Key Specifications

Review Price: £549.995.5in HD amoled screen1.6GHz, quad-core processorNew S Pen stylus with 1024 pressure levels2GB RAM720 x 1,280 pixel resolution
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Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 Introduction

Think the iPhone 5 is a weakling of a mobile, & that even the Samsung Galaxy S3 could do with gaining a few curves? The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 may be what you’re after. Thanks lớn its 5.5in screen, it’s a phone so large that some people can’t decide whether it’s a phone or a tablet.

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It does demand man-sized hands or a handbag to slot into your life easily. But the large screen and its great stylus make it one of the most desirable di động devices around. At around £549.99, it’s £50 more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3, but you can’t complain too much given the extra features & screen inches you get here.

Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 đoạn phim Review

Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 Design

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 looks và feels a lot lượt thích a larger Samsung Galaxy S3, with aesthetic trimmings closer khổng lồ the smartphone flagship than the first Galaxy Note. A host of little design tweaks have been made lớn bring the lưu ý series to bring in-line with Samsung’s 2012 devices.

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Its soft key is a little sleeker, & while it its body is still palm-worryingly big, the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 is a little longer và less wide than its predecessor. The result is a phone that looks a bit leaner and less stubby, và is a little comfier to hold. 
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There’s no sugar-coating the truth, though. If you have small hands or wear femur-hugging skinny jeans the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 will pose a logistical problem or two, và may have to lớn be consigned lớn the handbag for transportation.

However, Samsung has made some seriously handy kiến thiết improvements that minimise the kích thước issues for most people. The buttons along its sides, which control volume & power, have been lowered a little. Those bearing at least mid-sized man-hands will be able khổng lồ operate the basics without shifting grip. And we couldn’t say that about the original Note.

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The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 is also a little slimmer and lighter than its forebear. It’s 177g in weight và 9.4mm thick. That’s a smidge thicker than the 8.6mm of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but this is presumably khổng lồ enable the phone khổng lồ pack-in a seriously impressive 3100mAh battery. Excuses for a tiny bit of back fat don’t get much better than that.

The basic construction of the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 is typical Samsung. Its rear is covered with a thin plastic battery cover, & while the sides are metallic in finish, they are made of plastic.

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Just lượt thích the look, the feel in-hand is much lượt thích a Samsung Galaxy S3. It doesn’t have the hard, cool touch of a metal-backed phone like the iPhone 5, and the back is made of familiar, ultra-thin plastic. The free flexing of the thing as it’s removed doesn’t exactly fill you with confidence about the phone’s strength, but technically its physical credentials aren’t too bad.
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The lưu ý 2 battery cover – keeping it bendyFor one, you can replace the back cover should it get scuffed or scratched to lớn matt oblivion, và the front is covered by a sheet of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Corning’s toughened glass has become the điện thoại cảm ứng industry standard, & the second generation makes it thinner, and even stronger.
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Other benefits of using a removable battery cover include being able khổng lồ remove the battery, & east-to-design custom covers-cum-cases. Samsung includes a second rear with the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2, one that apes the Pebble blue finish of the Samsung Galaxy S3 & has an integrated front flap screen protector.

The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 is a phone that looks less geeky than its predecessor, while keeping the kiến thiết nods that techies will love. However, these days it doesn’t need that many connectors to keep up its tech cred.

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There are just two here, a microUSB port on the bottom và a 3.5mm tai nghe jack up top. The bottom socket is used for charging, transferring files và to pipe đoạn clip out using Samsung’s MHL-compliant cable. Samsung does not include one in the box, though. What you vị get are the USB cable, power adapter & a pair of basic IEM-style earphones with an integrated handsfree kit/remote.
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The most important accessory of all, though, is one that slots perfectly into the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 – the re-designed S Pen stylus. Unlike the original S Pen, it features a triangular stem thiết kế for improved ergonomics, has a select button on one of its sides & has a rubber tip. Its tech specs have been significantly improved too.

It lives in a little cubby hole at the bottom of the device, và the cảnh báo 2 even notifies you with a bleat if you leave without it. This is done using a clever full bộ of the Wacom digitiser that makes the stylus so clever, and the phone’s accelerometer judging when you’ve walked away with the device. We’ll cover the positive effects of the other S Pen changes later.

Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 ScreenThe leading feature for any phone this kích cỡ has to be the screen. The Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 display is a giant 5.5in across, up from the 5.3in of its predecessor.

Some aspects of the screen are a little surprising. Although larger, it’s actually lower in resolution than the first Galaxy cảnh báo – 720 x 1,280 pixels rather than 800 x 1,280 pixels. That’s the very same resolution as the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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The subpixel structure has been changed, though, with some positive effects on image quality. The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 uses a Super AMOLED Plus screen. Almost all earlier OLED-type điện thoại cảm ứng screens used a Pentile subpixel arrangement, a red-green-blue-green array, but not here. This made screens look significantly less sharp and well-defined than an RGB screen of the same resolution.

The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 hasn’t gone full RGB in its subpixel array, but there is a radical difference. Now, a thin xanh subpixel và red/green subpixels size a little box. With no subpixel syncopation – so to speak – there are no real clarity problems. With 267dpi, you can just about discern pixel structure if you get your eyeball right up close to lớn the Gorilla Glass, but in anything approaching normal use it’s no problem.

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Maximum brightness of the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 isn’t quite dazzling in normal lighting conditions, but compares well with the Galaxy S3. And, of course, it comes with all the benefits of the OLED tech running the show.

AMOLED screens vày not use universal backlights, giving the tablet effectively infinity contrast as đen areas stay completely black. Colours are slightly oversaturated, but take into a darkened room, the benefits of an OLED screen are obvious. With LCD-based screens like the iPhone 5’s, black parts of an image always look a little grey in a darkened room, but not so here.

It may lose out on resolution to some of the top-end smartphones of today, but in uses where top-quality screens come into their own, the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 is a complete star. A 5.5in screen offers a much more satisfying movie-watching experience than an iPhone 5’s 4-incher, và the rich contrast of Super AMOLED Plus makes dark movie scenes in particular look fantastic.

Colours are a little less natural than those of something lượt thích the IPS screened điện thoại htc One X in the phone’s standard setting, but delve through the Settings menu and you’ll find some indispensable colour temperature/saturation settings. There are four, including two far less saturated than you’ll see fresh out of the box.

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Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 Interface & UsabilityWith game android 4.1 Jelly Bean working at the heart of the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2, this giant điện thoại cảm ứng is impressively up-to-date. It’s also very quick.

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 uses a powerful quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 processor that’s a mite faster than the 1.4GHz CPU of the Samsung Galaxy S3, và has 2GB of RAM while the other big players made vị with 1GB.

When this spec teams-up with the Project Butter initiative of game android Jelly Bean, what results is one seriously smooth phone. Project Butter’s aim is to lớn maker more intensive use of processor power during moments of strain, to make apk run at 60fps.

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Aside from the occasional very, very slight slowdown, performance here is perfect. Without seeing a quad-core “vanilla” Google phone to compare the Galaxy lưu ý 2 with, we can’t confirm whether the TouchWiz UI laid on top of Jelly Bean has slowed things down, but there’s honestly barely any lag here. In our opinion, 95 percent of momentary gaps between operations, such as skipping between the apps menu và the trang chủ screen, is deliberate.

Those who have owned a Samsung điện thoại cảm ứng in the last few years will be familiar with the basic parts of TouchWiz here. The Samsung UI does not change the basic parts of game android Jelly Bean 4.1 – you have seven home screens and a largely vanilla apps ‘n’ widgets menu.

TouchWiz brings its own phối of ứng dụng icons, a few handy widgets including a nice-looking clock & weather combo, and a custom lock screen. These are all minor changes compared lớn the additional apps & stylus functionality Samsung has packed-in.

Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 S PenSamsung has completely redesigned the S-Pen for the Samsung Galaxy note 2. The term S-Pen was introduced with the first Note, shorthand for the digitser styluses that make phone-tablets in this range so special.

The S-Pen is capable of so much more than a standard stylus because of the Wacom digitser built into the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2. This lets the phone sense differing levels of pressure from the pointer, and pinpoint the stylus’s position when it is some way away from the screen surface.

Both these aspects have improved significantly in the second-generation Note. The first cảnh báo can sense up to 256 levels of pressure, the Samsung Galaxy note 2 can discern 1,024 – the same number as the Wacom Bamboo dedicated graphics tablets.

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The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 stylus can also be identified around a centimetre from the screen, letting it double as a mouse cursor. In use the new stylus is fantastically responsive.

Arguably more important than these pure specs are the more experiential tweaks Samsung has made. The S-Pen is now an ergonomically-carved, triangular-stemmed kiến thiết rather than a smooth cylinder, there’s a button on one of its sides and – here’s the real game-changer – the kết thúc is a rubberised nib with a little give khổng lồ it. This softens its handwriting action, offering a much more smooth và natural feel than the original note was ever capable of.

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 S-Pen stylus is a joy to lớn use, simple as.

Samsung has done a great job of integrating its skills into the interface too. What’s most impressive is the sense of immediacy the S-Pen manages. Whip it out of its rabbit hole and you’re automatically taken to a bespoke S-Pen home screen. As standard this includes a quick khổng lồ the S-Note app, but lượt thích any trang chủ screen you can dress it as you please.

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The S Pen home screen

The S-Pen is at its best when used with the Samsung apps built into the phone. For example, the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2’s ability to identify the pen away from the screen is only presently useful in a fistful of apps. Samsung calls this functionality Air View.

In the S-Planner calendar, it brings up info about calendar events. In the e-mail app it pops-up the first few lines of an email. It brings up similar previews in the Gallery and đoạn clip player too.

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The partnership of the powerful hardware of the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2, the decent software and the honed, optimised Wacom digitiser makes these little feature nuggets feel lượt thích a natural additions khổng lồ the UI, rather than superfluous, frivolous add-ons.

The excellent S-Pen does serve lớn highlight that a few parts of the Samsung TouchWiz UI are a a bit flimsy & unnecessary, though. For example, you have the option lớn use accelerometer motion controls to lớn control things such as the movements of trang chủ screens & pages within the Gallery.

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Thanks to the Samsung keyboard OCR, the stylus can be used throughout Android

These things have tip-toed along the thin border between pure gimmickery và neat extra features at the best of times, but in the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 they fall right into tech trash can as over-the-top bits of fluff khổng lồ switch off within the Settings menu as soon as possible.

The S-Pen, though, is an almost unadulterated success. Even in apps without full implemetation of its abilities, it can be used as an alternative khổng lồ a finger – including casual games like Angry Birds Space. The one issue is that only a very small number of apps can fully appreciate what it’s capable of.

Samsung says that the only apps fully certified for the new S-Pen stylus are some of those of the Samsung Apps portal, the secondary ứng dụng store that sits alongside the Google Play tiện ích store within the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2. However, we did find a number of Google Play apps that tư vấn pressure sensitivity, including relatively high-profile drawing tools like Sketchbook Mobile.

S-Note is the S-Pen’s “flagship” ứng dụng though. Its lightweight name is also a bit misleading as it’s now quite a fully-featured suite – although one with an eye on lighter uses. Other than making notes using the Samsung keyboard’s optical character recognition, it’s intended khổng lồ let you make mind maps, presentations và little works of art.

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You can insert videos, pictures, text boxes and shapes into your notes, veering the tiện ích close to lớn something lượt thích Microsoft PowerPoint. Samsung supplies a bunch of templates for quick-but-organised notes for things such as meeting minutes and recipes. S-Note also lets you record the creation of a sketch as it’s made, in Draw Something-like fashion.

It’s also kid-friendly in parts. As well as adding photos and đoạn phim art lớn notes, you can use something called Idea Sketch. This lets you write the name of an object, và then pick a pre-drawn representation of it. The Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 offers three different cartoon cats, for example.

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Which is faster? cat bus or whale train?

That’s not the over of the “S-flavour” features, either. We can’t forget about S Voice, the hãng apple Siri equivalent that was partly responsible for getting Samsung dropped in $1billion’s worth of hot water in a recent court case.

A double tap on the central home button makes the S Voice app pop up. Ask it a question & it’ll bởi vì its best khổng lồ work out what you’re saying, as long as you have a network connection. All the calculations grunt work is done by Samsung’s servers.

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A typical S Voice result – not that great

The Samsung Galaxy note 2’s S Voice isn’t quite up to lớn the latest version of Siri seen in game ios 6, though. Anything vaguely taxing will send you straight to a website search, making it of limited use.

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Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 Contacts, Calling and BrowserThe Samsung Galaxy note 2 features what is by 2012 measures a fairly standard address book. Once the phone is hooked-up with Facebook and Twitter apps, you can harvest your contacts from those social networks, and any profile pics are automatically linked to lớn those people.

It’s easy enough lớn merge duplicated contacts from different networks too, making thiết lập a doddle. If you’re already an app android user, the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 will also grab contacts linked to lớn your Google account. Extra ways to lớn organise your contacts include groups and favourites.

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The call unique of the phone is great. It uses active noise cancellation with a pinhole microphone on the đứng top of the handset to lớn remove some ambient noise khổng lồ make you sound clearer to whoever you’re talking too, & the earpiece speaker is remarkably loud. It’s much louder than the điện thoại cảm ứng average.

Earpiece sound focuses on the low & mid-range frequencies, making people’s voices sound nice & beefy. However, the Samsung Galaxy note 2 could arguably bởi vì with a slight treble bump lớn make its hotline experience shine even brighter.

Also, holding such a giant phone against your head does feel odd for the first few times. It’s just something you’ll have to embrace, or forever live in mild embarrassment.

One part of the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 that only benefits from the phone’s kích cỡ is website browsing. Whether using the stylus or a finger, the browsing experience here is universally excellent.

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Its screen is large enough to bởi justice lớn just about any full desktop trang web – as opposed khổng lồ a cut-down smartphone browser version – it’s quick & although the screen isn’t quite as tightly pixel-packed as an iPhone 5, small text is legible.

Unlike most android Jelly Bean 4.1 devices, the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 doesn’t use Google Chrome as its inbuilt browser. Instead, it uses a Samsung alternative, with some visual bits consistent with the rest of the UI. Chrome is readily available to tải về from Google Play if you’d prefer, but according to lớn the Sunspider benchmark, both a similar cấp độ of performance. Và both have “advanced” features including saving pages for offline reading và forced desktop mode.

Neither offers Adobe Flash support, though, which was officially crossed off the app android checklist when Jelly Bean was introduced. Adobe announced that it was stopped development for the app android platform, & now you can’t even tải về the version of the Adobe Flash player that used lớn be available on Google Play. The result – Flash-heavy websites won’t work.

Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 CameraUsing exactly the same camera sensor hardware as the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy note 2 has an 8-megapixel main camera, và a 1.9-megapixel user-facing one. The main sensor is also has an LED flash to lớn lean on when it’s not too sunny. For the real camera geeks, it uses a fixed f/2.6 aperture with a focal length of 3.6mm. Notably, this isn’t quite as good as the f/2.4 aperture of the iPhone 5. A wider aperture sensor will give better low-light performance, as it can harvest more light in the same exposure window. However, camera performance is excellent given good lighting conditions.

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Macro performance is decent, although minimum focusing length is around 15cm, which is far from the best among smartphones. Give the sensor enough room, though, & the màn chơi of detail it can render is respectable. 

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This pixel crop shows the cấp độ of detail to expect from the Galaxy chú ý 2

Autofocus tốc độ is very good, although the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 occasionally appeared to lớn fail to lớn save shots when the phone was not held steady enough, suggesting the camera may be a little slower than the near-instant shutter sound effect may suggest.

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Another pixel crop, for good measure

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 offers standard features such as cảm ứng focusing, and control over ISO, metering and scene modes. Other modes you don’t get everywhere include a decent HDR mode, which merges together multiple exposure types to lớn reveal more detail in very dark or light areas, a so-so panorama mode, burst mode & face detection.

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The HDR mode works well, exposing extra detail in shadow areas

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Panorama isn’t a patch on the full-res mode of the iPhone 5

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The flash is fairly standardThere are a couple of new bits that didn’t feature in the recent Samsung Galaxy S3, too. There’s a burst group mode that uses multi-face facial recognition lớn pick the photo where the most number of people are looking directly at the camera.

Using a simple LED flash, the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2’s low light performance isn’t too remarkable, but it’ll suffice for the obligatory late-night BBQ and party shots.

Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 MultimediaThe large screen of the Samsung Galaxy lưu ý 2 makes this giant phone an obvious choice as a personal clip player, and it excels at the task. It can play most video clip types, with tư vấn for Xvid, Divx and MKV. The only files it failed to lớn play were our high bit-rate 1080p MKVs, which it spat out before even hitting the first frame.

Files lượt thích these can be played-back using a third-party truyền thông player like MX Player, although performance will depend on which one you use và whether it offers hardware tư vấn for the lưu ý 2’s chipset. Even the quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 struggles with 42Mbps 1080p MKVs using software rendering.

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Get your đoạn clip library in order, though, & both movies & TV episodes look fantastic. In the normal colour saturation mode, skin tones & bright clothing look thoroughly over-egged, but switch to the Natural or Movie mode within the main Settings menu and it’s hard lớn beat as a movie buddy that fits in your pocket.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Galaxy lưu ý 2 also features đoạn phim multitasking. From within the clip player app, you simply need lớn press a button within the transport bar khổng lồ make the video pop-up as a resizeable overlay on vị trí cao nhất of your trang chủ screen. It’ll stay there no matter what you’re doing, and can be zapped with just a couple of taps, much like an phầm mềm window in Windows.

Music support is much better than average too. If you’re a bit of a music fiend and have OGG & FLAC files in your library rather than just standard AAC & MP3 jobbies, you’ll have no problems with the Samsung Galaxy note 2. 

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The music player ứng dụng is clean, clear & effective, avoiding any 3d nonsense lớn slow navigation down. You vì chưng get a fairly comprehensive selection of equalisation và sound tweaking options, though.

The Music Player tiện ích offers a simple 7-band EQ, & extra controls for more involved bass và clarity modulators, plus reverb and 3D options (which we wouldn’t recommend touching with any brand of pole.) Samsung calls this the SoundAlive engine, and it comes with a dozen presets as well as a custom mode.

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There’s also a strange secondary function in the app, called Music Squares. This analyses your tracks, rating them on whether they sound passionate, calm, exciting, joyful or something a bit in-between – based on things like tempo and changes in volume. Controlling a bit like a Korg Kaosspad, you can track a “mood trajectory” for a playlist to lớn take by dragging your finger along these Music Squares. It’s a bit silly, but it normally works reasonably well. Ish.

Much more importantly, the Samsung Galaxy note 2 outputs clear, clean audio at a decent volume, so you won’t have lớn max out the volume as soon as you start listening anywhere other than a quiet room.

The bundled headphones aren’t much lớn write about, but we rarely expect much of such things. They use an IEM-style kiến thiết with not-all-that comfortable silicone tips, & have a fibrous-sounding treble that’s prone to lớn tripping over into harshness. However, bass response isn’t too bad, và we imagine that if you’re willing to spend £500 on a phone there’s a good chance you’ll already have your own pair of earphones or headphones anyway.

Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 Battery Life & ConnectivityOne of the most impressive specs of the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 is its 3100mAh battery. That’s a full 600mAh more than the original Galaxy Note, & it supplies this new model with impressive stamina.

Set to playing a đoạn phim file at full screen, with Wi-Fi và 3G switched off (this is out standard chạy thử for tablet battery life) & screen brightness set to 50 per cent, the Samsung Galaxy cảnh báo 2 lasted for just under 12 hours. That’s enough lớn keep you entertained over the period of most long-haul flights, và is hugely impressive given how small and light the phone is. In normal use, as ever, the stamina will depend on approximately 376,000 thousand factors. Make judicious use of 3G và you can expect khổng lồ get a minimum of two solid days out of the Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2. Only switch on connections when they’re needed và you can stretch that out even longer.

There are a great many connection types on offer here, raring to zap that power. It’s LTE-compatible, but that’s not of much use yet in the UK until the first networks get their 4G offerings of the ground. EE will be the first, due to lớn kick off its 4G offering towards the over of the year.

Advanced connections we can use right now include high-speed 21 Mbps HSUPA, Wi-Fi Direct và NFC. Wi-Fi Direct lets you connect directly lớn other Wi-Fi Direct devices and trade data without actually having an internet connection.

NFC stands for Near-Field Communication, & was one of the most notable absences from the iPhone 5 – hence making it a thing for the lưu ý 2 và Galaxy S3 to lớn bear proudly. It can be used in various food outlets on the high street lớn buy small items like cups of coffee, và Samsung has made sure it’s of some use even if you have no interest in such transactions – enter S Beam.

S Beam is Samsung’s marrying of the NFC and Wi-Fi Direct technologies. Put two S Beam compatible devices back to lớn back và they’ll be able lớn pair over NFC, before transferring files over the much faster Wi-Fi Direct standard. If that all sounds a bit too much lượt thích the tech version of a saucy nature documentary, Wi-Fi Direct also stands alone within the file transfer sections of apps like the Gallery.

The Wi-Fi connection can also be used lớn transfer video, over another Samsung standard called AllShare. This has been around for years, & connects all sorts of Samsung products including TVs, Blu-ray player, tablets and phones. It’s actually little more than a branded version of the DLNA streaming standard, there lớn make the tech a bit simpler for non tech-heads khổng lồ use. With it you can share, videos, pictures và music.

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The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 will also be able lớn output video clip directly lớn a TV using a Samsung MHL cable. That microUSB-sized port on the bottom may look like a standard tiddly USB slot, but it’s actually cleverer than that. MHL can transfer HD video and surround sound up khổng lồ 7.1. Samsung Galaxy note 2 Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy chú ý 2 improves the series formula in several important respects. It looks better, the stylus feels better và the tech has been bumped-up in almost every respect. The only slight downer is that as the original cảnh báo proved a commercial success rather than an entirely niche device limited khổng lồ geeks/freaks/giants, this second edition is a bit pricier.