The Samsung Galaxy Note features a 5.3" HD screen, a powerful dual core processor and an all new pressure sensitive S pen for doodling fun. Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira review the $299 handheld device for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The Samsung Galaxy Note is large at nearly 6" tall and over 3" wide.
The back of the phone has a textured checkered pattern with familiar plastic.
The phone weighs over 6 ounces but doesn't feel heavy given the size.
The volume rocker is on the left side and the bottom features a micro USB port and the top has the headphone jack.
The Note comes with 16 GB of storage with the micro SD card slot located underneath the battery cover, where you can insert another 32 GB of storage.
Overall, the phone is very slim and feels very sturdy.
The 5.3" super AMOLED screen has a resolution of 1280x800, which is roughly the same as the Galaxy Nexus and the result is a slightly less sharp image.
The screen is still very impressive and the AMOLED backlight makes it very bright.
Watching media and browsing the web on this much real estate was actually pretty great.
The touch screen was fairly responsive, as was the stylus.
The S Pen is a bit of a throwback but allows you to write notes and doodle on pictures.
Some of the cool things you can do with the S Pen is pressing the tiny button, then tapping and holding the screen to take a screen shot. This then immediately opens it up in a photo editor.
The other feature we enjoyed was the ability to add a quick note by pressing the button and double tapping the screen.
We used the stylus here and there but after a while, just forgot about it and used the Note like a giant phone.
The Note comes with a 1.4 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM.
The phone runs on Android's Gingerbread OS with Samsung's TouchWiz UI.
The overall experience was that the Note felt quick enough.
Samsung's UI is nothing new and it adds some minor conveniences to Gingerbread.
What the phone is sorely lacking is the Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Samsung insists that it's on its way but no timeline has been given.
There are touch interfaces on the Ice Cream Sandwich platform that the S Pen would really take advantage of.
The camera is the same 8 megapixel camera we loved on the Galaxy S II and the images were just as good.
Inside photos looked great with excellent noise performance and very good color saturation.
Outside images were equally pleasing, and you can truly replace your point and shoot with this phone, even though that camera is probably smaller.
The 1080p video looked excellent and we can't say enough good things about the camera.