AT&T and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 deliver for SXSW!

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I was excited about hitting Austin with all the techies 2 weeks ago for SXSW interactive. I also was excited about being able to use the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 while there. I was not excited about the bbq, because I’m not a pork eater! HA! Needless to say, this phone on AT&T LTE network was perhaps the highlight of my trip.

The new era of smartphones is now being redefined. A couple of years ago, the thought of using something so “large” that came with a stylus would have meant brand suicide. I’m not going to lie, I was so unexcited about the Samsung Galaxy Note. However, with advancements in specs like camera megapixels, processors, etc the way consumers use their phones have changed and therefore have ushered in a demand for phablets. After using the phone for the past 2 weeks I must say it’s very hard to part with it.

The Good:

Display:  The 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, at 276ppi, is fantabulous! The colors are vibrant and the clarity is bar none. The panels seems to float across the screen where the touch sensitivity is perfect for my small fingers. Although it was quite large, I never felt like I was overwhelmed holding it, now of course it couldn’t go in my pockets but still.

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Specs:  The device has a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD slot to expand the storage, 4G LTE with AT&T.  8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, built-in S Pen, NFC, and a 3100mAh battery.

Camera: I must admit, I’d given up hope on Samsung as their camera quality (comparing it the iPhone5). After using this phone, I must say that was restored. The 8MP camera is probably one of the best I’ve used to date. The pictures are less nosy, thank God cause I was having issues sneaking taking pictures of “struggling” people. LOL

OS: Fresh out the box, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with Jelly Bean which is very intuitive. The keyboard, notifications, google search, and Google Now all perform MUCH better with Jelly Bean. I am a huge fan of customization and one of the first things I would change is the keyboard, after using I did not feel like I needed to change anything.

Battery Life: 3,100 mAh battery, which basically means 1-2 standby for me! Yes! Enough said.

NFC: Samsung went way out at South by Southwest to display some of the new features with the new phones. Samsung Galaxy users were given free $20 rides with Uber and the only thing you had to do once hailing the cab was tap your phone and VIOLA like magic it was taken care of. This would be exceptionally handing for me and Mr when needing to trade info.

AT&T LTE: I’ve used a lot of different services and I must say, like Jimmy John’s AT&T LTE is freaky fast! I found myself putting my other phones down because AT&T was loading so quickly. My emails, twitter feed, facebook updates all went through or came in without a hitch! That’s the way Jesus wanted it.

The “It’s Aight”  :-D

Size: The size is freaking large. I felt like I was wraped back into the 90s everytime I answered a phone call! lol. The good part is the phone is not heavy at all, but still.

AT&T Related Software: I hate Bloatware! Why do I need 15 extra apps for things that are carrier specific. Thanks but no thanks.

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During the day Tori is a tech nerd working in IT at a Global Market Research Firm. At night, or while on break at work :D, Tori is the creator/editor at GlassesandGlitter tech/fashion/lifestyle blog. Follow me on Twitter @GlassesNGlitter