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Hands On: Samsung Galaxy Note II [video]

Last year with the release of the Galaxy Note II Samsung literally single handedly created a market for 5+ inch devices. This time around it has launched the Galaxy Note II in India for Rs 39,900 and

Last year with the release of the Galaxy Note II Samsung literally single handedly created a market for 5+ inch devices. This time around it has launched the Galaxy Note II in India for Rs 39,900 and it clearly appears to be a next generation product which has been improved upon. We go hands-on with it. Read on for more. Also Read - Samsung Pokemon Edition Galaxy Buds 2 launched in Korea with Pikachu, Dragonite and more stickers

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As we have stated above, the Note II is a next generation product. There are no doubts about this. It has a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 2GB of RAM, a 3,100 mAh battery, a larger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display with a resolution 1280×720 pixels and it runs on the latest version of Android called Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz Nature UX custom interface. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy F23 5G gets Copper Blush color in India

While the size of the display on the Note II has gone up from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II is in fact narrower and taller than the original Note. Samsung has also improved the S-Pen which offers improved tactile input which now almost feels pen-like.

Actually when one looks at the Galaxy Note II, one has to take a look holistically, keeping both the hardware and software in mind. And it is in the software that Samsung has really iterated  upon and improved the experience. Features like pop-up play from the Galaxy S III make a reappearance, but one can also run multiple windowed applications like the Galaxy Note 800 tablet. Additionally, it features a new feature called ‘Air-View’  which allows the user to hover the S-Pen above a particular feature and preview it. This works for previewing images in the gallery app, the planner, the calendar and even in the video player where the user can can control the frame slider in the video player.

The camera 8-megapixel remains the same from the Galaxy S III, but this also is an bump up from older 8-megapixel camera on the original Galaxy Note. The camera now shoots at light speed, it can share photos with contact more seamlessly with features like buddy-share and can even detect people in images from the contacts list.

To counteract its large size, Samsung has added a feature called ‘one-handed use’ which makes the virtual keyboard smaller and pins them to either sides. This makes for a very nice single-handed typing experience. This was actually a major issue with the Galaxy Note as it was impossible to operate with a single hand.

Overall it does look like a really solid product and Samsung has really tried to improve it in every way possible. Design wise it is now closer to the Galaxy S III and has lost a bit of weight which makes it more pocketable. While it does look pretty solid right now we will have a more in-depth review of the Galaxy Note II soon.

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  • Published Date: September 28, 2012 6:51 PM IST


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