Hey all you device devotees, I wanted to pass on a bit of information and a lot of attitude concerning Samsung's Note II.
Some of you may have read my articles about Samsung products and you know that my reviews of them have been favorable.
What you didn't know is that a whole contingent of my family are die-hard iPhoners so imagine my surprise yesterday when, as I sat there in the living room, playing with the Note II (graciously supplied to me for testing by my good friend Tiffany), my Nephew and his wife walk in the door, having traveled all the way from NJ where the contingent is strong, carrying not iPhones but Samsung's! My Nephew is now the proud owner of a Note II and his wife is using an S3! Awesome!
Now, I would love to think that perhaps my opinion had something to do with the change-over, and perhaps it did, but the fact of the matter is these phones sell themselves.
I was high on the S3 during a time when everyone was talking about the iPhone5, and I fell in love with the original Note, the moment it hit my hand even though at that time, consumers were not sure if the Note was supposed to be a smartphone or a tablet. Someone, somewhere along the way coined the word "phablet" but I prefer my own "smart-tab".
Some people thought that the phone was just too big to be practical but after trying it out, a whole lot of them got on board!
And now we have the Samsung Galaxy Note II, to use it's full name, and it is a veritable giant among smartphones, even outperforming it's predecessor.
Improvements include a larger 5.5 inch super AMOLED display which offers the same amazing clarity, crispness and color but has been optimized for movie viewing as well. It also supports many more video/movie formats and codecs. This display makes the iPhone screen look puny in comparison.
Instead of a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and 32GB maximum storage, the Note 2 is running it's Android Jellybean 4.1 platform across a 1.6GHz quad core processor with 2GB of dual channel RAM and 64GB of storage. It's a beast and it's blazing fast!
One of the true innovations of the original Note was it's "S Pen" functionality using a variety of apps that brought a new "handwriting" experience to smartphone users. It is one of the features that made the Note a knockout hit despite the confusion over it's size and design.
The Note II has more apps that work in conjunction with their S pen stylus and offer users more ways to interact with the device than ever before.