Samsung's best value phablet – part smartphone, part tablet, with a great selection of features and excellent battery life.
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|8MP||5.5"||Android Jelly Bean 4.1||1.6GHz quad core Samsung Exynos processor||Up to 16 hours talk time|
For anyone who wants to balance power with precision the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a stylish, super-fast smartphone with an incredible screen. The unique S-pen lets you be completely accurate and use the screen like a piece of paper while the enormous battery will keep you going all day.
The slim body of the Galaxy Note 2 hides a massive 3,100mAh battery that can last up to 890 hours on standby or 16 hours if you're making phone calls. It's powered by a 1.6GHz quad core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for superior power. The screen is an impressive 5.5" HD unit with a 720p resolution, meaning you get a 267 pixels per inch density for great clarity. There's also an 8MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera. The Galaxy Note 2 will take a microSD card up to 64GB if you need it and has 16GB inbuilt memory.
The S Pen stylus has been enhanced from the original Galaxy Note. The updated rubber tip and pressure sensitivity mean it's even more precise. S Pen integration allows you to capture ideas, combine handwriting with any digital content directly on your screen, even sign off your emails on the move. Easy Clip lets you instantly crop the screen, and then you can edit web or digital images straight away with colouring, shading, or your own personal handwriting. Incredibly, the Air View feature allows you to access a quick preview of what's going on in your favourite apps by hovering the S-pen over them.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 makes multitasking simple. The Pop Up feature lets you open certain apps as a floating mini-app while you are busy doing something else. You can conveniently place the new pop ups anywhere on your screen letting you continue note taking, web browsing or video watching no matter what else you're doing. And if you hold the back key you can bring up split-screen so you can have two apps open at the same time – browse the web and check emails simultaneously and then open S Note over the top to become really efficient.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also includes AllShare Play and S Beam which make sharing easy. AllShare Play lets you connect to DLNA compatible devices, such as PCs and TVs, to wirelessly stream content such as HD movies. S Beam is simplicity itself – just tap two S Beam enabled devices together to share content such as photos instantly.
Into on-the-go photography? Burst Shot takes a sequence of photos in rapid succession so you never miss the action, while Buddy Share lets you share photos to loads of friends with one click. There's even a Best Faces feature that chooses the best face of each person in a group photo. What about Smart Stay? This clever feature uses the 1.9MP front facing camera to recognise when you're looking at the screen – keep reading and the screen stays bright, turn away when you're done and the screen dims before turning off!
|Battery size (in mAh)||3,100 mAh||This is the amount of electric charge in the battery of the device, measured in millampere-hours (mAh). In general, the more mAh, the longer your device will last on battery power, although it does depend on usage and the power demands of the device.|
|Operating system||Android Jelly Bean 4.1||The software that runs the phone. Different software has different features and strengths, so it’s best to try out a few to decide which you prefer.|
|Standby time (up to)||550 hours||The maximum length of time the device can remain switched on before the battery needs recharging. Standby time is theoretical and based on lab conditions.|
|Talk time (up to)||16 hours||The maximum length of time you can make a phone call using the device (under ideal conditions) before the battery needs recharging.|
|Device size||151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm||
The dimensions (size) in millimetres of the device.
|Device weight||179.4g||The weight of the device in grams.|
|Screen size||5.5"||The size of the main display screen of your device, in inches. The larger the screen, the better it is for movies and web browsing, but it can be more difficult to use.|
|Screen resolution||720 x 1280 pixels||The resolution of the screen is the amount of pixels used along the length and width of the screen. Along with ppi, it is a good measure of screen detail – the higher the resolution, the more detail there is in the screen.|
|Screen sharpness||386ppi||The ppi (pixels per inch) is a measurement that takes into account the size of the screen and the resolution to give a sharpness rating. It can be compared across devices – the higher the ppi, the sharper the screen is, making it better for high resolution content and reading.|
|Screen technology||LCD||The type of technology that the display uses. Normally this is either LCD or AMOLED, but there are many variations, and each has its advantages. It is best to look at screens in the flesh to see which types you prefer most.|
|Sim type||Micro||The type of SIM that is used in the device. This is important as devices only take one type of SIM. If you don’t have the right SIM, it is easy to transfer your number to the correct type.|
|Touchscreen||Touchscreens allow you to control the device by tapping and swiping, navigate menus, access apps and interact with your content.|
|Frequency band||Quad band||The number of bands your phone works across. Dual bands will normally only work in your home country and continent, quad bands will work in the Americas.|
|Speakerphone||If this mobile phone has a built-in speaker, you can use it to have hands free conversations or share music with friends. (Dependent on your handset's features).|
|Works in USA||Often known as 'tri-band', this device can connect to mobile networks in Europe and the USA. You'll also need to make sure your UK network offers service in the place you're visiting.|
|Voice dialling||Begin calls to your friends without typing numbers - just say their name!|
|Voice recognition||Technology that enables your device to be activated and controlled by your voice. The latest devices let you control many features - check the weather, start the camera, make a note – whatever you need.|
|Camera quality||8MP||The amount of megapixels (MP) of the device’s camera. This is a measure of detail, so, as a general rule, the higher the megapixel count, the more detailed photos you’ll get.|
|Flash type||LED||The type of flash that is used by the device for taking photos in low light.|
|Front facing camera||1.9MP||Capture self portraits to use as your profile pics or share with friends. If your device supports video chats you can also use the front facing camera as a handy web cam, for face-to-face calls. Generally, the more megapixels (MP), the better the quality of the images you’ll get.|
|Video camera quality||1080p full HD||The resolution and quality of the video footage that the device’s camera shoots. Generally, the higher the quality figure is, the more detailed the video footage is.|
|3G||3G is a wireless technology that transfers data between mobile devices. If you connect to the internet via 3G then you'll enjoy fast browsing and downloading speeds. Costs vary between networks.|
With 4G, internet speeds are five times faster than with the older 3G connection. It’s perfect for streaming videos and music, and means web pages load instantly. You won’t be getting the most out of your new phone without a 4G tariff.
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets your device send and receive media like pictures and songs, as well as connect to accessories like Bluetooth headsets for hands free calling.|
|Internet data connection||The device can connect to the internet without having to first connect to a Wi-Fi connection. The internet data connection covers all data types that are slower than 3G and 4G – check other features to check if this device can connect to the internet at faster speeds.|
|Mobile hotspot and tethering||This allows you to share the internet data connection of your device with other devices, allowing laptops and tablets, among other devices, to access the internet when they would otherwise need to find a Wi-Fi connection.|
|Other connectivity||DLNA||The other connectivity technologies that the device supports, allowing it to share to or control other devices.|
|Positioning||A-GPS||The technologies that the device can access to update its location and tell apps, like Google Maps or Bing Maps, where the phone is, allowing for accurate navigation.|
|Wi-Fi||If your device is compatible with Wi-Fi then you can access the internet via wireless networks, and enjoy broadband-like browsing speeds. Signal strength varies, and you might need a network key.|
|Apps||Discover a world of possibilities with downloadable applications on your device.|
|Music player||A music player lets you play music on the device that is stored in the device’s built-in memory.|
|Radio||A built in app that lets you listen to radio stations on your phone.|
|Number of cores||Quad core||The number of cores in the processor. Each core is the equivalent of a standalone processor.. Some processors have dual or quad cores, and may be better for certain tasks. Generally, the more cores a processor has, the more powerful it is.|
|Memory card type||MicroSD up to 64GB||Different devices use different types of memory expansion card, so it’s important you use the correct type. The cards slot into the device and let you boost the amount of memory that is available for music, photos and videos.|
|Internal phone memory||16 GB||The amount of memory built into your device for movies, music and other files.|
|Processor name and model||1.6GHz quad core Samsung Exynos processor||The full name of the processor that powers the device. If you have a specific need, check the strong points of your device's processor.|
|Processor speed||1.6GHz||The speed of the processor. Generally, the faster the processor speed the more powerful the processor and the faster it process information, making it better for games and complex tasks.|
|RAM||2GB||RAM is the memory used for running programs. Generally, the more RAM, the smoother everything will run, and the more complex apps you can run.|
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