Is it a phone, is it a tablet? No… It’s a phablet
The Samsung Galaxy Note has heads turning, while most people thought phones were meant to be getting smaller, some have forgotten the need to see things clearer. Your first thought will probably be ‘this looks like the bigger brother of the Samsung Galaxy S II’ and in a lot of ways you are correct. The Galaxy Note is very similar to the Galaxy S II; just add on a larger screen, a stylus which has extra capability (S-Pen), and don’t forget a really large battery (2500mAh).
Although the dimensions are the first thing people talk about it, it is important to remember that the Galaxy Note is deceivingly thin for a device with such a large screen. It has a side profile of only 9.7mm, 1.1m thicker than a Galaxy S II (one of thinnest smart phones in the market). The Galaxy Note also a 5.3 inch screen which is one inch bigger than the Galaxy S II and besides more screen real estate, the Galaxy Note also has a very high resolution of 800 x 1280 px.
The S-Pen goes further than just being a replacement for lazy fingers, its main purpose is to convince you to throw out your notepad and pen. The S-Pen is a precise text-input and drawing tool and has been developed with Wacom’s Electro-Magnetic Resonance technology. You will find yourself using it to take down ideas and write memos on the go.
Specific apps have been developed to make good use of the S-Pen, I downloaded two from the pre-installed application called S-Choice. The two apps, Zen Brush and iAnnotate PDF work in harmony with the S-Pen. Zen Brush helps you to draw pictures, while iAnnotate PDF helps you take notes on a PDF document which is very useful for business situations.
Unlike other stylus choices for tablets, the S-Pen is not so ideal for pressing buttons (such as dialling a number), but it still does work if you don’t want to use your fingers.
Check out the below video for some tips on how to use the S-Pen gesture:
The in-box battery is a Standard Li-on 2500mah battery, which is extremely impressive for a smart phone. Most impressive to me was the incredible stand-by time I got from the Galaxy Note, if my corporate mail was not syncing and I hadn’t made many calls or text I noticed that the battery hardly lost its charge. To save even more battery power, I followed some of the tips I suggested in my last blog (HOW TO: Save battery power on your android phone) and took on tips posted by our readers in the comments.
Why buy one?
Samsung make great products and they have not missed the mark with this one, the Galaxy Note has everything you would expect from a great Android phone with a little more functionality. What I noticed when using the Galaxy Note for the last week is that I hardly paid attention to my tablet, the Galaxy Note screen was big enough for me to browse the web with ease. If you are in the market for a new phone and you need a device which provides just that little bit more, check out the Galaxy Note which was released today.