08-18-2013 06:19 PM
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  1. Haalcyon's Avatar
    The S4's Camera isn't that much better then the Note 2's. The real difference is the software. As we all know it's not about the mega pixels.

    I would say the Note 2 is a better device then the S4. It's has much better battery life and the screen is better on the Note 2. Because we also know PPI doesn't mean all that much either. It's more about the quality of the display.

    The Note 2 is a very good device. Out of all the top devices it's overall rating is the best.

    The only thing I'm pissed off over is Samsung with there BS updates. And the fact that Samsung will put there marketing before there customer's.

    Like the fact that the Note 2 isn't getting updated for a year. The Note 2 was released with Android 4.1 and will not see an update from that until after the Note 3 is released.

    And it's because of marketing we are not getting 4.2 or 4.3 and Touch-Wiz 2.0 UI, The new Camera, all of the new Touch-Wiz and Android features. The new S-voice, ect, ect.

    All so Samsung can say the Note 3 will have these features while the Note 2 won't until the Note 3 is released and maybe far after that.

    By July we were supposed to get the update. Now it seems Samsung is skipping 4.2.2 and going right to 4.3 both versions of Android are very similar. It's all the cool Samsung stuff we are going to be missing out on the most.

    Basically Samsung is going to deny there customers that own there current flagship device all of what the update would bring. Just so Samsung can sel market the Note 3 with more options.

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    Interesting, though unique, opinion.

    Sent from my Note 8.0 LTE
    08-10-2013 10:23 AM
  2. marcher22's Avatar
    Im going to paste here what I said to someone last month when I first purchased the Note 2:

    If you never owned any android before I think going with Note might be a huge jump for you. The s4 might feel a bit more "familiar" if youve had experience with other cell phones.

    I was in your situation but chose the Note 2 over the S4 because it has better battery life, a really nifty stylus and I like to read and I found that it was much harder to read on the s4. Watching videos in my opinion are more enjoyable on the note 2. I don't own a tablet but I feel like the Note 2 is great tablet and phone combination. A lot of games and apps are just nicer on the bigger, brighter screen. The cameras on the note 2 are really good for video and pictures. Ever since I got my note 2 Ive barely used my lapto.

    Dont get me wrong, the S4 does have its strong points too. Its lighter, easier to hold , has a better camera than the note 2 and the display is really sharp. Sending quick texts, or going on a run would be much more suitable with an S4. Same with making phone calls or pocketing the device. For a lot of people the battery life would suffice on an S4.

    If you want something smaller, light and portable I think the s4 would be better. If you want an overall better entertainment experience plus awesome battery life and a pen thats great for notes , typing and games id go with a Note 2. Obviously the Note 3 will be better than a note 2 but trust me..this phone is awesome and if you can handle its size , im sure you'll fall in love with it.

    Edit: After owning the phone for a month:
    The note 2 is still an awesome phone. Its battery life is probably my favorite thing and since I dont have a tablet, reading and watching videos are quite enjoyable on this larger screen. The speakers are nice , and the camera is more than good enough for pictures and video and the S pen is great to use from time to time and in addition to the phone's size it really makes the Note 2 standout. Like I said earlier the note 2 for me is like having a tablet and phone in one.

    Do I regret my decision? Not at all. The S4 is nice but I couldn't really tell much of a difference from my friends' S3. The note 2s size can be annoying at times ( like when working out, or with pants with shallow pockets) but I still like it.


    Sent from my Note 2


    Sent from my Note 2
    08-10-2013 03:01 PM
  3. jpriest007's Avatar
    Both are excellent phones. But based on what you want to use your phone for I think the Note 2 would be the better option. I went from a Droid X to the Note 2. Once you get used to it you'll wonder how you ever got along with the old smaller phones.

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 2 via Android Central App
    08-11-2013 12:29 AM
  4. Onemoa's Avatar
    Yeah the Note 2 is defiantly the best device you can get. It will be until the middle of 2014.

    I've said this before. The Note 2 is a great phone and the price for what you get is unbeatable.

    The main reason I believe the Note 2 is the best phone you can get and will be for so long is because technology is moving so fast. You could go out and buy a new phone every 3 to 6 month's, or you could get the Note 2.

    The Note 2 is going to receive Android 4.3 and that will bring allot of great new features. But mainly it will receive Touch-Wiz 2.0 and all of the great new features that we want and could also care less about.

    The good features being a mix of Android 4.3 updates like better Quad-Core processor usage. That meaning it will use the processor much better. When it needs only 1 core it will only use 1 core. It will clock itself to only what it needs for any given task. That equals better battery life. It will also be better optimized for RAM. Only the things that need to run in the background will. Basicly stuff like that from the Android part of the update. Among many other optimizations.

    Then there will be the Touch-Wiz side of the update. Thing's like better toggle control. Setting's will be easier to get to.
    The new a Camera feature's, basically everything the S4 can do with its camera the Note 2 will be able to do. There will be better display settings, ect. There will be a new look to Touch-Wiz as well as it will run much better.

    Then one of the things we have all been waiting for moving app's to you're SD card. That will allow us to have much more games on our device.

    Allot of these updates where coming in 4.2.2 but it seems Samsung is pushing that to the side and we are going right to 4.3 and that's fine with me. I just hate that we are going to have to wait until the end of the year, if not next year for an update we were supposed to get by July...

    As I said the reason we are waiting so long is due to the soon to be lunched Note 3.

    Samsung would rather market there Note 3 with these feature's. That way they won't just have to rely on hardwire to market there Note 3. They will be able to say the Note 3 can do these thing's that the Note 2 can't do and that's why you should buy it BS..

    In realty the Note 2 should be getting this update before the Note 3 is released. That way Samsung could at least say there flagship device "The Note 2" got at least one update since it's release not even a year ago.

    This is my number one reason I'm not going to buy the Note 3. I'll wait for the Note 4 since then it will be a real update. Not just a little bigger display and a little faster hardware.

    Knowing what it feels like to own Samsungs flagship device and not getting any updates just suck's.

    Don't get me wrong. I love my Note 2 and it truly is the best device you can get. Im just not happy with Samsung in general.
    Them pushing the Note 2 update to the side so they can market there next flagship device is wrong in every way possible.

    I wish I were wrong. And Samsung releases the update this month. It's just not going to happen as they are hardly working on it.

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    08-11-2013 05:27 AM
  5. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I had a Note 2 and its not a bad device at all. It merges the tablet and phone. Now, if it had a high-res screen, hmm.... I upgraded to the S4 and this Note 8 instead (both were $450 total on contract). This way when I only need a palmtop that's all I have and when I want a great tablet I have one. I don't agree that the Note 2 is the best device (yet we know it is good indeed), it depends on what you want.

    Sent from my Note 8.0 LTE
    08-11-2013 05:38 AM
  6. Johnly's Avatar
    Sorry, I have the Note 2.
    You getting the note 3 coming up shortly?

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    08-11-2013 06:43 AM
  7. Onemoa's Avatar
    I'm not trying to answer for everyone here. Just that so far, it seems 90% of Note 2 owner's are just going to wait it out another year. The Note 4 will be the real upgrade.

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    08-11-2013 09:23 AM
  8. Onemoa's Avatar
    I'm not trying to answer for everyone here. Just that so far, it seems 90% of Note 2 owner's are just going to wait it out another year. The Note 4 will be the real upgrade.

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    Edit, it's really not even another year if you think about the whole hype bs. It would be more like waiting 6 months.. I still haven't seen the design of the Note 3 but if it's like the S4 and not the new 2.0 design, that will be all the more reason to skip it. Tech is just moving to fast and in a year things will be way different.

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    08-11-2013 09:27 AM
  9. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Well, we haven't really seen the Note 3 yet. What is everyone hoping for. For me, when I had a Note 2, the only thing I really wanted was a higher res screen and a decent amount of on-board storage. It was certainly fast enough for me. If the Note 3 corrects these 2 issues I'd be excited.

    Sent from my humble S4
    08-11-2013 12:28 PM
  10. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    Edit, it's really not even another year if you think about the whole hype bs. It would be more like waiting 6 months.. I still haven't seen the design of the Note 3 but if it's like the S4 and not the new 2.0 design, that will be all the more reason to skip it. Tech is just moving to fast and in a year things will be way different.

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    What's the 2.0 design? I hope it's less plastic and no creaky battery doors.

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note II
    08-11-2013 02:47 PM
  11. VDub2174's Avatar
    You getting the note 3 coming up shortly?

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    I'd like to but I'm not due for an upgrade for a long time.....lol
    08-11-2013 06:18 PM
  12. Johnly's Avatar
    I'd like to but I'm not due for an upgrade for a long time.....lol
    Well, you got the right device to be in for awhile. I do have a upgrade available right now, but everything out hardly make it worth upgrading. Note 2 does it well. With the rgb layout, screen is gorgeous. The quad exynos has no proc issues with lte. I am a happy camper.

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    08-12-2013 08:09 AM
  13. VDub2174's Avatar
    Well, you got the right device to be in for awhile. I do have a upgrade available right now, but everything out hardly make it worth upgrading. Note 2 does it well. With the rgb layout, screen is gorgeous. The quad exynos has no proc issues with lte. I am a happy camper.

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    Agreed.

    I bought my Note 2 off eBay for cheap and I have to say that it's been amazing! I was a bit put off by the size at first but I got used to it pretty quickly. It does everything I want it to do and more! My friends poke fun at me for the size until I tell them how long my battery lasts
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    08-12-2013 08:20 AM
  14. Johnly's Avatar
    Agreed.

    I bought my Note 2 off eBay for cheap and I have to say that it's been amazing! I was a bit put off by the size at first but I got used to it pretty quickly. It does everything I want it to do and more! My friends poke fun at me for the size until I tell them how long my battery lasts
    I was in Denver last week for work related stuff. I dont remember how many "jeez that phone is huge compliments" I received, but they ran with that, and when I showed them my battery level late in the day they awed its kinda hard being d o double g y. Lol.

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    08-12-2013 08:49 AM
  15. Onemoa's Avatar
    I'm due for an upgrade right now. I'm just not going to buy the Note 3. I'm going to hold off for the Note 4.

    The Note 2 is still a very high end Device. It's great in every way. I seen pictures of the Note 3 and it looks like a bigger S4.

    So we know the Note 3 isn't going to have the new design. I also don't think it's worth upgrading to if you have the Note 2.

    The Note 3 will be released next month. If you wait another 9 month's the Note 4 hype will start. It will also blow away the Phone's of this year. I'm not saying the Note 3 is a bad choice. I'm just saying if you have the Note 2, I would stick with it. And wait for a big upgrade. Just think of the hardware the Note 4 is going to have.

    If you're the kind of person that doesn't really use there phone much and has it more as an accessory. Then I'm sure you'll be getting the Note 3 so you can brag about having it.

    I've ran into allot of people that are like that. That's the only reason I brought it up.

    If the Note 3 has a RGB display then that will be very cool indeed. But really, my Note 2's display is better then my eye's..

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    08-13-2013 06:36 AM
  16. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I'm due for an upgrade right now. I'm just not going to buy the Note 3. I'm going to hold off for the Note 4.

    The Note 2 is still a very high end Device. It's great in every way. I seen pictures of the Note 3 and it looks like a bigger S4.

    So we know the Note 3 isn't going to have the new design. I also don't think it's worth upgrading to if you have the Note 2.

    The Note 3 will be released next month. If you wait another 9 month's the Note 4 hype will start. It will also blow away the Phone's of this year. I'm not saying the Note 3 is a bad choice. I'm just saying if you have the Note 2, I would stick with it. And wait for a big upgrade. Just think of the hardware the Note 4 is going to have.

    If you're the kind of person that doesn't really use there phone much and has it more as an accessory. Then I'm sure you'll be getting the Note 3 so you can brag about having it.

    I've ran into allot of people that are like that. That's the only reason I brought it up.

    If the Note 3 has a RGB display then that will be very cool indeed. But really, my Note 2's display is better then my eye's..

    Sent from my SGH-T889 using Tapatalk 4
    I'll have to see the Note 3 in person and read some reviews before I make a decision. Strange approach, eh?

    Sent from my humble S4
    08-14-2013 08:20 AM
  17. chirag05's Avatar
    Of course S4. I don't like holding enormous devices plus the S4 has many other features like Air Gesture, Smart Pause etc. Which Note 2 doesn't have.
    S4 has better resolution, faster processor, light weight, and many other features that I can't thi k of now.

    Buy GS4 and change your life.

    Sent from my GSIII
    08-14-2013 10:51 AM
  18. Onemoa's Avatar
    Lol.. Go with the Note 2.. Or go with stupid marketing.. The Note 2 has most of the features already. It just doesn't have stupid features you wouldn't use. It will be getting them in 4.3 though.

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    08-14-2013 11:04 AM
  19. slice2011's Avatar
    I would say Note and the 3 coming out I think in September? The battery life rocks on my note 2,I use it heavily, and not near a plug all the time. I get between 6-7 hours of on screen time, yesterday with almost full brightness and all data got 6 with about 14% left.



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    08-18-2013 12:55 PM
  20. Beagles329's Avatar
    Great posts guys, very informative. My contract is up and I'm looking to upgrade from my Razr. I've pretty much decided that it will be between the S4 and the Note 3. It's great to hear feedback & opinions of actual owners.
    08-18-2013 04:21 PM
  21. totallygone's Avatar
    Wait and see what the note 3 has in store. Should be shown on September 4th. I was a previous blackberry user and got a Note 2. Let us just say, this device and the android platform on a whole is stunning and fantastic. I will however be definitely upgrading to a note 4 in one year.
    However my combination at present is an iphone4 and a note 2. Perfect for me and everything that I do. Large screen size on the note2, great battery life, customizable home screens. It is a fantastic device. I can just imagine what the note 3 will have.
    08-18-2013 06:11 PM
  22. chirag05's Avatar
    I'm stil with S4

    Sent from my GSIII
    08-18-2013 06:19 PM
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