My Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is right here, it arrived to Kuwait yesterday and I went on a mission to find it since it was sold out in the first minutes of launching from several dealers. I got it for KD205, and first thing I did is shoot unboxing video (below), I always enjoy the feeling of brand new devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 felt lighter and kinda smaller than the previous one, after fixing the battery and sim card (no nano or micro is needed) I started experiencing with the new features and options. First thing I loved was the sharp 5.55-inch HD display, thanks to the Super AMOLED technology and the 1,280×720 pixels resolution.
Navigating through the menu was relatively simply and getting to know many of the phone’s features didn’t need to read the manual. The phone was also fast since it has 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM, the next thing was the camera and guess what? It rocks, 8 MP with resolution up to 3264 x 2448 pixels produced nice images, also there were set of filters and settings to improve the quality of images, and the panorama option was cool (below)
The 1080p HD video recording was nice either, I like that I can zoom in and out while recording videos, and there was anti-shake option which is quiet helpful. Another great feature was the multi-tasking, I could do several things simultaneously, like sending an email or chatting while a video is playing for instance.
The GPS Navigation provides turn-by-turn road directions and there was this cool feature that shows real-time traffic in Kuwait streets (see below). It’s supports LTE 4G but I’ll double check on this, I was playing in the settings and I noticed there was NFC and Wi-Fi hot spot options available.
Like I said there are numerous features and options on this phone, but I noticed some shortcomings as well;
The hottest feature on Samsung Galaxy Note 2; the split screen (Multi-window) that allows you to have to separate windows for even better multi-tasking didn’t work for me, they say some of the shipped phones had the older software which doesn’t have this feature (sadly mine is one of them), Touch screen is slighly un-responsive somtimes (no big deal), flipping screen from vertical to horizontal gets slow sometimes, also there was no support for flash on the browser (I thought that was issue with just Apple phones?) also some may find Samsung Galaxy Note 2 big in size compared to other compact smart phones but with me this is non-issue since I love bigger screens so this phone/tablet or phablet is just right for me.
Verdict: I find Samsung Galaxy Note 2 great smart-phone/tablet mix, the price is reasonable and the options are great. It’s currently available in Babtain stores and Eureka for KD205