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#1 Scorbing

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:18

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Well after weeks of debating whether I should get a new iPhone or an Android phone, I finally decided to jump ship and give Android another chance, but this time I went big.

I decided to go with a Galaxy Note 2. It's big, but its fast. Quad Core CPU, 2GB RAM. Not bad for $100.00 (after AT&T gave me a $250.00 trade-in for my iPhone 4S), which wasn't a bad deal since I only paid $200.00 for that iPhone when I got it.

I was torn between the Galaxy S3, The Nokia Lumia, the HTC One X+ and the Note 2, but I went for the Note 2. Why? Very simple:

1. Fast Quad Core CPU
2. 2GB RAM
3. Removable battery
4. Micro SD Card
5. Micro USB
6. Impressive battery life for a phone that big.

None of the other phones were even close, although the S3 did have a removable battery, which is a plus for me.

The Nokia Lumia 920 is an impressive piece of hardware, but the battery on it sucks and it is not removable, no SD card and the phone seems to be plagued with reboot issues from what I have been reading, not to mention the poor selection of Apps from the Windows 8 apps store.

The Galaxy S3 was a fine phone but it had a dual core and 1GB of RAM.

The HTC was beautiful. Well built, but like the Nokia, no removable battery and poor battery life.

The Note 2 is also running Google's latest creation, Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, unlike the S3, which is still on ICS.

The Note 2 is a big phone. The thing looks like a Star Trek Tricorder, but it is fast. I hope I made a good choice and I hope I don't regret it.


#2 mattmatik

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:23

I have a couple friends who now have the Note 2 and I'm completely jealous. I'm a bit over the iPhone myself, especially now that the 5 is out. Congrats, man, enjoy the phone!

#3 OP Scorbing

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:27

I have a couple friends who now have the Note 2 and I'm completely jealous. I'm a bit over the iPhone myself, especially now that the 5 is out. Congrats, man, enjoy the phone!


I love the iPhone but Apple hasn't done anything new to it in years and it is a shame because iOS is very stable and feels rock solid. The iPhone 5 is simply not a worthy upgrade. They gave us .5 inches more of screen!....LOL...LOL...Really?

I would have gotten an iPhone 5 is the screen would have been like the Android phones, 4.5 - 4.8 inches, but .5 inches more?....What a joke.

They really need to come up with something very different and very impressive soon in the iPhone department because at the pace Android is going, it won't be long before Android takes over the crown.

#4 HoochieMamma

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:32

You're going to love it man (Y)

If you ever get bored then head over to here

http://forum.xda-dev...play.php?f=1790

and get some custom ROMS which can do all sorts of fun stuff.

#5 Blackhearted

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:33

Don't really see the fixation on the whole 'quad core cpu' bit. I don't think most phone apps are remotely demanding enough for a quad core cpu to be all that big of a deal(as of yet, atleast).

#6 OP Scorbing

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:35

Don't really see the fixation on the whole 'quad core cpu' bit. I don't think most phone apps are remotely demanding enough for a quad core cpu to be all that big of a deal(as of yet, atleast).


It is not a big deal now, but it will be soon. Apps and OSs get more and more demanding so having the extra hardware and power is just like having a condom:

Better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it.

:rolleyes:

#7 Yusuf M.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:51

I recently played around with my friend's Galaxy S3 and I was blown away by the size of the display (4.8"). If I saw the Galaxy Note 2 in person, I'd have trouble seeing it as a phone and not a tablet. It'd be great for watching videos and browsing the web. Have you used it with a stylus yet?

#8 +sanke1

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:54

Apps and OSs get more and more demanding so having the extra hardware and power is just like having a condom:

Better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it.

:rolleyes:


LMAO what an analogy!!

#9 AJerman

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:56

First off, congrats. The Note II is one hell of a phone. I thought about trading up my One X for a Note II, but I played with the original Note and it was too big for me, and the Note II is even better. I'll be waiting for HTC's 5" 1080p devices next year (I'm not and never will be with Verizon,so the DNA doesn't work for me).

Speaking of, just as a side note in case the size ends up bothering you, since I know it does some people. The dual core S4 in the SGSIII is of newer architecture than the quad core Exynos 4 in the Note II, meaning it's far more comparable than you may think in terms of performance. They trade off Also, the SGSIII has 2 GB of RAM as well, not that it would matter much unless you plan on having the phone for a while when 2GB is actually useful, or are a heavy multitasker. The performance between the two wouldn't be noticeably different at all, in fact, I prefer the S4 over the Exynos 4. Basically equal performance and far better battery life. Exynos 5 will step the Exynos family up to where the S4/S4 Pro is (better even). So if you should decide the size is a bit much, the SGS III is on the same level in smaller package.

#10 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:06

Don't really see the fixation on the whole 'quad core cpu' bit. I don't think most phone apps are remotely demanding enough for a quad core cpu to be all that big of a deal(as of yet, atleast).


As far as I know, Android needs as many power as it can get. I have used many devices from all the generations, and things are better on quad-cores, then ever.
Of course, with JellyBeans, even dual core Galaxy Nexus is a whole different story

#11 REM2000

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 09:47

i done exactly the same thing, jumped from iPhones to a Galaxy Note2, it was the best decision ive made. The phone is very fast and above all very flexible/versatile.

I would recommend getting Double twist as the music / itunes sync player, ive tried various options and the only gripe i had was that i like using itunes and especially using itunes for my media management, double twist solved that for me.

Thanks

#12 Steve B.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:56

The Note is great if you've got huge hands! :p

I'll never get a phone bigger than 4.3" probably, my One S is that size and I even found the Lumia 900 to be too big. All depends on the chunkiness of the handset at that size!

#13 +Nik L

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:13

Note2 user here (and I have big hands). Love it, but waiting for a decent ROM with pen support...

#14 Luis Mazza

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:19

The Note 2 is amazing. The quad-core cpu does make a lot of difference and battery life is great.
There are so many features, you gotta explore them. :)

#15 OP Scorbing

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 12:22

I recently played around with my friend's Galaxy S3 and I was blown away by the size of the display (4.8"). If I saw the Galaxy Note 2 in person, I'd have trouble seeing it as a phone and not a tablet. It'd be great for watching videos and browsing the web. Have you used it with a stylus yet?


Sorry for the late reply, I went to bed early!...LOL

Yes I have used it. Quite nice actually.



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