Soon to be a Galaxy Note 2 owner.

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by misterjay, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. misterjay macrumors regular

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    Hey guys.

    Current iPhone 5(JB too..) owner.. now will be switching to a Galaxy Note 2. To be quite honest - I was complementing on moving on to a Galaxy Note 2 from the beginning but as an avid iPhone fan(starting from iPhone 3... onwards).. it was just too hard. Got a call from a friend who is selling his 2 months old mint condition Galaxy Note 2 for only $250 so I jumped on that deal. It also comes with a speck case, and all it's accessories.

    The size of the Note 2 does not bother me at all so no issue there. What should I expect from the Galaxy Note 2? Cant wait to put it in my hands honestly.. everyone around me is quite shocked that I'm making the jump! lol.
     
  2. F123D macrumors 68040

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    Large screen. Great battery life. Multitasking. S Pen. Not worrying about losing your jailbreak or when a jailbreak will finally be released for iOS7. :p
     
  3. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    Current Note 2 owner here.

    Great phone! I have contemplated of getting the S4 Active but I think I'm going to hold off for a little.

    Note 2 is a great device! I have it rooted running CleanROM and I get exceptional performance. On a good day, I get about 48 hours of battery life before I charge.

    And prepare yourself because I believe once you make the switch to a bigger screen, you won't go back to the 4" display.
     
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I had no idea that the Note 2 was so powerful it would give you an extra 24 hours in your day. :p
     
  5. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    no joke.

    I charged the phone this morning but I usually check my battery status before plugging it in and I had 2 days and 4 hours of use at 13% of battery left.

    But let's get this straight, I'm a average user, nothing crazy. As of matter of fact, my new MBA has been the popular device the last couple of days so I haven't been playing with my phone as much.

    PS- I have disabled certain "auto starts" to help with battery life--like google maps.
     
  6. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    2 days of battery is all fine and dandy but now many hours of screen time? i typically only get about 6-7 hours of screen time between charges.
     
  7. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    I'll check next time before a full charge.
     
  8. misterjay thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys.

    Looking forward to getting the Note 2 tonight.

    What kind of sim card does it use..? Bummer.. think i'll have to go get a new sim card.. how much does that cost..? $10.. not a big deal.
     
  9. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    For the sim card, go to a corporate store and they'll give you one for free but it needs to be a corporate store.
     
  10. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    I get a steady 16 hours of useable time with my Note 2 during heavy use. I can stretch about two days without charging if I keep my brightness down and turn off radios and services I am not using.

    I do however, keep everything on. Including NFC, 4G, WiFi, GPS, Syncing, multiwindow etc.

    I typically use my phone for everything, the screen stays on a good portion of the day, I listen to the radio in the morning then keep music playing all day. Take notes with it during meetings, and talk about 3 hours a day during the work day. i don't keep track of talk and text time when I am out of work.

    All that to say, I am MORE than happy with the battery life and I abuse my battery to no end.

    Right now, I have 57% left on my device, haven't charged it since this morning and have had the screen on for 2h:23m:33s.

    Agreed. The top 5 reasons I made the jump as well. It really is a tablet replacement, although, I really find myself wanting a smaller tablet because of it.
     
  11. HiDEF macrumors 68000

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    I'm the opposite.. I keep all those things off and just switch them on whenever I need to use them.
     
  12. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    i use nfc tags to turn on/off different things depending on where i am. When in the car, it turns on my gps and bluetooth and turns off wifi and sets screen and volume to max, when at work it turns off bluetooth, gps, sound, and turns on wifi, vibrate and dims the screen...pretty neat
     
  13. misterjay thread starter macrumors regular

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    ya'll making me jealous lol, never been much more excited then the iPhone 4 launch. this will be interesting.
     
  14. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    My friend has one and swears by it. Its also consistently has the highest average rating in user reviews on all four carriers. You really can't go wrong it.

    One tweak to make it feel faster. Go into developer options and set transition duration to off and enable force gpu rendering. Leave animator duration on the default setting. The force gpu rendering makes a lot of third party apps scroll much smoother.
     
  15. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    A Note 2 is a great Android phone. Mine gets at least 10 hrs with everything left on and display brightness set to 50% which coincidently is the same setting I use on my secondary smartphone, my iPhone 5.

    Even better is the truly amazing 14+ hours I get from my Galaxy S4, also leaving everything on and display brightness at 50% although that's so bright I could turn it down. Using my phones heavily it's a real sign of progress shown by Android ver 4.2.x

    Especially when we consider the spacious displays, it's a true testimony to Samsungs latest refinements in TouchWiz along with its new power manager. Of the many Androids I have, it's the only one I've not rooted since its so nice the way it is. It's the first smartphone that's exceeded my expectations by such a wide margin.
     
  16. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    That sounds like something is wrong with your note battery. You should be getting much more than your s4 and a hell of a lot more than 10 hours unless you have a screen time of 6 hours in that span.
     
  17. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    In my case I'm an extremely heavy user. I use mine like a laptop replacement including streaming when not working. Conversely my brother uses his more like the average user.

    I gave him mine for a day since I have lots of phones. His test revealed the same extremely long battery life he gets from his. Once again highlighting why comparing each persons battery life is rather irrelevant.
     
  18. Oohara macrumors 68020

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    Prepare yourself for losing a lot of time on web surfing and watching Youtube vids :p It's just so much more enjoyable with this screen size.

    Oh, and gaming too, if you're into that. Games like The Room are just gorgeous on the Note 2 screen.
     
  19. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I just can't see how the s4 can get more battery life than a note 2 no matter the user. Doesn't the note 2 have a 3100 mAh and the s4 2600?
     
  20. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    You have the battery capacities correct.

    I own both the phones and must say the performance of the S4's battery is simply stellar. It's got to be the improvements in the highly refined TouchWiz and the energy saver mode. Although it runs in the background and gives no hint of throttling the CPU, there's little else to attribute the significant improvement to.

    Side by side with my S3, the brilliant new S4 display is just gorgeous.

    This is one very fast, efficient, smooth lag free Android phone.
     
  21. misterjay thread starter macrumors regular

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    the note 2 is in my hands and i LOVE IT.

    now to the rooting part... will do some research.

    thanks everyone in this thread, appreciate the tips, suggestions, ect.
     

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