Samsung has come a long way to innovate and improve their devices. They got the big blow when Apple sued them. It even got worse when they eventually lost and ended up paying $1B to Apple. They also somewhat redeemed themselves at a UK court when Apple “apologized to them. Amidst all these, Samsung emerged victorious: they outperformed Apple  on Earnings Growth and their market share significantly increased when they launched the Galaxy S3.

IDC
Chart: http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23753512
localytics
Chart: via Localytics

Although things are going too well for Samsung, it did not stop them to “pound” Apple. 4 months after the Galaxy S3 was announced, Samsung launched the 2nd iteration to last year’s best “phablet” – the Galaxy Note 2. I didn’t think twice to renew my contract with Globe when they offered me this device. I thought that with the kind of job I’m in and my need to use a bigger screen, the Galaxy Note 2 is the perfect phone for me. After 2 weeks of using it, I believe my phone deserves a definitive review.

THE FORM: SIZE MATTERS

The Galaxy Note 2 is bigger than its predecessor. It has a whopping 5.5 inches diagonal screen compared to the 1st Galaxy Note with 5.3 inches. In this case, however, Samsung managed to decrease its width to 3.17 x 0.37 in. compared to the Galaxy Note 1 with 3.27 x 0.38 in. In effect, the grip on this device is better and it just feels really more comfortable.

Galaxy Note 2

One of the noticeable features of this device on the aesthetics department is its striking similarity to the Galaxy S3 although the Note 2’s edges are quite wider. My friends actually thought that it was the S3. I had to tell them that it’s the Note 2.

Other than the screen, you can also find the ambient light sensor, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, multi-colored notification light, physical home button and 2 capacitive keys (back and menu.

Moreover, you will find the volume rockers and on/off switch on the left and right side of the phone respectively. Samsung did a great job to place the on/of switch on the right side of the phone as it would have been too difficult to reach it if it had been placed on the top.

You can find the standard 3.5mm and noice-cancelling mic at the top of the phone; and another microphone, standard micro-usb port and the stylus at the bottom. The much improved 8 MP camera (3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash) and speakers can be found at the back of the phone.

Overall, the Galaxy Note 2 was designed really well; and I personally see it very appealing.

THE REBIRTH OF STYLUS

The S-Pen sets the Galaxy Note 2 apart from other phones. It is a pen with a conductive nib, similar to what you can find on Wacom drawing tablets. To complement this with Android’s 4.1.1 OS (Jellybean), Samsung cooked an OS integrated modification that basically put the S-Pen into good use. I’ll talk more about this later.

Galaxy Note 2

[nggallery id=9]

The Galaxy Note 2 is an impressive device. I wish I could talk more about this in just one post. Part 2 of our review can be seen here.

Leave a comment

Author

Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

Write A Comment

Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

41711344 10155988194573337 3113579199126831104 o - We are going to Tokyo Game Show 2018

Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
Åyre2ÅzSS ING 02 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer
Åyre2ÅzSS ING 05 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2Åzchara leon GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailerÅyre2Åzchara Marvin GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2Åzchara Zombiedog GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2Åzchara Sherry GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2Åzchara Ada GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2Åzchara G1 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer
Åyre2ÅzSS ING 01 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer
Åyre2ÅzSS ING 00 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS env 00 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 10 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 09 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 08 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 07 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 06 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 05 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 04 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 03 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 02 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailer Åyre2ÅzSS cut 01 GL 640x360 - TGS 2018: Biohazard RE:2 glorious screenshots and story trailerAnd, this just in, here’s the story trailer.

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Get the tech trends in Philippines pushed to you!