02-02-2013 10:10 AM
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  1. Wellsy55's Avatar
    So as i patiently await my tax return so i can buy my Galaxy Note 2, (will be approx in two weeks) i have been doing lots of research (and i mean LOTS!). I have been reading on this forum for about a week now and decided to make an account to possibly help with some of my decisions. Couple things....

    1. put on a screen saver? or no? should i just trust this gorilla glass

    2. Case? i don't care about bulk or how big it is (hence one reason i want this phone..the size!) Is the Otterbox Commuter the best choice here? or anybody have the Ballistic case?


    3. Anybody buy the spare battery/charger/phone holder, I know you will already get amazing battery life but i just wanted some fresh opinions. At times i will end up working my normal job 9-7 then working at a racetrack 7pm-1-2am with no charge available. Which is why i'm kinda set on it but want to hear some opinions. Any input is appreciated, and sorry if this information has already been posted.
    01-28-2013 02:07 PM
  2. Gray Area's Avatar
    Well you're making a good choice to get the note 2, Sprint has some sales you might want to look into for a limited time, $99 for new customers and $199 for existing customers upgrading. As far as a case, I've heard the otterbox is the best case, I myself had a rugged thick case but didn't like the bulk and downgraded to a nice thin tpu case that still gives good protection without all the bulk. I also would still use a screen protector if I were you. The screen is big and just gives more area to potentially crack or scratch. I use one just to be safe. I also brought a spare battery with an external charger, the battery life is good but if you use your phone frequently and go in bad cell reception areas your battery can still fie in 10hrs. But under really good conditions the battery can last up till 24hrs.
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    01-28-2013 04:49 PM
  3. zmann's Avatar
    Put a high quality screen protector on. Gorilla glass is scratch resistant,, not scratch proof. Get some sort of case,, either a thin low profile case or the samsung flip. The flip really adds little bulk because it replaces your phones back cover and is really just a thin cover over the screen, its pretty cool.

    Note 2, it's true, ,size is everything!
    01-28-2013 04:52 PM
  4. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Put a high quality screen protector on. Gorilla glass is scratch resistant,, not scratch proof. Get some sort of case,, either a thin low profile case or the samsung flip. The flip really adds little bulk because it replaces your phones back cover and is really just a thin cover over the screen, its pretty cool.

    Note 2, it's true, ,size is everything!
    Awesome thanks. I really liked the look and idea behind the flip cover, only downside i take a lot of pictures and videos and i guess you just let the flap dangle? haha I know it does not protect that well but i'm careful when it comes to phones and now this one i will be even more careful. I've never been more excited for a phone, this phone has it all.
    01-28-2013 05:42 PM
  5. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Well you're making a good choice to get the note 2, Sprint has some sales you might want to look into for a limited time, $99 for new customers and $199 for existing customers upgrading. As far as a case, I've heard the otterbox is the best case, I myself had a rugged thick case but didn't like the bulk and downgraded to a nice thin tpu case that still gives good protection without all the bulk. I also would still use a screen protector if I were you. The screen is big and just gives more area to potentially crack or scratch. I use one just to be safe. I also brought a spare battery with an external charger, the battery life is good but if you use your phone frequently and go in bad cell reception areas your battery can still fie in 10hrs. But under really good conditions the battery can last up till 24hrs.
    Yeah, i had just seen the amazon deal, i hope its still available when i get my money for it. any certain screen protector better then the others? i know you get what you pay for if you go for a cheap one.
    01-28-2013 05:43 PM
  6. Tokio_Love's Avatar
    when you're taking pics you can just turn on voice and say cheese and shoot, I don't have any problems with taking pics with my flip case (I have a flip case were I don't have to replace the back cover). With videos I just hold it like a book, doesn't bother me *shrugs* Can't wait to have another member to the note family, you're going to love it, trust me, its in my signature ^_^
    01-28-2013 08:16 PM
  7. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Yeah i can't wait to get my hands on it!! But I know what you mean. Probably helps when taking vidoes by doing that. I'm sure I will end up getting the flip case and a regular one
    01-28-2013 08:46 PM
  8. Mom2Ninjas's Avatar
    Go with a screen protector from Clairvue.com and the otterbox commuter. Makes for a well protected phone.
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    01-28-2013 09:54 PM
  9. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Thats what I have been checking out after hearing all the horror stories avout the defender from otterbox
    01-28-2013 11:04 PM
  10. jneusch's Avatar
    I am using a combination of the Otterbox Defender and Zagg Invisible Shield. My phone is well protected and functional.


    Sent from my GT-N8013 using Android Central Forums
    01-28-2013 11:10 PM
  11. Wellsy55's Avatar
    So, you just used the hair dryer technique to remove the factory screen protector?

    also, I have never bought a phone off of Amazon. I was checking it out and with my upgrade is $199 which is great, but then it asks me for a plan to select. How does this affect my plan i already have through sprint?
    01-29-2013 10:02 AM
  12. gollum18's Avatar
    Facepalm! Why does everyone go for an otter box? I know their good and all but they are far too pricey. I have the flip cover on my s3( 8$ on eBay btw and its official Samsung ) and while not the best case it does wipe the screen off every time I close it and protects the screen from being scratched/nicked.

    Sent from my SPH-L710
    01-29-2013 11:40 AM
  13. Mom2Ninjas's Avatar
    Facepalm! Why does everyone go for an otter box? I know their good and all but they are far too pricey. I have the flip cover on my s3( 8$ on eBay btw and its official Samsung ) and while not the best case it does wipe the screen off every time I close it and protects the screen from being scratched/nicked.

    Sent from my SPH-L710
    Because I deal with horses and my phone has taken real falls in the otterbox. No damage every time.
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    01-29-2013 12:27 PM
  14. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Facepalm! Why does everyone go for an otter box? I know their good and all but they are far too pricey. I have the flip cover on my s3( 8$ on eBay btw and its official Samsung ) and while not the best case it does wipe the screen off every time I close it and protects the screen from being scratched/nicked.

    Sent from my SPH-L710

    Not saying i'm going for an otterbox just looking at my options. i also see the Ballistic case is very good although it does not protect the top and bottom well. Plus i would be going through amazon or somewhere else not otterbox direct. i don't like that $60 price tag but if it means dropping my phone a hundred times with no marks then its worth it haha
    01-29-2013 12:38 PM
  15. uofmike's Avatar
    Look up the Fly grip. You also get a free TPU case with it. Sometimes the bulkiness annoys me (although it's really not that bulky), but the practicality of holding the phone and operating it with one hand while laying down or oriented in any position, is priceless.
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    01-29-2013 01:36 PM
  16. hopefulfarm's Avatar
    1) Yes to screen protector. Do some reading here for the good vs bad.

    2) YES to a case, all it takes is 1 drop...

    3) I bought a few spare batteries + charger to have for traveling. I got burned a few years ago while on a flight that got stuck on the tarmack. Extra batteries are good....
    01-29-2013 01:38 PM
  17. Wellsy55's Avatar
    Look up the Fly grip. You also get a free TPU case with it. Sometimes the bulkiness annoys me (although it's really not that bulky), but the practicality of holding the phone and operating it with one hand while laying down or oriented in any position, is priceless.
    I will check it out...thanks!

    - - - Updated - - -

    1) Yes to screen protector. Do some reading here for the good vs bad.

    2) YES to a case, all it takes is 1 drop...

    3) I bought a few spare batteries + charger to have for traveling. I got burned a few years ago while on a flight that got stuck on the tarmack. Extra batteries are good....
    Sounds good. Thanks for the input!
    01-29-2013 01:48 PM
  18. zmann's Avatar
    I have 5 battery's,, I can go without electricity for 6 days. Beautiful feeling lol

    Note 2, it's true, ,size is everything!
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    01-30-2013 04:59 PM
  19. VetteDude's Avatar
    My Note 2 has a Commuter on it right now. It certainly adds bulk, but it also make me feel safer with it.

    Sent from my Note 2
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    01-30-2013 08:48 PM
  20. DIPNINANOUT's Avatar
    I have defender and have been wanting to downgrade. I might dnatch the commuter

    Sent from a android better than yours lol
    01-31-2013 02:46 AM
  21. DIPNINANOUT's Avatar
    No drop protection buddy. Your back is exposed as well as corners. I know t mobile sells a case that is exactly same but your phone has back protection and flip cover

    Sent from a android better than yours lol
    01-31-2013 02:49 AM
  22. DIPNINANOUT's Avatar
    Sounds like a steal. You will not drop q fky grip lol

    Sent from a android better than yours lol
    01-31-2013 02:50 AM
  23. scooper1028's Avatar
    A screen protector is a must. The SPIGEN SGP Clear Steinheil (Ultra Olephobic) is the way to go.

    Amazon has a number of nice cases at great prices. I went with an Ionic Guardian Case, which is similar to the Commuter, an Evercase Leather Wallet Case with Stand and Credit Card Holder, and a Clear X Line TPU Gel Back Case. I got all three cases for less than the Otterbox. I use the Guardian and Evercase the most.

    I also recommend two additional accessories. The iOttie One-Touch windshield and dashboard car mount. It works well, is sturdy, and inexpensive compared to the stuff in the Sprint Store. Also, get the Samsung EPL 3FHU HDMI Adapter. It allows you to output your Note 2 display to your big screen tv. I use the adapter in conjucntion with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and the Rotation Control app by FaMe IT to use my Note 2 as a workstation. This device kills as a smartphone, and it rocks hard as a pc.

    BTW - I do not work for any of the manufacturers that I listed!
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    02-01-2013 11:30 AM
  24. Wellsy55's Avatar
    A screen protector is a must. The SPIGEN SGP Clear Steinheil (Ultra Olephobic) is the way to go.

    Amazon has a number of nice cases at great prices. I went with an Ionic Guardian Case, which is similar to the Commuter, an Evercase Leather Wallet Case with Stand and Credit Card Holder, and a Clear X Line TPU Gel Back Case. I got all three cases for less than the Otterbox. I use the Guardian and Evercase the most.

    I also recommend two additional accessories. The iOttie One-Touch windshield and dashboard car mount. It works well, is sturdy, and inexpensive compared to the stuff in the Sprint Store. Also, get the Samsung EPL 3FHU HDMI Adapter. It allows you to output your Note 2 display to your big screen tv. I use the adapter in conjucntion with a bluetooth mouse and keyboard and the Rotation Control app by FaMe IT to use my Note 2 as a workstation. This device kills as a smartphone, and it rocks hard as a pc.

    BTW - I do not work for any of the manufacturers that I listed!
    Thanks scooper!! I was looking at getting a Samsung Smart tv, would it be easier to use the allshare app or save the money on the tv and just get a regualr HDTV and use that adapter?

    By the way...Income tax came early for me and i ordered my GN2 today!!!! Marble white and bought the spare battery/charger/stand and the samsung flip case just to start. not for protection of drops, more for look. haha Thanks to Amazon for the awesome 199 upgrade price as well! It is set to arrive tuesday and i'm half tempted to call off work so i am home when it arrives!!! too pumped!
    02-01-2013 04:21 PM
  25. lbros360's Avatar
    I'm interested in the commuter as well, but how much bulk does it add on?
    My Note 2 has a Commuter on it right now. It certainly adds bulk, but it also make me feel safer with it.

    Sent from my Note 2
    02-01-2013 06:55 PM
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