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 …
might be my next phone...
As a (the?) Dell Streak owner, I like the big screen and while I've only had it about a year I am tempter by the Note. I don't find the Streak too big for my fat fingers or my shirt pocket as it's nice and thin to compensate. Others make comments, but they're just envious.
Its a brilliant device
Had mine for a week or so, its just great, very very fast phone, you can browse and read PDFs etc without having to scroll around. It goes in your jeans pocket OK, yes its big, but its not outrageously big. Battery life on normal use is 2-3 days for me.
No complaints except for the UK pricing, get it from Germany from amazon.
Samsung are onto a real winner here, this form factor is pretty much perfect for a portable consumption device.
Yawn, another overpriced tablet running an abomination of an operating system that no one wants and very few people will buy. I find it funny that the tablet in number 2 place behind the iPad is the discontinued HP Web OS jobby. Google have utterly failed in the tablet space. It cannot be long now until they give up?
You sir are a twat and a troll.
Have a nice day :)
it's a phone you trolling goon.
It is a dwarf tablet. Calling that thing a phone is like calling the london eye a ferris wheel. You would have to be massively fat to have pockets big enough for that to fit in to. And the key point is, it runs an out of date copy of that nasty, buggy, horrible to look at fail of an operating system called android. And it still gets the thumbs up. Go figure....
"...calling the London Eye a Ferris Wheel..."
I refer you to the picture.
A dwarf tablet is exactly what I want. It has a higher resolution than an iPad and is way more portable (providing your eyes are okay). If you try it you will fall in love with it. As for buggy, that can be applied to any OS. I am using a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 inch running 2.2 and works just fine.
Do please clean up after yourself when you leave old chap - we don't want a nasty smell lingering about the place, do we?
Great review and the (on the whole!) useful comments have sealed the deal for me. I'm looking forward to this phone / mini tablet with ICS.
This looks like perfection
As many others have said, I too am a big bloke, and I want a big phone. A phone / tablet half-breed. I was excited about the Streak 5 for a long time, until it appeared and seemed like Dell really had no idea who to market it to.
But now, this. I hope it sells like hot cakes, as I'm currently half way through my contract, and don't want this to die an unloved experiment. Kudos to Samsung.
Worried about battery life
3.5 Hours of web browsing per charge is not good enough for me.
Not sure where the reviewer got the 48h. Maybe only if you're not using it...
"there’s no way - at least that I could find - to capture and scribble on what the screen is displaying"
If you hold the button on the side of the stylus and press and hold the stylus onto the screen, it takes a screenshot and automatically moves you to an editor so you can scribble on it. Handy for writing directions on a screenshot of a Google Maps screen.
I've got a big head...
No, it's true. I can't find hats to fit me. So in theory the Note wouldn't necessarily be too big if I was to use in in a phone conversation.
I just wonder if the screen is big enough for webbage. I currently have the HTC Desire and find the screen is just too small for my needs.
Finally, do I stick with Android or go for something almost as big with the HTC Titan with Windows Phone 7. With this I can get Xbox achievements whilst sitting on the bog (and I know some of you agree with me :) )
*cough* I've been in 5" territory for over a year and its lovely...
I'll probably have a look at the Note when my contract is up unless something else of similar size is available with better spec.
I would struggle to choose this over a phone + rooted vanilla Android Kindle Fire combination.
I know the latter doesnt exist yet but by the time its available officially in the UK I expect it to be.
Then you will be able to get a great phone plus a great tablet for less than the Note.
Put it this way - would you take the note out to the pub if it was your only phone?
The successor to the Dell Streak
The Dell Streak 5 had the same form factor, it was a great phone for browsing & games. Unfortunately it failed (probably because a) people got intimidated about it's size, and b) a lack of commitment + marketting mistakes from Dell). Personally I think it's a mistake to call a 5" device a tablet.
Good luck to the Note, it deserves to do well (the only caveat being the eye watering cost).
Completely irrelevant comment ahoy
I can see my street on that screenshot of the satnav. Fantastic.
Also, having both a smart phone and a tablet, I'm more and more inclined to the idea of having just one super-functional device.. And as always it'll soon come down in price.
Music Playback Quality through Headphones?
Any good please?
How good compared to an iPhone?
Amazon.de do not post to UK?
I just tried to buy a note on the German Amazon site (i'm in the UK) and each time I go to check out I get the message "This item can not be shipped to the destination of your choice" - a standard UK address that I have used for years on the UK site.
Anyone know why i'm getting this issue?
Purchase from Amazon
You need to purchase it from Amazon, not one of the other ebay like sellers on the website (Amazon are a few Euros more expensive).
Ah thanks...in the mean time I changed my mind and got a SGS2 instead with the 2000 mAh OEM extendible battery and back plate. I had some hands on with a Note this afternoon and decided that it was a beautiful bit of kit, but just too big for everyday use. Besides, I was lucky enough to get a fire sale HP Touchpads on the cheap so that'll continue to plug the gap to the main laptop & PC.
Battery Life - From The Author
Folks, I thought a few words of explanation would be in order.
The 48 hours figure was arrived at using the Note as my day-to-day handset in place of my Desire HD.
My average daily usage regime involves 30-45 minutes of cellular calls, leaving the Wi-Fi on continually, having the screen at 75% brightness, setting K9 to poll every 15 mins, 30-odd mins of web browsing and an hour or so of ebook reading. It doesn't include watching full-length feature films or any serious gaming beyond 5mins of AB here and there.
That regime drains my HD in 12 hours but the Note regularly got me through two full days. That didn't come as shock to be honest - the Note has twice the battery capacity and though the screen is larger being OLED rather than back-lit LCD it should be more efficient.
The Note's battery performance was easily the best I have even encountered on an Android "phone".
Battery life for web browsing is worrying
GSM Arena (http://blog.gsmarena.com/samsung-galaxy-note-battery-life-test-over-matches-the-nokia-n9/) found that it could only last 3h 35m of web browsing (on wifi, it seems) compared to 6h 56m on the iPhone 4S. I hope that can be substantially increased by turning down the screen brightness.
Pholet, telopad, tabone
No, it's a Phablet
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