Samsung Galaxy Note II (N7100)’s Credentials Evaluated

Quest for a larger display on mobile devices is evidently becoming a factor if the current trend is anything to go by; it was a possibility envisioned by analysts sometimes back and now its survival is inevitable gauging from new entrants such as the Galaxy Note 2 N7100. I’ve been a big fan of android software since its infancy when growth was still in contention but that’s not our point of attraction on the galaxy note ii, the phone is gigantic by comparison with some serious specs underneath. A ‘normal’ smart phone is averaged to have a display panel of about 3.5inches though thirst for an even larger panel has forced manufactures to stretch beyond this size to about 4inches; however, Galaxy Note 2 (N7100)’s display is ridiculously 5.5inches wide. It’s not my intention to dispute the awesomeness associated with bigger screens but that’s only the pro side, you’d not be shocked if prices as well are over stretched in this case to compensate manufacturer costs.

The previous Note had a 5.3inch panel and now it’s time to stretch our pockets further with the galaxy note ii, both devices have a super amoled screen which’s superbly beyond conventional TFT’s in reproduction of deep black colors. The resolution isn’t far from that of netbooks let alone tablets, at 720×1280 pixels which translates to 267ppi (pixels per inch), you’ll definitely enjoy showing your photo gallery to your mates, browsing web pages with minimal scrolling and reading sharper small text than close rivals. I am not an advocate for Samsung’s S Pen Stylus which gave as an impression of the days of yore but it comes in handy, it’s been tactfully integrated into most activities you’d do on a smart phone the old-fashioned way and honestly, it kind-of looks cool. There are a dozen of commands you can initiate on the galaxy note ii n7100 using the S pen thanks to the bespoke software housed within, the Pen lets you create close to magazine style note pages on which you can embed videos, maps or even photos clearly detailing additional information you’d rather let go unnoted.   

Beyond our amusement of Google’s latest Jelly Bean OS which features smoother interface transitions than older versions, Samsung spiced in some useful additions such as a movable window when watching videos, that’s helpful to continue navigating around the interface while still glued to your favorite clip. Galaxy Note 2 N7100 is obviously huge by comparison, we didn’t anticipate this neither did it come as a surprise after having seen the first Galaxy Note.  The front cover is almost entirely occupied by a 5.5inch screen except for the physical button below and Samsung’s typical logo on top while at the back, there’s an 8MP snapper that’s well within its range and an LED flash just in case. For a device with an over-stretched screen, we expected the same scenario to be replicated on the primary camera; we already have smart phones with bigger camera sensors such as Nokia 808 PureView, it makes little sense to bump in grade ‘A’ specs in almost all areas but ignore one most important area that count. You’ll still get great shots with this camera and even record HD quality video clips.
Under the hood is a ferocious 1.6GHz Quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it’s the kind of spec’s any smart phone veteran would die for; however, isn’t it just too big? I’ve had a chance to test devices with lesser specs (a dual core processor and 1GB RAM to be precise) and they did just fine even under strenuous circumstances, I don’t intent to insinuate any contention on performance but my little experience dictates that Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 will do better. Apps will undoubtedly load faster and multitasking will be a breeze. There are three variants 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage which can be extended using a MicroSD card of up to 64GB.
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100 Features/Specifications;
  • Operating System: Android v4.1.1 Jelly Bean (upgradable to v4.1.2)
  • Processor: 1.6GHz Quad-core, GPU: Mali-400MP, Chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad
  • Display: 5.5inch (720x1280p) (267ppi) Super-Amoled Capacitive, 16m colors
  • Camera: Pri: 8.0MP (3264X2448p) Sec: 1.9MP, Video: 1080p, LED flash
  • Storage: Up to 64GB MicroSD card, 16/32/64 GB Internal storage, 2GB RAM
  • Data:42Mbps HDSPA, 5.76Mbps HSUPA, LTE: Cat3 50Mbps UL, 100Mbps DL
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, MicroUSB (MHL), WiFi, Hotspot, DLNA, NFC
  • Sensors: GPS with AGPS, Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass,Gyro
  • Other ft: Stereo FM with RDS, Auto-focus, touch-focus, face and smile detection
Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100Price in Kenya: Kshs.62000



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