Call it what you will: phablet, tablone, taphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note has finally reached U.S. shores, imposing its 5.3-inch display on the wimpy screens of every other smartphone out there. If you want big, this is the phone to get. If you want an all around pleasant Android experience, this, too, is the phone to get. At least for me.
As I’ve said before, The Galaxy Note isn’t for everyone. My hands aren’t particularly big, but I’ve never found the device to be so large that it hinders usability. In fact, I’ve found quite the opposite. The extra screen real estate allows me to text, email and browse the Web more easily than smartphones with smaller screens. Anything in the 3.5-inch range now seem like little baby toys – I’m looking at you, iPhone.
While there are differences between the international and U.S. Galaxy Notes, my experience with the AT&T iteration was largely the same as my earlier review. That’s not to say I didn’t find new things to like about the AT&T version. It’s still zippy, still has great battery life and it still gets plenty of attention out in public due to its sheer size. There are clearly consumers who are interested in gigantic phones. I’m one of them. That doesn’t mean you have to be one, though.
The TechnoBuffalo herd seem to be divided on whether or not the Galaxy Note’s screen is too big. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, check out our full AT&T Galaxy Note review, and chime in with your experiences in the comments below.