Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) in the flesh and first impression

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Just got a Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 and the moment that I got hold of the phones, it suddenly felt that I was not holding a phone but feels more of a tablet. Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 was officially announced last September (2011) at IFA in Berlin Germany. The Galaxy Note is being heavily marketed by Samsung as a smartphone and their selling point is the Smart Note Apps and S Pen/Pen UX (Stylus).

The Galaxy Note GT-N7000 has a 5.3” (WXGA) HD Super AMOLED display with 1280 x 800 a screen resolution at 285 ppi, uses stylus, on-screen keyboard and swype as your input device. The Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and running Android Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) upgradable to Android 4.0 (IceCream Sandwich) that will be available in the first quarter of 2012. Other notable features of the Galaxy note are; Video capture at 1080p (24~30fps), 2 MP front facing camera, Samsung ChatON Messenger, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS and the Wi-Fi direct.

Aside from the Smart Note Apps, there are a number of interesting pre-installed apps in the device (2 actually), there’s the Polaris Office and the Crayon Physics Deluxe, that requires (more appropriately) encourages ) you to use the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note Specs:
5.3” WXGA HD Super AMOLED w/ 1280×800 screen res @ 285ppi
1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
8 MP rear camera with LED Flash
Video capture at 1080p (24~30fps)
2 MP front facing camera
Samsung TouchWiz/ Samsung L!ve Panel UX
Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
Smart Note Apps
S Pen / Pen UX
Social Hub
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
Accelerometer, Light, Digital compass, Proximity, Barometer
16/32GB Internal Memory + microSD up to 32GB
145.85 × 82.95 × 9.65 mm
Li-on 2,500 mAh battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note is currently selling at SAR 2,749.00 or Php 31,300.00, which slightly lower than the SRP of Galaxy Note in the Philippines.

I’ve asked around on what their impression on the new Samsung Galaxy Note and 8-out-of-10 people sees the Galaxy Note as a larger version of the Samsung Galaxy SII, which I agree since both phone have the same rectangular dimension (only larger) and virtually identical home button. Compare to iPhone 4S or an iPad 2, the gaming experience on the Samsung Galaxy Note is much better, may be because it has a similar screen size to the Sony’s PSP and you can hold it much better than the two iOS device I mention above, and the Stylus is located at the bottom part of the phone and which is uncommon for devices that include a stylus. Be back for my full review.

Last modified: February 19, 2012

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