10-26-2012 10:23 PM
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  1. beezyf107's Avatar
    Idk if i want to upgrade to the gs3 or should i wait for the note 2??help
    09-30-2012 07:21 PM
  2. GMJeff's Avatar
    I would have to ask if you want a phone first device or a tablet first type of device. That would make up your mind quickly.

    The GS3 is definitely h phone first, with possibilities of having tablet like function secondly. The Note 2 obviously is tablet like first and phone like second.

    Think about what you would use the device for primarily. If you say taking notes or something like that, then you would lean towards the Note 2. If it is phone calls and SMS, then the S3 would be a better choice.

    Portability, the S3 would win due to size of the device, but for screen real estate and the S Pen, only the Note 2.

    So really, you need to weigh what you need/want with what you are using the device for on a daily basis. That is really the only way to decide.

    Me personally, I have the Note 1 (wife is using it now) as well as the SGS3, so I will be relieving myself of my SGS3 to purchase a Note 2. The Note 2 will go hand in hand with my Note 10.1 for all of my notes and such.

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    DAS likes this.
    09-30-2012 08:05 PM
  3. smooches680's Avatar
    I would have to ask if you want a phone first device or a tablet first type of device. That would make up your mind quickly.

    The GS3 is definitely h phone first, with possibilities of having tablet like function secondly. The Note 2 obviously is tablet like first and phone like second.

    Think about what you would use the device for primarily. If you say taking notes or something like that, then you would lean towards the Note 2. If it is phone calls and SMS, then the S3 would be a better choice.

    Portability, the S3 would win due to size of the device, but for screen real estate and the S Pen, only the Note 2.

    So really, you need to weigh what you need/want with what you are using the device for on a daily basis. That is really the only way to decide.

    Me personally, I have the Note 1 (wife is using it now) as well as the SGS3, so I will be relieving myself of my SGS3 to purchase a Note 2. The Note 2 will go hand in hand with my Note 10.1 for all of my notes and such.

    Sent from my GT-N8013 using Android Central Forums
    Yes I also have the Samsung galaxy note 10.1 and the Samsung galaxy S3 phone and will be trading the Samsung galaxy S3 for the note 2 on Sprint.

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    09-30-2012 09:06 PM
  4. Deaj's Avatar
    NOTE: I'm home sick and have nothing to do so I've provided some background information here (lot's of information it seems... typing is about all I feel up to today). My simple answer to the question posed is at the end of this post (or novel ).

    Long time PDA user here (started with a Handspring Visor ~1998). When the PDA market seemed to stagnate I decided to give an iPod Touch a go as a PDA (gen 2). While I very much missed the stylus I did appreciate the seamless, stable OS and the ever increasing, improving selection of apps for PDA type use. I'm a happy T-Mobile customer and so the iPhone wasn't even on my radar. I'd been used to carrying a dedicated phone and PDA so I didn't feel as though I was missing out (this punctuated by the parade of unstable company issued Blackberry's and Windows Mobile 'smartphones' I was pressed to use for work). As I have been able to keep my mobile devices in near new condition under heavy usage (with no screen protectors - I can't stand them) I've been able to flip them for good money and minimize the cost of upgrades. I stuck it out with the iPod Touch through 4th Gen and watched the smartphone market closely for something that I thought might work for me. Though the thought of shoe-horning an unlocked iPhone 4S into service to replace my phone and iPod Touch occurred to me at one point there were user comments online reporting a variety of issues that I was not willing to tolerate (I'd be hard pressed to remember specifics now...).

    When the Android powered HTC Sensation 4G was released for T-Mobile users I found a local user who let me demo the phone - sold! I was due an upgrade anyway so I switched to the Sensation 4G and my 4th gen iPod Touch saw no use from then forward. Although the development and advancements in Android powered smartphones is moving fast I've found my HTC Sensation to be rock stable (still using Gingerbread 2.3.4), productive, and enjoyable. I've felt no need or desire to 'rock the boat' for an upgrade. One thing I don't want to give up is the ability to use my phone as a wifi hotspot without paying a monthly fee to do so. When I started with the Sensation I was using it as a wifi hotspot to keep my ASUS Netbook connected on the go.

    Android tablets soon caught my attention (my wife and son use iPad's - I'd lost interest in iOS completely) and I purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. To be honest I found the touchscreen driven OS a bit underwhelming in a tablet size device. Things I would normally use a screen this size for (graphic art, photo editing, etc) were not really feasible due to the lack of precision. Though I do make use of a capacitive soft tip stylus (Hand Stylus) I'm not finding it to be useful for many things. I also found two-handed typing on the software keyboard a bit frustrating. When the ASUS Transformer Infinity was released it too caught my attention. With the Jot Touch and JaJa pressure sensitive stylus' on the way the Infinity's 1920x1080 touchscreen and the keyboard dock it seemed a good direction to go. I sold the Galaxy Tab and picked up an ASUS Infinity & keyboard dock. I haven't purchased a pressure sensitive stylus yet as the Android app support is still very limited making it nothing but an expensive toy at this time IMO (perhaps not for iOS users).

    I have been finding myself leaving the tablet home more and more simply because of its size. It's a pain to carry around. There's often nowhere to set it down safely (in a case) while out. It's my new Netbook (i.e. not so portable after all).


    The release of iOS 5, the iPhone 5, and Touch gen 5 holds no interest for me. As others have noted Apple has done nothing innovative here - they've simply re-dressed something already available to the public in the last generation of iOS products. Apple has been too busy suing to 'protect' their past innovations to focus on next gen innovations and they're new products reflect this. Apple has been selling a lifestyle with their products (perhaps a bit of an overstatement on their part but certainly more true of their entire product line than their competitors in mobile & personal computing). That lifestyle now seems a bit stale in light of the ever improving Android OS and the ever increasing pace of innovation by Android driven device manufacturers. I wouldn't presume to short-sell the vision and success that Jobs (RIP) brought to the table. I just don't believe that Apple is capable of ever capturing that sort of vision again and I seriously doubt that we'll see much innovation from them in the future. There are a great many iPhone users who are otherwise 'tech challenged' and I can see the appeal iOS hods for this type of user, especially those who have a lot invested in the iOS ecosystem already. I expect that Apple will continue to do well in raw sales numbers for a good while even if iOS and the hardware don't move forward much.

    The Samsung Galaxy Note caught my attention being a stylus and touch driven interface but the tech specs didn't 'wow' me. It did occur to me though that a Note sized Android device with a pressure sensitive stylus would be the ideal tablet replacement for me. I would read Note user feedback and discussion online and consider the pro's & con's of switching from a tablet to the Note. Before I'd made any sort of decision I found reports of a much improved Note 2 in the works. Once I read the specs and feature list I was sold.

    The international unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has just arrived at a handful of U.S. Samsung dealers (Negri Electronics, Popular Electronics, Mobile City Online, more?). This version appeals to me more than a T-Mobile branded Note 2 (in the works AFAIK) as I plan to use the Note 2 as a WIFI connected mini tablet / large PDA using my phone as a mobile hotspot when not connected to a home or public wifi network (with Antec batteries I'm getting enough battery life for a full day of use as a phone and wifi hotspot from my HTC Sensation 4G). I may decide to phase out my current phone and use the Note 2 as a 'phablet' (silly word but descriptive) down the road but I'll run both together for now.

    I placed a pre-order with Negri Electronics not long ago and today I received my FedEx shipping notification and tracking information. It will arrive tomorrow morning by 11:00am. WOOT!!
    I'm really excited to get started with the Note 2. There are many compelling innovations present in Samsung's latest devices - especially so with the Note 2. I will place my ASUS Infinity & Dock Keyboard up for sale once I have the Note 2 in hand and confirmed working. I think we're moving towards a more ideal form factor for mobile personal computing and communication devices with the Note / Note 2 platform. I hope Samsung sees the type of success they're hoping for with the Note 2.
    soulsmilen likes this.
    10-01-2012 03:01 PM
  5. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    NOTE: I'm home sick . . . I placed a pre-order with Negri Electronics not long ago and today I received my FedEx shipping notification and tracking information. It will arrive tomorrow morning by 11:00am. WOOT!!
    Lol. So, you think you'll be home sick tomorrow, too?
    10-01-2012 03:34 PM
  6. ryanr509's Avatar
    I'm on a Virgin Mobile with an Optimus V and I want the Note 2, but I wish there was an affordable monthly plan for it.

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    Straight talk my friend

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    10-01-2012 03:47 PM
  7. Deaj's Avatar
    Lol. So, you think you'll be home sick tomorrow, too?
    Could happen
    10-01-2012 06:06 PM
  8. hummingbirdhill's Avatar
    Could happen
    I think I surely would be!
    10-01-2012 06:21 PM
  9. discretesound's Avatar
    can't stand the maps in iOS6 and I miss the use of labels in gmail. going back to android and note 2 is the perfect candidate!
    10-01-2012 11:43 PM
  10. Deaj's Avatar
    Note 2 arrived today and it's pretty slick! There's a lot to learn regarding the S-pen related features and I've not had as much time as I'd have liked to work with it. I will say that it's going to be ideal for my intended use (WiFi device only / Android tablet replacement).
    cckgz4 likes this.
    10-03-2012 12:12 AM
  11. flipster's Avatar
    Me....

    My iPhone 4 is on its last leg, and I was set on upgrading to the iPhone 5. After my sister got it though, I realized it is literally just an elongated iPhone 4S.

    When I saw the Note 2, I got really excited because I love phones with huge screens. This phone is so perfect that I'm set on getting it when it comes out. I'm also tired of apples locked down OS. It's boring now. I originally had a Droid X before my iPhone and it was full of problems, but Android REALLY developed now and I'm really excited to get my Galaxy Note 2!
    10-03-2012 07:10 PM
  12. F123D's Avatar
    My iPhone 5 is going back this week and will be getting the Note II. It's a nice little phone but iOS is soooooooooooooo boring.
    10-07-2012 04:29 PM
  13. Shuckster's Avatar
    iPhone 4 owner that was really leaning towards the moto razr Maxx hd. Then I went to best buy and played with the original note and fell in love. Going to get the 2 and see it I like it. I think I will.
    10-08-2012 06:31 PM
  14. Capthowdyy's Avatar
    I can't wait for the Note 2 to drop. I love the Galaxy S3 because of the screen size, but I've always wanted to try out the Note. So, if Verizon gets the Note 2, I'm definitely going to take advantage of the opportunity. I miss having a tablet, but having a phone that big would satisfy me. I've been watching movies and football like crazy on my S3. It's so awesome to watch a movie on your phone and not have to squint your eyes
    I'm in the same boat. I have the S3, wife has iphone 5, her mom has iphone 4s. Wife gave me her iphone4 for a backup while I save money to get the Note2.
    I never did like the restrictive nature of iphones. Plus I don't care for the underhanded business practices of Apple. Hope Apple folds really soon somehow.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747
    10-08-2012 06:46 PM
  15. ViennaGambit's Avatar
    My iPhone 5 is going back this week and will be getting the Note II. It's a nice little phone but iOS is soooooooooooooo boring.
    Returned my IP5 yesterday (got it the day it released) and back on my IP4 for now - will be going the Note 2 route as well when its released!

    Very very excited for my first android.
    10-21-2012 02:29 PM
  16. ViennaGambit's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat. I have the S3, wife has iphone 5, her mom has iphone 4s. Wife gave me her iphone4 for a backup while I save money to get the Note2.
    I never did like the restrictive nature of iphones. Plus I don't care for the underhanded business practices of Apple. Hope Apple folds really soon somehow.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747
    Hey man - how are you finding it with your wife on Iphone and you on SG3? My wife will be keeping her IP5 and I am going to Android in the next few weeks. Is it a pain in the *** to communicate via sms and the like? Find good work-arounds?

    This is my ONLY worry about making the switch to Android as my wife and I have been Iphone users since the beginning.
    10-21-2012 02:32 PM
  17. josuts's Avatar
    May i suggest viber or whatsup messenger?

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Tapatalk 2
    10-21-2012 05:00 PM
  18. lingo622's Avatar
    Hey man - how are you finding it with your wife on Iphone and you on SG3? My wife will be keeping her IP5 and I am going to Android in the next few weeks. Is it a pain in the *** to communicate via sms and the like? Find good work-arounds?

    This is my ONLY worry about making the switch to Android as my wife and I have been Iphone users since the beginning.
    My fianc has always had an iPhone and I've been using Android and there's never any issues communicating via sms or anything. Only think you won't get is the emoji icons initially, but you can download other messaging apps that can use those.

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk 2
    10-21-2012 05:07 PM
  19. mccabegc's Avatar
    I have owned every iPhone up until now. I have branched into the Android on two occasions and have had bad experiences. However, my first Android experience was with the OG HTC Evo. It was the first ever 4g phone and Sprint in my area is horrible so the battery life was horrid! I quickly dumped Sprint and went back to AT&T and my iPhone. I most recently switched from my 4s to the GS3. The S3 is a marvelous phone. I only sent it back to Verizon because I was having issues with the phone force rebooting. I declined to have another sent to me since Apple's iPhone event was 3 days later.

    Fast Forward to the present. Apple has FAILED to impress me. I have always defended iOS as being the most stable simplistic OS out there. I still believe this to be true, but Android has advanced so much over the years it has left iOS in the dust. The battery life in most newer Android phones are on par with the iPhone so that aspect no longer is a selling point for me. I now look at "cool features" when I look for new phones. Apple has...well none imo. The iPhone 5 is essentially the 4s with a bigger screen. The note 2 is an S3 on steroids in all aspects.

    I will have a Verizon Note 2 the day it releases and will be leaving Apple in the past.
    BOSSY TEXAS CHICK likes this.
    10-21-2012 08:44 PM
  20. BOSSY TEXAS CHICK's Avatar
    you will never look back... The Note 2 is the best cell phone/media device/tablet experience/ you could hope for that delivers on every front. Personally, i don't even see ANYTHING on the horizon that will usurp it till at least 2013 and even then it will probably be yet ANOTHER Samsung device... : )
    10-21-2012 08:57 PM
  21. mccabegc's Avatar
    I contemplated going with another S3 until I did some reading and video watching on the note 2. The only other device that had my attention was whatever new Nexus branded device comes out. I quickly decided against it simply because of what the Note 2 has to offer over even the S3.

    You are right, I do not see any device matching or surpassing this in the near future. I dont ever see "phablets" getting larger than 5.5" since tablets are already @ 7" So in terms of screen size, I think the Note 2 is engraving the bar for all future devices.
    10-21-2012 09:16 PM
  22. F123D's Avatar
    iPhone 5 went back on Friday. Now it's the waiting game...

    I've got my eye on the Note II but also have my other eye on the next Nexus device now. Annoucements coming for both in the next week or so. Should be fun!
    10-21-2012 09:42 PM
  23. armageddonn's Avatar
    Hey there, I am Kinda new to the Samsung and android system. l have always been a great fan of IPhone and Apple software, but truth be told that IPhone 5 is Not up to what we excepted. the fact that made me change to note 2 which I have falling in love wih, espicalIy the S pen which I am Currently using to write. lets fast it, the Note 2 has just crushed IPhone 5

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    10-22-2012 02:49 PM
  24. mccabegc's Avatar
    Hey there, I am Kinda new to the Samsung and android system. l have always been a great fan of IPhone and Apple software, but truth be told that IPhone 5 is Not up to what we excepted. the fact that made me change to note 2 which I have falling in love wih, espicalIy the S pen which I am Currently using to write. lets fast it, the Note 2 has just crushed IPhone 5

    Sent from my GT-N7100 using Android Central Forums

    In reality....The GS3 crushed the iPhone 5. The Note 2 obliterates the iPhone 5!!!!
    10-22-2012 05:07 PM
  25. Astom22's Avatar
    Hi, my name is Bob, and I am an iPhone addict. I have been with the iPhone since day one, but have felt more let down and boxed in with each new model. Jailbreaking has been fun and increasingly necessary, but I'm starting to see I'm jailbreaking most of the time to make my device more Android-like.

    The reveal of the iPhone 5 was a big letdown, like many have said. Plus, the 5's "new" style is going to be here for two years, since the 5S is almost a given. So I had to ask myself, "Do I want a phone that looks four years old in two years?". I was almost sold on a Galaxy S3, but then I saw the Note 1 in person, wow! Then I started researching it and learned the much improved sequel was on the horizon. I couldn't have been more excited. Looks like everything worked out in my favor, now I'm just eagerly awaiting the release day on AT&T and learning all I can about a new-to-me OS.

    Please be patient with my questions here on the boards, as I'm sure I will have many. From what I have gathered in my reading, this seems like a welcoming and helpful forum.

    Come on Note 2, I can't wait for your arrival.
    jaymars and touchemupent like this.
    10-22-2012 06:53 PM
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