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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    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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    We recently took you on a guided tour of the S Pen, Samsung's special stylus for its Galaxy Note device family, but that's not the only techno-pen on the market from the world's leading handset vendor. The C Pen was announced amid the clamor of the initial Galaxy S III unveiling, alongside a flood of other accessories that have yet to see the light of day, like the bizarre S Pebble and still-mythical wireless charging pad. Unlike those, the C Pen actually made it into the real world, and we've got one in our hot little hands. Does the C Pen hold a candle to its similarly named S Pen ...

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    "Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It's Galaxy Note!" So read the quote that kicked off the ad campaign surrounding the original Galaxy Note, the 5.3-inch hybrid device Samsung unveiled last year. Like many Samsung ad slogans, this one was a tad inaccessible, but at least the first two-thirds of it accurately stated the question a lot of us were asking: was the product a smartphone or was it a tablet? And furthermore, what place did it have in the market? What exactly did "it's Galaxy Note" mean? To the surprise of some -and the delight of Samsung, no doubt- those questions didn't keep the ...

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    One of the most interesting things about category-defining devices is that they tend to polarize opinions based on one or several unique characteristics. Also, these standout features typically survive into the products' sequels, which typically launch before anyone's finished arguing about their worth. That's certainly the case with the recently-launched Galaxy Note II, bursting onto the market almost exactly a year after its predecessor, and touting the same standout features of S Pen stylus and massive display. We talked a little about the S Pen earlier this weekend with our guided tour ...

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    I've written about them, shot hands-on videos with them, and debated their ups and downs on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast ... but I've never had the opportunity to actually use a "phablet," a smartphone/tablet hybrid, outside of a showroom floor. That is, until now. Yesterday, a package arrived at my door containing Samsung's newest offering for the phablet market. The South Korean company created the category last year with the original 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, and it's following up that model's surprising success with the even-more-beastly 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II. The new device bears ...

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    HTC has been busy. The company, working hard to get its groove back and compete with supersized rival Samsung, is pressing forward on several fronts. It's working on an upgrade to its flagship One line with something we've been calling the One X+, it's prepping a device code-named "DIX" for Verizon Wireless, and it's investing in the Windows Phone ecosystem like never before with its phalanx of "Signature Edition" WP8 Devices. One thing HTC is missing, though, is any presence whatsoever in the tablet space since the abortive Flyer. And that includes anything in the sub-tablet category. ...

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    Just about one year ago, Samsung introduced the world to the first Galaxy Note, the Android smartphone that dared to play with our preconceptions of how big a usable phone could really be, along with resurrecting the stylus as re-thought, relevant input device. Even the concept alone was worth getting excited over. The actual implementation wasn't half-bad, either, and the strong consumer reaction to the Note prompted Samsung to follow things up with the Note II. Better in nearly every way, the Note II took a good idea and refined it, leaving us with something that felt even more like a ...

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    Overnight, we told you about reports we had heard of Jelly Bean arriving for international Galaxy S III handsets. Since then, Samsung's confirmed the start of its Android 4.1 distribution for the model, as well as offered a look at which of its other smartphones and tablets will be seeing their own Jelly Bean updates arrive in the future. The biggies like the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note make the cut, obviously, along with the Galaxy S Advance, S II LTE, Chat, Ace 2, Ace Plus, Beam, Mini 2 and the Galaxy S Duos. On the tablet side, Samsung says to expect Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 ...

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    After giving you some commentary on what we thought about the Galaxy Note II as far as its place in the mobile landscape, we wanted to give you a more in-depth tour of Samsung's updated phablet. The Galaxy Note II has a larger screen than the original Note by 0.2", but because of a 16:9 aspect ratio, the device is less wide but taller; it's also slightly thinner, which is unexpected given the 20% increase in battery capacity. The Note II has a quad-core 1.6GHz Exynos CPU with 2GB of RAM. It'll be launching later this year across multiple carriers with either 3G or 4G LTE.  

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    The Galaxy Note has been an unlikely success. What was once chastised for being an oversized phone or an undersized tablet has defined a whole new category of devices. The sales figures tell the story: with 10 million units sold so far, there's clearly a big market for a device with such a large display. But the original Note was a bit flawed. While it was a powerful device with great hardware, the software had tremendous shortcomings. The S-Pen integration with the phablet wasn't exactly natural, accurate, or useful. Even if you were willing to stay within the confines of homescreen ...

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