With news of the Samsung Galaxy Note II hitting Verizon stores tomorrow, I thought it would be a good idea to go over this fabulous device one more time.
For those of you who don’t regularly follow the tech scene, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is in a whole different category than normal smartphones. Its excessive size puts it in a level above smartphones, yet it’s still not large enough to be considered a tablet. Consequently, the tech world called this new class of device a Phablet. It is essentially a mash-up of the words phone and tablet – I mean duh!
Phablets generally provide much higher screen resolutions than your standard smartphone along with a plethora of other features unique to the phablet market. For phablets models, we’re currently looking at the Samsung Galaxy Note series, and the brand new HTC Droid DNA (which is incredibly sexy, if I might add). There are other phablets out there on the market, but the aforementioned models are considered flagship devices.
The Samung Galaxy Note II
We unveiled the features and specs of the Galaxy Note II a while ago, but it’s about time we revisited this beauty.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a whopping 5.5 inch HD Super AMOLED display, with a screen resolution of 1280×720 (full HD). It’s powered by a beastly, 1.6GHz Exynos quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM.
Despite being a much larger “phablet,” the Note II is only 9.4mm thick and weighs around 180g. Samsung says that the Note 2 doesn’t appear as large in the hand as its giant screen would make you think. Many users have even claimed that it fits comfortably within a pocket, and is apparently invisible regarding the overall weight and dimensions.
The Verizon model will be available in two colors at launch, Marble White and Titanium Grey.
It also sports an 8 megapixel rear facing camera, as well as a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera.
The Samsung S-Pen
What sets the Galaxy Note II apart from all other smartphones and tablets, is that it comes with a truly distinct stylus.
Samsung has gone to a great length to provide Note users with an extraordinary stylus experience. The Phablet comes pre-loaded with various apps developed specifically for use with the stylus, and the stylus itself has had a fair amount of physical upgrades from the previous version.
For example, the new S-Pen includes a rubber tip that enhances communication between the stylus and the phone.
When you remove the S-Pen stylus from its cubby in the Note II, a related menu appears, displaying appropriate apps that are compatible with the stylus. The phone also alerts you when the stylus is dangerously far from the device. That means, it will be difficult to leave the stylus sitting on a table in a coffee shop – unless you turn this feature off to conserve battery.
Galaxy Note II Bells & Whistles
Essentially, the Galaxy Note II comes bundled with a lot of bells and whistles that improve the overall user experience with the device. You’d be hard press to find someone that owns a Note II who isn’t supremely happy with it.
The battery life is unprecedented for a Phablet because it is equipped with a 3100 mAh battery that is more than capable of making it through a full days worth of use.
The Galaxy Note II will be available in Verizon stores, starting tomorrow, for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Here, is what Verizon had to say about the news:
Just in time for the holidays, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available for purchase online and in stores starting tomorrow, Nov. 29. Customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note II will receive an e-mail alert when their device has been shipped. Customers have the option of two color models, Marble White or Titanium Grey and can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note II for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.