I finally decided to get a Samsung Note II. I have T-Mobile as my provider and while my Galaxy S2 – (Rooted and Customized up the Yin Yang) is just as fast as a Stock Rom Galaxy S III, I decided to skip the upgrade to the S3 for the following reasons:
- I travel quite a bit as a consultant and I use my phone almost 4-5 hours a day
- I actually use the data plan portion and found the screen on the S3 to be a touch small
- I really want to dump my iPad 2 (There’s just no real functionality on it for me other than Netflix)
- I Skype with my little girl and want to be able to see her
- I want a Quad Core Processor (Better response time and performance on multi-threading).. People.. stop thinking clock speeds; they’re meaningless measures of performance, because there is no standardized baseline to go by.
- The size of the Note II seemed to be a good balance between a full blown tablet and a Mobile Phone
- I occasionally play games and it would be nice to have a bigger screen
- Videos come through BIG and Crisp on the Note II
- A Dual Purpose Device (Tablet + Phone) looks like a great option for me
- I want to be able to carry the Note II as my daily driver while having my Galaxy S2 as a backup phone. (Even the two phones together are less bulky than my iPad 2)
- I like Android
- I hate the fanboy mentality
So.. What do I think of it? The reality is I just bought it and it’s sitting next to me on the table charging. Preliminary comments are as follows:
Bulkier than the traditional Android Phone, but still fits in my front shirt pocket. (Call me geeky, but I like to be able to hear when my daughter calls me to say goodnight)
Fast even with all the crap T-Mobile throws on there. I will give Tmo credit for the fact that they’ve gotten better with Crapware / Bloatware, but it’s still pretty heavy. I can only imagine how fast and responsive this device is going to be when I’m done with it.
Fits well in the Palm of my hand
Definitely faster network / data speeds over the Galaxy S2 (Side by side tested it)
Fits well in the palm of my hand (and I have small hands)
JELLYBEAN!!!! (Need I say more?)
Less Eyestrain when surfing for information on the go
I can only imagine how much faster it’s going to be than my S2 after my de-crapping (removal) of the bloatware and phone
SSH Terminal Sessions are just a tad more bearable
I get a nifty stylus that I’ll never use! (YAY)
HSPA+ 42.. When It finally goes mainstream and T-Mobile turns up the speed (which they will), it’s going to be a nice little **bump** in speed. Yeah Yeah.. Lots of People are screaming LTE, but the reality is unless the provider gives you access to the speeds LTE can truly provide, it’s a meaningless exercise anyways. T-Mobile already stomps ATT in download speeds.(LTE [ATT] vs. HSPA+ [T-Mobile]). As far as upload is concerned, you’re not going to be uploading ISOs on your phone.. So it’s a somewhat meaningless exercise to even argue that fact. I ssh a lot on my phone. It’s not like the extra 3 Mbps is going to make a difference. It’s text people; an http request is text. It’s not exactly bulky. T-Mobile is owned largely by Deutsche Telecom. In other words, the Europeans have been doing this far longer than American carriers and know exactly what the needs are for the general populace. Yes, I’m pro Euro.. Deal people. (European Carriers have consistently kicked the crap out of American carriers when it comes to mobile performance for years). All I’m doing is pointing out the obvious. They are years ahead of us in mobile technology and I do challenge anyone to prove otherwise. (I’d love to learn where we excel in mobile technology). In other words, I don’t need 11 Mbps upstream on my mobile phone.
ANYWAY.. Getting back to the review.. I’m going to root my phone before I officially switch it over as my daily driver and of course, do all the wonderful tweaks I do to make it uber fast and ultra redundant (data wise).
So.. How do I feel about the “phablet” as Samsung dubs it? Absolutely uber. Yup. A good deal at any price when you consider the convenience I’ll have with eliminating the iPad 2 as a utilitarian Netflix device.
Yes… I’ll probably get flamed by the fanboys for thrashing Apple, but the reality is.. I want control over my device. I don’t want someone to tell me what I can or can’t do with it. I want convenience and performance. In other words.. I want to be free from 2 devices and just have one that is a good balance between size and performance.
The reality is my Note II will kick the crap performance wise out of my iPad 2. I have options. I can fix bugs myself if need be. Can I say the same for my iPad? nope.. I can’t.
I wish I could. I like Apple Hardware, but when it comes to mobile computing, Apple just completely misses the boat for a power user like me. It’s a software and control issue. I don’t want to be told what I can’t do unless Apple thinks it’s ok.
Don’t get me wrong.. The iPad 2 will still be my mobile Netflix device.. It’s just not going to travel with me anymore. It will be my home “portable tv” for walking around and watching movies and tv shows… I’ll even use it to check the weather occasionally; or I just might look out the window (I’m lazy).
I’m still pissed that Apple got rid of the 17″ Macbook Pro. 17″ laptops are not a mainstream item; they’re for people who really need a desktop replacement. I have no clue as to what my next Laptop is going to be (for now anyways), but I’m pretty sure it won’t be a Macbook Pro. I need the screen real estate.