Samsung Galaxy Note review: ridiculously enormous

Several weeks ago I tried out the HTC Titan, which at the time I thought was simply massive. A 4.7” display is really pushing the limits of mobile phone size, but somehow HTC managed to still make the phone comfortable to use. It was great for gaming and really good for watching videos, but sometimes the size was inconvenient and people often joked about how large it was.

You can imagine that they laughed even more when I pulled out the Samsung Galaxy Note from my pocket. With a 5.3” Super AMOLED HD display, the Note is blurring the lines between large phone and small tablet. It's simply enormous, and looks ridiculous when taking calls. Of course the display is fantastic, but is 5.3” too big to be useful?

Many thanks again to Mobicity.com.au, who provided the Galaxy Note for review today. Check them out if you feel like purchasing a Note for yourself; their shipping times are very good to the Asia-Pacific region.

Specifications

Like the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Note is powered by Samsung's ARM Cortex-A9 based Exynos 4210 chipset and comes in at a blazing 1.4 GHz. You also get the top-notch Mali-400MP graphics processor, which as you'll see in the performance section is very good. The 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display is also worthy of a mention.

  Samsung Galaxy Note
Product Codes GT-N7000
GSM Bands 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G/4G Bands HSPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
LTE 4G (depending on region)
Display 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 Super AMOLED HD
285 ppi pixel density
8-point capacitive multi-touch
Gorilla Glass
"S Pen" stylus included
Processor Samsung Exynos 4120 chipset
1.4 GHz dual-core CPU
ARM Cortex-A9 based
Graphics Mali-400 MP
RAM 1 GB
Storage 16 or 32 GB internal user storage
2 GB app storage
microSD expansion
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (dual-band)
Bluetooth 3.0 with HS
A-GPS and Glonass
DLNA
Wi-Fi Direct
FM Radio
Camera 8 MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
2 MP front camera
1080p video recording (rear)
Ports MicroUSB (charging, data)
3.5mm audio jack
Stylus slot
Sensors Accelerometer
Magnetometer
Gyroscope
Light sensor
Proximity sensor
Barometer
Battery Li-ion 2,500 mAh removable
Launch OS Android 2.3.5 "Gingerbread"
TouchWiz 4.0
Launch Date November 2011
Size & Weight 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm
178 g

This device seems rounded and without missing features. You get enough storage (and it's expandable), you get an 8 MP camera and all the usual connectivity features.

Contents

  1. Introduction, Specifications
  2. Video Overview
  3. Design, Display
  4. Software
  5. Performance
  6. Camera
  7. Media Playback & Call Quality
  8. Battery, Conclusion
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