I am glad that Samsung has incorporated a removable battery design as it comes in handy. Some other brand designs, particularly Sony has gone the fixed battery direction - their latest having some reports of only actually getting a total of continuous or accumulated 6-hour on screen time.
The aim of such a direction is achieving thin designs of under 9mm thickness. Honestly, I don't mind having something 9.4mm thick as the Note II so that it's a bit more solid to hold, yet still thinner than a normal A6 notebook to pocket.
Some would argue that a battery back jacket can help - the disadvantages are it becomes dead weight and current models show a low Ampere rating and making the device heat up. I've tried one for my Note 1.
While an extended battery like what Mugen is selling can double the capacity, again, it adds weight and thickness.
Even though the current 3100 mAh battery can give you some 12 hours of heavy surfing, download & occasional gaming usage, it can even offer more than 24 hours or even 2 days of light to moderate usage - I still would advise to get the official charger + extra battery for an efficient and safer charging management. I have 2 extra official batteries & the charger.
Some of disadvantages of this:
*It's a hassle to take off the protective layer (especially an Otterbox Defender) to change the batteries.
*It's a bother to carry an extra battery.
*This reduces the possibility of your battery exploding in the device while it charges.
*You keep your Note II practically wireless - no need to stay and wait to charge and the wire in the way.
*You need not carry the wired charger or an odd power bank.
*Added security as some people would leave their device while charging and it leaves it vulnerable to being snatched. If you need to really charge the battery when you're out of town or travelling, the separate battery charger is keeps you from worrying about losing your device.
*Recycling batteries would greatly increase their life capacities.
*Keeps you from worrying about running out of power allowing you full usage of your device all the time you need it.
Even with full 1080p screen-resolution smartphones are coming out, I still am disappointed at the battery consumption rate because there's a lot more pixels to process - 1080 x 1920! I do however would like to see the Note III with a full resolution and I think with the launched Exynos double quad-core processor claiming a 70% reduction of power consumption, I could am convinced Samsung can pull another 20-hour or more heavy usage device on a full charge.
AnonD-53316, 21 Feb 2013Note 2 is better in all terms than S3 and size is perfectNote 2 has less pixels per inch on display, and you can notice the lesser quality, but I still agree :D
hannoun, 21 Feb 2013hey guys. my note 2 is still on android 4.1.1 and i'm not getting any update. i have checked v... moreU can do it safely if u know how to do it u will have to go to download mode ....best part is u will not loose anything from ur phone i mean contacts messages data etc... if u will use the LWP u will loose lots of useful battery power either on 4.1.1 or 4.1.2 in sleep mode i am not saying that u dont have to use LWP its just that do not keep it running in sleep mode switch to a normal wallpaper ..b4 u put ur phone in sleep mode ..so u just need to know how to use ur phone smartly to get the optimum battery life ..
TheNeighbor, 21 Feb 2013No problem. The 64GB Ultra is P2800+ ($70) at Games Xtreme. That's the best deal. I had to pr... more thnks neighbor sure did intall CERBERUS and paid the subscription too.after reading and comtemplating the varius application i have to agree with you its the best todays market offers installed and purchased for all 4 motes ,before that i contacted the the applicatation website and made some detailed inquiries,to my surprise not only i got a fast reply but very informative description how it works 64 Gb ultra SD card yeah little expensie but worth every bit of it here in china they are little cheaper then in the PH .I paid 430 RMb almost 1/2 from PH perhaps got little break as i bought 4 of them and other things all pertaining to the notes ,havin aook at the new colors i am contemplating buying the blue soona s the prices come down doe,keepa qas my spare,dont know about gettingt he bigger 6"+ screen personally i think the 5.5 is plenty big beside it woulde be a pocketable problem most fligth suits come with front pockets big enoughy to accomodate the note ll,in china we have not updated to 4,1 2 doubtful I will after reading the many negative comments pertaining to battery issues I will keep the 4.1.1 I still get wel over 24 hrs on single charge with moderate use happy noting neighbor
hannoun, 21 Feb 2013hey guys. my note 2 is still on android 4.1.1 and i'm not getting any update. i have checked v... morePersonally i would stick with 4.1.1.
There are no major upgrades with 4.1.2 except customisable quick settings and home screen UI improvements.
BUT 4.1.2 battery life isn't as good especially when in sleep mode.
mjain, 21 Feb 2013at what price did u purchase 64 gb ultra card in china just outside shenzhen 64 gb ultra cost 435 rmb
hey guys. my note 2 is still on android 4.1.1 and i'm not getting any update. i have checked via kies and online via sammobile. still no update for 4.1.2
my question is : can i flash different pda via odin for my note (original firmware from sammobile). what i mean , can i flash different firmware for my phone. or better wait for the original update( maybe next month , or later , i dont know).
helopilot, 21 Feb 2013neighbor you're absolutely correct i took yoru advice on the 64 micro sd card from sandisk th... moreNo problem. The 64GB Ultra is P2800+ ($70) at Games Xtreme. That's the best deal. I had to prioritize the extra batteries & charger and the a new S Pen (with the eraser end). A 64GB card is next on the list.
Have you installed Cerberus yet? It's the most wonderful security app! Just recently in local news, a thief was caught because the app took pictures of the thief and secretly reporting his location till the police apprehended him. Then you can command remote the stolen device via text. Even tells you what number he switched to. You can make it report where your unit is regularly. It's about $4 at Google Play. Highly recommended.
saju, 21 Feb 2013Why not supporting flash player..?where can I get it..I am using 4.1.1 version ..
Pls.help me... morehttp://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1666796&d=1358862369
Adobe Flash Player for Jelly Bean,download and install from the above link,you can search also fpr newer versions but this will work fine for now.
saju, 21 Feb 2013Why not supporting flash player..?where can I get it..I am using 4.1.1 version .. Pls.help me... moreCheck with samsung apps...search flash player..I've downloaded in my note 2..iz great.
AnonD-115628, 21 Feb 2013good but very big phone not better than s3Note 2 is better in all terms than S3 and size is perfect
TheNeighbor, 18 Feb 2013I suggest you get the Ultra series of Sandisk brand. The class 10 is indicated on the package.neighbor you're absolutely correct i took yoru advice on the 64 micro sd card from sandisk the ultra red it improve the loading up by 1 /2 the time as my old sd card, thnks buddy it was grt advice
AnonD-77443, 21 Feb 2013Its not too bad but not as good as 4.1.1.
At the moment i am using 5% per hour with a mix o... moreI can say i do hit the 5% per hour at times. I'll probably start freezing some of the stock apps. I mean i use this to download whole day with the rooted stock 4.1.1.
I think i'll experiment with some ROMs next.