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samsung galaxy note 2

by 408chaos / February 10, 2013 9:17 AM PST

hi. i recently purchased the galaxy note 2. i love the phone, but i'm having 2 issues with it. first: last night when i went to bed, the battery was over 50% charged. this morning, when i got up, the phone was completely and totally dead. it was so dead, that it wouldnt even power on. i hooked it up to the charger, and when the screen came on, it said the phone was in "safe mode". after it charged for about three hours, i powered the phone off and on, and when it came back on, it was no longer in "safe mode". and everything appears to be ok. my question, which i emailed to samsung, and got back an answer only about "safe mode", was: why did this happen when i wasnt even using the phone? and what can i do to prevent it from happening again? or is there something wrong with this phone?
the second question i have, is: i purchased a 16gb micro sd card to keep game apps on, only to be told by a samsung representative, that only apps 1gb and larger can be moved to the sd card. are they crazy? i have a lot of apps downloaded on this phone, but none of them comes close to being 1 gb. so, my question for you: is this right? there is no app that can be downloaded that will move apps to the sd card? unless they are over 1gb? why would i purchase a 16gb sd card, that none of my apps can be moved to? i'm kind of ticked off about this, and i was hoping that someone here would have some advice. i am an avid cnet review reader and always consult their reviews before purchasing my phone. this galaxy note 2 is my 7th samsung phone. i love their phones and did not have any of these concerns with my sync, impression, eternity or infuse. but i understand that the galaxy s3 also will not allow apps under 1 gb to be moved. thank you. any help would be much appreciated.
sheryl

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About that 1GB issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2013 2:24 PM PST
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The SD card is not implemented like other Android systems. So they could be right. You can test this and see if they are telling the truth.

About the battery. I've seen that on laptops and too many other battery powered things. Lesson? Below 50 and I plug it in.
Bob

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More on what Bob said
by Pepe7 / February 11, 2013 3:33 AM PST
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Unfortunately, you are late to the party. Starting with ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google has restricted what you can do w/ the external storage. I had no problems on my older phones which were Android powered though. To gain this functionality, you will have to root the device. More info here:

http://www.htc.com/help/sea/howto_iframe.aspx?id=194463&type=1&p_id=454

I wasn't aware of anything regarding file sizes having to be larger than 1GB though(?) You probably heard, or the person you heard it from was taken out of context. For example, holding your media libraries, with so many small MP3s (etc.) works quite well on the external SDHC cards IME. Wow, was I happy when I finally obtained a 32GB card for my FLAC 'best of' library ;).

Regarding the 'crash' you experienced, haven't you ever experienced this with a windows PC(?) You've never had a PC want to go into safe mode(?) Always keep it on the charger when you go to bed. Easy habit to keep IME and O.

Battery life is so abysmal overall on so many (stock) devices running Android that it's hard to even go into the subject with a straight face any more ;(.

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by Pepe7 / February 11, 2013 3:34 AM PST
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