Why the GALAXY Note II is the Ultimate Video Streamer

By Your Mobile Life on at

The Samsung GALAXY Note II has a couple of features that make it an incredible video streamer. The most noticeable, and one of the phone's key selling points, is its eye-popping 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

The second, lesser-known killer feature is DC-HSPA+, or what’s known as 'faster 3G'. This faster mobile internet puts you in a better position to stream your HD content on the go, filling those empty commuting hours with video joy.

But before you can stream all that lovely video, you're going to need some video streaming apps. Here's our pick of the best...

YouTube

 

YouTube

Free Get it here

It might seem an obvious app to kick things off, but YouTube is incredibly powerful and often under-used. Always up to the minute and always about you (hence the name), it will generate a list of relevant videos based on the channels you follow every time you open the app.

The mobile YouTube app isn't just a fantastic discovery tool, though. There’s also the option to make your own channel, uploading the High Definition videos you shoot on your Note II directly from the phone.

Even if you don't want to upload your own content, YouTube is packed with polished HD content to take full advantage of the Note II's 720p display and high speed DC-HSPA+ mobile internet.


BBC iPlayer

 

BBC iPlayer

Free Get it here

BBBC iPlayer is the TV catch-up service Brits just can’t live without. If you missed your dose of Doctor Who or your Saturday Strictly fix, this is the place to go, with most content available for seven days after first broadcast, and some shows online for much longer.

The iPlayer also lets you view live TV across the Beeb’s various channels (taking in news, entertainment, kids and more), as well as browse content by date, channel or category, search for specific shows, or take a punt on one of the highlights on the homescreen.

With low-, medium- or high-quality video options available in the app, we suggest you set the default to high and take full advantage of the Note II’s screen and speed.


Netflix

 

Netflix

Free Get it here

If you’re a Netflix member, you’ll know how great the service works on your Smart TV, PC, PS3 or Xbox 360, but did you know that all that fantastic content is available on your Android device, too? Just download the free Netflix app to stream a wide range of high-quality video to the GALAXY Note II with minimal buffer times.

For anyone who hasn’t been introduced to Netflix, it’s a legal subscription based streaming service that delivers a range of films, TV shows and documentaries across devices at just £5.99 per month.

It’s a truly connected video solution, enabling you to start watching something on your phone, and pick up where you left off on any other device linked to your account.


TED

 

TED

Free Get it here

TED is a world-renowned provider of inspirational content, in the form of conferences, videos and audio downloads. Having had a strong online presence for some time, TED now has an official Android app, giving you access to all your favourite TED Talks in transit.

In addition to being great for streaming, the TED app is the only pick in our top five that supports offline video, taking full advantage of the ample storage on the Note II as well as its microSD expandability.

Being able to download your content over Wi-Fi for online viewing makes the TED app especially suited to Underground commuters and anyone with a limited data allowance.

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