Apple iPad2 was meant to be a device that fill the gap between notebook and smartphone. Sadly, most people still
think that this tablet is too large. Its currently feature 10 inch screen, making it uncomfortable to carry around. Then some manufacturers come out with 7 inch tablet, but still it is considered too big. Dell come out with Dell Streak 5, which feature 5 inch screen. Sadly, this tablet failed miserably in the market due to it’s poor performance.
Then Samsung release the Galaxy Note. With a single hope to provide market with decent 5 inch tablet. However, the Korean giant described this device as a large smartphone not a small tablet. Today, we decided to give you our full review on Samsung Galaxy Note.
Design and Build
Galaxy Note come out in bulky design and large size. Put it side by side with a Samsung Galaxy S II and it will look almost like a stretched version of it. When we hold on to this device, our fingers can’t manage to grab on to it’s whole dimension. There’s no easy way to use this device with single hand, especially if you have small hands. You might ended with accidentally dropping your phone.
Fortunately, the chassis is build pretty well. It is strong and has lightweight profile. Anyway, it is not too surprising since most of Galaxy Note body build from plastic material, with the exception for it’s display off course. Overall it feels good in our hands. But we are notice that the back cover gets scratched up easily.
Power button is currently placed on the right side of the phone. While on the left hand side, you’ll find the volume rocker. Samsung packed this device with extra stylus that hidden on the top right hand side of the screen. But
please note that this stylus has pretty big buttons. You might end up with accidentally pressing particular area in the touch screen. However, this stylus is not compatible with other smartphone.
There’s 8 megapixels camera on it’s back side, complete with the LED flashlight feature. On the bottom part if it, there’s built-in loud speaker. The back cover is thin and it is protecting a 2500 mAh battery unit. You have to remove it first, in order to gain access to the SIM card and microSD card slot.
Samsung Galaxy Note sports 5.3 inch screen with Super AMOLED display technology. This is a big screen, which also capable to provide maximum 1280 x 800 pixels resolution display. Thank to all of those screen specs, the display looks quite amazing. It looks almost like the display quality from an iPhone 4 or 4S unit. Icons, text, and camera viewfinder displayed great. But we are also notice that sometimes, the colors are little bit over saturated. It’s not a big problem, but might become annoying when you browse around the web.
We’ve already tested it under direct sunlight exposure and the display is still clearly visible. Samsung Galaxy Note’s screen also has perfect black level and ultra wide viewing angles, thanks to the Super AMOLED technology.
Hardware and Software
Samsung Galaxy Note currently powered with a 1.4 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processors, alongside with MALI 400 GPU and 1 GB RAM. It is also packed with 16 B internal data storage, which is expandable using an external memory card. The available microSD card slot can handle up to 32 GB extra data space.
This handset is currently worked under Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread platform. It also receive some UI tweak from TouchWiz version 4.0. You’ll be able to choose tons of home screen preset and add/remove some widgets as you wish. The notification menu is quite different from the Android’s default. There’s also some useful shortcuts where you can access some functions like WiFi, Bluetooth, and your favorite apps.
There’s also some additional function like FM radio, stopwatch, countdown timer, and voice recorder. You can take advantage from Samsung’s file manager apps to import some of your favorite tunes. Galaxy Note’s default music player can handle almost all of popular music format, including .FLAC file. It also has various EQ presets that would improved the whole music experience.
Samsung Galaxy Note has similar camera to Samsung Galaxy S II. Both of them are able to provide decent picture quality. we are manage to make photos with perfect details, contrast and correct color saturation. Even under low-light condition, the image quality is not disappointing. You can also take advantage from it’s viewfinder apps to improve the photo quality.
Samsung Galaxy Note able to playback 1080p Full HD video in maximum quality. We are able to play our HD movies collection smoothly on this smartphone. Please note that it’s internal memory is formatted in FAT mode, so it won’t
receive memory card with NTFS format. This is mean that you can’t transfer a file that currently sized more than 4GB. We also has some issue with loud speakers. It sounds awkward and not too loud at all. Using headphones while watch or stream some HD video is a very recommended thing to do.
Since the first time we received this phone, we had no trouble to acquire full day usage on a single charge. But we are notice that HD video playback and web browse function consume lot of battery power. Super AMOLED screen will also drain your power when displayed a bright image/screens, blank white page for example. We suggest you to carry on the charger everywhere you go or even buy an extra battery unit.tags: Galaxy Note, IReview, SAmsung