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Old March 31st, 2013, 06:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, upgrade is finally available tomorrow April 1st, need some convincing to upgrade now to the Note II from my HTC, or should I wait for the Note III

The Note III seems to be a little bigger then I really want, but I could be convinced.

Whenever I check the Note II in the store I want it now, when I get home I am fine with my 3VO, have had HTC for 5 years now between the Hero and 3VO, so uncertainty is tough

Anyways, looking for a push from you current Note II users to make the switch now and why, Cheers

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Old March 31st, 2013, 07:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I upgraded to the EVO 4G LTE when it released last year, I liked it, but when I saw the GN2, i was hit with a case of phone envy....i ended up giving the LTEVO to my 16 year old son, so i could grab the GN2. I REALLY like the GN2, and at this time, fully plan to get the GN3 when it comes out.
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lets see...

-fastest phone out, bar none
-best screen sizewise and viewing
-spen is tons of fun
-most developement of any phone now
-note 3 has no official release date, so you might be waiting till the cows come home for it
-multi app/multi task/ never slows down no matter how many apps running
-tons of room for everything, and can use a 64 gig ext card
-did I mention how much faster than any other phone this thing is?

stop procrastinating, and just get one, unless you dont want to have the #1 phone out now...
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Are you stock or rooted ?? Just curious.



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Not to mention the battery life is excellent. There was a thread in /r/android where people posted battery stats with their Note IIs. They easily got about 20-24 hours with heavy use.
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rooted, but lots of folks stay stock for awhile..
it takes about 30 seconds to root, so I didnt wait too long!
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Not to mention the battery life is excellent. There was a thread in /r/android where people posted battery stats with their Note IIs. They easily got about 20-24 hours with heavy use.
Oh yeah, I forgot to metion that it sports the best battery life of any phone with a 3100ah battery...
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I am going to say to wait. Why? Note 2 is an amazing phone...i love it. It does everything that i want. BUT, the Note 3 will likely be just as good if not significantly better. Note 3 will have Exynos 5 Octa, which has a powerful GPU (PowerVR). This is probably the biggest weakness of Note 2 with the Mali400 GPU. Games go smoothly enough, but iPhone 5 is noticeably smoother. (iPhone 5 uses the slightly older gen PowerVR GPU.)

Remember, you will be stuck with this phone for 2 years. As long as your current smartphone is functional, why not wait and get Note 3?? Yes, the screen is bigger, but it is NOT sure that the physical size of the phone will change much, if at all. Edge-to-edge technology etc. may allow Sammy to expand the screen to 5.9" while keeping phone size unchanged or minimally changed. Note 2 CPU/GPU is 2012. By end of this year, CPU/GPU of Note 2 will be seriously outdated.

Now, if you can get a great deal (aka FREE on contract) on Note 2 and don't care about heavy graphics games or having the latest, then GET Note 2 now and never look back.

BTW, if you have good ATT coverage, then why not end contract with Sprint and go to STraight Talk. Yes, you have to pay Note 2 at MSRP, but you will save in the long run.

Good luck in what you decide!
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I don't believe it will be free with Sprint, my guess is $199 won't know until tomorrow when I check the Sprint website. I don't do any gaming, so no biggie there for me, but if I could only get a concrete date on the release date of the N III I might wait, don't know if I could wait months My 3vo in running JB 4.2.2 and having no issues, but you know how it is. I had a Rep from Google come into my store and want me to set up my business for the free service and he had a Note II and that was when I saw it first and played with it and loved it. It will definitely be rooted as soon as I get it and I will not take the the OTA when I set it up if I decide to buy it now.



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I am going to say to wait. Why? Note 2 is an amazing phone...i love it. It does everything that i want. BUT, the Note 3 will likely be just as good if not significantly better. Note 3 will have Exynos 5 Octa, which has a powerful GPU (PowerVR). This is probably the biggest weakness of Note 2 with the Mali400 GPU. Games go smoothly enough, but iPhone 5 is noticeably smoother. (iPhone 5 uses the slightly older gen PowerVR GPU.)

Remember, you will be stuck with this phone for 2 years. As long as your current smartphone is functional, why not wait and get Note 3?? Yes, the screen is bigger, but it is NOT sure that the physical size of the phone will change much, if at all. Edge-to-edge technology etc. may allow Sammy to expand the screen to 5.9" while keeping phone size unchanged or minimally changed. Note 2 CPU/GPU is 2012. By end of this year, CPU/GPU of Note 2 will be seriously outdated.

Now, if you can get a great deal (aka FREE on contract) on Note 2 and don't care about heavy graphics games or having the latest, then GET Note 2 now and never look back.

BTW, if you have good ATT coverage, then why not end contract with Sprint and go to STraight Talk. Yes, you have to pay Note 2 at MSRP, but you will save in the long run.

Good luck in what you decide!
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I don't believe it will be free with Sprint, my guess is $199 won't know until tomorrow when I check the Sprint website. I don't do any gaming, so no biggie there for me, but if I could only get a concrete date on the release date of the N III I might wait, don't know if I could wait months
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If history repeats itself it will be announced in Q3 and released in Q4 which is the best guess most of us have at this point. I'm honestly waiting for the Note 3 myself.
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I don't believe it will be free with Sprint, my guess is $199 won't know until tomorrow when I check the Sprint website. I don't do any gaming, so no biggie there for me, but if I could only get a concrete date on the release date of the N III I might wait, don't know if I could wait months My 3vo in running JB 4.2.2 and having no issues, but you know how it is. I had a Rep from Google come into my store and want me to set up my business for the free service and he had a Note II and that was when I saw it first and played with it and loved it. It will definitely be rooted as soon as I get it and I will not take the the OTA when I set it up if I decide to buy it now.
There are so many roms, including ones with 4.2.2 you wont need to ever take any OTA..and, until Samsung actually announces what the Note3 is going to be, all the speculation is just that; speculation.
This phone will still be awesum 12 months from now...
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Looks like Radio Shack is the cheapest at $199, 2 day FedEx. Someone on XDA said recently said they got a Note II for $99 a Walmart (I think that was new contract.) Good luck with whatever decision you make.

Thanks for reminding me that I have an upgrade tomorrow too. We got our Evo 3Ds at the same time. Mine still works perfectly, but looks pretty pathetic next to my Note II.
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Thanks bud, seriously thinking about it, leaning to 80/20 right on getting it.





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I have had touchscreen phones since the first HTC XDA win mobile stuff back in 2004ish. I personally think that the note 2 is the pinnacle that will not be beaten until they roll up with flexible screens and batteries and go in your pocket easier (or an idea that hasnt been thought of yet). Without a doubt there will be more processors, higher res screens, etc in the note 3 or whatever brand next generation but I feel that there will be nothing completely new to make this an obsolete phone. It will handle everything thrown at it.
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While I am on the discussion, if I do order it tomorrow, is there anything I should or should not do before I get it. I know not to take the OTA but anything else ??
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While I am on the discussion, if I do order it tomorrow, is there anything I should or should not do before I get it. I know not to take the OTA but anything else ??
Ay Don why wouldn't you want to take the ota?
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Oh k the new update is ma7 which your phone will already have If you get it...but theres a root method for it.
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OK, ordered the N II earlier this morning, instead of getting it through Sprint as they had it for $299 for upgrade and would not match other offers, I went with Radio Shack online as they had it on sale for upgrade and in white for $199, free shipping, so it is on it's way and will be here on Wednesday. will report back once I get it. Thanks to all for the info, appreciate it.
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OK, ordered the N II earlier this morning, instead of getting it through Sprint as they had it for $299 for upgrade and would not match other offers, I went with Radio Shack online as they had it on sale for upgrade and in white for $199, free shipping, so it is on it's way and will be here on Wednesday. will report back once I get it. Thanks to all for the info, appreciate it.
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OK, ordered the N II earlier this morning, instead of getting it through Sprint as they had it for $299 for upgrade and would not match other offers, I went with Radio Shack online as they had it on sale for upgrade and in white for $199, free shipping, so it is on it's way and will be here on Wednesday. will report back once I get it. Thanks to all for the info, appreciate it.
Had I seen your post, I would've told you to hold off, Don...but, it's not a bad decision either. Not sure how Radio Shack's price match policy is, but before Best Buy changed their price matching policy recently, I ended up getting the Sprint Note 2 for $99.

Look into Radio Shack's policy, after the fact, and if they can price match within a certain amount of time, I'd just keep your eyes out for any deals that might come out that you can have them price match.
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I did, they said it was 14 days, I also had Sprint check all the websites and she told me RS had the lowest price at the moment, so I will keep my eyes open just incase. Plus I got Sprint to credit me the activation $36 fee

Would you of waited for the N III or something else ?? Just curious.


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Had I seen your post, I would've told you to hold off, Don...but, it's not a bad decision either. Not sure how Radio Shack's price match policy is, but before Best Buy changed their price matching policy recently, I ended up getting the Sprint Note 2 for $99.

Look into Radio Shack's policy, after the fact, and if they can price match within a certain amount of time, I'd just keep your eyes out for any deals that might come out that you can have them price match.
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Would you of waited for the N III or something else ?? Just curious.
I would've waited to see what the official specs of the NIII are, for sure. The speculations of their fitting a 5.9 inch screen in the same (or very close to) the same overall physical dimensions as the Note 2, really had me intrigued.

I'm also curious about the Moto X Phone. An a-la-carte phone sounds too good to be true, but it's intriguing enough that I'd have held back.

Again, that's not to say that I don't love the Note 2 because I really have had a great experience the past 5 months and I personally believe it's the best phone on the market right now, even with the HTC One release coming up.
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I would've waited to see what the official specs of the NIII are, for sure. The speculations of their fitting a 5.9 inch screen in the same (or very close to) the same overall physical dimensions as the Note 2, really had me intrigued.

I'm also curious about the Moto X Phone. An a-la-carte phone sounds too good to be true, but it's intriguing enough that I'd have held back.

Again, that's not to say that I don't love the Note 2 because I really have had a great experience the past 5 months and I personally believe it's the best phone on the market right now, even with the HTC One release coming up.
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Lol...been lagging on rooting.
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How about LG Optimus PRO?? It is very similar to N2, but more powerful processor and great screen with similar battery consumption (according to early reviews). The negatives are lack of stylus and questionable software support down the road.
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How about LG Optimus PRO?? It is very similar to N2, but more powerful processor and great screen with similar battery consumption (according to early reviews). The negatives are lack of stylus and questionable software support down the road.
S-pen, removable battery, and microSD slot will always be X-factors for me. Plus, since Don is on Sprint, I don't think they're offering the Optimus G Pro.
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Yeah, and he already ordered it...sorry, my bad.
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Thanks bro, appreciate it

Any advice before I get it today ??



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If you haven't already, you might want to get a case. I heard the Note 2 feels "slippery". And it's kind of true I almost dropped the demo model at the Sprint store.
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Already have the case before I have the phone, LOL Actually got 2



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Why wait? Once the Note 3 is announced then people will be talking about the Note 4. It's a vicious cycle.

I had an upgrade available and was going to wait for the S4. Then I started to check out the Note 2. The decision was simple. I won't look back and have any regrets. This phone is just too bad ass. Wife inherited the S3 and I love my Note 2!!!!!!

Oh and I am Rooted and Unlocked with one click. It couldn't be easier!

Noticed you said you already ordered it, nice choice! You won't regret it.
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Yep it is ordered and should be here today, and it is your favorite color White I assume you used an app to root ?? I will use ADB process myself (Odin3), as I am sure that will have to be the way depending on the version on the phone when I get it.



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I had an upgrade available and was going to wait for the S4. Then I started to check out the Note 2. The decision was simple. I won't look back and have any regrets. This phone is just too bad ass. Wife inherited the S3 and I love my Note 2!!!!!!

Oh and I am Rooted and Unlocked with one click. It couldn't be easier!
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Yep it is ordered and should be here today, and it is your favorite color White I assume you used an app to root ?? I will use ADB process myself (Odin3), as I am sure that will have to be the way depending on the version on the phone when I get it.
I used Adam Outlers One click over on XDA. It rooted and Unclocked the phone with virtually one click of the mouse. Pretty painless. I am sure there are other ways as well. Enjoy the "White" Note2, lol.
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I am on Sprint also, I think that app was for Verizon, as i read it somewhere, but I could be wrong, but the other was is just as easy also., cheers

I love Radio Shack, they send me an email telling me to to call Sprint to activate the phone, to call them, LOL Yah Right !!



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Any advice before I get it today ??
I have advice for immediately after you get it. Register the phone on Samsung's website. I'm not sure if they're still doing it, but many of us got 50% off coupons to be used for up to 10 items (didn't have to be in a single purchase) from the Samsung website.

Because of that, I got 2 extra batteries w/ the extra battery charger and stand, all share media cast, and a bunch of other accessories (including the S-Pen w/ eraser). Can't beat 50% off for OEM stuff. Hopefully, they're still giving those out for new Samsung owners that register their phones.
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OK, got the phone last nite, set it all up, I will be taking the 4.1.2 OTA later today, then tonight I will be rooting it, here is a quick screen shot to show you the setup, cheers. Using the Apex launcher, which I much prefer, the only thing I miss from Touch Wiz, is one of their calender widgets that gives you the full month at a glance, but not a deal breaker


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OK, got the phone last nite, set it all up, I will be taking the 4.1.2 OTA later today, then tonight I will be rooting it, here is a quick screen shot to show you the setup, cheers. Using the Apex launcher, which I much prefer, the only thing I miss from Touch Wiz, is one of their calender widgets that gives you the full month at a glance, but not a deal breaker
There's an app for that.
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I am sure there are many, but I like that exact one, have you see one like it elsewhere ?? I can take a screenie to show you if you need it. There are many that have month view, but not as nice and useful that I have found.



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Check out Android pro widgets or colorized widgets. Both have a calendar widget
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What ^ said.
I use Colorize.
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This is the widget I am talking about

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This is the widget I am talking about

Business Calendar is nice.
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Any Skype users here, if yes are you able to get BT to work with Skype, I get no sound at all, maybe I am missing something.
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