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The 5 Best Verizon Smartphones [January, 2013]



Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is Verizon's first stab at the Galaxy Note series and it's also one of its best smartphones. The Galaxy Note 2 and its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display make it part phone, part tablet and all productivity, content consuming beast.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review.

With its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software, applications designed specifically for its unique S-Pen stylus, quad-core processor, fantastic battery life thanks to a massive battery and good cameras, the Galaxy Note 2 is one of the best available Android smartphones and one that will certainly last the duration of a contract.

And while Verizon offers it for an expensive $299.99 on-contract, Amazon will cut prospective buyers a bit of slack on the price.



  1. Jason Matheson (@jmath679)

    01/04/2013 at 1:35 pm

    I am thinking that I want my upgrade from my bionic to be a 5″ 1080p, quad core, minimum 2g ram, internal and removable storage, behemoth with a removable battery somewhere around 3000 mah. I have really liked the bionic so I would consider another Motorola and the galaxy series has always been good so I wouldn’t mind an s4 with those specs. I am not sure about an HTC though the dna looks great and almost got it right. I could live without the removable storage but as long as I have a choice I will never buy a non removable battery. I am excited to see the next wave of phones. All of those specs assume the most current OS, of course.

    • Alex Schechter (@axschech)

      01/04/2013 at 1:45 pm

      The ONE reason I wouldn’t buy the HTC DNA… the friggin power button is in the top middle… JUST like the bionic. Seriously… the industry standard now is to put it on the right side where your finger or thumb can easily reach it!

      • Joel

        01/05/2013 at 10:02 am

        The Bionic power button is in the top left. You must be confusing it for the DROID X.

  2. corleyman

    01/04/2013 at 6:52 pm

    From my research, the Note 2 blows away the S3! I’m surprised you rank the S3 better. Anyway, get any of these phones (including iPhone 5) unlocked for GSM networks like T-Mobile and you can sign up for unlimited 4G data/talk/text, be faster than your friends and spend less $$ than your friends! Check it:

  3. Zachary Palmer

    01/22/2013 at 9:08 pm

    Me being a left handed person(one of the few) Find the power button situated on the top middle on the HTC DNA quite reachable. The biggest turn off is the lack of additional memory and lack of battery life. If the battery was removable it would be fine then…

    I personally like the Motorola MAXX HD but its processor is a dual-core. Now there is nothing wrong with that but I would love a little more bang for the buck.

  4. Jaymes

    02/28/2013 at 5:15 pm

    The GS3 is a quad-core…

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