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Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note

 
3.7 out of 5 stars by 3 reviews
The Samsung Galaxy Note created a sensation when it was first announced. While the media might not have paid as much attention to it as the launch of the Apple iPad, the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note was equally significant for the tech world. With a display at 5.3 inches, the Note was significantly larger than any other smartphone at the time of release and kicked off a new category of "phablets" (phone and tablet crosses). Still, two years on since its launch, this is a great phone that really has stood the test of time.

Crystal Clear Display

The 5.3 inch display is the thing that really made the Samsung Galaxy Note stand out from competitors. Not only was it larger than other phones available, but it also had a great resolution at 1280 x 800 pixels, putting it firmly in the HD range. The pixels per inch of the phone comes to 285, placing it only slightly lower than the iPhone 5S. The screen is also shatter resistant thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass. The screen has widely been reviewed as better than even the headline specs suggest thanks to brilliant and vibrant colours and perfect sharpness.

Stylus

Many people had thought that the stylus had died when the iPhone came out with a multitouch screen which works better without rather than with a stylus. Samsung however we're entirely sure the stylus had fully died a death, and have resurrected it for the Samsung Galaxy Note. This isn't an ordinary plastic stylus however - it's a S Pen which allows you to do many smart things traditional styluses wouldn't. This makes it perfect for handwriting recognition, drawing and much more. Note taking, on the S Memo app, is where the stylus really excels as for many it really increases the speed of inputting text compared with typing.

No Compromise on Performance

The Samsung Galaxy Note had one of the best spec sheets when it was launched in late 2011 including a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and a separate GPU powered by the Mali-400MP chip. For storage there's a choice of either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, plus there's a MicroSD card slot allowing up to 32 GB of additional storage. Samsung has even thrown in a free 2 GB MicroSD card to get you started.

Awesome Camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an awesome camera which still holds its own two years after release. With an 8 megapixel rear shooter, which is also capable of taking video at 1080p Full HD, and includes auto-focus and facial recognition technologies, this is one of the best cameras available on a smartphone. Plus there's a great 2 megapixel forward facing camera perfect for video calling friends and relatives or taking "selfie" pictures.

Features

When it comes to the little extras Samsung have gone overboard with packing them into the Samsung Galaxy Note. Not only is there the surprising addition of a stylus, but you'll also find a NFC chip for making mobile payments, a TV-Out link, amazing audio and video compatibility, Swype predictive text, voice commands, Stereo FM radio and much more. The phone also works on 4G LTE networks as well as 3G, and can connect to WiFi and Bluetooth, and includes GPS chip for navigation.

Verdict

Even two years since it was released the Samsung Galaxy Note stands out as one of the best smartphones out there. With performance that hasn't showed any signs of slowing down, a great camera, plenty of features, an amazing display and a battery that claims a 26 hour life, this phone is one of the better lower cost options currently available.