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Erika Moulton
Jul 13
Erika Moulton
Overall
4.8
Erika Moulton

"Really great camera and nice large display!"

Recently, I have owned the Samsung Galaxy Note II, S 4, HTC One and the iPhone 5. I really love them all, for different reasons. The Note II has a really great camera, I love the S pen capabilities, and the display is fantastic, regardless of the upgraded display on the S 4. When I first received the Note II, I closed the phone into my hand and took a picture with the flash on. The image quality was far superior than what I had expected it to be, especially next to the iPhone 5, when taking pictures in the dark. (I am always trying to capture a picture of my adorable son in his sleep without turning the light on to wake him! -sounds crazy, but moms know what I am talking about!) The battery was never an issue for me, but I would have to charge it each night, as with any smartphone. Texting is the biggest issue that I have with any android device, opposed to the Apple iPhones, but I thought that texting on the Note II was easier than the S 4, as with the S pen, the swype feature was much faster and more accurate than with my finger on the S 4. I had the titanium gray, and I thought it physically looked great, especially with the teal colored Samsung Folio case, which I snagged on Amazon for somewhere around $12-$15, with my free two-day Prime shipping! Overall, I would buy a Note II for tablet use, but I am far too picky about the condition of my devices, so it is easier for me to carry around an iPhone and just throw it in my bag, and whatnot. With the Note II, I did not want the outer bezel to get scratched, so I was always laying it flat on something to avoid the bezel rubbing on anything ( since the outside bezel is not covered by the folio case). I also felt that the Note II was big enough without an Otterbox consuming it, so I really did not want to opt for a more secure case. I highly recommend this device, though, if not for phone use, it has great tablet features! In addition to that, the S 4 is very similar, with the most vivid display I have ever laid eyes on! But you really have to decide if you want the larger screen with the S Pen capabilities, or if you can settle for the smaller smartphone, without the S pen, with the most beautiful display, by far, on a smartphone. Best Buy mobile is great, offering the best warranty program for their phones, but if you are on a budget and want the latest and greatest in the smartphone world, Amazon has the best prices! (Sorry Best Buy Mobile, but you don't have a mobile store within two hours of me! Expand please :-) )

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