Samsung Galaxy Note II is coming to Verizon Wireless stores in November. It’s not in local Verizon stores yet but we were able to check it out yesterday in several shops in Singapore and found it fun to use, with a few surprises. Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for preorder now at Verizon Wireless stores and Verizon.com with shipping expected by November 27.
Big screen: The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a huge phone. Its screen measures 5.5 diagonal inches. That’s approaching tablet size. It dwarfs the 3.5 inch screen of the old iPhones 3 and 4. Galaxy Note II is about halfway between the size of the old iPhones and the new iPad Mini. It’s also noticeably larger than the screen of the last big Samsung smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III which measured 4.8 inches.
S Pen: Samsung Galaxy Note is paired with the S Pen, a pen that emits a beam of light which the touch screen recognizes. The pen is very easy to use, easier than a finger for drawing and writing. With the S Pen, the Galaxy Note II is marketed as a creative tool. In shops, the Note II displays are featuring pens that are fastened down with a curly cord, like the pens banks used to chain to their desks.
Pricing: Samsung Galaxy Note II costs $299.99 at Verizon. This matches the price of the new Droid Razr Maxx HD. Both prices assume a new 24 month service commitment with Verizon.
Screen resolution: Galaxy Note II has high definition resolution with 1280 by 720 pixels, the same number of pixels as Galaxy S III and Droid Razr Maxx HD (see article). So the Galaxy Note has less pixels per inch than the S III and the Droid Razr Maxx HD, as the Note II screen is bigger. Compare these to new iPhone 5 which has a 4 inch diagonal display and 1136 x 640 pixels, or 326 pixels per inch, and you’ll realize these Androids have larger screens, yet fewer pixels per inch, than the latest iPhone.
Speed and response time: The Galaxy Note II has a 1.6 megahertz processor. That may be a little faster than the other recent phones; for example, both Samsung Galaxy S III and Droid Razr Maxx HD have a 1.5 gigahertz rating. Connectivity speed and processing speed should be great using Verizon’s 4G LGE connectivity, now available in over 400 US cities.
Cameras: Both front and rear facing cameras are present along with video capability.
Battery: Specs say this phone will get up to 22 hours of battery life, which should be satisfactory for normal use. The demo versions were set to go dim after about 30 seconds of no use, which will help preserve the battery.
Operating system: Samsung Galaxy Note II uses Google’s Android operating system version 4.1 nicknamed “Jelly Bean.” This is one of the earlier phones to use the new version of Android. It’s interesting to note that as of July, 2012, Android phones made up 52% of the phones sold according to a recent Plain Dealer report.
Reasons to choose this phone: The pen will be useful and opens new ways of using the phone for art, notes and more. This phone may be able to fill the role of a tablet as well as that of a phone. The larger screen has value when reading anything long, when watching movies, or viewing photos. This phone was definitely fun to play with in the store and should be pleasant for those who buy it.
Where to buy: The Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for preorder now from Verizon and expected to be in Cleveland-area Verizon stores in November, including the Verizon Wireless stores on Detroit Road in Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake. The Galaxy Note II will also be available in AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobil, Best Buy and other electronics stores in Cleveland. Verizon has over 50 stores in the Cleveland area including downtown Lakewood on Detroit, a kiosk at Great Northern Mall, a store in Westlake at The Promenade, and dozens more.
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