If you currently own a first generation Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 and you're thinking about upgrading to its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100, you might first want to be familiar with the 5 main differences between the two phablets just so you'd know what to expect should you proceed with the purchase and get your new smartphone-tablet hybrid.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 1st Gen, respectively.
1. Design - N7100, the 2012 phablet, comes with a nature-inspired, pebble-like, rounded design similar to of Samsung Galaxy S3 released earlier this year. Not sure if you'd prefer it over the more industrial look of Samsung Galaxy Note N7100, which is like a bigger version Samsung Galaxy S2, but if anything, N7100 is thinner and slimmer - albeit slightly longer.
2. Technical Specifications - As expected, 2nd Gen Note's specs are superior to those of its predecessor. But, for me, the most notable improvements can be seen on the bigger 5.5-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, the new 1.6 GHz Quad Core processor, and the 2GB of RAM vs. 1GB on the N7000.
3. Operating System and User Interface - N7100 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system - right out of the box - skinned by the latest version of Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. In contrast, N7000 came with Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS with TouchWiz 4.0 UI upon release (and got Android 4.0 ICS update around May this year). As earlier explained on TP, Jelly Bean - the latest version of Google's mobile operating system - comes with several neat features including butter-smooth touch response, Google Now voice search and virtual assistant, and automatic widget resizing, among others. Called TouchWiz Nature UX, Samsung's skin for Jelly Bean on the 2nd Gen Note also comes replete with cool enhancements like Pop Up Video player, two window multi-tasking, Smart Stay, and S Voice, which is a Siri-like voice recognition feature for launching apps and checking information online.
4. Back-illuminated Sensor - Both the first and second generation Note have an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash and a 1080p 30fps video recorder with torch light. If you're just looking at their specs sheets, you might think that their imaging and video recording capabilities are exactly the same. The thing is, that couldn't be farther from the truth because while the phablets deliver images and clips with the same size or resolution - unlike N7000 - N7100 utilizes a back-illuminated sensor for both its still and video cameras, resulting in brighter and clearer captures even in not so well-lit settings or conditions.
5. S-Pen Features - The New Note comes with an all new S-Pen stylus, which likewise brings several new features including (but not limited to) Air View - for previewing video thumbnails just by hovering the pen over them, Photo Note - for adding, uhm, handwritten notes on photos, and Pop Up Note - which allows you to take notes anywhere on the UI, anytime you're using the phablet.
Alright, there you go. Let me know if you have questions; Just leave them via our comments section. (Oh, and if you're a Samsung Galaxy Note2 owner, kindly share below what you like most about your phone.)