The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in Titanium Gray and its S Pen stylus (Photo : Samsung)
The reviews are in on Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 and it so far has received positive reviews, notably its screen and speed.
The Inquirer's Lee Bell said the first thing he noticed about the new device is the similar designs of fellow Samsung products, Galaxy S3.
Like Us on Facebook
"It's made from the same materials, having a very similar design with its rounded edges, which Samsung refers to as a "pebble" design," noted Bell.
He added the design does feel "a little cheap" due to the plastic casing. However, credits it for being light and then, measuring 9.4mm thick.
"The best thing about the Note 2 is without question its super HD AMOLED screen that is even bigger than its predecessor, measuring an impressive 5.5in as opposed to the original Note's 5.275in display," reviewed Bell.
TechRadar's Gareth Beavis had similar thoughts to Bell, stating the design of the Note 2 is similar to the Galaxy range and called the Super AMOLED HD screen as "wonderfully vivid."
Gareth reviewed, "The quad core Exynos processor has been cranked up to 1.6GHz, and is joined by a distinctly un-shabby 2GB of RAM to power things along. And it's fast. Really fast."
But the TechRadar reviewer managed to find one negative: the size.
"For all Samsung's posturing that this is a product category that's been dying to be exploited, we're still not convinced that this isn't too large," added Gareth.
CNET's review stated that it first though the original Galaxy Note was "massive," but with the Galaxy Note 2, "now there's this monster."
It added, "If the Incredible Hulk or The Thing perhaps needed a proportionally sized handset, here it is."
"It's powered by a 3,100mAh battery, but I hope battery life can keep up with the Galaxy Note 2's fire-breathing list of components," reviewed CNET.
"The HD Super AMOLED display is stunning with rich colours and clear definition. Perfect for films with its 16:9 viewing ratio," reviewed Stuff.tv.
Overall, the S Pen received positive reviews.
The Inquirer reviewed, "...what we did like about the Note 2 was that its bundled features, such as the S pen, seem to work well with the device, with touchscreen response being immediate."
Stuff.tv however added, "...there is still some lag that leaves it falling behind your fastest notes. But given the S Pen SDK 2.2 comes out with the phone, developers will be able to create more apps and uses for the new S Pen."