When Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note back in 2011, we thought it was a joke. Who in their right mind would buy a 5.3 inch smartphone? We have no problem admitting that we were wrong and that our doubts were misplaced. People loved the jumbo sized form factor so much that the Note went on to sell over 10 million units as of mid August. Like clockwork, Samsung refreshed the Note almost one year after launching it at IFA in Berlin. How are sales going? According to Samsung’s Korean website, over 3 million units are now in the hands of consumers just 37 days after hitting the market. It’s funny because the new Note, with a 5.5 inch screen, is even larger than the old one!

What’s even crazier is that the Note 2 isn’t even available yet in the United States. AT&T will start selling it on November 9th, and Verizon will get it either on the 27th or the 29th. It’s also going to be offered by several other operators, but let’s be realistic, you’re going to want to go with the big boys because of their respective 4G LTE networks.

Should you buy the Note 2? If you can put up with the size, it’s easily the best Android smartphone currently on store shelves. That’s going to change later this month with the LG Nexus 4, but then again some of you will really want that extra 0.8 inches of screen real estate.

Still on the fence? Read our review of the Note 2!

  • Kunal

    Fake data credit to Samsung

  • saurabhaj

    Its answer by Samsung to those who always say that Samsung always copy Apple,
    or is any GNote style Phablet made by Apple,
    may be US judge can give verdict yes in Apple homeland but not outside,
    Samsung proved us wrong,

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      I have no idea what you just said.

      • saurabhaj

        Just simple,

        People hate Samsung for there lack of innovation,

        so the above comment.

  • How the hell is the Nexus 4 better than the Note 2? Hmm?
    Android 4.2 update will be available to the Note 2 soon, the specs are better on the Note 2 (CPU, Camera, Storage, Display, 4G LTE..)

    • Bone

      The Nexus 4 will be a better bang for the buck, however it’s lack of LTE will make Note II a safe choice for high-end users,

    • Yeah, if “available soon” is in 3-5 months to you, and actually it has about the same specs, the processors are equivalent, the cameras are probably close, the display is better quality on the n4) only negative is no LTE, which is currently still a big fat scheme to me, and no sd slot for expandable memory, and no s pen, so other than a few advantages they are equals in specs, and I think the nexus name gives it an extra 100 points (but thats just my opinion), and at the price the n4 is it I think it is easily better than the note 2 in my mind, even though the note 2 has some flashy feaures

      • Joshhud

        Yeah 4G is a big scheme.. Just like that Shady 3G service.

        • I sense sarcasm? and I meant currently if that was sarcasm, in a year or two it will become mainstream and there will actually be good options

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  • Big Daddy

    WTF?! It’s already available here in the US on T-Mobile. I got one!! Nexus 4 doesn’t even compete with it except for its low price tag, but that’s because it doesn’t have an expansion slot and LTE to justify its cost. If the Note 2 were any smaller I’ll still buy it over the Nexus 4 any day.

  • Joshhud

    Agreed The Nexus 4 is not better than the Note 2.. You said yourself you are going yo want to go to the big boys for LTE… Guess what phone doesnt have LTE

  • donkey

    Yea I have a note 2 on tmo and sprint has it as well

  • note_lover

    You failed to mention T-Mobile, they released it last week, probably making it the first carrier to offer it in the US!

  • mjed mazga

    I literally just rooted my Note 2 from Sprint here in the US, which I’ve had for a week, and which I bought directly from Sprint. It was released by Sprint on October 25th, 2012.

  • Drazhar

    “even larger than the old one!”

    Except that it isn’t.

    The new Note II is a little longer than the original (151.1mm vs
    146.9mm), but it’s actually narrower (80.5mm vs 83mm) and thinner (9.4mm
    vs 9.7mm).

    Larger screen, narrower and thinner, only a little taller.