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5.0 out of 5 stars Great phablet - but understand what model you really need !!!, 22 Nov. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 16GB SIM-Free Smartphone - Titanium Grey (Electronics)
This phablet is worth every penny and a great asset to have especially if you are S-Pen lover like myself. I bought it just because of the S-Pen features and my love for andriod devices. This is purely a business phablet, but if you are looking for a phone just for calls, then I would advice you to buy galaxy S3 which also has fast processor and even 4G variant.

Samsung galaxy note 2 has several models and sub-variants based on country and operator's requirements. The most common models are N7100 and N7105 which have their own individual advantages and disadvantages. For UK customers, make your choice wisely because I have made my own choice already in a very brilliant way.

1. N7105 has 3G & 4G LTE, while N7100 is only for 3G in the UK - because UK shall be using the 1800MHZ frequency for 4G LTE.

2. N7105 has no FM Radio with RDS, while N7100 has FM Radio with RDS.

3. Some sub-variant of N7105 has wireless charging technology while N7100 does not have it.

4. N7105 is at present over £100 more expensive than N7100.

Every other features as well as physical dimensions are exactly the same for both N7100 and N7105 except that the firmwares are different. As I mentioned earlier, I have made my choice wisely, you are free to reason your own way, but I shall explain how I reasoned and finally bought N7100 as my preferred choice model for 2012/2013.

I guess I love technology and the idea of 4G more than any of my friends here in UK. I live outside London and I know for sure there won't be any 4G not until say September 2013. Even if I live in London, not everywhere would have 4G by September 2013. I don't need a 4G that I can't access in every city I go for business as I always do. If there is 4G in only some locations, then I rather use wifi instead of a wifi-like 4G. I cannot afford to pay over a £100 extra for a feature I cannot use satisfactorily not until say September 2013, reason being that Samsung shall release a newer model, galaxy note "3" before the end of next year. The new model shall be more advanced with improved 4G reception capability, faster processor speed, much more crystal clear pictures, possibly with 3D capabilities, more improved S-notes, etc. Based on this, I weighed my options and decided to go for N7100 which has all the features I need now, plus a lovely FM radio, and also saves me about £100, while I wait for Samsung galaxy note "3-D" "4G LTE plus" in November 2013 when also, at that time, there will be a reliable 4G network in the UK. I can't afford to waste £100 on the illusion of 4G LTE that won't be efficient until November 2013 and also regret when the 'galaxy note 3-D with 4G LTE plus' would be released.

You are free to make your own choice depending on city and availability of 4G LTE, but just make sure you check the model number before you buy. Spend wisely and apply wisdom in your choice because 2013 is just by the corner.

Hope this review/advice help someone.
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Initial post: 18 Dec 2012 06:39:28 GMT
GabeLogan says:
Your point in no. 3 is wrong, N7100 and N7105 are both equipped and wireless charging ready. Though some carriers in USA have disabled it, it can still be enabled.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 13:08:19 GMT
Ben says:
@VanDamn, thanks for your comment, but I beg to disagree with you because my point is very correct. The N7100 variant is not wireless charging ready from factory, it only has the wireless charging pins. If you want to modify the Note 2 to have wireless charging, then you need to get coil & magnets for the back cover, which is a bit easy to do but will cost you extra cash. There are also some Hong Kong guys who have designed a separate back cover for the Note 2 which is equipped with the wireless charging coil, I believe you can get some to order either in amazon or ebay for about £40. But note, it is not made by Samsung! Modifications and subsequent effect of the magnets on phone chips and antenna are at your own risk! To make it clearer to you, that a phone has a memory card slot does not mean it is equipped with a memory card from factory. Hope you get it?

Posted on 3 Feb 2013 17:46:07 GMT
P. D. Fox says:
Nice review - lots of useful technical info. Much appreciated. thanks

Posted on 8 Feb 2013 14:39:31 GMT
Thank you so much, your explanation between two, especially 3G and 4G in UK has helped me a lot to decide which model to go for. I am going for N7100.

Posted on 10 Feb 2013 09:35:50 GMT
Riggs says:
Excellent review, it will help a lot of people :)

Posted on 14 Feb 2013 10:36:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 10:37:02 GMT
ACOA-UK! says:
Really informative review, Ben.
Thank you.
:-)

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2013 19:25:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 19:27:39 GMT
GabeLogan says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2013 22:19:34 GMT
Ben says:
@VanDamn, pls read carefully and understand my comment before you write. Your reply sounds like you don't understand all I have explained, or simply put, you didn't read my comment before writing yours. I explained everything you wrote in your comment and even advised about the modification process, yet you seem not to understand it or simply, maybe you want to argue or repeat all I explained. Let me try one last time...I mean if you buy N7100 today, you CANNOT get home and place it on a charging mat or palm touchstone or Qi and it will instantly charge, without doing EXTRA modifications, which are simply at your own risk. But for some variants of N7105, you CAN actually buy straight home and place on a wireless charging mat without ANY modifications. I played with different variants of galaxy note 2 available in the Hong Kong market in November 2012, hence I know all I explained here. For your information, there are several variants of N7105 as well, so don't be limited by the specification of the UK variant you bought from Phones4U. I have explained this over and over again, letting you know that I am not talking about whether N7100 can be modified or not, in fact, I even explained the modification process to you, but I'm sure you never read it or simply want to argue. I will not reply you again on this matter since you have decided not to understand it. I think lots of customers here who have seen up to 7 variants of the Note 2 understands everything I explained. If you still have doubt, pls kindly write your own review. Hope this makes things clearer. Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2013 23:09:23 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Feb 2013 23:17:28 GMT
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Posted on 17 Mar 2013 13:29:02 GMT
Fantastically useful review. Of everything seen on the internet 999,999 items out of one million are utterly useless. Your review is the "1 in a million" :) thanks
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