Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review inc Camera, S-pen, Settings & Jelly Bean Androidizen

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So here we are with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. We are going to be taking a look at the hardware

and the software

and seeing really what Samsung are offering in this rather large but almost

perfectly formed package.

This is Samsung's latest and greatest phone

coming in with a 5.5 inch super AMOLED RGB screen.

It really is a monster,

this is one big phone

compared to something like the Galaxy S3

or the iPhone 5

you're really going to notice the size of this phone.

That's not to say that it's too big

but it won't suit certain people.

You're going to find it too difficult to hold in your hands I'm afraid, for a long period of time.

Now, other than the huge 5.5 inch screen

they've put a 1.6gighz Quad core

Xenos proccessor backed up with 2gig of system RAM

and either a choice of 16, 32 or 64 gig of storage.

This is a big beefy phone.

A 1.6 GHZ processor

quad-core

it absolutely flies

for gaming

and for practically anything else you could throw at it as well for that matter.

Anyway, on the front of the device we have a 1.9 mega pixel

front facing camera,

a couple of sensors

and the grille

for your ear piece.

On the bottom we have

a physical home button.

i know a lot of people prefer soft buttons as dictated by Google for Jellybean,

it does make a bit of a difference having a physical home button there though, because

you've got double click options, long press etcetera,

it seems to feel a little bit more solid. Using soft touch buttons on the Nexus 7

or the Galaxy Nexus, sometimes it just doesn't feel right, having that physical

button there does make a bit of a difference.

The side

of the phone

is very very thin.

It's about the same thickness

as the Galaxy S3 and so

feels good in the hand. If you've got big hands

you'll be more than comfortable holding the Galaxy Note 2.

The tapered edges again really aid the feeling that it's sitting comfortably in your hand,

and actually sitting in the palm of your hand properly,

not kind of just raised up on the edges, or anything like that.

It makes for a very pleasurable holding experience.

On the left hand side of the device are the volume rockers,

volume up, volume down.

On the other side of the device,

is your power button,

which for my

liking is a little bit on the small side maybe,

and also just on this edge here

you can see the back cover pop

get your fingernail or something into the corner there and pop.

The back cover is a bit on the stiff side.

On the top of the Galaxy Note 2

you have your 3mm headphone jack

and a small noise cancelling microphone,

and on the bottom of the device the micro usb

and another noise cancelling microphone.

On the back,

an eight megapixel shooter which is exactly the same as the Galaxy S3

and an LED flash which for my opinion is slightly on the blue hue side

when using it. It's not the best flash in the world but it gets the job done.

At the bottom of the device is your speaker grille

which is actually covered over by more than 50% with a small

piece of plastic effectively, the backcover. A little bit of an odd design decision there

but this speaker is very, very loud anyway,

certainly much louder than the S3

probably around twice the size of the S3 although it is buried in the plastic.

And then we have the Galaxy Note 2 S-pen

which is available at the bottom of the device

and this provides

touch control using a pen stylus device.

It's actually a digital stylus

meaning that it's actually communicating with

the phone

simultaneously

and we'll get onto those features in another part of the review.

Inside the back cover of the device

we have a very, very large 3100 ma battery.

That's going to be driving

the device for

really a good two days on standby general usage, so if you're just

checking your email,

playing the odd game and so on

two days is very viable out of this battery.

However, if you're really hammering your phone, making lots of phone calls

wi-fi turned on, GPS,

really running that screen at the highest brightness settings

then about a day out of the battery is what you are going to get.

But for a device of this size, running a 5.5inch screen,

that's still pretty spectacular, it has to be said.

One interesting thing to note is they've actually moved the NFC chip,

from the battery

onto its own

back cover

so now the NFC is part of the back cover

not the battery. If you want to go and buy aftermarket battery third-party you

no longer have to worry about

does it have NFC

built-in

Now the NFC connectors are there and that powers the NFC chip.

The SIM card tray is here, underneath the battery,

You will need to take the battery out to get to the SIM

but crucially

no longer do you have to take your battery out to get to the resource,

you can now just pop the memory card in as and when, really quickly.

Pull the back cover off,

pop the card in,

pop it back together.

And hear you can see the speaker,

big chunky speaker. But if you look at this piece of plastic here,

you can see effectively they have covered it over.

Little bit odd. Big speaker

tiny hole. Bit of a shame.

Other than that though, this really is a beautifully well made piece of kit.

Some people complain that the back cover is a bit flexible. I would probably agree with you

but

bearing in mind that there's plenty of really good quality back covers out there,

with various extra features on there,

much much simpler.

Whether we'll now have to also be keeping our eyes out for ones which have the NFC chips

built-in

or if someone is going to be enterprising and come up with a way to remove those

and attach them to your back covers, I'm not sure.

But all in all, a stonking piece of hardware, certainly this is the cutting

edge right now

of mobile phone design and specs. A truly beautiful piece of kit.

So the Galaxy Note 2 is running the latest and greatest version of Google's android operating system

code-named Jellybean.

The main stand out features here are really for Jellybean.

and for what Samsung have done in general

to integrate their touchless operating system

Samsung features and apps,

and then into the Jellybean operating system has been beautifully done.

If you've already got hold of the Samsung Galaxy S3

update Jellybean

then not a huge number of surprises here.

If you're brand new to Jellybean, if you're previously coming from Ice Cream Sandwich or

something like that

you're in for real treat.

OK, so first off

the main changes are the notification area.

The notification area has been completely overhauled now,

to make it much more user friendly.

Notifications can provide expanded information if the application has been set up for it

and Samsung have added their own

quick look shortcut bar at the top to the Galaxy Note 2

and the brightness controls

work really nicely and you have settings available at the top here if you tap that

straight into your settings.

On your button placements, you have

a long press button here,

which is actually your back button as well and that will bring up the multi window

support which allows you to run two applications simultaneously.

Long pressing on the home button

brings up the running tasks list

which you can then quickly close if you want to and that will clear all your running

tasks.

This option on the side,

on the left hand side takes you into your applications, that are installed, your

system memory, 1.75gig available,

and your storage.

if you long press but go into the centre option it will take you into the

Google Now functionality, which is new from Google for Jellybean,

and what this provides is

contextual based information

about what you are doing.

So for instance, what's the weather like

today where I am?

If I happen to be going out to a meeting it will check to see whether the traffic is

bad

and it will reroute me if necessary and it will tell me, would you like to be rerouted,

there's bad traffic, that's going to add an extra 10 minutes on to your journey?

It will provide

the latest sports

results.

If you happen to be stood at a bus stop or outside a cinema

it will provide the latest listings or bus timetables for you so you know

exactly how long you are going to be waiting for your movie or when the next bus is going to be

coming along.

This level of deep integration with the handset

is absolutely fantastic and

on quite a few occasions now I've found it really really useful.

Something certainly to check out. You can access it also,

via this Google search strip here

which you can also use to trigger

the Google voice service as well

which will then

produce a search for you based on what you've said.

It can search through images and absolutely anything you need

but all powered by Google services, a really really nice introduction and it

completely out Siri's Siri!

One of the pieces of functionality that Samsung have included

which I'm not a big fan of, is S Voice.

It's their version of Siri.

Personally I don't think it works very well.

It's better at some things than Siri and worse at others.

Personally, I've disabled it. I much preferred Google Now

and I really don't think Samsung will continue with S Voice for

too many years.

I think Google Now will effectively take over from it.

But good on Samsung for at least putting the functionality in there of voice assistance

but none of them work very well and I think Google kind of got the

one up on that one by not really doing the personalised

voice searching as such,

but really relying on the data it holds about us to

produce better voice responses

and provide data alongside that.

All in all,

the Galaxy Note 2 Jellybean functionality is a massive improvement over

the previous Ice Cream Sandwich on the same hardware.

The responsiveness of the screen,

how quickly

menus open,

and applications load is absolutely stunning

and while this does have a faster processor and more RAM

we've seen very similar speed gains and performance boosts in any device that gets Jellybean

installed on to it.

Everything is much more snappy

So if you are coming from an old handset for android apps or an old iPhone

you will really notice the difference in speed.

If you're one of those people that has an existing android phone

and you're just waiting for Jellybean at the moment, don't be too alarmed that there's a new

device come out that's faster.

Wait until you get Jellybean, you'll find your phone will suddenly be

like brand new again,

very very quick and responsive.

A lot of

the software

is pretty much standard

from an android perspective.

Some of the new Samsung

applications that they've added on

are really more updates to the existing stuff to take

account of

things like the S Pen so S Note and S planner have been updated

to make use of the S Pen

feature.

You now have paper artist which is a fun little drawing game.

They've added a reader's hub ... which is really like a Samsung books and

subscription service.

A lot of the time you kind of think they are duplicating

applications they have already provided, like a Samsung apps.

Why have Samsung apps if you have Google apps which have all the same apps in

there.

Occasionally a little bit cheaper

sometimes a bit more expensive

doesn't really make a right lot of sense.

They've also bundled dropbox

Chat On which is Sansung's chat app

A bit like what's app.

The learning hub which

for the life of me I don't really know why that's been included but

I think they're aiming this very much at

people in academia as well so

you have like a periodicals and journals option in there as well.

and then, really,

the standard Google stuff

like Google maps is there

Flipboard has also been included by Samsung which has all share which is

which is their DLNA sharing tool and

there's also the music hub

and game hub as well.

Most of the time though, you will find that you will be defaulting back to the Google ones

because they're what you know and love,

although I must say, I do actually quite like music hub and music

app that they've installed

it does quite a good job and it's quite

pleasing to use.

I always found that

the music app on IoS6

or, well on any

Apple product

was always a bit lacklustre really. Great sound quality but

not really the best app experience.

I think they've got it really, really well done

on the Galaxy Note 2.

OK, let's take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 S Pen.

On the bottom of the phone

You have the S Pen drawer.

And inside there, is the S Pen

And as soon as you take out the device

the phone will actually detect that it's going into SPen mode.

So you'll get the S Note pop-up so you can very quickly jot a note down.

You can alter all these things through the settings.

And then you also get a new home screen which gives you quick access

to S Notes and S Notes functionality.

You can then

draw on the screen

and it will record that information.

You've then got various functionality within the S Note that allows you to do erasing

and so on or you can use the typing tool

which will automatically pop you into OCR mode

so it will then try and

detect

my awful handwriting,

the word I'm trying to say, and remarkably got it right.

Very, very nice feature, now previously whenever anyone's had a go at doing digitisers and

so on on phones

or any kind of portable device, they've not done a brilliant job of it

and you tend to find it's not very responsive or

you end up losing the stylus.

Now what Samsung have done, they have teamed up with Wacom this time

so what you have is the market leader

in tablet design

and pen design

working with Samsung

to create a proper stylus which is actually intelligent in the sense that it's

talking to the phone.

So you have a button on the side here

which can enable extra functionality, in this case

I can use it to grab a screenwrite region by pressing down that button there and

and as soon as I press that button down it communicates that button press to the phone.

and I can then copy that to the clipboard automatically.

or share it with a particular application if I want to.

Another key feature is that when you take the S Pen out

of the phone

you get an audible chime

and then a vibration setting as well.

So you know it's been taken out and

putting it back in causes the same thing to happen.

You get a bit of feedback when this is properly secured.

Another really nice feature

because the pen is communicating constantly with the device,

if you happen to leave the pen on the table, and walk away, and haven't put it back into the phone

you will actually get a message on the screen saying the pen hasn't been attached properly and please go back and

get it.

A really really useful feature given how often these styluses tend to

get lost.

The actual S Pen functionality is really, really nicely done.

Being able to actually draw on the screen rather than kind of stabbing it with your fat fingers etc,

you get a lot more control, but likewise because of the way the stylus has been created it

doesn't have to touch the screen to interact with the options

so you can see here,

even though the pen is not quite touching the screen, it's about two millimetres away

I'm still able to get functionality just hovering over these menu items.

And then, when i actually

touch, it does it's thing,

and likewise

go into there,

but not until I actually want that item

so I can basically have a peek look and

see what these options are before I actually

go ahead and make use of them.

This also works in other

applications as well so if I come into Gallery

in here, I can hover over an image

and have it peek it for me

and so I can see what's actually inside that image.

If I go into the image

I can then also

add a photo note.

It flips the image round,

and I can draw on the back of the image,

save for later.

So if you take a particular image and you want to add a bit of extra context to it,

remind yourself later where you took it or anything like that, or just want to add a funny

little note, you can,

and then you can just tap on the image to

see the message written on the back.

Really, really nice little fun feature

although something that's pretty much just lock to the Galaxy Note 2.

You can't then share this image and have the information written on the back of the

image.

You just end sharing the front of the image effectively,

But it's just a nice bit of functionality to add into the Note 2 experience as it were.

This hovering option works at different levels

within the Gallery as well so you can use it on the top ends as well.

Really really nice.

if you happen to be working in an application which has a lot of scroll,

for instance

you can actually hover

your mouse down at the bottom.

Not actually working on Chrome,

but you can actually see here

it is working, to actually highlight links

the pen isn't actually touching the link

but I'm basically peeking on the link there.

In certain applications it doesn't seem to be working

in the Chrome browser,

let's just try it in normal browser.

or should we say the android built-in-browser.

Let's see if it's actually working. You can just see the arrow appearing at the

bottom here.

Let's get into something where we've got a a long list to scroll

if we can ever get there

doesn't look like it.

Let's just...

So this is the Androidizen website,

and if you can see there, now as soon as I've gone with the stylus down to the bottom

of the page it's starting to scroll

but i'm not actually touching the page.

Makes for a very, very nice experience. It's a shame this hasn't been ported over to Chrome yet.

Presumably this functionality will be coming over into the Chrome browser but for now

you can use it within the standard android browser if you want to.

It just makes for a quite a nice

fluid experience when you're

using the pen, you don't have to actually physically touch the screen to move

up and down.

Would have been nice to see this is a

date directly into the android operating system at this level

by Samsung but sadly not so we'll have to wait for apps to physically update for

this particular functionality.

Bit of a shame,

but it's there anyway.

It just makes for a much smoother experience when you are using the pen.

You don't have to keep flicking between pen and finger,

all of the time, or at least

in those apps that do support it.

Those are the key features of the S Pen,

everything else is pretty much up to your imagination and what you can do with it.

Samsung provided some good basic functionality and a

quite clever twist on the idea of using the stylus

but really from there it's what can you think to do with it?

For certain strategy games, and certain games where you have to draw paths and so on, this would be much more

accurate

than stabbing with your finger basically.

There you go, that is the Galaxy Note 2 S Pen.

To activate multi window mode,

long press on your back button and you get this charm bar appearing.

Then all you do is select the

first app you want multi window

and drag it in,

and then grab the next app you want multi window

and drag that in. And there you go...

So now, we can watch YouTube,

whilst browsing the web.

A very very

cool feature.

It doesn't work with every app. Samsung are encouraging developers to add the feature.

Some of the guys over on the XDA developer forums

have discovered a final manifest which seems to suggest it will be

fairly easy

to add additional apps into this multi window support

but out of the box

you basically have YouTube,

Chrome, messaging, SNote. Gmail, video player, the gallery, maps,

Facebook, and alsoTwitter but I don't use the official Twitter app.

I prefer Slices.

Each of those apps can then appear in there and if you go to edit you can change

that running order as well.

Multi windows support,

really really is the outstanding feature on the Galaxy Note 2.

The increase in usability because you have this larger screen

and being able to

use two apps simultaneously

is just fantastic. If you want to get rid of one app temporarily you can just

scroll it down to the bottom using this bar

which kind of sits

at different points so you can actually have the window displaying as much or as

little

as you'd like.

And it works in kind of four stages on the screen.

You can see there.

It just makes the the whole user experience you know,being able to throw a map

there whilst you're also browsing the web and pulling off phone numbers or

the address... it's just genius.

Why this hasn't found its way onto tablets before now is beyond me.

I would've thought that every Samsung device moving forward with a large

screen will have this feature.

I wouldn't be surprised if

this is copied by more manufacturers as well.

Frankly, Google, you need to get this into your next version of the android operating system

which I think is

dubbed key lime pie.

This is actually brilliant and i think would work on

anything over about four inch display.

I think this could actually work quite nicely on the Galaxy S3.

Certainly I'm looking forward to seeing what the guys over at XDA developers are cracking and hacking this

on to

the S3 and it's going to be

fantastic.

\this is an eight megapixel shooter

exactly the same one that comes on the Galaxy S3 so don't expect a sudden

leap in quality.

it's side backlit for low light,

but my personal feeling is the low light performance is still

very poor

However,

when you're using the camera outside and have plenty of sunlight,

it is one of the best shooters around.

Not quite at Nokia pureview levels but then who wants a 41 meg pixel camera in your phone when it

doesn't actually work as a very good phone.

So I'd rather have a

good balance between the two.

So, what kind of features

are we going to have here?

Let's move this in a little bit more.

A lot of the same features as on the previous Galaxy S3

You have your options down here at the bottom

which allow you to

edit the various

shooting modes.

You have a host of different shooting modes

from burst, best photo, which will take a series of shots and then show you what it thinks is the best

one

best face, which is the same principle again but using faces, face detection...

panorama

share shot, the now obligatory Galaxy Note 2 HDR mode,

beauty, smile shot, low light

and buddy photoshare.

Buddy photoshare

If you've set up your friends in your phone and tagged them

on a photograph

and it then sees one of your friends in a photograph it will then

share the photo with them automatically.

Quite a cool feature

How useful that is for most people I don't know.

You've got effects

which are sort of Instagrammy but not quite as good,

but they're actually operated

as a pre process so you actually get those instantly.

You also have

exposure values, focusing

mode which can be metered or spot

or centre weighted I think,

white balance, those outdoor visibility which really just

appears to be a contrast booster if you ask me.

and auto contrast which basically just blows out the contrast on your images,

makes them look a little bit 1970s.

Clearly, I don't think it works well in low light, it's more of a

well lit option.

Anti-shake which just makes sure that the .

image is absolutely stable before it fires the shutter.

just allowing you that extra fraction of a second

just to get the image perfect.

You can take pictures using Voice, you can GPS tag

and obviously you've got your image quality and your storage options as well.

Now the real surprise on this device was actually video.

You get all the same features again that you normally expect

so self-recording

turning the flash on

as a permanent beam

so it illuminates the scene.

In recording mode exposure, anti-shake

guidelines, all of that kind of stuff

but the interesting thing I found

was recording mode.

Now in here you've got limit for MMS which is normal, we've seen that before

on the S3

but then we have slow-motion

and fast motion.

Now, what these do, is

allow you to record

very very fast moving things but slow them right down and you can slow them down

by a quarter, a half or one eighth.

What actually happens is the

image sensor inside reduces the quality

down to about 480p

and that allows it to run much much quicker at grabbing the images

and then slow down that footage.

And what you find is really

nice, kind of slow smooth motion without motion blur

and works remarkably well actually

even though it has dropped the quality

it's still passable.

and if you're out and you just need to take a picture of

some cars going around a track

or kids playing

football or something like that , where you've got a lot of fast motion

It really makes a difference.

You do lose sound quality unfortunately as you might expect

but even so, a really nice little feature

quite surprised to just see it sitting in there, and again,

be nice to see if this gets back ported to some of the other devices in the same

vein you also have fast motion as well.

This will basically crank

the frame rate up to about sixty frames a second i believe

uh... maybe.

Surprisingly, it reckons it can even go up to eight times which would

be nearly

320, 240 frames a second! I'll have to try that later when I'm outside.

and I'll pop some video footage up so you can see the different speed settings.

Quite surprising little feature to have

inside a phone.

Very, very nice indeed.

But that is the main features you'll find for the camera on the Galaxy Note 2.

Let's take a look at the Note 2 settings.

If you're used to Ice Cream Sandwich or any previous version of android you'll find

things have been moved around a fair bit by Samsung.

Partly that's because of Jellybean

the latest operating system update from Google, and partly because of criticism

that some of their stuff was just buried under

many levels of menu.

So, the top area here

which is wireless networks is pretty much unchanged. You've got your wifi access

to bluetooth.

You can check your data usage

so how much data you've actually been using.

and also set warnings and thresholds on there

to prevent you from going over any bundles you may have

In more settings

you have flight mode, access to mobile network changing, tethering important hot

spots is in here

as is virtual private networks

and where you can turn your NFC and communication features on and off.

and also dnlas with nearby devices as well.

and if you happen to be using keys via wifi, which is Samsung's

updating pushing software you can push that information back up

between the device and the pc.

Home screen mode

allows for two different modes really, for using the device.

If you're someone who's new to android or you're coming from an iPhone where it's a bit more basic

you can switch to a basic mode it just cuts down on the number of home screens and the

amount of clutter.

Basic mode is the standard mode

and you' have easy mode that puts it into a more

slimmed down fashion,

so it's much easier to use.

This is really aimed at those people who aren't all that au fait

with mobile phones or are coming from a different

operating system and might become overwhelmed by the pure

number of features that

Samsung provide here.

If you come into blocking mode, this allows you to turn off particular types of alerts and alarms

between certain times

so you can send your incoming calls, and notifications

and set up times etcetera,

a really really useful feature

and something that in the past was done by third party apps.

Sound. Self-explanatory this is where you can be setting up your ringtones

vibration settings

everything related to how the phone is going to communicate

to you by audio, vibration intensity is in there as well.

You've also got the screen lock sound which we've got turned off

that ripple effect is quite annoying.

Display

self-explanatory again but

in here is where your wallpapers will be found but also LED indicator as well.

The phone has a little LED.

When you get notifications that LED will flash particular colours depending on the

notification you've got.

You can go in and tweak all of this here

along with the wallpaper.

Page buddy...

This is a really useful feature which detects

what you happen to have just done with the phone

If you pull the S Pen out it will then automatically

flip to S Pen mode.

Put your earphones in, it will switch to music mode. Docking, it will go into dock mode, etcetera.

Really really useful and it saves all that fiddling around that I need to go into this mode or

where's that music app.

if you put the headphones in clearly you want to use music.

You also have your brightness controls

auto rotation and screen timeout

and two useful features that I found were turned off by default...

which is smart rotation and smart stay.

Smart rotation and smart stay use the camera and sensors to work out whether it needs to leave

the screen on

or when the screen needs to be rotated intelligently.

So if you happen to be lying down when using the phone you may notice on some devices that

the screen will sometimes start flicking backwards and forwards because it can't quite

work out if

you're lying down

or standing up.

Smart rotation helps to alleviate that problem

and smart stay makes sure that screen stays on

if you happen to be looking at your phone.

It uses the camera, detects your face, it says you are still looking at the device I'd best not

turn the screen off now, he's probably using it!

A worthwhile feature and

quite welcome actually

to see that on a device. Little user experience things can make a big difference

about how frustrating

using a device can feel.

It's really good to see that coming in.

You can change the font styles as well if you are that way inclined.

Touch light duration, which is how long these lights stay on at the bottom

display battery percentage if you want at the top, personally I always find that rather scary.

I'd rather

not know!

It's about 50%.

Auto adjusts screen tone as well.

The storage areas

this provides

a running list of

what you are storing on your device and what category that would fall into

and you can then go into those areas and see those individual apps as listed and

remove them etcetera as you need to.

Power saving...

really really useful if you happen to be out and about and the battery's going low and you're going to be

away from charge for a while, flip this on, it will drop

your power

to the CPU

and the processor that's running the phone and doing all of the action.

Power saving will be turned on for the screen, it will drop the brightness right down

background colors will be muted

on the internet so

if you've got a lot background colors strong background colors use more power

white doesn't really use an awful lot of power

and turn off haptic feedback, again anything that happens to be drawing a lot of power off this battery.

All of that can then be disabled on the fly.

You could check your battery usage

and you can see which elements are actually using the most battery power.

Clearly the screen is always going to be pretty close to the top

but it allows you to see if you've got an application running in the

background maybe drawing a little bit more power than you wanted

you can then close that down.

And the application manager provides very similar functionality to the storage

area

provides everything you've got and all of your running apps as well and you

can see the cash processes

useful if you need to free up

memory or if you are trying to find something that happens to be chewing up a lot of

system run times

Locations...

How is it going to find out where you are?

Use GPS, it will drain the battery very quickly

usually wants a wireless network.

It's pretty much ok and still reasonably accurate, good enough to get your basic

fix.

Your lock screen has loads of information here. This controls

how your phone is seen

when you first turn it on and

before you actually enter so this area here basically.

Within that lock screen

you have various security options, so swipe, motion, face unlock, face and voice,

pattern, pin

and password.

And each of these options then gives you even more options

depending on what kind of security you are going for.

And then you've got the lock screen options as well

so the lock screen itself can have more information included on there

like a ticker, dual clock, weather,

you can turn the ripple effect on and off in there if you want to,

quick access to the camera quite useful, with that turned on if you take the phone

out of your pocket like this

put your finger on the screen and then rotate it will automatically go into

camera mode for you so you don't have to fiddle with the buttons or anything like

that

and with the camera starting up in

a fraction of about one-and-a-half seconds

really really quick and nippy way to work with your camera on the fly.

So those are all your lock screen options, worth having a play in there

to see what kind of functionality you want to turn on.

One handed operation

Security next.

This handles all of your encryption on the device

so if you happen to be working within a business network

there is a very good chance you will need to have this turned on and enabled

It will allow all the data that goes in and out of the phone

and the data stored on the phone to be encrypted.

Very very useful and very important if you're working on a corporate network.

One hand operation...

because this is such a big device, 5.5inches

the vast majority of people can't actually reach with their thumb from one side

to the other

of the screen so what they have is one-handed operation.

What it does is it puts the keyboard into a floating window which allows it to

drift to one side of the screen or the other or for you to drag it and position it exactly

where you want on the screen, whatever's comfortable to then one thumb boarding.

Literally it's a small size keyboard but if you measure it

and compare it to something like a Galaxy S3 or something else

you're actually getting the same size screen,

keyboard properly positioned

for where you want to use it.

It actually works pretty well and I've found the accuracy is

just as good

but you've got that flexibility there,

really useful if you're a one-handed operator like I am.

Language and Input... Another self-explanatory one.

This is where you are configuring what language your device is going to be

operating in and also what language it will respond to for

voice recognition and so on and text to speech input.

All of that can be fully controlled in there.

Cloud services are from Samsung.

That allows you to back up all of your data on your device such as SMS messages,

MMS messages and logs.

It's a bit weak, frankly.

I don't know why they include that and Dropbox.

It's useful I suppose but so limited that there are better options out there,

third party for it.

Back-up and reset allow

you to back up the physical device

and also reset and wipe all the data on the device.

And this is where accounts are held now.

If you are coming from Ice Cream Sandwich accounts used to be a

separate option called accounts and you had to go into that

and into the account you wanted, then settings and everything like that.

Now just down at the very bottom of your settings list

and you can then go in and configure each one of these independently

or add a

new account.

Add a new account gives you oodles and oodles of different options including Mircrosoft active sync and

bespoke customer service as well if you want to

LDAP's in there,

everything you could possibly need.

As you add new apps to your device

if they have an accounts option

it will appear in your account settings.

At the very bottom you have the system settings. Motion controls are from

Samsung

and these are very

useful ways that

you can use your device by using various motions

to create actions

within the device.

So direct call

If you have the phone number up on the screen you don't have to press the call button you

you can just

lift the phone to your head

the phone will detect that you want to make that call

and it will then start the dial for you.

Smart alert for catching messages

everything available in here there's some really, really useful features,

hand to move the icons.

If you turn over the phone you can then immediately mute or pause whatever it's

doing.

Some useful stuff in there that's worth taking a look at.

S Pen controls are in here as well including detachment sounds, dominant hand

battery saving

popup notice

and the alert if you happen to

walk out of the room and not put the pen back in.

Accessories, date and time, accessibility and developer options are all pretty standard

stuff really,

I won't go into those in too much detail.

But if you go into developer options you can actually make

your device just a little bit faster again.

Where you have window animation scale transition scale and animated duration scale,

put all those on point five

by default they are on point one. If you've got a really fast device,

the phone won't actually need to wait at all for

the animation to redraw on the screen. It's fast enough to just transition

really, really quickly.

It works on the S3, it works on the Galaxy Note 2 beautifully

and just makes the phone feel

a little bit nippier again by

a fraction of a second. Hey, we're all about squeezing every last bit of performance

out of these devices.

So those are the settings and the software of

the Samsung Galaxy

Note 2.

Truly a beautiful device, truly a beautiful software implementation as well.

OK, we're going to benchmark the Galaxy Note 2.

Let's go for it.

So what this is going to do is run through things like the CPU, memory,

input output power, 2D graphics and 3D graphics, and it will generate a score.

You can see it running through these various options at the moment.

Obviously,

the more powerful the device

the higher the score is going to be.

There's the 2D test going on. Fractals.

Very very smooth app, this is a very powerful phone.

2gig of RAM

and a 1.6 gig quad core processor.

Certainly you should expect some really high numbers out of this.

Very smooth.

do the double helix test

five-five six five

that is something else, there you go.

So the HTC 1X is quite a way behind there and

pretty much everything else is just picking up the rear.

So there you go,

the Galaxy Note 2

5,565

the benchmark. Beautiful.

Here we are with gig bench 2's benchmark

let's have a quick look and see what score we get.

Unfortunately there's no nice pretty pictures or anything to look at while it does this

You can just watch this nice spinning circle instead

while it does it's thing.

I feel like I should play some mood music or something.

1907

which is not bad at all.

There you see the spec

1.75gig of memory android 4.1.1.

and running at 6gig.

1907, beautiful.

I had to bring you this fantastic game.

It came out

a couple of days ago. It's called Death Dome.

If you've played an infinity game on the iPhone

this is a really, really similar principle

better graphics though in my opinion

it has like a

cell shading animation borderland style.

You level up your character, you get better weapons, you buy bigger bosses

you collect more loot

infinitum, keep levelling up until you

conquer the entire map, by the looks of it. So take a look

As you can see, the graphics are

gorgeous.

Here you're playing it on the new Galaxy Note 2 by the way.

So at the beginning of each

stage you have to collect by doing

tapping actions

and this gets you more coins etcetera and can get you power ups

and then a boss comes along

and we have to beat him up.

So you have to dodge his actions

and then attack him.

As you level up, your weapons do more and more damage,

you can block etcetera.

If you build up enough

special power

then you can unleash that to do like a really really big attack

sort of nice scavenging again.

Played on the Galaxy Note 2 it is a very fluid game.

Really really nice.

Haven't noticed any major slowdowns or anything like that

i think overall this is a

stonking release from

Mobile

Beat that guy in one go.

The basic back story is that a virus has been unleashed on the

world and made everyone go crazy and you're one of the last sane people and

obviously you have a really really big weapon

but that is Death Dome on Galaxy Note 2

free to play on the Playstore now. Go grab it.

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