Samsung Galaxy Note Review
Is it a phone, a tablet or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen, Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note be able to live up to its hype by providing consumers a hybrid all-in-one device between a smartphone and tablet? Read on to see how the Galaxy Note fares among the sea of Android devices.
The main camera of the Galaxy Note is capable of capturing stills up to eight megapixels resolution and record at 1080p HD video at 30fps. The rear camera also has a single LED flash. The secondary camera is 2 megapixels and is able to record video up to VGA resolution. The Galaxy Note comes equipped with a huge 2500mAh lithium-ion battery, which delivers over a day, if not days, worth of power.
Having such a large screen and powerful processor the Galaxy Note should have died in a few short hours of vigorous use. Contrary to this assumption, the device seems to last over a day, if not days, without needing to be charged. The capacious 2500mAh lithium-ion provides enough power for any mobile enthusiast to play games, watch video (up to 1080p HD), browse the web, make calls, and receive email for a good amount of time.
The 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor is nothing short of amazing. Transitioning between applications or screens is lightning fast with little to no lag whatsoever. Out of the box the Galaxy Note scored benchmark tests that only other overclocked Androids could touch.
Smartbench 2011: Productivity 4214, 2378 Games
LinPack Single-thread: 65.597 MFLOP, 1.28 Seconds
LinPack Multi-thread: 103.987 MFLOP, 1.62 Seconds
CALL QUALITY/NETWORK SPEED
Connected over AT&T in the greater Seattle the Galaxy Note was able to provide clear voice calls with no distortion. While driving on a loud freeway the dual microphones and noise cancellation technology helps to eliminate background racket. Using the included in-ear stereo headset allowed conversations to be heard while silencing ambient sound. The speaker on the rear is adequate for use in a quiet room, but did not provide enough volume for reasonable use in a car.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is available now unlocked though retailers overseas such as Clove for around $735 US for the dark blue version and $780 for the white version expected to be out in early December. It is unknown whether or not the Galaxy Note will make an official debut in the United States at this time.
+ Thin and sleek
+ 1.4Ghz CPU is extremely fast
+ Great battery life that lasts for days
+ Gorgeous 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen
+ High-quality 8MP camera
+ Ease of use with S Pen
– Comprised almost entirely of plastic
– Requires two hands to text due to large size
– Awkward against head for voice calls
Many people find themselves needing two devices to stay connected these days. A smartphone fits nicely in the pocket for use practically anywhere and a tablet provides a larger display for both fun and business. Depending on one’s needs the Galaxy Note is appealing for those who do not want to have two devices. Having to make sure that the smartphone has the same apps, photos, contacts, games, business information, etc as the tablet can be tedious. Some might say the Galaxy Note is too big for a smartphone or too small for a tablet, but like Goldilocks — and, hopefully for Samsung — others will think that it is just right.
We rate the Samsung Galaxy Note a 4.5/5.