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Samsung Galaxy Note Review: In Depth
5 December 2013
Conclusion: It might not be for everyone, but we really like the Samsung Galaxy Note and more to the point, we’re quite partial to its stylus S Pen. It isn’t your run of the mill handset, and that works in its favour, with two strong USPs when so many releases don’t even have one. Firstly, with the S Pen you can annotate to your heart’s content which we actually did despite initially casting it off as a gimmick.
Pros: Screen is huge, crisp and vibrant, S Pen is useful and fun, Battery life is good, 1.4GHz Processor is fast
Cons: Simple tasks can stutter, TouchWiz may not be for all, Images overexpose, Stylus a bit small / fiddly
Conclusion: It’s a gigantic Android phone with a 5.3-inch screen. One of the best Android devices Samsung has ever made. Once you use it, it will be hard as hell to go back to a small screen. And it’s fast as hell too, and the battery life is phenomenal with 2500 mAh of power. You would think it’d be terrible because the screen size just big, to the contrary. I streamed Money Masters for 3.5 hours over 4G full screen and still had 30% battery remaining.
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Conclusion: Let’s be real here folks, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note is a wonderful device on so many levels, but taking into account its late arrival onto the scene, it no longer has the same appeal and allure when it first arrived. Unless you desperately love its large display and ideal note taking capabilities, it’s really hard to choose this one as opposed to newer offerings out there – namely the Samsung Galaxy S III .
Pros: Extremely large display, Running ICS out of the box
Summary: We're more than a little disappointed that Samsung didn't take the opportunity to update the Galaxy Note with modern internals ahead of its debut on T-Mobile. What was once a premiere superphone is now beginning to show its age. As such, T-Mobile customers who insist on top-notch performance are left with no alternative other than the Galaxy S III (and to a lesser extent, the One S ).
Pros: Beautiful display, Excellent camera, Top-notch S Pen productivity apps, Cohesive user interface
Cons: Performance is no longer cutting-edge, Lacks notification light
Conclusion: This is your time, T-Mobile loyal fans, to finally attain the massive handheld device known as the Galaxy Note for your own. You've had the opportunity to pick up the international version for one gigantic wad of cash before, as it did (and does) work on T-Mobile bands, but now is the time when you can actually purchase an affordable version right from the T-Mobile store with 2-year contract.
Conclusion: Well, 5.3” as a tablet is incredibly perfect, but for a phone, it is awkward and unnatural. But, for those that only want one device instead of a tablet and a phone, the Note will be one of your best bets. I myself would probably settle upon one of the 4.5” screens, just so I wouldn’t look like a tool in public when on the phone. But the Note really came through.
Summary: When I first heard about the Samsung Galaxy Note and saw the specifications, and the size of the device, I didn’t think this would be the sort of device I would like to use on a daily basis. I used the Samsung Galaxy Note as my handset for about two weeks and was pleasantly surprised with the experience, whilst it is one of the largest smartphones I have used it certainly was a fun handset to use.