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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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> 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@

Only two things missing from this review:

1) BATTERY TEST. On another site an hour of video (Airplane and max brightness) used 17% of the note, 13% of the S3 and 8% of the note 2 so i'm expecting big things.

2) SPLIT SCREEN. This is the biggest software feature to come out for a while. I think its probably not on GSMarena's version yet but would like an updated review when it is.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:05
  • 2Gpx

> In reply to rotem @ 2012-10-03 23:00 from 0@dE - click to readThe Note's Wacom "S" Pen system is an active type, meaning it receives input from the pen like the 1024 pressure sensitivity, and has an extra sheet of sensor behind the capacitor screen to sense the S Pen.

What you're describing the Lumia as having is a combination of capacitive (senses the magnetic input of your finger) and resistive (you need to tap pressure the screen). It's not "new" tech.

The Note works fine even without the using the S Pen and this Wacom tech has been used with pen tablets used for illustrating with the computers. The S Pen can be stowed away at the back and so you need not "carry" it around. The Note now even alerts you if you happen to forget to put it back after walking a few steps away.

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  • 2012-10-04 01:00
  • v0qx

Another excellent Samsung product. All it needs is the Blackberry messaging and email system and the WP8 office integration, and you have an unbeatable tool. As it stands at the moment, bragging rights, photo manipulation, movies and games are all it really has to offer, but it is still no great business tool.

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  • 2012-10-04 00:56
  • y$gT

> In reply to yeip @ 2012-10-04 00:12 from N9xA - click to readI do not know how steady your hands, but try to take a pen and hover close over your phone screen without touching the screen.
Be honest and tell me how you succeed, for me it's very hard .

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  • 2012-10-04 00:22
  • 0@dE

> In reply to yeip @ 2012-10-03 23:45 from N9xA - click to readYou're not understanding what I mean, in Nokia device you can turn almost any object to Stylus, even a fork

The only thing I liked in Note screen is the pressure sensivity(I do not know the pressure sensitivity in the lumia 920).

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  • 2012-10-04 00:13
  • 0@dE

These are the Note 2's touch capabilities

Here are the Lumia 920's

Make your own judgement.

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  • 2012-10-04 00:12
  • N9xA

woo hoo should be getting the note 2 today.
Had the original note and it was fantastic. The note 2 is an upgrade but I would say not major though.
My only concern is the reduce width but lets see when I get it.

Can't wait to have this beast in my hand

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  • 2012-10-04 00:11
  • RNQx

Definite my next phone, hope will drop within $500 range before december.

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  • 2012-10-04 00:10
  • x%u9

Awesome phone. Still an 808 fan though. And well, I'd rather have the Xiaomi mi-2

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  • 2012-10-03 23:56
  • Ns0R

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