After months of speculation, Samsung announced their brand new Galaxy Note 2 to the eyes and ears of the IFA conference in Berlin. What’s new with the latest device and how does the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 compare to the Samsung Galaxy S3?
Galaxy Note 2 Design
Looking at the outer shell, it’s clear that the Galaxy Note 2 takes a leaf out of the “Inspired by Nature” Galaxy S3 design. With curved edges and available in Marble White or Titanium Grey, it’s great to see that Samsung continue to push their fresh design in future models.
Bigger, Faster, Better
Just as we predicted with our Galaxy Note 2 rumours blog, the latest Note release delivers some of Samsung’s best hardware yet! The 5.5 inch display is their biggest smartphone release ever; 0.2 inches larger than the original Galaxy Note and 0.7 larger than the Samsung Galaxy S3. Protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one tough cookie that can resist screen cracks and scratches.
The 1.6 GHz Quad Core processor comfortably outsprints best-selling handsets such as the Galaxy S3 and HTC One X. However with the future wave of Snapdragon processors just around the corner, Sony have already unveiled a 1.7GHz Xperia SL. With plenty more new Snapdragon smartphones around the corner, Samsung have announced the Galaxy Note 2 in time to challenge the opposition.
Rather than just being a faster, supersized version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Note series differentiates itself through the inclusion of a stylus. Known as the S Pen, Samsung’s stylus enhances your experience on the Galaxy Note 2. As a popular feature with the original Galaxy Note, the S Pen lets the user annotate and crop images with ease. Making doodles a doddle, the S Pen has evolved to bring even more great features to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
When you’re on the phone to a friend and you pull out the S Pen, a memo application (S Memo) will automatically load to help you jot notes during your phone call. We believe this has great practicality and saves you rummaging around for that pen and paper.
The S Pen doesn’t even need to be touching the display. With Air View you can hover over an item without clicking it. This can be useful to reveal more information about a phone contact, or viewing thumbnails of your playing video, without leaving the current scene.
Expect to see many more S Pen enhancements over the forthcoming months as the technology is opened up to 3rd party developers for use within Android applications.
Android Jelly Bean OS on the Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release tastes even sweeter thanks to Android’s latest operating system, Jelly Bean 4.1, fresh out of the box. Not even the Samsung Galaxy S3 has access to this yet, though we reckon it won’t be long before Samsung roll out Jelly Bean to their flagship phones for 2012.
What’s so good about Jelly Bean? With smoother loading and more responsive touch screen action, Jelly Bean creates your fastest Android experience ever! The inclusion of Google Now gives you the answers to relevant questions when you need them most, e.g. traffic info when you set off for work. Why not check out our guide to Android Jelly Bean OS features?
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 release date
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will launch across the UK on the 2nd October. Now accepting pre-orders, check out e2save for the best Samsung Galaxy Note 2 deals.