When the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced, I’ll admit it. I was one of the people that scoffed and tried to wrap my mind around the fact that Samsung was introducing a smartphone with a stylus that was even bigger than the failed Dell Streak. I won’t be making the same mistake with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think the Galaxy Note was going to be a complete failure, but I didn’t think it would sell outside of a niche market.
Of course, the Galaxy Note proved me wrong and went on to sell millions of devices around the world. And that success has of course paved the way for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the original Note’s successor, which Samsung plans to introduce to the world on August 29th.
It’s a launch that is anticipated not only by those who like phablet-sized devices or the S-Pen sylus, but average consumers are genuinely interested in the Galaxy Note 2.
How do I know this? Any time any of my friends outside of the tech world start asking about a device – and many of these friends are iPhone users – I can tell that a brand or device has made it to the big time.
More than a few of my non-tech friends have asked me about the Galaxy Note 2 and that leads me to believe that similar questions are being posed around the world.
Well, now that I’ve shared my opinions about the Galaxy Note 2 with my friends, it’s now time to share my thoughts about the Galaxy Note 2 with you.
I Don’t Like Big Screen Smartphones, But I’m Still Excited
Plain and simple, I’m not a guy who likes big screen smartphones. I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its 4.6-inch display is just flat out massive. And quite frankly, I probably won’t end up buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not excited about it.
It’s hard not to get excited about a device that could pack a flexible 5.5-inch AMOLED HD display. It’s tough not to be intrigued by the possibility that it combines a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE data speeds.
And it’s hard not to be just a bit elated about a possible re-design, improved cameras, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or above and more.
This is going to be a fantastic device, any way you look at it and it has me pleasantly excited.
Please Don’t Make Us Wait
There is an issue though for consumers like me who live in the United States. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is going to be introduced at an event in Germany, not the United States, which means that a launch in the U.S. might come a few weeks or months after its first launch abroad.
A lot of that blame has to be put on the negotiations that Samsung has to go through with the tough American carriers, but for once I’d love to see a device, made by a foreign company, arrive in the U.S. on its initial launch day.
Instead, we’ll likely have to endure rumors and leaks and mishaps in the build up to its launch here in the U.S., something that consumers, myself included, shouldn’t be enthusiastic about at all.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Better Be On Board
If Samsung does make American consumers wait, it should at least come with a consolation prize. That prize of course being Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
I have my doubts about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean being the stock software on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 but hopefully Samsung washes those doubts away on August 29th.
I think American consumers would be more inclined to wait for this phone if it had Google’s latest and greatest software on board, software that truly does blow Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the water.
Samsung is taking a risk by announcing the Galaxy Note 2 during the build-up to the launch of Apple’s new iPhone 5 which is rumored to be coming on September 12th with a release date set for September 21st.
Consumers are going to be inclined to wait for Apple’s big unveil before making a purchase, as they should. Unless you’re fervently against Apple and the iPhone and all they stand for, it’s smart to wait and see what Apple unleashes, if only to keep options wide open.
And if the iPhone 5 is anywhere near what it’s rumored to be, 4G LTE data speeds and a larger 4-inch screen, it’s going to be a killer device and one that might eat into the Galaxy Note 2’s sales.
That’s not to say that I don’t think the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be a success. On the contrary. I have learned my lesson from the first Galaxy Note launch and the Galaxy S III launch and I know not to bet against Samsung.
The company will go on to sell millions of Galaxy Note 2’s and I’d be surprised if the device didn’t smash the sales of the orignal Galaxy Note .
Will I be contributing to those sales? Probably not but I have a feeling a few of my average consumer non-tech friends will be and that’s music to Samsung’s ears.
Are you buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 2?