Samsung Galaxy Note II, Android phone of the year as voted by our readers!!
By Troy Saxton-Getty
Those of us at dropSKIP that have a special place in our heart for Android love the Note II. Although truth be told, my daily drivers are iPhone 5′s, one from Verizon and the other from AT&T. We do however clearly agree on one thing, right now, this minute, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is by far the best Android phone on the market.
We are very cozy with HTC’s Sense UI on top of Android, fans since day one, we still feel Samsung has nailed it with the Galaxy Note II and the latest round of TouchWiz interface add-ons.
In the shop we have both a Verizon version and a few folks with AT&T versions. These are their daily phones and you couldn’t pry them away with anything else on the current market, even if you offered some incentive cash.
The Samsung Galaxy SIII is a close second and since we think the Blackberry Z10 is actually a Galaxy SIII with a different case, we suspect Blackberry might have a strong showing this year (thanks Samsung!!)
Take a hard look at the Note II, sure, it’s big but it does still fit in most front pockets or small fancy purses and you can ditch the additional tablet you most likely carry close by most of the time.
The included touch Pen and S-Pen apps are real contenders for daily work.
The phone comes with some carrier specific pre-loaded software but most of it is useful sans the $10 dollar a month Navigation, I still don’t know how that app ends up pre-loaded.
The phone also earns a 56/100 dropSKIP score for durability as long as you don’t put it in your back pocket and sit on it, it is one tough phone.
Our test phone took the 10 foot drop to standard office carpet without losing its battery or even its back shell.
If you have accessories left over from the Note I, the units are slightly different sizes so most won’t work, including the car mount kit.
Thanks to our readers for voting it was very clear the Note II then the Galaxy III ran neck and neck with Phone 5.
If you are thinking Android, you can’t go wrong with the new Note II.
Share your thoughts current and prospective owners!