Samsung Galaxy Note
The Samsung Galaxy Note‘s gargantuan 5.3-inch screen is big enough to swallow up an entire phone 4Swith room to spare. Its staggeringly sharp 1280×800 resolution (higher-def than 720p HD), combined with Super AMOLED technology, results in a bright, scratch-resistant display on which anything from web browsing to gaming is a joy.There’s no getting around it – the Note is one heck of large phone. Its vast width means it’s awkward to hold for the small-handed, but it makes amends with an impressively thin 9.65mm body. Sleek dark chrome edges, a reassuring weight and solid build quality justify its flagship status.
At the Note’s heart are a mighty 1.4GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, which make apps and websites load fluidly, and even demanding games run without a stutter. Custom launchers lag, but that will be fixed in the upcoming Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. Despite the big screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note isn’t battery-flattener and will last a full, demanding day.
Round the back an 8MP camera produces images with more detail and better contrast than the 5MP Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and it gets close even to the mighty iPhone 4S. The lack of a dedicated shutter button is disappointing, but a nippy camera startup time, good flash and handy options such as blink detection almost make up for it.
The included pressure-sensitive ‘S Pen’ stylus is great for taking memos, annotating screenshots, and doodling with the dedicated S Mode app. Struggled a bit with its handwriting recognition, though, preferring the on-screen keyboard.
About this product – Samsung Galaxy Note
Does Size Matter?
Remember how big 3G videophones from the turn of the century were? The Galaxy Notes larger still, so you will look a bit of a tool with it held to your face. The really self-conscious Note owner might prefer to use a headset instead, but after a while you’ll get over it.
Hammering out one-handed texts isn’t the Note’s forte. Its wide grip-width makes thumb movements cumbersome, increasing your chances of dropping the phone. getting the Note out of your pocket in a hurry can also be problematic, but at least it slips in easily.
The Note’s screen is larger, brighter and more responsive than most sat-navs, making it ideal for in-car navigation. Wouldn’t use it for walking directions on a night, mind you, for fear it’d attract the wrong kind of attention.
Even naysayers of touchscreen gaming will find it hard to fault the Note. The larger screen enables your fingers to stay out of the way of the action – not the case on smaller-screened smartphone rivals such as the iPhone 4S, which, by comparison, have tiny playing areas.
Hands down, the Note offers the best on-the-go browsing capability available outside of full-sized tablets and notebooks. Websites can be read without having to zoom in and out every few seconds, making browsing more fluid and less frustrating than on a ‘normal’ smartphone.
The densely populated AMOLED display and powerful processor mean that video is smooth and clear, with deep blacks and colors that really pop. The extra screen estate offers a squint-free movie experience that’s a godsend for bored commuters.
TECH SPECS: SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE
OS Android 2.3.5 [upgradeable to Android 4.0]
Display 5.3-inch, 1280×800 Super AMOLED
Storage 16GB plus up to 32GB via microSD
Processor 1.4GHz dual-core Cortex A9
Connectivity HSDPA+, A-GPS, Wi-Fi [b/g/n], Bluetooth 3.0, FM Radio
Camera Rear: 8MP, LED flash, autofocus, smile/blink detection. Front: 2MP