How to Convert Note 2 into S5/Note 3 Hybrid Phone!

Probably the coolest thing you can do on a Note 2 is root and install custom ROMs.  Well, a lot of people just “don’t get it” and stay on stock firmware, which actually is super laggy and you are limited to features Samsung gives you.

There’s a better way to use your Note 2 by installing custom ROMs that give you Galaxy S5 and Note 3 features.  Of course, that is if you want to take advantage over everything that your Note 2 has to offer and root it.

For AT&T, T-Mobile, GT-N7105, Canadian, and GT-N7100, you can grab the Ditto Note 3 ROM, which is based on latest Android 4.4.2 TouchWiz with S5/Note 3 features.

For Verizon Note 2, you can grab R3Ds ROM, which also gives you Android 4.4.2 TouchWiz with S5/Note 3 features.

For GT-N7100, you can also grab Dr. Ketan ROM, which is very similar to Ditto Note 3 ROM along with TouchWiz S5/Note 3 features.

For Sprint Note 2, there is a ported version of Ditto Note 3 ROM but WiFi is broke and a lot of things are beta, please wait 1-2 weeks until the ROM is more stable.

For Sprint Note 2, you can install the Verizon R3Ds ROM on and simply add Sprint 4G LTE APN.

UPDATE: Please do not try installing Verizon R3DS ROM on Sprint Note 2, it seems like the APN method only works for other Galaxy phones like S3, S4, S5, and Note 3 but not on Note 2.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-1

All of these custom ROMs support Galaxy S5’s new “Ultra Power Saving Mode”, which can give you gobs of battery life.  On full 100% battery life, you can get 14 days/2 weeks of battery life!  That’s probably unheard of in other smartphones out there but it is possible with the Note 2 now, thanks to custom ROMs.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-2

In my testing with one of my Note 2, I logged about 2 days and 18 hours with 86% battery life left!  So, this Ultra Power Saving Mode is just plain too awesome, perhaps the best Android feature of the year 2014.

But really, Ultra Power Saving Mode is pretty simple concept.  A smartphone uses most of its battery to power its display.  By making the display to only show black and white colors, you are effectively saving 90% of your battery life.  Also, the AMOLED screen on Samsung Galaxy phones like the Note 2 uses “zero” energy when black pixels are displayed, unlike LCD displays on HTC phones, which actually still use energy on black background.  Couple this amazing AMOLED technology with black/white display, you got longer battery on a smartphone than a dumb phone.

Best of all?  Ultra Power Saving mode doesn’t make your phone dumb, you can still use handful apps like the browser to surf the web just fine.  This can be very handy in those situations where Murphy’s Law applies and you are left with no way to re-charge your battery in the middle of the desert with an important call coming from the President.

Next, the Ditto Note 3 ROM and Dr. Ketan’s ROM both offer quad multi-window with multi-instance support for the stock browser.  This means you can be tweeting to your friend, checking your Facebook, paying your bills at your online bank, and even watch your security camera at home all at the same time!  Perhaps one of the biggest innovation is the quad multi-window, which open source developers have developed on top of Samsung’s existing feature.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-3

Want a fast TouchWiz UI?  You got it.  All of these custom ROMs come with a super-speedy modded S5 launcher along with support over 20+ themes (make sure to flash TouchWiz Theme zip file!).  The modded S5 launcher is so fast, you won’t believe its TouchWiz, one of main reasons why you shouldn’t use stock Note 2 launcher.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-4

That’s just tip of the iceberg, you will find at least a dozen more S5 features like S5 lockscreen, S5 apps, and a ton more.  Each of these custom ROMs come with their own UI customization/tweaks so you can have more features even if Note 2 is already 2 years old.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-5

And yes, don’t forget about Note 3 features like Air Command and floating Pen Windows.  This isn’t supported by Samsung’s stock firwmare but you will get it by installing a custom ROM.

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-6

howto-convert-note2-s5note3-hybrid-phone-7

Overall, it’s about the experience on your Note 2 that counts. All of these ROMs are super-stable (as they are based on Samsung’s firmware but made to perform better/quicker) along with S5/Note 3 features that revamp your phone into something better, perhaps even better than the new Galaxy S5.  So, if you have a Note 2, definitely give these custom ROMs a test drive over the week(end) and do let me know what you think!

Download:

Download Ditto Note 3 ROM for AT&T SGH-i317, T-Mobile SGH-T889, Canadian SGH-i317M, GT-N7105

Download Ditto Note 3 ROM for GT-N7100

Download Dr. Ketan ROM for GT-N7100

Download R3Ds ROM for Verizon SCH-i605

For Sprint, you can actually install the Verizon R3DS ROM and simply update APN! (just found out) See How to Install Verizon ROM on Sprint.

UPDATE: Please do not try installing Verizon R3DS ROM on Sprint Note 2, it seems like the APN method only works for other Galaxy phones like S3, S4, S5, and Note 3 but not on Note 2.

Download TouchWiz Themes

BEFORE INSTALLING, UPGRADE your CWM Recovery to v6.0.4.3 or higher using ROM Manager App from the Play Store.  Also if using TWRP, use Goo Manager app to update to v2.6.3.3 or higher.  Otherwise you will FAIL during install!  You can also install CWM Recovery manually here.

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install TouchWiz Themes, and reboot.  (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop or get force-closed keyboard error on boot, reboot into CWM recovery, go to Mounts & Storage->format /system.  For TWRP, go to Wipe->Advanced Wipe->Wipe /system.  Then re-install ROM!)

First time installing a custom ROM?  See our Custom ROM Install Guide first!

Credits – DN3 ROM for AT&T, DN3 ROM for GT-7100, R3Ds ROM, Dr. Ketan <— Please donate to the developers of these ROMs (see donate link top left of XDA) or hit the Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!

Extras:

Q&A:

Q: My WiFi is not working/not turning on!
A: Having Wifi problems?  Flash Dr. Ketan’s wifi fix using ODIN for fix:

Dr. Ketan Wifi Fix for GT-N7100

Dr. Ketan Wifi Fix for T-Mobile SGH-T889

Dr. Ketan Wifi Fix for Videotron SGH-T889V

Q: My 3G/4G LTE data is not working!!!
A: See How to Fix 3G/4G LTE data by Manually Setting APN on Android!

Q: I don’t have Play Store nor any of the Google apps!
A: You forgot to install Gapps, reboot into recovery and install it! (See above for download.)

Q: The ROM is not booting!
A: Try formatting /system and re-install ROM, sometimes the system partition gets corrupt and you may have to try 2 or 3 times before the ROM boots.

Q: How can I thank you for your review?
A: I don’t take donations but if you could PLEASE subscribe to my Zedomax YouTube channel, that would help me greatly and thank you!

 

Have a question?

This is an OLD website where we no longer support and we are moving all our new tutorials to our new forum where you can ask questions about any Android device. Please post all your questions at the new Android Rehab Center at HighOnAndroid Forum, thank you for understanding!

You may also like...