Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note II
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    The Android phablet landscape is about to get very interesting. So far we've seen it dominated by Samsung's Galaxy Note, and more recently, the Note II. Sure, smartphones themselves have gotten larger sine the first Note arrived, but this mid-five-inch-and-up range is still the domain of the phablet. Now we're looking to add a couple new members to that club, and from where I stand it looks like Samsung just might have a fight on its hands; will the upcoming phablets from Sony and HTC be the ones to snatch phablet domination away from the Note series? Following the Note's surprise success ...

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    Smartphones can't possibly get any bigger, can they? We all asked ourselves this after Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Note. Then came the Galaxy Note II, 0.2-inches larger than the original. And Huawei presented the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate to the world at CES in January. Again, we thought there is no way phones are getting any larger. Well, Samsung has done it again. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 is a gigantic phone. It towers over the Galaxy Note II, what was – and still is, for that matter – considered too large by many. But we would be doing you guys and gals a disservice if we didn't ...

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    At Pocketnow, we have a responsibility to try the new, the fresh, and the weird - and that latter swamp is exactly the one Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy waded into with his recent review of the ASUS Fonepad - the tablet with an earpiece. Or the phone with a tablet screen. Whatever you want to call it, we've covered it - and Tony has some thoughts about using a seven-inch smartphone in this edition of one of your favorite tech podcasts. After we clear the giant-phone convo, we've got more to say. Lots more. And, doubtless to the relief of thousands, very little of it involves Samsung's ...

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    When it comes to battery life we’re all n00bs! And you know what? You shouldn’t necessarily have to be a power user just to get a solid day out of your phone. This is what phone manufacturers don’t seem to understand (or they understand it perfectly but are much more interested in selling their products than delivering us, users, what we need). There’s a reason I have officially designated the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and its 11.78Wh (3,100mAh) battery, to be my “official show-covering” phone. Actually, as I think about it, the Pocketnow team’s majority uses Samsung’s ...

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    There are devices that deserve a modicum of coverage, and then there are devices that call for a maelstrom of coverage. Samsung's Galaxy S 4, the most hotly anticipated Android smartphone of 2013 so far, easily falls into the latter category, and we have no qualms about devoting an entire podcast to discussing the latest Google-powered beast out of Seoul. Tune in as Master Chief Stephen Schenck, Figurine Boatswain Taylor Martin, and Captain 2 Phones take you for an auditory tour of the high and low points of the Galaxy S 4, calling on the kind of strung-out expertise that only nine days ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 might be the talk of the town today, but it didn't get to its lofty position just by borrowing from older Samsung smartphones. The world's largest handset vendor borrowed heavily from its pioneering phablet line as well when crafting the Galaxy S 4, stealing gesture-based interactions from the Galaxy Note II, and even tweaking a few S Pen-powered features to serve the new pen-less king of the Samsung smartphone pile. How did all this feature-porting work out? Should someone in the market for a Note II pause for a second to consider going Galaxy S 4 instead? How much ...

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    We didn't expect to run the Weekly with a skeleton crew two weeks in a row - and it's a good thing we didn't have to. Mere minutes into this week's Tony-and-Michael-only podcast, Taylor Martin arrives to save us from the spectre of a fun, but low-energy, two-man show. In its place: jokes, laughs, and a lot of industry insight you're gonna wanna put your ears on. We talk phone batteries that can jump-start your car, what place Twitter has in music, whether we should be excited about Motorola's X phone or Nokia's aluminum Catwalk, and the strengths and weaknesses of Windows Phone, Facebook ...

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    Sometimes you just have to schedule a podcast a few hours before a major news event, and as a result you've got to scramble to come up with some valid-sounding speculation about just how useful a Facebook Phone could really be. It's not like we haven't tossed this notion around before, but doing it on the air, off-the-cuff, imbues our lives with a certain energy, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. Or even if you won't. Whatever; we have a good time riffing. You'll listen and like it! Ahem. All that, plus some chat on just how big a copycat LG's Optimus G Pro is - and how well it does ...

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    Just before Mobile World Congress, we got our first peek at the LG Optimus G Pro. Immediately, everyone knew exactly where LG's inspiration for a 5.5-inch smartphone came from. On the face, and even the backside, the Optimus G Pro borrows design cues from Samsung's two most popular smartphones, the Galaxy Note II, primarily, and the Galaxy S III. It shares a similar physical Home button with adjacent capacitive buttons for Back and Menu, it incorporates a similar faux-brushed metal trim made of plastic and even shares a ton of similar software features. A comparison between the Galaxy Note ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering a Galaxy S 4 or an HTC One, we know the ropes are complicated this spring if you're close to being eligible for a phone-swap. 2013 has shown just how great technology can evolve in mobile, and there's a lot to chose from. Watch today's Top 5 as we talk about our top picks for your next smartphone during Spring 2013. It's been a very innovative year for some companies, but a very slow one for others. This list was crafted as a consensus between all of our Pocketnow Staff, so hopefully you'll get a perspective as to what ...

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    The idea of comparing Sony's new Xperia ZL against Samsung's phablet is crazy in its own way. The Xperia ZL on one side is the perfect incarnation of a device that gives you big features on a footprint you can actually manipulate with one hand. The Note II by contrast is focused on showing the world that bigger is better. One of these products is designed to cater to every customer out there, and the other is clearly out to continue pushing the niche they created with the first Galaxy Note. Who will win in this battle of the large displays? Watch our comparison and find out.

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    Here's the thing about new smartphone launches: no one's ever satisfied. And I don't just mean in terms of direct satisfaction; sure, some of us aren't exactly blown away by the Galaxy S 4 in terms of how it measures up to the competition, but most everyone agrees it's at least a worthy successor to the Galaxy S III. That uneasy consensus, though, doesn't keep us from daydreaming about the next flagship smartphone in the Galaxy pipeline: the rumored Galaxy Note III. Many will say this smartphone salivation is premature. After all, we just reviewed the current king of phablets, the Galaxy ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Nexus 5 rumors and why they focus mainly on the camera. Then we talk about Motorola and some more X Phone rumors that now include three devices on the list. Then we move the spotlight to Microsoft as the plans for upgrade to Windows Phone 9, or the lack there of are already official. Then we talk about T-Mobile, their new 4G LTE network, and which devices will be benefited. We end today's show talking about Samsung's plans to bring Android 5.0 to their most recent devices. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nexus 5 Rumors Focus ...

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    It's been talking about it for years, we've already heard rumors of testing underway, and as the first quarter of 2013 starts to come to a close, we're getting word that T-Mobile is finally about to join the rest of the major US networks with the start of LTE service. We'd been looking forward to the carrier launching LTE in 2013, and the only question was one of when. T-Mobile has LTE equipment installed in both Kansas City and Las Vegas, and before March is out, at least one, if not both of them should be bringing LTE service to subscribers. What about LTE-capable hardware? We've known ...

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    Last week, following the introduction of the Galaxy S 4, we talked a little about Samsung's promises to bring some of the GS4's features to existing Samsung models. Today, we're back to looking at what the future holds for updates to a number of Samsung devices, this time concerning the possibility of them seeing get Android 5.0. This info is supposedly a "pre-list" from a Samsung insider, and the data may change between now and when Samsung makes its final decisions. Basically, of all Samsung Androids currently announced, only the Galaxy S 4, the GS3, the Note II, Note 8.0, and Note 10.1 ...

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