Samsung Galaxy Note II

You know the New samsung Universe Observe was one of our top choices last season, right? Well, the New samsung Universe Observe II, a 5.5″ smart phone or phablet is even better. It has a bigger show, a much quicker CPU than our US first gen Observe, a better electronic camera and more S Pen features. The Observe II is available on all significant US providers, with a $299 cost tag with agreement ($369 on T-Mobile). The query is: though the Observe II is certainly much enhanced, does it have what it takes to contest with other huge Android operating system mobile mobile phones that have walked up their game since the exclusive Observe shipped?


Specs at a Glance

The Dash, AT&T and Verizon wi-fi editions have LTE 4G along with 3G, while the T-Mobile design has 3G HSPA+ (which T-Mo contacting 4G and is reasonably fast). A very quick New samsung Exynos 1.6GHz quad primary processer abilities the cellphone with 2 jobs of RAM. Other offerings include NFC, double group WiFi, Wireless bluetooth 4.0, a front 1.9MP electronic camera and back 8MP electronic camera with BSI indicator and quick lens (same as the outstanding Universe S III camera). The cellphone has 16 jobs of inner storage space and there’s a microSD cards slot as well. And yes, the tremendous 3100 mAh Lithium Ion Plastic battery power is removable: go Samsung!


Design and Ergonomics

In this evaluation, we look at the Dash, T-Mobile and Verizon wi-fi editions, though all Observe II versions have similar components (other than mobile receivers and logos) and carrier-added applications. The Observe II is available in white or titanium, and in either situation it’s completed in Samsung’s dearest incredibly shiny plastic materials. The cellphone is a little bit higher and ever so a little bit smaller than the first gen Observe, so it’s no more difficult to hold in one side. That said, this is a very huge cellphone, though not as ungainly as the 4:3 element rate LG Instinct on Verizon wi-fi. It creates the New samsung Universe S III look petite and the iPhone 5 seems like a mini-phone.

This is a slick cellphone, and regardless of shade you get the same ultra-glossy nasty that wants to slide through your fingertips or glide off irregular areas. It’s a bit frustrating, and including a situation to enhance hold creates the cellphone even bigger and bulkier. We really like the cellphone, but we’ll keep harping on Samsung’s shiny completes that shout nasty until they enhance.


The cellphone has two capacitive control buttons for Selection and Returning, and a components key for House (the Verizon wi-fi edition has a undesirable Verizon wi-fi Logo applied on the House button). The small USB slot is on the end, and as per regular for New samsung the power key is on the higher right part while the quantity musician is on the left. The microSD cards slot is under the back cover (no need to eliminate battery power to exchange a card) and the small SIM cards is under there as well.


Big Display Experience

The Universe Observe II has a 1280 x 720 show (down a bit from the first Note’s 1280 x 800 display) but it’s even bigger at 5.5″. You’re basically obtaining the similar high quality as the Universe S III and other great end Android operating system mobile phones, but everything on-screen is expanded to complete the bigger show. That means bigger web page written text that’s understandable without cruising, and films that are immersive on the huge show. At 264 ppi pixel solidity is decreased from the 306 ppi GS III, but the Extremely AMOLED HD show still looks distinct. New samsung has enhanced the show to an irregular RGB red stripe (bye-bye Pentile Matrix, although this is however not much far from Pentile’s irregular sub-pixel shade stripe). Though the pixel solidity isn’t extremely great, video clips and pictures look charming, even if written text isn’t as blade distinct as on greater PPI mobile phones and pills. Those of you who study a lot of guides would probably still choose greater solidity shows to the Observe II’s if you have outstanding sight. If you don’t and thus benefit bigger written text styles, you’ll probably like the Observe II better. Color fringing isn’t an issue. Shades are very soaked in comparison to IPS shows, but many people enjoy a lot of shade vividness along with the great comparison and strong shades of black of Samsung’s Extremely AMOLED HD shows.


Samsung creates use of the hd and S-Pen with customized application, similar to that found on the Observe 10.1 product. There’s S-Note for note-taking, finish with technique and hand producing identification. And there’s a side-by-side app perspective for choose applications like the web web browser, e-mail, S-Note and movie gamer so you can see and use two applications at once. In fact, the screen cunt is flexible so you can have the web web browser complete 2/3 of the screen and S-Note the staying 1/3. It’s a amazing use of the big show, though it still creates most feeling with 10″ tablets. As of this publishing, the T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon wi-fi designs have the side-by-side app function, and AT&T should offer it as an OTA upgrade soon. Finally, Samsung’s fancy sailing movie gamer is on panel, so you can perform video clips clip in a resizable, transparency-adjustable screen on top of any app or the desltop.


Since many other Android operating system mobile mobile phones are encroaching on the Observe II’s hd act, the application and S-Pen are important items that set the Observe II apart from the competitors. But what if you don’t find divided screen perspective attractive or perhaps you don’t have a need for the electronic pen, there’s the 4.8″ New samsung Universe S III, 4.7″ HTC One X and One X+ and the hd LG Optimus G. Is there a place for the Universe Observe II? For those who really like a hd for bigger written text and for viewing video clips, the response is certainly yes. But for many people, the more wallet and side helpful 4.5″ to 4.8″ mobile mobile phones operating at the same high quality will do the key for less money and wallet property. The Observe II, compared with the first Observe, is no longer the finest high quality smart phone, and other mobile mobile phones have encroached on the exclusive Note’s monitor dimension. Who’s the current high quality leader? The HTC Android DNA on Verizon wi-fi with a 5″, 1920 x 1080 Extremely LCD3 show.

Call Quality and Data

As mentioned, the Dash, AT&T and Verizon wi-fi editions have 4G LTE, while the T-Mobile edition (coincidentally the nearest to the worldwide version) has HSPA+, which is officially a very quick taste of 3G, though both T-Mobile and AT&T contact it 4G as well. Why doesn’t T-Mobile’s Observe II have LTE? Because that service provider currently does not have an LTE system. The LTE editions offered the predicted publish and obtain rates of rate in comparison to other mobile mobile phones on their specific systems. T-Mobile’s edition did as well as their other HSPA+ devices, which is quite outstanding in the Facilities place, and sometimes as quick as LTE. Sprint’s LTE system is in its beginnings, but we’re among the first marketplaces here in Facilities, and we saw obtain rates of rate of 9 Megabyte per second and publish rates of rate of 3 Megabyte per second on regular. AT&T has the quickest information system in our place, and we averaged 19 Megabyte per second down and 6.8 Megabyte per second up. Verizon wi-fi responded to with 12.6 Megabyte per second down and 5.1 Megabyte per second up. All four versions have the mobile hot spot function, so you can use the cellphone as a high-speed wi-fi device for your product or laptop (depending on your information plan). Websites fill very quickly and Search engines Play Store downloading are quick.


Voice high quality on all four versions is very outstanding for both inbound and confident speech. Calls audio clear and our contact individuals and we could easily understand each other. The cellphone performed perfectly with our vehicle’s built-in Wireless bluetooth and a wide range of Samsung, New samsung and Jawbone Wireless bluetooth headphones. Given the cell phone’s dimension, it’s likely you’ll want to use a Wireless ear phones.

Horsepower and Performance

The smart phone operates on Samsung’s highly effective 1.6GHz quad primary Exynos CPU with MALI 400 design. It consumes up standards, it fun at 3D assessments. The Observe II obtained 6,001 on Quadrant, which is quicker than older Tegra 3 designs and it only drops a little bit behind Qualcomm’s S4 Pro quad primary CPU and more than a little bit behind the more recent Tegra 3 in the HTC One X+. On GLBenchmark 2.5 it surpasses everything except the HTC Android DNA. This Android operating system smart phone won’t feel slowly a season into your agreement.



Like the Universe S III, the Observe II has an similar 8 mega-pixel electronic camera that can capture 1080p movie. We still mentioned some visibility problems in shiny outside photos where the electronic camera delivered obscure pictures, but the new HDR function helps significantly with that. Devoted picture handling snacks are the next big thing in great end mobile phones (the HTC One X has one too), and that allows for extremely quick taken times. Again, like the Universe S III, HTC One X and HTC One S, you can capture pictures while at the same time documenting movie but there’s no slowly movement option like that of the One X and One X+. There are a lot of results to perform with: visibility, macro method, face identification, grin identification and surroundings. This is a very capable electronic camera.


Video high quality is outstanding at 1080p and 30fps: movie is distinct and multi-colored with sleek movement and little in the way of blockiness. The ongoing auto-focus sometimes tracks when several topics are in movement at once, but overall it’s great things.


As with the first creation New samsung Universe Observe, if you don’t mind a very huge cellphone and your use tends more toward web, e-mail and movie rather than contacting, the New samsung Universe Observe II is a exclusive cross-over cellphone that works both as a small product and a cellphone. It’s not very portable, nor is it easy to use with one side, but nothing surpasses the hd encounter when viewing video clips or browsing the web without panning and cruising. Our dream? The Observe II with the screen high company’s HTC One X+ and the iPhone 5!


Price: $299 on most providers with agreement (higher on T-Mobile)


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