- Jordan Crook , TechCrunch
People freak out and say it’s too big until they play with it — then they love it.
- Rik Henderson , Pocket-lint
The Note offers undoubted quality throughout, from its dual-core processor to superb display. But it's a strange hybrid device that may struggle to find fans from either the phone or tablet camps willing to pay a fairly hefty price tag.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is much like the Samsung Galaxy S II, but is much larger. It is by far the largest smartphone on the market today and features a huge high-resolution Super AMOLED display. The screen can display full webpages in all their glory and makes it easier to navigate the phone's menus. While it is not as large as a tablet, it feels more like a Samsung Galaxy Tab than a Galaxy S II phone. While the phone is very large, it still will fit in most people's front pocket.
The Galaxy Note runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is powered by the extremely fast 1.5GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor. This makes the phone one of the fastest available. The camera used in the Galaxy Note is the same one that is used in the Galaxy S II. Image quality is excellent and rivals the iPhone 4S. Video quality is very good as well.
The phone also introduces S Pen, which is Samsung's version of a stylus. Several unique apps which take advantage of the S Pen are also included on the phone. Taking quick notes is fast and easy, and there are even some art apps which are great time killers when you have a few minutes to waste. The system works well, but would be better if the phone ran on Android Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Gingerbread.
Battery life is nothing short of amazing. The phone's large size allows for a 2500mAh battery to be used, which will easily power the phone for a whole day without needing to be charged, even with heavy use.
Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Note
1. 1.5GHz dual-core processor makes the Note one of the fastest phones on the market. (The Good)
2. Battery life is among the best around. (The Good)
3. Runs the superior Ice Cream Sandwich. (The Good)
4. The huge size of the phone is a turn-off for some. (The Bad)