Samsung Galaxy Note Review

Posted: February 22, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note Review

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.



  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note does everything you want a smartphone to do really well.
  • The size is very awkward in your hands and the stylus feels like a weird throwback.
  • If size is what you want, the Note is a great phone.

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Comments are Closed

  • wazidiz

    I personally think the Samsung Note is the perfect size phone. I am a large man and I carry my cell phone in my shirt pocket and the Note fits perfectly even with a case on it. I drove down to Knoxville last week with a friend to see how fast the 4G LTE was compared to his Verison Razor Maxx and to my and his amazement my Note beat his Razor Maxx in every test. We downloaded the same song and started at the same time, but he had 5 bars compared to my 3 bars of antenna strength but I finished 3 seconds faster than he did. It took me a total of 8 seconds and him 11 seconds, which is no big deal but it is faster by over 1/3. The battery life on my phone isn't as good as his but I can replace my battery where can't and I average about 14 to 16 hours of regular cell phone usage and internet besides I always use a bluetooth when I am in my car or work truck.

    Posted: March 30, 2012 9:11 AM
  • Custnam

    Am I the only one the cringes every time they drop the devices on the table?

    Posted: March 15, 2012 7:42 PM
  • ChodaBoy

    "the AMOLED backlight makes it very bright"

    You obviously have no idea how OLED works.

    Posted: March 4, 2012 12:36 PM
  • Vashoom

    just like the S2, press the center middle button twice to open up voice control.. which was implemented before the iphone had the idea.

    Posted: February 28, 2012 5:17 AM
  • omgsush

    How would u like to find that in your pants? ;p

    Posted: February 25, 2012 5:15 PM
  • klyonawesome

    agreed. wheres chris???

    Posted: February 23, 2012 10:03 PM
  • bond007rq

    Where is Chris Hardwick? Matt Mira knows what he is talking about but seems out of place on this show. Please bring Chris back!

    Posted: February 23, 2012 2:22 PM
  • milleniumlance

    i have huge hulk hands and my 4.3 inch motorola is small to me, this is what i NEED!

    Posted: February 22, 2012 12:37 PM
  • jc18378

    He should be on Glee, that being said. Chris Hardwick I miss thou

    Posted: February 22, 2012 11:37 AM