Samsung's Galaxy Note II gets smarter: hands-on

Samsung's Galaxy Note II gets smarter: hands-on

Summary: The Korean manufacturer's 'phablet' now comes with Jelly Bean, beefed-up internals and a more functional stylus.

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  • One of Samsung's biggest announcements at IFA on Wednesday was the Galaxy Note II, a successor to the mid-sized device released one year ago at the same show.

    The new Note comes with a quad-core processor and Android Jelly Bean, making it as up-to-date as could be hoped for.

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  • A lot of the innovation in the Galaxy Note II comes in the functionality attached to the improved S Pen stylus.

    The stylus can now make specially-recognised gestures on the screen, while hovering over certain types of content with the S Pen can bring up previews.

    Samsung has added other tricks too, such as bringing up a notepad just by withdrawing the stylus from the body during a phonecall.

    Image credit: David Meyer

  • When the original, 5.3-inch-screened Note came out, it drew a bit of mockery for being small for a tablet and big for a phone.

    The new version has a 5.5-inch screen. But somehow, with many new Android smartphones such as the Galaxy S III being on the large side themselves, it no longer seems as outsized.

    Image credit: David Meyer

Topics: Samsung, Android, Smartphones, Tablets

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • Hardware buttons at the bottom of the screen?

    I want on-screen buttons in place of hardware/capacitive buttons like in the Galaxy Nexus. :) Maybe a "Galaxy Nexus Note II." I'd take that rather than the Galaxy Note II. :)
    Grayson Peddie
  • Proof that the other guy was wrong

    It seems Samsung did not go "All in with WP 8" after all.
    Troll Hunter J
  • But its a copy of iphone 7s

    ...
    linuxforhumanbeing