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Samsung Galaxy Note
25 November 2011
Summary: Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3-inch handset with a pen for note-taking, drawing and do screen-shots. It runs on Android 2.3 with a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display, dual 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel camera. Galaxy Note comes with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and is able to run LTE and HSPA+.
Excerpt: Is it a phone, a tablet…or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen, Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note be able to live up to its hype by providing consumers a hybrid all-in-one device between a smartphone and tablet?
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
Excerpt: When Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Note , I had mixed feelings with the device. It’s got the genes of an impressive smartphone but a form factor that’s inching towards the tablet category. After having over a week’s time with the Samsung Galaxy Note and I’d like to share my verdict. Check out the full review after the break.
Conclusion: This may be out of many people's comfort zone. Way out. The Samsung Galaxy Note believes in bigger is better. In many ways it is. The WXGA Super AMOLED is more than any smartphone can offer and the powerful Exynos adds brains to beauty. Far from perfect at this point, the S Pen certainly adds value to the package. So does the extended battery life (for an Android smartphone, at least) and the latest version of the TouchWiz UI.
Pros: Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support, 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, 5.3" 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (800 x 1280 pixels), Android OS v2.3.5 with TouchWiz 4 launcher, 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos 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 1080p@30fps, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ...
Cons: Won’t fit comfortably in every pocket, Much harder for one-handed use than a regular smartphone, All-plastic body, No dedicated camera key, HD screen uses PenTile matrix lowering perceived resolution, Non-hot-swappable microSD card, Sub-par loudspeaker volume
Conclusion: The Note completed the Sun Spider test is 3126ms which is pretty much up there with the fastest smartphones that we have tested. To give you a comparison, that same test took the Galaxy SII 3416ms to complete and the HTC Sensation XE 3184ms to complete- even though it has a higher clocked 1.5GHz Dual Core CPU.
Conclusion: All-in-all, this phone is a must buy for anyone who wants to make heads turn, anyone who wants to experience the best media phone out there or anyone who has gigantic hands. And this phone isn’t for those who want portability, who want a phone you can quickly bash out a message on and then check email and then get back onto your music and it most certainly isn’t for those who have freakishly small hands.
Conclusion: It should be clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note is a niche product. It's not a phone designed to take over the mass market. Why is that? The big dimensions of the Note make it much more uncomfortable to handle and use than any other smartphone. Some people with extraordinarily large hands may have a chance of finding it okay, but those cases will be extremely rare.
Pros: Extremely large screen, Great multimedia device, Snappy performance
Cons: Poor call quality, The large screen only brings marginal improvement in certain areas, Camera could be better
Samsung GALAXY Note European World Tour – Event Review
30 October 2011
Conclusion: This was the first, big product launch event that I have been to (other than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at PC World a few months ago) – and it was quite an experience. It was great being able to get some behind the scenes training as well as be able to show fellow phone enthusiasts these new devices (especially before they were publicly available).
Samsung Galaxy Note – stuck between two worlds, the only competitor to Acer’s oversized smartphone
21 September 2011
Conclusion: Certainly, the performance, display and stylus are great features, however I don’t know if people would chose to get them with a huge 5.3 inch device – it’s the Dell Streak all over again, too big to be pocketable and even held with one hand, and too small to be a good tablet (plus the resolution kills the experience in a browser – you’ll have to always zoom in or have eagle vision :-).
Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Note's huge size is both its biggest asset and its biggest drawback. If you can live with its hugeness, the Note is one of the more powerful and flexible Android phones out there.
Cons: Loads of bloatware aboard; short battery life; looks pretty silly when you're making a call.