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Derek Everette
Overall
4.6
Derek Everette

"Best phone to date!"

I got this phone a few days ago and I love it!

Display - I wasn't sure how I would like the larger form factor coming from a Galaxy S3, but after looking at videos on the 5.5inch display, I forgot about all of that! Everything is much larger and easier to read. It has fewer ppi than the GS3, but it's not really noticeable to me, all day to day. The brightness has been improved as well, it's no as big a problem looking at this display outdoors - which is a big plus.

Call Quality - Just like the GS3, the Note 2 has good quality. Most people come through very clear. I did have problems with bluetooth though. People have been saying that they can't hear me very well, and when I turned off the bluetooth feature and used the earpiece or speaker, I sounded a lot better. It could be I have a faulty earpiece though. The speaker on the Note 2 is great! It's louder and more clear than the one on the GS3 (and I thought that one was nice too).

Battery life - So far, so good. With a 3300mh battery, I've been able to make it through the day without having to charge the phone. No complaints here.

Design/Form Factor - As I mentioned earlier, the Note 2's size was the one thing I wasn't sure I would like. But when I hold the phone in my hand, I feel like I have a solid grip on it, unlike the GS3 which felt like it would fall out of my hand at any moment if I wasn't careful. The S-Pen is a great feature as well, allowing me to jot down notes when I need it. The handwriting recognition works great as well. As far as the design, the titanium gray brushed color and chrome sides, and small front bezel, make this phone a beauty to look at.

Apps & Media Support - Samsung's Suite of apps suit the Note 2 very well - to the point where I don't feel the need to mod the phone at all. They've also fixed a few minor things that I don't like about the Galaxy S3 (ie you can now use the camera while on a phone call, the email app works a little better with Hotmail exchange now as well).

Overall, I'm satisfied with this phone in about every way. I actually don't think I'll need to switch phones until the Note 3, and that's saying a lot coming from me (it's my 3rd phone this year - lol). While it may not suit everyone's taste due to it's size, the Note 2 is indeed a step up from the GS3 and is definitely worth considering. I highly recommend it.


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