Sunday, 23 September 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Also released to the public at Unpacked 2012 was the Galaxy Note 2. A lot of people were expecting this to be released at IFA 2012 and Samsung didn’t disappoint.

I got some hands on time with this amazing device (you can see some of my videos on here for some of its software features).


On release the Galaxy Note 2 will be released in titanium grey and marble white.

In this photo the original Galaxy Note is on the left where the Galaxy Note 2 is on the right.






  • Dimension: 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • S-Pen with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity
  • Display: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density) and
    Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Memory options:  16/32/64 GB storage, 2 GB RAM
  • Connections: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, LE, EDR
  • NFC support
  • microUSB (MHL) v2.0, USB Host support
  • CAMERA: 8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
  • Camera Video recording: 1080p@30fps
  • Secondary Camera: Front  1.9 MP
  • OS: Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A9
  • Extra Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • GPS Support: A-GPS and GLONASS
  • Extra features: - SNS integration
    - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    - Dropbox (50 GB storage)
    - TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
    - MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
    - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
    - Organizer
    - Image/video editor
    - Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
    - Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
    - YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa integration
    - Voice memo/dial/commands
    - Predictive text input (Swype)
  • Battery:  Li-Ion 3100 mAh

I got some hands on time with this device and also managed to perform a speed test using the Antutu Benchmark app from the Google Play store, check out the results below:

My overall impressions on the device are that I WANT ONE! It’s really great for creative people and I’m forever drawing so would love to get my hands on one to have a bit more play time. There’s also some really fantastic software features (see my post here:

More Galaxy Note II photos:

Samsung Galaxy Camera

As one of the Samsung Mobilers for the UK I was lucky enough to be invited along to IFA 2012 where I got to attend Samsung’s Unpacked event and also report on the IFA event itself.

Firstly I should explain that through my time with Samsung I have become quite interested in photography and cameras in general….currently I am using my first DSLR which is a Canon 1100D which is great for beginners. However after seeing what Samsung pulled out the bag I may have to invest in the new Galaxy Camera!


Call me girly….but I totally love that orange colour!

Okay onto the real meaty details, this camera has a seriously impressive spec list….it is mainly aimed at those users that aren’t quite confident enough to use a dslr but still want to take professional looking photographs!

Specs in a nutshell:

  • 16.3 Megapixel
  • 21x optical zoom (we all know digital zoom is awful…so this is great!)
  • Optical Image Stabilisation
  • 4.77” LCD HD super clear touch display (308ppi)
  • ISO Auto, 100-3200
  • 4G and 3G access….so you can share photos on the go
  • 1.4Ghz quad core processor
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 8Gb memory and room for an external memory card
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • HDMI output
  • Wifi and bluetooth
  • 1650mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 128.7x70.8x19.1mm
  • Weight 305g

So that's an impressive list right!?

Other than that the camera is a really nice bit of kit, it sports a number of “pro” modes that enable the user to create professional pictures really easily.

One such mode is waterfall trace, the following picture was taken on my dslr and as a beginner it took me ages to get the settings correct…I imagine with the Galaxy camera you could select this mode and then point and shoot and come out with a similar result



Finally as the camera shares the same processor as the one that is in the Galaxy S3 I managed to run a speed test to test it’s processing abilities….I used the Antutu benchmark app from the Google Play store:

A very similar result to the Galaxy Note II

Extra pictures of the Galaxy Camera