Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review & first impressions [video]

August 29, 2012

Friends, lend me your ears. Lend me your senses, as we feast on Samsung’s latest creation, the Galaxy Note 2.

For sure there will be some that love this device, and there will be those that dislike it too. The smartphone game is getting more intense, more rapid, and more competitive than ever before. And these competitive forces are yielding some truly excellent mobile technology for everyone.

In a word, stunning.

My first impression of this device is very positive. As someone that consumes content at an alarming rate, the Note 2 is a device that fits my lifestyle perfectly.

The weight, build quality, display, and overall speed of the device are exceptional. Samsung did right by consumers by bringing it to market with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The device is absolutely blazing fast, with its 1.6GHz quad core Exynos SoC. Initial benchmarks from Antutu were stunning for a non-overclocked device.

With 2GB of RAM on board, its likely to be a device that will be able to hold its own for quite some time. It boasts a very similar design philosophy to the Galaxy S3, and rests wonderfully in the hand. I found it to be well balanced, and the minimized bezel is very impressive. While I would have loved to see a higher resolution panel, the display it features is a marked improvement over the original Galaxy Note. It is lighter, faster, has a similar footprint to the Note 2, but packs an even larger 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display.

All in all, I am very impressed. This is my next device. Everything else pales in comparison to it now, and the Note that I use feels like a computer from the late nineties. It has ruined every phone for me, but in a good way. Samsung has brought us a device that I think will be extremely well received by consumers.

Other thoughtful inclusions, like a massive 3100mAh battery and up to 128GB of storage with microSD, make this the device to get right now. They have also made significant strides with the S-Pen. It does certainly seem to be a device that is designed to foster creativity and to augment an individuals capacities in an intuitive manner. More time will have to be spent to truly examine the extent to which Samsung has improved this aspect of it.

Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage as we go deep on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2! We’re live from Berlin baby! Go ahead and ask away! What do you think of the Note 2? Will you be getting one? Let us know below!

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    cool!!! first comment :P

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/João-Santos/100003305487961 João Santos

      FAIL

      • MasterMuffin

        ???

        • Johny Bwoy Dem

          You weren’t first LOL

          • MasterMuffin

            uhmm yes I was, maybe you need new glasses?

  • Mark Morris

    Is the Galaxy Note II using normal sized Sim card or the newer micro-Sim ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/João-Santos/100003305487961 João Santos

      normal sim card :D

    • freefragus

      Joao Santos is wrong. It’s a microSIM.

  • http://twitter.com/kareem25ali Kareem Ali

    Looks just like my GSIII =/

    • MasterMuffin

      but is superior in almost all ways

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WDXBDT7USFNBFSTMLIP7EKLIEA Christie

    When can I buy it?!

    • MasterMuffin

      they said in october

  • DiGrifter

    SO thankful I hadn’t bought the Galaxy S III as yet.

    I want the Note 2!!!

  • Nikhilesh Chauhan

    i will have to get this one for sure..after reading this review. Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560137784 Phil N Nova Dameron

    Love it!

  • Bjørn Åge Mossin

    Why only 1280×720 pixel screen, while Note 1 has 1280×800? Battery saving?

    • Wawansky

      It’s 16:9 instead of 16:10. For better movie viewing experience i guess..

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      The panel has been upgraded substantially and is no longer of the pentile matrix variety. Colors are improved, as are white levels. I was a bit disappointed too, but the fact remains that the display looks incredible.

    • hoggleboggle

      my guess is to avoid increasing the width whilst making the screen overall larger? it would be great to see an accurate side by side comparison of old and new note to see if that is the case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdullah.naji1 Abdullah Naji

    Im getting it for sure.

  • active2

    i’m a samsung user…got tab2 and s111 but for sure i wnt this note 2….

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjoy.saratorio Bjoy Recitas Saratorio

    getting it … next year.. hahahah..

  • ricjy

    for sure i will get it, its beautiful, performances is amazing. Thanks to Samsung for delivering such a wonderful innovative devices.

  • Renson

    love it

  • shengcai948

    tinyurl.com/cyk9xz2
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  • http://twitter.com/iTryGuy iTryGuy

    really supposedly in October? I want mine now. I’ve been waiting MONTHS for this. =

  • Bilal Bin Ghizal Qureshi

    Apple already patents advanced stylus…… :)

  • KID ANDROID

    Im glad they thought of giving more battery life in a few ways as I have my original G-Note in my hand for most of the day. I dont work because Ive got long term health issues so Im gaming & surfing the web 90% of my waking hours of the day & have to charge my original Note like 3 times a day & thats with the brightness below a quarter power. It really seems they thought of everything that were issues with the original big & small. So pumped about this device, Thanks Samsung ;-) -KID ANDROID

  • MasterMuffin

    some idiot has disliked all my comments -.-

  • http://twitter.com/TimothyGCA └Timothy┐

    Titanium grey O.O must have it *Drooolz*

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=560137784 Phil N Nova Dameron

    I like the gray one :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dominick_7 Dominick S.

    My next smartphone! Glad to see you’re a reviewer who likes it:) I think some reviewers who were negative on the Note 1 and saw how well it sold and ate crow have learned better this time around. I’m just not following their news this time around.

  • Marbles8

    Does the Note 2 have a full or micro Sim card??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234402204 Siddhant Pathak

    i am getting it in OCtober :D
    Apple iPHONE 4S i Divorce u
    GTFO of my life apple.

  • Thomas Bjarke Heiberg-Iürgense

    Wow, the ability to get a 128 GB smartphone is getting me slightly turned on!

  • edgar v

    some weeks ago, ive me an s3. soon as the note 2 is available in shops, i’ll get one for sure!!! luv it…

  • SamsaraGuru

    I think you meant to refer to the original Note when you wrote this line?

    ‘ It is lighter, faster, has a similar footprint to the Note 2, but packs an even larger 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 Super AMOLED HD display. ‘

  • cnlon

    is it true that they are going to have a dual sim for the China market or is it a knock off like “DaPeng” 5″ dual sim which is out but with poor resolution? I got a Note1 and I loved it. If there is a dual sim Note2 I will get one immediately

  • kooseman

    How is the resolution? I looked at an S2 last
    year and facebook and twitter photos looked no where near as sharp as on the iphone . That prevented me from getting an s2. Are they better now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdullah.naji1 Abdullah Naji

    Note 2!! I want it now. ;D

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert9162 Robert Abadam

    Yes, yes, yes !!!!!!!!!!!!! Only Device that impresses me so far!!!! Great Job Samsung !!!! Gonna replace my worthless Iphone 4!!!

  • Maggie

    What SIM card does the note 2need is it the Same as the galaxy 3
    Mico

  • Valkaneer

    I have seriously been considering the Note 2 since it really fits me and how I am. Problem is I’m Worried about what will happen if I drop it. It’s bigger and heavier than the Note I. After the iphone 5 / galaxy s3 drop test I am extremely worried. I work in a shop with a cement floor. MY droid X has hit the floor 3 or 4 times, and never had an issue since It has a metal out side.

  • Sam Liden

    Someone told me that the reason the international GS3 is quad core whereas the US version is dual core is that the European networks are faster than the US networks. Is that true? Also will the Note 2 bought in US be usable in Europe?

  • Brigitte

    Hi there you Guys, just wanting to know if anyone heard about a release in CANADA ey!! LOL. need the Note 2 BAD!!!

  • http://twitter.com/44R0N Aaron Weyhrich

    giving one away?

  • LindaScales

    I just got my hands on a Note 2, and I am simply amazed. I am a graphic designer living in Atlanta, and I use my phone for work every day. This phone’s amazing capabilities along with AT&T’s 4G LTE network make my life/work easier. Long live Samsung!

  • Courtney Jones

    I love this phone, it does things no other phone I had could do. Best phone ever!