When the original Samsung Galaxy Note was released, it took the entire smartphone industry by storm owing to its unique size, design and shape. But there were many that criticized the size of the phone and few would admit that the phone would get this much success. However the Galaxy Note proved critics wrong becoming one of the fastest selling phones in the market propelling its maker Samsung to heights it had never touched before. And when Samsung came up with its big brother version – The Samsung Galaxy Note 2, again the smartphone industry was rocked by a storm so much so that they had to invent a whole new category for these types of phones – The Phablet. (Phone & Tablet). And any phone that’s bigger than 5 inches gets categorized into this automatically now. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 manages to stretch the boundaries of Mobile Phone Gadgets with its TouchWiz tweaks and S pen stylus, not to mention the latest OS from Google – Jelly Bean Android.
1. Air View
First time users of this phone should know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 does not require you to actually touch the S Pen or the stylus to the screen all the time. It has an in-built mechanism which allows the screen to detect the movements of the stylus even when it is floating slightly above. This feature comes in handy while using different applications such as showing video previews during playback and the Calendar.
2. Taking a Screenshot
Holding the S Pen button down and touching its nib to the screen will allow a user to take a screenshot. This screenshot can later be edited with annotations before you can save it in your picture gallery.
3. Taking Clippings
While holding the down button of the S pen and drawing closed shape will let a user save the contents of the screen as in image in the Gallery. This image can later be manipulated anyway you want to – you can either send it through MMS, Email or share it on different apps.
4. Indicator for S Pen
To avoid the hassle of ever losing the Stylus or S pen, turn on the indicator for S pen detachment which will basically remind you that you are about to walk away without the S Pen in its place.
5. Texting with One Hand
For many of the old school folks, it gets difficult to type on a QWERTY touchpad at times and this is why Samsung has included a One Hand touch screen typing system where the entire keyboard minimizes to a specific part of the screen so that every letter on the keyboard is within the reach of his thumb. You can also choose to have an input style where the letters are divided across the number pad of the phone.
6. Enable Handwriting
If you are more of a handwriting fan, you will be glad to know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with some of the latest handwriting recognition software and it is unusually good at detecting cursive or printed handwriting. The S Pen settings can be opened to indicate whether you are right handed or left handed.
This is basically the swipeable keyboard option that Samsung released even in its earlier versions of the Galaxy phone. This basically lets a user write by spelling out each word he wants to write by joining the letters with a line.
8. Color Tone Settings
If you are not happy with the way the phone is reproducing the colors on your screen, you can easily change it by going to Settings -> Display -> Screen Mode. From here you can choose between different settings such as Natural, Standard, Movie and Dynamic.
9. Blocker Mode
This is a very useful setting for people who want to avoid their phone ringing or vibrating during office hours or especially when they are busy during a meeting. This mode will simply block all the notifications, incoming calls, timers, alarms and even the LED flash light. Users have the option of choosing to have this setting either for the entire day or between certain hours. This setting is also pretty handy for people who want to avoid unnecessary callers.
10. Screen Rotation
This is one of the coolest features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 which basically prevents your screen from rotating unnecessarily and having you to turn it back. With the Smart Rotation feature, the phone will monitor your head position and will avoid rotation until your face has been tilted too.
11. Smart Screen – Lock Out
The front camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 monitors the eyes of the user at all times and does not allow the screen to go into time out mode if the user is still looking at the display.
12. Adding and Removing Home Screens
When you make a pinch gesture at the home screen, the screen will zoom out giving you an eagle’s eye view of all the home screens. From this view, you will be easily able to add, remove and rearrange the home screens.
13. Easy Mode
When the Galaxy Note 2 is switched on for the first time ever, the phone gives the user the option of availing the Easy mode which basically gives you less home screens than the Basic Mode. In the Easy mode, the home screen is already populated with some of the most widely used apps, contacts and frequently used settings. You can easily switch between the Basic Mode and Easy mode using the Settings app.
14. Page Buddy
Specific Home Screens have been added depending on the need of the user. For example, when you connect your headphones, a page will appear that contains all the music and video apps. Similarly, when you remove the S Pen for use, a page will appear for taking notes.
15. S Voice
This is Samsung’s answer to the voice activated assistant from Apple – Siri. Although we didn’t find it’s voice recognition features as advanced as that of Siri, still Samsung has offered a lot of commands that are not available in the Apple smartphones for example, you can use the S voice assistant to even Disable or Enable the Wi-Fi internet on the device.
16. S Planner
Samsung has removed the original Calendar application that was available in all previous versions of their phones and added a new and improved S planner app which allows pinching and stretching gestures to switch between the month, year, days and week views. You can also write on the calendar to take down notes and make a rough planning for the coming week.
17. S Note
The S Note is a specialized app that comes in very handy for taking down quick notes. It lets you save different text, shapes and even formulas for mathematics quickly and efficiently.
18. Power Saver Mode
The Power Saver Mode allows a user to specifically turn on or off the power hungry features of the phone for efficient battery consumption. These include Screen Power Level, CPU power Level and even the Background Color.
19. Disabling Unwanted Features
Always keep in mind that the more hardware you are running on the Note 2, the more battery it is going to consume. Therefore it’s handy to disable some of the unwanted features like 3G Data or S Pen Air View Sensing when there is not a need for these.
20. Added Control for Task Switcher
The Galaxy Note 2′s task switcher provides excellent shortcuts for the application manager which lets a user easily close all the running applications with a simple touch.
21. Taking Screen Shots
There are multiple ways to take screenshots. As mentioned above, the S Pen is one of them. Apart from that, you can also use the Power + Home button to take screenshots in addition to using the right to left swiping gesture.
22. Motion Control
The motion control settings allow users to perform different gestures which include pan to move and tilt to zoom. There is also a great feature for activating the home screen and this is done when you simply reach for it.
23. Camera Effects
The Note 2 comes with a customized camera application where users can take a burst of images when they hold down the camera shutter icon. Advanced editing options have also been added.
24. Video Camera Effects
Video effects such as colorization and fast motion as well as slow motion effects have been added. Another great Video Capture feature is the Digital Image Stabilization mode which will greatly enhance the output of the video.
25. Video Player
The floating video player option has been added which will allow you to switch between watching a video or a film and browsing the Internet or doing other activities. This can basically be done using the Pop Up Play feature available in the bottom right screen corner.