The Samsung Galaxy Note II on AT&T is a great in-between device between tablet and phone. If you are thinking of getting a tablet and need a new phone, this may be the device for you. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is available at AT&T stores and online for $299.99 with a two-year contract.
With a large, 5.5 inch screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note II provides a very bright and crisp experience for watching movies either through online services such as Netflix or files stored on a microSD card. While watching video clips in the gallery, you can choose how much of the screen the video takes up. The device does a great job of stretching the picture to provide an optimal viewing experience.
To power the Galaxy Note II, Samsung chose to include a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 Samsung Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM. This equates to a very fast phone running Android 4.1, Jelly Bean. Even with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface layered on top, there is no noticeable lag for basic functionality and most games.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II offers a very good user experience for reading and composing email as well. With a larger screen, the keyboard is an asset to device. It is much easier to type out messages compared to smaller phones. However, larger tablets still have the advantage for longer emails or stories. One of the nice features of the keyboard is the row of numbers for the standard keyboard.
The 8-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy Note II takes good pictures and videos at 1080p which play smoothly at 29 frames per second. The auto focus enables a picture with much less blur. However, it can take a few moments to focus if your hand is not as steady the device thinks it should be. If the lag is a little too long, you can use one of several burst models, including holding down the camera button to save images set to a fine quality. You can then go through the gallery and keep the best ones.
Lastly, from a call quality standpoint, the AT&T phone held the signal quite well from one side of Nashville to the next. The person called sounded clear through most of the journey. However, there were points were the quality of the Samsung Galaxy Note II seemed a bit hollow. While it was only during small parts of the call through the handset itself, the quality was more consistent through a Bose MIE2i headset.
Speaking of headset, given the size of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, you would be well served with a wired or Bluetooth headset. This will allow you to keep the device in a jacket pocket, your briefcase, backpack, or purse. This is slightly easier than trying to fit the larger phone in your pants pocket.
If you can afford only one device this year between a tablet and a phone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is a device you should greatly consider. The device offers basic and advanced users a good experience with opportunities to customize your experience as you use it. Stop by your local AT&T store to check out the device yourself.