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Old Nov 17, 2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Samsung Galaxy Note II

WOW!

Just watched two YouTube videos on this phone and I was blown away!

I thought Apple was meant to be so innovative? The things this phone/OS can do just wipes the floor with the iPhone/iOS?

My iPhone 5 is being collected on Monday and a new (retail boxed - completely new unit) is being shipped out to me ... I am SERIOUSLY contemplating not even unwrapping the iPhone and selling it to buy a Galaxy Note II.

I have had so much bad luck with Apple products, so maybe this is a good time for me to try something else?

Before everyone jumps on me, I am NOT slagging off the iPhone ... I just had to share my thoughts on the two videos that I just watched of the Galaxy Note II.

Do any of you lot have any experience of this phone, in comparison to the iPhone?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:05 PM   #2
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I got a G-Note 2 from AT&T last week. I just traded it for a case of Twinkies.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:07 PM   #3
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I got a G-Note 2 from AT&T last week. I just traded it for a case of Twinkies.
Hmm ... I wonder if I'd get a case of Twinkles for my new iPhone 5 when it comes?

Thanks for the tip!
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:27 PM   #4
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It's just I've had such bad luck with Apple's QC that it would be nice to try something else.

I must admit, the Galaxy Note II does appear to be pretty large, though - haha!

I dunno ... I'm just intrigued by it, I guess?

Also by Android, which I have never previously considered.

I have been blinkered by Apple for the past few years (since buying my iMac) so my options have been narrowed to their offerings only.

Have you yourself owned Galaxy/Android phones or tablets?

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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:33 PM   #5
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The Galaxy Note II is one amazing smartphone. I've only had mine a few days, and already I understand why it strikes fear in the hearts of those who don't own one.

Like any phone, or tablet, or laptop, it's not for everyone, no device is. But for those who use a smartphone as they were designed to be used, it's a very impressive model. The amount of time I spend on my companies website, handling emails, and reading reports, is made far more efficient and enjoyable with it's gorgeous large screen.

With the robust demand growing stronger by the day, lots of people are experiencing it's undeniable advantages. I'm sure glad I was open minded & gave it a try. It's the very best smartphone for my preferences by a very wide margin.

It's also enhanced the enjoyment I get from my iPhone 4S. That's because now I don't expect that much from it. Anything I need to do with great speed & efficiency I can do with the Note II, then just use the iP4S for other things.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:35 PM   #6
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Have you yourself owned Galaxy/Android phones or tablets?
I had an original Nexus One after having an original iPhone and an iPhone 3G. Android was fun to play around with, but I really missed the iPhone. Since then I've had a 4, and now the 4S. I'm currently waiting for T-Mobile to get their iPhone coverage up and running in my area and then I'm going to pick up an unlocked 5.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 08:48 PM   #7
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The Galaxy Note II is one amazing smartphone. I've only had mine a few days, and already I understand why it strikes fear in the hearts of those who don't own one.

Like any phone, or tablet, or laptop, it's not for everyone, no device is. But for those who use a smartphone as they were designed to be used, it's a very impressive model. The amount of time I spend on my companies website, handling emails, and reading reports, is made far more efficient and enjoyable with it's gorgeous large screen.

With the robust demand growing stronger by the day, lots of people are experiencing it's undeniable advantages. I'm sure glad I was open minded & gave it a try. It's the very best smartphone for my preferences by a very wide margin.

It's also enhanced the enjoyment I get from my iPhone 4S. That's because now I don't expect that much from it. Anything I need to do with great speed & efficiency I can do with the Note II, then just use the iP4S for other things.
It's nice to get a sensible, non tricky response to my original post/question ... thanks.

I've been watching more videos on the GN II and I really am intrigued by it. Android also seems to be really innovative.

The camera looks superb with features like best shot and slow mo video recording, all built into the OS.

Also split screen for running two things at once!

And being able to "float" a video while doing something else just amazes me ...

Hmm, I think the iPhone 5 could well be going!

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It's also enhanced the enjoyment I get from my iPhone 4S. That's because now I don't expect that much from it.
... haha!! Sorry, I had to laugh at this bit!

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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:02 PM   #8
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You've just painted a big target on your back by posting this question in the iPhone forum. Be prepared to be flamed by Apple loyalists.

I was in the same boat as you, I could have got an iphone 5 but I eventually got the Galaxy Note 2 instead. I can definitely say that it is the right choice to go with the Galaxy Note 2. Everything is more efficient and easier to do on the Galaxy Note 2 compared to the iPhone 5, especially writing emails, copy and pasting, and copying your photos/videos/whatever. And don't give any credence to those who say it is big like an iPad because those Apple loyalists are biased and just trying to defend the iPhone when it is indefensible. You can easily fit in your pockets and typing on it is absolutely no problem.

It is still easy to use it as a phone to make phone calls. Apple loyalists say it is big because their sense of size have been warped by all the small screens in i-products. They don't know any better.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:16 PM   #9
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:18 PM   #10
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I can't wait to try the galaxy note II for verizon! I've had every iphone and I have to admit it's getting boring. Apple hasn't really changed anything over the years. They upgrade the camera and make it faster. And Oh wait, this year they made the screen longer. It's like being married to the same women for years. She can change her clothes but she's still the same b**ch! Am I right or am I wrong!?!
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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Android os is a dog. Had the razr maxx with ICS and it's a collective piece fragmented crap. And that's being generous.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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You've just painted a big target on your back by posting this question in the iPhone forum. Be prepared to be flamed by Apple loyalists.
... I think you just did the same thing!!

Seriously, I couldn't care less about negative feedback from Apple loyalists

I am speaking as an "Apple person" myself, so there ya go!

I really appreciate you taking the time to feed back your views/experience of the GN II ... cheers, buddy.

Just finished watching another couple of YouTube videos on it and I am almost sold! I'd definitely get the white one, though, as I think it looks much more modern ... the black one looks plasticky to me.

I also love the fact that you can just replace the back of the phone so no more having to worry about scratching it, like I do with the iPhone.

Same goes for the battery, too ... when it knackers, you just buy another one!

Oh and I LOVE the fact that it has a built in radio ... why the hell does the iPhone not have one, when the iPod Nano does?? I like listening to talk radio but streaming over 3G is just not cost effective (plus it would drain the battery like no one's business) and WiFi is not with you all the time ...

The phone looks absolutely amazing and as I have had such a bad run with Apple products I may just get one of these GN II's and flog the unopened iPhone 5.

What did you find surprised you most about your GN II? Both good, and bad?

Thanks again ...
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:31 PM   #13
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To me you have to be an idiot to get a note. Why not just hold an iPad to your head to make a call? This huge phone craze wont last.
Who still holds a phone to their ears???? Lol!! Seriously...
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Who still holds a phone to their ears???? Lol!! Seriously...
Normal people.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:33 PM   #15
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Move this to the iPhone alternatives section.
Are we offending you, or threatening you in some way?

I am an IPHONE 5 owner/user who is asking for comparisons to another phone ... namely the Galaxy Note II.

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... I think you just did the same thing!!

Seriously, I couldn't care less about negative feedback from Apple loyalists

I am speaking as an "Apple person" myself, so there ya go!

I really appreciate you taking the time to feed back your views/experience of the GN II ... cheers, buddy.

Just finished watching another couple of YouTube videos on it and I am almost sold! I'd definitely get the white one, though, as I think it looks much more modern ... the black one looks plasticky to me.

I also love the fact that you can just replace the back of the phone so no more having to worry about scratching it, like I do with the iPhone.

Same goes for the battery, too ... when it knackers, you just buy another one!

Oh and I LOVE the fact that it has a built in radio ... why the hell does the iPhone not have one, when the iPod Nano does?? I like listening to talk radio but streaming over 3G is just not cost effective (plus it would drain the battery like no one's business) and WiFi is not with you all the time ...

The phone looks absolutely amazing and as I have had such a bad run with Apple products I may just get one of these GN II's and flog the unopened iPhone 5.

What did you find surprised you most about your GN II? Both good, and bad?

Thanks again ...
I don't understand the drama with people talking about which is better. Really who cares they both have their advantages. I have the iPhone 5 and galaxy S3. I prefer the iPhone 5 as my everyday phone due to its size. Mostly everything Samsung puts into the phones is a gimmick. Androids are good phones as well, it is based on personal preference. I doubt anyone here will care if you get a note or not so why even post it in this forum or any forum? Go get your note and enjoy. People need to stop with this iOS v. Android crap.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:37 PM   #17
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I have a galaxy nexus but was playing with the note II at best buy yesterday. If my contract was up I would seriously consider it. Screen was gorgeous (IMO by far the best on any phone) and the thing was so responsive. Samsung has done a great job cleaning up touchwiz. Heard nothing but good things about the battery life as well. The size while cumbersome at first after a few days you'll be wondering why you used anything smaller. It was the same way with my galaxy nexus when switching from my droid incredible.
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I can't wait to try the galaxy note II for verizon! I've had every iphone and I have to admit it's getting boring. Apple hasn't really changed anything over the years. They upgrade the camera and make it faster. And Oh wait, this year they made the screen longer. It's like being married to the same women for years. She can change her clothes but she's still the same b**ch! Am I right or am I wrong!?!
Here, Here !!

On a serious note (no pun intended!) I wouldn't have even considered moving away from Apple if I hadn't have had such a bad run with their QC.

I mean, just look at how a 2500 rMBP arrived from Apple (see attached image) ... with two dents on the bottom of the casing!
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Here, Here !!

On a serious note (no pun intended!) I wouldn't have even considered moving away from Apple if I hadn't have had such a bad run with their QC.

I mean, just look at how a 2500 rMBP arrived from Apple (see attached image) ... with two dents on the bottom of the casing!
Then you probably don't want to hear my story about Samsung quality control on a $5000 tv.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:45 PM   #20
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If the Note II was a bit smaller, I'd have one. It's just a bit too big for me. I used my mothers upgrade (we're not even on a family plan, but I am an authorized user and ATT made it easy) and got the 5 and gave her my 4S. Took her 4 and my old 3G and sold them to Gazelle for 200 total.

My upgrade is due in May. At that time, I'll most likely get the GS4 and pass on my 5 to my mom. With the increasing size of the GS series, would be nice if they included some of the Note features on it and allow you to purchase a S Pen separately, if not include it.

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I don't understand the drama with people talking about which is better. Really who cares they both have their advantages. I have the iPhone 5 and galaxy S3. I prefer the iPhone 5 as my everyday phone due to its size. Mostly everything Samsung puts into the phones is a gimmick. Androids are good phones as well, it is based on personal preference. I doubt anyone here will care if you get a note or not so why even post it in this forum or any forum? Go get your note and enjoy. People need to stop with this iOS v. Android crap.
Who the hell is comparing?

How can I compare if I don't even own the phone or have even used one??

I am simply stating how impressed I am with the YouTube reviews that I have just watched, and I am asking if anyone can give any feedback.

You say that "Mostly everything Samsung puts into the phones is a gimmick" ... well:

1: Have you not just contradicted yourself with regards to "People need to stop with this iOS v. Android crap"

and ...

2: Are you having a laugh? Siri was/is mostly a joke which doesn't really do much. And I won't even MENTION the "new" maps app ...

Look, before you or anyone else gets me wrong, I am an APPLE user ... honestly! I wear a T-shirt, a cap AND a badge!! I am a part of the Groovy Gang

But I was just asking if anyone could shed a bit of light with regards to the Galaxy Note II ...

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Then you probably don't want to hear my story about Samsung quality control on a $5000 tv.
My 3D Samsung TV cost me roughly the same price as yours and it has served me wonderfully.

I game on it with my 360 & PS3 and I simply cannot fault it.

I love the thing ...

Why does an innocent post/query have to become an Apple/Samsung mud throwing thingy?
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But I was just asking if anyone could shed a bit of light with regards to the Galaxy Note II ...
You might want to try here instead.
http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-note-2/
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Who the hell is comparing?

How can I compare if I don't even own the phone or have even used one??

I am simply stating how impressed I am with the YouTube reviews that I have just watched, and I am asking if anyone can give any feedback.

You say that "Mostly everything Samsung puts into the phones is a gimmick" ... well:

1: Have you not just contradicted yourself with regards to "People need to stop with this iOS v. Android crap"

and ...

2: Are you having a laugh? Siri was/is mostly a joke which doesn't really do much. And I won't even MENTION the "new" maps app ...

Look, before you or anyone else gets me wrong, I am an APPLE user ... honestly! I wear a T-shirt, a cap AND a badge!! I am a part of the Groovy Gang

But I was just asking if anyone could shed a bit of light with regards to the Galaxy Note II ...[COLOR="#808080"]
Like I said I own both and I like both. Yes I agree Siri is a gimmick which Samsung poorly tried to copy with their "S-voice". If you truly just wanted to compare devices you would have posted this in the correct forum. The iPhone alternative forum was made for this type of thread. By you posting it in here it's obvious you are trying to annoy people. Personally I couldn't care less what device you get.
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http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-note-2/
... thanks

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I thought of Macrumors as a kind of bar, like Cheers! You know, "where everybooooody knows your naaaaaaaaame" ... you know how the song goes, I'm useless at singing!

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I can't wait to try the galaxy note II for verizon! I've had every iphone and I have to admit it's getting boring. Apple hasn't really changed anything over the years. They upgrade the camera and make it faster. And Oh wait, this year they made the screen longer. It's like being married to the same women for years. She can change her clothes but she's still the same b**ch! Am I right or am I wrong!?!
... you is DANG right, buddy!
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... thanks

I just thought us Apple lot were happy go lucky people? A right friendly bunch kind'a thing, where we can share advice etc?
We can, but since most of us have no experience using a Note, why not go to the site where the ones with the most experience with that device reside? If i want to know more about an apple product, I come here. If I want to learn more about an android device, I go to androidforums. Now go to the Galaxy Note thread on androidforum and ask about the iPhone 5. What type of response do you think you will get?
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