By Scott Packard
on 9.4.12
Photo by Samsung

Brushing off the recent court ruling, Samsung introduces the latest update to their ground-breaking phablet with the Galaxy Note II. With a bigger Super AMOLED screen (5.5” vs 5.3”) at a lower resolution (1280×720 vs. 1280×800), the new smartphone takes style cues from the Galaxy S III. Intended to conserve battery life and reduce screen latency, some will view the lower screen res as step backwards. Regardless, the Note II presents a huge playing field: with a quad-core Exynos processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on its 16:9 screen ratio, handheld video viewing will be virtually pleasant.

The sequel retains the signature Samsung 8 MP camera with 1080p video capability, and a new S Pen stylus brings a more realistic writing feel — courtesy of a rubber tip. The stick will beep if left behind, a nice feature for the absent-minded. The conundrum we’re left with is where to carry this behemoth — pockets are not an option (cargo pants notwithstanding) and unless you’re Batman, so is a belt carrier.

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