Samsung Galaxy Note - carbon blue (AT&T)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: 5610251
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- With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens XL will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will just simply be too big.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $199.99
- Reviewed by: Jessica Dolcourt
- Reviewed on: 02/13/2012
- Released on: 02/19/2012
The good: The Samsung Galaxy Note's 5.3-inch HD screen is ideal for showcasing multimedia. It has 4G LTE, a great 8-megapixel camera, and a souped-up S Pen stylus that brings new ways to interact with your phone.
The bad: The Galaxy Note's S Pen is small, has a delayed response, and requires a little training to use. The phone will be awkwardly large for some, and it doesn't fit easily into pockets.
The bottom line: With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens XL will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will just simply be too big.
Awesome Android Phone!
by Daniel2Golden on February 23, 2012
Pros: 1. Build quality is very good
2. Large screen, Super Amoled HD at a 1200 by 800 resolution
3. Fastest phone I've ever used. It has a 1.5Ghz dual core processor 4. and 1GB of ram.
5. 5MP shooter that can do 1080p video as well
6. Great battery life
Cons: 1. Battery is difficult to remove
2. Micro-USB port is awkward to use
3. Plastic back (saves weight, but feels like I might snap it)
Summary: I bought my Note on a recent business trip to India. I was so impressed with this phone that I bought one for my wife and one for my mum. ...
Summary: I bought my Note on a recent business trip to India. I was so impressed with this phone that I bought one for my wife and one for my mum. I've used an iPhone since 2007 and my last one was an iPhone4 which is undeniably a great phone. However I got very frustrated with a couple of things; the screen size is too small for me, iTunes in the worst program and user interface imaginable, Apples restrictive 'walled garden' policy, it's tendency to abuse its market position to dominate other companies, much like Microsoft in the 90's. For all these reasons I felt it was time for a change. I'm quite into technology so I knew about the Note and it looked very interesting and for me at least a perfect device. I thought it could replace my phone, tablet and laptop and to be honest that is proving to be the case so here is my review of the Note.
Build Quality - Samsung does use a lot of plastic in their phones so this does not feel like a really premium product. However the build quality is very good and the phone is ludicrously light for it's size and also stupidly thin!. An iphone 4 feels like a dense brick by comparison. The overall fit and finish is excellent. The back cover is made from a very thin plastic and looks like it could easily snap in half but in fact it is very flexible and can be folded in two with no sign of breaking(it's on You Tube). Don't try this at home though!
Screen - This is the largest screen on any phone to date at 5.3 inches and I find it fantastic. It uses Super Amoled HD at a 1200 by 800 resolution and the colours are extremely vibrant and super saturated. Although not quite the same pixel density as the Retina Display on an iPhone it blows it away in terms of brightness and colour. Off axis viewing angles are very good indeed though I do note a slightly greenish tinge which is due to the pentile display matrix. You will never use the phone this way however so its not an issue for me but it is there. Movies look amazing as do pictures. This is probably the best display on any phone at the moment.
Size - The most common criticism of the Note is that it is too big and that you have to have massive hands to use one. I find this to be totally untrue. I have average sized hands for a man and it's quite easy to use and comfortable to hold, even for long periods. My wife, who has much smaller hands than me also does not find it a problem. The other issue sited is that you will look stupid when using it as a phone, again totally untrue. I've used it out and about, the street, restaurants, pubs. No one has ever given me a second look. Not that I would care anyway.
Speed - This is without a doubt the fastest phone I've ever used. It has a 1.5Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of ram. To put this into perspective if you go back about 5 years this would have been a respectable spec for a desktop PC running Windows XP. This power is now in the palm of your hand which is amazing. Currently this is the fastest phone on the planet.
Phone calls - As a phone I would rate the Note as average, it's no better or worse than my iPhone 4. To be honest I rarely use it as a phone so this is not that important for me.
Battery Life - With a massive bright screen and dual core processor I thought that the Note would struggle to make it through a day. How wrong I was! It has a 2500mAh battery which lasts a day with heavy use and over 2 days with light use. I do charge the phone every day but most evenings it still has about 30% charge left unlike my iPhone4 which would either be dead of dying at the same point. For a smartphone this is a great battery life.
Camera - 5MP shooter that can do 1080p video as well. Not quite as good as the camera on an iPhone4S but still takes extremely sharp and vivid photographs.
S Pen - Samsung calls the stylus that comes with the phone an S Pen. It works very well but I don't use it much as I'm not very artistic. My friend who is very able loved it however and drew some very good pictures in a few minutes. It is useful for taking notes and I have used it for that. Nice to have but not that important to me.
User Interface - I have to say that after years of using IOS I have found Android to a revelation in terms of flexibility and control. I love the widgets and the fully customisable interface. I have to say it, the iPhone just looks dated and stilted in comparison with its rows of icons. Even better news is that the Note will be updated to the latest version of Android in the spring of 2012. Samsung uses its propitiatory Touch Wiz interface which I like well enough.
Android Market - It's true to say that the Android Market does lag behind Apples App Store in terms of selection and quality. However the gap is closing quite rapidly and most of the apps you really want or need are there, many for free.
Storage - Although not officially supported this phone works with a 64GB micro SD card which I have installed giving me a total of 80GB storage. All my music and films go on the SD card and I can load up days worth of entertainment. I love the fact that I can plug the phone into my PC and just dump files onto the SD card which the phone will recognise and categorise for me. No conversion required, and joy of joys, no iTunes! This for me is the biggest plus, I can put whatever content I want on the device with no hassle.
For me this is the perfect device, it does all that I want very well and is also a unique and beautiful product.
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I Love It!
29 out of 31 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Harmony9 on January 19, 2012
Pros: I've had it for two months. S-Pen is very sensitive, text recognition is a great feature, too. FM Radio was surprisingly fun to use. It's fast, and the display looks great. Excellent size, quality, ease of use. Looking forward to ICS update.
Cons: It wasn't released in the US in November ;)
Summary: I am a Mac user and it integrates well using SyncMate (and my Google account). I was anxiously awaiting the release of the iPhone 4S, but the small size of ...
Summary: I am a Mac user and it integrates well using SyncMate (and my Google account). I was anxiously awaiting the release of the iPhone 4S, but the small size of the iPhone was a deal-breaker for me, so I went with an Android and this phone is a joy. I am a petite woman and have no problem talking on this phone, nor handling it. LOVE IT!!!
14 out of 17 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Best Phone You Can Buy Today!
by reconway on February 14, 2012
Pros: Screen Size, Brilliance & Resolution Rock
Battery Life is Fantastic (3 days)
Slim and Light design fits comfortably in front jeans pocket
Great reception/call quality
Cons: SPen is a little small and the button is hard to see/feel
Awkward to use one-handed - but better than being too small/cramped.
Back panel is a little slippery
External speaker could be louder
Volume and Power buttons should not be opposing each other
Summary: Originally I was a bit concerned that the phone might be too big - but now that I've had it for a couple of months I couldn't be ...
Summary: Originally I was a bit concerned that the phone might be too big - but now that I've had it for a couple of months I couldn't be happier. I don't think I'll ever be able to go with a smaller phone again! The size has not been an issue - and given that I spend most of my time using it for things other than phone calls - it is great having the large screen. If you are so concerned that it looks big when you are talking on it - use a bluetooth headset.
Certain widgets (weather for example) can eat up the battery, but if you turn off the constant syncing in the background, the battery life is fantastic. Much better than my Droid 2 Global.
The big screen makes it easy to use the onscreen keyboard - I don't really miss the slide out keyboard on my Droid.
I read a lot of reviews that comment about the "flimsy" back panel that covers the battery. Really? What's the big deal? When in place (99.99% of the time) it feels rock solid. Yes, when you remove it, it can flex. So what? Put it back on and be thankful that it is transparent to radio waves and won't affect your reception like a metal back might.
The extra screen real estate - and the brightness and sharpness of the screen (1280x800 is desktop computer screen resolution!) make it fantastic when using it as an E-Reader or as your SatNav device.
Pictures and video taken come out extremely sharp. Can touch the screen to focus on that point - or pinch to zoom in before taking the picture.
11 out of 12 users found this user opinion helpful.
best phone there is - zero frustration
by sdipaola on February 28, 2012
Pros: effortless switch from touch ( casual and fast) to pen ( pixel accurate, annotate anything, never miss click a link again)and amazing voice - for the most frustration free phone you will every own - a game changer
Cons: cnet can't review right. it fits in your pocket, it works with one hand, everything they say is wrong.
Summary: are you a serious superphone user - browsing, media watching, schedules, todo -- this is the phone for you. Between the size the screen, added realestate, the pen and the ...
Summary: are you a serious superphone user - browsing, media watching, schedules, todo -- this is the phone for you. Between the size the screen, added realestate, the pen and the amazing voice commands and recognition - I now do everything I do on my computer on the fly - I used to be so frustrated with my iphone and nexus one - hitting wrong links, not seeing room numbers, taking too long to do everything - now that is all gone. I am a 20 yr UI expert, who has worked with Apple, Google and others. This phone is a game changer - too bad the press can't see it for what it is. Samsung figured on the biggest a phone could be and still work as a phone ( pockets, one hand, ...) and reinvented the phone/tablet world - this is the size and phone you want if you are a serious user.
8 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
The perfect form factor. Made for my Levis 501's
by Antoniodacruz on February 15, 2012
Pros: Just about everything. Very hard to fault it. The pen in winter will be a winner.
Cons: Battery life if all features are enabled. But that a an industry problem.
Summary: Get it and never look back. My tablet, point and shoot camera and video camera have been consigned to storage. I live in South Africa and go the Note in ...
Summary: Get it and never look back. My tablet, point and shoot camera and video camera have been consigned to storage. I live in South Africa and go the Note in October last year. I am shooting wildlife videos with the Note attached to a Canon 15x50 IS pair of binoculars. (Made an alignment jig for it. It works ! 1080P wildlife video !
7 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
phablet says it all.
by coconutz247 on February 19, 2012
Pros: kindle reader is perfect size.
andriod apps rock with big screen
stylus pen is getting more and more use...love it.
i'm about ready to ditch my laptop when ICS and chrome come to town.
Cons: i'm afraid someone will steal it.
Summary: not quite the web surfing experience as windows 7, but damn close. i got a bluetooth keyboard for long emails. after learning to swipe or talk to the ICS keyboard, ...
Summary: not quite the web surfing experience as windows 7, but damn close. i got a bluetooth keyboard for long emails. after learning to swipe or talk to the ICS keyboard, i hardly use my laptop.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
A superb and versatile phone.
by PRAK1742 on February 5, 2012
Pros: Large screen. Faultless performance. Versatile. Great stylus and its applications, wonderful for ebooks. High price but not unreasonably so.
Cons: Slightly weak battery. Poor supplied case. Started fraying after a couple of months.
Summary: A fine, reliable super phone. Despite its size, fits in pockets and hands easily.
Summary: A fine, reliable super phone. Despite its size, fits in pockets and hands easily.
6 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
The Best SmartPhone in the world.
by tomynator on January 19, 2012
Pros: Big screen Super AMOLED display/1.4 GHZ Dual core processor/8MP Camera/1080p record videos/S pen/ No lagging/Superb Call performance/Superb Audio performance/Premium material/Long lasting battery life/Web surfing/S note/ too many things....
Cons: Nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing..............
Summary: Samsung is the best electronics company. Samsung Galaxy Note is the "Must-Have" gadget and superb mobile phone. This device is the best mobile SmartPhone ever...No ther SmartPhones cannot compare ...
Summary: Samsung is the best electronics company. Samsung Galaxy Note is the "Must-Have" gadget and superb mobile phone. This device is the best mobile SmartPhone ever...No ther SmartPhones cannot compare with Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung Galaxy Note is a true warrior for all people.
6 out of 8 users found this user opinion helpful.
by spw770 on April 7, 2012
Pros: Excellent Display
Excellent music and video playback(included Headsets)
Lots of Apps online
Excellent 8MP camera and HD video recording
Perfect for storing & reading pdfs,word docs, powerpoint slides
Internet Browsing is fast.
Cons: None that i could find yet.
Summary: I am an engineer by profession. Galaxy note provides me a useful means to store all my pdfs related to my field on its memory (Internal+ External microSD 32Gb max). ...
Summary: I am an engineer by profession. Galaxy note provides me a useful means to store all my pdfs related to my field on its memory (Internal+ External microSD 32Gb max). This means i have an entire library of books and videos with me for reference whereever i go. I dont ever have to carry a laptop or my slow netbook for that purpose. Because of the large HD display, reading pdfs or any document is an excellent experience. I would personally advice all Hi Tech professionals to go for it!! The display is excellent!!Dont think twice. Its worth every dime. It has far surpassed and exceeded all my expectations. Dont worry about the part that the phone is too big (you will soon get used to it :)) Browsing the internet is also a very satisfying, fast and eye pleasing experience. It also supports flash videos on the web (Which iphone doesnt). Not to metion all the other features like an Excellent 8MP camera, HD video recording, Ability to take hand written notes, 5.1 music,Playing movies etc etc.... This thing is truly a winner!! Hats off to SAMSUNG!!
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Wonderful device....BUY IT!!
by Jay2787 on February 23, 2012
Pros: -Brightly lit screen (and a large one at that)
-Can go up to a 1+ days w/o charging (depending on it's use)
-Automatic power saving options (who doesn't like to save battery consumption?)
-Storage can be upgraded to 48GB
-Ever elusive ICS update! :-D
Cons: -Reversed lock / volume rocker buttons (not really a con for me though. I think they did that because of accessories like the protective flip case)
-A few inches larger than the average phone (which is why i bought it btw ;-) )
Summary: So far my phone has gone w/o a charge for about 15 hours now and it's just getting into the high 30% mark. Nothing against the 4S, but ...
Summary: So far my phone has gone w/o a charge for about 15 hours now and it's just getting into the high 30% mark. Nothing against the 4S, but I'm definitely satisfied with my purchase as a new AT&T subscriber.....YOU HONESTLY CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS PHABLET!!
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: 5610251
- Description: The revolutionary Samsung Galaxy Note is the size of a phone but delivers the productivity of a PC. Using touch or super-sensitive S-Pen input, you can sketch, write, and capture or crop elements from any screen quickly and easily. Meanwhile, a large 5.3" HD Super AMOLED display offers the ultimate immersive experience. The 1.4GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ internet speeds of up to 21Mbps make sure you've got the power you need, too. Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note and feel free to do whatever you like, wherever you are.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Integrated Components Wi-Fi hotspot,
- Width 3.27 in
- Depth 0.38 in
- Height 5.78 in
- Weight 6.28 oz
- Body Color Carbon blue
- SAR Value 1.43 W/kg (body) / 0.41 W/kg (head)
- Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
- User Interface Samsung TouchWiz
- Application Software Polaris Office,
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch) , Capacitive
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yahoo! Messenger,
AOL Instant Messenger Service (AIM),
Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger),
- Supported Email Protocols SMTP,
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs MySpace,
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services AT&T U-verse Live TV,
Samsung Media Hub,
AT&T Address Book,
AT&T Code Scanner,
Google Search by Voice,
Samsung Social Hub,
- Data Transmission GPRS,
- Wireless Interface NFC,
- WLAN Security WEP
- Bluetooth Profiles Serial Port Profile (SPP),
Object Push Profile (OPP),
Hands Free Profile (HFP),
Headset Profile (HSP),
Phonebook Access Profile (PBAP),
Generic Access Profile (GAP),
Service Discovery Application Profile (SDAP),
SIM Access Profile (SAP),
Human Interface Device Profile (HID),
Message Access Profile (MAP),
Secure Simple Pairing (SSP),
Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP),
Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Call timer,
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Samsung AllShare,
S Pen multi-input,
Speech-to-Text (speech recognition),
Sharing media via DLNA,
Text-to-Speech (text recognition),
Samsung Approved for Enterprise (SAFE),
Intelligent typing (T9),
Intelligent typing (SWYPE)
- Personal Information Management Synchronization with PC,
Alarm clock with snooze,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards M4A,
- Supported Digital Video Standards DivX HD,
- Clock Speed 1.5 GHz
- Processor Core Qty Dual-core
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSDHC - up to 32 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Still Image Resolutions 2048 x 1536,
800 x 480,
3264 x 1968,
640 x 480,
3264 x 2448,
2048 x 1232
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Digital Zoom 4
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec,
- Special Effects Grayscale,
- White Balance Automatic,
- Camera Light Source Flash
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p),
176 x 144 (QCIF),
720 x 480,
640 x 480 (VGA),
1280 x 720 (720p),
320 x 240 (QVGA)
- Features Geo-tagging,
- GPS Navigation GPS/A-GPS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services AT&T FamilyMap,
- Type OLED display - Color
- Technology HD Super AMOLED
- Diagonal Size 5.3 in
- Display Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Capacity 2500 mAh
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 600 min,
Standby - up to 250 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM,
GSM / UMTS / LTE,
Up to 600 min,
With digital camera / digital player,