Tech Reviews #6: Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000)

This post comes a little late since I’ve actually had this phone for a little more than a month. But, better late than never, right?

The Samsung Galaxy Note is cross between a phone and a tablet, or as what Leo Laporte likes to call it, a “phablet”. It comes with a brilliant 5.3 inch screen, which is great for web-surfing and watching videos, as well as playing games. The phone itself resembles an over-sized Samsung Galaxy SII, and one of my colleagues have remarked that it’s about the size of a pocket notepad. Yet, it’s still small enough to fit into the front pocket of my backpack. The best thing about a large display is that the keyboard becomes larger too. Great for fat fingers like mine! Not to mention the larger home screen, which offers more room for larger widgets.

The Note is shipped with Android version 2.3, or Gingerbread. Samsung has announced that the update to the latest version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming up later in the year, so I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for that. Still, this is a great improvement for me since my previous X10 Mini only runs on version 2.1 (Eclair). This means I now have access to more apps that weren’t available to me due to version incompatibility.

What makes the Note stand out, apart from its large size and bright display, is the S Pen, which is a stylus built specially for the Note. So instead of touching the display with your fingers, you can also choose to manipulate the screen with the S Pen, which offers more precision, especially for games like Draw Something.

All in all, I’m simply loving this phone! For more features and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note, please visit its mini-site.

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