Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review & first impressions [video]

August 29, 2012
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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!

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