Friday morning, I was anxiously waiting to pick up the Galaxy Note 2 from my local AT&T store. I went in with the mindset knowing that this would be an out of pocket expense. Having sold my Nexus 7 and HTC One X, I had almost all the cash together I needed for this pretty significant purchase. I’ve seen all the reviews. I’ve watched the unboxings. I antcipated the release with others in the most popular of Android forums. This was the device I have been waiting for. A device that left nothing at the table. With a 5.5" display, LTE speeds, quad core processing power, all day and night battery, intuitive stylus technologies and complimenting software, Android’s buttery smooth Jelly Bean operating system, removable battery and upgradable storage……THIS IS IT!!
My first true hands on experiences with the Note 2 satisfied all my cravings. After mere minutes of exploring the phone, I was in love. Honest to God, it made my iPhone 5’s UI feel dated and dare I say ugly? (ducking for cover as I get figuratively stoned by my fellow iOS fanboy brethren). I’ve flirted with Android devices before. They were toys running an unpolished OS, iPhone imitators that didn’t measure up. This time, it was different.
This amazing piece of hardware has me putting the iPhone down and resenting having to pick it back up. As of now, there are a few key apps that keep from putting the iPhone to rest. But I refuse to let that keep me from positioning this device to become my daily driver. It’s just too damn good not to be a fulltime tool in my life.
While I can credit Samsung for the imagination and innovation that went it to the Galaxy Note 2, I also have to give credit to Apple for the soon to be change in my mobile phone usage. While iOS is without a doubt the most polished and complete mobile platform by a large margin, the innovation has slowed, the OS has become stale and my demands in mobile computing are not being met by my beloved Apple. Now I’m talking smartphones here. In the personal computing market, the tablet market and the in the fight for the living room, it’s Apple devices that get my hands down vote. But when it comes to the mobile phone, Apple has lost favor with me. I should have seen it coming with the less than stellar 6.0 update to their operating system, the vast amount of buggy and incomplete attempts at new software additions (Siri, maps, podcasts app), the fact that I am no longer their target audience as my needs have surpassed those of the general public. The mobile phone’s role in our lives has shifted over the last few years and where a phone used to be the core functionality behind the device, now it’s become our miniature personal computer. I think Samsung understands this and has a clearer vision for the future of the ultimate mobile convergence device.
I have a lot to learn about my new toy. So many tweaks, customizations and optimizations are available to me and after being a devoted iPhone user for the last 5+ years, I have to get used to that. But setting this device up will be an exercise that I will thoroughly enjoy. I will take my time with it and learn all that it can teach me. I’m excited. The Galaxy Note 2 has allowed me to enjoy technology again.
Look for my review of the Galaxy Note 2 in the coming weeks, I will have a lot more to share.