Samsung Galaxy Note II is the ruler of big-screen phones

Samsung Galaxy Note II

If you're looking for a phone with a big screen, it doesn't get any bigger than the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II running Android 4.1. The original Note proved a hit, selling more than 10 million devices, and the second iteration of the phone further carves out Samsung's segment of…really big smartphones.

The Galaxy Note II brings a series of improvements from the previous model. The display is slightly larger at 5.5 inches (up from 5.3 inches), and the aspect ratio has moved from 16:10 to 16:9. The phone is also slightly taller and thinner than its predecessor, and packs a bigger battery. Simply put, there is no other phone that matches the physical specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Galaxy Note II Chart

The 5.5-inch display of the Note II is 2 inches larger than the 3.5-inch iPhone screen, and, at 1280 by 720 pixel resolution, it packs as many pixels as the high-resolution display on the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet from Google. It's also the same resolution as on the HTC One X flagship, which is crammed into a 4.7-inch display. By comparison, the iPhone 4S screen looks puny at 3.5 inches, but Apple's screen still has the highest pixel density currently on the market.

Samsung didn't skip on specs for the Note II. It packs a 1.6GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. By comparison, LG's Optimus Vu, the only large screen Note competitor so far, only has 1GB of RAM and a 1.5GHz dual core processor. The international version of the HTC One X also features a quad-core chip, but the U.S. 4G LTE model is only dual core.

If you are planning to use the Note II as a media player, given its large screen, it will also come in a 64 GB version, on par with the highest-capacity iPhone. But the Note II has the lead as it can take microSD cards up to another 64GB, so you can max out on storage up to 128GB, enough for a sizeable music library and a few HD movies to keep you entertained.

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