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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:47 AM   #1
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It is funny how my perception of what size a phone should be was altered so drastically by just a couple weeks of use of the Note II.* As I said earlier, the iPhone 5 now feels like a miniaturized child’s toy.
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in hongkong there are alots of user using note size phone for a while. actually i see note 2 phone more than iphone nowaday in hongkong.
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It comes down to the following questions:

1) Where do you carry your phone?

2) Do you frequently watch movies/videos or play games?

3) Do you have big hands?

If you use a holster, play tons of games/videos, and have monkey hands then a Note sized phones is aces for you. But if you front pocket your phone, rarely watch video's or play games and don't have huge hands then you're probably better off with an iPhone 5. Just depends on who you are. IMHO larger phones better suit women as they carry in their purses, obcessively FB and post pictures, and while they have small hands they're used to holding "big things"...
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big hands isn't a requirement to use a note 2 sized phone. it looks big in pictures compared to other phones but taken out of a comparison shot, it feels like a normal phone.
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big hands isn't a requirement to use a note 2 sized phone. it looks big in pictures compared to other phones but taken out of a comparison shot, it feels like a normal phone.

AKA: You get used to the size after awhile.
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Most people who try a note 2 will switch after imo. I think maybe 85% of the people who played around with my note 2 swapped to one from whatever they were on. When I first got the phone, I felt it was pretty huge and the s3 was really a limit of what I would carry. If you test drove the phone for a day or two you would realize it's not that big. Although it can initially be a bit shocking in size. Also, I agree with the article in that you don't realize how much your squinting when your using an iphone trying to read stuff. Currently, I am running a jbed i5 as my daily driver and the one thing that bothers me the most is reading and browsing on it. For text, phone calls, emails it does the job just fine. Multimedia on the thing just sucks in every category after experiencing and owning better. One thing about the note 2 that it does very well is that you get a very nice desktop version of some sites with collapsing menus.
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Large hands are not a prerequisite for predisposition towards a Note II.
Mine are average sized, and the Note II suits me just fine.
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Note 2 >>>>>>iphoneanyversion

Daughter and I are getting our Note 2s soon, and the wife is dumping her 4s for a Galaxy s3.

Apple a day my ass....even the ipad is doing a forced relocate.
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Note 2 >>>>>>iphoneanyversion

Daughter and I are getting our Note 2s soon, and the wife is dumping her 4s for a Galaxy s3.

Apple a day my ass....even the ipad is doing a forced relocate.
Lol apple frustration. I know that feeling.
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It comes down to the following questions:

1) Where do you carry your phone?

2) Do you frequently watch movies/videos or play games?

3) Do you have big hands?

If you use a holster, play tons of games/videos, and have monkey hands then a Note sized phones is aces for you. But if you front pocket your phone, rarely watch video's or play games and don't have huge hands then you're probably better off with an iPhone 5. Just depends on who you are. IMHO larger phones better suit women as they carry in their purses, obcessively FB and post pictures, and while they have small hands they're used to holding "big things"...
I've recently moved to better fitting jeans, a bit tighter than I'm used to, and I have zero issue getting my GS3 in our out of my pocket. The Note 2 isn't THAT much bigger.
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I've recently moved to better fitting jeans, a bit tighter than I'm used to, and I have zero issue getting my GS3 in our out of my pocket. The Note 2 isn't THAT much bigger.
I don't know why people make a big deal out of the area of the screen. The phone thickness tends to be more of an issue for me.
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I don't know why people make a big deal out of the area of the screen. The phone thickness tends to be more of an issue for me.
Area of the screen is of significant importance for a better viewing experience in every single scenario.

Everything suddenly becomes more immersive and engaging with a larger screen.

As for thickness, the Note II has that under control.

For comparison
iPhone 4S: 0.37"
iPhone 5: 0.30"
Galaxy S3: 0.34"
Galaxy Note II: 0.37"

For the Note II, to pack all of the power and features that it does (including a stylus), and still come in at the same thickness as an iPhone 4S, it's something truly remarkable.
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I don't know why people make a big deal out of the area of the screen. The phone thickness tends to be more of an issue for me.
It's the perceived size of the unit, not the screen area. Everyone I know who uses a Note said they felt the unit was too large, until they actually handled and used it - myself included.
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I don't know why people make a big deal out of the area of the screen. The phone thickness tends to be more of an issue for me.
Pocketability is important to some people. Running with your smartphone is more comfortable with a smaller phone, and my S3 is probably beyond my limit of what I'd prefer. I also don't like how it fits under certain clothing (mainly formal attire).

Beyond pocketability, there's also how it handles. For the GNII, I would say it's designed to be used 2-handed more often than not.

It's a great phone but it's not for everyone, specifically due to its size.
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It comes down to the following questions:

1) Where do you carry your phone?

2) Do you frequently watch movies/videos or play games?

3) Do you have big hands?

If you use a holster, play tons of games/videos, and have monkey hands then a Note sized phones is aces for you. But if you front pocket your phone, rarely watch video's or play games and don't have huge hands then you're probably better off with an iPhone 5. Just depends on who you are. IMHO larger phones better suit women as they carry in their purses, obcessively FB and post pictures, and while they have small hands they're used to holding "big things"...
It's simpler than that.

It comes down to trying another product and seeing if it works for you. This person actually gave the other device a shot and ended up with what worked best.

Everything you have in your list is a qualifier of sorts. Why limit yourself at the start? Have an open mind and reap the benefits.
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Yeah at first I was kinda concerned with the size of the note II as a couple of co workers had the Note and I was always one of those how on earth could you use that, or even use it as a phone?

I went from an Epic 4G which isn't small in it's own right, but I think its the same size or about as the i5 maybe? I think it was only a 3.5-3.8" screen. But even still after using my Note II I don't even realise how big it is, I use it for phone calls, I put it in my front pocket, I put it in my breast pocket sometimes too on my jacket. It's perfectly fine and I no longer realise the difference.

That being said I tried to use my GFs iPhone 4s. I went out and bought her a HTC One X the next day. Theres no way anyone can get anything done on that screen it felt outrageously dated, and primitive. I've never felt so cramped.
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Every time my coworker pulls out that Note2 I feel so much screen envy and always put my head down in shame and pocket my 4s. I have been using my phone for videos and internet surfing a lot more so you can't beat that screen.
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I almost never watch videos, I never play games, and I surf the web only on occasion... I do use GPS, but maybe 10 times a year. Why on earth would somebody like me need that much screen? I don't. But others might.
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I've been using my i5 again for the past week since JB. I do notice that since I started using it again, I don't browse, I dont game, and I dont watch videos on my phone anymore lol. I do use it as a music player for my 40min train commute to and from work but with an amp attached.
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I almost never watch videos, I never play games, and I surf the web only on occasion... I do use GPS, but maybe 10 times a year. Why on earth would somebody like me need that much screen? I don't. But others might.
The better question might be, why on earth would someone like you even need a smartphone then?

I would also wager that if you did have a Note II, you would then start watching more videos, playing more games, and surfing the web more.

I'm inclined to believe that the reason you don't do many of those things now is because you are limited by your device.

Edit: Wow, didn't read nyc's post before putting mine up, and realized that we both basically said the same thing.
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I almost never watch videos, I never play games, and I surf the web only on occasion... I do use GPS, but maybe 10 times a year. Why on earth would somebody like me need that much screen? I don't. But others might.
Not really sure why you have a smart phone... My mom does more with her Droid Bionic than you...
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Maybe he uses apps, listens to music, manages task, appointments, email, checks the weather, or a myriad of other things people do on smartphones?

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We've started deploying iPhones at my job and I really don't understand what is all the hype around the iPhone. The phone looks like a toy compared to my Nexus 4 and the interface looks like the phone is from 2008 or something.
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Checking emails mostly. I also use the weather and sports scores apps a lot. And the occasional Google.
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its from 2006
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Remember when people used phones to make phone calls? And didn't give a rat's ass what the thing looked like?

It's a phone, people. It's not the Holy Grail in black plastic. Move on already.
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Marketing and hype.

Do I miss the apps? Sure, I miss a few apps. Do I miss the actual device with iOS?

Hell no. It belongs in the last decade.

I do expect both Apple and Samsung (and maybe Nokia?) to use their curved/flexible glass tech to come out with wrist devices soon enough.

Imagine a flexible device you can just wrap around your wrist. Unwrap it and you can have a large display to do whatever. On your wrist, you can still use it for the basics. Single device, multiple usage scenarios. And you no longer have to worry about carrying it in your pocket.

The issues? Technology, batteries, scratch resistance, moisture/water resistance.

But, potential gold mine.
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Marketing and hype.

Do I miss the apps? Sure, I miss a few apps. Do I miss the actual device with iOS?

Hell no. It belongs in the last decade.

I do expect both Apple and Samsung (and maybe Nokia?) to use their curved/flexible glass tech to come out with wrist devices soon enough.

Imagine a flexible device you can just wrap around your wrist. Unwrap it and you can have a large display to do whatever. On your wrist, you can still use it for the basics. Single device, multiple usage scenarios. And you no longer have to worry about carrying it in your pocket.

The issues? Technology, batteries, scratch resistance, moisture/water resistance.

But, potential gold mine.
No thanks. One of the minor benefits of a cell phone is that I don't have to wear watch anymore. I can't see any reason to go back to strapping a device around my wrist.
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And didn't give a rat's ass what the thing looked like?
I don't think that has EVER been the case.
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