If you haven’t heard of the Samsung Galaxy Note, now is the time to educate yourself. It’s a phone. It’s a tablet. And I absolutely love it.
At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy Note is only available on AT&T, and even though I’ve inquired of my friends at Samsung about when this is coming to other networks (specifically Verizon, since that’s what I’m using) they claim they have no idea other than when Verizon decides to take it. Someone needs to make this happen.
The Note is called a phone/tablet hybrid because of its size. You can see that, in comparison to my current phone (the Samsung Charge), the Samsung Galaxy Note is much bigger. The screen is 5.3 inches big, housing a resolution of 1280 x 720. Thanks to the larger resolution, the home screen can now fit a 5×5 grid of apps instead of the regular 4×4. This added real-estate is great if you have a lot of apps to manage. Consuming media on the go is also much better because of the high-quality large screen.
Of course, this larger screen comes at a bit of an ergonomic price. Admittedly, I have fairly large hands but even I cannot grip the Note all the way around with one hand. This makes texting a take a bit more work than I’d like unless I use both hands which isn’t always ideal, especially when driving down the road. (Just kidding, obviously!)
Another Note-worthy detail is the speed at which the phone and the web perform. The phone performs great, even on the AT&T 4G LTE network which has been known to have some issues, at least from personal experience. I’ve been getting about 20 megabits down and 10 up, which is impressive! Apps and games run smoothly thanks to the dual-core 1.4 GHz processor which makes even the most intensive apps feel snappy.
Overall, this thin phone is great. Cali and I both loved it and the added stylus (which utilizes Wacom technology) is great for note takers and artists alike. All of this combined with the 8-MP camera, there’s no reason NOT to want this phone and if I could, I’d switch to it permanently in a heartbeat!
One last little detail. As Cali and the rest of the gang will attest, it’s extremely rare that I actually get excited about a phone. Like, it’s never happened before. So, for getting me jazzed up about anything mobile, we’re awarding the Samsung Galaxy Note a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice award!