Excerpt: What is the ideal size for a tablet or smartphone? That’s the question manufacturers are asking themselves as they try and find that sweet spot for consumers. Do customers want something small enough to fit into a pocket or would they rather opt for more real estate with a larger screen.
Pros: Solid design, Beautiful screen, Solid camera
Summary: Samsung’s Galaxy Note has all the trappings of a great phone. Its re-skinned version of Android gingerbread is understated and makes useful changes. Its screen is gorgeous to look at and a joy to use. Its processor allows for demanding multitasking and its camera offers both detailed still photography and clear HD video capture. However, its main selling point (its large screen) is also its downfall, as it’s just impractical as an everyday device.
Samsung Galaxy Note Review: The World’s First Tablet/Phone Hybrid ?
6 February 2012
Excerpt: Apparently Apple has already decided that their current iPhone is the de facto size for a mobile. They never really consulted us, but for them 3.5-inches is more than enough for a mobile. Well, their closest smartphone competitor Samsung has other ideas, in fact, they think you should be able to choose whatever screen size you […]
Conclusion: There aren't many things we can complain about with the Galaxy Note. Samsung has taken what is already a good handset and built on it to make an even better one. The only question you have to ask is, "Is it too big for me?" When it launched, it was a bit of a mystery. Was the world ready for a device that was set half way between Tabletland and Phoneville? The answer is, it clearly was, and you just have to look at the interest in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 .
Conclusion: To conclude, the Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the best Android devices I’ve ever used. The 8MP camera, high-quality screen and ultra-fast CPU, to name a few, are absolutely amazing. I, personally, like the design of the Galaxy Note, however I can see why some would not because the overall design hasn’t really changed between the Galaxy S2, Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy Note.
Conclusion: The quality and performance of the screen is superb. If video has to be a crucial string in your smartphone’s bow, then this must be on your shortlist. Web browsing is similarly impressive while some great apps really show off what it can do. But we must qualify our praise. The latest and best smartphones around are a little speedier about their business, do now offer more impressive specs and the latest Android OS, and for music playback the Note is fine but no...
Pros: Big screen is great with video and web browsing, Samsung’s take on Android is smart, clever S Pen
Cons: Interface is a little sluggish at times, sound and battery life is so-so, not too pocket-friendly
Summary: Summary: The Galaxy Note has a large, vibrant and responsive screen, and is a good size for using 'notepad style' with the S Pen. However, it's too large to carry around as an everyday smartphone, and isn't as useful at home or in the office as a full-sized tablet.
Pros: Large, high-resolution Super AMOLED screen, Fast dual-core processor, Supports pen-based input, Good battery life
Cons: Too large to be an everyday phone, Too small to function well as a tablet, S Pen functionality could be more imaginatively implemented