- 10-07-2012, 06:14 PM #26
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- 10-07-2012, 09:36 PM #27
The Galaxy Note, like the Android OS itself, tries to be everything to everyone and winds up being rife with compromise and not particularly good at any one particular thing except making you look like a dope when you use it.
- 10-07-2012, 09:46 PM #28
While I would prefer Windows Phone over Android, the only way that I would go back to an Android device would be if I bought a Nexus phone. I had a Galaxy S III for about 10 days and absolutely hated the TouchWiz interface. I also have no desire to own a phone with such a large screen. While the Note 2 may be a great device, it isn't the right fit for me.
10-08-2012, 10:23 AM #30
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The Super sensitive screen on the other hand looks like a gimmick. I mean, what is the point of a screen that can work with a pen or a stylus when there is no Transcriber in the phone. Remember the WinMo days where you could write on the screen and let the phone convert it to typing. That was awesome on my 8125 and TP2.
That said; I am getting a L920 and a Surface RT no doubt. But I am also getting the Note 2 for my wife.:happy:
- 10-11-2012, 01:20 PM #31
Based on all of the reviews I have read (and there have been a lot), the Note 2 is much improved from the OG Note. I never really considered one since I have been firmly in the WP camp, but the wonderful reviews have started to get my attention.
- 10-11-2012, 01:42 PM #32
Me too. The original Note didn't interest me, mainly because the pen integration was buggy and gimmicky. The Note II apparently is a generation leap forward.
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- 10-11-2012, 03:28 PM #33
I dont think the makeshift-stylus idea was based around writing really anyways, cos as you said I doubt it'll have any real support for handwriting kind of stuff, but you can still operate the phone with anything, be it fingernails or just your pencil while you are sitting at school/work/meeting, etc.
I wouldnt look at it as filling some small niche function like handwriting on a phone, but more so as a general huge improvement that allows for a lot more stuff than your generic smartphone screen. The screen and this feature is one of the biggest selling points for me and I didnt really even dream about handwriting on it!
And naturally such weathers mentioned above arnt restricted to just Finland :P
That said, I did personally suggest some ideas to Nokia regarding this, now that you can make a stylus out of everything, some handwriting recognition and software down the road could be a big thing. Nokia exclusive, anyone? :D
- 10-11-2012, 04:04 PM #34
While I have a thing for large screened devices I personally find the SGN2 too big. It's funny how many people look at even my Lumia 900 and still say "wow that's a huge phone". Meanwhile I my last phone was a Titan 2 with a larger screen.
5.5" is huge.. And of course you have to be a fan of Android. While the hardware of SGN2 is impressive I could never go back to Android after my short use. Not that it's not a great OS.. but it's just not for me. Which is why I ended up back with a WP for it's simplicity and refreshing look.
I have heard Samsung is releasing a GS3 refresh with GN2 specs.. If I had to go Android I'd take that over the SGN2. But I'll be more than happy with my upgrade to the Lumia 920.
10-12-2012, 02:13 AM #35
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- 10-12-2012, 02:26 AM #36
Personally, living in Australia, I never wear gloves and find that feature to be a bad thing for me. Whenever I get water on my screen from rain or something while I'm using it, I just use my sleeve to wipe it off knowing that I won't do anything to it. Won't be able to do that anymore.
- 10-12-2012, 09:35 AM #38
Posting your question on a Windows Phone Forum... I think I already know your decision. You are leaning towards the 920 and/or everyone is going to recommend the 920.
Personally, I do not like a skin over a core OS. Those were really great with Windows Mobile. But I think you should place your decision based on the OS first and then on the hardware. Because the Hardware is only as good as the OS that it runs.
Personally I like the Jelly Bean for it's smoothness and they way Android integrates with it's core apps like Gmail, maps, Goole+, Picasa, YouTube, etc. I've never tried any of the TouchWiz devices to know how it integrates with the Core Android in the device. But the facts speak for themselves... meaning Samsung is selling millions of their devices.. so I am sure they must be doing something right.
WP is an emerging OS and still trying to figure out a place in the Mobile OS eco system. We are all hoping that it will definitely pick up given the fact that MS has changed their core OS to mimic WP with Windows 8. So that should give a boost.
IMHO, Nokia Lumia 920 is by far has the best HW specs in a mobile phone in relation to how it integrates with the OS. From what I've seen, it's has a Kickass camera with PureView technology.
Hope this helps...
- 11-04-2012, 05:06 PM #39
That said, I'm looking at the Lumia 920, but at this point having owned the Note 2 (international unlocked on AT&T) I don't really see the need. Yes, they are very different devices, but if you want something that literally replaces a tablet/phone and sometimes computer, the Note 2 is worth a strong look. Of course if you are dead set on Windows 8, it's a waste of time, but for someone who is open to modern Android (4.1 and up) it feels like a very mature product that rocks with daily use. There is handwriting recognition, the wacom pen is very precise with like 1,000 pressure levels and the battery lasts FOREVER. It easily replaced my phone and Nexus 7 tablet. Carrying one device that does it all is great.
11-05-2012, 02:03 AM #40
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My unlocked Note II is coming tomorrow and your post certainly makes me pleased... I played with Note II a few seconds at T-Mobile store and it does look and feel like a fabulouse phone. Too bad if this phone runs WP8 it could well replace Nokia 920 as my dream phone.
I still plan to buy a 920 later because I love WP8 and plan to evetually migrate to Windows Tablet too (played Surface a little bit today and the build quality is great, but the after iPad 3 screen I simply can't stand the low dpi diaplay on Surface).
Anyway, I'll see how I get along with this BIG phone...