Tablets these days are becoming more and more famous because of the usability they provide along with portability and longer battery life. But sometimes the tablets are too large and also having two devices with you at all times can become a hassle.
So why not have a phone that can also provide long battery life of a tablet along with good pocket ability? Well the answer to the problem is Samsung Galaxy Note which aims at bridging the gap between the phones and tablets. Samsung have filled the gap between 7inch tablet and a 4.2inch phone with Galaxy Note.
Looks And Feel:
There aren’t many phones that are able to come close in terms of performance to the Galaxy S2 but Galaxy Note does a pretty good job of it. Its basically Galaxy S2 on steroids.
In terms of looks Galaxy Note looks exactly same as the Galaxy S2 and the front of the device is taken up by the 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED Plus display of resolution 1280×800 pixels.
The device is built very solidly and it feels very grippy and is also quite comfortable to hold despite the size of the device. The device also comes with an S-Pen which is hidden beneath the device. The stylus is equipped with a key with which you can use some gestures that provides some nice user interface.
The hardware keys on the device are very easy to reach. At first it feels awkward to use the device with one hand but then you get used to it. The entire phone is made out of plastic which manages to keep the weight down and you don’t have to be worried about daily wear and tear.
Hardware And Performance:
Galaxy Note comes with Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 preinstalled with TouchWiz 4.0 launcher on top. At first look it seems that the entire user interface is different but it’s not because the extra screen real estate lets you accommodate extra stuff on the screen.
S-Pen is the major change to the user interface of the Galaxy Note. The S-pen contains a button which if you hold it and place on the screen you will be able to take the screenshot of the home screen and directly go to edit mode so that you are able to add notes or make changes to the screenshot.
You can also hold the S-pen Key and double tap the screen which will open the note pad application and will allow you to take notes, draw or whatever seems necessary for you.
You can use the S-pen to replace the controls of the device which otherwise you would have used your fingers for. S-pen is not fast for the daily use of the phone but its enough for taking notes and making changes to screenshot. Developers are taking the initiative to develop more apps which rely on the use of the S-pen.
Galaxy Note contains ARM Cortex-A9 CPU cores clocked at 1.4 GHz with Mali-400MP GPU which makes sure to provide an impressive performance. Its able to match the top of the range droids and will be the top powerhouse for quite some time to come.
The camera on Galaxy Note is 8MP and captures very splendid images. The image produced so no different than the image produced by the Galaxy S2. There is plenty of resolved detail, good contrast and low noise.
Well some people may complain that the Note is too big and whether it will fill the gap of owning a tablet or not? But the added functionality of the S-pen is something that is not present on the tablets.
The true use of the Note comes when you’re doing browsing on the go. You can buy the most expensive tablet available on the market but with Note you can fit it in your pocket and also carry it around hassle free.
- 5.3inch 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
- Android OS v2.3.5 with TouchWiz 4 launcher
- 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU with Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- Pre-bundled with the S Pen active stylus
- 8 MP wide-angle autofocus camera with LED flash
- Video recording of up to 1080p@30fps
- Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n support; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot
- 16/32GB internal storage can be expanded by microSD slot up to 32GB
- Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
- Charging MHL microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p through optional adapter) support
- Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
- Great audio quality
- 9.7 mm slim and weighs a reasonable 178g
- 2MP secondary video-call camera
- Full Flash support and GPU-acceleration for the web browser permit 1080p flash video playback
- Extremely rich audio and video format support
- 2500mAh battery