Samsung Galaxy Note
AT&T LTE Version in Ceramic White
If you don’t know about this device, it is a variant of the Galaxy S II that just surpassed 20 million units sold. It features a 5.3” AMOLED Display with 1280x800 Resolution. These HD displays that are now the norm on Android devices are a significant leap for smartphones.
The AT&T Note features a 1.5 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, eschewing the 1.4 GHz Exynos processor used in the International Note(and alot of the other GS2 variants) that released in October. Although the Exynos is a powerhouse and benchmarks higher on most all accounts over the Qualcomm, AT&T’s version has LTE, which the current Exynos chipset does not support. AT&T’s GS2 variant the Skyrocket has the same LTE/Qualcomm chipset, which performs more than adequately in both applications. This phone is smooth, and fast.
The Note has a few issues. Most people can not use this as a daily driver phone. It’s sheer size is almost comical in person. Software wise, it is running Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, which was hard to go back to after running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a Nexus S. The improvements in ICS are numerous and intuitive, and going back to a Touchwiz UI layered Gingerbread is difficult to get used to. As stated above, the Note nonetheless performs smoothly and snappy.
The Note also features an S-Pen Stylus like device, hearkening back to the days of Windows Mobile 5 and Palm Pilots. You can use the Memo Pad included to jot down notes or a grocery list, or hit the button on the S-Pen and tap the screen to take a screenshot, and draw over the screenshot and add a mustache to your enemies face. This is not for everybody, and most of the time if you are used to an Android Smartphone, you don’t recall the fact that it is even in the device. It isn’t worthless, but it also isn’t necessary.
The size is polarizing, and not for everybody, but the Galaxy Note is unquestionably an awesome piece of hardware and for the right person, a great device.