The phone is not as accomplished on the video ability as the Galaxy 3, the pending Galaxy note 2 release(4 ARM 9 cortex cores, 13 mb cameria, 5.5 inch screen) will give the Apple iphone 5 a shock.
A friend of mine at work has had one of these and i like it though the size is an issue when making calls you look a little bit of an idiot, but i like everything else about it ( well what i got to play with ).
Though using a bluetooth device to make your calls makes things a little more pleasing on the eye.
How am I supposed to carry this around with me?
In a pocket
Sure. I'll have an extra-large pocket made just for this.
Slightly disappointing 'extended' review - was hoping to see a lot more on how the pen integrates with the software, is there benefit in working with Office type productivity apps (per TV advert dragging bar charts), how it works in email, any handwriting recognition, pressure sensitivity, use in photo apps, drawing apps etc.
Just another phone, size of screen, battery review. Be as well to stick it into a table alongside the other phones.
It integrates very well with the supplied software, there are numerous apps designed just for the pen and you can still use it with any other app just like using your finger but more precise. I have not used it for business but the planner works great and you can hold the button on pen to take screenshots from any app or web page then doodle on them as the advert shows.
The pressure sensitivity is great in apps that support it, like PS Touch and Autodesks Sketchbook is amazing with the pen. Samsungs next update with Android ICS is going to provide a premium suite with even more support for the pen and some nice new apps.
thanks Newformz for the more useful commentary......
I have had the Note for about a month now and love it! The size really is not an issue at all once you get used to it. It fits easily into all my pockets being Jeans or Joggers or Jacket pocket.
Performance is sluggish with stock because of all the Bloatware garbage they put on new phones for people who are not good with technology. Android is renowned for customization in terms of OS and firmware. I currently have it rooted with custom Kernal on the stock rom and its super fast/snappy not to mention improved battery life which as standard is decent for the size/spec anyway.
I came from an iPhone 4 and chose this over the 4S, bigger screens is the way forward for sure and the S-Pen is great!
You say you rooted the phone and installed a custom firmware. This is quite interesting as removing the bloat will definitely speed things up. But what about the pen support on custom firmware? Will it be as good as the Samsung firmware?
A friend of mine has had one of these for some time now as he imported it. wow its huge and looks silly when he talks to someone. The iPhone 4 mabe on the slight small side but this is overkill on the large size. I think the Galaxy S is more the perfect size.
I currently have the original Samsung Galaxy S and would really like to upgrade to the note. I found the audio quality from the 'S' the same you found with the Note in relation to how it compares with the iPhone 4, the iPhone was noticably nicer to my ears also.
I have seen a couple portable DAC/headphone amps that connect to the iPhone (or iPod) but does anybody know if there is a similar way of doing this with a Samsung smartphones (outputting digital audio to a portable DAC/amp)?
I notice that in the cons there is a mention to WAV support, was that with the default audio player or did you try something like 'Power Amp'? I noticed a lot better playback performance with that great little app.
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This system that shows so much promise on paper, but fails to deliver in action. Frustrating
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