I’ve already shared some thoughts about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and what consumers should expect and not expect from the upcoming sequel to Samsung’s original phablet, but now I wanted to share my personal expectations for a device that hopes to live up to the hype.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the most anticipated Android devices in recent memory and Samsung plans to take the wraps off of it at an event on August 29th. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, depending on how you look at things, Samsung has managed to keep the device under wraps despite all of the attention leaving us all clueless about its real form.
However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t, like many of you, come up with a wish list containing the features that I want to see from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As I’ve said before, I am going to be a hard sell but if the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 combines the features below, there is a chance, albeit a small one, that I might cave and pick one up.
Here are my expectations for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
One of the things that was missing on the original Samsung Galaxy Note was a high-definition display. Not surprising given the the amount of devices coming out at the time with non-HD displays but discouraging nonetheless, especially for a device with a large screen perfect for viewing media.
So, pretty much above all else, I want an HD display on the Galaxy Note 2. That way, I could enjoy sports highlights, movies, TV shows and more in high definition, on-the-go.
Fortunately, this feature is likely to be on board the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 when it arrives.
Another big feature I want is support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Plenty of people out there wanted a Verizon version of the original Galaxy Note and it’s my hope that Samsung and Verizon deliver this time around.
The main reason is because of how large the Verizon 4G LTE network is at the moment. I want to be able to take my Galaxy Note 2 virtually anywhere in the United States and have access to 4G LTE data speeds which clock in at 10 times faster than regular old 3G.
AT&T and Sprint have 4G LTE networks in place but they are moving at a snails pace as far as expansion is concerned.
The original Galaxy Note had a sizable 2500 mAh battery but between the display and the 4G LTE speeds, it needed more. In my experiences with the device, I was able to suck the battery right out of it doing things I love to do on my smartphone and tablet.
Things like play games, watch videos, and surf the web for extended periods of time.
Samsung has the opportunity to make stark improvement in the battery life area and I truly hope that it does. The rumored flexible AMOLED display helps the cause as that type of screen will allow Samsung to pack in a large battery, something that the Galaxy Note 2 absolutely needs in my opinion.
The original Galaxy Note was only about 178g’s and the Galaxy Note 2 should not go anywhere over that. In fact, I would love a device that’s as light as a feather. For a device that’s half tablet and half phone, it shouldn’t be any sort of a burden inside my pocket or bag.
The Motorola Atrix HD is a device that is 148g and feels even lighter than that.
I expect something similar from the Galaxy Note 2.
I want to take beautiful images and videos and look at them on a massive, HD display. It’s as simple as that.
I also want to be able use the device’s front-facing camera anywhere.
Remember, the Galaxy Note with its large screen and 4G LTE data speeds is the ultimate productivity tool and an HD front-facing camera would allow for me to easily communicate with co-workers, family and friends while on the go, without looking absolutely terrible.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The last piece to my Samsung Galaxy Note 2 puzzle is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google’s latest piece of mobile software. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the previous version of Android, was good. However, Jelly Bean is far and away better and I’ve taken a liking to it after using the Nexus 7 for awhile.
The UI is extremely fast and smooth, its offline Voice dictation helps with work while on the go, Google Now is weirdly awesome, and I love that I can re-size widgets if need be.
I want all of that on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 out of the box. If Samsung chooses to release Android 4.1 Jelly Bean down the road for the device, the device may lose my attention during the wait.
What do you want from the Galaxy Note 2?