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8.2
32 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.5
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    8.8
  • Camera
    8.3
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.5
  • Media support
    8.9
  • Durability
    7.5
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    7.7

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User reviews

8.7
80 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 8, 2012

The Galaxy Note II is a huge improvement over its predecessor, and offers fantastic performance and innovative features.

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9.0
Engadget Oct 24, 2012

... we're confident that our assessment of the global Note II still stands valid with T-Mobile's edition -- and because of this, it currently sits smugly as our top choice in its lineup. That is, unless the size is just too intimidating for you.

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9.0
PC Mag Oct 24, 2012

With a fast quad-core processor, a big, gorgeous display, and features galore, the Samsung Galaxy Note II delivers everything a huge-screen smartphone should. If you want a phone that doubles as a small tablet, it's the best you'll find.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 11, 2012

Ultimately, the Note II involves some compromise because of its size--it's simply not a one-handed device--but its power and versatility are unmatched in the smartphone world.

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8.0
CNET Oct 22, 2012

Think of Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 as a big phone rather than as a tablet wannabe, and you'll come closer to appreciating its top-flight smartphone specs.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 7, 2012

With a fast quad-core processor, a big, gorgeous display, and features galore, the Samsung Galaxy Note II [for U.S. Cellular] delivers everything a huge-screen smartphone should.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 9, 2012

Samsung's Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile offers a gorgeous 5.5-inch display, innovative pen features and killer firepower, but you'll pay more versus other carriers.

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7.0
Computerworld Oct 24, 2012

All considered, the Galaxy Note II could be a nice device for someone who values a stylus or wants a phone with an extra-large screen -- but I'd suggest spending some time at your local store holding it and exploring its interface before committing.

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7.0
Gizmodo Oct 26, 2012

Should You Buy It? Only if you really, really want something this size. The Galaxy Note II is still too big to be a phone and too small to be a tablet, but it's a very solid device for what it is (whatever that might be).

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7.0
AllThingsD Oct 29, 2012

Those who like the idea of a larger phone won’t be displeased with the Samsung Galaxy Note II, a fine specimen of a smartphone. For me, it felt like I was trying to jam fine art into a tiny apartment.

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5.0
Wired Nov 29, 2012

If you must have a gigantic smartphone, the Note II is a solid performer. But the problems of the first-generation Note — unwieldy size, messy software, gimmicky stylus — still haunt the sequel.

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9.0
PC World Australia Oct 16, 2012

If you can handle the large size of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has produced arguably one of the best smartphones on the market. Outstandingly smooth performance, an improved S Pen and excellent battery life combine to make the Galaxy Note II one of the best Android phones we've ever used.

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9.0
CNET UK Oct 4, 2012

With an even bigger screen than the gigantic Galaxy Note and a superbly powerful quad-core processor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the ideal smart phone for anyone who values a spacious screen above all else.

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8.0
SlashGear Oct 6, 2012

The new phone offers a bigger display and better pen functionality, not to mention a jump in core performance and – until Samsung can push out OS updates – a newer and more user-friendly version of Android and TouchWiz than its predecessor.

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8.0
TechHive Oct 22, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a standout smartphone with impressive specs, but its larger size can be a deal breaker.

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9.0
phoneArena Sep 24, 2012

These three [battery size, stylus, and display] in aggregate make the Note II worth it both for those that are upgrading from the original, and for first time buyers.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 9, 2012

Ultimately, there's no getting away from the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a niche device. But it does almost everything it sets out to do perfectly, with grace, class and maximum functionality.

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9.0
phoneArena Oct 24, 2012

Ultimately, it’s the heavy incorporation of the S Pen combined with the deep features of the TouchWiz Nature UX that truly makes the Note II a one-of-a-kind device at the moment – mainly because there’s nothing close to it right now. Simply put it folks, it’s in a level of its own!

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9.0
Ubergizmo Oct 24, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the best 4G LTE device that we had the opportunity to test, and the combination of a large 5.5” screen, LTE speeds and a good battery life makes this a rather unique and efficient combo.

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9.0
GSM Arena Oct 3, 2012

At the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy Note II seems to have completed all it's here to do. Samsung have solidified its lead in the phablet market, while offering enough novelties to keep those already in it interested. There's also plenty of exclusive stuff too.

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8.0
Android Central Oct 4, 2012

The original Galaxy Note wasn't a mainstream device, and neither is its successor. Nevertheless, the Galaxy Note 2 is the best large-screen smartphone available by a considerably wide margin.

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8.0
T3 Oct 12, 2012

If you're sold on the super-powered stylus and can deal with the inevitable stares, this is a great smartphone.

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8.0
Mobiledia Sep 5, 2012

It's hard to beat the blisteringly-fast Samsung Galaxy Note 2, as long as you don't mind big things in big packages. If you want a phablet, it's the best one out there -- don't even look at anything else.

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9.0
Techno Buffalo Oct 8, 2012

Samsung created a great phone ...This iteration, while still made of plastic, sports the S III build and design, but packs in more power and more software tools.

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8.0
HotHardware Oct 24, 2012

If you dig the form factor and have the funds to score one of these devices, by all means give it a shot. The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a great device and you may even make a couple of new friends when strangers ask why you’re holding a tablet up to your head to make phone calls.

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8.0
BGR Oct 24, 2012

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II picks up where the original Note smartphone left off, and it’s better in almost every way. It’s faster, it’s thinner, the screen is bigger, the battery lasts longer, and the stylus support is significantly improved. Build quality and materials take a step...

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9.0
PocketNow Oct 11, 2012

With the Galaxy Note II leading the pack, future of the phablet category -and Samsung’s dominance of it- has never looked brighter.

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8.0
MobileBurn Nov 6, 2012

While the original Galaxy Note may have had issues with system-wide lag, the Galaxy Note II is a smooth and dynamic experience from top to bottom. It's probably too big as a phone or too small as a tablet for most, but many will find it's a comfortable compromise between the two form factors.

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9.0
kawingli kawingli

I have been iPhone user since 2007 but this year I decided to make a radical change, after couple months of reading reviews, investigating different OSs (Windows Phone and Android OS), I decided to go with the Galaxy Note 2. It was a huge change for me to switch platforms because this is the...

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8.0
timchoi89 timchoi89

This is the very first Android phone I've owned that's not stock. I started out with the Nexus One all the way to the Nexus 4. Then about 2 weeks ago I dropped my Nexus 4 while texting and walking and it broke. I was in Hong Kong at the time and the Nexus 4 there is sold by LG and not Google....

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10
BeingHitesh BeingHitesh

I bought this phone knowing that it was big, but didn't realize how big it was until I held it in my hands. Took me a couple of days to get used to it, but now I am addicted to it. Another thing that caught me off guard is the sheer speed of this device. I remember opening chrome when I first...

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9.0
Andersenep Andersenep

I got this phone a couple days ago to replace my aging I phone 4. Android took a bit of getting used to after using iOS for the past 4 years. Yes, this is a big phone, but it really is quite portable and usable. It easily fits in my pants pocket. One handed use isn't that bad, but there are...

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10
WillSokol WillSokol

I bought the Note 2 international version off contract and have enjoyed the non-pentile 720p super amoled plus display a lot. The display is good in the sun and has rich blacks. The processor is incredibly fast. As a guy I have not had any issues putting the phone in my pockets, even skinny...

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9.0
00quantameister 00quantameister

The Galaxy Note II is by far one of Samsung's best phones to date. It fully uses the strengths of Android & makes effective use of Touch Wiz to negate most weaknesses of the OS. The user interface feels highly evolved over the now stale 5 year iOS grid of icons & non linear slide to...

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10
Fadawah Fadawah

It took me a while to find the right phone. I started in June with the Galaxy Nexus, I switched to the S3 in August and eventually ended up with the Note 2. The main reason I switched was the poor battery. I'm quite the heavy media user (Flipboard, Facebook, Messenger, Kindle, Spotify, MX Player,...

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