Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note

[Full Galaxy Note Review] Equipped with a capacitive stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note was announced at IFA 2011. The smartphone sports a large 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280x800 resolution. Inside, it's packing a dual-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor. It comes running Google Android 2.3 with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. It also features two cameras, one front facing two-megapixel camera for video chat and a rear facing eight-megapixel camera with LED flash. Read on for the latest Samsung Galaxy Note news, reviews and videos:

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    The S Pen is one of the defining features of Samsung's tremendously popular Galaxy Note series. Along with the characteristically large display, it's what gives the line its name, and though not every owner of a Note uses the S Pen, for some people it's an invaluable tool that makes other phones feel almost unusable by comparison. Back when the first Galaxy Note was announced, the idea of bringing the stylus back to smartphones after the introduction of multitouch capacitive displays sounded downright absurd ... but of course, we know now that the S Pen is much, much more than just a ...

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    We've talked about this problem with smartphone UI designers here on Pocketnow many times before. It was a big part of "8 ways to tell if your mobile app sucks" as well as "Why a top screen edge gesture doesn't belong on a smartphone". The issue is that if you're holding your phone in one hand, in many cases, and especially with larger screens, it's very difficult for your thumb to reach the buttons that were placed on the top of the screen. The iPhone was first designed with a 3.5" screen where this problem was not so much of an issue due to the screen size. When larger screen iPhones ...

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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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    Sony has been doing a great job in regaining some popularity with its Xperia line-up. Devices like the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have gained a lot of praise from our editorial team, and with the recent rumors of the Xperia Z3, the company doesn't seem to be ready to disappoint. If you're wondering exactly how big the next Sony flagship will be, well, the answer is pretty big. Leaked photos now show the Sony Xperia z3 being compared against the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Yes, the Galaxy Note is no longer the biggest phone in the market, but it does serve as a fair ...

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    The big phones only get bigger, it seems. We've been clamoring over gigantic phones since the original Galaxy Note announcement, and possibly even before that over phones which are now comparably quite small. Personally, I've been carrying large phones since January 2012, not long after the original Galaxy Note made its way stateside. And I've been back and forth between loving and hating giant phones ever since. They come with a handful of advantages, and just as much baggage. After all is said and done, though, I'm always happy to come back to a larger smartphone (within reason) due to ...

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    Let’s face it, tablets aren’t perfect. We’ve had numerous editorials talking about it, and we don’t think twice about pointing these imperfections out in our reviews. Surely in life nothing is perfect, but there are surely those companies that try harder, and those that don’t. There are companies that’ll charge you the same amount of money for lesser quality products than others, and there are those that would rather lose a premium in oder to sell you what you paid for. Now that said, tablets aren’t new. We’ve used them for over a decade, and it’s interesting to note that ...

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    We're finally going full-circle on the stylus. Back in the Windows Mobile days, the stylus was king, and if you wanted any kind of precision with that less-than-touch-friendly UI on those tiny screens, you absolutely had to have one. But as capacitive displays rose to prominence, the once-noble stylus fell by the wayside, sticking out like a sore thumb, a banner of a previous era. As the years went on, the stylus seemed to fade away from our collective consciousness, but then a little over two years ago, at the 2011 IFA, Samsung debuted the original Galaxy Note with its S Pen. Since then, ...

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    It all started so simply; we'd seen smartphone after smartphone arrive with displays in the three or four-inch ranges, and larger tablets were clearly a different breed of device entirely. But then that middle ground, previously a no-phone's-land, started to see some activity. Maybe the first model to really get people talking about this form factor was the 5.3-inch first Galaxy Note, but since then we've seen dozens more arrive. Those haven't all been like the Note, which might be best described as a large phone, but have also come as models in the six-inch realm that felt more like small ...

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    So the Galaxy Note 3 has launched, and I use that term appropriately, since several aircraft could conceivably launch from it. We already covered our first impressions during our live hangout (some more silently than others). Of course we have a bevy of coverage already released and more to come. Overall, we were pretty impressed by what we saw. Specifically, we were ecstatic by the lack of tap-dancing children. So, well done Samsung. But beyond all that, Samsung managed to do what they failed to do in Unpacked, Episode 1. They really did go big this time around, and I'm not just talking ...

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    The Android phablet landscape is about to get very interesting. So far we've seen it dominated by Samsung's Galaxy Note, and more recently, the Note II. Sure, smartphones themselves have gotten larger sine the first Note arrived, but this mid-five-inch-and-up range is still the domain of the phablet. Now we're looking to add a couple new members to that club, and from where I stand it looks like Samsung just might have a fight on its hands; will the upcoming phablets from Sony and HTC be the ones to snatch phablet domination away from the Note series? Following the Note's surprise success ...

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    The big problem with Android on full-scale tablets, as we've pointed out time and time again, is that there's no significant Android app ecosystem at that screen size. Google Play apps written for smartphones automatically scale up and work well enough, sure, but it's certainly not an ideal experience at anything over 7 inches - a fact Apple harped on during its iPad mini launch event. That's an old conversation, and we along with others have spent the better part of a year speculating on possible solutions to this problem. Of course, the short answer is "Android devs need to code more ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the iOS 6.1 lock screen bugs. Then we move to the Nexus 4 and what Android 4.2.2 means to your device. The HTC One branding has now made some big highlights on soccer games and we can't wait for the M7 to be the next device featured. Then we move to the Galaxy Note 8 and the recent leaks coming from Samsung. We end today's show talking about Sailfish, and why it's worth your time. All this and more after the break. Stories: - iOS 6.1 Lock Screen Bypass Grants Access to Private Info - Nexus 4 Android 4.2.2 Update Arriving, Kills Hidden LTE - ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Peter Chou's recent appearance on TV with none other than the white variant of the HTC M7. Then there's some more HTC talk, but now with new leaks by the name of the M4 and G2 which are not as hot as the M7. Then Samsung takes the spotlight as we cover all the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates for legacy devices like the original Galaxy Note. Then we talk about a new Samsung tablet that has made rumors, this time with codename GT-P3200. We end today's show by talking about the Jailbreak status of iOS 6. All this and more after the break. Stories: ...

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    Samsung is working on delivering Jelly Bean updates to a number of its older Android models, and while some have already started seeing their updates arrive, others have yet to take the plunge. Look at the original Galaxy Note, for instance: we've already seen leaked early versions of its Jelly Bean ROM, and noticed how Samsung UK had posted an updated version of the Note's manual with references to features in Jelly Bean, but we've neither gotten word of the update itself actually going out, nor had a firm idea on a date for when it finally would. Today, we get some answers from Samsung ...

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    While the official Android Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S II has been reportedly pushed out to devices in Spain, there is no word on the similar refresh for the original Galaxy Note, the GT-N7000. The last time we heard about the update was the occasion when we learned, back in December, that it was postponed to 2013. The start of the actual roll-out process might not be that far off as the UK version of Samsung's website has been updated with new information. The support page for the Galaxy Note GT-N7000 now features a new user manual, dated January 25, 2013, which also ...

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    One of the reasons I like Huawei, and why its press events continue to excite me, is its tenacity. The company is the embodiment of persistence. Month after month, it struggles to crack its way into new markets like the United States, and time after time, it gets shut down. Like the nameless protagonist in that classic by Chumbawamba, though, Huawei "gets knocked down, but it gets up again." We're (apparently) never gonna keep it down. Part of the reason for Huawei's difficulty is that, in the consumer space, it's a new brand: for much of its history, the company has functioned as an ODM ...

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    The Android development community may have already brought Jelly Bean and an enhanced version of Samsung's Multi Window View mode from the Note II to the original Galaxy Note, but enjoying these features means being comfortable enough with your phone to flash and modify a custom ROM. For those of you whose approach to smartphones is a little more pedestrian, you may still be in luck, as Samsung has now confirmed plans to bring the Note not just Jelly Bean, but also a Premium Suite upgrade delivering Multi Window View and other Note II features. This release was already teased through an ...

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    The Android 4.1.2 update for the Samsung Galaxy S II was leaked about a month ago and, based on internet reports, owners had every right to be optimistic and wait for a possible 2012 roll-out. Sadly, it now appears that there will be no refresh this year; the good news is that next year is just a couple of weeks out. The situation for the Galaxy Note (original) appears to be a carbon copy. Thanks to the Exynos multi-device exploit discovered and published recently Samsung might want to play it safe and, even it ROMs are in final stage, hold the update until the vulnerability is fixed. So, ...

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    Samsung's Multi Window View mode, originally from the Galaxy Note II, has been one of the hottest things for developers to mod over the past several weeks, adding functionality by increasing the mode's app compatibility, and bringing the feature to other smartphones, like the Galaxy S II. The latest twist on this story to catch our attention takes things one step further, allowing you to move around and resize app windows, just like you would on a desktop PC. The version we're looking at runs on the original Galaxy Note, where it expands on the functionality of custom ROMs already ...

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    With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has already achieved a sort of double-surprise success. The manufacturer has not only forced an Android-based smartphone/tablet hybrid into mainstream popularity; it's done it for the second time in two years. And this time around, it's not just featured on one national US carrier, but all four - and it's available in 128 countries at the time of this writing. How Samsung achieved this level of success with such an unusual product is no puzzle if you've read our full Galaxy Note II review. The device scored higher than almost any other smartphone we've ...

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    Android 4.1.2 was spotted with the occasion of an Android 4.1.1 test firmware leak for the Samsung Galaxy Note (the first model). Now those who can't wait a minute longer for the official refresh can download a leaked test ROM for the original phablet which contains Android 4.1.2. The firmware is N7000XXLSA and it's the first 4.1.2 leak for the Note, however, it lacks S-Pen features which will probably be implemented later, towards the final release. This build is JZO54K as of November 20; it's a pre-release ROM so expect bugs alongside a lot of entries in the change log. Some of these ...

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    With 2012 rapidly running low on remaining days (only 35 to go), you had better believe that you're about to start seeing a ton of year-end lists everywhere you go online. We'll be having a number of such posts in the coming weeks, as we think back on what 2012 meant for smartphones and tablets, but I though I'd start things off early by recounting some of the biggest blunders of the year. Everyone's experience with smartphones is different; maybe you've been especially upset with your carrier for not being timely with the updates you were expecting, or perhaps you had a particularly hard ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note II is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box and the Galaxy Note will soon see its official update -- after the S III has gotten its refresh and the S II is expected to be in the game as well. There's an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean ROM leaked for the original Note with build N7000XXLS2 and dated October 9. However, there are already traces of the original Note running build N7000XXLS7 which is based on Android 4.1.2, with TouchWiz Nature UX on top of it. Chances are that the original Note will skip Android 4.1.1 altogether and be updated directly to Android ...

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    This holiday season is shaping up to be absolutely insane in the mobile technology space, with new products landing almost more quickly than we can cover them. The pace of announcement and release shows no sign of slowing, but if you're an OEM, one of the nice things about launching a truly impressive beast of a device is that it stays in the headlines a while. Such is the case with the Galaxy Note II, a device we featured rather heavily in the weeks leading up to and following its release, crowned by the longest review I've ever written. It's one of the year's most significant devices, ...

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