The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 smartphone (or phablet) is likely to be replaced on 4 September by the Note 3 at IFA in Berlin. No surprise then that you can grab it for £21 per month on a two year contract with Vodafone via Mobilephonesdirect. That's a total cost of ownership of £504. Just don't expect a full-on plan though. This one comes with 100 minutes, unlimited texts, 100MB data allowance and 1GB data via BT Openzone Wi-Fi. Great if you intend to stay near to a hotspot or use a lot of text, not so much for talkers and browsers.
The Note 2 can be had for around £350, which is pretty good for what it offers. There's a quad-core Exynos 4412 system-on-chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 5.5in Super AMOLED HD display with a 1,280 x 720 pixel resolution plus Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a microSD card slot, an S-Pen stylus, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz user interface, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 3,100mAh battery, Dropbox and more.
As for the Galaxy S4 smartphone, it is also on offer at the same retailer with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 250MB data allowance for £27 per month with an upfront fee of £60. That's a total cost of ownership of £708 or £29.50 per month, which is great for what's on offer and given that the cost of the smartphone by itself hovers around £450.
The handset, which is currently the top of the range model at Samsung and is also known as the i9505, comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 system-on-chip clocked at 1.9GHz. it has 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, a 5in Super AMOLED HD display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 4G capabilities, a 13-megapixel camera plus a host of Samsung-only features like Air View/play. Check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone here.
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