It is not hard to spot the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon thanks to that famous button, so if you did walk past the smartphone in a store you won’t find it hard to miss, although Verizon still hasn’t announced anything concrete regarding a Galaxy Note 2 release date. Patient consumers are probably starting to get a little bit frustrated with Big Red these days over the silence, but we do have some promising news to share with you coming out of Best Buy.
There isn’t a release date yet for the gorgeous 5.5-inch phablet, but there has already been a sighting of the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 over at a Best Buy store. The retail giant is no stranger to the odd pre-release leak or two, and now we have photos showing the Verizon model happily on display, even touting that awesome multi-window feature that Sprint Galaxy Note 2 owners recently received in a software update.
That’s pleasing to us, as it looks like the Verizon model will come with the feature out of the box, meaning that it won’t require an additional update like the Sprint model needed. We also see some other revealing information, such as a $299 price on a two year contract, a rather worrying $799 retail price which is probably specific to Best Buy, and also the controversial Galaxy Note 2 home button, which features an unavoidable Verizon branding on it.
As you’ve probably guessed, that home screen stunt is exclusive to the Verizon model and isn’t featured on the AT&T, Sprint or T-Mobile versions of the Galaxy Note 2. It goes without saying that a lot of consumers are not going to be happy with the almost ‘forced’ branding on this occasion, but has Verizon taken their branding attempts a little too far on this instance?
Without getting sidetracked on the main point though (there’s plenty of home button bashing threads online), it’s hopefully a good sign that Verizon are finally ready to give out some official information on the Galaxy Note 2 at last. The Droid DNA is obviously taking priority for the network at the moment, but are you still willing to ignore the Droid DNA, in favor of the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 – home button logo or not?
Alternatively, if you are looking to replace that Verizon home button on the Galaxy Note 2 as soon as possible, you will find this article very useful, which provides some metal stickers that can do the job for you at an affordable price. Verizon may have given consumers no choice, but it’s good to see that there is a solution to the problem if consumers are willing to do a little DIY work.
Let us know what device you will be buying this holiday season and whether carrier branding really affects you or not.