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Hands on with the Galaxy Note 2

  • Dailybhaskar.com
  • Nov 29, 2012, 14:43 PM IST
Hands on with the Galaxy Note 2
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The Galaxy Note 2 launched at the IFA Berlin came to India last month. It is now available in most of Indian markets now. This 1.6 GHz quad-core proce based phone, which has been launched at about Rs 39,990 could be grabbed at about Rs 36,000 today.

We bring you hands on review of the device.

 

Find out more by clicking on the following slides

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    The Galaxy Note 2 is a 5.5 inch phablet which appears grand in your hand. We grabbed the white colored version (see above) in which the touchsreen dominates the phone giving it an appearance of edge to edge screen. The touch buttons in the lower panel stay invisible till you actually touch the surface.

    The front camera is so small that you will probably not even notice it as a camera, but it acts fine for Skype conversations.

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    The back panel is decent. Though it gives you a feel that you are holding a mini tablet in your hand the grip is fine which covers whole of your palm. There is a camera (the 8 megapixel auto focus camera) and an LED light placed adjacent to it on the back side.

    There are only two buttons on the device- a power button on the right hand side and a volume button on the left. The top of the phone contains the audio output point and the charging is from the lower end slightly towards the back side so the front of the phone boasts a smooth finish.

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    Unlock the screen with a swipe and the first screen greets you with a list of apps on the phablet. The HD super amoled screen with the resolution of 1280 by 720 is a delight. The menu as in the Android Ice cream sandwich operating system and Gingerbread operating system offers multiple pages of apps. You can scan through apps with the slide feature or clicking on the page to select.

    A quick access pull down menu reflects on the left hand side of the screen in form of a small display button.

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    This Jelly bean 4.1 operating system on the 1.6 GHz quad-core processor offers decently fast connection to the Internet using a . Because of the wider display you will be able read the content. The pinch to zoom function is helpful to zoom in on a text.

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    This phablet comes with the S-Pen placed in a socket meant for it at the lower side of the device. The S-pen allows smooth working on the screen. It accompanies with apps like the S Note, S Planner, Email with hand-writing  integration and many. We tried to look at the work of S-pen with a small drawing. We tried the app to draw some lines from the S-Pen and it was good. You can select the thickness of the line and work on your device just like you work in a notebook.

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    It is a bigger phablet and so keeping it pocket is not advisable. So, what if you lose it somewhere? Well, Samsung has got you backed up for this. You can use SamsungDive to safeguard your personal and professional information on the phone. The service enables you to remotely lock and wipe-out the data when you lose your mobile. You can also find the location of your lost mobile using the Find my mobile function. 

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    The review cannot be complete without a little play with the camera. The primary camera of the phone is an 8 megapixel one which is very good. The camera offers various multiple setting options for you including taking pics in low light condition.

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    The camera also offers normal to a range of shooting effects.

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    You can also try the list of shooting modes available with the camera including panorama shoot.

    The phone offers 16 GB user memory to you for storing ample number of pictures. The 2 GB Ram offers faster editing of the pictures you have clicked.

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    A normal picture under low light situation, against a dark brown backdrop.

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    The same picture with the “Solaris” photo effect  on. This phone has got a standard Lithium ion 3100 mAh battery which gives great standby time when you use your phone on 3G. For a day of office work, this is good.

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