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[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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    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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    The Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled at the 2011 IFA and at next week's 2012 IFA we're expecting the follow-up, the Galaxy Note II. However, this didn't stop T-Mobile from making its Galaxy Note available on August 9, almost a year after its original launch and three weeks before the follow-up's unveiling. According to "anonymous sources", Magenta is canceling the Galaxy Note which has reportedly reached EOL (end-of-life) status. This, coupled with the fact that the phone is nowhere to be found on the carrier's website lends more credence to the rumor. We touched upon this in our Pocketnow ...

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    Around these parts, we're no strangers to Samsung press events. The world's leading handset vendor has been on quite the publicity streak over the past year, culminating in the high-visibility kickoff of the Galaxy S III a few months back. The South Korean giant shows no signs of resting on its laurels, however, with a big Unpacked event planned for IFA at the end of the month. Before we can even hop on a plane to Berlin to cover that one, though, Samsung is calling us to New York City for yet another announcement. It's crazy, man. It's like Samsung's in it to win it or something. So ...

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    Despite Samsung's staggering success in the smartphone market, I must admit we're all begging for that same level of "wow" on their line of tablets. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 are truly beautiful works of art, but the love sadly ends once you turn it on and get a feel for how sluggish it is. The good thing is that Samsung is anything but slow at pushing newer and better hardware, and such is the case with a mysterious new Samsung tablet that just reached the FCC. Code name P10, this oddly unannounced tablet was one of the major leaks that have been roaming around the Apple vs. ...

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    The world is preparing for the Samsung Galaxy Note II, expected to be unveiled at a pre-IFA event in Berlin at the end of this month. However, the original Galaxy Note has just become available on T-Mobile after a very long period of waiting, as implied by earlier rumors. It is be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung’s Premium Suite bundled out of the box (aside from the T-Mobile 4G Pro App Pack, containing apps like Dropbox, Evernote, Square, TripIt, CamScanner and LinkedIn,). Those who want to have the phone with a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED touch screen and ...

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    Since the Jelly Bean source was released, there's been no shortage of custom ROMs available for many of the popular Android handsets out there. Despite how solid many of these releases are, there are still plenty of us interested in finding out when officially-supported Jelly Bean updates may become available from manufacturers. For those of you with Samsung phones, a preliminary schedule has leaked, giving us some idea of what to expect through the end of the year. SamMobile attributes this information to Samsung insiders from which it's received news on Ice Cream Sandwich updates in the ...

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    In the world of cellular phones, sequels have a spotty history. This reality has been at the forefront of my thinking recently, fueled by my two most recent reviews of the Motorola Atrix HD and HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. Both of those devices were the latest in their "family line," each the third iteration in a venerable legacy. And each one followed a sequel device, a number-2 release that was unimpressive. As I said in each review, I found both the Droid Incredible 2 and Motorola Atrix 2 to be very underwhelming devices compared to their forebears, watered-down and uninspired versions ...

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    August 8 is the date to circle in your calendar and $250 is the amount of money you should have ready 0n that date if you want to grab a Samsung Galaxy Note from T-Mobile (even if it will be a couple of weeks ahead of the rumored Galaxy Note 2 mid-August, pre-IFA launch). If you still decide to get one, prepare to update it as soon as you unbox it. T-Mobile is preparing an out-of-the-box over-the-air update for the 5.3-incher rolling out on August 8. It will pack Android 4.0.3 and naturally it will also be available via KIES, to bring you nothing major, except some bugfixes for the weather ...

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    Following months of rumors and leaked documents pointing to the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy Note at T-Mobile, the carrier made things official earlier this month. At the time, though, T-Mobile wasn't quite ready to share any of the specifics regarding just when it might start selling the Note, nor for what price. We saw August 8 mentioned as a potential retail launch date, and it looks like that leak was spot-on, with the carrier now confirming things. The Note will sell for just about $250 on-contract, and after factoring-in a mail-in rebate. That's the same as it's going for on AT&T, ...

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    Jelly Bean is increasingly becoming available for a wide range of Android phones. First we showed you the Galaxy S III, then the One X, and now the Galaxy Note with this early build of Android 4.1 via a preview of CyanogenMod 10. So far, we've found the CM10 previews to be exceptionally stable and (most importantly) fast. How about the Galaxy Note? Well, that might be the exception. While the CM10 preview works in terms of functionality, there are some performance issues that keep it from being as incredibly smooth as the other two aforementioned devices. There seems to be some lag when ...

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    Whether you are an Android, Samsung, phablet, Galaxy Note or T-Mobile fan, this should be exciting. After a long period of waiting the carrier finally announced, and officially, that the Samsung Galaxy Note becomes part of its line-up. Is it too late for the Galaxy Note, knowing that it will turn one year old next month and probably there's already a refresh in the not-so-distant future? It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box with the Premium feature set installed (S Pen, S Note, S Memo and Polaris Office), feature the same 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, 4G (HSPA+ ...

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    It's hardly a secret that T-Mobile has been preparing to start carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note. After all, considering the amount of circumstantial evidence that has been piling-up, you'd have to be willfully ignorant to not see the signs of the phone's pending arrival. Despite confidence being high in a T-Mobile Note, the carrier had yet to officially confirm anything at all regarding its intentions for the phone. That finally changes today, upon T-Mobile tweeting its announcement of the Galaxy Note. After all this waiting, T-Mobile's confirmation still feels a bit empty, as it doesn't ...

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    I'm one of those people who uses his tablet in bed. In fact, that was one of my biggest justifications for purchasing an iPad in the first place; bedborne browsing has for years been one of my favorite ways of drifting off. For much of that time, though, it was a cumbersome process. I was either awkwardly chained to a notebook computer, with its accompanying fan-port and form-factor headaches, or confined to browsing on a 3" smartphone screen- not ideal for eyeballs already weary from staring at displays all day. Early in the iPad's quest to popularize consumer tablets, I bought one, and ...

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    Users of the international Samsung Galaxy Note are already enjoying Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices but the waiting seems to be over for those on AT&T who are rocking the almost one year old 5.3-incher. The refresh should be pushed out today, July 10. The firmware update will apply a platform refresh to Ice Cream Sandwich with its key features -- like Face Unlock, data management as well as Android Beam -- as well as the Premium Suite which contains device-specific goodies, like the brand new S-Note app and S-Memo widget. Make sure to check for the update's ...

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    Samsung may be well into planning the follow-up to last year's stylus-packing Galaxy Note, with rumors suggesting the company will release a handset with a slightly-larger 5.5-inch screen. Despite this, the Note 2 supposedly wouldn't be any wider than its predecessor, and we've heard that Samsung may be targeting an October release window. The latest rumor reiterates that 5.5-inch figure, and makes some new suggestions about how the phone will be announced. According to "a source familiar with the matter", Samsung could reveal the Note 2 at this year's IFA in Berlin, which kicks-off on ...

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    While Galaxy Note users in the States continue to await updates bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to their handsets, distribution is well underway for the international edition of the Note. Not everything has been going smoothly, though, with reports coming in from France that the ICS update for the Note there is causing crashes and even bricking. Samsung has acknowledged that something is amiss, and is inviting users who have run into such problems to contact its technical support department. In the interim, it's halted distribution of the ICS update, at least in France. Hopefully Samsung will ...

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    T-Mobile's getting the Samsung Galaxy Note. We've seen early shots of the phone in action, read about possible release dates in leaked roadmaps, discovered the model's FCC paperwork, and most recently got to look at some press renders. Despite all this, T-Mobile has yet to officially announce its plans for the Note. We'd been expecting that to change very soon, as that leaked roadmap mentioned a July 11 retail launch for the handset. That may not be coming to pass, as a newly-leaked internal document now shows the Note not arriving until we're well into August. The document shows an ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note will soon turn one-year old and the internet is already burning because of all the Samsung Galaxy Note II rumors. However, this should't stop Samsung and T-Mobile fans from being excited over the Galaxy Note and its appearance on Magenta. It's been rumored (and expected) for quite some time and last we heard it received its FCC certification. The image above and the one below are reportedly official press renders of the T-Mobile variant. As you can see, it's nothing out of the ordinary (still following the Galaxy S II guidelines in terms of removing the home button ...

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    A couple weeks ago, some rumors started going around concerning a potential follow-up to Samsung's Galaxy Note. These rumors suggested that the Note 2 would see its release in October of this year, but we weren't convinced just how reliable that information might be, especially as it arrived accompanied by a lot of hardware specs that sounded like pure guesswork. Now a new rumor arrives making just a couple specific claims about the Note 2, including the use of one special component we've been hearing about for years. Remember the flexible OLED display prototypes we keep seeing demoed at ...

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