Samsung Galaxy Note: Draw in a scrawly way

4/19/2012 9:47:48 AM

Description: Samsung Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note is the biggest smartphone we have ever seen - 5.3-inch AMOLED HD screen is larger than Dell Streak’s screen. It looks like a super-large Samsung Galaxy S2, has faster 1.4GHz dual core processor, and point pen to take notes on screen and draw in a scrawly way.

The device is rather light for its size but appears to be compact, except for the back side that looks like plastic. Size is not a problem until you put the phone to your ear – it seems inconvenient while you are calling, so we suggest a Bluetooth headset for long talks. However, it lies fitly in jeans’ pocket, except your jeans are extremely tight.

Luckily, large screen makes the size become deserving since it is so wonderful. It is Super AMOLED screen with high resolution (800x1,280) that makes text incredibly sharp, creates high contrast ratio and lively colors. It provides more space on each desktop screen for app icons, and helps viewing photo, using app, and playing game be much easier.

While 1.4GHz dual core processor is extremely strong in theory, Android 2.3 operating system navigation is not as smooth as Motorola RAZR or Galaxy S2. Apps are opened quickly, but shifting among main screens is rather irregular; the phone does not bring fast feeling as we expected for a phone at this price.

Android does well on large screen. Keyboard buttons are larger, which makes typing easier and texts easy to view. Most texts on websites can be read with an only touch to zoom in. The problem with Android 2.3 is that Android 4.0 is now available on Google Nexus, and while Note will certainly receive update, the price of £600 is difficult to justify when the operating system is outdated.

Together with large screen, the thing makes Galaxy Note outstanding is S Pen point pen. It lies fitly in a slot at the phone’s bottom, and allows you to take notes and draw in related apps. You will not be able to put an essay on the screen, but it does well with noting inappreciable words. S Pen quite well keeps pace with our typing, and like point pen on tablet, it recognizes pressure – the stronger you press, the thicker the line gets, which makes drawing out become feasible.

Description: Samsung Galaxy Note

Regardless of large screen and dual core processor, the phone has good battery life. We saw 9 hours of battery life when playing a H.264 video repeatedly, which is medium for Android phone.

Galaxy Note’s pen is interesting but we do not use it frequently. If you are Post-it’s fan, it can be dedicate to you. It is the incredible screen that makes this phone become such attractive. It is wonderful for videos and games. But if you use mobile phone as a phone rather than a computer, such large size may make you hesitate.

It is quite expensive for an Android phone, with a price nearly equal to iPhone 4S, but if you want the best Android phone screen and something to show off to your friends, Galaxy Note can be the thing for you.


Description: Samsung Galaxy Note

Verdict. It is a hot phone with an interestng point pen and a surprising screen, but Note can be a taste that you feel like when you get used to it.

Smartphone. GSM 850/900/1800/1900, 3G 850/900/1900/2100, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, 5.3-inch LCD (800x1,280 resolution), 8MP camera, 16GB storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, 26.2 hours of talk-time, 38 days of wait-time, 146.9x83x9.7mm, 178g.

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