10 Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Great Features you Most Likely Overlooked

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By Kristin Dian Mariano | December 3, 2012 1:40 PM EST

Not all of the features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 are known as there are great features kept hidden.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 proved to be a popular device in a short period of time. In a recent report, a spokesman from Samsung said that Galaxy Note 2 surpassed that 5 million mark after it went on sale worldwide.

Samsung's phablet made quite a buzz overseas since its release last August 29 at the IFA Event in Berlin, Germany. It boasts some amazing features such as incredibly fast processor, massive screen display, S-Pen and 4G/LTE connectivity. Below are the comparison of the specs and features of the two devices.

Many critics and reviewers doubt the appeal of the phablet at first. However, its massive screen display and other features attracted consumers. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 wowed Aussies at a fancy launch event in Sydney last month as the device finally hit Australian shores.

The unlocked version of the Galaxy Note 2 costs $899. However, Australian carriers offer affordable plans for the device. At the launch event, Samsung demonstrated some special perks of the device for Aussies. The smartphone will offer a split-screen mode on the smartphone-tablet hybrid, which allows users to open two apps at a time.

This new Samsung smartphone is equipped with a stylus-like S-Pen that lured consumers. Did you know that the phablet has a number of new and enhanced S Pen features? Below are some of the great features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

1. Personalized Email and Signature - Whenever you compose a new email message using the native Android email app, you can sign the bottom of your message with a signature, symbol, drawing or other doodle to personalize your messages. You just compose a message as you normally would, tap the S Pen button on the stylus and then draw within the message body.

2. Hand-Written Notes on PowerPoint Presentations - Using the S Pen and the pre-installed Polaris Office app, you can write notes and annotations on PowerPoint presentations. After you open up a presentation file, hit the + button at the top of the screen and then choose 'Free Draw'.

You can draw all over the presentation, save your changes and then resend it with all notes intact. This is perfect for businesspersons who are presenting business proposals to clients to add personal touch and buffer to the traditional presentations.

3. Clipping Images - The Galaxy Note 2's S Pen can be used to outline and clip images from anywhere on screen or in any application. You simply hold down the S Pen button to activate the cropping tool, circle or outline whatever it is you want to crop and then close the 'lassoo' to confirm the shape.

Your clipped image appears on screen, along with a number of application icons that can be used to send the image to a specific app. If you do not click an icon, your clipping automatically saves to the clipboard.

4. Airview - Airview is a new feature that allows Galaxy Note 2 users to preview multimedia files, email and more just by hovering the S Pen over a photo, video clip or message.

5. Creating and Organizing Photo Galleries - One can easily create and organize photo albums in their Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the use of S-Pen. To move existing images to a new album, just open up your image Gallery, navigate to and open the folder with the images you want to move and tap the new folder button with the + sign. You're then prompted to name the new album.

After you create a new album, you select all of the images you want to move by checking boxes in their upper-left corners. And you can move them all at once by dragging one of the checked images into the new folder and tapping the Save button.

6. View Photo Albums in Grid, Timeline and Spiral Modes - The Galaxy Note 2 lets you view photo albums in three different modes: the standard Grid mode; a new Timeline mode, which displays your images in a cascading timeline; and the new Spiral view, which displays your images in a rotating spiral. To switch between gallery-view modes, just open your picture Gallery and tap the View button in the upper right corner of your gallery screen.

7. Tag Photos with Text - You can write notes on the "back" of your digital images using the Galaxy Note 2's S Pen tool. Just open up an image that's saved on your device and tap the Menu button. Choose the 'Draw on Image' option, and the image flips around to reveal a blank surface that can be used to write notes on.

8. Best Shot, Best Faces and Slow Motion/Fast Video Recording - The Samsung Galaxy S3's Best Shot features, which takes a number of rapid-fire images and then helps you pick the best one, now has a menu option of its own. Just open up your Note 2 camera, tap the Shooting Mode menu button at the center top of your display and choose Best Shot.

A new Best Face feature also takes a rapid sequence of images, but it's designed to help you get the best pictures of groups, by letting you scroll through the various images and choose the best facial expressions for each person and then combine them into one photo. The Best Face feature is also accessed via the camera's Shooting Mode menu.

Moreover, the Note 2 has new Slow Motion and Fast Motion video-recording features. To activate either feature, open your Note 2 camera, switch to video mode by sliding the camera button into the video position, tap the Recording Mode menu at the top of the display and choose Slow Motion or Fast Motion.

9. S Beam - Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users can employ the device's S Beam technology to tap two compatible Samsung devices together and instantly share photos, videos, documents and more using Near Field Communications technologies.

Just enable NFC in your device Settings by clicking the Wireless and Network menu and then choosing More settings. Next, navigate to the image, web page or note you want to share, and tap your device against the device you want to receive the file.

10. Share Shot - A Share Shot feature lets you quickly create lists of people to whom you want to send images. To enable Share Shot, open your Camera and select Share Shot from the Shooting Mode menu, turn on Wi-Fi Direct and then pick the device you want to share with from the detected devices. A multi-connect option lets you share with multiple users at once. Accept the on-screen sharing request, and all images taken will be saved in participants' camera galleries.

Watch the video of some of the smart features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 below. 

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