Samsung Galaxy Note Hands-On At IFA 2011 (Video)

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Does bigger mean better when it comes to smartphones? Samsung’s 5.3-inch Galaxy Note is forcing us to really think that one over. At this year’s IFA in Berlin, we got an opportunity to get hands-on with the boundary-pushing smartphone and form some impressions.

Despite its undeniable size, the Note remains quite light; so long as you’ve got somewhere large enough to carry the phone, it might not be the burden to lug around that some of us have been fearing.

As should be no surprise, the Super AMOLED screen with a higher-than-720p 1280 x 800 resolution looks beautiful, and the display is just begging you to watch some HD video on it.

We try out the included stylus, which slides away into the Note itself for storage, and some of the stylus-specific apps Samsung has crafted. If it’s been since Windows Mobile days that you’ve picked one up, it might be a bit of an adjustment, but you can always just use your finger in a pinch.

To see the Note’s browser in action, and watch how a virtual keyboard holds up on the large screen, check out the full video below.

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!