Samsung Galaxy Note


You know Steve Jobs was completely against the idea of having a tablet less than 10 inches or a smartphone that was perhaps more like a tablet. Someone decided to change all that, that someone was Samsung. I remember watching the advertisement of this phablet (phone + tablet) and I went “What the hell are they thinking” turns out my thoughts were not in phase with the rest of the world. The ad asked “Is it a phone, or a tablet?” And I was like, well let’s not tell you all what I said. Clearly I was out of my head and was not thinking straight. What Samsung has done with this is revolutionary in our consumer electronics world. Since that phones, tons of phablets have come out and succeeded. The bestselling phones of our own (India’s) company Mircomax rides of the success of the Canvas series which are all phablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Note looks beautiful. It is as thin as a Samsung Galaxy SII. It is made from hours of brainstorming, great engineering and sold by great market strategy. It was so powerful that it took down Apple in ratings and in sales in many countries. Let us give you some insight on this brilliant work of art and engineering.


Samsung Galaxy Note Hardware
You see this device and straight away you will be like, is that going to fit my pocket? Jeans? maybe ,shorts? no way in hell. It has a great design, sweet and simple. It is slightly curved around the corners and has a slight curved back as well. Those of you confused between a phone and a tablet, guess they just figured it out for you, didn they? It does have that plastic kind of a feel to it but certainly does not feel like cheap plastic. It is well made and presented to you with loads of important and handy features.

The screen looks really glossy and reflects too much, might be a problem depending on your brightness. It is protected by a gorilla glass, no problems now right? It measures 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65mm, compared with 125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm for the GS II. See how large it is? It might not be really comfortable carrying it around a normal phone but that’s your part to decide. You have the volume rockers placed on the left side of the phone, micrUSB point at the bottom along with your digitizer pen, the stylus. The stylus has a lot to do with the features of the phone.


Samsung Galaxy Note Display
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a stunning 5.3 inch SUPER AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. It has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels with 285ppi pixel density. Let me tell you, the display is a beauty. The 5.3 inch makes sure you watch videos and have the best browsing experience there is to be experienced on a phone. As mentioned earlier, the built of the phone is just too glossy; the reflections might be uncomfortable to look at in sunlight, depending on your brightness hence affecting battery consumption. The HD content looks amazing on this 1280×800 pixels. Gaming is bliss and so is working on this TouchWiz UI of Samsung. The colours are vibrant and true. You will face a slight problem in viewing it from the sides though.


Samsung Galaxy Note Camera
One of the earliest in their class, it offers image stabilization during video capturing with its primary 8MP camera. I wont say the same about the camera as I did for the display. It is not that stunning. There are other 8MP camera phones that give you better photographs that this. The HTC’s smartphone series having 5MP camera could give this camera phone a run for its money. That said, it is not a disaster. It has a decent camera. The auto-focus works just fine but you need to be at a certain distance to get it right. The video capturing quality is in full HD- 1080p@30fps. The flash is not over powered; give you just the right amount of power to capture the image. It has a 2MP front camera which helps you to video chat and works amazingly for these applications. The camera has features like smile detection, image stabilization, touch to focus etc.


Samsung Galaxy Note Software
The software is all about the UI- TouchWiz UI v4.0 that Samsung introduced. This interface is what it is only because of the stylus or as Samsung calls it, the S Pen. There are brilliant features that they provide you. With the S pen, you can tap on the screen and hold to take a screenshot. The screenshot then opens up immediately in an editor where you can use to pen to move things around and edit the image, make notes or to make doodles. You can also double tap the pen button to pull up sticky notes from anywhere you are and save them. It is actually quiet useful when you do not have anything around and switching between apps can be annoying to complete this task. The phone runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread but is now upgradable to Android v4.1 Jelly Bean. This phone gets much better with the 4.1.

Performance and Memory

Samsung Galaxy Note comes with a 16/32 gigabytes of storage which is expandable upto 32GB via microSD. The phone runs a dual core 1.4Ghz ARM Cortex A9 which works brilliantly fast with the 1 GB of RAM. Multitasking, watching videos, playing games and pretty much anything that you want this phone to do, it will do it fast and it will do it nice. To move the data around you get Bluetooth v3.0 and an optional NFC support.

Final Thoughts

Samsung Galaxy Note
This phone is revolution, the phablets are rising and you know you want to be a part of it. It is more like carrying your computer in your pocket along with you digital camera. The power this phone is just like puffff, just blows in your face. If you love multitasking, if you are always travelling, if you are looking for something new, fancy, something to play with, this is your device to get.

Samsung Galaxy Note

GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G NetworkLTE 700 (region specific)
Announced2011, September
StatusAvailable. Released 2011, October
BODYDimensions146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm (5.78 x 3.27 x 0.38 in)
Weight178 g (6.28 oz)
DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size800 x 1280 pixels, 5.3 inches (~285 ppi pixel density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass
– TouchWiz UI v4.0
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB, 2 GB included
Internal16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATAGPRSClass 12 (4+1/3+2/2+3/1+4 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGEClass 12
SpeedHSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
USBYes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization
VideoYes, 1080p@24~30fps, check quality
SecondaryYes, 2 MP
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v2.3.5 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
CPUDual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
BrowserHTML5, Adobe Flash
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GPSYes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack, White, Pink
– S Pen stylus
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– NFC support (optional)
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERYLi-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 960 h (2G) / Up to 820 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 26 h 10 min (2G) / Up to 13 h 30 min (3G)


Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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