Samsung Galaxy Note II: Hands-On With the Business-Ready Device

 
 
By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-09-11
 
 
 

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The Galaxy Note II features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) display with a 16:9 screen ratio and a resolution of 1,280 by 720. It runs a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and will ship with Google's latest version of Android, known as Jelly Bean.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note II Dimensions

The Note II measures 80.5 by 151 by 9.4mm and weighs 6.3 ounces. The original Note, which features a 5.3-inch display, measures 83 by 147 by 9.65mm. The devices weigh the same, though the newer Note has a battery that, at 3100mAh, is 25 percent larger.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Dimensions

Samsung Galaxy Note II Camera

Like the original, the Note II has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9MP version up-front. It will come in Titanium Gray or Marble White.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Camera

Samsung Galaxy Note II S Pen

With the Note II, Samsung has improved the S Pen: It's now thicker and longer and the tip has a resistance that makes it more like writing with a pen. Samsung has also integrated AirView into its apps, a technology that responds to the S Pen hovering over the display and offers the user more visual information without disturbing the current screen. The display is sensitive to the S Pen from nearly 0.5 inches away.

Samsung Galaxy Note II S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note II Tutorials

Samsung has created on-the-fly tutorials for its latest products—graphics that pop up to make sure users are aware of shortcuts or that certain features even exist. 

Samsung Galaxy Note II Tutorials

Samsung Galaxy Note II Photos

The way the Galaxy Note II handles photos is different from its predecessor. Among its new features are the ability to snap several photos of a group and put the most ideal face on each person present (no more closed eyes). And, should the grid view feel passe, there's now the option of viewing photos in a spiral.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Photos

Samsung Galaxy Note II Display

Samsung says the Note II's display features the very latest version of Super AMOLED display technology, and indeed it's striking smooth, crisp and vivid.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Display

Samsung Galaxy Note II for Business

The Note II is a Samsung Approved for the Enterprise (SAFE) device, making it ideal for bring your own device (BYOD) work environments. Its security features include compatibility with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync IT Policy Control, mobile-device-management solutions, virtual private network connectivity and on-device encryption. Samsung has found the most enthusiastic audiences for the device to be men aged 45 and older, who use it for work, and women in their mid-20s, who use it for more creative endeavors.

Samsung Galaxy Note II for Business

Samsung Galaxy Note II Albums

Photo albums also benefit from the sensitivity of the S Pen. By hovering the Pen over an album, a user gets a quick look at what's inside.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Albums

Samsung Galaxy Note II Accessories

Like the Note and the Galaxy S III, seen here, the Note II will be offered with a number of accessories, including a cover like this one. While the original intention of the cover was to protect the display, Samsung has found that—particularly given the size of the display—users like the privacy that the cover offers.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Accessories

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