pressure on this so you can draw accordingly.
  • This smartphone is very, very fast with a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.
  • The Note 2 also runs on Android's latest OS, Jelly Bean 4.1.
  • The 8 megapixel camera is actually pretty good; it's not the best but we just wish that a phone this big would have a camera to match.


  • $299 with a contract for a 16 GB model.


  • 4.5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This phone is great, very fast and has the best phone screen on the market for consuming media.
  • The size is ridiculous, especially if you like to carry your phone in your pocket.

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