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If you think about all the new devices that are coming out these days, most of them are upwards of five inches, with many hovering around the 5.5-inch mark. While that’s a norm today, it wasn’t so a couple of years ago.
Back then, to have a smartphone that had a screen size of more than five inches was bordering on the absurd. But, one smartphone changed that. One smartphone kickstarted a revolution in smartphones, their screen sizes, and what we could do with them.
Here’s a brief look at that smartphone and the handset lineup it spawned. The pioneer that led to an entire generation of large form-factor handsets — the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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It may be 2 years old, but Samsung isn’t forgetting about its Galaxy Note II when it comes to sofware updates. Initially spotted on Samsung Finland’s website that it will be upgradable, Samsung Poland has confirmed via twitter that it will indeed be getting the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.
Currently Samsung has started pushing the latest Lollipop version for its Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. Other devices expected to receive it would include their Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Although there’s no firm schedules yet, Samsung this time around appears to be quicker in software updates compared to its rivals.
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Finally Samsung Galaxy Note II users in Malaysia are getting its Android 4.4.2 Kitkat update that is being pushed Over the Air (OTA). Apart from getting new OS features and security fixes, the update also brings a new music album art interface on the home screen while the lock screen comes with a new camera shortcut.
The update file is about 416MB in size so it is recommended that you use WiFi for this. If you haven’t receive any notifications yet, you can check manually at Settings > More > About Device > Software update. If you can’t download it from your phone, you can try updating using Samsung Kies desktop software which you can download here.
Like any other firmware upgrades, it is advisable to perform a full backup of your files especially photos and videos.
Thanks Pok Jik for the heads up!
When it comes to latest Android OS updates, some manufacturers would often give its older flagship device a pass. If you’re using a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II, Samsung appears not to be giving up on you.
According to a source, Samsung is working on an Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade beyond its current Samsung Galaxy S4 model. The roll out of KitKat for Galaxy S III and Note II is expected to happen later in Q1 this year which is sometime in March. As expected, the new update offers software improvements and probably its latest UI interface which was leaked earlier on. Currently Samsung has started rolling out its KitKat upgrade for the Galaxy Note 3 Exynos version which isn’t available here.
The current Android 4.4 KitKat is designed to work with older devices (as low as 512MB of RAM) in an attempt to close the fragmentation gap among Android smart phones. If it can work with a downgraded Nexus 4 with dual-core processor and only 512MB RAM on-board, there’s little reason why manufacturers are not sharing the KitKat goodness around.
Couple of weeks back, we did a camera comparison of the latest flagship devices such as the HTC One, BlackBerry Z10, Nokia Lumia 920, iPhone 5 and Sony Xperia Z. With the Samsung Galaxy S4 being launched recently, it’s time for another round of camera shootout. This time we’ve thrown the Galaxy Note II in the mix as well.
Topping the megapixel count in this comparison are the 13MP shooters – Galaxy S4 and Xperia Z while the Lumia 920 8.7MP shooter shoots at 7.9MP. The iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II and the BlackBerry Z10 comes with the usual 8MP count. Of course not forgetting is the HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera which shoots an effective 4MP.
Without further ado, head after the break for the comparison. Let us know which you think is better?
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Like the saying it is better late than never, U Mobile now offers the Samsung Galaxy Note II on contract from as low as RM899. This makes it the 4th telco in Malaysia to offer the 5.5″ Phone Tablet smart phone on contract. As usual, it comes with the usual plans of U28, U58, U88 and its high usage plan, U Premium. All contracts are tied with 24 months contract. Full bundled pricing below:
U28 (1GB data) – RM1,999
U58 (2GB data) – RM1,599
U88 (3GB data) – RM1,388
U Premium (5GB data) – RM899
For U Premium, it comes pre-loaded with 800 minutes of talk time and 800 SMS per month which is split 50-50 with U Mobile and other networks. Meanwhile for U28-U88 plans, it varies of either bundled SMS, Talktime or both. You can get full details of the U28, U58 and U88 plans here.
An upfront payment between RM224 – RM1,344 is also required during registration. For comparison with other plans, check out the our Note II price comparison between the big 3 telcos.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Galaxy Note II page.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our quick look at the Galaxy Note II features.
The newly available Samsung Galaxy Note II is by some margin, the best Android device in the market right now. Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting features of the device which is demonstrated with a hands-on video.
Retailing at RM2,299, the Galaxy Note II comes with a massive 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and the unit we are getting comes with 16GB of storage. While the device has gone bigger in screen size with top spec hardware, the Galaxy Note II comes with additional new features that makes the large screen and stylus combo more productive.
Among the new features include a new enhanced S-Pen with AirView, Smart Rotation and multi-view support which lets you view 2 apps side by side. It also inherited the new features from the Galaxy S III such as Smart Stay and various gesture based actions.
Do watch this space as we will be having an in-depth review soon.
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UPDATE: Included Galaxy Note II bundling on Maxis new SurfMore Plan with 12/24 months contract.
The Samsung Galaxy Note II officially goes on sale in Malaysia today with the big 3 telcos – DiGi, Celcom and Maxis offering contract bundle plans for the device. Retailing at RM2,299, the 5.5″ Android phone-tablet with quad-core 1.6GHz processor is also available without contract at Samsung Elite Partners and there’s also a roadshow happening at MidValley from today until Sunday.
For most people, getting outright can be blow to your wallet. If you’re already using or thinking of getting a postpaid plan with data, having a contracted plan with a telco makes more sense with subsidised Galaxy Note II pricing. We have compared the plans and pricing from all 3 telcos in Malaysia to find out the total minimum cost of owning a Galaxy Note II.
Head after the break for the full comparison.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note II bundled plans is finally revealed on Maxis. This time Maxis has gone with a wider choice of plans including the recently introduced TalkMore 78 postpaid. For loyal customers under Maxis One Club, they are offering the Galaxy Note II from as low as RM999.
Head after the break for the full bundled details.
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This post is paid for by Celcom, the operator with Malaysia’s widest network and winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Mobile Broadband Provider of the Year for two years in a row.
Celcom has confirmed its pricing details for the Samsung Galaxy Note II with the device starting from RM1,498 with contract. It will be available in the following outlets tomorrow on the 19th October:
Blue Cube @Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Blue Cube @Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
Celcom outlet @Taman Molek, Johor Bahru
Celcom outlet @Bangunan KWSP, Penang
To sweeten the deal Celcom will also be bundling the first 100 Note II sold with a Flip Casing worth RM149. You can also stand a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S III by taking part in the lucky draws that will be held at the participating outlets. Full launch promo details here.
Details on the Celcom Galaxy Note II plans right after the jump.