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.