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Huge 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Display; Smart Pen Integration; 1080p HD Video Recording; 1.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
Exorbitant Pricing; Huge Size; Tough to carry around in pocket
The Bottom Line:
Though it is a new product category altogether, it might end up with the same fate as that of the Dell Streak. Functionality wise, it does the job but you should wait for the price to come down before you buy this phone.
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Earlier this month, we gave you a hands-on look at a new device from Samsung which many believe is a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet. Yes, I am talking about the all new Galaxy Note from Samsung. It’s a monstrous looking phone that definitely has the x-factor; you can't deny the love for it on first sight.
The Galaxy Note represents the middle ground between a slate and a smartphone, and is a category in itself. Upfront, you’ll find a huge 5.3-inch touchscreen. It's still unusually thin at just 9.6 mm. From the back, it has a Samsung Galaxy S2 feel to it, but only larger.
Additionally, this hybrid also comes with something called the Smart Pen which gives the user a more old-school user input device. As it has handwriting recognition, you can make memos in your very own handwriting! And to top it all, you would be able to house a smartphone as huge as this easily into your pocket. I won’t deny, I fell in love with the Galaxy Note at first sight. But as every relationship has its downside, with time I found myself nagging at the device and it nagging back at me
The Galaxy Note features the world's first 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the largest yet! It also houses a massive 1.4 GHz dual core processor, beating the Galaxy S2 in computing power. The Note runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. I am sure you wont be getting any updates for Ice Cream Sandwich on this one at least for the time being. Memory is at 16GB internally, with a microSD that can expand up to 32GB.
I love the enormous 5.3 inch screen, but at the same time there are plenty of apps on the Android Market that do not support the screen resolution. The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note are brilliant not just on paper but in real-world usage as well. I haven't seen a FireFox browser load up so quickly on a smartphone yet. But obviously it leaves you with a difficult choice, if you can accommodate 2 inches more, you might as well buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is way cheaper and also comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
On the back, it has an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot full 1080p HD video along with a front facing 2-megapixel camera for video calling. The camera is brilliant and the huge touch screen gives you a lot of space to edit even the minutest details when you wish to tweak the pictures you've clicked.
The video quality is superb, and the videos shot from the Galaxy Note are totally broadcast quality!
The Samsung Galaxy Note also comes with a capacitive pen for finer control. Handwriting is much faster on a phone than touch typing on a touch screen keyboard. It also carries a certain novelty. The pen/screen interface is quite sensitive and you can use it for freehand drawing, writing notes or hand-written memos.
Creative types would definitely love it as there are plenty of apps that will fully utilize the Smart Pen. Some apps that were interesting were the Zen Brush, on which you can easily draw a portrait of your loved ones. The Smart Pen gives you an old-school user experience in a totally new and refined package.
Using the Galaxy Note was a love-hate relationship throughout. I love how the Smart Pen works on the Note; however, even though it easily fits into my jeans pocket, it's like walking around with an abdomen guard on--if you know what I mean. And I can go on and on about this love-hate relationship with this phone.
For Rs. 35,000, you might as well go ahead and buy a tablet. Right now, it’s a no buy for me just because of its price and somewhat because of its size too. Wait for the price to go down and then it might be a good option. If you're still keen on a superphone, go for the Note's little brother, the Galaxy S2.
-Pictures courtesy Samsung and Technoholik.com-
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