Last week, I briefly handled a 4.3-inch Galaxy S2 smartphone and almost found it uncomfortable holding such a large device in my hands as a

5.3-inch display Samsung Galaxy Note announced

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Last week, I briefly handled a 4.3-inch Galaxy S2 smartphone and almost found it uncomfortable holding such a large device in my hands as a phone. I like the Galaxy S2 and will certainly give it a try inspite of my misgivings about the size.

As such, you can imagine my shock when I first read the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note – specifically the display size – 5.3 inches of SuperAMOLED goodness!

How in the world is anyone supposed to use a device that large as a phone? Yes; that was what we said when we first heard of 4-inch displays; right? So, we are likely to get used to this too; aren’t we?

Other specs include:

  • Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • WXGA (1280×800) display resolution
  • stylus support
  • dual-core 1.4GHz CPU, plus GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage + microSD support
  • 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash & 1080p video recording
  • 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm and 178 grams of weight
  • 2,500mAh battery

PS: In related news, have you heard of the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 too? Runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb and the same processor as the Note.

Just yesterday, while on the road to Abuja, I asked Dayo to help carry out some tasks online on the 4-inch display Nokia E7. He picked it up and said, “Ahhh, this display is so small”.

I was taken aback, but I guess that coming from the 7-inch Galaxy Tab and 10-inch iPad, he would feel that way. Perhaps the 5.3-inch Note won’t be a bad idea exactly.

But, come to think of it, is the Note a smartphone or a tablet? Where does one start and where does the other begin? Does it matter anymore what we call these things?


  1. Question:
    Does it matter anymore what we call these things?
    It doesn’t. Having been on iPad/iPhone combination for sometime (very stressful if you ask me), and having the honour of using S.E. experia x10, I can definitely say these things only differ in size and presence/absence of radio.

  2. I have always loved the GSII but when I saw the Galaxy note, I said OMG.

    It is clear that Samsung wants to ensure everybody is covered. You have no choice, what ever you screen size is Sammy has you covered.

    Samsung is out 2satisfy all ur needs with its range of Smartphones & Tablets

    I will prefer to call the Galaxy Note a SmartTab.

    And the display of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 is out of this world.

    Welldone Sammy.

    Some school of thought already say that Apple way of accepting that you have a great product is to sue you.

    So 1 might say even Apple knows Sammy is has gr8 products.

  3. @Bosun, ur analysis – ad usual is right on the ball!

    It is looking moreand more that I will soon become a GALACTIC peregrinator!

  4. Samsung is not relenting on their effort to become number smartphone marker in the world.

    And maybe, this is in effort to prevent Apple from producing a similarly sized device tomorrow and going to court the next claiming copyright infringement or the so called “community design” infringement. It’s also very interesting that they’re covering every other form factor between the standard smartphone and their 10.1inch tab. There would be very little complaints from their consumers now in terms of form factor for their products.

  5. The line is getting blurred. There’s no way you can categorically differentiate between a smartphone, pc and tablet computer anymore.

    How do you describe a pc trapped in a phone’s body like the xp-phone? A phone or a PC?

  6. Samsung: noun.
    Synonym: Innovation, Diversity. Elegance. And now, Ruggedness.

  7. Just read more about this monster on gsmarena and mobile-review. This is easily an incredible Monster of a phone/tablet! Perhaps a Must-Have!

  8. apple can keep suing samsung all they want. Samsung should remain focused and innovative, there will cone a time when they will surpass apple in sales with the way they are going. I used to think 4′ was right size for bing fingered people like me. but with this 5.3′, my 4′ seems a little small already. I am even considering getting either the galaxy note or the tab 7.7. Already planning how to be using my bluetooth headset sonyericsson mw600 permanently with which ever I finally choose. the price tag on the galaxy note is a little scary though, above $1,000, but with what its packed, I ain’t complaining.

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