When the original iPhone was launched back in 2007 it had only a 3.5-inch touchscreen, and many consumers wowed seeing such a “monster sized” display because all other devices were packed with about 2-inch screens. In the past 5 years Apple didn’t change the screen size of its iPhones but the rest of features were improved. This said, nothing is forever, and when other manufacturers started making their own smartphones, the competition became rough. OEMs had to come up with better specs to attract buyers. Fortunately or not, some things do not change — Apple’s strategy is one of them. I mean while others were offering larger batteries, more powerful camera lens, faster processors and larger screens, Apple was betting on its popularity. Thanks to such policy, Apple is on top positions but it still is unable to compete with Samsung and Nokia in terms of shipped handsets. The latter has been leading for almost 13 years, though Samsung surpassed it recently. It was possible due to Samsung’s con-Apple strategy — launching different devices with different specs lists and prices for different people.
As to Samsung, this manufacturer is actively promoting its Galaxy lineup. Its portfolio includes handsets from all categories, though the Samsung Galaxy S3 remains its best creation. The latter is also the most powerful Android smartphone, and when compared with it, other highest-end Android devices have no chance to win. Everything is very easy — every time Samsung designs the new generation of the Galaxy S device, the company powers it with the best hardware and software features. Moreover, they are offered via many carriers and retailers, which allows users to get their desired smartphone at the best prices. Accordingly, the best mobile phone deals can be found everywhere. In this sense, Samsung is one of those companies that don’t fear Apple’s Excellency. As a proof, I can remind you the latest case when Apple won a patent lawsuit, and Samsung paid the $1 billion fee by 5 cent coins. If you wish to know, with this move Samsung became more beloved by smartphone users because people need roughhouses — the Korean company gave it to them.
Besides such fracas and the Galaxy S3, Samsung has other weapons, which make it unique in the market. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Note — the first phablet of the company, which has become very popular and sold 10 million worldwide.
Being a semi-smartphone and semi-tablet the Galaxy Note is successfully accepted in both markets. Inspired by such success, the manufacturer decided to come up with its successor and a tablet carrying this moniker. The slate called the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is already out and offered at £400 (16GB Wi-Fi only variant) and £500 (3G model), while the Galaxy Note II will be launched in October. This phablet is promised to be more stylish, useful, and more importantly, it is packed with a bigger 5.5-inch display and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. So there will be more Samsung Galaxy Note 2 deals at more retailers and mobile operators. But the aforementioned two features are not the only advantages/improvements of the best phablet in the world.
Its display is protected by Gorilla Glass 2 technology, which can be found on a few devices. Super AMOLED screen is bright and vivid. Plus, the HD resolution allows users to view the content clearly and to act with the phone more easily.
Samsung has powered the Note II with a quad-core Cortex A9 chip clocked at 1.6GHz, so we can say it’s one of the fastest processors available on mobile devices. It is paired with 2GB of RAM, which can be found only on the LG Optimus LTE2. Though current apps and games for smartphones and tablets are designed in a way as not to require more than 512MB of RAM, knowing your device sports more megabytes users will be calm.
Almost all the latest smartphones of top manufacturers come with an 8MP camera. Even Nokia and Sony that are known for their love towards cameraphones are launching handsets with 8MP lens. Samsung is no exception, and you can find only an 8MP snapper on the back of the Galaxy Note II, while on the front of the phablet there is a 1.9MP HD camera for self-portraits and web chat.
Finally, there are unique features giving additional charm to the Galaxy Note II. Of course, I mean the S Pen and S Voice. With the launch of Note II Samsung will promote them more actively because S Voice is the current rival of Apple’s Siri. And even if S Voice is not so good as iPhone’s voice assistant, the manufacturer will do its best to introduce it in other colors.
Now that you are acquainted with the biggest smartphone in the world, you must be dreaming of it. I personally think Samsung has found the most optimal screen size for a device that is in between smartphones and tablets.