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Samsung Galaxy Note II reviews offer first look at 'phablet'



Samsung's Galaxy Note II device is priced at $299 through several U.S. carriers. 

Initial reviews of Samsung's so-called "phablet" are in this morning, and the results are mixed.

The Galaxy Note II is an interesting blend of both smartphone and tablet. The large 5.5-inch screen is a 1280-by-720 pixel Super AMOLED display with a 16:9 ratio. The Note II runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, and comes with an accompanying stylus -- remember those? --  called the S Pen. Camera specs have caught our attention as well: the Note II has a primary 8MP rear camera with LED flash that can also record 1080p HD video. 

Business Insider says you'd be better off with the Galaxy S III, Read Write Mobile calls the device "comically large," while Mashable says the device will "grow on you."

Our reviews editor gets his hands on one tonight; we're excited to put it to the test.

U.S. carriers have also announced availabilty. The Note II is available through Sprint, U.S. Celluar, AT&T and T-Mobile at $299. Verizon is also expected to offer the device though it had not released details as of our deadline.


"and comes with an accompanying stylus -- remember those?"
Really? You could at least mention why it's an addition to the experience rather than a detraction from it.

But then, any sense of neutrality here got ruined when you managed to quote possibly the only 2 negative reviews I've seen of this device. Businessinsider did a hack-job piece from an iPhone fan who doesn't understand what an active stylus is either, and the Read Write piece is similarly dismissive., without proper justification beyond constant poor jokes about size.

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