T-Mobile Galaxy Note Review
T-Mobile was finally confirm the arrival of Galaxy Note. According to their press release last night, the 5.3″ phablet will be available for purchase on August 8th. Specs-wise, T-Mo’s Galaxy Note won’t be too different with the AT&T’s. Does that mean that this device doesn’t have any advantages from the AT&T edition? Let’s find out the answer in my review.
Like i said earlier, TMo’s G Note is basically similar to AT&T’s. It has 5.3″ Super AMOLED HD screen that able to provide maximum 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. Deep under it’s surface, lies 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 dual-core processors, 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal data storage. If still need for more additional features to fulfill your multimedia need, you can rely on G Note’s 8.0 megapixels primary camera unit and 2.0 megapixels web camera. On the left hand side, you should be able to locate volume rockers. Audio jack and microUSB charging port are located on the top side. So, basically this is the same Galaxy Note that we already know and love before.
Again, Galaxy Note is one of the best large screen Android phone that i’ve ever try. I know that LG Optimus Vu is considered as it’s biggest contender, but thanks to it’s lack of stylus responsiveness, i prefer to use Galaxy Note instead. Not to mention that Samsung already decide to upgrade this handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at some point this year. That should be a big bargain for those of you who interested to purchase this device. But for now, you should enjoy your time with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Aside from the new OS, Android 4.0 for Galaxy Note also come with Premium Suite. It is a term used by Samsung to call app pack that optimized for S Pen. There’s Formula Match that can be used to draw a simple equations and convert it into a copy-able text within seconds. If you want to draw precise shape, you can use Shape Match. Draw any shape that you want and the app will correct it instantly! There are also some feature that you already know before like handwriting-to-text and Knowledge search. I feel like i don’t need to tell anything about these apps since they’re pretty self-explanatory.
Since there are no difference in hardware, i am not expecting any surprise on the benchmark test result. Both AnTuTu and Quadrant reveal that T-Mobile Galaxy Note only manage to score around 3600 points. It is nowhere near to HTC One X or Galaxy S III, but good enough to beat Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Nexus. Again, benchmark test shouldn’t be used as the main component to determine a device’s performance.
I am very pleased with the performance of both T-Mobile Galaxy Note’s camera. All of my photos were crips and bright. The shutter is able to capture level of contrast that suit my taste. It might be not too powerful to replace your DSLR camera, but it is already more than enough to fulfill your Facebook or Twitter need. Same goes for the video mode. One thing that you need to notice is the fact that camera and video mode are usually drain your battery fast. But that is not the problem on G Note since it has 2,500mAh battery pack. It can last for more than 2 days on moderate use!!
Bottomline, T-Mobile Galaxy Note is practically the same with all G Note that you knew and love before. If you’re somehow miss the offer from AT&T or prefer to work under Magenta carrier network, i suggest you to place your order right now. It is said that T-Mobile will ask $199.99 and 2 years contract for it.