Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – a closer look

by , Technology Researcher Smartphones 11/09/2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We got our first sight of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2  at the IFA trade show in August. We found watching video on the phone ‘a particular pleasure’ but in our short hands-on trial weren’t really able to explore any of the phones new features.

Samsung have since invited us to an exclusive demonstration to see just what the new Note 2 can do. We should make clear that the phones we saw (which were flown in specially from Samsung HQ in Korea) all ran on pre-release software and so the features that appear on the finalised Note may be different.

Read our review of the original Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S3.

New features in the Note 2:

  • Improved S-Pen – now with a rubberised tip to give greater control and sensitivity
  • Instant Note – instant access to the phone’s note function
  • Air View – get extra information by holding the S-Pen over appointments and emails
  • Quick Command – quick access functions using the S-Pen
  • Easy Clip – cut out and share what’s on screen
  • Best Group Shot – let the Note 2 find your best photo from a series of snaps

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will go on sale this autumn though pricing and network availability have yet to be announced.

Once the phone hits the shops we’ll send it to our lab for testing and put it through a series of tough challenges to see how easy it is use and how well its features perform. Visit our how we test mobile phones page to see what it takes to become a Best Buy.

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Mike Hitchcock

I used to and HTC Desire but found that it quickly ran out of RAM so I could not add extra applications or even update current ones. I saw a review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and it seems to offer me a mobile phone that could also the use as a mini tablet. I have now had my Note 2 for two weeks and I think it must be the most advanced mobile phone on the market. It fits in my shirt pocket but offers me a really usable many tablets with lots of innovative features. Although expensive as I feel it is worth every penny. The android “jellybean” operating system is a marvel of intuitive features and is a big advance over “ice cream sandwich”

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