Pros 1. Build quality is very good
2. Large screen, Super Amoled HD at a 1200 by 800 resolution
3. Fastest phone I've ever used. It has a 1.5Ghz dual core processor 4. and 1GB of ram.
5. 5MP shooter that can do 1080p video as well
6. Great battery life
Cons 1. Battery is difficult to remove
2. Micro-USB port is awkward to use
3. Plastic back (saves weight, but feels like I might snap it)
Summary I bought my Note on a recent business trip to India. I was so impressed with this phone that I bought one for my wife and one for my mum. I've used an iPhone since 2007 and my last one was an iPhone4 which is undeniably a great phone. However I got very frustrated with a couple of things; the screen size is too small for me, iTunes in the worst program and user interface imaginable, Apples restrictive 'walled garden' policy, it's tendency to abuse its market position to dominate other companies, much like Microsoft in the 90's. For all these reasons I felt it was time for a change. I'm quite into technology so I knew about the Note and it looked very interesting and for me at least a perfect device. I thought it could replace my phone, tablet and laptop and to be honest that is proving to be the case so here is my review of the Note.
Build Quality - Samsung does use a lot of plastic in their phones so this does not feel like a really premium product. However the build quality is very good and the phone is ludicrously light for it's size and also stupidly thin!. An iphone 4 feels like a dense brick by comparison. The overall fit and finish is excellent. The back cover is made from a very thin plastic and looks like it could easily snap in half but in fact it is very flexible and can be folded in two with no sign of breaking(it's on You Tube). Don't try this at home though!
Screen - This is the largest screen on any phone to date at 5.3 inches and I find it fantastic. It uses Super Amoled HD at a 1200 by 800 resolution and the colours are extremely vibrant and super saturated. Although not quite the same pixel density as the Retina Display on an iPhone it blows it away in terms of brightness and colour. Off axis viewing angles are very good indeed though I do note a slightly greenish tinge which is due to the pentile display matrix. You will never use the phone this way however so its not an issue for me but it is there. Movies look amazing as do pictures. This is probably the best display on any phone at the moment.
Size - The most common criticism of the Note is that it is too big and that you have to have massive hands to use one. I find this to be totally untrue. I have average sized hands for a man and it's quite easy to use and comfortable to hold, even for long periods. My wife, who has much smaller hands than me also does not find it a problem. The other issue sited is that you will look stupid when using it as a phone, again totally untrue. I've used it out and about, the street, restaurants, pubs. No one has ever given me a second look. Not that I would care anyway.
Speed - This is without a doubt the fastest phone I've ever used. It has a 1.5Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of ram. To put this into perspective if you go back about 5 years this would have been a respectable spec for a desktop PC running Windows XP. This power is now in the palm of your hand which is amazing. Currently this is the fastest phone on the planet.
Phone calls - As a phone I would rate the Note as average, it's no better or worse than my iPhone 4. To be honest I rarely use it as a phone so this is not that important for me.
Battery Life - With a massive bright screen and dual core processor I thought that the Note would struggle to make it through a day. How wrong I was! It has a 2500mAh battery which lasts a day with heavy use and over 2 days with light use. I do charge the phone every day but most evenings it still has about 30% charge left unlike my iPhone4 which would either be dead of dying at the same point. For a smartphone this is a great battery life.
Camera - 5MP shooter that can do 1080p video as well. Not quite as good as the camera on an iPhone4S but still takes extremely sharp and vivid photographs.
S Pen - Samsung calls the stylus that comes with the phone an S Pen. It works very well but I don't use it much as I'm not very artistic. My friend who is very able loved it however and drew some very good pictures in a few minutes. It is useful for taking notes and I have used it for that. Nice to have but not that important to me.
User Interface - I have to say that after years of using IOS I have found Android to a revelation in terms of flexibility and control. I love the widgets and the fully customisable interface. I have to say it, the iPhone just looks dated and stilted in comparison with its rows of icons. Even better news is that the Note will be updated to the latest version of Android in the spring of 2012. Samsung uses its propitiatory Touch Wiz interface which I like well enough.
Android Market - It's true to say that the Android Market does lag behind Apples App Store in terms of selection and quality. However the gap is closing quite rapidly and most of the apps you really want or need are there, many for free.
Storage - Although not officially supported this phone works with a 64GB micro SD card which I have installed giving me a total of 80GB storage. All my music and films go on the SD card and I can load up days worth of entertainment. I love the fact that I can plug the phone into my PC and just dump files onto the SD card which the phone will recognise and categorise for me. No conversion required, and joy of joys, no iTunes! This for me is the biggest plus, I can put whatever content I want on the device with no hassle.
For me this is the perfect device, it does all that I want very well and is also a unique and beautiful product.
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I Love It!
"Awesome phone!"on by Harmony9
Pros I've had it for two months. S-Pen is very sensitive, text recognition is a great feature, too. FM Radio was surprisingly fun to use. It's fast, and the display looks great. Excellent size, quality, ease of use. Looking forward to ICS update.
Cons It wasn't released in the US in November ;)
Summary I am a Mac user and it integrates well using SyncMate (and my Google account). I was anxiously awaiting the release of the iPhone 4S, but the small size of the iPhone was a deal-breaker for me, so I went with an Android and this phone is a joy. I am a petite woman and have no problem talking on this phone, nor handling it. LOVE IT!!!
Pros Screen Size, Brilliance & Resolution Rock
Battery Life is Fantastic (3 days)
Slim and Light design fits comfortably in front jeans pocket
Great reception/call quality
Cons SPen is a little small and the button is hard to see/feel
Awkward to use one-handed - but better than being too small/cramped.
Back panel is a little slippery
External speaker could be louder
Volume and Power buttons should not be opposing each other
Summary Originally I was a bit concerned that the phone might be too big - but now that I've had it for a couple of months I couldn't be happier. I don't think I'll ever be able to go with a smaller phone again! The size has not been an issue - and given that I spend most of my time using it for things other than phone calls - it is great having the large screen. If you are so concerned that it looks big when you are talking on it - use a bluetooth headset.
Certain widgets (weather for example) can eat up the battery, but if you turn off the constant syncing in the background, the battery life is fantastic. Much better than my Droid 2 Global.
The big screen makes it easy to use the onscreen keyboard - I don't really miss the slide out keyboard on my Droid.
I read a lot of reviews that comment about the "flimsy" back panel that covers the battery. Really? What's the big deal? When in place (99.99% of the time) it feels rock solid. Yes, when you remove it, it can flex. So what? Put it back on and be thankful that it is transparent to radio waves and won't affect your reception like a metal back might.
The extra screen real estate - and the brightness and sharpness of the screen (1280x800 is desktop computer screen resolution!) make it fantastic when using it as an E-Reader or as your SatNav device.
Pictures and video taken come out extremely sharp. Can touch the screen to focus on that point - or pinch to zoom in before taking the picture.
Pros effortless switch from touch ( casual and fast) to pen ( pixel accurate, annotate anything, never miss click a link again)and amazing voice - for the most frustration free phone you will every own - a game changer
Cons cnet can't review right. it fits in your pocket, it works with one hand, everything they say is wrong.
Summary are you a serious superphone user - browsing, media watching, schedules, todo -- this is the phone for you. Between the size the screen, added realestate, the pen and the amazing voice commands and recognition - I now do everything I do on my computer on the fly - I used to be so frustrated with my iphone and nexus one - hitting wrong links, not seeing room numbers, taking too long to do everything - now that is all gone. I am a 20 yr UI expert, who has worked with Apple, Google and others. This phone is a game changer - too bad the press can't see it for what it is. Samsung figured on the biggest a phone could be and still work as a phone ( pockets, one hand, ...) and reinvented the phone/tablet world - this is the size and phone you want if you are a serious user.
Pros Just about everything. Very hard to fault it. The pen in winter will be a winner.
Cons Battery life if all features are enabled. But that a an industry problem.
Summary Get it and never look back. My tablet, point and shoot camera and video camera have been consigned to storage. I live in South Africa and go the Note in October last year. I am shooting wildlife videos with the Note attached to a Canon 15x50 IS pair of binoculars. (Made an alignment jig for it. It works ! 1080P wildlife video !