Note, here’s the giant of smartphones
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.