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TheBigKing
Oct 5, 2012, 02:13 PM
what u guys think i really tempting to note ii



THE JUICEMAN
Oct 5, 2012, 02:22 PM
how do you feel about build quality? I personally don't like the feel of the materials used to build the SG3 so i wouldnt get the note 2. and the size is way too much IMO.

Software wise if you want to customize get the note 2. if you dont care and you want simple get the iPhone 5. After 5 years of the iPhone UI i am sick of it. You may be different. Also I find the iP5 even more uncomfortable to hold than my iP4. the samsung products have rounded corners and backs which make them more comfortable to hold IMO. hope that helps.

iParis
Oct 5, 2012, 02:23 PM
I don't think I could ever see myself comfortably using a phone that big. I notice you have a 64GB iPhone. If you got the Galaxy I can assure you that managing your music would be far from an easy task.

TheBigKing
Oct 5, 2012, 02:26 PM
My signature are old lol i have a iphone 5 16gb white but really looking for the note ii

But the rumors like key lime pie or the new nexus devices i am on hold

iParis
Oct 5, 2012, 02:34 PM
My signature are old lol i have a iphone 5 16gb white but really looking for the note ii

Why did you do such a huge storage downgrade?

But the rumors like key lime pie or the new nexus devices i am on hold

.. Key lime pie?

Tones2
Oct 5, 2012, 02:54 PM
If you want a big beautiful screen, expandable micro-SD, replaceable battery, real working micro-USB, and customizable OS, go for the Note 2. If you don't need any of those or are tied in financially to iOS apps / video, then get the iPhone 5.

TheBigKing
Oct 5, 2012, 03:09 PM
Why did you do such a huge storage downgrade?



.. Key lime pie?

The new android 4.2

madden
Oct 5, 2012, 07:57 PM
what u guys think i really tempting to note ii

Two completely different devices. What are your main wants and what will you be doing with the phone? Are you tied to iTunes? I think the answer is quite obvious. If you want a lightweight and compact device that will just be used for calls, texts, emails and light web browsing, its the iphone. If you do more multimedia like games, movies, graphics work etc..the Note would be the better choice.

ITS ME DAVID
Oct 5, 2012, 08:01 PM
If your want to carry a plastic brick with you get the note 2

bursthead
Oct 5, 2012, 11:29 PM
Two completely different devices. What are your main wants and what will you be doing with the phone? Are you tied to iTunes? I think the answer is quite obvious. If you want a lightweight and compact device that will just be used for calls, texts, emails and light web browsing, its the iphone. If you do more multimedia like games, movies, graphics work etc..the Note would be the better choice.

anyone tied to itunes can always make the jump by going to google music. I have my music on both services. So it seamless whenever I want to listen to anything whether it be ipad or galaxy note 2.

MacRumorUser
Oct 6, 2012, 01:41 AM
Did we honestly need another thread, there are plenty already. ;) however as we do...

Go to a store, hold both the Note (because essentially note 2 is going to be same size or thereabouts) and the iPhone 5 in your hand and see which feels more comfortable to you.

I wish stores let you make a call with the device, seems like the most basic thing they could offer. You wouldn't go buy a TV without being allowed to see the picture.

The feeling of a bigger device being held up to your face and the getting the ear piece aligned up so you can hear everything can be finicky as the device gets bigger. May not be a problem if your using a head piece or Bluetooth, but if using a phone traditionally could also be a deal breaker.


As for android v IOS, well I personally think the pros and cons of both have them at an even play field at this current junction.

Jellybean addresses a number of Androids issues over the years, and iOS whilst as rock stable as ever, and on the iPhone 5 it is super quick, feels a little dated but in the same way that a Rolls Royce is reliable and classy, but that flashy Porsche around the corner still is tempting me...



I've personally gone for the One X, the biggest android device I've owned, and one that at times still feel a bit too big, especially when I hold it to my face/ear. I tried the Note but was just out of picture due to the size. Also have the iPhone 5.

For taking photos, texting and more importantly for me making calls I prefer the iPhone 5. Call quality is excellent, and just feels better as a phone. The camera is very good too.

For all the other stuff, messing about and tinkering with the device. Browsing the net etc., the one X beats it.

So I'm sticking with both devices for now...

diegoesk
Oct 6, 2012, 02:31 AM
If you got the Galaxy I can assure you that managing your music would be far from an easy task.

I always thought the android phones were like the blackberries (simple drag and drop??)... correct me if IM wrong...

Was thinking of switching to the Galaxy S3 when it comes over to metro PCS.

hot spare
Oct 6, 2012, 05:50 AM
If you want a feature phone, go for iPhone. If you want something smarter, choose wisely.

iParis
Oct 6, 2012, 12:09 PM
I always thought the android phones were like the blackberries (simple drag and drop??)... correct me if IM wrong...

Was thinking of switching to the Galaxy S3 when it comes over to metro PCS.

That's what I thought for the longest time as well, but then people, including friends, were telling me how much of a pain it is to put music on droids and manage them.

madden
Oct 6, 2012, 03:12 PM
That's what I thought for the longest time as well, but then people, including friends, were telling me how much of a pain it is to put music on droids and manage them.

You drag and drop, simple.

kornberg
Oct 6, 2012, 03:27 PM
I hope the note uses the wolfson Dac like the intl gs3

charlieegan3
Oct 6, 2012, 03:30 PM
I don't own either but am asking myself the same question. I spent around 45mins with each in the 3 store and decided the Note 2 was the one for me, You might be different but for me it was better in every way.

diegoesk
Oct 9, 2012, 03:31 AM
I regards to android- do the micro sims function like an external HD- where you can drag and drop files?

Can someone confirm? Im hearing different stories

doomfront
Oct 9, 2012, 05:57 AM
I regards to android- do the micro sims function like an external HD- where you can drag and drop files?

Can someone confirm? Im hearing different stories

yes they do.

Can't wait for the Note 2, going to get a 64gb sd card this time, since I filled up my 16gb so easily.

theluggage
Oct 9, 2012, 07:59 AM
I regards to android- do the micro sims function like an external HD- where you can drag and drop files?

Can someone confirm? Im hearing different stories

You drag and drop, simple.

That's what I thought for the longest time as well, but then people, including friends, were telling me how much of a pain it is to put music on droids and manage them.

Drag-and-drop copying does not work on Macs at the moment - Google's "Android File Transfer" program for Mac is currently broken on some (if not all) Android 4.x phones. Not clear if this is a problem with Android 4.x, Samsung, or OS X, but I can confirm that it doesn't work between my Note 2 and either Lion or Mountain Lion - and my Googling suggests that the problem is universal.

Using 'camera mode' doesn't work either - iPhoto sees the phone but won't transfer files correctly.

Samsung do their own Sync program ('Kies') which sort-of works, but is clunky and tempramental - but it will sync music (sort of).

Older versions of Android supported 'USB Mass Storage Mode' which worked with anything, but in recent versions they've completely replaced this with 'Media Transfer Protocol' which Windows does natively but required the Android File Transfer program on Mac.

The saving graces are:

1. Syncing files over the wire is so last year - there are all sorts of cloud-based options.

2. The Note II takes a Micro-SD memory card which you can physically plug in to a mac via a USB adapter & drag files to it (I haven't tried it yet but I don't think there's any way they could have messed that up).

Dolorian
Oct 9, 2012, 07:12 PM
Drag-and-drop copying does not work on Macs at the moment - Google's "Android File Transfer" program for Mac is currently broken on some (if not all) Android 4.x phones. Not clear if this is a problem with Android 4.x, Samsung, or OS X, but I can confirm that it doesn't work between my Note 2 and either Lion or Mountain Lion - and my Googling suggests that the problem is universal.

Yes the Android File Transfer program does not works.

For copying files into the Android device you can use doubltwist or Airdroid. Airdroid works from any browser and you can upload or download files to and from your device over wifi. doubletwist can sync your iTunes library over wifi as well. Videos work too but doubletwist will insist on encoding them even if they already are in the supported format (mp4) and thus takes too long to copy them. I personally use Airdroid most of the time.

I think the best option for syncing music is Google Play Music. It syncs your iTunes library with playlist, podcasts and all. Once you do the hard initial work of uploading all your music (which takes quite a long time to say the least), it is really great.

While it is currently only available within the US, it can be made to work outside the US too with some trickery ;).

wonderspark
Oct 9, 2012, 08:39 PM
If my Android phone needed to be replaced today, my choice would be Note 2 all the way. I've seen the iPhone 5, played with it, not impressed.
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nick_elt
Oct 12, 2012, 10:33 AM
Well i have just bought a note 2 after 4 1/2 years of iphone. I still think osx is miles ahead of windows (for my uses) and i love my new ipad but after all these years i am just bored with the iphone(ui mainly) and want change. The note 2 looks like a beast and all user reviews from owners are that at first you look at it and you think its huge, after a while of usage you couldnt go back. So here goes.. I pick it up 2moro

kicko
Oct 12, 2012, 10:47 AM
these are 2 very different devices. I say if you like android OS, dont mind the size, i say get the note 2. The iphone remains mostly unchanged so we already know what that has to offer.

I went with a S3 becuase i felt the note was too big and i like pocket phones.

sc4rf4c3
Oct 12, 2012, 01:43 PM
Depends of what you want and need. My wife just got an iPhone 5 2 weeks ago and she's returning it today to get the Note 2. After many years with iOS she just got bored.

Kceb83
Oct 12, 2012, 08:55 PM
I just bought the note II to replace my iphone 5. Once it arrives Monday I will be returning the iphone. No matter how much I wanted to become excited about the iPhone 5, it just felt stale as an upgrade from my 4s. It is no doubt a great phone but I really wanted a bigger screen.

Dmaynard83
Oct 12, 2012, 09:23 PM
I think if you need a big phone then get the note.

It will be interesting to see how benchmarks will turn out as its using a 1.6GHz processor. One would think the note should outperform the i5 because it is bigger - but that wasn't the case with the s3 so we will see.

Dreshyne2g
Oct 12, 2012, 09:33 PM
This may be food for thought. I had the galaxy s3 it's a awesome phone. I now have a iPhone 5. The reason not because I think the iPhone is better. It's because Samsung has very weak antennas. I went through two s3's. I couldn't use it at home without dropping calls. My wife got the iPhone 5 and she had a perfect strong signal. What good is a phone if it can't be a phone. I now have a iPhone 5 and get a great signal.

Androidfan1x
Oct 13, 2012, 12:39 AM
it's just a matter of what OS do you like
ios? iphone of course
android? note 2 if you like big, s3 if you like smaller, motorola has something like "maxx hd" if you like long battery,...

nick_elt
Oct 14, 2012, 04:16 PM
Well i have just bought a note 2 after 4 1/2 years of iphone. I still think osx is miles ahead of windows (for my uses) and i love my new ipad but after all these years i am just bored with the iphone(ui mainly) and want change. The note 2 looks like a beast and all user reviews from owners are that at first you look at it and you think its huge, after a while of usage you couldnt go back. So here goes.. I pick it up 2moro

Well had it for the weekend and absolutely love the device. Its in my opinion the best phone ever. Even after the first day I was used to the size and as soon as I put it in my pocket I didnt notice it. I also thought I wouldnt use the s pen much but its more than the average stylus, its frikken awesome.

Happy note 2 customer here, will recommend the phone to anyone who listens! So glad I returned the iphone 5 even tho I have been so pro apple the last few years.

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I think if you need a big phone then get the note.

It will be interesting to see how benchmarks will turn out as its using a 1.6GHz processor. One would think the note should outperform the i5 because it is bigger - but that wasn't the case with the s3 so we will see.

I dont think its about need, i cant say I NEEDED a larger phone than the iphone, but now I dont think I could go back

PBz
Oct 14, 2012, 10:18 PM
How does image quality (not specs) of the Note 2 camera compare to that of the 4S/5? The 4S takes amazing pictures but I am not that impressed with the 5 after using raw Jelly Bean on a Nexus 7. Thanks.

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Also, is there a PhotoStream equivalent on Android & not Dropbox?

coldmack
Oct 14, 2012, 11:11 PM
Drag-and-drop copying does not work on Macs at the moment - Google's "Android File Transfer" program for Mac is currently broken on some (if not all) Android 4.x phones. Not clear if this is a problem with Android 4.x, Samsung, or OS X, but I can confirm that it doesn't work between my Note 2 and either Lion or Mountain Lion - and my Googling suggests that the problem is universal.

Using 'camera mode' doesn't work either - iPhoto sees the phone but won't transfer files correctly.

Samsung do their own Sync program ('Kies') which sort-of works, but is clunky and tempramental - but it will sync music (sort of).

Older versions of Android supported 'USB Mass Storage Mode' which worked with anything, but in recent versions they've completely replaced this with 'Media Transfer Protocol' which Windows does natively but required the Android File Transfer program on Mac.

The saving graces are:

1. Syncing files over the wire is so last year - there are all sorts of cloud-based options.

2. The Note II takes a Micro-SD memory card which you can physically plug in to a mac via a USB adapter & drag files to it (I haven't tried it yet but I don't think there's any way they could have messed that up).

I think that is a Samsung issue(Nexus line excluded) as my friend is always mounting his Sony Xperia Play and HTC Droid Incredible 4G to his Mac with no issue. I think she is still on Lion, but I could be wrong.

I'd personally would go for the Note 2 as I find Wacom digitzer to be really useful for note taking. I sort of broke my rule(old school Apple and Nokia fan) and got myself the Android Thinkpad Tablet as it was $260 new for a 16gb and I really like the digtizer for it. Yeah, it quality is a bit lower than was Samsung offers, but still really nice for note taking. Really, a more useful business device for my needs vs the iPad 1 it just replaced all because of the digital pen it comes with. I am sure the Galaxy Note II would be even better with it's highly regarded Wacom pen. Now the only thing missing is Paper for digitized enabled Android devices and I'd be fully set.

theluggage
Oct 15, 2012, 04:31 AM
I think that is a Samsung issue(Nexus line excluded) as my friend is always mounting his Sony Xperia Play and HTC Droid Incredible 4G to his Mac with no issue.

Yep - I think Samsung has 'improved' the Media Transfer Protocol on the S series. However, earlier this year I tried to connect to a friend's Nexus and the USB Disk Mode feature (which let you connect to a Mac as a disc drive with no extra software) was gone - but Android File Transfer did work with that.

At least Samsung do produce their own sync software for Mac.

I've found the pen quite impressive for some things - I'll have to see how it goes longer term (I'm not sure if it learns your handwriting, but it helps if you get used to using it) - but it does need the huge screen to be useful.

coldmack
Oct 16, 2012, 11:10 PM
Yep - I think Samsung has 'improved' the Media Transfer Protocol on the S series. However, earlier this year I tried to connect to a friend's Nexus and the USB Disk Mode feature (which let you connect to a Mac as a disc drive with no extra software) was gone - but Android File Transfer did work with that.

At least Samsung do produce their own sync software for Mac.

I've found the pen quite impressive for some things - I'll have to see how it goes longer term (I'm not sure if it learns your handwriting, but it helps if you get used to using it) - but it does need the huge screen to be useful.

My Thinkpad with 4.0 also works as mass storage on my OSX devices. As for the pen learning, I can't say for Samsung, but my Lenovo TPT, and I'm told HTC Flyer line also does not learn. Only thing really missing is Paper, which would be amazing for note taking and drawing, though Papyrus is getting there.

auero
Oct 17, 2012, 06:33 AM
I think if you need a big phone then get the note.

It will be interesting to see how benchmarks will turn out as its using a 1.6GHz processor. One would think the note should outperform the i5 because it is bigger - but that wasn't the case with the s3 so we will see.

The iPhone 5 does not outperform the S3. These early reports were running ICS. It scored ~1750-1800 on geekbench using jellybean. The Note has been benchmarked already as well. With no surprise, it scores double of the S3 on the quadrant. The geekbench score on the Note II was ~1950-2000. I'm sure this will improve with a new rom.

http://www.fonearena.com/blog/55801/samsung-galaxy-note-2-benchmarks-quad-core-exynos-cpu-and-mali-400-gpu.html

maflynn
Oct 17, 2012, 07:16 AM
I don't know, the note II and the iPhone 5 seem to be aiming at two different phone users. The Note II is for folks who want a large display and some phone functionality and the iPhone is smaller and works well for those folks who want phone, apps and what note and the ability to easily carry it (in your pocket and what not).

I'm not a fan of the Note (and Note II) just because of its size