The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 was a runaway success for the South Korean company in the final quarter of 2012, and while it hasn’t sold as many units as the Galaxy S3 did in its first few months, it has nonetheless eclipsed the initial popularity of its first-generation predecessor. And this is considering the rather expensive price point it sells at; AT&T, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and Verizon all offer the Note 2 at $299.99 on a two-year contract, while T-Mobile has it at $379.99, and that’s already counting the $50 mail-in rebate. Amazon Wireless was one of several retailers to offer the Note 2 at a lower price in the holiday season, but consumers still take advantage of slightly lower prices by purchasing the 5.5-inch phablet on Amazon.
Sprint’s version is the most affordable at $239.99, though buyers may want to consider the catch to this deal; Sprint is far behind Verizon and AT&T when it comes to size of 4G LTE network. Verizon, which has the largest 4G LTE network in America, has its Galaxy Note 2 selling for $279.99 on Amazon Wireless, while AT&T’s version is discounted by only $10 to $289.99. That really isn’t much of a price cut, but it’s a discount in any case. All the above prices are for the 16 GB version of the Note 2, with a two-year service agreement with the carrier.
The Galaxy Note 2’s 5.5-inch screen isn’t full-HD like many of the upcoming phones for 2013, but boasts more than decent pixel resolution at 1280 x 720. It is powered by a mighty quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU and 2 GB RAM, ships with Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has a slew of unique features such as Multi Window View, Smart Stay and Air View, though many of these once-one of a kind features can now be found on other Samsung phones that are upgradable to Android 4.1.2.