Not getting on with Android
Had the Note 2 for a couple of days now and I'm not sure quite 'get' it. some niggles are Android, others are the Note 2 itself. The OS seems quite... disjointed. Different bits of the OS seem like theyre cut from different UIs, the stock keyboard is shockingly bad, with basically no auto-correct and I seem to have umpteen apps for even basic tasks like email. What the hell is up with having an email app, a GMail app and then having to download a Live Mail app just to get my Windows Live email, contacts and calendars on the device? On the contacts front, why do I need a separate app to sync Facebook contact photos? More to the point, why on earth does this app need access to basically all of my Facebook data?
Im finding Widgets to be near useless - so much scrolling between pages that it'd be quicker to just open the relevant application for most stuff, or use the (admittedly very good ) notification bar to see what's changed. Full multitasking is nice though, and the split-screen multitasking is great on the very small number of apps it works on. Sane goes for air view/scrolling - great if/when it's present in the application. One last OS gripe - many of the alerts that pop up make no sense to me. "Google Calendar cannot sync with Samsung Kies" and others, they come with no real explanation and wind up being Googled.
The hardware; the screen looks nice and I love the S-Pen and handwriting recognition, but I can't stand the way the screen brightness changes all the time, the cheap plastic the device is built from or the lethargic vibration(/cheap rattle). The charger port is also a bit loose.