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    Hi All,

    My first post here.

    I have recently purchased a Note II, coming from an iPhone 4s.

    Thoughts so far in my 4 days with the phone. I love it. Great screen size, but will take me some time to get used to a few things on it!

    Couple of questions I was hoping somebody may be able to help with:

    - The iPhone had a great search function. If I started typing it would search through my contacts, emails, etc. So if I was looking for a particular email in my inbox, even if it was months old, it would bring it up if I typed a part of the subject or the sender name, etc. I really miss this feature - is there anything remotely similar on the Note II?
    - I have set up my emails on the phone. For some reason, I am unable to edit my Sender name, so it displays as the first part of my email address (the part before the @). Rather than my name. I have tried all sorts to change this. I have even deleted and re-added the accounts, but the option to alter sender name for some reason is removed so I am unable to change it on 2 of my email accounts. Whereas on the third one, the option is there and I can change sender name. Any way of doing it? IS it a bug? It is driving me mad!
    - Also, trying to get used to the way of typing on the phone! When I enter a word, it helpfully comes up with a suggestion at the top of the keyboard if I misspell. However, is there any way to set the phone to automatically correct what I write, saving me moving hand up to click top of keyboard each time?

    I look forward to advice on the above!

    And I look forward to contributing to these forums with help for others as I hopefully pick up more and learn more about the phone. Seems the features are endless!!
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    Welcome to the boards!

    I also just transitioned from iPhone 4S to Note 2 and really enjoying it (I've had my phone for a week now).. still getting used to it. I know there is a search app on our phone that comes stock. I think that's what your asking about (like on the iPhone the 1st page has that search function)

    As far as changing your name, I think you should be able to in the settings somehow.

    And for the auto correct, I haven't found a way for it to just automatically change like the iPhone.. or how it scrolls seamlessly in the text box .. I do miss that from my iPhone too


    But here are some great resources that I've enjoyed. Hope you'll find it helpful!
    Apple User's Guide to Android
    Getting Started with Android - Tips and Tricks
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    Hi hot mom
    Thanks for the useful post.
    I cannot see a search app anywhere! What is it called? Will try to download it.
    With the keyboard best way I have found so far is to type five or six words without pressing the space bar and then the suggestion box comes up with a suggestion for all the words and you can click less often and saves you ever pressing space bar. I am trial and error on various methods at the moment so just will have to wait and see what is easiest but would have been useful to have auto correct.

    Still no luck with the emails so if anyone else has any idea please let me know!

    Also thanks for the links will look through these later!

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjiggy View Post
    Hi hot mom
    Thanks for the useful post.
    I cannot see a search app anywhere! What is it called? Will try to download it.
    With the keyboard best way I have found so far is to type five or six words without pressing the space bar and then the suggestion box comes up with a suggestion for all the words and you can click less often and saves you ever pressing space bar. I am trial and error on various methods at the moment so just will have to wait and see what is easiest but would have been useful to have auto correct.

    Still no luck with the emails so if anyone else has any idea please let me know!

    Also thanks for the links will look through these later!

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
    I couldn't help but giggle at "hot mom" LOL I'm far from that haha..

    But anywho.. the search app is where all the other apps are.. the icon with the 4 boxes (well it looks like that on mine) the app is just called "search" with a magnifying glass on it.. I actually haven't used it but i've seen in and i'm guessing that's what it's used for :P

    and you're welcome about the links!

    I'll try to mess around with my e-mail.. are you using the stock e-mail app? (i use gmail)
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    Hi All,

    My first post here.

    I have recently purchased a Note II, coming from an iPhone 4s.

    Thoughts so far in my 4 days with the phone. I love it. Great screen size, but will take me some time to get used to a few things on it!

    Couple of questions I was hoping somebody may be able to help with:

    - The iPhone had a great search function. If I started typing it would search through my contacts, emails, etc. So if I was looking for a particular email in my inbox, even if it was months old, it would bring it up if I typed a part of the subject or the sender name, etc. I really miss this feature - is there anything remotely similar on the Note II?
    - I have set up my emails on the phone. For some reason, I am unable to edit my Sender name, so it displays as the first part of my email address (the part before the @). Rather than my name. I have tried all sorts to change this. I have even deleted and re-added the accounts, but the option to alter sender name for some reason is removed so I am unable to change it on 2 of my email accounts. Whereas on the third one, the option is there and I can change sender name. Any way of doing it? IS it a bug? It is driving me mad!
    - Also, trying to get used to the way of typing on the phone! When I enter a word, it helpfully comes up with a suggestion at the top of the keyboard if I misspell. However, is there any way to set the phone to automatically correct what I write, saving me moving hand up to click top of keyboard each time?

    I look forward to advice on the above!

    And I look forward to contributing to these forums with help for others as I hopefully pick up more and learn more about the phone. Seems the features are endless!!
    -the search app is called Google, you can also get to it by long pressing the menu button from the home screen
    -I don't use the default mail app so I can't help there
    -there are many other keyboard options out there. I use SwiftKey and it behaves like you want it to

    Sent from my Note 2
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    Hi,
    Yes I am using stock email app. I have the Gmail, but my main email accounts are hotmail, so have used stock email app for these. If there are better apps out there please do tell, I am happy to switch!
    I have tried the search. It does search the phone for apps or contacts, but not on par with the apple or blackberry search, which seemed to search emails too, which is what I wanted!. Will have to live with this I think.

    I will also try swiftkey!
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    Try going into the email app and hit the Menu button at the very top it says search, you can search for Email. You just have to make sure you have it synced to you're phone.

    The reason we can't search Email's on the Note 2 as easy is because Samsung had to take a lot of that function out of there phones due to apple. There were allot more way's to search before apple decided to sue Samsung. You could search for all kind's of thing's before. I remember my S2 had that option but then Samsung updated it and took allot of those cool features out. You can search for thing's using Google search bar (Google Now). Google Now, it's great and did bring back a lot of nice features but it's nothing like it could be, due to apple and there greed.

    Once you learn more you're never going to want to go back to an iPhone. Android is amazing and like I said once you get the hang of it, you will have no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjiggy View Post
    Hi hot mom
    Thanks for the useful post.
    I cannot see a search app anywhere! What is it called? Will try to download it.
    With the keyboard best way I have found so far is to type five or six words without pressing the space bar and then the suggestion box comes up with a suggestion for all the words and you can click less often and saves you ever pressing space bar. I am trial and error on various methods at the moment so just will have to wait and see what is easiest but would have been useful to have auto correct.

    Still no luck with the emails so if anyone else has any idea please let me know!

    Also thanks for the links will look through these later!

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
    Make sure you have on swype turned on in the Samsung keyboard. It's the fastest way to type and auto correct get's better the more you use it.
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    I have to agree with Onemoa and in that this is an amazing phone. I a new Note owner as well. I've had mine for about a month and I'm still learning new stuff about it. I had a Blackberry before I made the switch.

    I would give the SwiftKey keyboard a try. The word predictions on the keyboard is really good. I really like the Flow feature on it.

    Hope this helps.

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    Swift key sure has its charms but I m a fan. Only problem I faced that sometimes I have to type in my native language then it force predicts then I have to choose space and then del it....


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    I agree that iOS has an awesome search feature.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, they also have a patent on the Universal Search Feature.
    One of the many lawsuits against Apple vs. Samsung & Google.

    I don't use the Samsung stock keyboard. I hate the way the word prediction feature on it.
    Many users prefer Swiftkey. I purchased Swiftkey as well, and it's a great alternative.
    I don't use it much because my favorite keyboard is still Smart Keyboard Pro.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    I agree that iOS has an awesome search feature.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, they also have a patent on the Universal Search Feature.
    One of the many lawsuits against Apple vs. Samsung & Google.

    I don't use the Samsung stock keyboard. I hate the way the word prediction feature on it.
    Many users prefer Swiftkey. I purchased Swiftkey as well, and it's a great alternative.
    I don't use it much because my favorite keyboard is still Smart Keyboard Pro.


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    Also the reason the htc one was delayed on hitting the states... they had to push an update that removed it.

    Basically, I use swype, it doesn't auto correct unless you use the swype function.

    ~swyped from a galaxy (note 2) far far away
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    The Samsung keyboard is awesome. It's what I always use. It's better then swype because it is less laggy and as you're typing it auto corrects. You can be half way through the word and it will already be spelled out. It also learns as you use it like swype. It keeps a dictionary of word's you use and imho, it does it better then swype. The Samsung keyboard is pretty much the stock jelly bean keyboard but better, imo of course.

    I also like that you can hit the microphone button and type with you're voice using the Google Now voice engine. It gets very accurate the more you use it, just like the Samsung keyboard.

    I used swype since the Galaxy S Vibrant (the first Galaxy S) up until the S2. But when I got my Note 2 I tried the Samsung keyboard and it's the best I have used. You must have continuous text check marked in order for it to work like swype. I've also tried swiftkey and about 3 other keyboards from the Play Store and non of them are as smooth and accurate as the Samsung Keyboard.

    Everyone has there own style of typing though, so it really does come down to personal preference. I just find that the Samsung Keyboard does it all and does it very well. Even if you're not a Swyper and like to use you're thumbs. You can turn off continuous text and be good to go. But I could never go back to using the old way of typing after using swype and even more so after using the Samsung keyboard.


    About the search feature in email. Did you ever find it? As long as you have you're email synced to you're phone. You just hit the the menu button and at the very top there is a search feature. As I said in my other post. Is it working for you?



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    The search function does indeed work and can be accessed several ways here are 2.

    1. Hold the home key for a few seconds until the menu pops up, in the middle on the bottom you will see a google icon. Click it, and it will bring up a search menu that can be used to both search the web and your phone simultaneously. I just tried to find a contacts name and it found it right away.

    2. Put a google search widget somewhere in a homescreen. Ot functions the same way as previosly mentioned.

    I made a screenshot of the second option so you can see how I have mine. It put my search widget on the default homescreen so I can always find it quickly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub1981 View Post
    The search function does indeed work and can be accessed several ways here are 2.

    1. Hold the home key for a few seconds until the menu pops up, in the middle on the bottom you will see a google icon. Click it, and it will bring up a search menu that can be used to both search the web and your phone simultaneously. I just tried to find a contacts name and it found it right away.

    2. Put a google search widget somewhere in a homescreen. Ot functions the same way as previosly mentioned.

    I made a screenshot of the second option so you can see how I have mine. It put my search widget on the default homescreen so I can always find it quickly.


    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I317 using Tapatalk 2
    On touchwiz you just told down the menu button and you go straight to Google now. Holding the home key is s voice

    Sent from my Note 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by itsjiggy View Post
    Hi,
    Yes I am using stock email app. I have the Gmail, but my main email accounts are hotmail, so have used stock email app for these. If there are better apps out there please do tell, I am happy to switch!
    I have tried the search. It does search the phone for apps or contacts, but not on par with the apple or blackberry search, which seemed to search emails too, which is what I wanted!. Will have to live with this I think.

    I will also try swiftkey!
    SwiftKey is good but if you select it as your default keyboard it will revert back to the samsung keyboard everyone you reboot your note 2

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note II
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    Quote Originally Posted by So Cold View Post
    On touchwiz you just told down the menu button and you go straight to Google now. Holding the home key is s voice

    Sent from my Note 2
    This may be specific to the different models of the note 2, but on my att phone holding the menu key does nothing. Double tapping the home button brings up svoice and holding the home key brings up task manager with search on the same screen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub1981 View Post
    This may be specific to the different models of the note 2, but on my att phone holding the menu key does nothing. Double tapping the home button brings up svoice and holding the home key brings up task manager with search on the same screen.


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    I'm on att as well. Everything you said is the same for me except holding the menu key. Not sure why it's different but I've heard of others holding the menu key for Google now so that's how I knew to do it. Now that I think about it I only think it works from the home screen, give that a shot

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    I figured out what was different. Im using apex launcher that lets me have quick launch settings for specific tasks.

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    Just an update. I downloaded the swiftkey app but after a day or so have gone back to the stock app. It does what I need just a question of getting used to it which I still am doing right now.

    Regarding the search I already have the floating Google bar on my screen which I sometimes use but it cannot compare to the apple search function which is a lot quicker and more comprehensive.
    Will update on here as I find out more.

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    You can just use S-Voice if you like siri better. S-voice was made by the same company that made siri. I find siri to be much slower and not nearly as understanding as Google Now.

    I did a side by side comparison with my friends iPhone 5 and Google Now blew siri out of the water. Google Now received an update a week or two ago as well. It updated the search speed and speech recognition. I did this side by side comparison two or three day's ago and Google Now opened apps faster, gave weather results faster and even things like asking how old a certain actor's, movie listings, cooking recipes, landmarks, closest hospitals and stuff like where the neatest Walmart is, directions to it and it's phone number. I even asked it what the score was to a game I was watching and it was spot on, then even told me who won.

    Google Now had cards for all of that and so much more. The iPhone 5 did most of it but did it much slower and if there was any background noise at all you had to repeat things to siri. Kind of like S-voice. As far as getting answers fast Google Now beats the hell out of siri, but if you want to hear the same two jokes over and over again siri can do that.. Then again so can S-Voice. I do play with S-voice from time to time and it is usable, just like siri. But as I said Google Now has much better voice recognition and you never have to hear "I cannot answer that question, would you like me to do an Internet search on (said question) for you?" I hear that from siri all the time as well as with S-voice. That's just another reason Google Now takes the win.

    Also to the other poster that keeps taking about search, we were talking about searching emails. Like I said in my other post, you just press the menu button while in the stock email app and at the top is search. As long as you're email is synchronized all the way, you can search it. But if you only have the last 30 days synced that's all you will be able to search.

    Anyway as I said, if you like siri. Use S-voice. But if you don't need to hear jokes and you're phone to tell you it loves you. Google Now will beat it every time and if you have personal speach recognition on in Google Now (you should have it on) the more you use Google Now the better it will understand you're voice and after a few weeks of good use, Google Now will be able to recognize every word you say and even auto correct you're sentence as you're saying it. I've noticed it doing that allot for me in the last few days. I'll mess up and it will backtrack and re enter the correct word or words that I said wrong.

    I know allot of you know all this but I just thought I would explain it so anyone that's new to Google Now will know how great it really is and after using it for a bit it will understand you and you can rely on it 110 percent even with background noise. I've tested it with two people having a conversation right across the table we were at and it still understood everything I said. I guess another reason I've made this post so long is I myself, feel Google Now is amazing and it's been working so well for me it's kind of creepy.

    Anyway, good luck with you're new device and have fun with it. How could you not. The Note 2 is an awesome device.





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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub1981 View Post
    The search function does indeed work and can be accessed several ways here are 2.

    1. Hold the home key for a few seconds until the menu pops up, in the middle on the bottom you will see a google icon. Click it, and it will bring up a search menu that can be used to both search the web and your phone simultaneously. I just tried to find a contacts name and it found it right away.

    2. Put a google search widget somewhere in a homescreen. Ot functions the same way as previosly mentioned.

    I made a screenshot of the second option so you can see how I have mine. It put my search widget on the default homescreen so I can always find it quickly.


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    Google Now search is great, but it's limited. It can't search calendar appointments. That's something the iPhone search feature has.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note II using Tapatalk
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    I use the calendar widget for that. It's a nice looking widget and all you need to do is slide over to one of your home pages. But Google Now will remind you of you have an up coming appointment.

    The main reason Google Now can't be even better then it is, because Apple and there greed.

    But even then Google Now blows siri out of the water, as I said before. It really is nice to have Google Now even doing things as simple as Note to self and I have them filtered to go into its own note to self label in Gmail. So all my notes go into there own folder, it's great. I just can't get over how understanding Google Now is. After the last update I notice it correcting my words if I say woops or start to say another word then say the word I ment to say it recalculated everything I said and the sentence comes out flawless and so fast.

    The speak recognition in Google Now is by far the best I've ever used. As I also said before it gets better and better. To the point where you can mumble and mess up and with all the background noise going on it still puts everything into text with perfect accuracy. I find myself using the keyboard much less if I just want to jot something down. Or even for texting if I'm busy and don't have time to swype on the Samsung keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdf3 View Post
    Google Now search is great, but it's limited. It can't search calendar appointments. That's something the iPhone search feature has.

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    Yes it is limited but you have a built in siri like app called svoice which can search your whole phone and stock apps if you are using the stock calender. It activate by double tapping the home button



    This is a screenshot from just a few of the suggested svoice choices.

    One thing I wish I had was an app like iphone spotlight. Then I could search for anything quickly just by entering the first few letters of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub1981 View Post
    Yes it is limited but you have a built in siri like app called svoice which can search your whole phone and stock apps if you are using the stock calender. It activate by double tapping the home button



    This is a screenshot from just a few of the suggested svoice choices.

    One thing I wish I had was an app like iphone spotlight. Then I could search for anything quickly just by entering the first few letters of it.

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    How do you access that option screen from S-Voice?


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