The Galaxy Note II was once one of the fastest and most powerful smartphones on the market. But with newer Snapdragon chipsets and faster clock speeds, the Note II is begging to show its age, if only a tiny bit. The 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 chip is definitely no slouch, but it isn’t quite as snappy or powerful as more modern chips.

To speed things up, nothing ever works quite as well as wiping the phone and starting from scratch. As you load more games and fill up the internal storage, the phone will naturally begin to slow down. But if you don’t want to take the time to set everything up again (and we won’t blame you if you don’t), flashing a custom kernel and overclocking might do the trick. (Note the keyword in that sentence: might.)

In this video, we compare a Galaxy Note II running at the stock clock speed to one with an overclocked CPU.

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