Samsung Galaxy Note II, Pre-orders Galore

The Samsung Galaxy Note II comes packing a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display at 1,280 x 720, 3,100mAh battery and a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos processor.

…it offers best-in-market performance, an S Pen experience that blows its predecessor out of the water, a solid OS in Jelly Bean and plenty of other features that will make this a tempting offer to even the most petite-handed individual. To do so in a package that’s actually thinner and narrower than the first Note is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that’ll be hard to match. Get ready to have your cake and eat it too.

-engadget

Today is the last day to pre-order the Note II with US Cellular.  According to the website the $299.99 is exclusive for pre-orders.  We are unsure of the price online and in stores beginning tomorrow, Friday 10/26/12.  The Note II will only be available in titanium gray and with 16GB internal storage, and will cost $299.99 with a two-year commitment or $800 without.

Pre-orders are also live on AT&T and Verizon as of today and  Sprint should be allowing pre-orders today as well.

[via Engadget here, here and here]

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Verizon iPhone Hands-On

After years of waiting the iPhone finally functions on Verizon’s CDMA network.  Just over four years after the original iPhone launch people now have a choice of carriers for the iPhone 4.  The area I live in is quite rural and since the launch of the iPhone folks like me could only dream of owning  one, since AT&T has absolutely no coverage here… I don’t mean weak… I mean none, zilch, nada.

So, the big question.  Was it worth the wait?  There are many good phones available now like Blackberry and phones that run the Android platforms.  Well after getting my hands on the iPhone 4, I have to say it is best phone Verizon offers in my opinion.  Web surfing is faster than Blackberry, dropped calls are a thing of the past (at least at this early stage) and no matter how I gripped the phone I could not get the signal meter to drop off.   The signal strength was weaker than full strength in a location that I would have expected full bars, however even with just one bar calling has not been a problem.  The iPhone 4 is very “green” also, so the environment can benefit as well.  I am not sure 4 years was worth it since there are so many great phones in the market.  Apple could have really capitalized on the entire smart phone market early on, but it’s nice to at least have the iPhone option anyway.

If you have a Verizon iPhone 4 let us know about your experience in the comments.