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4.0 out of 5 stars Truly excellent phone!, 24 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 16GB SIM-Free Smartphone - Titanium Grey (Electronics)
The standout features of this phone are the S Note/S Pen, and the large screen, so my review shall focus on these points

S NOTE:

I bought the note 2 primarily to use the S Note app in university lectures (I'm a mature student). It is responsive enough, with only a slight delay between where the pen is to where the writing appears. S Note obviously takes practice, though it quickly becomes intuitive and of benefit.

I managed 5-6 words per line in portrait orientation, although larger, more easily legible words reduce that number to around 4 per line, so it imposes a more selective style of writing than traditional pen and paper. Only 3-4 lines appear in landscape orientation, but I haven't found a way to change the scaling of it. Adding a new page is easy enough, as is scrolling from one page to the next.

I would like to be able to annotate Powerpoint and other MS documents, and although there are apps for creating such documents, I doubt the S Note app is compatible with them. Its not possible to "write" on published documents in the same way as with the S Note, which is a pity, though the pen alone does work on powerpoints and docx opened with Openoffice Pro (via a full qwerty keyboard), which I find very useful indeed. Using the S Pen with Openoffice MS documents allows adjustment of text size and uses much more of the screen, which are both benefits that S Note doesnt have. MS docx are more easily shared than S Notes, and can be further elaborated on with a PC.

I've read a couple of reviews which state it isnt a substitute for pen and paper, but I'd say it comes close enough for my purposes, and there are benefits that pen and paper do not have. Perhaps the S Note isnt perfect, but I shall certainly continue to use it in preference to pen and paper. The S Pen and S Note transforms this into a far more usable phone than any I have ever used.

As an aside, the stylus can be as useful as the traditional touch input, if not easier in some circumstances, though it can be annoyingly unresponsive when not using S Note, e.g., at shallow angles, and when a light touch is attempted.

SCREEN:

The color accuracy and depth of blacks is comparable to watching movies on a television or laptop. This is a powerful phone and its wonderful for watching films and music videos! They are rendered seamlessly and this screen does them justice. The extra inch-and-half compared to my old Nexus S makes a world of difference.

The screen IS huge, but then my large hands can almost reach the upper corners. Perhaps this phone does require both hands to operate it at times, but its not the end of the world! If you're even considering this phone then its dimensions either wont be a problem, or will be a happy compromise. I'd disagree with Apples "one size fits all" 4 inch policy: where is the screen on an iphone 5?! PDF's and other documents are far easier to view than with a 4 inch screen.

My last phone was the Nexus S, though even with the latest JellyBean 4.1.2, it seems prehistoric and insufficiently small compared to the Note 2!
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012, 15:44:58 BST
Paul Brookes says:
You can get a normal sized sim cut down by your current provider if they have a high street presence,,, worked for me

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012, 19:42:44 BST
P Cook says:
Plenty of decent sim card cutters here on Amazon I bought Noosy one it's awesome you can't mess up & their only a few quid you never know when you might want to use it this day & age :)

Posted on 28 Oct 2012, 00:13:04 BST
Alice Jones says:
When you write notes does it convert to text? That would be very useful.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2012, 21:04:46 GMT
andy e t says:
I haven't got into this yet, but have seen this done on a youtube video

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012, 08:03:18 GMT
andy e t says:
Yes it can convert written words into text
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