Samsung Galaxy Note |Mobile News

Mobile news… Samsung introduces its first largest smartphone and not a small tablet, Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Note is a 5-inch smartphone that is easy to carry and the largest version of Galaxy SII. Samsung Galaxy Note had already earned massive fans in smartphone section unlike to those other large smartphones as Galaxy Note looks promising.

When in terms of its designs and structures, Galaxy Note has a bigger size and its design really resemble to Galaxy SII – it’s like Galaxy SII was stretched. But when you are starting to use it, it is hard to reach every side of the screen due to its wideness unless you really have 3-inch thumb. At this case, you can comfortably use the Galaxy Note through the help of your other hand, if not; there is a high possibility of dropping your phone.

The phone is composed of plastics which weighs the phone light enough from its size. The phone is slimmer and that makes it easy to hold but overall, the Galaxy Note is Solid. It has a rubberized cover in the back and because it is an Android supported smartphopne, it has the 3 standard navigation button wich are Menu, Home and Back. The Galaxy Note has also a power button located at the upper right side and a volume rocker at the upper left side. The power button and volume rocker are high enough to reach if you are using one hand. But it always matter how you use the Galaxy Note.

Overall the Galaxy Note is good, nice design and light enough. Its plastic body makes the phone cheap and one thing, the phone is too big to use it one-hand.

About the display, the Galaxy Note has a 5.3 inch super AMOLED display that makes the smartphone powerful and gives a finer graphics experiences. Galaxy Note is also the first smartphone to be equipped with HD display that can give a highest resolution of 1280×800 pixels.

The phone uses the notorious PenTile matrix layout for the subpixel that gives a RG-BG layout instead of RGB layout – this will provide two subpixel in every pixel rather than the usual three. Every pixel contains green subpixel which are red or blue. One thing it differs to RGB display is that the layout lessens the sharpness of the display. Nevertheless, the insufficiency of sharpness is not noticeable at all.
The super AMOLED display will give you super black levels and wider view of angles, the display is also visible even in the presence of sunlight. The 5.3 inch display works well in watching videos, playing games and surfing the internet and gives you satisfactory.

About its hardware and software, The Galaxy Note runs with Google’s Android 2.3.6 which is Gingerbread. The device’s hardware is similar to Galaxy SII but differs to the processors speed as it handles dual core 1.4GHz Cortex A9 rather than Dual core 1.2GHz from SII. The Galaxy Note is equipped with Mali-400 GPU and 1GB of RAM with 2GB phone memory and 16GB USB storage (11GB for user’s storage). The external storage supports microSD card that ranges up to 32GB.

Because it is Samsung’s Galaxy Note, it is mounted with TouchWiz 4.0 interface – that would allow the big smartphone to run with Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The feature TouchWiz of Samsung gives extra functions that are useful.

About its User Interface or UI, the Galaxy Note is just the same with other Android supported smartphones. It has many Homescreen depending on the amount you desire, you can add or remove shortcut applications. You can also group your applications through different homescreens.

The Notification bar can be visible by sliding your finger from the top of the display going down. There you can see the important functions like WIFI, Bluetooth, GPS, Sound and Auto Rotate.

With the Google’s Android Gingerbread, in Galaxy Note, there are many additional basic applications that are lacking from the previous update of the firmware like FM radio, voice recorder, stopwatch and countdown timer. It is also equipped with suitable File Manager, Video Player and Music player. About the video and music player, the device can now support many file formats – that would allow the Galaxy Note to play almost of the files. This shows that the Gingerbread is well built to the device and does not have any bug issues.

Samsung also features the Note taking application to let you draw on screen. The feature was good but doesn’t work very well – the application is not precise.

The device is equipped with powerful hardware but it seemed to differ from other smartphones. The Galaxy Note doesn’t really works smoothly as expected and it lags sometimes on certain applications. You would probably compare it with iPhone or any Windows Phone supported device as these smartphones has inferior hardware but works smoothly – this has been a common error in Android platform.

When in terms of its Handwriting ability, it works perfect recognition as it gives more precise when scribbling – it won’t disappoint you.

However, some applications do not have high resolution and it looks pretty bad on Galaxy Note but it is not a big deal. This is just the start of HD smartphones and soon, HD applications will also rise for HD smartphones.

About its camera, the Galaxy Note has an 8 mega-pixel in the upper most center with a LED flash on its left which is akin to Galaxy SII and one of the best camera on smartphones. The camera gives a precise quantity of details, contrast and color saturation that even in low-light areas, the camera can give satisfactory images. And because it is Galaxy Note, you will experience the massive viewfinder that make things look better.

The camera is also excellent when it comes to video recording, but when it comes to 1080p, the field of view drops down sometimes.

When we talk about video playback, the device works excellent as it gives a wider and clearer view of the video. The phone can almost play all video formats in 1080p resolution but one thing that disappoints is that the internal memory is formatted with FAT and the phone does not read NTFS file. The loud speaker is not loud enough, so it is better to use headphones when watching movies.

About the battery’s life span, it is not really a long last device. The super AMOLED display may only consume less power when on dark images otherwise it consumes a lot when on brighter images. Nevertheless the phone consumes a lot of power.

However, the Galaxy Note is good depending on your interest. Every smartphone has its own kryptonite and Galaxy Note has it also. The Galaxy Note may not resemble to the traditional size of smartphones and it may find you harder to put it on your pocket but it gives you a tablet experience on a 5.3 inch display smartphone. (c) 2012

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