The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has some interesting new features that you're sure to love
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just been made official and the company continues to blur the lines between what is a phone and what's a tablet. After seeing the introduction and watching some videos, I'll lay out a few things I already love about he Galaxy Note 2.
Even larger screen
I always thought the original Galaxy Note was a bit too large to use comfortably with one hand but Samsung is going even larger with the Note 2 and its 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display. That type of display is what's found on the Galaxy S3 and it's stunning, so I can imagine how great it's going to be with more real estate. Throw in its 720p resolution and the 16:9 ratio, and the Galaxy Note 2 will likely offer the best mobile video-viewing experience around.
The Galaxy Note 2 is arguably the most powerful smartphone on the market. The Android-powered handset sports a 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, the ability to utilize 4G LTE networks, a massive screen that's using the latest display technology, GPS and all the other goodies you'd expect in a high-end smartphone. Specs don't make for a great experience itself but having the top-of-the-line hardware goes a long way to ensure that your phone will be able to keep paces with you over the life of your contract.
Android Jelly Bean
Quite simply, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is awesome because it provides a buttery-smooth experience and it adds a host of useful features. We're used to having to wait a long, long time for companies to get the latest version of Android but thankfully, the Galaxy Note 2 will launch with the latest version of Android. Whether it's the context-aware Google Now, the overalll smoothness improvements thanks to Project Butter or offline voice dictation, the Galaxy Note 2 willl benfit from having Android 4.1 out of the box.
Improved S Pen
I'm never going to be a die-hard stylus user but I know a lot of people enjoy using the S Pen, so it's good to see Samsung improve this with the Galaxy Note 2. The S Pen has been redesigned to have an improved grip and a rubber tip to go along with its 1,024 levels of sensitivity.
The Galaxy Note 2 utilizes the S Pen in some interesting new ways and these may even make me reconsider my stance on styluses. The Air View feature lets you hover the S Pen over your screen and it will show you a little popover preview without having to tap on the display. Think about how useful this could be on emails or photo galleries.
Having Android 4.1 is very nice but Samsung has added a bunch of its own software tweaks which make the Galaxy Note 2 very interesting. In particular, I like how Samsung is making the software take advantage of the larger screen real estate.
For example, with the Pop-up Notes feature, you'll be able to bring up a small window to jot down notes but it won't close the existing app you're in. On a smaller phone, having multiple windows open on the same screen may feel cluttered but the 5.5-inch display on the Galaxy Note 2 may enable some true multitasking.
Those are just a few new features of the Galaxy Note 2 which should make it a great device. What do you think?