Samsung Galaxy Note: Review

Over the past decade our personal computer has become smaller and smaller, now we have what is called a tablet. On the other hand our mobile phone has become smarter, bigger and shares similarities with tablets. There is one thing that divides our smartphone and our tablet. And that is the screen size. But Dell blurred this thin line with the introduction of their tablet smartphone hybrid called Streak. And the streak was not to be the lone tablet-smartphone hybrid. Samsung brought out one, called the Galaxy Note. To be frank, Galaxy Note is the device which made phablet phones so popular. Here is our take on the device.

Design

The first thing you will notice about the phone is that it is huge! You start doubting if it will fit in your pockets.  The size is justified for the 5.3inch screen that it sports. Over all looks is similar to a Galaxy S2 which has been enlarged a bit. The front is covered over with Gorilla Glass. The sides have a metallic rim which surrounds the device. The back cover is made up of thin plastic, which makes you a bit cautious while removing it. One surly will have a fear of accidentally breaking it. Other than that the overall build of the device is good.

Hardware

People buy this phone mainly due to its screen. The Galaxy Note has a 5.3inch HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1200X800. It does not have a pixel density similar to the Retina display, but does provide a good viewing experience. Colours are vibrant and the screen has higher brightness levels. The only drawback of the screen is that it is a PenTile display. On to the processor, the Note has a Dual core 1.4GHz Exynos processor, which is pretty good. The processor is helped out with a 1GB RAM. Other hardware parts include, an 8MP rear cam which can record videos @1080p, a 2MP front cam, A-GPS and GLONASS for navigation, 16GB of storage with options to expand with a 32GB microSD, and it also has a microUSB port which doubles up as a charging port. The device also supports WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0. But it does not have LTE support or NFC. The main Attraction of the Galaxy Note is the S-Pen. The S-Pen is a stylus which can be used with some exclusive apps and it is fun to use.

Software

The Galaxy Note comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But one can upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is not yet out for the device. The older version of Android does not hinder usage of the device. The bigger screen makes it more fun to use, to be frank. As we said before, there are some apps which are exclusively for use with S-Pen. One such app is the S-Memo, which can be used to write down notes or draw something. The S-Pen is fun to use and can be customised to your preference. It is more than a stylus. It can even be used to take screen shots by pressing the button on the stylus. There are lots of S-Pen compatible apps which can be found on Samsung’s app store.

What we say

The Galaxy Note is an awesome device. Either, you will love it or you will hate. People who want a smartphone with a huge screen will love it, others will definitely stay away from this huge phone. There are some issues which is thrown up due to the size. But if you buy one, you will definitely find it worth your while and money.

Looks: 3/5

Performance: 4/5

Value: 3/5