The Galaxy Note by Samsung is a hybrid device that was made by Samsung to fight on two battle fronts. It is a hybrid device for those that want to get a tablet but still want it to be pocket-able enough to be carried around and used as a great mobile device. Let’s begin!
- 5.3 inch, 1280 x 800 pixels, touchscreen display.
- 1GB RAM
- 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
- 16GB Internal memory + microSD (up to 32GB)
- Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
- 8 MP camera with LED Flash / Front : 2 MP
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
- Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh
First off, I must admit that the display is gigantic for a mobile device and considering that I’ve been using it as my primary phone for close to a week now, it still feels big. The resolution that the Galaxy Note packs is equal to what obtains on some computer monitors. The fact that this is packed into such a small package makes it absolutely gorgeous to use.
The Note comes with an 8 megapixel camera that doesn’t disappoint plus it shoots full High Definition (HD) video at 24-30 frames per second. It also has a scene mode, smile detection mode and a very bright LED flashlight.
The Note comes bundled with a stylus called the S Pen which you can use to take notes and navigate through the interface. The Note also is no slouch when it comes to multimedia. The dual core processor ensures that it shoots and plays back full HD video smoothly. Of all the phones that I have used, the Note is the one that got people asking me more questions than usual. The screen also always make all other Smartphones look tiny.
Bundled accessories are a carrying pouch that replaces the Battery cover, one piece earphones with replacement ear buds and a detachable USB charger.
Operating System and Software
The Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. Samsung has promised that Ice Cream Sandwich is coming soon as an update. Other phones – even Samsung’s Galaxy S II – have been updated to ICS but the update is still not available for the Note yet. I suspect that it is the bundled S Pen that is delaying the update.
Samsung Nigeria also bundled some apps like Afrinolly and Opera Mini. Other bundled software worthy of mention are apps like Kies air which you can use to transfer files to your phone via your browser and Polaris Office software which handles Office files.
The Note packs a 2,500 mAH battery and that is more than enough for the power guzzling Android OS. Most flagship phones ship with almost half of that and this plays in the Note’s favour. By the end of each day, I usually have at least 35-40% charge left.
The Galaxy Note is a snappy device with minimal lag throughout the interface. It has a 1.4Ghz dual core processor, which makes for a good experience. However there is some lag, which I think is caused by Samsung’s Touchwiz launcher that is baked into the device.
The Note will certainly be considered too big by some people> In my experience, the pocketability is difficult sometimes. Another issue is that the Galaxy Note is more expensive than all current Galaxy Tab models including the 10.1 inch version.
The Galaxy Note is a device that is fighting on two fronts and it does it fairly well. As a phone it does well until you actually put it up to your ear to make or receive a phone call and that is when it looks/feels awkward. As a tablet slab, it actually does well. The HD screen is super sharp despite the fact that the technology used for it is Pentile.
All in all, it is a great device for people that want the best of both worlds with an added advantage of a solid battery and promise of the latest Android update.