The major difference between the Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the screen size and aspect ratio. The original Samsung Galaxy Note was more clunky and looked fatter, like a tablet. That feature is the one that made people when they looked at it, made the original Note look "ginormous."
The Galaxy Note II is slimmer (less wide) and slightly longer than the original Galaxy Note. The Note 2 has a larger longer/taller Super AMOLED screen at 5.5" with a 16:9 aspect ratio for watching video.
The process jumps from a dual-core to quad-core, while the case is slightly thinner, even with a higher capacity battery.
Another major difference is the software. Samsung has upped the ante with more S Pen and graphically oriented software and features. The new S Pen is longer, thicker and has an ergonomic grip. There is more RAM (2GB), 8MP camera more storage options.
Here are some the new software features:
- Air View allows users to hover with the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview the content without having to open it.
- Popup Note extends the concept of Popup Play, which lets users open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the screen.
- Quick Command lets users activate apps by the command pad by holding the S Pen and swiping upward.
- Screen Recorder, lets user record screen actions and share it.
- Easy Clip - takes a screen shot of the screen which can be sized by the S Pen.
- Visualize - offers images that illustrate hand written words.