"Making a phone that works great in a clinical setting."4.5 starson by MELV1N
Pros: - Really fast phone for switching/opening aps.
- GPS works exceptionally
- I really love the stylis for reading online material.
- Reading articles is easy on the eyes.
- Skype works great on this phone, "Hi Mom :)"
- 32GB upgrade =+
Cons: - ATT bloat-ware, I would pay for the app that takes this crap off my phone.
- Really flimsy/cheap back cover
- Low Volume.
- Big Phone! It is in my lab coat at work and cargo short pocket on my days off.
- For an 8MP camera, the photos seem soft.
Summary: I just upgraded to the Note from the Samsung Galaxy Captivate two months ago. The Note works essential the same, but is much much faster. I work in a clinical setting and find that I keep much more reference documents on my phone, because it is quick to access.
- SEIDIO Extended life Battery-5000mv. I bought a Seidio for my Note and find it to be a high quality product. It adds about the twice the multimedia use time. I can get around 8-10 hrs use with all the bells and whistles going (wifi, streaming music, phone, gps and surfing) and for days if I only use it as a phone. It makes the bottom half of the Note about twice as thick, but I find that since the phone is already big, it does not seem to have a big effect on the overall size. The battery comes with a modified back phone cover. Negative: For some reason Seidio does not make a protective case for phones using their extented battery, which is ironic since protective covers are also what they specialize in.
- 32 gig SD-Card- The phone is even faster with music, pics and documents on the external card.
- My next investment will be the latest blue tooth
My captivate had an ingenious sliding lock for the back cover, but the Note has a surprisingly cheap back cover design for such an expensive phone. I haven't had the inevitable crash and burn phone drop to the floor, yet. I am really afraid that the phone could break when it finally happens (especially with the the larger battery).
I am a stylis Geek. I don't use it for writing so much but for scrolling through articles. When Reading a CNN or CNet article, an entire paragraph usually fits within the screen (sideways), and it does not require magnifying glasses. The stylis allows fine tuned scrolling without smugging the screen.
Calendar function works well. I have an insane schedule, and the gmail based calendar has an expanded monthly veiw that gives a quick glance of the month's agenda. My wife makes schedule changes on her tablet which makes the updates to my phone.
Conclusion: I don't have the patience nor time at work for a tablet, because I am constantly on the move. The Note excells for those who find that their breaks for surfing the internet or reading are in between work stations. I find that as a phone it is much more cumbersome on my days off. I am generally not one to carry a backpack so finding a place to put the Note has been an issue- It's great in the coffee shop, but it's getting it there that can be painful.
- ATT bloat-ware, WHO BUYS THIS CRAP WHEN YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE? I would pay for the app that takes these app icons off my phone.
Functions I love: GPS works great (the captivate's was horrible). The screen is perfect for Netflix in bed. Facing cam for Skype works well. Voice Cammand is adequate- I am still learning. I have big hands and find that texting is much easier with this phone. Good luck- I haven't regretted it.