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Orange (EE) Updating Samsung Galaxy Note 1 to 4.1.2 :-)

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At last!

About time Orange!

Just saw that AT&T in the states was rolling out an update a few days ago, I wonder what the connection is…

Maybe EE were just embarrassed about being so late?

Anyway Samsung were so lucky… as I had just made a promise to myself that I would be going Nexus 5, as the carriers were so slow with updates.

So to recap I have had 2 updates one to 4.04 and another to 4.1.2 in the 13 months I have had the phone.

They were pushing things this time but… OK.

The plan I have been following is:

Go with a flagship phone from a successful company, who updates.

Go with a phone company that updates.

Next time? 

Well if the Nexus 5 is a good phone, in 11 months, Google may have another customer.


  1. Big hi-resolution screen with LTE.
  2. Removable battery
  3. Upgradeable storage

1 is a dealbreaker, but 2 and 3, I think I can (possibly) live without.

4.1 9 July 2012
  • Smoother user interface:
    • Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh
    • Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline
  • Enhanced accessibility
  • Bi-directional text and other language support
  • User-installable keyboard maps
  • Expandable notifications
  • Ability to turn off notifications on an app specific basis
  • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens
  • Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam
  • Offline voice dictation
  • Tablets with smaller screens now use an expanded version of the interface layout and home screen used by phones.[86]
  • Improved voice search
  • Improved camera app
  • Google Wallet (for the Nexus 7)
  • High-resolution Google+ contact photos[87]
  • Google Now search application
  • Multichannel audio[83]
  • USB audio (for external sound DACs)[83]
  • Audio chaining (also known as gapless playback)[83][88][89]
  • Stock Android browser is replaced with the Android mobile version of Google Chrome in devices with Android 4.1 preinstalled[90]
  • Ability for other launchers to add widgets from the app drawer without requiring root access
4.1.1 23 July 2012
  • Fixed a bug on the Nexus 7 regarding the inability to change screen orientation in any application
4.1.2 9 October 2012[91]
  • Lock/home screen rotation support for the Nexus 7[92]
  • One-finger gestures to expand/collapse notifications[93]
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements

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May 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Samsung Galaxy Note – The Best Phone I Have Owned – Really

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Yes it fits in your pocket, yes your jeans pocket. The key here is how thin and light it is.

Yes the battery is very good, it lasts at least a day and a half maybe 2 days with out charging.

Yes I use the phone bare – no case – no screen protectors. (I have a plan :-) ).

Yes the screen is as beautiful as the reviews indicate.

Yes you do use the stylus. I use it for scribbling notes which are show on screen as post-its.

Recommended accessories (to save you having to search).


Price: £3.99

Samsung Battery Charger Stand for Galaxy Note

Price: £8.51

Samsung Battery for Galaxy Note GT-I9220

Price: £14.39

Mobilizers: 2 in 1 In Car Windscreen Suction Mount Holder Cradle With 360 Degree Rotation + Car Charger Kit For For All New Models

Sale: £7.99

The Backup Phone Plan.

As I am not prepared to compromise the user experience by using a cover/case/protector I needed to address what to do in case of breakage.

I an converting my previous HTC Desire into a backup phone, that is converting it to a pay as you go sim.

So in the event of an accident I will have the Note repaired on my insurance and swap the sim into the Desire until I get the Note back.

Of course if I am careful this should never be needed ;-)

Written by SilverWav

March 29, 2012 at 5:11 am

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Bought the Samsung Galaxy Note – The deal was too good to pass up

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I have been watching the price on the Note and saw a special offer for £20.50

Too good a deal to pass up :-D

100 cross-network mins + Unlimited texts + 500MB Anytime Mobile Internet Browsing + FREE BT Openzone WiFi + One FREE Swapables • 24 months
• Magic Numbers • Orange Wednesdays

Well its all over bar the shouting ;-)

Deliver due this Saturday, and we will see if it is >Too BIG< or rather >Just Big Enough<

Also will need to pay £58 for terminating early and all that… messy messy messy.

Details: £492.00 total cost. Nearest offer is £624.00 and £684.00.
The Official Orange deal was miles out.

So I get a premium new phone for a pound or two more than my current deal YEAH!

When I first looked at pricing this phone was £46!!!

I also get to stay on the Orange network which is great, and one swappable… hmm Times Or Deezer… decisions decisions.

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An update on my smartphone research:

I dropped in at a couple of Phone shops yesterday and here are my thoughts.

Not too impressed by the Samsung Galaxy SII (but it had been “got at” by some kids so not a fair test).

Hugely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I had written this one off but its definitely a contender once you go hands on.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a fantastic phone and as expected actually a mini-tablet.

So it looks to be a contest between the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the Samsung Galaxy Note ATM.


At present I use a HTC Desire which is the best phone I have ever owned.
The research I put into the decision to go with the HTC Desire paid off handsomely, as its still a better phone than most even after 2 years.

Factors to consider:

A bigger HD screen is a must, as I have found that carrying two devices is a pain.

e.g A Kindle Fire and my HTC Desire.

So the idea is to get the biggest practical device that will fit in my pocket.

The Note looks like a shoo in but the Nexus is a beautiful device with great build quality.

Also the Nexus has the guarantee of constant OS upgrades direct from Google, unfortunately the camera supplied looks poor compared to the latest in the Note.

Written by SilverWav

March 22, 2012 at 10:02 pm