Proving that bigger can be better, the Galaxy Note II makes the most of its ginormous 5.5-inch HD display, starting with an S Pen that makes it easy to take notes and preview emails just by hovering the pen above the screen. It gets better. Samsung’s multi-window feature lets you run two applications side by side, so you can surf the Web while you watch YouTube or check Facebook.
The Note II is also a powerhouse, thanks to its quad-core Exynos, and lasts more than 9 hours on a charge. Those with smaller hands may want to steer clear, but overall the Note II is the big-screen phone to beat.