angamb

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About angamb

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    Samsung Galaxy Note II
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  1. Trialpay Adfree

    Desperately want to use a ROM Kitchen! Despite this post here, a direct message to Paul and an email sent to Modaco, still no luck after 3 days. I am beginning to think this is all a big fat waste of time.
  2. Trialpay Adfree

    Still waiting too :( TrialPay order number: #5N1W94Y Date completed: Apr 26, 2013
  3. I never use a screen protector, they are difficult to apply, leaving ugly bubbles and mis-alignment. They can trap dust and grit, can cause touch malfunctions (especially with an S-Pen) and if toughened Gorilla glass isn't going to stop damage, how is a piece of plastic? No matter how good you think you've applied it, you can still see it. They spoil the overall look and feel. I keep mine in a good case and look after it. I never see any damage this way.
  4. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to buy the phone on the pre-launch day in London 30th September. I previously owned the Original Note and currently also have a Galaxy S3 so I was keen to compare them. First thing I noticed was the Note II seemed less bulky but also appears to be heavier in the hand than the original. It's subjective but I also feel it looks more premium and more attractive. Some people aren't fans of the S3 styling but if like me, you are, then you'll love how the Note II is clearly the bigger brother of the S3. The screen is vibrant and definitely brighter than original. Loss of the pentile matrix isn't that noticeable, there isn't a blue tint, maybe a tiny hint of red instead. It's hard to tell. Placing the S3 and Note II side by side however revealed something that made me slightly disappointed. The text just isn't quite as sharp as the S3. I do realise though that this is down to the overall resolution and on a much bigger screen. It's still absolutely amazing of course and it was always going to be a challenge to beat the S3. But the Note II has many more goodies to distract you. The S-Pen is better, being longer and now has a slight texture to the button making it easier to locate. Also shaped slightly different for easy slot loading. These are welcome changes. There's also a few neat tricks that have been introduced in what happens when you remove, insert or leave behind the pen. Some new gesture commands and clever interactions with various apps have been introduced. I am not going to dwell on these features as they are all demonstrated in any of the online reviews you look at online. This review focuses on what my first impressions. For the first time in a long time though, I actually had to consult the manual to work out and discover the new smart features, because there are many of them! Various gesture and motions to interact, some useful others gimmicky. I found for example.. with the screen off and laying flat, you place your hand near to the screen and it glows slightly to reveal any missed notifications. This was a handy one for me. Then there's a way the phone knows you are laying on your side to view the screen so it doesn't rotate to landscape mode. It works and it's amazingly useful. The speed of the device is highly noticeable over the original Note, understandably. It flies through any amount of screen swiping. Even with a custom launcher and hundreds of installed apps I stuck on there, it has no obvious lag at all. Battery life is outstanding. Bearing in mind I haven't done too many recharge cycles, the battery is easily lasting all day with the screen on so much of the time and all those apps I mentioned! No issues for me there. The camera is on a par with the S3, haven't had the pleasure of a nice day outside to test it fully. Low light shots are a slight improvement over previous incarnations. Sound from the speaker is - at last - very very good. It's loud and has more bass and less distortion. Really am pleased this has been improved. So for me, Samsung have done a great job with this 2nd generation. Build quality, battery life, raw power, feature rich and fully loaded. Difficult to fault and even more difficult to put down!
  5. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to buy the phone on the pre-launch day in London 30th September. I previously owned the Original Note and currently also have a Galaxy S3 so I was keen to compare them. First thing I noticed was the Note II seemed less bulky but also appears to be heavier in the hand than the original. It's subjective but I also feel it looks more premium and more attractive. Some people aren't fans of the S3 styling but if like me, you are, then you'll love how the Note II is clearly the bigger brother of the S3. The screen is vibrant and definitely brighter than original. Loss of the pentile matrix isn't that noticeable, there isn't a blue tint but I can't help feel there is a tiny hint of red instead. It's hard to tell. Placing the S3 and Note II side by side however revealed something that made me a little disappointed. The text just isn't as sharp as the S3 and although I realise this is down to the overall resolution and on a much bigger screen, it just made me feel a little let down. It's still amazing of course and it was always going to be a challenge to beat the S3. Fortunately the Note II has many more goodies to distract you. The S-Pen is better, being longer and now has a slight texture to the button making it easier to locate. Also shaped slightly different for easy slot loading. These are welcome changes. There's also a few neat tricks that have been introduced in what happens when you remove, insert or leave behind the pen. Some new gesture commands and clever interactions with various apps have been introduced. I am not going to dwell on these features as they are all demonstrated in any of the online reviews you look at online. This review focuses on what my first impressions. For the first time in a long time though I actually had to consult the manual to work out and discover the new smart features, because there are many of them! Various gesture and motions to interact, some useful others gimmicky. I found that: with the screen off and laying flat, you place your hand near to the screen and it glows slightly to reveal any missed notifications was a handy one for me. Then there's a way the phone knows you are laying on your side to view the screen so it doesn't rotate to landscape mode. It works and it's amazingly useful. The speed of the device is highly noticeable over the original Note, understandably. It flies through any amount of screen swiping. Even with a custom launcher and hundreds of installed apps I stuck on there, it has no obvious lag at all. Battery life is outstanding. Bearing in mind I haven't done too many recharge cycles, the battery is easily lasting all day with the screen on so much of the time and all those apps I mentioned! No issues for me there. The camera is on a par with the S3, haven't had the pleasure of a nice day outside to test it fully. Low light shots are a slight improvement over previous incarnations. Sound from the speaker is - at last - very very good. It's loud and has more bass and less distortion. Really am pleased this has been improved. So for me, Samsung have done a great job with this 2nd generation. Build quality, battery life, raw power, feature rich and fully loaded. Difficult to fault and even more difficult to put down!
  6. N7 slow down / laggy

    See here, it's become quite an issue for many owning the 16Gb versions: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/09/17/nexus-7-performance-issues/
  7. need decent soft keyboard

    First place for me is Thumb Keyboard - highly customisable and great macro shortcut keys, followed very closely by SwiftKey for outstanding predictable text function (that probably won't be suitable for the OP however lol)
  8. navigation software for the Note

    CoPilot is the most polished and feature packed in my opinion. Excellent value for money too. They are currently offering it with a free 12mths traffic subscription. Highly recommended.
  9. There is a very strong indication that the Note version 2 is to be announced this month (August) and I for one will be trading in my Note 1 for it, may be best to wait to see if it emerges before splashing out as the predicted specs are going to blow the competition out the water!
  10. GPS Free for SGN7000 ( CoPilot )

    CoPilot is excellent on any Android device, but on the Note it's especially cool with that huge screen. Even the premium version is really cheap and at the time of writing is available for £18 for the UK/Ireland/Principle Europe with 12mths traffic subscription included! I ditched my TomTom SatNav and the stupid £45 yearly sub it asks for in favour of CoPilot and never looked back.
  11. I can answer the first question, HDMI out is available. I use a cheap adaptor courtesy of eBay, remember to plug in the mains cable too though, they generally don't work off the battery.
  12. HD Wallpapers

    Thanks :)
  13. There are a number of office suites compatible with the Note but it comes with Polaris built in and I have to say is one of the best to do what you are seeking. There is also an app available through Samsung App Store that allows annotation to PDF files using the S-Pen. With it's large screen, it does make it easy to work on than a phone. Obviously a laptop is better but as you point out it isn't so portable. I think Carphone Warehouse is your best bet to see one in action.
  14. I was in the Carphone Warehouse yesterday and I spotted a Samsung Galaxy SII in what I thought was an orange colour. It looked really good and I thought the Galaxy Note would look good in it. I checked the CPW website today and the only colours listed for the SGS2 are black, white and pink. So I must have been looking at a pink one! Maybe it was the lighting, but a burnt orange colour would look really good on this phone. And no... I really don't want a pink one. As open minded and laid back as I am, pink will always be more for the ladies ;)
  15. Found an interesting article on how to get the tablet version of ICS onto a Galaxy Note: http://bit.ly/HzSN3v Includes Videos. Very tempted to try this out.

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