Mobile Phones: Samsung Galaxy Note II
News & Reviews: Samsung Galaxy Note II
Last Updated: Mar 04, 2014
Those who like taking notes with pen and paper often go for stylus driven devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note phablets but are often turned off by the high price or if they go for more affordable alternatives, the somewhat cut-down features. Now, there is another option with the ASUS FonePad Note 6 which is not only affordable yet packs a lot of great features into a slim and stylish 6-inch Full HD phablet. Is it worth your time and money? We think so but check out the rest of our review on the awesome ASUS FonePad Note 6 to find out more.
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014
We're not sure if it is in response to the botched Android 4.3 update we reported on earlier but it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 will soon be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade from Samsung. Originally, the Samsung Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade was just limited to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and above but it's good to know that Samsung are still thinking about users who bought their previous flagship smartphones as well. These users can expect the upgrade to come out in Q1 of 2013, probably around March. While the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade should help further increase performance (it was designed to work well with devices that only have 512MB of RAM) we do hope that it doesn't cause any battery drain botch-ups like the recent Android 4.3 update.
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014
A word of warning to those Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 users looking to update their devices to Android 4.3, don't! It seems that updating the device to Android 4.3 will result in battery drain issues (which has happened before). Other issues also include slower performance, bad memory management and general app compatibility problems. While Samsung Mobile UK has suspended the update temporarily, this hasn't been done elsewhere, so if you've updated already, we hope you don't have these problems. Some users have found that if you backup your data and then do a factory reset, this solves the problems somewhat, but it still isn't the same as a brand new update patch from Samsung. For those who haven't updated yet, please wait a while longer. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted on this as soon as we know.
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2013
DiGi recently announced it's DiGizens Thank You Sale for the end of 2013 as a big thank you for all their customers. While we've already covered the free smartphone deals which include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One, Sony Xperia C and Sony Xperia Z, DiGi are also offering a number of other free deals on top of this as well. This includes an extra 1GB of free Internet when customers purchase RM25 worth of Internet quota top-ups and 300 minutes worth of free calls for customers signing up for the DG Smart Plan 88. The first 2000 customers who sign up for any DG Smart Plan also get free 1000 Bonuslink points along with free unlimited Skype calls to 63 countries for 30 days. A zero contract deal is also available for an Android Start tablet which comes free with a DiGi Tablet plan which also includes a free modem. In related news, DiGi will also offer 'Internet Weekends' at their MyAndroid Hubs (the first MyAndroid Hub is located at the Sunway Pyramid DiGi store) which offers users a free demo on various Android products. For more information regarding the DiGizens Thank You sale check out the DiGi site.
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2013
While compatibility with just the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition is one of the main constraints of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this may no longer be the case as Samsung have announced that quite a few Galaxy devices are going to get compatible soon. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II as soon as they receive their Android 4.3 updates, which are currently being rolled out in phases. Following these are the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active, Mega 5.8, Mega 6.3 and S4 Zoom. While the software update will again be released in phases, these devices will begin getting the update by the end of October. Bear in mind though that certain functions and features available for use on the Samsung Galaxy Gear will depend on the tech specs available to each device.
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2013
The race for the world's best smartwatch is currently on and while the market is still fairly new, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is probably the most feature filled of the bunch. Packing in a 1.9MP camera, a 1.6mm Super AMOLED screen and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity this is one of the few smartwatches that you can use to take calls from, provided you have your smartphone connected. It is also locally available here in Malaysia for RM999. Does it live up to the hype? Read on and find out in our Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch review.
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2013
As the latest and greatest phablet in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 offers a better Snapdragon 800 processor, GPU, larger screen and slightly bigger 3200 mAh battery. How does the battery life fare compared to the earlier Samsung Galaxy Note II and other smartphones? Check out the test below and other tests in the article:
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2013
Samsung have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will soon be compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III smartphones. The news comes courtesy of Lee Young-hee, Executive Vice President for Marketing of Samsung who stated that the S4 would be compatible by end of October 2013. The Note II and Galaxy S III on the other hand will be compatible by end of December. This compatibility hinges on the smartphones getting their Android 4.3 updates which will then enable the Bluetooth 4.0 LE support required by the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch to work. As mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Gear has an RRP of RM999 in Malaysia although it can be acquired for free as a combo deal with certain local telcos. In related news, Samsung will be working on apps or a user experience to make the Gear smartwatch pop more as they acknowledge that the smartwatch "lacks something special".
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may or may not be unveiled this 4 September 2013, rumours and leaked images continue to appear about the phablet. This includes front panel of the phablet. At first glance it maintains the same look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy Note II but has more defined corners than it's predecessor. The front panel confirms that the phablet will have a 5.68-inch display while the side bezel is only 2.2mm. The panel was only 1.8mm thick which could mean an even thinner Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So far, other tech specs and features like whether it will use a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa chip or a Snapdragon 800 processor or even the 3GB RAM have still not been confirmed just yet. No pricing details or Malaysia release date were available though but stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.
Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013
With the impending release of the next version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the price for the existing version has dropped from RM1999 to RM1799. This has resulted in a price drop for the phablet under telco plans and DiGi's current Samsung Galaxy Note II plans now starts from RM669. You'll need to sign up for the DG SmartPlan 58/88/148 under a 24 month contract but if you're a long-time DiGi Postpaid user (more than 12 months) you don't need to pay the advance payment.