Galaxy Note 2 - £385
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a top-end smartphone that runs on Android Jelly Bean. It is an update to the popular Galaxy Note that Samsung released in 2011. It is both bigger and more powerful than its predecessor.
This phone has a 5.5 inch HD touchscreen (with a stylus) that displays in 267PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Galaxy Note 2 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 1.9MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 1.6GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 81 out of 100.
The Galaxy Note 2 has an estimated battery life of around 35 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 3100mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The battery on this phone is removable.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Galaxy Note 2 comes with 16, 32 or 64GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 64GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.
The Galaxy Note 2 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Note 2 is able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (this requires a separate microUSB to HDMI adapter). It has NFC which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends wirelessly. It can connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or Smart TV) which means that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Galaxy Note 2 is a very good phablet that comes loaded with features. It is powerful, well designed and competent in all areas. Despite having been superseded by the Note 3, if you are looking for a large screen personal media player, this remains an excellent choice.