Samsung Galaxy Note review: The smartphone that ‘Samsunged’ Samsung
The Boy Genius Report
29 March 2012
Conclusion: Android fans looking to turn heads should look no further. Short of luxury brands like Vertu and handsets encrusted with gems by third parties, there probably isn’t a cell phone on the planet that will attract more attention than the Galaxy Note. During my time with the device, I was approached by a number of people eager to figure out exactly what I was tapping away on. Most of them, however, seemed to walk away more confused than they were to begin with.
Pros: The high definition Super AMOLED display on Samsung’s Galaxy Note is absolutely breathtaking. Samsung smartphones are known for their stunning screens and the Note is no exception. And although the display on this handset is a “Super AMOLED” and not a “Super AMOLED Plus,” it is easily one of the most gorgeous displays I have ever seen on a smartphone. The Galaxy Note’s 1,280 x 800-pixel HD resolution gives remarkable clarity to images and videos, and the colors shown ...
Cons: There is really no way to sugarcoat this and even if there was, I wouldn’t want to. You need to be warned: the Galaxy Note is too big. This gargantuan handset cannot be comfortably operated with one hand by a normal-sized person or even a fairly large person. Not even close. I have dropped the phone at least half a dozen times just trying to scroll through a Web page with one hand. It’s also too big to comfortably type while holding the phone in landscape orientation....
Excerpt: AT&T has sent us the very divisive Samsung Galaxy Note for review which is one of their newest 4G LTE Smarphones running Android. The Samsung Galaxy Note straddles the line between phone and tablet.
Summary: I've gotta say, I was a little skeptical about the Galaxy Note when it arrived at my door. I'd seen people using it, and the concept of a jumbo smartphone seemed a little goofy to me. I thought my iPhone 4 fit in my hand just right, and although I wasn't opposed to the idea of something slightly bigger, a 5.3" smartphone just seemed... well, too big.
After using the Note for about a week and a half, I think I've warmed to it. Now, it's my iPhone that feels too small.
Samsung Galaxy Note vs Galaxy Nexus – similar hardware, different experience
13 March 2012
Excerpt: Samsung has released quite a lot of devices this year already, and they’re undoubtedly the top Android smartphone manufacturers, with the Galaxy S series of handsets having sold more units than all of the other competing phones combined. Despite the fact that their phones aren’t usually of the highest build quality, they always look great and have something unique to offer to a potential user.
Conclusion: Samsung has done an excellent job in that regards with the Galaxy Note. It carries over from the Galaxy S II and retains all of its advantages, namely excellent screen and performance while maintaining appreciable dimensions. The included S-Pen is a bonus and though in its current form it doesn’t offer much, the possibilities are vast.
Excerpt: While many of today's better smartphones offer dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, alongside plenty of onboard storage, one of the easiest differentiating points between smartphones today has become the screen--size, resolution, and screen technology are all considerations. Samsung is pushing the former limits of smartphone screen sizes with the introduction of the new Samsung Galaxy Note.
Pros: 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, Device feels speedy and responsive, Spacious and gorgeous 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280x800), 4G connectivity
Cons: Phone looks a little large when held to one's ear, No Android 4.0—yet