The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sees the class geek become a smartphone hero of sorts. When the original Samsung Galaxy Note appeared, people said it was ridiculous. They said it would never sell. However, 10 million sales later, those voices have been silenced. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could be a serious contender for phone of the year.
But what has changed since the first iteration? The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is actually easier to hold than its predecessor, even though the screen is actually a little larger, at 5.5in rather than 5.3in.
The new screen is a little more widescreen in aspect, and the bezel has been reduced, resulting in a less-wide phone. It is significantly taller, but the girth was always the issue with the Note, not its height.
Specs boost have been made throughout the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, too. The processor is now a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos chip, one that's more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S3's powerhouse CPU.
Perhaps most important of all, though, given we're talking about the Note series, is the new S-Pen. Its sensitivity has been improved, making it all the more useful for design pros in need of a quick digital sketchpad.
All the best bits of the original Note remain, too. There's a microSD memory card slot underneath the battery cover, you have all the customisation of the Android OS at your fingertips and it even makes for a pretty good phone.
There are two caveats to mention. The battery cover is the Samsung smartphone standard, meaning it's made of pretty flimsy plastic. And you need some confidence to put one of these phones up to your ear without feeling like a bit of a wally.