The Samsung’s first out-of-the-box Jelly Bean 4.1 smartphone is the Galaxy Note II. Whether you think of it as a small tablet or a large phone, it currently delivers the largest 4G touchscreen of any mobile handset. That screen is integrated with a smart stylus S Pen which allows you to use your own handwriting to compose messages, jot down directions while in the middle of a voice call, and write, doodle or draw in any application which usually requires a keyboard. The Sprint Galaxy Note II was recently spotted with an on-contract retail price tag of $69 at the Amazon Wireless store.
The handset also delivers a powerful quad core CPU, allowing you to do two things at once. You can browse the web or check your e-mail while watching videos and movies, or even write a letter with the S Pen without interrupting a voice call. The handset arrived on the Sprint network on October 25 last year, and runs on the new Sprint 4G LTE system in the US. Sprint recently added 28 major markets to that 4G LTE network, and vows it will cover the entire United States by the end of 2013.
The Sprint Galaxy Note II is a SAFE-designated device, meaning it delivers additional security features to protect your sensitive data and communications, making it perfect for business. YouTube, Picasa, Twitter and Facebook are available for instant access out-of-the-box, as is NFC wireless connectivity. The handset also offers a built-in music player, Stereo FM radio with RDS and DLNA wireless video out support.
The Jelly Bean 4.1 Android operating system meshes with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI Android overlay, and the large 5.55 inch display is aligned in a True HD 16 to 9 aspect ratio. Protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 2 with scratch resistance, that display offers 265 pixels per inch and an overall resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. Up to 15.0 hours of talk time are delivered from a single charge of the extended life 3,100 mA cell on the handset, with standby time running 12.0 days.
The hardware package includes 2.0 GB of RAM memory and 16 GB of built-in closet space, as well as a microSD slot for storage expansion. An ARM Mali 400 MP4 quad core GPU handles all graphics processing, and joins a quad core 1.6 GHz central processor in the Samsung Exynos 4 chip set. A chat cam rides up front, and the rear facing camcorder of 8.0 megapixels records video in 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1,080p HD resolution).