Samsung Galaxy Note, aiming high

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note is something between a smartphone and a tablet. You have the high resolution and battery longevity of a tablet and the dimensions of a smartphone (ok a bigger smartphone) in one device. Actually the Note is a bigger Galaxy S2 and it is still pocketable.

  • Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 5.3″ 16M-color Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (800 x 1280 pixels)
  • Android OS v2.3.5 with TouchWiz 4 launcher
  • 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset, 1GB of RAM
  • Pre-bundled with the S Pen active stylus
  • 8 MP wide-angle autofocus camera with LED flash, face, smile and blink detection
  • Video recording of up to 1080p@30fps
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g and n support; Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • 16/32GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Charging MHL microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p through optional adapter) support
  • Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • FM radio with RDS
  • Great audio quality
  • 9.7 mm slim and weighs a reasonable 178g
  • 2MP secondary video-call camera
  • Full Flash support and GPU-acceleration for the web browser permit 1080p flash video playback
  • NFC support (optional)
  • Document editor
  • File manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich audio and video format support
  • 2500 mAh battery

Full specs on the official site here.

Above the screen it has the proximity and light sensors, the secondary camera and the ear piece speaker. Under the screen it has the touch sensitive menu and back buttons and the hardware home button. On the left side it has the volume keys while on the right side it has the power button. At the bottom we find the microUSB slot and the stylus. At the top it has 3.5mm jack and the dedicated microphone for active noise cancellation.

The phone features a 5.3 inches Super AMOLED display with WXGA resolution. It has a pixel density of 285ppi and a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. Everything remains legible on the display no matter how sunny is outside. The viewing angles, contrast, brightness and colors are all very good. The display supports multitouch and it is protected by Gorilla Glass.

The Galaxy Note has an 8MP camera sensor with autofocus and LED flash. The lens are having a 28mm wide-angle. As features it has touch focus, face/blink/smile detection, effects, geo-tagging, scene modes, metering, image stabilization, ISO and many others. The pictures captured with the camera are very good; they have good contrast, fine details and low noise. It can record FullHD videos at 1080p and 30 fps. The video quality is very good.

At connectivity it has 3G HSDPA and HSUPA speeds up to 21 Mbps respectively 5.76 Mbps and it has LTE. It has dual-band Wi-Fi with a/b/g/n protocols, DLNA, Wi-Fi direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP + EDR, NFC and a microUSB 2.0 slot with USB on-the-go support. The browser has HTML5 and Adobe flash support; it runs very smooth thanks to the huge screen too.

The Android OS v2.3.5 Gingerbread can be updated to v4.1 Jelly Bean. The hardware configuration is almost the same as on the Galaxy S2 excepting the processor which is clocked at 1.4 GHz. The Exynos chipset powers the dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and the Mali-400MP GPU. The hardware parts are helped by 1 GB of RAM memory. Depending on what you choose the internal storage can have 16 GB or 32 GB and in both variants it can be extended up to 32 GB through a microSD card.

The 2500 mAh battery offers a very good life to the phone. It can manage to stand up to 39 hours of hard work and 12 hours and 47 minutes of nonstop talk time in 3G. Also you can watch video for 8 hours and 25 minutes.

The Samsung Galaxy Note speaks for itself. If you like it check good deals for it on


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