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  • retrospooty - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    Glad to see various options like this for Android phones. I personally wouldnt want a 5.3 inch screen on my phone. Too big to fit comfortably in pocket, but if I were a chick and already carried a purse I would grab one (along with something else) Reply
  • quiksilvr - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    I was actually hoping for a kickstand on it.

    In fact, how come ALL tablets don't just have a kickstand built into it? Seems to make the most sense.
  • StormyParis - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    There might be a fashion issue when holding it against my ear.. f*ck the fashion police. They already tried to object to my HD2, and ended up looking very reactionnary) plus I can always use a headset.

    - the thing still fit in a shirt or front pants pocket
    - still works as a phone, fashion police be damned
    - it's no heavier than my HD2 (which I find a bit too heavy.. but that's worth it)
    - I'm using my phone a lot more as an ereader, mp3 player, RSS reader than as a phone. With the 5.3" screen, I can do all that better, plus maybe start browsing the web, reading comics, and watching videos, all of which I currently do on my tablet or netbook. I might even be able to start doing patch-up Office work, via Google docs or QuickOffice.
    - the pen could be a killer app, I was looking for a Pen tablet (Thinkpad Tablet ?). It really depends on how good the hardware and software are though.

    To sum it up: I'll get that, instead of the S2 I was angling for, when my contract is up in 2 months. I'm assuming the rest of the phone (battery, camera, sound) will be high-quality too ?
  • anishannayya - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    Go for the x220T.

    I have an x210T, and I LOVE it. If you actually need to take handwritten notes, a convertible tablet PC and OneNote are great.

    Plus, the IPS screen, Sandy Bridge, and mSATA drive make the x220T an irresistible combination.
  • ssj4Gogeta - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    He said he already has a tablet and needs a phone replacement. Reply
  • DesktopMan - Friday, September 02, 2011 - link

    You got one of the X220 IPS screens that aren't defective? Lucky you... Reply
  • willstay - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    After I got SGS2, there are few days I did not feel need to turn my laptop on at home. With SG-Note, I may not need laptop at all :) Reply
  • akol12 - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    It has been stated elsewhere that the Galaxy Note is powered by the Exynos chipset ( Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    It wasn't in the PR and we haven't heard from Samsung about the SoC so we'll hold off on updating. Thanks for the comment, though! Reply
  • SpartacusMagnus - Sunday, December 25, 2011 - link

    There are multiple sources now that show the international model of the Galaxy Note does indeed have the Exynos chipset (as well as a 2500 mAh battery). It is the US versions that Samsung occasionally has to switch to Qualcomm chips due to native support for the radio bands we us use.

    Indeed the T-Mobile SGSII swapped out its 1.2GHz Exynos for a 1.5GHz Snapdragon and according to rumors, the same will happen to the AT&T version of the Note to support their LTE network. This move is not without precedent as the AT&T SGSII Skyrocket was cannibalized in the same manner. This is unfortunate as the Exynos GPU, as the SGSII review on this site revealed, is much, much more capable than Qualcomm's offerings.

    Basically, Samsung sacrifices CPU/GPU performance for hypothetical download speeds to make US carrier's look good. So if you want the REAL Galaxy Note- import it. You'll actually get the ICS update if you import it too- the US variants never do.

    And lastly, if a 2500 mAh battery isn't enough for you Mugen made a 4500 mAh replacement, though it's a bit pricey at $109...
  • B3an - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    Would 1280x800 res on a 5.3" display give the Galaxy Note a higher pixel density than the iToy 4? I'm too lazy to work it out myself :)

    And that Galaxy Tab 7.7 is looking great. I love AMOLED with it's blacks, contrast and response times, especially now it dont use pentile crap. With these resolutions it will be extremely impressive.
  • JasonInofuentes - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    Nope. 285 ppi vs ~330 ppi. This isn't retina, in fact it's nearly the same as the OG Droid and Droid 2, but across a larger surface it will look rather nice. Reply
  • DesktopMan - Friday, September 02, 2011 - link

    Samsung has not used the term "Super Amoled Plus" when talking about the Note and 7.7, so they might quite possibly have pentile displays. Reply
  • DesktopMan - Friday, September 02, 2011 - link

    Correcting myself: The 7.7 does indeed have a Super Amoled Plus display. Reply
  • dstigue - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    It appears the Note would make more sense in the business world. Doctors signing scripts while on the run. Lawyers taking notes between cases. It is a shame if the battery is 1200. It wouldn't last too long. I can definitely see that being enterprise worthy as well. Plus loading it up with Juniper Junos Pulse seems like they are trying to bring Android to the business world. This isn't targeting Apple. This is targeting RIM. Knowing they are injured in the private sector now is the time to take that market share and start pushing your way into the business sector. Let's see how this gamble plays out. Reply
  • JasonInofuentes - Thursday, September 01, 2011 - link

    You're right, this is a productivity play, but there's real media appeal here too. That display will look great playing HD media, and Samsung won't be skimping on their media options just because of their enterprise push.
    The issue is, a year and a half ago we didn't think there was a need for a tablet device. And we're not necessarily convinced even now. So, if the 10" form factor tablet hasn't yet proved itself as a productivity device, then can a 5.3" succeed? We're curious to find out.
  • senatorpaulo - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    The battery is a world class size of 2500mAh, just FYI. Reply
  • willstay - Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - link

    Though I recently I got SGS2, I am going to get SGNote at whatever cost. This is some device if pocket is small, rather than switching to smaller phone, I would switch to pant with bigger pocket :) Reply

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