Verizon Galaxy Note II hands-on and unboxing

November 30, 2012

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It's finally here. The Samsung Galaxy Note II complete with Verizon's ever expanding and extremely fast 4G LTE has landed on store shelves. As of yesterday the Note II is available in-stores and online from Big Red. Today we'll be taking a peek at this 5.5-inch smartphone phablet in the new Titanium Color, our personal favorite, then giving you a few pictures of the home button "decorations."

So here it is, the Note II with Verizon. You all should know absolutely everything about this phone already. Especially if you're considering picking up this extremely powerful and impressive smartphone. For those that don't, the Galaxy Note II from Verizon rocks a 5.5-inch 1280x720p HD Super AMOLED display that looks amazing. It comes with a powerful 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 8 and 1.9 megapixel cameras, and of course that S-Pen stylus for note taking and sharing.

The Galaxy Note II has a few extremely important features over it's biggest Verizon rival, that being the DROID DNA -- but more on that later. Samsung's worked really hard to offer tons of additional features over most devices with their Note II. You get the S-Pen stylus and app suite to take advantage of that Wacom digitizer in the display for extreme accuracy when using the stylus. Using the S-Pen to hover over words and buttons for previews, instant screenshots and cropping with the tap of a button, multi-screen mode for true multi-tasking and more. That was all covered in our T-Mobile Note II Review, so for now enjoy the Verizon unboxing!

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How does everyone like the branding or decorations Verizon added? I'm personally not a fan of the huge Verizon logo slapped front and center on the home button -- but to each his own I guess. It's here to stay (without some modding) so we better get use to it. Running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean the Galaxy Note II is one of the most up to date Android devices available, aside from a few Nexus smartphones. Samsung's been working hard to deliver timely updates so hopefully the latest Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean arrives in the next month or 3. Enjoy a few photos below and expect another review of this Verizon flavored Note II to come soon.

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  • Richard Yarrell

    Great review, Thank God I got mines on T-mobile the place where unlimited data reigns supreme. It’s pretty clear that Verizon has some kind of inferiority complex compared to the other carriers. It’s a pretty sad conclusion when you start playing around with the cosmetics of devices. And to add insult to injury Verizon even stole the ear buds that came in package on all the other carriers. Going through the Galaxy Nexus debacle on Verizon made me kick them to the curb in June of this year. God is good no question.

  • Spoken Word™

    “I’m personally not a fan of the huge Verizon logo slapped front and center on the home button”

    Huge? I’m amused at the constant harping about the logo on the home button. I don’t like it but it’s no bigger than the Verizon logo on the other Verizon phones that have the logo on front. To hear all the complaints you’d think the damn logo was taking up the entire front of the phone.