Samsung Galaxy Note 2: Ultimate guide

News Marin Perez 08:00, Feb 11 2013

This Galaxy Note 2 guide will help you master the phablet with tips and tricks, user guides and more

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is one of the best smartphones on the market and this "phablet" is really picking up steam. With this ultimate guide, we'll show you how to get the most out of it with this Android superphone. 

Galaxy Note 2 review

First of all, in order to understand the fuss about the Galaxy Note 2, you should really read our full review. The Galaxy Note 2 features a massive 5.5-inch screen, 1.6Ghz processor, 8-megapixel camera, and nearly everything you'd want from a high-end smartphone. 

The Galaxy Note 2 is available for every major carrier and we summed it up like this: 

"The Galaxy Note II is a great smartphone because its performance is just ridiculous, battery life is great, reading and consuming multimedia content is great. The size is a pain in the rear sometimes and you really have to decide if all the benefits of the size outweighs the sacrifices you'll have to make. If you can get over the size, buy it. It's pretty good."

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

Galaxy Note 2: 30 Tips and Tricks

The Galaxy Note 2 is very easy to pick up and use but knowing a few beneath-the-surface tips and tricks will really add to your experience. We've put together a list of 30 Tips and Tricks, and these tips include: 

  • Install apps from a non-Play store: While the Google Play Store is great, Android allows you to go to a variety of third-party app stores for new programs. Amazon and GetJar are two great app stores that you can't download programs from with the default settings. Go into Settings, tap "Security" and then check the box that lets you install from "Unknown sources." Be warned that this can open you up to some potential vulnerabilities, so be careful where you download from. 
  • Put app on home screen: While we're on apps, once you've downloaded an app, you can easily throw it on your home screen. From the app tray, just long press on the app for about two seconds and you can then drag it to your home screen. 
  • Delete an app: Not all apps work out, so if you want to delete one just open up your app tray. Long press the app like you're going to put it on your home screen but then drag it to the "app info" section and then click on Uninstall. 
  • One-handed keyboard: The Galaxy Note 2 is quite a large phone and that big keyboard can be nice for typing but it's still tough to handle with one hand. Thankfully, Samsung has installed a mode for one-handed operation and this will push the keyboard to the right or left side of the screen, depending on your preferences. You can turn this on by going to Settings, tap on Language input and then on keyboard. 
  • Set up a passcode lock screen: The Galaxy Note 2 can be more secure with a passcode set on the lock screen and it's simple to set up. Go into Settings, scroll down to Lockscreen, select "Screen lock," then PIN and then enter in your four-digit passcode or alphanumeric password. Retype your password for confirmation and then you're all set. 

Galaxy Note 2 S Pen tips and tricks

One of the most appealing features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the S Pen, a digital stylus which lets you annotate pictures and write down notes in your handwriting. There are also a handful of apps installed on the phablet which let you take advantage of the S Pen. 

We've put together a list of S Pen tips and tricks and some of these include: 

  • Quick Command: The Galaxy Note 2's custom software includes some really helpful additions. The software lets you perform tasks and open applications with a quick swipe of your stylus. Holding the button on the S Pen and dragging it upward on the screen opens up a quick command dialogue box. You can now use one of the pre-set gestures or create your very own. You can turn on Wi-Fi, silence the Note 2 or even turn on vibrate.
  • Pop-up Note: Are you a fan of taking notes and memos? If so, you'll love the fact that on the Note 2 you can set it up so a Pop-up Note shows up every time you pull the S Pen out. This feature can be very useful. It can be enabled in S Pen Settings under Settings.
  • Screenshot: As we mentioned in our guide, the S Pen can also be used to take a screenshot. As someone who takes quite a few screenshots, this is definitely useful. To take a screenshot on your Note 2 hold down the S Pen button and touch the screen. That's it. You can also take a selected screenshot but pressing the S Pen button down and tracing the section of the screen you want saved, so if you don't want a shot of the entire screen, this is a handy way of getting selective shots.

Please read Galaxy Note 2 S Pen: 5 tips and tricks.

Galaxy Note 2: Best apps 

The Galaxy Note 2 is a great phone out of the box but it really starts to shine once you add a few apps. We've put together a list of our favorite Galaxy Note 2 apps and these include: 

  • Flipboard: Frankly, we don't think any device - Android and iOS included - should be without Flipboard. This slick news reading tool is clean, gorgeous and completely customizable. You can access different stories by flipping (hence the name) through several different boards. Each board represents a different news category, website, blog or social network. Flipboard offers up several topics for you to choose from and it automatically pulls the top stories from your Facebook and Twitter accounts (after you give it permission). 
  • Pocket: Pocket is our go to pick for Android read-it-later apps, and we love how it makes use of the extra real estate on Samsung's Note 2. With the simple tap of a button you can save any news story, blog post or video and get back to it when the time is right. 
  • Astrid Tasks & To-do list: Need to keep track of everything ever?  You can finally ditch those stuffy old datebooks and magnetic notepads. Astrid Tasks is the ultimate appointment-setting and list-making app for Android. 

For the full list, please read: Best apps for Galaxy Note 2

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