Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II for Sprint
The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a big, big phone in more ways than one. True, it is one of the largest handsets you can buy, but the new dimensions make it an easier device to use day in and day out. Unlike the original, I found I was used to the size after a few days. It's still difficult to use one-handed, however, and for some that might be a deal breaker.
About the only flaw I can point to is the really slow data performance on Sprint's 3G network. It simply isn't as good as what's available from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon's 3G network - let alone their 4G networks. The 3G issue may be negated in areas served by Sprint's LTE network, which should provide better speeds and connectivity.
But nearly every other feature makes up for the crummy data speeds. The software and tools are robust, the media powers second-to-few, the camera and video camera excellent, and the cool features of the S Pen and its associated software are much improved over the original Note. The whole package is powered by Samsung's healthy Exynos processor and wrapped up in the latest version of TouchWiz.
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For the consumer seeking to merge their smartphone and tablet into one device, the Note II is certainly the first device to get the formula (mostly) right.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II doesn't have any U.S. carriers yet, but Phone Scoop spent some time with it anyway.
Aug 29, 2012
Samsung today announced the Galaxy Note 2, which offers a larger screen than the original in a design that closely resembles the Galaxy S III. The Note 2 has a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 720 pixels.
Oct 16, 2012
Sprint today announced that its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available online and in stores starting October 25. The Note II ships with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, has a 5.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, and Samsung's Exynos 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM.
Sep 19, 2012
Samsung today announced that AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless will all sell their own variants of the Galaxy Note II.
Mar 5, 2014
Sprint today said it will update a handful of its Samsung smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat. The company is already pushing KitKat to the Galaxy S4 and Note 3, but will also deliver updates to the Galaxy Note II, GS4 mini, GS III, Galaxy Mega, and Galaxy Tab 3 7.0.