Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note II
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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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    The Galaxy Note II Android 4.4 KitKat update is a nice surprise for those who are still rocking the 2012 phablet and have chosen, for one reason or the other, to not upgrade to the latest and greatest Note 3 -- soon to be replaced by the Note 4 at IFA in Q3. It is not yet (as of the date of this article) available as an OTA refresh, but it popped up in KIES, being available to Note II owners in France. The Galaxy Note II Android 4.4 KitKat update will bump your build numbers up to N7100XXUFND3, and should bring all the goodies you'd expect from the latest iteration of the Google ...

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    As the leak suggested last month, owners of a Samsung Galaxy S 4 on Sprint's network were able to install the latest official Android 4.4.2 KitKat update on their phones starting February 13. Additionally, Note 3 owners on the Now Network joined the KitKat party on February 20, but now the carrier is publishing further details regarding Samsung phones and the 4.4.2 refresh. If you have a Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S 4 mini, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Mega, or a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, you shouldn't worry, because Sprint is planning on updating these devices as well. While there is no  estimate of when ...

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    Samsung will eventually update all versions of its -- for now -- latest devices (like the Galaxy S 4 and Note III) to Android 4.4 KitKat, as its competitor HTC is doing with the 2013 One flagship, but a recent report claims that the South Koreans will go the extra mile of upgrading 2012 devices too. Now, before we get too excited, the information comes from "a source close to the matter" who has talked to PhanDroid, so treat it accordingly. The Galaxy Note 2 SGH-i317, Galaxy S3 SGH-i747, Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 SM-t217a, Galaxy S4 Active SGH-i537, Galaxy Mega SGH-i527, Galaxy S4 ...

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    The big phones only get bigger, it seems. We've been clamoring over gigantic phones since the original Galaxy Note announcement, and possibly even before that over phones which are now comparably quite small. Personally, I've been carrying large phones since January 2012, not long after the original Galaxy Note made its way stateside. And I've been back and forth between loving and hating giant phones ever since. They come with a handful of advantages, and just as much baggage. After all is said and done, though, I'm always happy to come back to a larger smartphone (within reason) due to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's new sale whenever you buy the new Lumia 2520 Windows tablet. We later go through more deals as retailers have dropped the price of the Google Nexus 7. Motorola follows the news as the company has just hired a 3D printing firm to take care of Project Ara. Leaks of Samsung's plans to upgrade the Galaxy Line-up to Android 4.4 KitKat follow after that. We end today's show talking about certain leaks showing a metal frame for the possible Samsung Galaxy S5. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia offering free Power Keyboard ...

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    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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    Whether you want to upgrade your existing Note II to the brand new Note 3 is completely up to you, and your pockets. Sure, the Note 3 is one of the fastest phones on the planet now, with a larger screen and all, but, if you don't care about raw horsepower, you don't really have any reason to grab the latest phablet, except its new S-Pen features. Luckily, these have been now ported over to the Note II, in the form of a custom ROM, based on a leaked Note 3 firmware. There are a lot of things working, like Air Command (complete with Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook and Action Memo), ...

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    There's no denying that the S Pen from Galaxy Note models is a great little stylus, and between its hardware and the software Samsung makes available, it's become a pretty useful tool. Watch any of Samsung's videos extolling the S Pen's virtues and you're sure to see plenty of productivity-focused features: taking notes, annotating media – all that jazz. That's all well and good, but lets be honest with ourselves; for as much time as we might want to spend note-taking, how often do we end up doodling in the margins instead? If you've been itching for a chance to stop repressing your ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the much-expected Nokia RX-114 tablet reaching the FCC, along with Nokia's first phablet, the Lumia 1520. We then talk about the leaked displays of the HTC Butterfly 2, and what to expect from this device. Sony is next as we've got some press renders that point to a smaller, but still powerful, Xperia Z1f. Google follows the news as we've got the company selling apps on vending machines in Japan. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3, and when we expect it to reach your device. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Nokia tablet ...

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    Back at IFA 2013 in Berlin, Samsung announced its biggest, baddest, most bodacious smartphone/tablet hybrid ever, the Galaxy Note 3. After getting some hands-on time with the world's beefiest phablet, we were keen to get it into our labs for some one-on-one testing ... and thanks to Negri Electronics, we've been able to do just that. The SM-N900 version of the Galaxy Note 3 recently arrived at the door of the Pocketnow review booth, and we're putting it bezel-to-bezel against its predecessor, the Galaxy Note II. So before you go dropping a boatload of bucks on the season's latest spec ...

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