The Galaxy Note 2 is one huge phone that surprised me.
I had before dismissed 5 inchers as “too large” for my taste and pocket but after trying out the Galaxy Note 2, I have to say that the device is snappy and the display is beautiful. The build is nice on the hand too. It was more rounder and tapered to fit nicely on the hand.
Galaxy Note 2 Specs
- CPU: Exynos 4412 Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
- RAM: 2GB
- Display: 5.5” Super AMOLED 720x1280 267ppi Gorilla Glass 2
- Camera: 8MP 3264x2448 with 1080p video recording
- Storage: 16/32/64 with microSD support
- S Pen stylus
Even though the Note 2 and Galaxy Nexus share the same 1280 x 720 resolution it really dwarfs the already big 4.7” display of the Galaxy Nexus. The large 5.5” display really shines when browsing the web or reading Flipboard, even more when watching HD videos.
The S pen was fluid in its own right but TouchWiz sometimes managed to produced some lags which was quite annoying but not disturbing.
While I don’t see myself switching to a 5” phone any time soon, seeing and using the Galaxy Note 2 changed my impression on these in-betweener device of a phone and a tablet. It does have a market of folk who like a large display coupled with a stylus. It would’ve been perfect if it came with stock Android 4.2 Jellybean, but Samsung’s own TouchWiz additions for the S Pen and multiview is also commendable.