I had been busy polishing off my review of the Nokia Lumia 920 and so was unable to put up a first impressions post for the Galaxy Note. But I am done with that now and I am free to proceed.
The Note II is a beautiful device, and a big one too, for something that serves also as a phone. I am yet to get over the size, especially when a telephone call comes in or I have to place one. Take a look at the Galaxy Note II beside the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 610:
I remember the first time I held Emmanuel Olalere’s original Galaxy Note. Boy, that thing felt huge, and the Note II still feels the same to me now. I noticed that after holding it in my hand for a while, picking up any other smartphone felt like I was picking up something really small. I hope that the feeling does not last, as it wouldn’t be funny when I have to return this unit when done with my evaluation.
One thing is for sure, that large beautiful display is a plus for reading, browsing and watching movies, and I have done a bit of those already on the Note II.
I also love that the onscreen keyboard has a dedicated 5th row of numeric keys, similar to what obtains on PCs and on the now extinct Communicators of the Symbian age. This and other little touches like that mean that the Note II pushes the boundary further in terms of approaching full computing capabilities.
I really haven’t had the time to really get down with the Note II, but now that I can give it my attention, you will be reading my thoughts about this bold move towards full PC computing on a pocketable mobile.
As is our practice, feel free to put your questions down in the comments section, so I can consider them in writing my features and reviews. Fellow mobilistas, the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.