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    Default First 12 hours with Note 2

    To the people concerned about the size of this thing, here's something to consider: Have you ever gone fishing? Catch a bream? When you hold that bream to get the hook out...that's what holding this phone is similar to. It fits in my blue jeans front pocket just fine.I can sit with no problem too. I will get at least a rear case to give it some grip.

    I used the phone, text, and set up email on it relatively without headache. The dude at Best Buy transferred my contacts to it. I'm new to andriod so some of the workings of this phone were a little cryptic to me. However, after a short while, I got the hang of it. The screen is beautiful and updates nicely without stuttering. I was torn between updating my phone with a new "5" or this one. I haven't found anything I don't like about it except maybe the predictive text. And that's just because it's there instead of a spell checker.

    Bottom line is that I have 14 days to test it out and see if "we" fit together. Best Buy has 'em on sale for $250 for the next couple of days. I suspect that I'll keep this one because it doesn what I want it to do and I really like that big screen. I'll give a 5 day update after we spend some quality time together. If you're on the fence about it, give it a try and you may surprise yourself. I'm not into rooting or custom roms. I'm just your everyday Joe Sixpack getting a phone for every day use.
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    Default Re: First 12 hours with Note 2

    Glad you are liking it. If the keyboard really bothers you, try out of the other keyboards on the market. It's android, everything is changeable SwiftKey is nice, Swype is already installed, a little google seach maybe yield you the stock android (not samsung) keyboard that has autocorrect, etc etc. Plenty of good ones. The stock android keyboard is actually my favorite, but it's not installed on the note 2 that I know of. The samsung keyboard on the phone is nice, since you can enabled a one handed mode, but I wish it did have some form of autocorrect instead of just suggestions.
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    I was a big fan of Swiftkey (still am) but the number row on the Samsung Keyboard has spoiled me. Use the phone for company email and our password policy requires at least 1 number, hoping that Swiftkey will add the number row.
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    Default Re: First 12 hours with Note 2

    Went to bed at 10pm with phone at 77% battery. Got up at 4am and it was 73%. I have it checking email every 15 minutes. So I think that's pretty good.
    Do any of the other keyboards affect the S Pen?
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    Check the link below for Swype Beta, I have enjoyed using it. It even has a handwriting button so you can use the Spen to write if you would like.

    Swype issues/questions

    Side note, since are new to Android, if you try Swype, give it a real try. I would suggest making yourself use it for about 5 days. Anyone I have ever told this to ends up swearing by Swype. It is a little different at first, but it's very easy to get used to.
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    Default Re: First 12 hours with Note 2

    Does Amazon still have them for $99? Friend had Best Buy match it last week for $99.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    Do any of the other keyboards affect the S Pen?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vr002sh View Post
    the number row on the Samsung Keyboard has spoiled me
    Love this feature!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpt2569 View Post
    Nope.

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    Love this feature!
    Yup agreed...love it....

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    Default Re: First 12 hours with Note 2

    New question. How do you back up the phone in case of a crash? And please don't tell me Kies. It has an error when I try to hook the phone up by USB. I haven't tried it wireless yet. But there has to be a simple way to back it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    New question. How do you back up the phone in case of a crash? And please don't tell me Kies. It has an error when I try to hook the phone up by USB. I haven't tried it wireless yet. But there has to be a simple way to back it up.
    What exactly do you want to back up? Contacts, pictures, apps, email and music can and should be backed up with Google. Game data and text messages im not sure, maybe someone else knows. Unless you are rooted, in which case you can use Titanium Backup or something similar.

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    I have the backup done. Now how do I get all my favorites from IE on the phone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    I have the backup done. Now how do I get all my favorites from IE on the phone?
    Import them to Google Chrome, then download the Chrome browser from the Play Store on your phone. Your IE desktop favorites you imported will show up.
    Last edited by lpt2569; 12-28-2012 at 10:57 AM.
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    Let's pretend I don't want to be tracked like a Russian spy. Is there any other way to get my favorites on there besides Chrome? Besides adding them one at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    Let's pretend I don't want to be tracked like a Russian spy.
    Not sure I even understand what you mean here. Who is tracking you, through what means? All of your personal info and stuff is out there if you have a smartphone hooked to an Apple or Google account anyway. What are you concerned about?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    Is there any other way to get my favorites on there besides Chrome? Besides adding them one at a time.
    The Chrome option is the easiest way I know, but anyway...I have never tried this, but you might be able to connect your phone to your PC, and simply drag and drop your IE Favorites folder onto your phone. Give it a try. I don't use a browser on my phone very often, I use apps more often (eBay, Amazon, AndroidCentral, Tapatalk, ESPN Scorecenter, etc)...so I'm not going to be much help in this area. Sorry.
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    I guess you're not aware of the fact that Google tracks where you go on the web for advertising purposes? Have you noticed that when you search for a camera or any item that the item appears on other pages that you're on...from retailers wanting to sell that item to you? Google doesn't do the search service because they love you. It's about advertising dollars. It's a great search engine, but one way or the other, someone pays. The end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeraba View Post
    I guess you're not aware of the fact that Google tracks where you go on the web for advertising purposes? Have you noticed that when you search for a camera or any item that the item appears on other pages that you're on...from retailers wanting to sell that item to you? Google doesn't do the search service because they love you. It's about advertising dollars. It's a great search engine, but one way or the other, someone pays. The end.
    Ok. I am completely aware they track my browsing habits. Not using Chrome is not going to avoid them or others from tracking you. Microsoft and Apple and Verizon and the Government and just about a million other folks track your digital presence. I am not bothered by that one bit, what harm is it doing? Good luck avoiding someone tracking your moves in the digital world these days, not sure how you plan to avoid it when you have a smartphone, use the web, watch cable tv, etc. I was simply trying to help you enjoy your new phone. No thanks is necessary, hopefully we've been able to get you started and if you have other questions that have to do with getting the most out of your phone just ask.

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    I didn't intend to disrespect you but I can see how it came off that way. You're right about tracking going on no matter which way you turn these days, I was trying to avoid one more source. I know I can't get away from it but I don't want to help their cause either. I appreciate the help I get on these forums because I'm such an andriod noob. So please accept my apology for sounding like the north end of a south bound mule.
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    There is honestly nothing wrong with using Chrome...unless you're searching for CP on the internet what have you got to hide?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lpt2569 View Post
    Nope.

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    Love this feature!
    Agreed, I don't wanna change it even tho I misspell things all the time lol.

    Sent from my behemoth of a phone, the Galaxy Note II.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lastnv View Post
    There is honestly nothing wrong with using Chrome...unless you're searching for CP on the internet what have you got to hide?
    No, I don't search for Canned Peaches on the internet. By going limp and letting them get into your business is no way to protect your accounts, your private life and your loved ones. Thinking like you are will get police knocking on your door to seach your house. If you refuse, they can say, "so, you must be guilty of something. What have you got to hide?" Just sayin'
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    mikearaba, interesting that you are trying out the Note 2. I too am skeptical of Google due to the fact that they are an advertising company. Their next frontier is mobile advertising - they just haven't figured out how to monetize Android. Soon, they will. That irks me. Just for this reason I have been looking into Windows Phone.

    Separate question: have you tried out the S-pen with handwriting recognition rather than typing, and how do you find it?

    It has been about 3 days now. How are you finding the size. Is it getting painful carrying it around in your front pocket? Annoying when you are sitting for a while? Or have you started getting used to the block lying there all the time?
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    If you don't want to be tracked by a Russian Spy why are you using IE? Easily the browser that leaves the most data fragments when you sure probably ever.

    Just saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmarkey77 View Post
    Easily the browser that leaves the most data fragments when you sure probably ever.
    What data fragments does it leave? There is no such thing as a browser leaving data fragments. Are you basing your statements on actual knowledge or based on the FUD about IE? IE does have issues, so do the other browsers, including Chrome. Not to make this a debate about browsers, but if you are not basing your statement on known fact, do say so. If on the other hand you know something about this, do enlighten us all on what and how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4fool View Post
    mikearaba, interesting that you are trying out the Note 2. I too am skeptical of Google due to the fact that they are an advertising company. Their next frontier is mobile advertising - they just haven't figured out how to monetize Android. Soon, they will. That irks me. Just for this reason I have been looking into Windows Phone.

    Separate question: have you tried out the S-pen with handwriting recognition rather than typing, and how do you find it?

    It has been about 3 days now. How are you finding the size. Is it getting painful carrying it around in your front pocket? Annoying when you are sitting for a while? Or have you started getting used to the block lying there all the time?
    I did use the pen for handwriting recognition and was pleasantly surprised how well it worked. No problem with the phone in my pocket either. That was one of my concerns from the beginning, but it wasn't an issue. I'm not a fan boy but I really like this phone and the way it does what I want it to do. I write notes in script everyday in an S Pen app like a diary. I could let it convert it to text, but I like just writing it like on a note pad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4fool View Post
    mikearaba, interesting that you are trying out the Note 2. I too am skeptical of Google due to the fact that they are an advertising company. Their next frontier is mobile advertising - they just haven't figured out how to monetize Android. Soon, they will. That irks me. Just for this reason I have been looking into Windows Phone.
    Because Microsoft has not found a way to monetize Windows? Or because they dont track you through their various programs on their phones or PCs? :rolleyes:

    These companies are in the game to make money. If you buy and use a windows phone msft will know every move you make with that device, as will your carrier. Can we just get past all this "I dont want anyone tracking me and trying to take my money and personal info" nonsense. If you don't want any of that, dont use a cellphone at all and stay off the internet completely.

    Sorry to mikeraba for derailing your thread. I am glad to hear things are going well with your Note so far. Have you tried anything with your browser favorites yet that worked to your liking?

    Sent from my SCH-I605
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