Infinix Note 2 -Hands-On Review

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Infinix announced the Infinix Note 2 last Month at a recommended retail price of N30,500,with availability exclusive to Jumia Retail store. While dropping the HOT moniker from the Infinix Hot Note, Infinix Mobility managed to beef up some of the Infinix Hot Note specs, still at a very affordable price. In this Infinix Note 2 review, we’ll take a look at the Infinix Note 2 in detail and see whether or not the extra N6000 you spend on this compared to the Infinix Hot Note is worth it.

Where to Buy Infinix Note

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The Unboxing/Hardware/ Design

Infinix Note 2

 

We already did an unboxing of the Infinix Note 2. You can view that, if you haven’t already done that.The Infinix Team hasn’t changed from the packaging of the Infinix Hot Note. The Note 2’s packaging looks plane and comes with a kind of gold plated color.The box content consist of all needed accessories (consisting of a 3-pin A/C adapter, USB cable, a booklet and a grey color Infinix Note 2 itself.) ,except the Ear phone,Infinix reasons for that decision is known only to them.

In the area of design, the Infinix Note 2 adopted the same look and same design  set by its predecessor (the Infinix Hot Note and Hot Note Pro). From afar, the device looks heavily like the Hot Note, but up close, you can’t help ,but notice the difference in dimension ,Screen size and in camera & other placement.

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A buoyant 6 inch display is what you find predominantly at the front of this phone. Above that is a 2MP front facing camera without flash and a LED Notification all seating left to the earphone gril.There are minimal bezels both left and right, but understandably, there are enough of it up & down .Like the Innjoo 2 which we reviewed recently and many other Smartphones from China recently, the Note 2 got 3 three Onscreen buttons to assist in basic menu navigation and are located just below the screen.

Flipping  over to the rear, you will be greeted with a 13 megapixel sensor with LED flash (the camera sensor bulges out a little and its centrally placed unlike the Infinix Hot Note whose camera is pushed to the left hand side) and the Infinix branding just below. The speaker grille is placed at the bottom right with the NOTE  moniker just beside it .

The Power button and the Volume rocker are placed similarly to the right like the Infinix Hot Note and the Zero 2, while the Left is left empty.The top house  the 3.5mm audio jack while the micro USB port along with the noise cancellation mic is situated just at the bottom of the Infinix Note 2.

NOTE 2 PORT

The device is entirely made of plastic with a removable back panel which engulf the device round the sides. Under the removable rear panel lies a gigantic non-removable battery and three card slots – two for mini SIM cards and one for mircorSD card.Many would be buyers would be so much interested in how well the Infinix Note 2 fits into ones Hands,well despite what some would refer to as Over large dimension,the Infinix Note 2 fits comfortably well into the palms and therefore one handed operation isn’t hindered at all,but  a two handed operation is just perfect if you prefer that.

Display

The Infinix Note 2 X600 has a massive standard corning gorilla glass 3 protected 6.0’’ display with a 720p  resolution and a DPI of 245. I cannot make any statement on its resistances to scratches, but viewing angle,color reproduction and brightness is quite OK. As for sunlight legibility,the Infinix Note 2 retains  good amount of  contrast and stays legible even under direct and intense sunlight. Sunlight ligibility however depends on the Level of Screen brightness.It is at its optimum when the level of screen brightness is set to auto ,does well when adjusted half way, but nothing becomes visible when it is set to lowest.

The Note 2 comes with a LED notification light at the top right corner above the display. It is very small with very tiny light when ON that you only notice it on close examination. The LED notification light is an RGB LED that comes up   to notify you of any pending notifications, it stays on till the Notification is viewed. A red  Light also comes up and remain ON when battery goes below 15% and  during charging until final charge when it turns Green .The Phone comes with an option in the setting MENU where you can choose to have the notification light or not.

Performance ,Benchmark & Software

The Infinix Note 2 is powered by a 1.3 GHz octa-core 64-bit Mediatek MT6753 processor with Mali-T720 GPU. It has 1GB RAM & optional 2GB of RAM and 16GB (user available 9.72GB) internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card up to 64GB, and you can also move apps to microSD card storage ,but not preloaded Apps.The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop Infinix’s XUI OS skinned on top.
In our  Performance review of the 1GB RAM variant of the Infinix Note 2,the Infinix Note 2 does averagely well as it doesn’t lag,handles Gaming very  well,good at  multi tasking except on few occasion we had to relaunch some apps after some minutes of leaving them idle .On average, we are  always left with  about 300MB of free RAM for apps so that’s one thing you Should really be scared of, but no major record of Apps crashing or any performance issue through out our time of review. The Note 2 however did warm up considerably during  charge ,web browsing and gaming especially around the region of the rear camera.

The Infinix Not 2 runs on Google Android 5.1 Lollipop layered with latest version of Infinix’s own User Interface called the XUI , and has already received its fourth update since first boot.

Apart from the default theme which looks somewhat too dark ,the Infinix XUI is fast ,beautiful and  responsive.There is a Magazine Lockscreen which when activated changes the wall paper with some cool inspirational quotes whenever the phone is  locked and unlocked ;a theme app which  lets you download and customize the phone’s theme; an Xwallpaper app which lets you download and use local wallpaper {activating a wall paper turns off the Magazine Lockscreen} , System Manager from where you can free up some RAM,manage ,lock and restrict app access to mobile data.

Other features like Xender, Xcontacts, Xclub, user feedback,Font Manager , ultra power saving mode and A-Z app are all on board for users convenience.Find below results from the Benchmark test we did.

 Infinix Note 2 Antutu Bencmark result
Infinix Note 2 Review -Battery Live

The Infinix Note 2 comes with a non removable 4000 mAH battery with Fast charge technology. The Infinix Note 2 has a one charge rating of 36-48 hours consisting mainly of of a brilliant talk time, light web browsing with 3G, photos and video recording and a bit of Music play back. On a heavy usage, the Noe 2 could take your through up to 18 hours depending on your level of activities. The Note 2’s charging socket is a microUSB port so just about any of your chargers and cables lying at home should work with it.

Infinix Note 2 Call Quality

The call quality of the Infinix Note 2 was the first ever reason I had to complain about the Note 2.At first I thought it was simply cos am new to a device as large as this, but finally dawn on me when it persisted.
Call quality is below average. For the most part of each episode of any call conversation, you will always have the need to constantly repeat yourselves. The story isn’t the same over the loud speaker and through the earphone, but then, not everyone likes receiving or making calls using loud speakers or even the earphone.

Camera

On paper, the Infinix Note 2 comes with an upgraded 13MP rear camera with flash and same 2MP front facing camera without flash (same as the Infinix Hot Note).The Camera comes with basic features like HDR Mode, Face beauty, Panorama, Night Mode, PIP mode and are all accessible within the simple and easily navigable Camera Interface. Other advanced camera settings are available in the Menu option located above the camera Interface.INDOOR WITH FLASH

Rear Camera without HDR

note 2 camear with HDR
Rear camera with HDR
NOTE 2 NORMAL
Normal Rear camera

The Infinix Note 2 rear camera takes decent and acceptable photos by all standards, but photos from the Innjoo 2’s 13MP rear camera are more decent compare to the Infinix Note 2.The Note 2 front facing camera does manage to take some visible Photos in a low light condition, but does Pretty  Well in a well illuminated environment. Over all, You will get a really smooth camera experience with Note 2 rear camera under a good lighting condition, but the Rear flash is just good at its job under any condition.Below are some of the sample photos.

Verdict:
No question about it: the Infinix Note 2 is the biggest Infinix Phone ever,  but not in anyway the most advanced. If you are thinking of upgrading, you should only do that if you are a Lover of Large  Display.

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4 Replies to “Infinix Note 2 -Hands-On Review”

  1. samuel Frederick

    i like the infinix phones . email me the photos of latest infinix phones and there prices . thanks . i want to trade

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