TechPinas Reviews Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
by Mark of TP
In a few words: "The first time I saw Samsung Galaxy Note in the flesh last November, I got overwhelmed by its size; I honestly thought it was just way too big for a smartphone. But having used it as my main phone for a few months now, I've completely fallen in love with its large high resolution display and the sizable virtual keyboard. Heck, I now think all smartphones should be this big. For me, SGNote is the best smartphone Samsung has released so far; I mean, it's just a megastar of a handset, a true eye-catcher."
Overview: Smartphone-tablet hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note was designed based on how consumers generate ideas. People usually take cues from their environment, formulate ideas, and capture them through pictures, designs, and so on. With SGNote's S Pen input technology, massive 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, 8-megapixel camera, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and HSPA+ Internet speeds support, these 'Eureka!' moments will always be easily captured and shared from anywhere and at anytime.
Samsung Galaxy Note is now available nationwide for only Php 21,600 (amortized) via Smart Data Plan 1000 Special Edition and for Php 35,990 via authorized Samsung retail outlets.
1. Large 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 pixels resolution display
2. Powerful innards
3. 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with flash
4. Full HD video recorder
5. Attractive design
6. Tens of thousands of downloadable applications
7. Highly-customizable UI
8. Stylus support with complementary software
Points for Improvement:
1. Hardware is a tad too 'plasticky'
2. Camera flash is blinding in dim settings
3. Mediocre battery life
4. Not so powerful speakers
Design and Ports:
SGNote's face flaunts its unusually large (almost shocking) 5.3-inch 800 x 1280 pixels HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display. Above the screen, we'll find the earpiece, the secondary 2 MegaPixel front facing camera, and a pair of sensors (most likely for proximity and ambient light). Below the display, we'll see the hardware home button and the touch sensitive Menu and Back buttons on either sides.
Nothing on the right side but the power button, which you can also use to turn on or turn off the display. Oh and if you notice, despite having a massive display, SGNote is very thin -- with depth of only 9.7 millimeters.
You'll find the volume rocker on the left side...
and the microUSB port at the rear.
At the back, we'll find the 8 MegaPixel camera with LED flash, a microphone pinhole, the speaker grill and the stylus neatly tucked in its slot. Underneath the battery cover, we'll see the 2500 mAh Li-Ion battery, the microSD card slot for expanding storage and the SIM card slot.
Finally, the top panel has the 3.5 mm audio jack and another microphone pinhole.
TP Design Verdict: Obviously, the most eye-catching feature of SGNote is its size. In fact, whenever my friends would see me holding it, they'd always tell me, "That's a big-a*s phone!" and ask if it's heavy. I'd then hand it to them and let them play with it.
Like what I said, SGNote is a megastar of a handset that effortlessly grabs attention. I think it's such an eye-catcher that if the owner's personality ain't big enough, the phone could well eclipse his or her presence, which is horrible. It sounds funny but it's true. So if you own one, make sure your character is bigger than your phone, lest you want to be described simply as "The guy who owns a ginormous Samsung Galaxy Note."
But seriously, its size aside, what I like about SGNote is how thin it is. I can appreciate the fact that Samsung's handset design team managed to keep the phone's depth at only 9.7mm in spite of its large screen and its powerful innards and multimedia features. Quite a feat, really. Also, I think that by making the phone that thin, Samsung was able to highlight SGNote's unbelievable display size even more. What made me say that? Well, I recently bought a Mugen extended battery pack for my SGNote which came with its own battery cover and it made my phone twice as thick. What I noticed is that the added depth made the big display less impressive.
Overall, I think Samsung Galaxy Note with its all-glass face, thin frame and metallic edging has an elegant design that any owner will be proud to flaunt. My only gripe is that the build is just too plasticky. Having used aluminum-clad Nokia N8, HTC Legend, HTC Desire HD, HTC Desire Z and HTC Sensation as main phones, I guess I just miss all that metal.
TP Quick Commentary on SGNote's Key Strengths
Massive High-Resolution Display: For me, what makes this smartphone's display truly impressive isn't so much its unusually large size but rather, its 800 x 1280 pixels resolution - which I believe is the highest on any smartphone out in the market as of writing.
You'll appreciate this feature most when browsing websites using the phone. Using the default browser, you'll get a full web experience while
Top-notch Benchmarks, Stylus Support, Still and Video Camera, 'Everything is Bigger and Better'
|Name||Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen) with Stylus Support, Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid|
|Dimensions||146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm|
|Operating System||Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, will eventually be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||5.3-inch, 800 x 1280 pixels, HD Super AMOLED, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Processor||Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 proccessor, Mali-400MP GPU, Exynos chipset|
|Camera||Main: 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash, Secondary: 2 MegaPixel front facing camera|
|Video Capture||1080p 30 frames per second|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player |
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player
|Ports||microUSB 2.0 MHL, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB On the Go|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA Bluetooth v3.0+HS, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Network||2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Memory||16GB/32GB storage, 1 GB RAM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB, ships with 2GB card|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Barometer|
|Uptime||TP Experience: 5 Hours of Browsing, 3 Days of Standby|
|Value-Added Features||Stylus (S Pen) Support, Barometer Sensor, Optional NFC Support, TV Out, SNS Integration, Samsung ChatON, TouchWiz 4.0|
|Price||Upon Release: Php 35,990|