I’m a lover of my Gen 1 Note. The bigger screen makes movie watching and game playing awesome and much easier on the eyes. The S-Pen comes in handy when my fat fingers can’t hit the right spot and the screen cap features make Facebook sharing more fun. I have no problems with the bigger size, I find a pocket to slip it in just fine – even with a case.
When Samsung gave me a chance to take the Note 2 out for a test drive, I was obviously more than enthused. Because they sent a CDMA Sprint model over, sadly I wasn’t able to make it my daily driver (Sprint has poor service in my area). I decided to use the Note 2 as a more “fun” device, playing games, watching Netflix, etc. I wanted to see if the device could be more than just a top of the line cell phone, I wanted to have fun with it.
The first thing I did was download Grand Theft Auto III for the Note 2. The extra .2″ in the 5.5″ wasn’t really noticeable, it was pretty much like playing it on my Note. Not to say playing GTA III on a 5″ screen isn’t fun, I don’t see the extra in the screen dimensions. The HD Super AMOLED screen is still bright and beautiful and worth the investment. I played the usual rounds of Star Wars Angry Birds ans Plants vs Zombies – same fun factor.
The next part of my fun test was movie watching. I love kicking back and firing up Netflix to unwind and the Note 2 held up admirably. I sat down and started an earnest powerhouse of Supernatural. It’s an older show so some of it wasn’t filmed in HD, I noticed the show looked pixelated. I don’t think neither Netflix nor a smartphone can make those older recording looks good. Newer HD filmed screening come up gorgeously on the Note 2. Everything looked crisp, sharp and stunning.
The Note 2 comes with a redesigned S-Pen. It’s bigger, sturdier and feels better in my hands. The Note S-Pen is a tiny piece of breakable plastic when compared to the new S-Pen 2. It comes along with with a handy auto sensing feature, the phone senses where the tip of the pen is when hovering over the screen. This feature makes scrolling easier on paper but it’s not so hot in reality. The slightest twitch sends whatever you’re scanning into scrolling overdrive. I’d pretty much recommend the phone just for the new S-Pen though.
Another fun thing about the phone were the Tec Tiles Samsung sent along. Tec Tiles are small, NFC programmable tags. You download the app to your phone and then tell what apps you want it to open when your device comes in contact with it. I put one one my SpiderPodium and had it set to turn my ringer off and open Netflix. Magic geeks! The Tec Tiles can be placed pretty much anywhere to do what you like. You could fix one to your front door and check in to Foursquare or Facebook. You could put one in your kitchen and have it open your favorite recipe website.
I had a grand old time with the Note 2 but I find it hard pressed to recommend upgrading over the Note. If you have any other phone, I would definitely pick it up. I want to thank Samsung for sending over the phone, I’ll be sad to see it go.