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Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 – factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 – factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 - factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

  • Incredible 5.55″ high-resolution display
  • Powerful Quadcore 1.6GHz processor
  • Draw and write straight onto the screen with your finger or included S Pen
  • 8 mega-pixel camera with full 1080p HD video recording
  • 16GB memory with expandable memory up to 64GB MicroSD

Enjoy a tablet-like web browsing experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The generous 5.55″ high-definition capacitive display reduces scrolling or transitioning between pages. You can also draw or write directly onto the screen with your finger, or the S Pen, which is included.

List Price: $ 999.99

Price: $ 655.00

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  • Paul M. says:
    362 of 378 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best combination of power and portability in a smartphone, October 7, 2012
    By 
    Paul M.

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 – factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

    First, a little backstory: As of two weeks ago, I didn’t know I needed this phone…hadn’t even considered it. I was reasonably happy with my GSM Galaxy Nexus. Sure, the screen on my GN had that grating pentile “quality,” but it ran stock Android with aplomb. Then, on a whim, I purchased the Nexus 7. I was quickly enamored with its screen – both the size and quality. Android really shines once it is freed from the sub-5 inch form factor of most phones. I started using my N7 for almost all my mobile device needs – content consumption/creation, email, SMS (look up Tablet Talk in the Play Store) – the only function it couldn’t perform was calling. I joked to my friends that if the N7 were just a little smaller and I could insert a SIM, I’d use it as my primary mobile device. Each time I had to use my formerly beloved Galaxy Nexus, I was disappointed with the experience – the OS just felt constrained by the smaller form factor.

    So, after one week of being spoiled with the screen size of the Nexus 7, I knew I wanted a phone to match, hence my purchase of the Galaxy Note II.

    Now, on to the obligatory pros and cons:

    PROS
    - Screen Size: If you read my intro, you’d hopefully understood the primary reason for my purchase of this phone. After experiencing Android on the larger screened N7, I couldn’t take the constrained feeling of the OS on my Galaxy Nexus. The Note II solved that problem. The screen size is perfect – 5.5″ really is how a modern mobile, multi-tasking OS should be experienced.

    - Screen Quality: Long story short, it ain’t pentile, which is a good thing. If you’ve researched, you’d know it has a slightly funky RGB set-up, but bottom line: I can’t tell the set-up is any different than a standard RGB screen. You’ll like it – no, you’ll love it. Colors pop, and I cannot see pixels. It is clearly on par with the only screen that I could ever personally compare it to: the gold standard iPhone 4/4s.

    - Multi-Window Multi-Tasking: Awesome. Basically, Samsung allows you to split the Note II’s screen into two windows, so you can have two applications running simultaneously on the screen. For example, you could have a window on top with YouTube open, with the one on the bottom for GMail. I’ve found over the past few days that my use case tends to be: top window, Chrome; bottom window, messaging. This allows me to browse the web while quickly responding to texts. Unfortunately, not all apps support multi-window functionality (I’d love to find an RSS reader that does, and Drive support would be awesome). Facebook and Twitter support multi-windows, as does the aforementioned Chrome and some other apps. As an aside, I was slightly disappointed when I initially received my Note II and discovered it was running older firmware that didn’t support the multi-window functionality seen in videos. Two days later, though, I received an OTA update that enabled it.

    - Touchwiz: I was concerned when I ordered the Note II that I’d quickly tire of Touchwiz, Samsung’s skinned version of Android, particularly after running stock Jelly Bean on both the Nexus 7 and Galaxy Nexus. Surprisingly, I’ve found it actually enjoyable, with numerous tweaks that facilitate better device interaction. Smart Stay stands out – you can enable the device so that the screen stays on if it senses you looking at it (it utilizes the front-facing camera). Toggles in the notification bar are quite helpful – I can quickly turn on/off Bluetooth, Wifi, etc., from the notification shade. I”ve found I’ve started using Blocking Mode as well – by enabling this, I can shut off notifications at night, but allow a restricted group of contacts to override the block and still reach me.

    - Horsepower: The Note II *screams*. It handles multi-window mode like a champ, takes photos quickly, installs apps virtually instantaneously, cycles through homescreens like (Project) butter.

    - S-Pen: the Note II includes a stylus. While not even close to being the primary reason I purchased the device, I’ve found small uses for it. I downloaded Sketchbook Mobile to doodle (albeit poorly, but that’s because of my horrid artistic skills, not because of the efficacy of the stylus), I’ve scribbled a few notes, etc. I’ve actually found it to be quite adept at handwriting entry (the Note II transcribes your handwriting into typewritten format). It’s also incredibly quick to trace out letters on Samsung’s included “Swype”ish keyboard.

    - Battery Life: After reading early accounts of good battery life on some of the online reviews, I was cautiously optimistic that it would be the case with the device, particularly with the 3100 mAh battery. I can tell you it is; in fact, at times the battery life is stellar. I know some folks will give you anecdotal stories about how their phones last three days under medium use, but I have always believed that…

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  • R. Batarseh "Ramzi" says:
    102 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Must buy for busy people, October 9, 2012
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 – factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

    This is one hell of a gadget. It is the best product I currently use. The screen is simply beautiful, speed is excellent, and it feels luxurious with the glowing screen and heavy feel. I use it for all sorts of things and it never fails you. Battery is awesome, for the first few days I practically spent all day using it, testing it, downloading apps …etc. and there’s always at least 20-30% battery left at night after 16+ hours of heavy use. I happily spent 600 Euros to buy it, and that was very good value, in fact the price of this phone should not compare to other smart phones out there, as this is a different product, it truly is a phone and a tablet in one (so the alternative is buying 2 items for double the price). I am not a so-called Apple hater, but the iPhone is a toy next to this one(I used the iPhone 5 for 3 days); even the Galaxy S3 is reduced to a toy next to it. Samsung could easily sell it for additional 30% in price (at least to those who appreciate it). One comment about the size: you buy this phone specifically for its size, I wonder how some reviews mention its size as a disadvantage or a con … how can that be when you bought it BECAUSE of its size not in spite of it? Don’t hesitate about it, buy it IF you need a bigger screen. If the size to you is an obstacle then stick to the smaller ones, as this is not intended to be just another phone, it’s intended to be a personal assistant, tablet, and phone. I recommend it without hesitation, and would like to thank Samsung for making such a beautiful product.

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  • Paniagua Rojas Yeison G "yeip" says:
    132 of 143 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A mighty beast, a great looker and a versatile gadget, October 4, 2012
    By 
    Paniagua Rojas Yeison G “yeip” (San José, Costa Rica) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100 – factory unlocked- 16GB Gray

    With this product, Samsung nailed it. I won’t say it’s perfect, especially because it’s somehow a niche product. However it comes pretty close to perfection. It’s really hard to mention all I’ve been able to see this far, but I can tell this thing keeps impressing me time after time, it’s highly versatile and customizable.

    For starters, it has the same glossy finish than the Galaxy S3. On this model (the grey one) fingerprints become easily noticeable and you can’t help thinking it will scratch easily. But I need to say that hiperglazed glossy finish looks awesome on this oversized phone. And by the size itself, it will impress ebverybody around, whether that’s what you look for or not.

    The screen is amazing. Even with less pixels and a bigger screen than the original Note, the sharpness is much higher. The deep blacks of the Super AMOLED are great for watching media, playing games and drawing. It can be tricky for taking photos (color accuracy is not the best around) or displaying great white areas, which demands more power. The screen is also a tad dimmer that the one on the original Note, but that’s probably beacuse of the revamped built in digitalizer. Viewing angles and sunlight visibility are quite good, as with other AMOLEDs.

    Buttons are on the usual positions and are easy to press. You need to be careful to not press them by accident, but I can tell you one gets used to it pretty fast. The S Pen. This S Pen feels quite better. It’s bigger and more comfortable to hold and much more precise/pressure sensitive. It will allow you to do a whole load of new things. Quick pen gestures are great. You draw a custom figure to trigger one action (toggle wifi or bluetooth, look up something in the web, call/text). Taking memos, partial screenshots, scribbling has all become more enjoyable and accurate.

    Update: The hovering function comes handy in your mail and SMS inbox, allowing you to see more content without even opening the items (you hover the pen and content info pops up). You can also hover over web elements as you should with a mouse (hovering equals a mouseover and taping equals a click) improving the desktop like experience while browsing the web. If you got shaky hands it can be tricky, since you can easily end up touching the screen while hovering.

    The camera is an average 8 mpx shooter with 1080p recording, but the camera interface is now much more enjoyable now though. Battery life has been great til now. In the end those 3100 mA really help despite the gigantic screen. Jellybean and Touchwiz combo is full of new tricks. It has a slight learning curve, but once you get to see all the features (I keep discovering them) there are many exploitable advantages over the majority of mobile OSs/Skins out there. From the news ticker on the lock screen to the way you can look up stuff with Google now or S Voice, the automatic menus that pop out when conecting the earbuds or removing the S Pen from the slot, it’s all quite impressive and potentially useful.

    Call audio quality is crisp enough. The address book has been simplified, the text autocorrection is much more accurate. Reception isn’t the greatest, but that’s more a smartphone issue and quite consistent in Samsung and other brands’ handsets. Reception outages occur inside certain thick walled buildings and is slightly affected by the rain. It’s also true my local carrier doesn’t have the best service out there. The phone itself is easier to hold than the original Note and even with a phone this big, Samsung managed to keep it pretty lighweight. I’d definitely recomend to use a case on it even if it adds some bulk (I bought a generic in the meantime, eagerly waiting for an Otterbox Defender to come out).

    If one handed operation or pocketability are big concerns for you (one handed operation is kinda hard even with medium-big hands like mine, but it’s highly pocketable unless you use small/tight pockets), don’t ditch this phone without giving it a chance. Try it at a local store and you could be surprised of all you can get in exchange for those 2 compromises.

    I’ll be updating this review as soon as I find out more.

    Update: LTE! There are many people commenting about this. Apparently there’s a version of the international Note 2 (not the N7100) that sports LTE, the model number is N7105 and it comes with “LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 2100″ (Sources: GSM Arena, Engadget and XDA forums). If you have a N7100 the LTE radio is simply not there. However this is not guarantee that the N7105 will work with AT&T’s or Tmo’s LTE, it all depends if those frequencies are compilant with those carriers’ respective LTE signals. As LTE network compatibility can be a deal breaker for many people within the US, I suggest you to research very well before buying it. If someone can squeeze any info out of AT&T or Tmo, please comment. To shed more light on this issue, you can Google…

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