The Samsung Galaxy Note caught the world off guard when it was introduced at IFA in September. Samsung set out to create a new category of device that’s between the traditional smartphone and the tablet. Hence, the Galaxy Note was born.
The Galaxy Note currently runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 5.3″ screen. The entire screen has been optimized for a digital pen (not stylus) that fits snuggly in the casing of the device, ala the original Palm Pilot.
While many have been critical about the size of the device and it’s telephony technology built in, we understand that the Galaxy Note is coming at a time where data functions and texting dominate the ariwaves vs, actual airtime minutes. To that end the Galaxy Note is great for the hustle and bustle of everyday life and business, and the phone technology is there for when you need it, not the other way around.
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Of course a simple Blue Tooth device would solve the problem of looking silly with a 5″ device next to your ear. The naysayers also don’t take into consideration that, aside from the United States, the original 7″ Galaxy Tab came fully equipped with telephone calling built in as well.
The 5.3″ display is of the superAMOLED variety and Gorilla Glass. The display has a resolution of 800 x 1280 and images pop, text is crystal clear. Using the S-Pen to mark up an article or point someone to an edit is a cinch.
The rear shooter is 8mp the front facing camera is a full 2 mega pixel camera for great self portraits and clear video conferencing and chat over 4G, 3G or wifi.
Samsung has done a great job with Touch Wiz too. While some Android enthusiasts shy away from manufacturer UI’s, Samsung designed Touch Wiz with the prosumer in mind. The mini-apps on board make it easy to go to an every day task without closing out what you’re doing.
It’s already been said that the Galaxy Note will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In talking with Samsung’s VP and General Manager Tim Wagner we both agreed that the Galaxy Note is a device made for the tablet-phone hybrid version of Android.
This 5 inches of Android goodness was priced right and can be yours for just $299 with a new two year contract from AT&T. You can get it at AT&T core stores and Best Buy, Today.