Thanks for all your answers.
I don't think it's a hardware problem because it has taken some exceptional photos but the success rate seems pretty hit or miss.
I just seems to not be very forgiving at times where as the S2 software seemed to sort it al out for you on auto point and shoot mode.
Even when I focus the Note 2 myself there's a chance that it doesn't focus properly.
I do admit it focuses much faster than the S2, so maybe that's it.
The S2 was slower but focused better.
Also another possibility because I knew the S2 was slow I compensated for it and allowed it plenty of time to focus and take the photo.
That explains the blurring possibly, maybe I need to be a little more gentle with the Note 2 even with the fast shutter speed, especially at the time of year with lack of outdoor lighting
Any idea what happened to the photo below?
Was shocked when i got home to find alot of my photos from a day out where... pink.
This looks nothing like how it actually looked, I suspect it had something to do with the direction of the sun that day.