Samsung Galaxy Note II Review (Video)


  • ConTroller

    This is S3?

    • l forgot my meds

      No retina. No good.
      Get a real phone. Get a iPhone.

    • Rio

      Nope it is innovation at it’s best!

      Instead of stretching only vertically like the iPhone Samsung did something new and stretched the S3 BOTH ways!!!!

    • phreezerburn

      No amount of trolling will make that “just bought the Brooklyn Bridge” feeling go away iFans. You’ll just have to live with your decision for the next 2 years. Oh and enjoy the chunky plastic adapters for your peripherals if you haven’t already gotten sucked into buying new kit with thunderbolt sockets.

    • Rio

      Better chucky plastic adapter than cheap plastic chunky phone

    • phreezerburn

      I’ll take Leggo over recycled beer cans any day.

  • Nathaniel James


    • phreezerburn

      Sure they can… expect playing catch-up to kick out an iPhone 5.1 out next spring. They can pick one up with the new-new iPad while they vainly try to convince someone to take that barely used iPhone 5 off of their hands.

  • nelly

    Very nice review. I wonder how well it scores being on wind or mobilicity

    • MattyMattMatt

      Divide the network speed by 100.

    • Droid Distortion Field

      Daniel always puts out great reviews when he actually rates Android smartphones well.

      For some reason when he writes positive things about Apple products such as the iPad mini, he somehow becomes a crappy writer, as well as an Apple shill and fanboy.

  • Gusto

    nananana hey hey hey

    goodbyeeee appleeee

  • zzZZzz

    Impressive battery!

  • TKG26


  • MysticD

    I want this phone bad lol

  • no.brainer

    I have an Iphone… and I am switching to android… my question is should I go for the Note 2 or wait for the Nexus 4!?!

    • EvanK

      I’m going Nexus 4. Don’t get me wrong, the Note 2 looks awesome, but you just can’t compete with the Nexus’ line of almost immediate updates, no carrier bloatware, branding or contracts, and the skinless beauty of Android 4.2. I love the Note 2’s screen size and performance is top notch, but after seeing what nightmares carrier updates can be and not wanting to shell out $700 for a phone, the Nexus 4 would be a better choice for me.

      No LTE is a little dissapointing, but the new entrants don’t even have it, it keeps the cost down, and if Google were to release an LTE version chances are it would be North America only, which would fragment the lineup.

    • monsterduc1000

      @no.brainer: If you are a bit techy and absolutely need lte, grab the Note II and root it (if you are not afraid of voiding your warranty. I’ve had no issues over the two androids I have/had) and you will get all the updates as soon as they are released via the incredible custom rom community.

      If you are not techy and want the fastest updates, no contract and a great price with the most advanced phone in Canada (other than lte) that will be released very soon, grab a Nexus 4.

      But all in all, Samsung is probably the best (now) for getting updates to their phones.

  • Is this Bb10?

    I want a Nexus 4 review!

  • lool


  • Parker

    Some features look like a bunch of apple features, but holy crap did samsung do it better.

  • maestro

    I got this phone on Saturday at bell. It is amazing. Don’t hesitate to it. All the great reviews of this device are true and then some.

  • Trev

    Great review. Note phones are way to big for me though.

  • Razesze

    What about the colour options? Ruby red, pepble blue and titanium gray?

  • Mike

    Got mine from Telus. Loving it. Loving the LTE so far. This thing is insanely fast. I didn’t think it would be that fast… This thing really surpassed my expectations.

    • phreezerburn

      2 negatives for your opinion of YOUR phone… ah the iFanboys can be counted on for something at least if not tech savvy banter.

  • Joe

    good on Samsung for using a lower res display but getting rid of Pentile. Specs aren’t everything.

  • EvanK

    Am I the only one starting to get pissed off about these Note 2 ads with LeBron James before EVERY Youtube video? 😕


      LOL.. He’s one of the few that can use this phone with one hand and pocket it in his suit.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Can u please do a video comparison of S3 vs Note 2 vs nexus 4 vs iPhone 5, as I wanna see which one comes ahead in performance. Also do u know when will Samsung release an update to enable Single Screen Multitasking in Canadian Note 2s! Thanks and a true Mobile Syrup fan and frequent visiter.

  • Mr. Cgy

    For those who have it…compare the screen to the HTC One X?
    This and Nexus 4….tough call.

    • Geo

      I had the HTC OneX and now the SGNOTE2 …and screen is brighter on SGNOTE2 .
      not forgeting its faster i was so surprised.
      the call quality gr8
      the volum nothing to say juste so good

      no regret for the swich from HTC OneX

  • Kenny

    Now if only Rogers and Samsung step up their inventory and shipping, us Plebes can finally get our hands on it.

  • Brendan

    Great review! Can’t believe how fast LTE is. Glad to hear about the battery life as well, as I’ll be spending lots of time on the GO train with this puppy.

  • AWSGuy

    Got mine from Telus as well. I used to be a Nexus user (Nexus One). I dont think I will be rooting this phone anytime soon – the Telus version has NO BLOAT!! (Not even MyTelus app!). The phone looks gorgeous and is insanely fast!

    • Brendan

      What kind of speeds are you getting on LTE with Telus?

    • AWSGuy

      Really, really fantastic LTE speeds. At times, I get up to 0.85 Mbps but usually aroung 0.64-0.75 Mbps.
      Samsung has outdone themselves this time.

    • Brendan

      Daniel got almost 50mbps in the review. Less than 1mbps seems pretty bad by comparison. Or did you mean megabytes per second? Even then, 50mbps = 6.1MB/s…

  • Mr. X

    Switched from the Galaxy nexus to the s3, now going for the note ii…. When ever there’s stock of it lol

  • Nishant

    I am getting Nexus 4.

  • bembol

    Worst launch ever.

    Hopefully I’ll have it by Wednesday.

  • Ron Mexico

    Wednesday? I preordered at Best Buy if I don’t have it tomorrow they are going to like me very much at the store tomorrow I’ll tell you that.

    • Ron Mexico

      EDIT: they are NOT going to like me much 🙂

    • MattyMattMatt

      As much as I dislike BestBuy, you cannot blame them for a hurricane.

  • coco

    only reason that i choose nexus 4 over the note II is i am lack of cash

  • nate44

    So, one question left:

    Is getting Note 2 from Wind still beter than most carrier?

  • screamer

    I think it is to big for me! I’m happy with my S3! Screen power and performance just awesome!

  • outburst

    I can’t believe I don’t yet have this. Pre-ordered with a slap-down of money three weeks ago and Best Buy still doesn’t have it in stock for Bell, though it has stock for the other two carriers.
    Argh, maybe this is a sign that I should hold out for another product that could relase in the next 3-4 months and blow this out of the water.


      Rogers still does not have it. Telus had it at Dufferin Mall’s Best Buy Mobile on Sunday, November 4rth.

  • hmmmm

    “One of the best Android phones available”, Shouldn’t it be the best one, period?
    And you say your hands are regular-sized but the Note 2 doesn’t even look that big in your hand. The GS3 looks way too small actually…or is this an optical illusion due to a bad camera?
    Also can we write emails om Gmail with the S Pen or only copy to notes?

  • Mike

    This phone is dope… you may look a bit uncool holding a massive phone to your ear, but seriously, who makes phone calls anymore… soo 2008…

  • ActivesiN

    Very impressive device, I’m going to be going for the nexus 4 but this phone is also a great option

  • Yeas

    Why is the size even a point of review? People have the choice to buy a phone if they like the size or not. Debating the size is sort of irrelevant. Who cares if it doesn’t fit into some pockets? 50% of cell phone owners are women, of which a fair majority carry their cellphones in their purses anyway.

    If there wasn’t a market for it, it wouldn’t sell … and the Note sells awesome. If I hadn’t gotten a S3 I would be all over this.

  • Simian

    Great video! I’d probably consider a Note2 if it wasn’t for Samsung’s fugly-a*s UI. I wish Google would release the stock launcher as a separate download on the Play store similar to what they’ve done with Gmail / Maps / etc.

    • Ron Mexico

      Both Apex and Nova Launcher both look the same as the Google launcher, both available on the Play store.

  • New Note User

    Made the switch from a BB 9780 to a Note II on Friday. What an amazing device. Wishing I would have switched from bb years ago.

    Unfortunately, the sirius app doesnt work in canada 🙁 also, flash doesnt load on web pages. Kinda like browsing on an apple device…

    Overall is unbelievably fast and i love the device!

    • Brian

      You can download the SiriusXM player for Canada dude, works great on the Note.

      I’m not sure that posting links is kosher but Google ‘SiriusXM Canada mobile app’ and it’ll let you download the Canadian version from their site!

      Hope that helps

  • ebleyes

    What’s the difference between the Mobilicity and everyone’s else Note II?

  • Victor L.

    Galaxy SIII or Galaxy Note II?

  • sp

    great review.

    thank you for the unbiased review.

    just compared the review of the iPhone 5 and Note 2.


  • Mark

    This monstrosity shouldn’t even exist. People look so stupid when they use this in public. 5.5 inch phone should be ban. Yes the specs are crazy but this thing is just too big.

    • Ron Mexico

      I take it you aren’t used to handling large things with your hands? 😉

  • Vansfield

    Perfect device.

    I game on it perfectly. The device didn’t even hint it might need more power. I never use all the RAM. Popup video is incredible, the battery life is splendid. The screen is a beauty when you look at a video…

    Really i’m in love. You can’t say it’s too big unless you’ve tried it. Seriously.

  • jess

    you know when you look at the percentage of the time someone actually is making a phone call not inlcuding bluetooth is about 10% of what a person uses a day. On that note, (no pun intented) the bigger screen makes game play beautiful, watching movies and just surfing the web. I have nothing bad to say about this. I have a s3, and id give it up for the note but they are still built with beauty and design. Id like if they realeased brighter colors than white for the phone though, a purple or yellow note would make me giddy.

  • Ron Mexico

    And of course Best Buy still hasn’t received any stock. What a joke. What did I give them $50 for again?

  • Ron Mexico

    Gave up on Best Buy and got one from my local Bell dealer. So happy this phone is amazing 😀

  • Joshua

    I’m also debating between this and the Nexus 4.

    I’m in Sudbury so we don’t have any decent contract-free plans like Mobilicity or Wind, so if I’m going to pay $60/month, I may as well have a subsidy, right? I’ll be paying the same monthly price if I buy my phone outright.

    I can’t think of any financial advantage to going contract free other than being able to leave any time – but really, who will I leave to? Rogers, Bell and Telus are all the same. Koodo, Virgin and Fido are also basically the same.

    I’d love to move to a larger city. Maybe then, I’ll get an unlocked Nexus on WIND/Mobilicity.

  • screamer

    I wad thinking to get one but still happy with my S3 so note 3 you’re my!!!

  • BobbyD

    I want this phone real bad. I am getting bored with IOS however am still on the fence with anrdroid. I think waiting for the SGS4 is the best option as it is being hyped as the phone that will set the bar for future smart phones.

  • Srellister

    Hey Daniel,

    Great review, I agree with most everything you said. I would however go so far as to say that the N7100 is the finished version of the N7000. Having used the OG Note since release, I’m talking international release not Canadian arrival, the JB experience is WAYYY better than the initial GB and even ICS experience of the N7000’s Touchwiz UX. one last thing though, Google Now can be accessed by long pressing the menu button on any screen that is not searchable. Although maintaining consistency with Google’s design Samsung did make the Google Now available in a less clunky way then you mentioned.

  • BB10Sux

    Is there FM radio in any of the NA version?

  • Kat

    I just got the Note2 And am loving it! Just wish Icould figure Out all the Coo lfeatures. Also, any news On when split Screen will be available in Canada?

  • calculator

    your 9.2 final is not the average of all the scores you gave. the average of all the scores is 8.8. awesome phone though.

  • Yeria

    lol @ l forgot my meds for saying iPhone is a real phone for having a “Retina” screen.

    I know this is a really old news, but the “Retina” screen is, you know.. just a high resolution LCD screen that’s been around for a while. If the LCD screen technology that’s been around for about 30 years now is the reason to call the iPhone a real phone over Note 2 which uses OLED screen technology.. then I must say you did indeed forget your meds.

  • Andy

    I got it on Mobilicity. For those asking about data speeds, it’s the same for anyone else. Regular unlimited data is about 2Mbps real world speeds. Premium unlimited data gets up to 21 Mbps. (I don’t have premium 4G data so I can’t do a speed test for real world speeds)

    I got mine November 2 and right now most Mobilicity stores in Vancouver have both colours in stock still.

    Battery life is so awesome. I came from a T-Mobile S2 and had a second battery to swap when i came home from work. Don’t need one for the Note 2. Even without “Power saving” mode or juice defender, the phone lasts over 24 hrs straight in moderate use in my experience.

    I must say I love this phone 🙂

  • norollah saedi

    Very nice review. I wonder how well it scores being on wind or mobilicity

  • norollah saedi

    I’m very satisfied of this phone and it is so easy to work with

  • Darrell Teeple

    Google Now does not read back via the voice on my Galaxy Note 2. This is annoying. I have gone through the troubleshooting…. make sure it is US English. Nothing. If I ask the question what is 2+2 it just shows on the screen – THIS SUCKS. HELP!
    Using Telus I317M

  • Mischa Price

    how sad is it that my telus “high speed optic internet” only has 1mbps upload speeds i have truly never seen a result on speed test for me above like 1.2 and i am tying to do a time capsule backup after using my computer for a year and a half it is being HELL