Google has been hard at work improving its Android operating system (OS) over the years, and Android 4.1 (or Jelly Bean to its friends) powers the GALAXY Note II to higher levels of functionality.
The main improvement from Google is the integration of something called Project Butter - this allows the whole user interface to function even more fluidly under the finger (hence the slippery name).
However, it's not just less lag using the phone that we're talking about here; the whole system has been turbo-charged to ensure you're not waiting for the things that matter when you need them.
Waiting time will be reduced
For instance, flipping your phone used to see a small wait before the screen rotated with you, but with Project Butter that experience has been sped up to allow you to watch movies or view web pages in landscape instantly.
And Samsung has built on top of the this trick too - using eye tracking, if you're lying down with the Note II what you're looking at won't rotate to preserve the screen orientation you're already using.
A minor feature, yet a massive improvement to the regular power user.
Other improvements from Project Butter include faster app changes and improved animations when flipping between your favourite programs - no longer will you be stuck looking at spinning icons when you could be checking your timetable or jumping back to the video you were watching.
Notifications, call backs, cards
The other huge change Android fans will notice (or newcomers will love) is the improved notification bar, giving you more of the information you need when you want it, without needing to head into apps to just read a quick text message. For a start, the whole message will pop up at the top of the screen when it comes in, and when you drag down to check out the notification bar the whole message, multiple emails or missed calls will be right there for you to see.
The call back feature is another innovation that makes the Samsung GALAXY Note II one of the most advanced smartphones on the market, with a large notification present to let you know when you've missed a vital call and a simple option to call them back without needing to fire up the dialler.
Under all this you'll see a number of 'cards' too - and from that we get another advanced feature of Jelly Bean in the shape of Google Now. This intuitive feature learns from your actions, meaning that it can help let you know the important things just as you need them.
For instance, it will let you know when the weather changes outside so you can pack a coat or ditch the umbrella; if you're near a cool new bar your Note II will flag it up to you, or if you've set your Home and Work locations you can even get information on any delays through public transport or on the roads, depending on your vehicle of choice.
Google Now: customising your lifestyle
Google Now also connects with your calendar in a simple yet hugely effective way too. If you've got an upcoming appointment with an address attached, your Samsung GALAXY Note II will let you know when it's time to set off in order to make sure you get there on time - and will even take into account traffic or delays on the trains too.
These cards are all customisable, so you only see the information that you want... so if you like to be alerted to the nearest movies on the day you search for them most but don't really care if it's raining your Samsung GALAXY Note II can be tailored to the experience that you want.
And talking about customisation: with Jelly Bean it's never been easier to set up your homescreens in just the way you want. Not only are there now a huge extras number of widgets on offer (everything from direct access to the Google Play store for the latest in movies and books to a specially integrated feature that sets up the call volume just the way you like it each time) but putting them in the places you want is easier than ever before.
Simply select the widget that you want, and drop it on the homescreen you think it's best suited for. If it doesn't quite fit, then the widget will resize to arrange itself on the screen without losing functionality. And if it just can't go on there, it will automatically head onto the nearest space so it's only ever a swipe away.
And the same goes for icons: instead of having to drop an icon on the screen and then rearrange everything the way you want, now Android will jiggle everything around to accommodate your preference.
So there you have it: the Samsung GALAXY Note II combined with the latest version of Android brings you the experience you'd expect from a top-end smartphone and takes your life to the next level.