Note, here’s the gi­ant of smart­phones

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to match its screen and, at 2500MAH, is ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing fre­quent use.

Aes­thet­i­cally, the Note has a lot in com­mon with its lit­tle brother, the Galaxy S II. It hides an 8-megapixel cam­era with LED flash on its rear and of­fers a 2-megapixel front cam­era for video calls. Three but­tons be­low its screen run the show — a Home key and touch-sen­si­tive Menu and Back but­tons.

Its screen may re­mind users of the SGSII, thanks to big icons, a bright Su­per AMOLED screen treat­ment and Sam­sung apps in­clud­ing Reader and Mu­sic Hubs that group fea­tures in one lo­ca­tion.

That screen — this phone’s call­ing card — fea­tures a mer­ci­fully high res­o­lu­tion (1280x800) and doesn’t sim­ply stretch the pix­els of a smaller model. For this rea­son, it’s a joy to in­spect and makes pho­tos, web­sites and emails im­pres­sively easy to view.

Sam­sung de­liv­ers an un­usual screen ac­ces­sory with the Note: a sty­lus. You can use it for hand­writ­ing recog­ni­tion, to draw on pho­tos, or click a but­ton on its side while hold­ing it to the dis­play and you can record what’s on the screen. You can even trace around an item to save it.

The Note is less than 1cm thin, mak­ing it eas­ier to slip into a pocket, although you shouldn’t sit down with it there, and it only weighs 178g.

How­ever, its ex­ter­nal speaker is so small it ap­pears to be an af­ter­thought. JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY

NICHOLSON The Galaxy Note’s big screen is its call­ing card.

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