Galaxy Note II

For some, big is truly beautiful. This is a unique phone because its 5.5” screen it is almost as big as a tablet. It felt a little awkward the first time I used it for a call. Yet, I quickly became used to it and I grew to love many of it’s unique features.

A large screen makes everything is easier to see. Videos look fantastic and since more of the screen is visible, you don’t have to scroll as much as you would on with a smaller screen-phone. It is also easier to multi-task. You can easily see two different programs running at the same time. The Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system provides the latest and the greatest Android features, and Samsung has done a great job in optimizing it to take advantage of the unique features of the phone.

The Note II has a built-in stylus that can be used to take notes and draw pictures. There are also many useful built-in apps that make great use of the stylus. Even email has hand-writing integration.

The Note II also has an excellent camera with some unique features like the ability to take five images in rapid succession, and choose the best. You can also manipulate aspects of the image to create one “best” photo – all right in the phone.

In fact, this phone has so many unique features that I can’t even begin to list them here. The only drawbacks were that the speakers were a little tinny when playing music, the build is not as sturdy as some of the others, and S-Voice is simply not as good as Apple’s Siri.

The Note II won’t fit in the pocket of your skinny jeans, but it has a lot going for it. If you like the big screen and want a featured-filled phone, this one is for you.

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