Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone Review

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There's no doubt the Galaxy Note is a large smartphone. Because it has such a large display, its footprint is considerably larger than many others, especially the iPhone 4S and other more-compact smartphones. The Galaxy Note also weighs more than many smartphones we've reviewed in recent months, as you can see from the chart below.

Samsung Galaxy S 4G
4.2 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr
4.48 ounces
Nexus S
4.55 ounces
Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch
4.6 ounces
HTC Droid Incredible
4.6 ounces
Apple iPhone 4
4.8 ounces
Apple iPhone 4S
4.9 ounces
Samsung Droid Charge
5.04 ounces
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
5.1 ounces
Motorola Droid Bionic
5.57 ounces
Motorola Photon 4G
5.6 ounces
6 ounces
HTC Thunderbolt
6.23 ounces
Samsung Galaxy Note
6.45 ounces

Although it didn't take us long to get comfortable holding the Galaxy Note  in our hand, we often felt a bit self-conscious when holding the Galaxy Note  to our ear due to its large size. Because it has a larger footprint than most of today's smartphones, the Galaxy Note definitely looks big when held up to one's ear.

Even though the Galaxy Note has a larger footprint than most of today's smartphones, Samsung still manages to keep the phone relatively thin. In fact, the Galaxy Note measures just 0.38 inches thick. To compare to another hot smartphone of today, the Droid Razr Maxx measures 0.35 inches thick.



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In terms of styling, the Galaxy Note has a similar look and feel to some of Samsung's other popular phones, such as the Galaxy S II. The front of the device is primarily covered by the large display, though you'll find the four standard touch-sensitive backlit buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search) at the base of the display.

The back battery cover on the Galaxy Note has a fine texture that helps you grip the phone while it's in your hand. On the top edge of the Galaxy Note, you'll find the 3.5mm headphone jack. The microUSB port is located on the bottom edge of the device. The S Pen also stores conveniently inside of the Galaxy Note and is accessible from the bottom of the device.

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On the left edge of the Galaxy Note, you'll find a volume rocker. The right edge of the Galaxy Note houses the power button. The 8 megapixel rear-facing camera is centered on the device near the top with a LED flash to the right. A speaker is located on the back of the device near the bottom where you'll also see part of the S Pen.

When you remove the textured battery cover, you'll see the Galaxy Note's SIM card slot, microSD card slot, and of course, the user-removable battery.


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ADethier 2 years ago

too small and too big -- useless.

westerdaled 2 years ago


I disagree. When the iPhone 4S was relaunched the screen size was a real disappointment. Why bother upgrading from a iPhone 4 .... unless you are keen give your phone verbal commands whilst out and about ;-)

Here we have something which will be fantastic for the kindle app, GPS, youtube, Pocket Informant etc.

Granted this is not going to be liked by everyone given it's size but for those with large pockets..... !


OmniDeus 2 years ago

although i love this phone and really want one myself, i can barely see this style of smartphone going anywhere in the future. With the current speed of which people are using their mobile devices for their everyday life, i see the laptop, netbook, and tablet market in danger of losing ground. why have a cell phone and a laptop or netbook when you can just have a smart device with a keyboard attached? i'm excited to see where pocket pc's will really go. maybe the 3rd gen windows phone will have full fledged windows OS's installed on them.

westerdaled 2 years ago

Mmmmm I can see where you are coming from but do heavy lifting you will need a laptop. Perhaps have tablet with a detachable keyboard. The phone will need have a different form factor to fit in a pocket or handbag.. If Apple disappoint with the iPhone 5, and lets face it the iPad 3 is hardly revolutionary. Then this phone will be something I would consider

nleksan 2 years ago

I am extremely pleased with my Galaxy Nexus, and while I do have some tech envy regarding the new quad core processors, I also fully believe the GNex is the only current phone that will still be "relevant" two years from now... Look at the original Nexus and Nexus S? I will take backing from Google anyday, although the Galaxy S3 looks might nice...

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