Review of Samsung Galaxy Note by

  • February 9, 2012
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Review of Samsung Galaxy Note by

Every few weeks it seems a new smartphone or tablet gets released into the wild. Certainly when it comes to Android devices, there’s a lot of new ones out there, and more coming out all the time. But the latest unveiling by Samsung is worthy of notice, because it’s slightly special. It’s not completely a smartphone, and not completely a tablet either. Instead, it’s somewhere in between. Not only is the device and screen itself quite large, it also has impressive features and capabilities, such as a built in stylus, something we don’t see much anymore. Here’s a review of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

First announced in September of last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note was shown off at the Superbowl, and the hype started right away. Its large screen is fairly unique at 5.3 inches. It’s bigger than most smartphones, and smaller than tablets. In fact it was deigned to be a unique device, something you could use everywhere, as both your phone and tablet. It barely fits in a pocket, but that’s the idea, it still fits and is as big as it can be without being uncomfortable. The Super AMOLED screen also provides 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, which means it’s crisp and clear. The hardware itself is not too shabby, with a dual core ARM processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage with an external card slot, micro USB support, wi-fi, an 8MPx camera with a 2MPx video conferance secondary camera, and much more. The battery is a 2500mAh one which helps keep the phone up longer, and is very much needed with the larger screen.

When it comes to usability, the stylus that’s included makes some new features be possible. One of the big things that Samsung is pushing with the Galaxy Note is the ability to take hand written notes on the screen. This could be in a notes application, on top of a screenshot, or even drawing in a painting app. The stylus is pressure sensitive and the screen can be used just as well with it and with your fingers. As for the software, the OS is Gingerbread, which means it’s a fairly recent version of Android, and Samsung put their usual interface on top of it to enable things like stylus support, along with Samsung apps. On the software side, the system is fairly open and genuine Android, which is always a good thing to see. You can find all your typical Android apps like the market place, browser, email and so on. Thanks to the larger screen, you can see more icons at once, and you have more real estate to work with.

Overall, the big innovation with the Samsung Galaxy Note is of course the form factor, along with the stylus. So far the media seem to be fairly positive about this new phone, and there’s a lot of interest in the market. Whether this translates into sales remains to be seen, but this is one device to keep an eye on.

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