I received my Galaxy Note on May 17th and I’m in love! It’s a truly excellent phone with a brilliant size screen and some great unique features. The reason why I’ve waited almost a month to write about this phone is because I wanted to wait until ICS was released.
Those of you who read n3rdabl3 will already know with this post that ICS is now available in the UK and the update has been applied. So here it is, my review of the Samsung Galaxy Note.
I’m not going to lie, when the Note was first advertised on TV I was one of the many people who thought “You’ve either got a phone or a tablet, you can’t have both in one, it makes no sense!” and “That screen is massive you’ll look like Dom Jolley holding that to your head!” probably all of the things you’re thinking right now. And if the Carphone Warehouse didn’t have the £21 a month offer – I used to pay £20 per month for my old SGS so I jumped at the chance of getting a phone that was 10 times better – so if the offer wasn’t on I probably wouldn’t have considered it.
I’m so glad I did. The phone is incredible!
Tech Specs (Taken from GSM Arena & Samsungs website.)
HSPA+ up to 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
4G LTE (I’m not sure if this is on my model, due to the UK not really having 4G networks (yet))
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor (Exynos)
5.3″ WXGA (1280×800) screen
HD Super AMOLED Display
Main/Rear Camera: 8MP w/ LED Flash
Front Camera: 2MP
Shooting Modes: Action Shot, Beauty, Panorama Shot, Smile Shot
Video: 1080p Full HD video recording and playback
Codec: MPEG4/H.263/H.264/DivX, WMV, VC-1
Codec: MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, FLAC, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS
Full Capacitive Touch + S Pen (Advanced smart pen)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
16GB Internal memory
+ MicroSD upto 32GB
146.85 x 82.65 x 9.65 mm
Standard battery, Li-on 2,500 mAh
Samsung Touchwiz/Samsung Live Panel UX
S Memo/S Planner/S Choice (Apps for GALAXY Note)
Samsung kies 2.0/Samsung kies Air
Social Hub, Readers Hub, Music Hub
Google Mobile Services
I’ve had the phone for well over a month now and I wanted to wait until the “Premium Suite” was released in the UK before writing a review of this phone.
Those of you who follow n3rdabl3 will be aware that I had a bit of a cock up when it came to installing the ICS update..
So, my Galaxy note is up to date and I’ve pretty much used this phone to its full potential and I have to say, it’s the. best. phone. ever. In terms of hardware, this phone is fast and performs perfectly, It plays even the highest quality 3D rendered games with ease (GTA3 for example) and it doesn’t seem to struggle with anything. The battery life is fantastic, it lasts around 12.5 hours of heavy use from 100% charge.
There has been the occasional hiccup where it needs to hot boot but that’s usually down to a buggy app.
The main point people can’t seem to get over is the size of the screen. The Galaxy Note has a 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED screen that may seem a little large, but it’s incredibly easy to get used to. I have to admit, you do feel like a bit of a pillock when I’m on the phone out in public, but it’s hardly anything to complain about with the way this phone performs.
I’d recommend this phone to anyone, and if you can see past the large size, it really is a top notch phone, lets just hope in the next few months upon the release of Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note is one of the many phones that hope to get the update.
After writing this post I’ve realised that it’d probably be helpful to list from pro’s and con’s about the phone that I have experienced, none of the con’s bother me much, but I think they’re worth noting for those of you out there interested in getting this phone.
- HUGE screen.
- It’s pretty fast, and it’s got a better processor clock speed than the Galaxy Nexus!
- It’s got plenty of memory for pictures and music.
- For a smartphone with a rather large screen, the battery can last for about 12/14 hours without charging.
- The sound quality out of the loud speaker is really good!
- The S Pen can be a life saver sometimes when you need to write something down quickly.
- HUGE screen. Not really a con for me, but some others might find the phones size a little inconvenient and sometimes it is a little awkward to hold.
- It’s quite a large phone. When I put on my skinny jeans (yes, I wear skinny jeans :P) there’s a considerable outline of the phone on my leg. Not an issue I’ve found with straight cut jeans or trousers, but for those of you who also wear quite skinny jeans, that bit of info is there for you!
- The vibration intensity isn’t that intense.. With ICS you’ve got the option to increase or decrease the vibration intensity, but even with it up full, it’s hardly noticeable. Even on the hollowest/hardest of surface it’s quite a dull buzz. I think it’s due with the phone being quite large, so to insert a vibration unit that would make a noticeable vibration you’d have to increase the size of the phone some more.. Again, not really a problem for me, but for those of you who have your phone on vibrate often but need to be made aware of a notification, this may be.
- You do feel like a bit of a wally with it up to your ear..
I hope this little update helped you decide if this phone is for you! I personally love it, as you read, but I can see why this phone may not be ideal for some people!
And now for some pictures!
|I bought this case from eBay for like £2..