Yet another superb product delivered on time as promised by Samsung. Launched in September, the device is now available in India at a price of 34,990 on various commercial portals on the internet.
Backed by Android’s latest version of Gingerbread operating system it runs on Android OS v2.3. It has a 5.3 inches broad screen with super AMOLDED Display which gives users superior graphics and an incredible user interface. It has a robust Dual core 1.4Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset. Network supports Quad band like GSM, EDGE and GPRS, Pentaband UMTS (3G).
The main USP of the device is its stylus which Samsung thought would work just well with the Samsung Note. To give the users a personalized feel of a notepad, it comes with a stylus which looks and feels exactly like your pen. Samsung calls it the S-Pen. Well as of now it’s nothing much great but works just like your finger. It’s easy for browsing, surfing through web pages, creating sketches and writing notes.
Talking about the camera, the rear camera is of 8MP with LED flash which makes it easier to click pictures in the dark. It also has a front camera which is great for video calling enhancing your over all 3G experiences with amazing features like geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.
The phone has inbuilt memory of 16GB / 32GB and 1GB RAM which can be extended upto 32 GB. It also has a strong battery backup of 2,500Ah Li-Ion battery. It is available in two colors black and white.
There are similar kinds of devices present in the market but Note’s closest competitor is Dell streak which has the same dimensions and weight almost the same. However Note is .15 of an inch bigger and wider than streak. The Dell Streak is a larger 5 inch Corning Gorilla Glass device packed with a Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor and capable of being your daily driver phone which in case of Note is a big question. Also it cannot be handled with one hand it is a two handed device which causes a lot inconvenience to carry the device. Probably users will require a separate case or a bag to carry the device around.
Well the question is, will the people now go for a regular smart phone, a tablet or a note ?
What would you recommend? I am indeed trying to decide whether a phone + 7" tablet is good, or something like the Note is good enough / large enough to be all round.
I basically don't want to have a computer at home anymore, a Tablet (or Note) should be sufficient, but right now, my phone is not a sufficient replacement, mainly because the browser is too small / slow / insufficent to replace the desktop experience. I can't do many things I can do on the desktop.
Do you believe the Note is an adequate replacement of a Tablet (= a smaller tablet), and do you secondly believe it is sufficient to just have that at home for light web use?
Anthony – If you are looking at completely moving from PC to do jobs like mail / browsing / chatting etc. I would recommend, keep your existing phone and just buy a tablet, instead of going for a Note. Thats an expensive device. A tablet will come to you cheaper and will better serve the purpose…
Having said that, Note is an awesome piece of work and some functionality is just great… though for me holding such a large piece in hand everytime I get a call is a bit too much… though that is personal preference…