Summary: Look, this is the best phone I have ever owned. I scoured reviews for weeks before I made my purchase. So please do your homework because I am aware what works for me may not be the case for someone else. I can truly say however that I am in ecstasy with my Sansung Galaxy Note. It sent me the update automatically for Ice Cream Sandwich, and it comes with a charger, and headphones in the box.
Pros: It FITS all usual pockets I came across. Even in my shirts pockets., No it is NOT too big. , I CAN use it with one hand. And I'm an average man., Very fast and reliable GPS., I can use it without stylus as it is big enough - unlike the others.
Cons: Probably not made for women - unless they are at least 6 ft tall.
Summary: This is just the BEST wireless handset out there. The screen is big and gorgeous. Bright and vivid color. 5.3" of pure visual honey. The stylus is handy. It is speedy and smooth. Apps launch fast and moving between screens is fluid. The 2500 mAh battery is high capacity and lasts all day. Once you have this "phablet" phone there is no going back to smaller screens. Audio quality is quite good through the built-in speakers and the earpiece. Highly recommended !
Summary: There are a ton of reviews of the Samsung Note. I wanted to cover the International aspects of this phone. It uses a full sized SIM card. Great for traveling and you don't need to special (iPhone sized card) Solid signal strength and large, easy to read screen. Sound quality is also very nice. Very happy I choose this phone.
Summary: I've had many other smartphones. This one blows them all out of the water. Even the iPhones. I use my phone for all the non-phone stuff more than phone stuff, so this is the ticket for me. I'm used to using the giant phone as a phone now too. The screen is amazing for all the other stuff like browsing, maps and video... god the video! You can see the screen outdoors too (a deal maker/breaker issue for me). It's a clear 1080hd screen too.
Summary: I have bought this phone from Amazon twice. The first time I just could not get past the size of the thing. I thought I was going to drop it. I felt like my hand was cramping due to trying to hold it for long lengths of time. I have bought it a second time (Global is the BEST!) This time I bought an Otterbox case which gives a good secure "handhold." I also got the Samsung pen assembly which takes the tiny S-Pen and actually makes it a useful device.
Excerpt: May 31, 2012: Traded my HTC One X for it. No Regrets. ATT still doesn't release phones with 100% working IMAP sync, but I have a secondary app that works fine. I really love having a stylus back like I used so much in my Win Mobile Days. Nice features and capabilities too. Comes with Crayon Physics which I love as well as my games like World of Goo and Where's My Water are really fun to play with a stylus. Pretty heavy hourly usage and I get about 10hrs battery.
Pros: Nice Screen
Cons: Keyboards cover parts of the UI, Hard to hold if you get OEM Flip Case