5.0 out of 5 stars
By Daniel - Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2014
A great phone for the price.
I bought this phone to replace my old Galaxy S3 which has seen better days to say the least. When I received this phone, I noticed all the instructions and everything else inside the box was in Korean. But who needs instructions? I just put those back in the box and turned the phone on. Well, turns out the phone itself is also in Korean. Apparently this phone was intended to be sold in Korea. No matter however. The first screen that pops up has a drop down box, just open it up and you'll be able to select your language. Oh, and the stock keyboard is also in Korean. You'll have to change the keyboard settings in 'Language and Input' in your system settings, and I would recommend replacing it with any third party keyboard from Google Play. I just popped in my SIM card and was up and running within minutes. Using the CyanogenMod installer ((Google it if you wish)) I had this thing running on CyanogenMod Android within the first hour after I opened the box. As great as the phone is already, running CyanogenMod will truly unlock this phones capabilities. The S Pen is one of the greatest things about this phone. Makes jotting down a few notes extremely easy especially if you're in a hurry! 10/10 would recommend this phone to family and friends. Thanks Samsung!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Aaron F. Virginie - Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2013
PERFECT FOR DAILY MEETING/AUDIO/VIDEO/BROWSING COMPANION
First of all, if you are the type of guy that wears tight pants…This phone is not for you. Women won’t have a problem like a lot of people think, cause most of the time they have their phones in a bag! If you are a creative and artistic producer, director, photographer even screenwriters, this phablet (phone/tablet) is definitely for you. Some Key Features are: • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support The international version comes with 3G but NOT LTE keep this in mind if you want some LTE speed. • 5.5" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HD (720 x 1280 pixel) resolution The screen is vibrant and vivid, and in the setting you can either change it for normal or movie, under normal preset you’ll get a lot more battery life though. • Android OS v4.1 with TouchWiz launcher Of course the android version at the time of release was Jelly Bean 4.1, but Samsung is already prepping an upgrade to 4.2.2, when you first connect your phone to kies or a wireless router you be prompted to update, this will take you to version 4.1.2 for the time being. • 1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, Exynos 4412 Quad chipset Currently one of the fastest CPU’s around, I noticed no glitches or crashes for the 2 months test period I ran the Note II trough. The TouchWiz of Samsung runs fluently with the android OS and even with a full HD Live Wallpaper it kept performing at its best. • S Pen active stylus with deep system integration The S-Pen is a piece of art. The best touch pen you’ll find out there, the precision is awesome, and customization in S-Note is endless, Its does everything you need for taking notes, changing color with the press of a button, changing letter types when using the curser. Inserting bullets and number. It’s like having your own personal touch proof Microsoft office. With the S-pen you can also do the famous AirView. By simply hovering over the text and date on your calendar you can preview what is actually on the specific date. But also in the photo/video gallery you can preview what’s in a folder or view the video without having to open it. • 8 MP wide-angle lens autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection The camera has a lot of features with AF and a bunch of other options you can take pictures that would leave professional photographers stunned, from night view till panorama, I would just take a day off and go take some pictures you’ll se that like the S-Pen the camera also have some hidden secrets. • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps HD recording like the HD pictures doesn’t stay behind, there is 120fps, for high speed recording if you want to add some slow motion effect to your video, but there is also in recording zooming, so you’ll never have to stop and start again. Of course there are a lot more cool features in the galaxy like: • 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; GLONASS support, Digital compass • NFC support • Stereo Bluetooth v4.0 • microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack • Great audio quality • Slim at only 9.4mm • 1.9MP secondary video-call camera • Document editor and file manager comes preinstalled • Extremely rich video and audio codec support • Huge 3100 mAh battery can give up to 16 hours of regular day use (Tested) But there are also some drawbacks like: • Large size makes single-hand operation problematic • No dedicated camera key • All plastic construction (would have probably weighed a ton otherwise, though) • No FM radio (the N7100 has one) And of course, only the international version has FM radio capability.
1.0 out of 5 stars
By MW - Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2013
Updated review...loved it until it died
Updated review: Had the phone for three months, and then it just died without warning. We ordered from Techgiant, a third-party merchant here on Amazon, and they informed us that there was nothing they would do to remedy this (nice, no?). Contacted Samsung, who informed us that since the phone was manufactured in Vietnam, they are not responsible for any warranty within the U.S. We took it to a local cell phone repair shop, and apparently the main board fried....no idea how or why....to the point where they said repairing it would be cost prohibitive. Contacted Amazon, and God bless them, they gave us a partial refund as an effort to lessen our heartache. My wife still loves the phone, so we're going to get an unlocked version through Staples, and we will buy a warranty through them as well. We would buy directly from Amazon instead, but they only sell this through third-party merchants. We will pay about $100 more that we would online just for the phone, but the peace of mind we'll have getting it through a reputable company makes it worth the extra cost. If you read all of the reviews, you'll see our experience is not unique. So, purchasing this phone online, through a third-party vendor, is a gamble. If you choose to roll the dice, I hope you have better luck than we did. I felt obliged to update this review to let you know of our very bad experience so maybe you can avoid having to go through something similar. Original review: My wife was tethered to T-Horrible by a contract for several years, which we finally broke away from....with a penalty, of course. It was worth it. They treat their customers like dirt. We then switched to Virgin Mobile, which didn't work out so well either due to bad connectivity and bad customer service (but not as bad as T-Horrible, by any means...the main issue was being on hold for an hour to speak to someone in India, and usually subsequently getting disconnected). Plus, at least with the Virgin plan, we were not bound to a contract....something we vowed to not repeat if possible. We bought this Samsung phone and switched over to Straight Talk, and couldn't be happier. Connectivity is great, as is their customer service (so far). We ordered a micro SIM card with the AT&T format. Even going with their higher priced unlimited $45 per month no-contract plan, I figure it will take about a year in savings as compared to a contract plan to break even on what I paid for the phone. We contacted Straight Talk and made it clear that she wanted to keep her old number. We were told it could take a day or two to process everything and make the switch. Well, that was wrong....it took about an hour! We ordered the 30-day unlimited plan and the SIM card online from their website, and it arrived the next day (the had a special offer for free overnight shipping). My wife's only complaint about the phone itself is how complex it is; it takes some time to learn everything it can do and how to make adjustments (e.g., why is it making that noise every now and then?). It really is an amazing device....the screen clarity and all the options it offers will blow you away! If things change, I will update the review, but right now we are very happy with our decision to go with this phone and with Straight Talk as a service provider.