Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Contracts Trap
The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 certainly appears to have caused a few ripples in the mobile world. In terms of sales, Samsung has already managed to shift a mighty 3 million devices, and that was just within the first month. But what is it that’s made people sit up, take notice and take out a new mobile phone contract for the Galaxy Note 2? The main distinguishing feature of the Galaxy Note 2 is undoubtedly the screen.
The Note 2 has a whopping 5.5” screen and is probably the largest anyone could produce and still get away with calling it a mobile phone. Some might baulk at the size, but when you get used to it there’s really no going back and you won’t be able to imagine going back to a small screen mobile again. Known in some quarters as a “Phablet” the Galaxy Note 2 is Samsung’s attempt to kill two birds with one stone, and produce a device that satisfies the needs of a Smartphone and Tablet user in one fell swoop. But will it succeed? Well, we think it can, and here’s why, in fact it already has.
As well as the large screen, the Galaxy has all the latest and greatest specs including 64GB of expandable memory, a mighty quad-core 1.6GHz processor and NFC. Design-wise it emulates the sleek yet curvy outline of the popular Samsung Galaxy S3 and for those who are into video streaming, serious gamers or are impressed by the unique uses of the S-Pen stylus, then there’s very little other than the previous Note that comes anywhere near it.
Samsung’s first foray into this market achieved in excess of 10 million global sales with the Galaxy Note 1. Thus proving that not only is there an appetite for this type of dual-purpose device, but that it could also usurp the need for two mobile phone contracts. Considering that on most networks a Galaxy Note 2 mobile phone contract can cost as little as Â£5 more than a Samsung Galaxy S3, it would seem obvious that there are more benefits in taking out the Note 2 option. Ok, so we have to address the elephant in the room. It’s true that some will just look at the screen size of the Note 2 and decide immediately that it isn’t for them. That’s fair enough, but with very limited competition in this niche, and the emergence of 4G technology, we wouldn’t mind betting that this type of hybrid mobile phone contract becomes commonplace and Samsung may well be leading the way.
AUTHOR BIO Sheridan Carnell has a wealth of experience working in both IT and mobile phone marketing, and has a keen interest in all technological developments. She currently writes insightful articles and expert review content for GizmoBird and other blog sites about interesting events in the mobile world.