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85
Engadget
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Review

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

Pros
  • Much improved S Pen experience
  • Quad-core Exynos offers mind-blowing performance
  • Beautiful, vibrant display
  • Thinner and easier to hold than original Note
Cons
  • SIM-free version is a little pricey
  • MHL only works using Samsung adapter
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85
 

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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Model
16GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle east

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle east

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Model
64GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
64 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia, Europe, Middle east

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Model
6GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Model
AT&T

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Model
Sprint

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to15 hours)
Standby time (max)
250 hours
Battery type
Li-ion (Removable) (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Vc1) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Document editor, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte (1xrtt, Ev do ra)

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
Yes
TV-out
Yes (MHL / HDMI (micro-USB))
Model
T-Mobile

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
GSM (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (HSDPA)

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
Model
Verizon

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
5.522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (3100 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync) (Windows)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Cdma, Lte

Display

Screen size
5.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
267 PPI
Screen type
OLED (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes)

Hardware

CPU
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor