Specs summary

Screen
5.3"

The Samsung Galaxy Note's screen is 5.3 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a ARM APQ8060 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2500mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 1560 minutes (2G), 767 minutes (3G), 215 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



People freak out and say it’s too big until they play with it — then they love it.

- Jordan Crook , TechCrunch 

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.

- Rik Henderson , Pocket-lint 

Reviews summary

7.9/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 59 reviews

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.

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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)


Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)


TelecomTiger

An amazing phone with creative software advancements

from TelecomTiger
With a large number of excellent features and functions, Samsung Galaxy Note has set a benchmark for its close competitors. The only advantage other smartphones has is Galaxy Note’s screen size. Its 1.5 Dual Core ARM cortex A9 processor and 1 GB RAM has worked well with Note. With its forceful promotion strategy, Samsung has an advantage over rivals. We consider it one of the best high end phones... Full review
PhoneArena

Extremely large display and is running ICS out of the box but somewhat pricey

from PhoneArena
Let’s be real here folks, the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note is a wonderful device on so many levels, but taking into account its late arrival onto the scene, it no longer has the same appeal and allure when it first arrived. Unless you desperately love its large display and ideal note taking capabilities, it’s really hard to choose this one as opposed to newer offerings out there – namely the Samsung Galaxy S III. We fell in love with this smartphone twice already, but with this third time around, it’s hard to uncover those feelings once again with this version... Full review
Cnet

With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory

from Cnet

There are two main questions at hand: is the Samsung Galaxy Note a phone worth buying, and if so, can it satisfy the need for a tablet?

So long as you're all for supersizing, your answer to the former is mostly yes. The Note has the high-flying specs that we loved in the original Galaxy S II series, so it's strong where it counts. While its size will make carrying the phone awkward for some, the screen real estate is ideal for interacting with HD games and multimedia, and for reading Web sites and e-books. When you add in the S Pen, there's more potential for creative drawings and gam... Full review

Android Community

Display is just massive, but looks amazing

from Android Community
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3-inch phablet smartphone has won over more than you’d think. Samsung had massive sales of this phone and an overall awesome response from buyers. If you’ve been eying a bigger screen and are on T-Mobile this is hard to pass up. I’d go for it or the Galaxy S III personally. Get the all new T-Mobile powered Galaxy Note starting August 8th for $249... Full review
IntoMobile

Great camera, fast processor and large display

from IntoMobile

So, the Galaxy Note is finally about to land on T-Mobile after a long time of rumors, and we've got to say that we still like the device a lot. That said, the Note isn't for everyone, as most people don't need a 5.3 inch display in their pockets. Still, the Galaxy Note is great for watching movies on with its big and bright display.

Massive screen and S-Pen aside, the Galaxy Note is still a solid smartphone through and through. With a great camera and fast processor, the phablet can still go toe to toe some of the new smartphones that are coming out today when it comes to specificatio... Full review

Engadget

No longer feel bleeding-edge, we've yet to see a pen-enabled phone as pleasant to use as this

from Engadget
We're more than a little disappointed that Samsung didn't take the opportunity to update the Galaxy Note with modern internals ahead of its debut on T-Mobile. What was once a premiere superphone is now beginning to show its age. As such, T-Mobile customers who insist on top-notch performance are left with no alternative other than the Galaxy S III (and to a lesser extent, the One S). That said, for those of you who appreciate the Galaxy Note's innate advantages -- namely, its productivity features and beautiful, spacious display -- Samsung's super-sized smartphone remains peerless... Full review
Stuff

Exceptionally fast with a beautiful screen

from Stuff
The question it poses isn't 'What is the Galaxy Note?', rather 'Who is it for?'. Smartphone buyers might be put off by the awkwardness of the extra girth, while tablet fans could find the screen too small. What the Note offers, though, is a very lovely halfway house between the two – look at it as a tablet that can make calls and fit in your pocket, or a phone with a bigger, better screen, and it starts to make a lot more sense... Full review
Hothardware

4G connectivity, device feels speedy and responsive, spacious and gorgeous

from Hothardware

All in all, the Galaxy Note's standout feature, its large, 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, is a bit of a double-edged sword. Even though we absolutely loved the additional screen real estate while using many of our favorite apps, watching movies, and surfing the web, we felt awkward holding such a large phone to our ear. We hate to say it, but when looking in the mirror or looking at someone else holding the Note to their ear, they looked a tad funny with the oversized device.

Because Android 2.3 Gingerbread isn't really designed with a 5.3-inch screen in mind, we also ran into a f... Full review

Brighthand

Excellent screen, great performance, great voice quality

from Brighthand

Considering the large size of the Samsung Galaxy Note, careful consideration is required in order to determine if it's the right smartphone for your needs. I found the big screen to be more of a draw than the actual S Pen stylus, but I would be less likely to buy it because I need something highly pocketable, not something that I would have to carry in a purse or gear bag.

The stylus is a unique addition, but of limited utility for anyone who is already comfortable using a touchscreen and/or a virtual keyboard to enter text. It's fun to use for drawings and such, maybe a quick grocery... Full review

BGR

If you’re an average sized human looking for a smartphone, you should probably look elsewhere

from BGR

Android fans looking to turn heads should look no further. Short of luxury brands like Vertu and handsets encrusted with gems by third parties, there probably isn’t a cell phone on the planet that will attract more attention than the Galaxy Note. During my time with the device, I was approached by a number of people eager to figure out exactly what I was tapping away on. Most of them, however, seemed to walk away more confused than they were to begin with. Samsung basically just “Samsunged” itself. My sincere hope is that this is the turning point in the giant smartphone trend, and th... Full review


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date October 8, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA 14.4, HSUPA, HSPA+ 21.1
variations
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Processor ARM APQ8060 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.15 W/kg
Body: 0.67 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2500 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Unknown
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 505 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 215 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1560 minutes (2G)
767 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Carbon Blue, Ceramic White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 8.3 x 1.0 cm
(5.8 x 3.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 178 grams
(6.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology Super AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel Density Unknown
Size 5.3 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Unknown
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard Unknown
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash Yes
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out HDMI
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 4x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM/RDS)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (YouTube, Android Market, Google-Latitude)
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SGH-T879

2 GB microSD included
S Pen stylus
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