Samsung Galaxy Note II

Vlad Savov, The Verge:

The Galaxy Note’s 1280 x 800 display actually loses a few lines of pixels in the new model, now offering a 1280 x 720 resolution, but Samsung believes the 16:9 aspect ratio and a move away from Pentile technology will be appreciated upgrades for users. Despite no longer employing the standard Pentile RGBG subpixel arrangement, the Note II still doesn’t have three identically sized subpixels per dot — it’s now just swapped the extra green for extra blue, so in functional terms, this can be considered a sort of Pentile lite. Another recurring downside to AMOLED panels is a blue tinge to the images displayed, which is very much apparent on the Galaxy Note II. I can’t help but feel that Samsung is nurturing a generation of people who’ll grow up to have a broken internal color balance.

A 5.5-inch 1280×720 Super AMOLED Plus would have been perfect. The Plus meaning a RGB subpixel layout. The PenTile Lite might be the reason why the Galaxy Note II lasts two days between charges, but I would have much preferred the power sucking Super AMOLED Plus display reducing battery life to just one day. I am certain I am not alone in my preference.

I thought the top of the line Samsung smartphone was the Galaxy S III. I was wrong; it’s the Galaxy Note II.