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Quick Look: Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is finally in our hands, but before we get into some of the specific features on this that were missing from our T-Mobile version, we thought we’d share a quick gallery. We have the grey version, which as expected, has a “Verizon” branded home button, along with massive 4G LTE and Verizon logos on the back. It’s still a Note 2, but there seem to be a few surprises up its sleeve. We’ll show you Swiftkey’s new Flow keyboard in a second, the impressive Multi-window feature, and ask why Verizon continues to force that ridiculous WiFi-notification on us. 


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  • I have the Note 2 on Verizon and it is awesome. The branding on the home
    button doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s brilliant marketing

  • I don’t care what you say about the home button, this phone is a monster. Unlimited data + 4G in my entire area = Happy me.

  • joe

    it’s a shame that Verizon decided to take out the stock Wi-Fi setting which is on the quick launch with all the other shortcuts T-Mobile Sprint and AT&T I’ll have the normal Wi-Fi setting boo Verizon boo

  • PalmerAdam

    Up arrow for White: Down arrow for Grey

  • how do i get the photo editor? when i try advanced edit on a photo but it goes right to that stupid paper app. there isnt a samsung app store either

    • joe

      same problem here … someone pls help!?

  • cooksta32676

    Got mine just now. Wow…so much to explore. Screen is unreal and no lag like the DX. Actually not that hard to use being so big.

    • Brent Cooper

      Now that you’ve had the Note 2 for a little while, how is it? battery? software? performance/lag? s-pen? This phone looks amazing!

      • cooksta32676

        Smooth as can be navigating apps. Display looks incredible even compared to a high PPI DNA, I don’t see the difference at all. Camera is slick and battery is on par if not better than my Razr MaXX. Day one ran it down to about 40% doing all set up and heavy usage. Day two, realistic normal day, still heavy use texting, navigation, scrabble games, a few calls, lots of FB, 6am to 10pm….still sat at 63%. Its nice having the keyboard wide in portrait mode is still large enough for easy 2 hand typing. There is a nice feature called one handed mode which shifts the keyboard to the side to all for easy one hand texting. Phone feels just as solid as any other, metal bezel and stiff plastic construction. Let me know if you have any other questions.

        • Brent Cooper

          Thanks for such a quick and in depth reply! my thumb to middle finger is 9 inches so im not anticipating it to overwhelm my hands. And I currently have the razr maxx. Love the battery so itd be awesome to have an on par battery with the maxx. Also, how much data do you use each month? I typically use about 8gb. And if you know, how much screen on time are you getting when you are at the end of the day, like when you said 6am to 10pm with 63% left? Again, thanks! This is what makes DL an awesome community!

          • cooksta32676

            I use about 1.5 to 2.0 on network. Not sure….probably about the same on wifi as well. My brother has the T-Mobile N2 he recorded a 55 minute concert at 1080 and only dropped from 100% to 93%. That amazed me. I haven’t run a battery use chart yet. The removable battery, sD card and HTC’s recent history were the main factors in me picking the Sammy. Also i figured a few months down the road when the DNA screen is something your just used to(which to me is not noticeable), there is a lote of Note left. Plus they are killing other OEMs for a reason, they’re making innovation a priority. 6 of 10 android activations currently are Samsung, that’s devastating. Only on day 3, and I couldn’t be happier. By the way the screen is obviously the same but definitely pops more on the white device instead of gray.

      • cooksta32676

        Also…my thumb to middle finger stretched is 8.5 inches. For what it’s worth.

  • lovehate

    you could always buy a little bluetooth so you never would’nt have to hold it up to your face.

  • BSweetness

    Have you tried long pressing the menu button to see that it does indeed bring up Google Now and not just search? 🙂

  • StoneColdCarl

    How is that logo even legal?
    Can it be scratched off?

    • will bartlett

      nope. it is etched into the button

  • daniel mota

    Wao I loved..

  • The branding is an atrocity to mankind. These Verizon marketers should be burned at the stake.

  • rajendra singh

    very nice comment of Android developing for advanced technology. mostly presently market is used of I-Phone series and Samsung galaxy mobile phone are available.

  • Ongoing wifi notification is absolutely inexcusable. Even if you turn on the freaking wifi, ITS STILL THERE!

  • joseph johnson

    Honestly, I don’t really mind the logos on the back because I just put a cover on it. But the thing that angers me is they got rid of the Blocked Call feature (similar to the “Do Not Disturb” feature that the iPhone has) and there is less apps that can multi screened. I just don’t get why they would cripple these great features. Not to mention all of the bloatware Verizon installs as well. I can’t wait for root and hopefully bootloader unlock so we can get this phone up to it’s full potential.

  • Chuck

    please put up some pics and video holding the phone up to your ear

    • Go find a shoe, put it up to your ear and you’ll get the same satisfaction.

      • tomn1ce

        Should’ve mention to him to stand by a mirror so he can enjoy the view as well…lol

    • Richard Walker

      How can you see the screen if its stuck to your head?

  • jrod4545

    I just got this phone and I have to admit that this is the best phone I have ever owned. Absolute beast of a phone. All this bitching about the Verizon logo needs to stop. I’m not a fan of the logo and I wish it wasn’t there but everyone is just blowing it up. We are all in bed with Verizon, just get over the logo and enjoy the beast that this phone is.

    • conazo

      couldn’t agree any better! well said, these people making a big fuss out of that, i actually don’t mind the logo at all it doesn’t bother me. at the end of the day we are on the best network in america everyone should get over it already.

      • Dain Laguna

        if you KNOW you are on the best network in america, why does it need to be plastered all over your device?? never apologize or make excuses for a company like them.

        • Its just a small logo and in the end will probably not be noticed by the average user. Just take the Droid Razr lineup. It has just as much branding on it with the large Verizon Logo with the check over the soft keys and a 4G LTE logo along with another Verizon logo with the check on the back but yet no one flames on it! It isn’t like the logo lights up such as on some certain Apple devices!

    • uzo ufondu

      Is it possible to turn off or disable the quick toggles that appear at the top of the notification tray when the bar is pulled down?

  • Where are the headphones?

  • nobody72

    please explore reception; all forms 4g, 3g and celluar !

  • DanSan

    surprised somebody hasnt tried the penny or sugar cube method to get that logo off. Other than that, just buy a blank back cover and boom, all verizon logos gone.

    • will bartlett

      it is etched into the home button…

      • DanSan

        oh those ba$tard$.

        fine, just buy a new home button. need tear down asap lol

    • tomn1ce

      Knowing vzw they probably had samsung design a different back for the Note like they did with the G-Nexus to keep people from buying a gsm back for their G-Nexus….I could be wrong though…

  • Has the rooting community been able to make a stock ROM with any Verizon phones that can remove that stupid Wifi notification?

    • iamjackspost

      There’s actually a simple hack to remove it, but I can’t recall at the moment. But all the s3 stock roms have it removed.

  • First thing I would do is scratch the logo off the button. Ridiculous.

    • will bartlett

      cant, it is etched

  • discstu37

    Does anyone know how to change which apps can work with multi-window aside from the ones that are pre-loaded? If it’s just those, it’s virtually useless…

  • MikeCiggy

    Would definitely like to know if you feel like the ink of the logo on the homekey can be scrtached off. I bet a piece of vinyl cut with a printer would cover it fine and not be intrusive. Or take the phone apart and replace the home button

    • discstu37

      Buy a metallic sticker, 3 for $10 instead.

    • Dave

      The home key logo can’t be scratched off. It is engraved into the button. There are several places selling stickers and/or covers for that button.

      For the Wi-Notification that pops up that can be turned off with a check box in the wifi settings.

      As for the logo on the back, I intstalled a black flip cover on my white phone. It replaces the back shell and only has Samsung on it. Plus the white front with everything else look kinda cool.

      As for the apps in the multi-window thats all we have for now until root or some makes an app to add them.

  • mcdonsco

    It’s HUGE – looked at it in store the other day…not as big as that LG thing, but big.

  • Brent Cooper

    My contract isn’t up for about another year. I would love to get this phone. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could get it early? Besides paying full retail price and sell my current maxx

    • If you have unlimited lines, you can sell them. I sold two this past week. One through eBay for $350 and the other outside eBay for $300. Gave me around $580+the ability to get two new phones at the ‘subsidized’ price… what’s that worth, another $600?

      • Brent Cooper

        Wow…Didnt know you could do that. Thanks!

      • pug335

        Do you know how to keep unlimited doing the dumb phone upgrade switchover to smartphone on a multi line contract? I know, it sounds confusing.

        • But you have a $10 / month line after that, right?

  • Paul Neumann
  • Mr Furious

    I hope this is one of those phones that looks much better in person. The logo on the home button is uglier then I expected. Will there be a white one too?

    • will bartlett

      i have the white one. it is wonderful

  • LGT

    The logo on the button is quite possibly one of the worst pieces of branding I’ve ever seen on a phone. I can deal with all the crap on the back, cover it with a case.

    The first thing i would do is to scratch that paint off at all costs. Talk about ruining an otherwise good looking device.


    This is the best phone ever…. (spongebob voice)


    What happened to the Samsung headphones ?

    • Michael33704

      Yeah…really…800.00 off contract and not even the same pair that came with GS3….


        I watch some un boxing on YouTube and seems like Verizon and att decided not to have them.

        • Michael33704

          Yeah… That stinks

          • ditto that! i was a little miphed about that myself… Seriously guys? they had to scrap the headphones just so they could glean an extra buck off of the top which i’m sure was the case behind the decision…

          • Michael33704

            An extra buck is probably very accurate…..

            Sent from my iPad

          • Melinda Cook

            I got the headphones in my packaging..nothing to brag about.

        • wm snyder

          Trade off for the cost of the Logo’s

  • cantcurecancer

    Is it possible to scratch off the logo?

    • will bartlett


  • chris125

    Just get a replacement back and the logo is gone simple as that

  • droidify

    Thanks for the great photos. I love that DL always cleans the devices and takes professional quality images. It really is one of the things that makes this blog standout in my mind.

    • I’m definitely no photographer, but I try to make them look somewhat decent heh.

      • discstu37

        Did you take them with the Note 2? I dont know if its just me, but the camera on this is much better than the S3’s? (And dont get me started on the RAZR HD…)

        • Dain Laguna

          same sensor i believe. maybe its the superior screen on the note 2 that you are impressed with

          • discstu37

            Even when I uploaded the picture it looked sharper. Could just be wishful thinking though. Thanks!

  • John

    Hope there’s an easy way to turn off the wifi notification w/o rooting (wanting to know for a friend who has this)

    • discstu37

      There isn’t, its like the GS3. If I’m wrong, someone please tell me how (without disabliing Wifi altogether).

    • Dave

      Go to wi fi settings and uncheck the “notify me box for.. When launching apps, notify me hwne Wi-Fi is available

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Why would Samsung allow them to put that Verizon logo on the button like that?

    • Why would they allow them to add the horrible WIFI notification? Who can answer these difficult questions?

    • discstu37

      Here’s my take… A lot (most?) users use a case on the back which ALWAYS covers the brand logo. But to be honest, how is this any different from having a VZW logo on the front of the phone like the RAZR HD? Heck, I think I even had front facing VZW script on my DX… Truth be told, on the button its actually SMALLER than it is on my RAZR HD Maxx!!

    • Michael33704

      When you Verizon pays Samsung the chunk of change they did to subsidize this phone….Samsung would let them paint it fluorescent orange if they wanted…..

  • jldleo

    Picked it up yesterday and i’m already comfortable with the size. This phone is an absolute beast of a phone, battery life is as amazing as my Razr Maxx.

    • Droid_Dude

      I’m picking mine up in about three hours. Can’t wait!

  • Alexander Anteneh

    I know the phone is big, but does the branding need to be in bold, and huge? people will still be able to read it

    • Robert

      I think the branding photographed that way. It doesn’t look as white and bright in person as in the photos.

  • Bionicman

    loving this phone. the battery so far is beyond the GNex. It does take some getting used to because of its size but I’am very happy so far.

  • teddy_R

    If that biznazz wasn’t so big, I’d consider it. Love the look of that grey.

    • r0lct

      check it out in a store. I did yesterday, was surprised how reasonable it was.

  • Verizon branding on the button!?! Vomit everywhere

  • schoat333

    Of course the Verizon logos have to be huge on such a big phone.

    • discstu37

      As I posted below, it’s actually smaller than where it is on my RAZR HD. It’s just more conspicuous.

  • gadgetryan

    i dont under stand the awe for the flow keyboard. Samsung’s keyboard does the same thing.Also is that a Verizon phone? I couldnt tell. I cant find any Verizon logo!!

    • discstu37

      As I’ve used both the SwiftKey on this and Samsung’s version, I can assure you the SwiftFlow version of swiping text is infinitely more reliable and accurate. SwiftFlow > Google 4.2 > Swype > Samsung (for swiping)

      • gadgetryan

        Thanks…i guess I will have to try it out then! Cant have too many keyboards! lol

        • discstu37

          No doubt… I can’t wait to install the beta flow on my HD… keep in mind, none of these are 100% accurate, but as a full time swiper of text, I’ve been very happy with whats come preloaded on the Note 2 from SwiftKey. 🙂

          • Melinda Cook

            Mine keeps switching to One handed Operation while I’m texting..which is bugging me. I don’t know if I’m bumping something or what. I wish I could turn off that feature permanently because I keep having to go all the way back into settings to uncheck it.

      • Michael33704

        Love SwiftKey also but my Note 2 keeps switching back to the stock keyboard…I think Verizon must be behind it….

  • john

    show some love for the tramp stamp

    • droidify

      That could be there new slogan. You should be in marketing.

    • r0lct

      I think the double Verizon/LTE logo on the back is actually worse than the home button.

      • jldleo

        I bought the protective flip cover which also has the inductive charging pins and the back only has Samsung on it like the international version.

        • cooksta32676

          I didnt care for the fit of the flip cover.

      • I’d have to agree with that. My first thought was gosh the back looks so frickin gaudy… I really don’t mind that home button as much as the back… can’t wait for my case to come in so i can cover it all up. ick…