When the Galaxy Note was introduced last September, it was difficult to imagine ever using such a large phone. With a 5.3″ display, the device doesn’t exactly fly under the radar, especially out in public. Out of all the phones I’ve tested, the Note easily attracted the most attention and, after folks saw it in action, continually received praise. People were often curious about who made it, and whether or not the device’s sheer size dampened the experience. My answers? Samsung, and not at all.
The Note fits in a niche between big phones and small tablets, carving out a new category all its own. Having used the HTC Titan as my daily driver, I thought I had reached my ideal screen size at 4.7″. Now that I’ve developed a taste for the Note’s 5.3″ display, I’m hooked. The screen is absolutely gorgeous. Widgets, pictures, and videos pop, and because the display is so physically large and high-res, there’s plenty of real estate for a lot of content. I found myself preferring the Note for tasks I would have normally used a tablet for (e.g. browsing the web, checking fantasy scores, looking at photos).
On the spec front, the Note performed admirably, although a helping of Ice Cream Sandwich would have been nice; Note currently runs Android 2.3. Still, with its 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display (800×1280) and 1GB RAM, battery life was impressive, as were HSPA+ speeds and call quality. Really, the Note overall was a pleasant surprise, and a device I look forward to using further.