I know everyone is quite aware of the Galaxy Note 2 by now. Right? I mean it’s that phone that’s laughably big running an OS that is subpar to the iOS your grandma has been running on her iPhone for the last 5 years. Oh and it’s got that silly stylus thingy. How 2005 is that?!
Oh. I’m sorry if you didn’t catch my sarcasm in the previous paragraph. The fact of the matter is, you probably have no clue what kind of device the Note 2 really is. You may have made up your mind on what you think it is. But trust me. You don’t know anything.
Samsung’s latest beast (and I say the word “beast” because at the heart of this device, that’s exactly what it is in terms of size and power) is the future of everything in mobile computing that Apple is NOT. I will explain. I am going to do my review from the perspective of an iPhone enthusiast. If you are reading this, you have probably already seen the unboxings, checked out some reviews and tossed around the idea of owning one but like millions of others, Apple’s sweet hooks of ecosystem have got you sitting pretty comfortably in your pretty little iCloud surrounded by all your crystal diamond bezeled devices.
I have been a devout iPhone owner for the last 5+ years. I am still an iPhone owner and will continue to be one for the forseeable future. With that being said, over the last few years, my love affair with the iPhone and the iOS operating system has grown a little stale. I have been flirting with the alternative know as Android. But never have I been so impressed with a combination of hardware and software like I have been with an Android device that I have now. I have owned an AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now for 15 days. I have so much to share with you. Because there is so much to cover, I have decided to break this uniquely styled review up into different sections. I hope you enjoy the upcoming series of posts as much as I enjoy writing them.
Part I: First Glance
The iPhone is sexy. Sometime I just watch it sit on a table. Sometimes I just pick it up to hold it. It’s a fashion statement. It’s a work of art. It’s all of these things. But for me? That all stops the moment the screen turns on and I am presented with the all too familiar font on the all too familiar slide to unlock screen with some random wallpaper I have stuck on there so that I can feel like my iPhone is uniquely different from everyone else’s.
When looking at the Galaxy Note 2, you can’t help but notice the size and you question your phone choice as you look at the monstrosity before you. Yes, it’s thin and that helps, but damn if it’s just not freaking big. But…….
All these thoughts vanish the second you turn it on. You are immediately drawn in by the 5.5“ HD AMOLED display and then suddenly, the entire World disappears around you. The 5.5” display gives you a canvas of endless customization opportunities. This brings a smile to your face as within seconds you are reminded that there are no limits to what you can do here. It’s a playground, and the Galaxy Note 2 easily entices you and pulls you into this new World of possibilities.
Part 2: Settings Menu.......(to be continued)