Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 worth it?

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I currently have a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 x. It is very slow when browsing internet and crashes when playing games. So i am looking for a new phone. Considering my budget and tab i am looking for something that is $300 or less. The galaxy note 2's price and specs are appealing. I also like the idea of the Spen and think I will find a lot of use out of it. Is it worth getting an older phone like the note 2? Will it last me 2 years? I'm not looking into the latest technology, but functional would be great.
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I would recommend the Nexus 5 instead. It has the latest software. It's also on sale from its $350 price to the same price as the note.

The specs on the Nexus 5 are superior in processing as well as in software version and features. It's also not a monstrous phone that you need a wheelbarrow to move around.

It's also got the pleasure of being one of the first phones to get the new Android software once it is released.

The LG Nexus 5 also comes unlocked, giving it a great resale value down the road.

It's my favourite.
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The nexus 5 looks like a great phone. The only things that put me off are the $350 price tag on the website ( a bit higher than my budget) and that it does not have expandable memory.
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The Nexus price is $300 on a medium tab right now. And it comes with 15GB online storage. With the OS on this phone taking up half the space it does on an S3, I'm happy with the performance I get. It's a very well built phone.

Blows the competition out of the water I say. Go into a store. They can demo one for you I think.
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Sorry to be a deb there jeff but the phones sold by Koodo are not factory unlocked, only if puchased from the Google Play Store.
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Not mine. Mine is unlocked. Already used it with a Rogers SIM. Thanks for the contribution to the Koodo Community Cam! You're a swell individual for making this a great place to express your views, opinions and experiences. #circleoftrust
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Hi Cameron,

Not Jeff is right, when it comes to the Nexus phones that are sold on Koodo they do not need to be unlocked. I personally have a Nexus 4 that I purchased from Koodo and used it in the US when I travelled there this past May and it worked like a charm, no need to unlock it beforehand.

Hope that helps :)
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The Note 2 is a great phone if you are looking for the larger display however as it has the 5.5 inch Super Amoled display, which gives very nice colour contrasts.
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The Nexus 5 IPS True HD is a superior technology (same kind used the in higher end 4K TVs).

Plus the denser pixel groupings make for a sharp image with great colour quality. Both have 16M colours but it's the Nexus IPS that really makes it shine.
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I have a Note II. 100% happy. Bought it realizing technology was top-of-the-line BUT about a year old. But that just proves it's stable. I believe the Note 4 is now available on Koodo.

Bulletproof so far. Bought the corresponding tablet 10.1".

If you are at all geekish, the ability to take a screen shot of just about anything and then annotate it to you heart's content afterwards is worth it's weight in gold.

After you are used to big super AMOLED, other displays just don't cut it.

Also works flawlessly with AT&T compatible US networks if you are planninga longer stay down south.
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I've had 2 Note 2's and it's an excellent device and one of my favorite ever which is why I had 2, I sold it then missed it so much I went and bought another. The S-Pen is an amazing feature that many can't or don't want to do without once you've finished into your everyday life. The battery life is amazing and I could get nearly 2 days use without a charge and that's with using it a fair bit. Gaming on it is great so is consuming media there really is no downfall to the device at all if you like the size.
The Nexus 5 has pretty bad battery life in comparison to the Note 2 so if your looking to use your phone alot and play games then the Note is highly recommended by myself.
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The 3100 mAh battery on a Note 2 uses the Lithium Ion technology. Robust for the life span, but Lithium Ion lifespan is usually around the 1 year mark. The screen size on the Note is so large that it drains the battery more than most standard size phones just do to overall area it needs to power.

The Nexus 5 uses the Lithium Polymer technology. Sensitive to charging, but Google and LG took care of that by building into the phone the programming necessary to tackle any chargers (aftermarket and issued ones) that you might use.

Also, the Nexus 5 uses the IPS technology for its display. So you can pack twice as many pixels into the screen without using more battery and without generating more heat. And we all know that heat can bleed a battery.

My opinion, the Note II battery doesn't stand a chance when put up against the Lith-Po battery of the Nexus.
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Multiple reports of customers I've dealt with, including 2 managers at my work, complain about bad battery life on the Nexus 5 and having to recharge it halfway through the day.
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I tinder all day, facebook and text with a few calls. My battery life seems to be fine. I haven't heard any complaints yet and I sell them like hot cakes.

I recommend those two managers and your customers check out their warranties.
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I've had the Note 2 and the Nexus 5 and battery life is way WAY better on the Note 2, and what I mean by battery life is how long your battery will last before it needs a charge (which is what everyone means when they talk battery life not life span of the battery before it needs to be replaced, which is much longer than 1 year as I use my devices exclusively for everything I do online and I game constantly and have never had to replace the battery in my Note 2.

Also the Note 2 uses AMOLED display technology which uses the least amount of power of any display in existence since when it's displaying blacks the pixels doing so are actually turned off completely.
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We're talking PHABLET here. You can buy a spare battery for the Note II for about 5% of the price of the phone from many on-line merchants.

Buy whichever phone pleases you and then do the accessories in consequence.
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You're basing your phone purchase on the availability of a spare battery to get you through?

I'll just rely on my handy-dandy Koodo-provided warranty to fix any battery issues I might have.
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If I need a spare/replacement battery, I know that I can have one in my back pocket for a few bucks without having to surrender my phone to the corporate warranty inquisition.

Lots of anecdotal evidence regarding battery life +/- on larger screen phones. Wide differential on experiences and, I suspect, phone use. And there were a few Android missteps/upgrades alopng the way. Would love to have the screen constantly illuminated in the car while I play music, but that just doesn't wash on a cross-country trip. Everything has its limitations.

Just checking out viable "insurance" options.

But still very happy with the phone... until the next better one comes along, no doubt.

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