Samsung Galaxy Note Review
I got a great break in getting my hands on a Samsung Galaxy Note, before it hits the market. Usually I have to get devices afterwards; not this time. What can I say about this device that you won't already read? I'm not sure. When people ask me my favorite smartphone I always point them to the Samsung Galaxy S IIor another phone that I am doing a write-up on later, but now I can point them to a new device.
First, let's give you a little background. This device is not your ordinary smartphone, it isn't your ordinary tablet. It is a super hybrid of the two. At 5.3-inch “Tabphone” packs the usage of a Tablet with the style of a phone. You would think that the mixing of the two would be problematic, right? You are very mistaken. This phone is a powerhouse of awesomeness. From the moment I have touched it I have yet to put it down. Enough of me gushing - let's find out if this Tabphone is right for you.
First Impressions and Hardware
Well let's get this right out there: No need to hide it, as it will come up a lot: the Galaxy Note is a big damn phone. While one of my complaints about the Motorola Droid RAZR was it's size in the hand. For some reason it didn't seem to bother me as much with this Tabphone. Maybe because subconsciously my brain is thinking it's more of a tablet and less of a phone. That said, it's a solid mix of the two.
With a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen on the front, giving you a 1280 x 800 pixel count, you won't have to squint anymore. It truly is one of the best displays I have ever seen on any device.
Let's talk about some inside components of note: 1.5 Dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a microSD slot as well for that extra storage. Bluetooth 3.0 to help connect with hands free devices along with the 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity. As far as radio bands, you've got GSM/GPRS/EDGE, and of course LTE bands.
You have an 8-megapixel camera in the back teamed up with an LED flash, capable of capturing 1080p/30 fps footage, with a 2-megapixel front facing camera. There are capacitive touch buttons on the bottom representing the Home, Menu, Back and Search functions. Around the device you have a 3.5mm headphone jack, the power/lock button and the volume rocker, the microUSB jack and what is that?...oh right - the S Pen.Continued on the next page