You can either call it a Phablet or a big smartphone but there’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, the follow-up to the Galaxy Note, has been a surprising success that has left many analysts bemused.
You can now buy this device, which was officially unveiled back at IFA in September 2012, for £22 per month on a two year contract with an upfront fee of £35 at E2Save, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. That’s a total cost of ownership of £553, not that excessive given what you get in return.
Note that that it is refurbished but still comes with a one-year warranty. The plan, which is on O2 (which means it can be used on Giff Gaff and Tesco Mobile), includes 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB data, which should accommodate the needs of a medium smartphone user.
The Galaxy Note 2, whose review you can read here, comes with a bigger 5.5in display that carries a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.
There’s also an 8-megapixel camera, a quad-core Exynos 4412 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, the S Pen Stylus and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.