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We take a first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note II
The [[artnid:435037|Samsung Galaxy Note II]] has a larger 5.5in screen than its predecessor, a faster, quad-core processor and runs the latest version of Google's Android platform, 4.1 Jelly Bean. We've just got our hands on it, so let's unbox it and take a first look!
The retail packaging of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Keep in mind this is likely to differ to the Australian box if and when the phone is released down under.
Our review unit, supplied by [[xref:http://www.mobicity.com.au/samsung-galaxy-note-2.html|online store MobiCity]], is a 16GB "Titanium Gray' model.
Unboxing the Galaxy Note II.
Inside you'll find a Quick start guide, a warranty card and some Samsung promotional materials.
Inside the box. As you can see our review unit was supplied with a non-Australian charger but MobiCity includes an Aussie adapter in the box.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II sales package includes a charging adapter, the battery, a micro-USB cable, a headset and small, medium and large silicone ear tips.
The back of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. As you can see the 'titanium gray' finish is extremely reflective.
The front of the Galaxy Note II. The styling is very similar to the Galaxy S III, only larger.
Here's the S Pen, which slides out from the bottom right of the phone.
It S Pen once again has a button on it to perform various actions including taking a screenshot of the device.
Here's the S Pen removed from the Galaxy Note II.
This is the menu you're presented with when you remove the S Pen from the Galaxy Note II.
The phone will also show a list of "recommended shortcuts" for the S Pen in the notifications panel.
Behind the rear battery cover. There's a slot for a microSD card on the left, and a micro-SIM on the right.
A closer look.
The Galaxy Note II powering on.
This is the standard power-up screen.
The Samsung set-up screens guide you through the phone for the first time.
The on-screen keyboard on the Galaxy Note II utilises the extra screen real estate by including a row of numbers in the normal view.
Samsung has made the Galaxy Note II thinner and slightly smaller in width than the original Galaxy Note.
The Galaxy Note II is 9.4mm thick compared to 9.7mm and is 80.5mm wide compared to 83mm.
The Galaxy Note II is 2g heavier than its predecessor and around 4mm taller, but these increases are so small that we suspect most people will barely notice.
The headphone jack remains at the top of the Galaxy Note II.
From left to right: The Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Motorola RAZR HD and the iPhone 5.
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is significantly larger than most other smartphones on the market.
From top to bottom: The iPhone 5, Motorola RAZR HD, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II.
The Galaxy Note II uses the same super AMOLED screen technology as the original Galaxy Note but has a slightly lower resolution of 1280x720 compared to 1280x800. The lower resolution means a slightly less pixel density rating of 267ppi but we suspect 99 per cent of users won't be able to tell the difference if the phones are side-by-side.
[[artnid:435062|There's no word yet on an official Australian release of the Galaxy Note II]], with Samsung saying "a decision has not yet been made whether this product will be made available in Down Under." The Galaxy Note II is available in Europe, Asia and the Middle East now, and will be released in the US by the end of 2012.