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Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Always On: Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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Last year's phablet sensation has been updated! Molly Wood gets a sneak peak and unboxes the international Note 2.

-Inside this box, we have the Galaxy Note II. Now, we ordered the international unlocked version because the US model won't be available until the end of the month, we hope, but I could not wait to get my hands on it. Now, the original Note became a little bit of a cult hit. You know, it's the huge, I know, I'm not supposed to say phablet, but it's like phone/tablet, so everybody started calling it that and it was horrible, but it kinda got on and it comes with this-- whatever. I wanna get inside the box. Let's see what the new one looks like instead of talking about the old one. Now, we just got back this box, so I'm actually hoping that the Note II is inside and that we somehow didn't get it screwed up. Oh, yeah. All right. Let's see. Let's get to the good-- Wooh, Samsung Galaxy Note II. Note the resemblance to the Apple packaging. I'm just saying, no reason. All right. All right, wooh. All right, this one is white. You can see it looks actually quite a lot like the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Let's get it out of the box. Just for you unboxing fans, we'll see what comes inside the box. We have our quick start guide, charging cable. It comes with EarPods, I mean, headphones. These are kind of the in-ear style and they've got volume control on there that looks like maybe some phone answering. That's a nice touch because you are never going to hold that phone up to your ear. It's good to have these. All right, we have our battery. It's good to have-- Oh, look, it even comes with like a bunch of different earbuds. I gotta say preferable to the EarPods which are one size fits all. Then, we have-- There's all kinds of stuff in here. We got our power brick. Kind of an interesting design there. So, this Note is actually a little bit bigger than the last model, although it's definitely lighter. Of course, they don't have the battery in yet, but the width seems to be about the same. It's a big phone. Don't get me wrong. I laughed a lot when I heard that it was gonna be bigger because I thought to myself, "Yeah, you know what I really want the Note to be bigger." Nevertheless, here it is. Okay. My real question is where's my stylus? Oh, there it is. It's at the bottom. Am I too stupid for that stylus? I think this thing out of here. Oh, oh. Okay. Stylus fits nice and snug. Let's get the battery in here. We have our SIM card slot. It also takes a microSD expandable memory. I'm a big fan of that. Hopefully, it's at least a little bit charged up. This is the danger of the true unboxing. Okay. Let's see if we can get this guy to come on. There we go. Samsung Galaxy Note II. And after a while, with the SIII, I have to say it doesn't feel that gigantic. It definitely feels bigger, but it's not so shocking as the original Note which really felt like, "Why are you doing this?" All right, let's get to the specs on this bad boy. As I mentioned, the screen is slightly larger than the original. It's a 5.5-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen with the 1280 x 720 resolution. The original note is 5.3 inches. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That is good news. There's a 1.6-gigahertz quad-core processor in the international version. The original was a dual-core processor. It also comes with that redesigned stylus, the S-Pen. It's now more ergonomic and has a thicker, longer body than the original. It comes in 16 gigs, 32 gigs, or 64 gigs and it has 2 gigs of RAM on board. There is a microSD slot and it's expandable up to 64 gigs if you just get the 16-gig model. There's an 8-megapixel camera with an LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. It also has a 3100-milliamp battery which means it should get decent battery life. You're gonna want that with this big screen. Now, the one complaint that people have about the phone this size other than the problem with the pockets is that it's also a little bit awkward to talk on, although I don't think that's such a big deal. Mom, can you hear me? I know. I'm not totally sold on that. I'm not totally sold on the stylus, but I'm willing to give it a try. Unfortunately, I won't have that much longer with this phone because we are going to torture it. Damn, I hope it survives. I kinda wanna know what life is like with the phablet.

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