In the wee hours of the morning it was discovered that Verizon’s pre-order page for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 had gone live. This was no huge surprise as we’d been hearing from sources that Verizon would at least begin pre-sales today. The mistake we made was assuming that the “ships by” date was the device’s release date — it turns out we could be looking at a different date altogether.
Verizon’s official press release finally came in, and the body of it makes no mention of a hard date. All Verizon gave was “in the coming weeks.” The pre-order page, on the other hand, says the device will “ship by” November 27th, 2012. It’s not exactly reassuring verbiage that this is coming out on that exact date. It might come out then, but it’s not certain right now. It could end up being earlier, and it could end up being later than we’d first assumed.
We’re hopeful a date can be narrowed down before the end of November, however, as it’s not commonplace to see a device launching more than a month after it goes up for pre-order. The most ideal situation would be to see it launching right next to AT&T’s version on November 9th as many people feel Verizon would be rather late to the party if it’s the last carrier to launch the device by a couple of weeks’ time.
At $300 ($700 if you don’t have an upgrade available or don’t want to lose unlimited data) Verizon’s version is on the level of normalcy compared to others’ in price, and it it’s nearly the same both on the outside and inside of the chassis, as well. The only glaring difference for many is probably just a nuisance or non-issue for some, but it’s every bit a Galaxy Note 2 device as any that has been launched to date. Hit Verizon’s site if you want to stake your claim to one.
Beginning today, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for pre-order. The Galaxy Note II combines the features of a smartphone and tablet, giving users the best of both worlds with its large yet pocketable 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen.
The built-in S-Pen does more than just draw pictures. A student looking to take notes in class can use the handwriting-to-text feature to jot down their notes and attach an audio recording of the lecture. With AirView, the S-Pen can hover over an e-mail or gallery to preview content without opening it. Easy Clip lets users draw an outline and crop what’s on the screen with the S-Pen and share that cropped image with others.
The Note II allows users to run two apps simultaneously by dividing the screen in the Multi Window view. Users can stream YouTube videos while texting a friend, taking notes or writing down an address while on a phone call. Pulling out the S-Pen during a phone call will bring up the Popup Note feature to quickly write and save notes instead of looking for a pen and paper.
Productivity tools like the Polaris Office app make it possible for professionals to create and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. Keeping those documents secure is important, and that’s where enterprise mobility solutions come in. As a SAFE (Samsung For Enterprise) device, users receive security features like on device encryption, advanced Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync functionality and support for industry-leading Mobile Device Management (MDM) and VPN solutions to protect the data and communications handled by the device.
•Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
•Samsung Exynos 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM
•8-megapixel camera and 1.9-megapixel front facing-camera
•AllShare Play – stream multimedia content from the Note II to a compatible Samsung Smart TV® or home audio system when connected to the same Wi-Fi network
•S Beam – share pictures, videos, documents and more by simply touching two Note II devices’ backs together
The Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available online and in stores in Marble White or Titanium Grey in the coming weeks for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.