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It’s just so big! Galaxy Note II Review

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The title says it all, and it’s all everyone said when I showed them this behemoth of a phone.  It’s also what I thought when I pulled it out of the box.  But after a couple days, I was in love!  Let’s get started.

This thing is a beauty.  The screen is amazing!  Vibrant colors smooth interface with Jelly Bean 4.1 – just amazing.  At first I didn’t think I would like the stylus pen (S-Pen)  that came with the phone.  That thinking lasted about 4 hours.  Soon I was using the pen for everything!  Especially the game Draw Something – it almost felt like cheating.

 I also fell in love with the photo editing abilities of this phone.  There’s really just so much you can do with that S-Pen. It was great for taking notes during some meetings as well! 

So how about the camera?  I was really pleased here – I take a lot of photos and it didn’t disappoint me.  Just like the Galaxy S III, it has some great filters you can apply right there in camera app. Pictures were clear even in low light. 

Now with a 5.5” screen I expected the battery life to go quick – and I use my phone a lot – work email, personal email, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, games, YouTube, you get the idea right? I’m always near a charger, but with the Note II, I didn’t feel like I needed to be.  This thing has a huge battery and it works the way you need it to – it lasts.  I got home after the first full day of using this bad boy and still had 24% battery left.  So just to see what would happen – I didn’t charge it overnight – woke up the next morning – 8% battery left!  You don’t have to worry about the battery.

Oh and about that 5.5” size – if you’re worried about it – there are settings in the phone that make it easier to use one-handed.  You can move the keypads to either side to make the buttons reachable! Great thinking Samsung!

As for it as a phone – it works.  It was on AT&T and their network doesn’t give me any problems.  Calls are clean, crisp and I didn’t drop them.  A friend even told me I sounded better than on my Verizon phone.  The HPSA+ speeds here in Hampton Roads are solid.  Sometimes I got better than my LTE 4G.

There are a lot of great things about this phone – but let’s talk about something  I didn’t like.  While I may have loved using the S-Pen – I HATED that it didn’t work on the ‘Back’ button at the bottom.  I kept trying to use the pen to go back and would realize I have to actually touch it to back out.  Kind of frustrating, but after a while I learned to deal with it. 

I love phones – I have a lot of them.  I get to play with a lot more.  But each time I check out something and go back and pick up my own phone, I’m not disappointed.  After setting down the Note II and picking mine up – I had that moment when I was sad.  I really liked using the Note II and if I was ready to buy a phone right now, I’d have a hard time not buying it. 

Are you going to get one?  Do you already have one?  Let me know!  Leave me a comment below or tweet me!  @Doctor_Droid

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