Call it the anti-iPhone. Samsung’s big phone is BIIIIIIIIG: It’s got a 5.5” display, even roomier than the already-humongous one on the original Galaxy Note. Yet the company managed to cram all that screen real estate into a slightly svelter case that fits hands and pockets more comfortably. It gave the phone Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and 2GB of RAM, both of which make for zippy performance, and improved the S-Pen, the little pressure-sensitive stylus you can use for note-taking, sketching and generally pointing your way around the interface. And it got the phone onto all the major U.S. carriers, where it sells for $299 with a two-year contract.
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