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    Default Visibility in the sun??

    How is the visibility of the Note 2 in sunlight? Looking at the display unit in the store, I have the brightness cranked all the way up. The screen on my Razr Madden is a lot brighter. I can see my Maxx pretty good in the sun. With the Note 2 being dimmer, I'm thinking it would be difficult to see in direct sunlight.


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    It's not horrible. Very easy to see work brightness on full.

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    Just activated my Note 2 yesterday evening and had it outside in daylight for the first time today. My first impression was that my Galaxy S3 was brighter and more legible outdoors. When I got home I changed some of the screen settings - I'll see how it does outside again tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meerbot View Post
    Just activated my Note 2 yesterday evening and had it outside in daylight for the first time today. My first impression was that my Galaxy S3 was brighter and more legible outdoors. When I got home I changed some of the screen settings - I'll see how it does outside again tomorrow.

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    Keep us posted in how it does with the new settings.

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    Any update on this? I'm really interested in the Note 2, but the visibility in store by the window wasn't so great. Anyone tried a SIII/Note 2 side-by-side comparison? This is a concern as I use mine outside a fair amount.

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    Funny you asked. So at first I seemed to remember my GS3 being brighter outdoors. But I just took my GS3 outside and held it side by side with my Note 2. The Note 2 is not dimmer as I first thought. In fact, it actually looks ever so slightly bighter! Goes to show how memory can play tricks. I feel better now.

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    Also, I just noticed there's a setting in Camera that lets you make the screen a bit brighter than maximum. (But only available in Camera). I assume for when you're shooting pics outside.
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    Has anyone had the chance to compare the visibility of the Note. 2 outside compared to a Droid Razr Maxx?

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    You can also go to display and change the settings to dynamic instead of standard and gets really better and bright. Easily brighter than my s3

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    Quote Originally Posted by prophelic View Post
    You can also go to display and change the settings to dynamic instead of standard and gets really better and bright. Easily brighter than my s3

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    Really? Wow. Is the settings for Dynamic & Standard located under Settings > Display? If this makes the screen brighter, then I might go ahead and get it.
    Might try to go to Verizon and try it out on a demo unit.
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    Had a chance to tryout the different display settings on a Note 2. The dynamic is the brightest of the available settings, but the screen at 100% is still dimmer than other phones I've looked at and used. I'm thinking this will definitely be an issue while trying to use the phone in sunlight. I've had phones before that were difficult to see in sunlight, and I don't plan on going back to a phone with those deficiencies.
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    I haven't been outside since I got mine last week, too busy playing with the phone.

    If I have to choose between the two... Well, it would be easy.

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    I haven't used it extensively in the sun yet, just going from class to class. But I don't think it's bad at all with full brightness up. It's quite visible IMO. Can't really compare it to other phones though unfortunately.
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    It's awful in sunlight; simply awful. I cannot read a text, cannot find the icons to activate anything. Has anyone found a solution; maybe a screen one can buy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wdonbrown View Post
    It's awful in sunlight; simply awful. I cannot read a text, cannot find the icons to activate anything. Has anyone found a solution; maybe a screen one can buy?
    I agree the visibility of the screen on a sunny day is absolutely horrible, but I don't think its unusable. I crank the brightness all the way up when I go outside and that makes it usable but its a pain to have to change it back and forth. I do change it manually rather than auto because it saves battery life.
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    EVERYTIME I try using my Note ii in the sun I feel like Samsung has RIPPED me off! All my friends' NON-SAMSUNG phones are MUCH, MUCH, MUCH brighter in FULL SUNLIGHT, while my Note ii display vanishes! THIS REALLY SUCKS and I cannot believe people are not raising s?&% about this! Did SAMSUNG test the Note ii in a f&?%$# CAVE?!?!?!
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    What did u change the settings to? I'm having issues seeing it outside

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    I have always had mine set to 'Dynamic', it does make the screen a bit brighter, but with that said, in my personal opinion, the Note 2 is pretty difficult to see outside in the direct sun and I live in AZ., so very sunny most days!

    I love my Note 2 and can easily overlook this and it would not keep 'me' from owning this Amazing Phone! Is 'any' device really easy to see in direct sun? Just my 2 cents worth.

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    The ONLY thing I liked about my previous phone, the Droid X2, was that it was EASILY viewable in direct sunlight.

    I also have a hard time seeing my screen in the sun, even with the brightness set to max, on my Note 2. I would have to agree with the previous post- not a deal breaker since there is nothing else at all I dislike about the phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srvctec View Post
    The ONLY thing I liked about my previous phone, the Droid X2, was that it was EASILY viewable in direct sunlight.

    I also have a hard time seeing my screen, even with the brightness set to max, on my Note 2. I would have to agree with the previous post- not a deal breaker since there is nothing else at all I dislike about the phone.
    My previous phone had better visibility in sunlight as well. I didn't want to get the Note II when it came out because I saw where the screen didn't get as bright as my previous phone, and I knew this would be an issue in sunlight. Since I liked everything else about the phone, and there was nothing else I liked at the time, I went ahead and got it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodyberry View Post
    Also, I just noticed there's a setting in Camera that lets you make the screen a bit brighter than maximum. (But only available in Camera). I assume for when you're shooting pics outside.
    That just changes the exposure, not the actual brightness

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgk1985 View Post
    That just changes the exposure, not the actual brightness

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    Actually jodyberry is correct, it doesn't affect the exposure at all, it just makes the screen easier to see in sunlight to take photos/videos.
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    There are screen protectors that will help with this issue but, I don't really like them because they make the display look grainy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbode1 View Post
    There are screen protectors that will help with this issue but, I don't really like them because they make the display look grainy.

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    Except we're discussing the lack of brightness of the screen, not glare. I agree that the anti-glare screen protectors make the display look grainy.
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    All the more reason to carry two phones, an outside phone and an inside one.
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