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Old September 30th, 2012, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my fedex alert through handtec this morning. Estimated delivery is the 2nd. Not too shabby :-)

That's the grey 16gb unlocked model btw...

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I'm very tempted to put some money down on a note 2 from handtec and cancel my order at unlocked mobiles because both them and clove do not have the grey version till 15th oct. What's more strange though is even the official Samsung store in London have not had the grey version in yet. Yet Handtec do? once I talk to Handtec and actually 100% confirm it's the grey version I think I'll go for it there instead and cancel my other order. I'm unsure at the moment though..
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Well I certainly hope they're not playing games by saying they've got the grey model in. Not too worried though...for now...
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Well I certainly hope they're not playing games by saying they've got the grey model in. Not too worried though...for now...
No, I think you're actually getting it. Perhaps Clove and the others were just not as forward planning. As for the actual Samsung store who knows. Perhaps they assumed everyone wanted only white. Please let us know when it arrives. I literally can't wait for mine
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i wonder if any site will be selling the korean unlocked version...
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Well I certainly hope they're not playing games by saying they've got the grey model in. Not too worried though...for now...
Handtec just said on their Twitter they have plenty of White and Grey models in-stock and they are shipping today.
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Handtec just said on their Twitter they have plenty of White and Grey models in-stock and they are shipping today.
Yea, I'm just learning there is a difference between the International ones, and the UK ones? Apparently international greys are in but no official UK ones. I'm currently having a heated exchange with the company I ordered mine from regards possible refund so I can get this one at handtec. Pretty frustrating when you have pre ordered and they say no greys in stock till the 15th yet the OP will have their one tomorrow.
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hope it all works out for you, peanuthead

consulted my Korean friend earlier about the Note 2; he told me the Korean versions are usually around 11% more expensive.
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Yea, I'm just learning there is a difference between the International ones, and the UK ones? Apparently international greys are in but no official UK ones. I'm currently having a heated exchange with the company I ordered mine from regards possible refund so I can get this one at handtec. Pretty frustrating when you have pre ordered and they say no greys in stock till the 15th yet the OP will have their one tomorrow.
What are they telling you the difference is?
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Maybe the UK versions are the branded models for each carrier?
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What are they telling you the difference is?
I got a snotty email back telling me the EU Spec and the UK one are different. When I asked what, all i seemed to be told was the power adapter was different and some "specs" lol

They managed to convince me it's in my interest to wait for the official UK one as opposed to getting this EU one but I'm noT 100% sure exactly what the differences are and neither were they. I suppose things will be easier warranty wise?!

The plot thickens...or not. I just want me phone lol
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Maybe the UK versions are the branded models for each carrier?
Well I'm buying a sim free version, which basically means no carrier and I can go with who ever I chose. I always use this option for phones I buy. Hate being tied down.

Your version is the European one not the UK one. But to be honest I wish I would have just ordered from Handtec like you. I'm sure the differences are minimal.
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hope it all works out for you, peanuthead

consulted my Korean friend earlier about the Note 2; he told me the Korean versions are usually around 11% more expensive.
It's worth it to have the 64GB version with LTE and that tv antenna, even if it doesn't work.
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Well I'm buying a sim free version, which basically means no carrier and I can go with who ever I chose. I always use this option for phones I buy. Hate being tied down.

Your version is the European one not the UK one. But to be honest I wish I would have just ordered from Handtec like you. I'm sure the differences are minimal.
This one is SIM free also. N7100 is the international unlocked unbranded version, no? That's what you mean by European? I didn't know there's a "UK" model as well... So that one's also SIMless and unbranded?
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This one is SIM free also. N7100 is the international unlocked unbranded version, no? That's what you mean by European? I didn't know there's a "UK" model as well... So that one's also SIMless and unbranded?
Yes, the UK model Titanium Grey is the one which has been delayed for reasons unknown. Even the actual Samsung in London UK store confirmed they didnt have the T.Grey version I called them myself on the launch day.

Also Clove UK a mobile seller company recommended by many on here also I belive Amazon UK also as well as Unlocked Mobiles where mine is orded have all confirmed there is a UK and Euro Titanium model. EU is in, the UK one isn't, only in white.

So far the date for the UK T.Grey is Oct 15th, but no one knows why. As I said before it's a bit of a mess to be honest. I may not be apple no more, but at least you only have to wait a few days to get it after its announced and they actually had both colours at the same time. Not one two weeks (maybe longer) after the other.

Even the UK official samsung accessories are coming at a different time lol. My accessories (unofficial) will arrive probably tommorow my 64GB SD card (unoffical) is waiting at home. It's just this confusion with the phone and when it's going to arrive that needs sorting.
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I am really curious now to know what the difference is.
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I am really curious now to know what the difference is.
Well the UK White is out in the streets now, people have it. So the European/International version should essentially be the same as the UK white one.

But there is a delay for the grey. Maybe something as simple as production problems.

The official word from Samsung UK London store to me was "we don't know why it's delayed, it just is" brilliant lol
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I may not be apple no more, but at least you only have to wait a few days to get it after its announced and they actually had both colours at the same time. Not one two weeks (maybe longer) after the other.
Actually the white iPhone 4 was delayed, but not the black, due to manufacturing issues.
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I got a snotty email back telling me the EU Spec and the UK one are different. When I asked what, all i seemed to be told was the power adapter was different and some "specs" lol
Well a different wall adapter would make sense anyway. I saw one unboxing video where only a European looking charger was included...don't know which version it was though. Hopefully the "international" version will have a US compatible adapter.
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The package was delivered this morning! Now to get through the rest of this day at work
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Phew got it tonight. Of course I had to work late. Gotta say this thing is frickin huge! Maybe too much so. Even coming from the GS3, another big phone, this thing is a monster. Will definitely take some getting used to. First impressions are that it's not surprisingly a nearly identical experience to the GS3. Havent used the pen much but so far I'm totally impressed with how well it handles hand writing.

FYI handtec included an international power adapter (with a US option) since the phone only came with a European wall charger. Thought that was a nice touch by them
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Yeah I came from the 4.3 inch 3vo to the 5.3 inch Note and it took a little getting used to, but I doubt I'll ever go back to a 4.whatever inch screen now. It's just so handy.
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Yes, I'm sure awkward as it is now, after a little while I won't be able to go back if I wanted to!
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Wohoo shipment notification my official UK Titanium grey is going out to me tomorrow. I can pray to get it on a Saturday but I'll tell myself Monday. On a side note had a play with Titanium grey test model today in a store. Without doubt the most visually beautiful handset I've held. Can't wait to get hands on it for real.
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ODog2323, I see that you are in the U.S. and I really hope you can help me out. I'm also in the U.S. and I ordered an international unlocked Note 2 (not sure what version it is). This is my first time buying an international unlocked phone and I'm kind of nervous. So it will really help me if you tell me why you also went for the international version instead of waiting for the carriers and if not having 3G/4G capabilities will bother you at all. Also, is there a specific version I should have ordered? Which one did you get? I would really appreciate it if anyone in the U.S. would take some time to answer these questions. Thank you!
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Yeah I came from the 4.3 inch 3vo to the 5.3 inch Note and it took a little getting used to, but I doubt I'll ever go back to a 4.whatever inch screen now. It's just so handy.
So crazy how there are quite a few og evo owners that jumped on the note 1 and are now clamoring for the note 2. What i find even more hilarious is many bloggers, prior to the evo release, said it was too big. I guess it's not, anymore... lol
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So it will really help me if you tell me why you also went for the international version instead of waiting for the carriers and if not having 3G/4G capabilities will bother you at all.
I'm not ODog2323, but I'll take a shot at this. I plan on buying the international version because I go to S. Korea once a year for the entire summer, and I would like to be able to use it there. (The international version has 3G -- not sure why you're saying that it doesn't.) I don't care about LTE, because I know that the frequency bands are different in S. Korea vs. the US.

I can't buy one now because I would like to get the 64GB titanium gray, and who knows when that will be released.
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I'm not ODog2323, but I'll take a shot at this. I plan on buying the international version because I go to S. Korea once a year for the entire summer, and I would like to be able to use it there. (The international version has 3G -- not sure why you're saying that it doesn't.) I don't care about LTE, because I know that the frequency bands are different in S. Korea vs. the US.

I can't buy one now because I would like to get the 64GB titanium gray, and who knows when that will be released.
Thank you so much for responding! I meant to say that the international version will not have 3G/4G on T-Mobile; maybe AT&T, right? I want to be able to use the phone in other countries also specifically India if I go there next summer and the area I'll go to does not have 4G yet; I doubt they even have wi-fi unfortunately. I am a very light data user because I mostly use wi-fi and only check my mail or do a few searches otherwise so not having 3G/4G should be fine, but I was just nervous because this is my first time buying a non-T-mobile phone and I have been getting mixed feedback so I truly appreciate your response.

Also, I'm not a techie or anything so maybe I'm clueless here; but why do phones that have a micro SD card slot sell in different GB's? I mean, if you get the 16 GB phone, couldn't you just put in a 32 GB micro sd and have almost 48 GB storage? I apologize if it seems like a stupid question, but this truly does confuse me. I guess there has to be a logical answer otherwise Samsung would not be selling their phones this way.
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Thank you so much for responding! I meant to say that the international version will not have 3G/4G on T-Mobile; maybe AT&T, right?
I see. I use Straight Talk, which uses the AT&T network, if I understand correctly. So when I had the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S I was able to get 3G in both the US and in S. Korea.

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Having different sizes and a micro SD slot gives us flexibility. Personally I want to get the 64gb titanium gray and a 64gb micro SD card so that I can have a total of 128gb of storage. I will primarily listen to music and watch videos on the GN2, so I will need the storage space.
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Personally I want to get the 64gb titanium gray and a 64gb micro SD card so that I can have a total of 128gb of storage. I will primarily listen to music and watch videos on the GN2, so I will need the storage space.
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ODog2323, I see that you are in the U.S. and I really hope you can help me out. I'm also in the U.S. and I ordered an international unlocked Note 2 (not sure what version it is). This is my first time buying an international unlocked phone and I'm kind of nervous. So it will really help me if you tell me why you also went for the international version instead of waiting for the carriers and if not having 3G/4G capabilities will bother you at all. Also, is there a specific version I should have ordered? Which one did you get? I would really appreciate it if anyone in the U.S. would take some time to answer these questions. Thank you!
Sorry for the delay! I went with the international model for a few reasons...some bigger than others...

Even though I payed more r the phone up front, I'm not tied into a contract
Getting an unbranded unlocked model means you avoid getting a phone loaded with bloatware that carriers cram down your throat.
I'm still willing to trade LTE for battery life. It looks like the current gen LTE devices and services are improving quickly, but LTE doesn't seem like a must have feature yet. Think back to when HD TV started to take off...yea its awesome, but I don't need it it yet, and certainly not at the expense of something like battery life.
I do get 3G HSPA+ on AT&T, which is perfectly serviceable in my area.

I got the N7100. Some sites also refer to that one as "Sim free"

Can you share any info from whatever order confirmation you have to help us see which version you're getting?

Hope this helps!
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Also, I'm not a techie or anything so maybe I'm clueless here; but why do phones that have a micro SD card slot sell in different GB's? I mean, if you get the 16 GB phone, couldn't you just put in a 32 GB micro sd and have almost 48 GB storage? I apologize if it seems like a stupid question, but this truly does confuse me. I guess there has to be a logical answer otherwise Samsung would not be selling their phones this way.
Not everybody one needs 128gb storage. 16gb and 64gb Micro SD is more than enough for me. Thats a lot of space. How many watched movies do you need on your phone at the same time?! I did well with a 16gb iPhone 4S never felt space restricted and you couldnt even expand that.

Most game Apps once finished I just deleted and got new ones, same when the albums got full. Even with 128gb eventually you'll fill it and need to do the same.

I'm also for the first time really going to utilise cloud storage for this phone something i never really took advantage of before, this will be for pics and videos taken on it, even more free space. Even considering spotify.

Unless your really going out to fill it, for the average person who uses their phone as a gaming, music device 16gb with 64gb extra will do you fine IMO. That's a lot of space man lol
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Not everybody one needs 128gb storage. 16gb and 64gb Micro SD is more than enough for me. Thats a lot of space. How many watched movies do you need on your phone at the same time?! I did well with a 16gb iPhone 4S never felt space restricted and you couldnt even expand that.

Most game Apps once finished I just deleted and got new ones, same when the albums got full. Even with 128gb eventually you'll fill it and need to do the same.

I'm also for the first time really going to utilise cloud storage for this phone something i never really took advantage of before, this will be for pics and videos taken on it, even more free space. Even considering spotify.

Unless your really going out to fill it, for the average person who uses their phone as a gaming, music device 16gb with 64gb extra will do you fine IMO. That's a lot of space man lol
It's not enough for me.

For apps like Flixster, the downloaded movies won't work unless they are on the internal storage. For most phones that have both internal storage, the total 16gb doesn't translate to 16gb of available space. It is usually partitioned a certain way, depending on the manufacturer. Just for example, the Motorola Photon is partitioned with 3gb (dedicated to apps), 8.92gb (available internal storage), and the remainder is not accessible (without rooting) for whatever bloatware/software is on the phone. So, that being said, I have the entire 8.92gb filled up almost to the max with 5 movies.

Now, considering what I do for a living, I also have 56gb filled up of my 59gb available on my microSD card (64gb is never truly available). And, that's withholding other content that should be saved on my phone, but I can't because I also use the phone for personal and work.
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Sorry for the delay! I went with the international model for a few reasons...some bigger than others...

Even though I payed more r the phone up front, I'm not tied into a contract
Getting an unbranded unlocked model means you avoid getting a phone loaded with bloatware that carriers cram down your throat.
I'm still willing to trade LTE for battery life. It looks like the current gen LTE devices and services are improving quickly, but LTE doesn't seem like a must have feature yet. Think back to when HD TV started to take off...yea its awesome, but I don't need it it yet, and certainly not at the expense of something like battery life.
I do get 3G HSPA+ on AT&T, which is perfectly serviceable in my area.

I got the N7100. Some sites also refer to that one as "Sim free"

Can you share any info from whatever order confirmation you have to help us see which version you're getting?

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I see. I use Straight Talk, which uses the AT&T network, if I understand correctly. So when I had the unlocked version of the iPhone 4S I was able to get 3G in both the US and in S. Korea.
Having different sizes and a micro SD slot gives us flexibility. Personally I want to get the 64gb titanium gray and a 64gb micro SD card so that I can have a total of 128gb of storage. I will primarily listen to music and watch videos on the GN2, so I will need the storage space.
Oh, okay. I'm not familiar with Straight Talk. I've always been on T-Mobile. 128 GB seems like a lot of storage for my personal needs, but I'm sure there are probably many people who would like to have that so I guess it does make sense.
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Sorry for the delay! I went with the international model for a few reasons...some bigger than others...

Can you share any info from whatever order confirmation you have to help us see which version you're getting?

Hope this helps!
Thanks for responding! Your answer helps to ease my nervousness a lot. Although 4G speeds might be nice, it is definitely not a necessity for me because I am a very light data user. The version I ordered is also N7100, but is there another number or code I should look for? Also, what language did your phone come preset with? Thanks again!
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Not everybody one needs 128gb storage. 16gb and 64gb Micro SD is more than enough for me. Thats a lot of space. How many watched movies do you need on your phone at the same time?! I did well with a 16gb iPhone 4S never felt space restricted and you couldnt even expand that.

Most game Apps once finished I just deleted and got new ones, same when the albums got full. Even with 128gb eventually you'll fill it and need to do the same.

I'm also for the first time really going to utilise cloud storage for this phone something i never really took advantage of before, this will be for pics and videos taken on it, even more free space. Even considering spotify.

Unless your really going out to fill it, for the average person who uses their phone as a gaming, music device 16gb with 64gb extra will do you fine IMO. That's a lot of space man lol
Oh, I ordered the 16 GB phone. I was just asking why there are different sizes because I was curious. I certainly do not need more than 16 GB on my phone, but I would still use my micro SD card because I have a lot of music/movies/photos on there. Personally, I only need a couple of GB's for music, a handful for the movies I always like to have with me, and apps take up very little space for me. However, I guess different people have different storage needs so having a choice is always great!
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Thanks for responding! Your answer helps to ease my nervousness a lot. Although 4G speeds might be nice, it is definitely not a necessity for me because I am a very light data user. The version I ordered is also N7100, but is there another number or code I should look for? Also, what language did your phone come preset with? Thanks again!
N7100 should be the only number you need to worry about.

First time I turned mine on, the very first screen asked me to choose my preferred language. Don't remember what the default option was, but it was a cinch to switch to English.
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