Samsung Galaxy Note/Note 2 users......how do you find the size?

Anyone using a Samsung Galaxy Note/Note 2? How's the size? Do you ever feel it's "too big"? Does it fit comfortably in your pocket? Does it feel stupid on calls!?

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matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 21, 2012 at 19:48

Well, since my Note 2 arrived today and I'm typing this using the S-pen, hopefully I Can answer some of your questions.

I'm a relatively average sized bloke, I definitely don't have huge hands or anything and I can hold it just fine. It fits comfortably in the pocket of either jeans or suit trousers, I haven't tried it in anything else yet.

It feels okay on calls, the call quality is very good and I'm sure I'll get used to holding up such a large device in order to make calls.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask, I'll do my best to answer.

Pondlife  Dec. 21, 2012 at 21:52

Was wondering about that earlier. Nice one.

I've sold the n4 and got a smaller phone coming for christmas :)

How's the speed and screen and reception and and and everything compare with the S2

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 21, 2012 at 23:19

Right, the Note 2...where do I begin?

Display: Amazing, it blows the S2 out of the water. By far the best SAMOLED based display I've ever seen, it easily beats the S3 for reading text due to its RGB sub-pixel arrangement. There's even a mod on XDA to get more brightness out of it...may have to try that out (not that brightness is an issue, it's brighter than the S2's display).

Speed: One word; fast. Nothing slows it down and it doesn't get nearly as hot as the S2 when you're pushing it (though I'm not convinced any app currently on the market actually pushes both the CPU and GPU to the max).

Reception: Wi-Fi is good, unsurprisingly being a bigger device it holds a signal better than the S2. Even at the furthest point from my router, it's still got 2/3 bars (for comparison my S2 has 1/3 and my Acer laptop has 4/5). I haven't tested mobile reception yet as I don't have a micro SIM card...I kinda forgot to get one, oops :p.

Camera: Great for a phone, we all know how good the S3's camera is and the N2 has exactly the same module with more features in the software. There are a million and one test shots and videos on the internet for both the S3 and N2, any one of those will speak a thousand words.

Battery Life: Obviously I can't give a decent review of this but it's noticeably, comprehensively better than my S2's was. Charging does seem to take ages, though. I guess that's the downfall of a 3100mah battery :p. Then again, I was using a 600ma charger, not the 2amp charger which comes in the box, as I couldn't find my Euro to UK plug adapters (turns out it definitely was German stock) :p.

Size: I'm definitely getting used to it; the S2 already feels like a toy, my iPod Touch feels like a bad joke. I guess I'll only get more and more used to the Note and end up being stuck only ever being able to purchase another phablet device.

S-Pen: Surprisingly useful so far, though the novelty may wear off. Ask me again in a fortnight about this one.

Anything else you want to know? I'm quite happy to bang on about my new favourite toy all day long :p.

Pondlife  Dec. 21, 2012 at 23:39

I trimmed a sim card down for the N4, I'd definitely recommend getting a template rather than guessing as I got carried away and it was trying to fall through the tray... Bit of a shave and it might work as a nano sim :)
Fortunately wasn't silly enough to do it to my main sim card. :)
Yeah that charger would make a difference, actually talking of shavers would a shaver plug work for the pins.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 21, 2012 at 23:50

If T-Mobile can replace SIMs in their shops I'll give trimming mine down a go, if they can't and I have to order a new one from customer services, I don't want to risk messing it up and having to do without a phone for a few days whilst the new SIM arrives. I need to go town tomorrow anyway, so I'll pop into EE and ask.

One step ahead of you, I tried the adapter I use to charge my electric toothbrush in my bedroom rather than in the bathroom (the wire's too short to reach from the shaver socket on the wall to the flat part of the sink). It doesn't work, shaver/toothbrush 2 pin plugs are slightly different to Euro 2 pin plugs, the Euro one is really loose (like fire hazard/electrocution levels of loose) when it's in the shaver adapter.

My dad's got a spare iPad 3 charger at my house, so I guess I can always use that, that puts out even more juice than the N2 charger. Or...I could have a proper look through the incredibly cluttered cupboard in which I know there's a Euro to UK adapter...

Pondlife  Dec. 22, 2012 at 01:19

If they can replace them in shops then why trim it, let them give you a micro sim..

Ah, was worth a thought at least. They aren't hard to find anyway, seen them in the pound shops I think, supermarkets too, superdrug.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 22, 2012 at 02:00

They charge a tenner for a new contract SIM, it's daylight robbery.

I know travel adapters are cheap, though I'd rather use a quality one as it'll be getting used every day to charge something pretty expensive.

Pondlife  Dec. 22, 2012 at 02:10

That is quite shocking, even for a normal to micro swap. Naughty people.

Given the construction of them I can't see it making any difference, seems like a monster hdmi cable scenario almost. Would you even be unplugging it regularly, the adaptor from the other one that is.

With luck you won't need to charge every day :)

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 22, 2012 at 16:10

Hahaha charging for a replacement sim? Wow...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 22, 2012 at 16:16

Hahaha charging for a replacement sim? Wow...
Don't you love T-Mobile...£10 for a new contract SIM (dedicated customers etc, etc...), when they're giving them away for free to potential PAYG customers online.

What. A. Joke.

msharif911  Feb. 8, 2013 at 14:33

They charge a tenner for a new contract SIM, it's daylight robbery.

I know travel adapters are cheap, though I'd rather use a quality one as it'll be getting used every day to charge something pretty expensive.

Not if you ask them nicely. I have had 4 replaces for free by them.

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 8, 2013 at 18:46

She likes the size, so I don't have a note anymore

CTPAHHIK  Feb. 8, 2013 at 19:20

Was asked to pay tenner for micro SIM. Cut existing one myself.


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