Samsung with Galaxy Note 2 refines its phablet recipe for consumers vying for a bigger and better experience. And even though we favor the lightweight, ergonomically designed smart phones over the lumbering behemoths, we have to admit that the Galaxy Note 2 strikes just the right note. As a phablet, the Galaxy Note 2 is near-perfect and exhibits the kind of engineering prowess and aesthetic beauty, missing from its rivals.
The beautifully crafted device bears similarity to its stunning sibling, the Galaxy S3. It flaunts curved corners, a squarely centered screen with a narrow metallic bezel along the side – that further accentuates the oomph factor.
At the bottom half, you notice the chrome-trimmed physical home key button flanked by two capacitive touch controls which are visible only when the device is active. The Galaxy Note 2 all in all represents Samsung’s signature style that we have grown accustomed too. However on the flip side, the signature design philosophy also includes the use of materials which while being robust, feel plasticky and flimsy in hand.
While there is no squeaking or cracking, the device lacks that premium feel that Galaxy Note 2 sets out to be in the first place with its impressive spec list and price range.
Moving on to the size, the device harbors a 5.55-inch display – making it a simply a colossal device. It is quite a handful, quite literally and if you are even dreaming about a single handed operation – you can simply forget it. Having said that, a lot of positive comments that we have heard about the Galaxy note 2 and its predecessor have been tied to the display. The vast stretch of super AMOLED screen with a 1280×720 pixel resolution provides the perfect ground for watching HD movies, playing graphic intense game and reading eBooks.
Reinforced by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 which is thinner and lighter, the device brings onboard a 267 pixels-per-inch which may not be as sharp as that of the Galaxy S3 at 306 pixels-per-inch, but is not too far off either.
We have talked about the aesthetic elements of the Galaxy Note 2 and its shared resemblance with the popular members of the Galaxy range. On the hardware front, it is powered by the same ARM Cortex-A9-based quad core Exynos 4412 chipset (with Mali-400MP quad core graphics processor) as the Galaxy S3 and its predecessor, along with a 2GB RAM.
These combinations bring an amazingly well-balanced Smartphone that is quite responsive and accurate at most times. The smoothness becomes more apparent while playing high-end games like Dead Trigger or N.O.V.A 3.
On the storage front, the device dishes out serious options starting from 16GB, 32GB to 64GB. In addition, there is Micro SD slot provided which further allows you to increase the storage capability upto 32GB or higher like, 64GB. It also provides several connectivity options like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, WI-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot and DLNA.