I’ve been an iPhone user now for four years, but was excited to get offered the chance to review the new Samsung Galaxy Note II phone and compare it with the Android experience.
Setting up the phone
It felt odd to remove the entire back of the phone case to put in my SIM card, but once I did that the set up was incredibly smooth. I filled in a number of settings including my Gmail and Dropbox accounts (which I already use a lot) and everything was set up for me. At first I thought that I’d lost my contacts from my iPhone and started Googling for how to import them in but they were already all there; I just needed to find them. I’d bought my iPhone 4S in the US and had to configure all the settings for Telecom NZ and the set up was much more involved.
I quickly started installing my favourite apps via the Play Store and discovering that one I’d been keen to try on the iPhone – Vine – was not yet available for Android. The rest were all there. I like the Play Store navigation options much more than the Apple store ones, it seems easier to discover apps.
I got a bit frustrated before accidentally figuring out that there’s a hidden “back” button which only appears when you touch on the case to the right of the “home” button. I am so used to only having the one button down the bottom of the phone! There’s also another hidden menu button to the left of the “home” button. I’m also needing to adjust how I hold the phone when watching a video in full screen mode so as not to accidentally press that back button. My four year old son also got frustrated with this and said YouTube kept quitting on him! The voice search on YouTube was pretty cool, and understood my accent well, better than on my iPhone!
There’s a lot of sounds, notifications and vibrations which started up after installing apps. I have turned lots of these off as I find them a bit much (same as on the iPhone). I’ve also noticed there’s a lot
of gestures I could learn if I took the time to read all the little notices which pop up.
I love the big screen and lightweight feel of the phone! I haven’t found it too difficult making the switch from the iPhone and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of all the phone features and set up. I’m looking forward to discovering more of the phone.
This post has been enabled by Telecom NZ, but the thoughts are my own. Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note II