Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung Galaxy Note IIThe newly-released second-generation smartphone-tablet hybrid device from Samsung - the Galaxy Note II `phablet' - marks an evolution over its last-year-launched Galaxy Note predecessor; and, despite its big size of 5.5 inches, it appears to a convenient-to-use device.

With its distinctive design, featuring a 5.5-inch slab of plastic and glass, the new Galaxy Note II fits nicely in the user's hands as it measures 5.9 x 3.2 x 0.4 inches. In addition, with a weight of merely 180g, the phablet is not too difficult to carry around also.

Boasting an HD super AMOLED 720p screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is packed with a novel kind of AMOLED display technology, in which sub-pixels are arranged in such a manner that the images are notably sharper than those on the Samsung Galaxy S II or Galaxy S III smartphones.

Quite predictably, the screen of the Galaxy Note II can offer a much more satisfying movie-viewing experience, vis-a-vis the 4-inch screen of Apple's new iPhone 5; more so as the Samsung phablet is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, and - coupled with 2GB of RAM - is one of the fastest Android-based devices currently available on the market.

Running the newest Android OS version, Jelly Bean, and with a battery upgraded form its predecessor's 2,500mAh to 3,100mAh, the Samsung Galaxy Note II also features an 8-megapixel back camera, and a 1.9-megapixel front camera; and is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage capacities.