"Excellent tablet/phone hybrid."5.0 starson by reikisponge
Pros: Super AMOLED HD screen, nice textured back cover(blue charcoal version,) 4G LTE speed, S Pen for creativity, decent battery life, 5.1 simulated surround sound in music player
Cons: Speaker can be louder, lack most international input
Summary: Random thoughts/review from a former iPhone user.
I gave up waiting for iPhone 5 (4G LTE?) and Galaxy S2 HD Skyrocket/LTE because Galaxy Note has bigger screen, higher resolution, 4G LTE data speed, thin and light. Processor is plenty fast and OS can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich. S Pen is a plus for drawing creativity.
Galaxy Note is not all that big (I'm six feet tall) as it fits in my hand and my jean/khaki pocket nicely. I found iPhone 4S's screen is way too small for my aging eyes. Reading text on website is just a joy!
Battery life is around 10-11 hours on moderate use (email/phone calls/facebook/web browsing/youtube)
Youtube video in HD on this screen looks stunning. Super AMOLED HD screen looks great with brilliant color and the deepest black level. I do find some Netflix movie in dark scene (i.e. Caprica) has some banding issue in shades of black/grey blocks. I think it's the media encoding or Netflix player issue because dark scene in other apps looks fine.
Swype is such a great input method that iPhone doesn't have. I found iPhone is easier to do select/cut/paste. Downside is that certain international input method (i.e. Chinese) is not included as part of the system (I know, many of you can't relate to that)
I love the way Android/TouchWiz UI works. It's so flexible compared to iOS. Now finally I could have widgets running on different home screens, and true multitasking as everything can be run at the same time compared to iPhone just suspends or closes the app to run the new app.
The camera takes pretty decent picture and with flash and HD video. It's not of pro camera grade, but good enough for daily use and travel pics. More options than iPhone 3GS... not sure about 4S.
Apps like Voicetalk, SpeakToIt, and Vlingo Assistant are more or less like Siri. I like the driving mode which I don't need to touch the screen by saying 'hey galaxy.... navigate to <wherever>' and Google Navigation will start navigating and speak the street names. Only complaint is rerouting. It just won't quit nagging to go back to where you should have gone. It could have just restarted and re-routed from where you are right now like TomTom.
I discovered the music player came with the system has 5.1 virtual surround while using 2 speakers. i.e. I played Dan Gibson/Richard Evans's "Nurturing Rain" of "Nature's Spa" album. The sound of raindrops became alive and with more depth perception like 5.1 surround.
Overall, the built quality of this phone is excellent. Although it's plastic back cover, it doesn't feel cheap because of the nice textured back cover. I am glad I didn't get the white version which is glossy, and remind me too much of iPhone.