U.S. Cellular to offer Samsung Galaxy Note 2 starting Friday

The sequel to Samsung's phone/tablet hybrid, the Galaxy Note 2, will make its way to U.S. Cellular on October 26.

Beginning Friday U.S. Cellular will offer the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for $299.99.

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device is available for preorder until tomorrow on the carrier's Web site.

Galaxy Note 2s that have already been preordered prior to that will begin shipping out tomorrow.

The handset is equipped with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, which has a 1,280x720-pixel resolution and 267 pixels per inch.

Included within the device is an S Pen stylus that enables you to take full advantage of the large display.

It is also powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and a 3,100mAh battery. The "phablet" has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera.

CNET's own Jessica Dolcourt had a chance to review an unlocked version of the device and noted that the Galaxy Note 2 is an excellent phone for productivity because of its screen size, impressive battery life, and zippy internal speeds. In addition, it's updated with the most recent version of Android.

However, some may find its size cumbersome. And when it comes to fully functioning as a tablet replacement, the handset falls short.

Read the full CNET Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.



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