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Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home

Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 review: Writing home - read the full textSamsung has produced many great handheld devices in its time, but few have reached iconic status. The company builds its success on great adaptability, an eye for trends and a knack for improving on others’ successful formulas. And yet...


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OMG..! tell me.. how can a person compare this phone with an iphone? I read every single page. Not to compare.. apple not even closer to this.. not even next year..

in OS, JB, can't imaging how they got these types of ideas to add on...

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  • 2012-10-04 07:39
  • pXj2

> In reply to true @ 2012-10-04 04:08 from 85@i - click to readNope, even with the most expensive iStylus you can buy, your iphone cant do hover functionalities because it requires a special digitizer. Your iphone loses again :)

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  • 2012-10-04 07:27
  • v0qu

> In reply to nuke @ 2012-10-04 04:53 from 9Ga2 - click to readGsmarena has always been the best in mobile reviewing. My only request left is for them to release a gsmarena app for android. If other competitors like theverge, youmobile, cnet, ign can... so should gsmarena. Please!

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  • 2012-10-04 07:24
  • vaNH

here we go again, the usual iphone fanboys saying there iphone is better without any explanation to WHY its better.


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  • 2012-10-04 07:03
  • th3f

Sorry, this is the best phone out there. What does the lumia have over this, except the camera?

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  • 2012-10-04 06:48
  • tSu2

Glad to have one more hover-enabled touchscreen. If there are enough such device out there, we can start building apps with hover/roll_over/mouse_over functions to add some degree of interactivity. Or we can expect this functionality to be supported natively by the OS.

But is the hover function limited to the S Pen? I mean, can you hover it with your finger too?

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  • 2012-10-04 06:41
  • Kivd

> In reply to rotem @ 2012-10-04 03:04 from 0@dE - click to readI like both the functionality and the size of the Note 2 over the Lumia. I don't really touch the screen with unusual objects, so that screen tech doesn't add value un me. I'd take a Note 2 any day. But that's my case.

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  • 2012-10-04 05:24
  • Ps}}

god nokia/microsoft shills are annoying as fuck

this is BETTER than nokia,

its both inductive and capactive, it even can feel the pressure

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  • 2012-10-04 05:16
  • PvYx

As always, a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic review by Gsmarena. Great work guys! Having read almost all Note II reviews by other tech sites, this is the most through, balanced and fair - hands down. Indeed, I now want to get my hands on one. Thank you Gsmarena!

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  • 2012-10-04 04:53
  • 9Ga2

> In reply to yeip @ 2012-10-04 01:39 from E@gj - click to readso i buy the special pen, and then my iphone is better than the note. apple wins again.

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  • 2012-10-04 04:08
  • 85@i

> In reply to rotem @ 2012-10-04 03:04 from 0@dE - click to readThat completely changes the whole story...
Lumia is on a different line than Note II...

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  • 2012-10-04 03:15
  • vp1@

> In reply to yeip @ 2012-10-04 01:39 from E@gj - click to readIf you could choose between a Note II handset with lumia 920 screen technology (without the capabilities of the Note II stylus but the device lighter and smaller and you can use the ability of regular stylus) and regular Note II handset,
what would you choose?

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  • 2012-10-04 03:04
  • 0@dE

> In reply to yeip @ 2012-10-04 01:39 from E@gj - click to readWhy did you have to bring Apple in that discussion. I know that the phrase goes like that but really you should have picked another kind of fruit. Keep it in the range of Samsung vs Nokia bashing.

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  • 2012-10-04 03:02
  • AL{m

> In reply to rotem @ 2012-10-04 00:13 from 0@dE - click to readI see you're quite civilized. I will go on to explain my point. I do appreciate the hyper sensitive screen of the Lumia. That tech is nice and welcome.

However, about the part of "turning anything into a stylus", I beg to differ. The stylus in the Note 2 is not a simple stick capable of touching the screen. The Note has a built in digitalizer, which is why it's capable of detecting those 1024 degrees of pressure.

The difference with the Lumia is it has a super sensitive screen the Note 2 doesn't, but also lacks a built in digitalizer. Therefore, it doesn't support anymore than 1 level of pressure, unless you buy an expensive stylus.

Not all capacitive stylus are the same. The Lumia and the Note 2 are targeted to very different buyers, you can't compare apples to oranges.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:39
  • E@gj

I dont know why we are even comparing the lumina 910 and the note 2... they are totally different devices.

The 910 is thick and heavy (for its size), has a lot smaller screen, has no SD card slot and a pretty small battery. On the up side the camera is probably better, it has DCHSDPA and a higher res screen.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:31
  • 2Gpx

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-10-04 01:15 from vp1@ - click to readYes you can, why you think you can not?

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  • 2012-10-04 01:22
  • 0@dE

iphone 5 touch capabilities is much better

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  • 2012-10-04 01:19
  • v0Xt

> In reply to rotem @ 2012-10-03 22:05 from 0@dE - click to readStop your ignorant comments about something you don't need. It's the size of an A6 Moleskine notebook that fits an ordinary top pocket. Stop comparing this to an ordinary smartphone. The Note is a mini pocketable computer that happens to have cellphone capabilities.

You just need a smartphone that has incomplete performance and features that the Note embodies, just like a recently released metallic one. You're satisfied with even with something that hasn't been released yet! You stick to that and be limited as you desire.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:17
  • v0qx

Does it makes sense comparing a lumia to a note II? Well I can't launch an app with a Lumia using a fork or nail isn't it? That's the main indea of the stylus of Note II, added functionality.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:15
  • vp1@

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