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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:02 AM   #526
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I think some people just want to find a reason to hate the iPhone or criticize Apple and the easiest thing to do is talk about the screen size and how small it is.
Apart from that, some people have this conceit that there is a "right size" for a phone.

Yes, most people will find the Note 2 too big for single-handed use (your mileage may vary according to personal hand geometry). The 'single handed' mode helps, but its hard to hold the phone securely while using it. However, I think I could still manage to answer or end a call with one hand - and there's always bluetooth headsets.

On the other hand, the big screen is fabulous for web browsing, email, maps & navigation, e-reading etc. and the pen input wouldn't be much use with anything smaller. The 'tall' iPhone 5 screen looks great for 'mobile' list-based websites, contact lists etc. The Note 2 screen, is far better for regular websites. Until the flexible/foldable screens start to appear you pays your money and takes your choice: a big screen, or compactness and single-handed use. For some of us, making and receiving calls is several items down on the priorities list, for others it is at the top.

The problem with Apple is the lack of choice. Samsung do Galaxy models in 4", 4.8" and 5.5" sizes, and if you look at other Android brands there's an even wider choice. The only choice Apple offers is between the iPhone 5 and last-year's marginally smaller model.


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However, Google's flagship phone the Nexus 4 now has all the same issues they previous complain about with the iPhone. No physical keyboard, no replaceable battery, no expandable memory. It's even has a glass back.
Yeah, and some of those things make me really, really glad I went ahead and bought the Note 2 rather than wait for the, then rumored, new Nexus. Personally, while I think Apple have proven the point on the keyboard and (provided the standard battery is up to it) removable battery, having no SD and max. 16GB of storage is a deal-breaker. On the other hand, if you're going to be using the cloud for everything and have a decent data plan, maybe SD is unnecessary?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 12:50 PM   #527
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Traded in my Droid DNA and picked up the Note 2 yesterday. Loving it so far, its pretty much just like my Galaxy S3 but with added functionality and an S pen. Loving the size too.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 05:27 PM   #528
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Guess what? I've been using my Galaxy Note 2 with a 5.5" screen for 2 weeks now. I'm about ready to switch back to something more practically for my active lifestyle and can be use with one hand. That would be my iPhone 4S.
Please do. Obviously, the Note II wasn't intended for you if thought it was meant for one handed use, especially when one of the main features is a S Pen/stylus.

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However, Google's flagship phone the Nexus 4 now has all the same issues they previous complain about with the iPhone. No physical keyboard, no replaceable battery, no expandable memory. It's even has a glass back.
Which is why most people in this thread are interested and purchased the Note II. Go whine in the Nexus thread.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 06:16 PM   #529
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However, Google's flagship phone the Nexus 4 now has all the same issues they previous complain about with the iPhone. No physical keyboard, no replaceable battery, no expandable memory. It's even has a glass back.
You keep invoking this argument as if the Nexus 4 is the only Android phone you can get.

How many times does this need to be pointed out? At the time, the iPhone 4/4S was the only two iPhones you could get. That's why its shortcomings or lack of features were a bigger deal. Cause if you wanted LTE or a non-glass back iPhone, you were out of luck.

You can still get LTE or non-glass back or SD expansion, or physical keyboard, or replaceable battery Android devices.

You still cannot get SD expansion, physical keyboard, or replaceable batteries (or NFC) with any iPhone.

Every time you invoke this argument against the Nexus, you're only embarrassing yourself. It's also abundantly clear you're here to bash the Nexus any chance you get, even if it's in a thread about the Note II.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 06:19 PM   #530
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Traded in my Droid DNA and picked up the Note 2 yesterday. Loving it so far, its pretty much just like my Galaxy S3 but with added functionality and an S pen. Loving the size too.
Intersted in your thoughts on the DNA. I tried it in store and the GPU couldn't handle smooth rendering at 1080p for Google Maps, Earth, etc. whereas the Note 2 renders so smoothly I've never seen anything like it. YouTube videos looked worse on the DNA screen due to having to upscale 720p over the 1080p. Maps looked amazing though, it just couldn't render smoothly when I was scrolling around. Text and basic GUI in the rest of the OS rendered okay.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 09:02 PM   #531
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Okay, I have to ask all you guys who have problems with larger screens:

What the heck are you doing, that you MUST use a phone one-handed all the time?
It's not all the time... it is when needed.

Running off of a plane as the messages sent while in the air come rolling in. One hand is holding handle of carry-on and the other iPhone. I can reply as I run to the next gate, since I only have minutes to spare.

Once I get home as I am holding onto the bar on the tram taking me from the satellite terminal to the main terminal I message my girlfriend I am on my way to parking garage.

Things like that.




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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:02 PM   #532
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It's not all the time... it is when needed.
Yep, as I said, I understand going one-handed now and again. We all do that.

If you read the post I was responding to, though, it was from someone who said their fingers hurt from using it one-handed all the time.

It was as if they only ever used one hand to interact with the Note. That's the situation that made me curious.

The upshot is, if you really need one-handed usage that much, then a larger screen might not be the best choice. For that matter, a physical keyboard might be even better, since many learn to text without looking while they walk.
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 10:10 PM   #533
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So what else is left to complain about the iPhone? Not much but the screen size.
I have that complaint too, but another issue for me is the OS itself. It's look and feel is roughly the same as the day it came out. It just doesn't look very contemporary anymore. Whereas the phone hardware has evolved over time and looks very very contemporary to me. Which makes the OS look even more out of date. I like that Google has updated Android's look over time...but Apple has stayed with the tried and true. I guess some people like that, but I just don't. I prefer the software's look to change and get more modern right along with the hardware, not look dated. Apple frustrates me in this regard as I think they have outstanding hardware, and backend cloud services are getting better and better, but the look of the OS itself, hasn't really changed at all.

I'm wondering how long that can continue to be the case. Indefinitely? Will the OS on iPhones still look exactly the same 10 years from now? 20? How long before other people get tired of the same look and feel too?
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Old Dec 2, 2012, 11:05 PM   #534
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For that matter, a physical keyboard might be even better, since many learn to text without looking while they walk.
You can text one handed on a physical keyboard without looking while you walk?
That does not seem possible. It's certainly easier to use this phone one handed than to do what you claim.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 02:49 AM   #535
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You can text one handed on a physical keyboard without looking while you walk?
That does not seem possible. It's certainly easier to use this phone one handed than to do what you claim.
Use the app called "Utter!" & not have to worry about 1 hand texting
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:00 AM   #536
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Running off of a plane as the messages sent while in the air come rolling in. One hand is holding handle of carry-on and the other iPhone. I can reply as I run to the next gate, since I only have minutes to spare.
If the Galaxy Note prevents me from doing things like that, I'm buying ten!!!

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If anyone is looking for a cheap but decent hardcase i got one one of these today and i like it alot, it's made of bead blasted plastic so has unusual texture for a case and doesn't pick up finger prints and the case fits very well also.

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Old Dec 3, 2012, 06:48 PM   #538
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This thing is AMAZING! I can't believe I was stuck on the iphone for so long. Just perfection.

Only thing I miss is my Emoji's
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 10:59 PM   #539
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anyone here use armor suit, just installed one and the back was a bit tough to get on the rounded edges and the sides, well yeah too much work for them.
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Old Dec 4, 2012, 06:30 PM   #540
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This thing is AMAZING! I can't believe I was stuck on the iphone for so long. Just perfection.

Only thing I miss is my Emoji's
Handcent SMS app

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Old Dec 5, 2012, 02:22 PM   #541
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I've had my Note 2 for a few weeks now. For me, the size isn't an issue at all. I use my bluetooth for calls but otherwise it has been an awesome media consumption device. I love being able to watch videos and surf the web at the same time during my commute. I've rooted my device so that I'm able to make all my apps multi-screen capable. And I must've been living under a rock since I'm just finding out I can connect the phone to an external drive via an OTG cable. Also, I find myself using the S-pen much more than I thought I would. Anyways, don't understand why people feel the need to compare the Note 2 with the iphone. The feature set on the Note 2 just puts it in a whole other category. There just is no contest there.
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 01:53 AM   #542
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Handcent SMS app

Emojis add-on

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Look for keyboard 4.2 apk & it also supports emolji
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Handcent SMS app

Emojis add-on

You're welcome

Will it be seen as an emoji even if the person I send it to (with an android) doesn't have handcent?

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Look for keyboard 4.2 apk & it also supports emolji
Where do I find that? App store? I'm on 4.2 with the note
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Old Dec 6, 2012, 11:38 AM   #544
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Download Handcent SMS and the Emoji plugin from the play store. I lived Handcent when I tried the S3. I could still send my wife Emoji and I now receive them from my best friend who is on an S3.

I read all 23 or so pages of this thread and am seriously thinking of trying a Note 2. Can sell iPhone 5 on eBay to cover the cost, but weary to do this because of my blasted Apple loyalty and I'm a slave to the ecosystem. I do have a few questions:

Does AT&T still offer the 50GB of Dropbox?

How is the screen in daylight? One of the things I noticed about the S3 was that it was horrible in daylight. Will I see something similar with the Note?

Can I root the AT&T phone? Can I get rid of the bloat ware somehow?

If I install a ROM that is closer to stock Android, how will that effect the S Pen? Are there any good roms for the Note 2?

Can I change the lock screen? I hate the Samsung water drop. I like the stock one that accesses the camera and Google now.

Can I remap the buttons so a long press activates google now, and a double tap of the home button activates the "task manager.?"

Can I replace that stupid water drop sound when you tap things, or do you just shut it off?

Ok that was more than a few questions. Sorry. I am doing my research but those are questions I couldn't find an answer for.
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Which is why most people in this thread are interested and purchased the Note II. Go whine in the Nexus thread.
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Every time you invoke this argument against the Nexus, you're only embarrassing yourself. It's also abundantly clear you're here to bash the Nexus any chance you get, even if it's in a thread about the Note II.
If you guys didn't have any issues with people mentioning the iPhone in this thread and why make it such a big deal when the Nexus 4 is brought up?


I wasn't complaining about the Nexus 4 here.

Was just pointing out most of the complaints about the iPhone 4S existing on the Nexus 4.

The only complaint I have with the Nexus 4 is the poor battery life and max of 16GB storage. That's why I got a Note 2.

Some here delude themselves to believe the battery life issue will be fixed when the Nexus 4 is release with the latest Android OTA update and that I would be proven wrong. No, I wasn't wrong.

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The more I use my Note II, the more I'm reminded of the progress that Android has made over the last year. It's an absolutely amazing accomplishment, as compared to the year prior. Not only that, there are loads of exciting developments in the six months ahead. Android is on a roll right now with terrific momentum which promises to keep them on the leading edge for some time.
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I wasn't complaining about the Nexus 4 here.

Was just pointing out most of the complaints about the iPhone 4S existing on the Nexus 4.
Why? It's a Galaxy Note 2 thread. Your little rant didn't belong here.

The Note II doesn't fit into your active lifestyle, and that's perfectly fine. I hope you got your money back.
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Where do I find that? App store? I'm on 4.2 with the note
Google android 4.2 keyboard or go to Xda to find the package.
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I have to say, after playing around with a Note 2 the other day I was blown away by the screen. It also was not as big as I expected.

I want one!




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