The original Galaxy Note was a success for Samsung, and in its first nine months of availability sold more than 10 million units. Its successor, the Galaxy Note II, is approaching 10 million global sales, having only been available since September of last year in international markets and October in the United States. The success of the big-screen phablet has its roots in the ability to function as both a 4G LTE smartphone and mini-tablet, offering a high resolution display and powerful quad core processor.
Samsung also gave the Galaxy Note II the feature they call Multi-Window, which splits the large 5.55 inch True HD display into two equal parts. For fans of multitasking, this allows you to carry on two entirely different operations, applications or web functions on each of the two display halves. But the true power of the handset comes when you integrate those two split screens, combining operations, data and information. The handset also delivers a self-explanatory “hover” feature which allows you to interact with the screen without touching it directly.
Hovering just above the display offers contextual information, link previews, and website magnification. This can help minimize the number of times you click on a particular destination and have to retreat to the previous screen because it did not offer the content you desired. The popular smart stylus S Pen from the original Galaxy Note has returned, and has been designed longer and thicker for a more natural feel. The handset is currently offered by AT&T on their 4G LTE network, and sells for approximately $149 on contract at select online retailers like the Amazon Wireless store.
The AT&T Galaxy Note II is slim, measuring just 0.37 inches (9.3 mm) in thickness, with the large 5.55 inch Super AMOLED screen protected against normal wear and tear, scratches and chips by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Designed in a 16 to 9 aspect ratio, that display offers a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, delivering more than 16 million different colors at the rate of 265 pixels per inch. The handset contains standard proximity and light sensors which help enhance battery life, boosting the oversized 3,100 mA cell to a full 15.0 hours of talk time from a single battery charge.
A Samsung Exynos 4 chip package is on board powering the handset, and at its cornerstone is an Exynos quad core 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor. The handset also delivers a quad core graphics processor, 2.0 GB of RAM system memory, 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The AT&T Galaxy Note II is capable of 1,080P HD resolution video recording with its rear facing camera of 8.0 megapixels, and the chat cam has been included on the front of the handset. A Stereo FM radio with RDS display capabilities joins a YouTube video player in the handset’s multimedia package, and Facebook, Picasa and Twitter applications have been pre-installed.