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Samsung Galaxy Note
22 February 2012
Excerpt: You know what they say about guys with huge phones… They’re compensating for tiny data plans . Samsung’s Galaxy Note is a giant smartphone. Or a teeny tablet. After using AT&T’s version of this device for several days now, I’m still not quite sure which is the case. It handles voice calls like a cell phone and it runs Google’s Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread smartphone operating system, but it feels very much like a tablet and it includes a stylus, which hasn’t been seen...
Excerpt: It wasn’t all that long ago that a 4.3-inch screen on smartphone was considered too large by many. Now, there are multiple 4-inch and larger phones on every carrier . Even Google’s flagship device exceeds the 4.3-inch mark — the Galaxy Nexus comes in at a 4.65. The Samsung Galaxy Note has sought to raise the bar with a 5.3-inch screen. AT&T dubbed the Galaxy Note a “superphone”, while socially the name “ phablet ” seems to be growing in popularity.
Excerpt: Samsung's new Galaxy Note is a unique device in the smartphone market. Straddling the line between a smartphone and a tablet, the Note features a massive 5.3-inch display, which is considerably larger than the screen on any other smartphone available today (just see the image below sitting alongside an iPhone). Because of this, the Note is rather unwieldy in the hand, and nearly impossible to use one handed.
Samsung Galaxy Note I717 review: Pushing the envelope
19 February 2012
Conclusion: Like it or not, there is nothing else like the Samsung Galaxy Note I717 on the U.S. market at the moment. The Korean giant deserves a lot of credit for carving a new niche in a market, which is seriously saturated with all sorts of smartphones and tablets. We love the screen of the device and its speedy LTE network. The S Pen can be surprisingly handy and entertaining as well. The rest of the device's functionality is unsurprisingly good.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, LTE network connectivity, 5.3" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of HiDef resolution (800 x 1280 pixels), Android OS v2.3.6 with TouchWiz 4 launcher, 1.5 GHz dual-core Scorpion CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, Snapdragon S3 chipset, 1GB of RAM, Pre-bundled with the S Pen active stylus, 8 MP wide-angle autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection, Video recording of up to 1080...
Cons: Won't fit comfortably in every pocket, Difficult for one-handed use, No dedicated camera key, The Exynos chipset of the global version is significantly faster- both in benchmarks and real life, HD screen uses PenTile matrix lowering perceived resolution, No FM radio (the global version has one)
Conclusion: Reiterating the obvious (again), the Samsung Galaxy Note isn’t for everyone, and in fact, it might take some people a good amount of time to get used to accepting its glorified status as being some kind of hybrid device. But simply, that’s where we find all of its allure, as it’s able to come off as being something totally fresh from the usual set of smartphones we’ve been seeing.
Pros: Extremely large display, Streamlined construction, Exceptional battery life
Cons: Some sluggish performance, Too large to use with one hand, No Ice Cream Sandwich (yet)
The ultimate converged device or just a 5.3-inch gimmick?
30 January 2012
Summary: Samsung believes the Note is the ultimate expression of versatility and convergence, allowing you to leave all other devices at home. I partially agree with that assessment: yes, it represents the very cutting edge of technological convergence, but no, it won’t replace more specialized tools.
Pros: One of the most potent Android devices to date, Stylus works perfectly, Gorgeous display, High quality camera, One of the most potent Android devices to date, Solid LTE performance, Gorgeous display, High quality camera, Solid HSPA+ performance, Gorgeous display, High quality camera, Runs Android 4.0
Cons: One size fits none, A couple of software bugs, Handwriting recognition could be better, One size fits none, A couple of software bugs, Handwriting recognition could be better, One size fits none, A couple of software bugs, Handwriting recognition could be better
PHOTOVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note Android 2.3 Smartphone with Stylus
28 January 2012
Excerpt: Announced back in September last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note is quite a unique Samsung device since it's a mix between a smartphone and a tablet. Officially seen as a smartphone, it comes quite close to a tablet, thanks to its huge 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display. It's powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core CPU, the Galaxy Note is running on Android 2.3 / Gingerbread and supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as quadband UMTS/HSDPA+/HSUPA at 850/900/1900/2100 MHz, Bluetooth...
Conclusion: The international Samsung Galaxy Note was the best Android smartphone of 2011 and the AT&T version makes for the best of early 2012 if you're looking for a pocket computer more than a voice phone. It has a superb display running at an extremely high resolution, a very useful Wacom digitizer with pen for pressure sensitive writing and drawing and a very fast dual core CPU.
Pros: Huge and lovely high res display, fast HSPA+ data speeds, very fast CPU, great voice quality.
Cons: This is a very large phone, import version is expensive.
Summary: Samsung have produced many quality smart phones and tablets, but the new Samsung Galaxy Note is something a little bit different so I thought I would write a Samsung Galaxy Note Review. It is what I would best describe as a hybrid version of a smartphone.
Pros: Thin and sleek, 1.4Ghz CPU is extremely fast, Great battery life that lasts for days, Gorgeous 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, High-quality 8MP camera, Ease of use with S Pen
Cons: Comprised almost entirely of plastic, Requires two hands to text due to large size, Awkward against head for voice calls