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With Android tablets starting at seven inches and phones now reaching just under five, something was bound to come along to occupy what little middle ground remains and blur the distinction between phone and tablet irrecoverably. That something is the Galaxy Note. The Note is a fair bit taller and wider than your average mobile …

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jai
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huge!!!

I can just see Dom Jolly walking around a library with this by his side....

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Nexus USB Mass-Storage

Erm, I have a Nexus, and am able to use it as a mass-storage device...

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My mistake

I meant the Galaxy Nexus.

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Me Fail

Actually, I might be the FAIL here, I misunderstood what was meant by mass-storage. I have the Galaxy Nexus, and can connect it to my PC and drag and drop any kind of files onto it, but I don't think that is considered "mass storage".

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Only on Windows

The Nexus is an MTP device, it doesn't support the USB mass storage standard.

Seems similar in Windows but it isn't the same. On Macs you have to use an Android file transfer utility and on Linux you need one of the several (but slightly buggy) MTP plugins - if you find one that works.

It's not plug and play...

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At last, the perfect sized screen.

The first smartphone I've had that actually fits me. My hands are not exceptionally large (I''m 6'3" in height) but at last a phone I can use the onscreen keyboard and my thumb can access all the icons on the screen. Expensive yes, but I've no regrets yet..everything works and works well.

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...battery life?

For how long does this excellence last before recharging becomes necessary?

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*cough*BEHEMOTH!*cough*

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48 hours

according to a recent article by award winning, UK based publication The Register.

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...battery life?

The review says 48 hours on the last page, but other reviews on the net say 12 hours. That's a huge difference, anyone know what the real figure is?

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(Written by Reg staff)

Re: ...battery life?

It'll do 12 hours when run out flat, but you can expect to go a couple of days between charges for more real-world usage.

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...battery life?

Yes, I wanted a real life 'battery life' report, that's why I asked, despite attracting the usual nit detractor's down-thumbing. Putting both one's internet connectivity AND phone into one battery leaves one out of contact just because all the other stuff has drained the battery. So, as long as it'll reasonably last for a working day, well that should be the minimum target. Does it get there or near?

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Terrible for web browsing.

GSMarena is saying 3:30 hours of Web browsing

http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-note-battery-life-test-over-matches-the-nokia-n9/

It's got a good 3G call time and a decent video, but for web browsing (probably it's biggest use) it's horrendous.

Must be that large OLED destroying the battery with mostly white web pages. I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned in the review.

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@piran

Gosh, if only that had been covered in the article, then you wouldn't have needed to waste your time asking here.

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Use your eyes fule.

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RE: ...battery life?

12h flat out, 48h "real-world" - fair enough, for a new battery. But how long before the battery loses its zip and that becomes a maximum 3h flat-out, 24h real-world?

That's the battery life figure I'D like to see.

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@Steve Knox

"But how long before the battery loses its zip and that becomes a maximum 3h flat-out, 24h real-world?"

Well, just as well it's removable then.

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ouch

So you avoid carrying a tablet and phone, but have to pay the same amount anyway?

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Quite..

Does seem rather expensive.

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WTF?

The UK prices are completely outrageous. I've ordered mine from Germany for €480 - sim-free, unlocked.

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Ordered from?

Care to let us know the name of the site?

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aye

been thinking of one myself. Simply electronics are selling them for £490. Not many in stock though.

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Being a cross between a phone and a tablet, might it be called a phoblet?

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amazon.de, just log in with your normal amazon.co.uk account, use google translate through chrome.

I ordered mine from there, £461 including shipping, arrived in 2 days. Bargain!

No clue why blighty is being price jacked so much these days on hardware, its offensive.

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or

"tablone" - not to be confused with the pyramidally profiled Swiss chocolate which is also available to purchased in airports between flights.

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Erm...

It is still half the price of buying a tablet and a smartphone (add up the price of a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a Samsung Galaxy SII and you'll be walking away with more than half of that in your pocket).

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Ohhhh yes it is!

It is pressure-sensitive, apparently it's using a Wacom digitiser thing. Using S-Memo lines get thinner and thicker depending on how hard you press - it's more obvious with the paintbrush brush style though, maybe you didn't change it? I find it pretty nice for doing little sketches, control and sensitivity is not bad at all to my mind. Not up to full-on Wacom tablet standard, but pretty decent nonetheless, and I like the immediacy of moving the pen on the same surface as the actual picture.

Also, hold down the button on the pen then "long click" the screen, it takes a screenshot which you can then annotate.

It's a bloody brilliant phone, tablet, whatever, thing. Very pleased with it indeed.

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from the author

Folks, I've had a few e-mails telling me that a double-tap of the screen with the stylus (with the button held down) takes a screen shot. Not for me it didn't. Maybe an issue with my handset or the Wacom pen, maybe me being ham-fisted. Either way none of my efforts to grab a screen shot bore fruit.

Al

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Screenshot ...

Use the stylus as described in other posts OR

drag your whole hand across the screen from right to left and it'll grab the screen for you.

I've had a Note from day 1 in the UK and it's superb. The battery life is entirely adequate unless you're gaming or watching a lot of video in which case connect a charger is my advice. The power life is a lot better than my previous NOKIA N900.

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Stylus double tap while holding the button opens up a quick note window. To take a screenshot, hold down the stylus button and hold the stylus against a screen.

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VPN

Does the PPTP VPN work with encryption turned on?

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Capture and scribble...

"there’s no way - at least that I could find - to capture and scribble on what the screen is displaying, so it’s more a diversion than an essential."

Ummmm....did you not RTFM?!?! ;-)

Take the stylus, press the button and touch the screen for a second. A single long tap takes a screen cap and a double quick tap brings up the S-Note memo. Peasy.

Cool phone. Damn fine beastie...

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Now that was something I didn't try.

Happy to be proved wrong about this and thanks for all the comments about what the stylus can do if you spend a little more time fiddling with it than I did!

Al

PS..in slight mitigation my review unit didn't have a box/manual/quick start guide etc.

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Kudos...

for admitting to the error.

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"PS..in slight mitigation my review unit didn't have a box/manual/quick start guide etc."

does any smart phone these days?

(thanks, I was just leaving anywho)

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Couldn't wait for this review...

...as much as I trust El Reg, I just went with my gut and got one of these for £36pm on Voda about a week and a half ago.

It's incredible.

I admit, some of my excitement is due to coming from a borked Symbian handset (SE Satio U1, anyone? Sigh... ordered before Android 'took off' in a big way). Having had to deal with other people's Blackberry handsets and iPhones and associated tat at work and not been impressed, I had a quick fondle with the Sony Arc S and thought that Android was for me and for a time, I ever considered not dumping Sony Ericsson as my handset of choice for the first time since the Razr V3 days.

It was the lack of decent video file handling that put me off the Arc a little, just enough that when I read the Galaxy SII reviews I thought that in a toss up between those two, the Samsung might just nick it.

Then the Note appeared on the horizon - all that great SII spec plus lovely screen real estate, a stylus (which keeps my greasy fingers off the screen) and a bit of extra oomph under the bonnet.

It is everything I hoped and then some - so far, I've already played back 1080p blu-ray standard video without a hic-up, controlled my desktop PC via a VNC app, Swyped entire blog posts, integrated my facebook, google and old phone contacts via bluetooth in about two minutes flat... Android is such a joy for customising and doing things the way you want, not the way an OS tells you to.

I've stupidly shaped legs... big thighs I inherited from my mother. I tell you this so that you can be happy in the knowledge that this sits in my trouser pocket more happily than even my lil K800i used to; it's so thin and curvy that the size, X & Y axis, is not an issue when holding or putting away and it's just such a boon in use... well, I've not used my netbook since I got it, put it that way.

Battery life is smashing - yeah, I was worried on day 1 when it fell to 30%... and then I realised I'd been sat on wifi for about 4 hours streaming iPlayer and pulling files across my DLNA network with the screen on almost full whack with bluetooth headphones and GPS silliness on - once you've gotten to know it (with the simple toggles for all your battery drainers) you'll get a full day out of it easy and nearer two if you don't use it instead of your laptop... but you will! It's that awesome. Micro USB charging means easy top ups though and well, it's just wonderful.

If you think you'd like this kind of device, but are just holding back because you're just not sure but don't really know why, hold back no more - El Reg hath spoken and I concur - the Note is awesome! iPhone? Pffft...

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You must be one of those people who buys a huge 4x4 to drive around London in.

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You can scribble on whatever you like with it,

because if its like the Galaxy S2, you can press the home and power button and do a print screen of anything.

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Ideally if you scribble on a PDF you'd want that to remain as scalable vector graphics, not bitmaps like the print screen would produce.

At least that's how I'd expect it to work. Resizing a "print screen" for an actual printout would ruin it.

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Buying from Germany.

I bought mine last week from Amazon.de for €524 delivered (=£462 on my CC bill). This includes 19% German VAT, there's no import duty within the EU and warranty is also EU wide.

You can use your Amazon.co.uk credentials on Amazon's .de and .fr sites, so it's pretty simple to buy from either - hint: using Google Chrome with auto translate makes it even easier.

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Did you notice that today's level (day 5) of the Angry Birds Advent Calendar is all themed around the Galaxy Note?

http://chrome.angrybirds.com/

It's all just a bit of fun, innit.

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Sammy has a very interesting approach to market analysis.

They plant a flagpole in every conceivable form-factor niche, run the flags up and see who salutes. It is at any rate a refreshing change from the pre-production "focus group" approach. Oh and yes, that is a damn fine phone. It does not answer my personal user case but that is irrelevant - lovely piece of kit.

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Remember the comedy show Big Train?

Finally a phone for the "fat handed tw*t".

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The main problem - Software

Essentially what one would need would be a modern version of GRAIL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQhVQ1UG6aM

Otherwise it'll be not much more than a semi-intelligent terminal.

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Problems

Finally succumbed and purchased this last week. Been using it since Wednesday.

I am really happy with it but should like to add the bits that annoy me: most of the positives I agree with, but I do have several niggles:

* Unlocking the screen by pressing the power button takes over a second which means I quite often switch it off again before it offers the unlock pattern.

* The lack of a notification light is an annoyance. I sometimes have to leave my phone away from where I am and therefore miss messages or calls. The "throbber" I'm used to on every other phone is not possible. I'm looking into seeing if the soft buttons lights can do that instead.

* I have my phone on silent almost all of the time, and the vibrate on this is one of the weakest I have ever met. This one really is annoying, as I have to check when I am expecting a call.

* The volume of media is not as loud as I am used to. My wife and I had to concentrate quite hard to listen to jack-jack-attack just now, when it has been fine on other phones.

Having said all of that: I'm really happy that I have it and hope that some of the issues can be addressed, although none would not stop me keeping it.

Anyone else have similar or dissimilar negatives ?

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"Unlocking the screen by pressing the power button takes over a second which means I quite often switch it off again before it offers the unlock pattern."

Apparently this is because it's waiting to see if you're going to do a double press, which activates the vlingo voice command stuff. There was someone on xda-developers who was talking about deactivating this, but as it doesn't bother me I haven't kept up with whether they did or not. Might be worth a look there if it's a problem for you.

As for the notification, have you tried NoLED? It's on the market now, might be what you're after.

My only real issue with the phone is the voice commands - the voice dialling (the only bit I ever use) is terrible, at least over bluetooth, compared to the Galaxy S. I often find myself having to cancel it and start again as it tries to ring someone random instead of who I asked for. As this never happened on the old phone I'm pretty sure it's not my speech that's the issue.

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NoLED

Are you some kind of savant ?

NoLED does exactly what I want.

Many thanks.

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On eother thing

Why do Samsung not make it obvious (possible) to sort the app list alphabetically ? I continually forget where things have been installed if it was over a week ago.

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Search the market for 'AppZorter'

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