Review: Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T
The Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T is somewhat hard to wrap your head (and your hand!) around. In the end, I have to say it is a prime example of the "bigger isn't always better" maxim. Though I love the huge display and the room it provides for applications and content, it is so big that it gets in the way of general usability. I would not buy a phone that I can't use easily with one hand; that's table stakes. However, if you have exceptionally huge hands, the Galaxy Note may be exactly what you're looking for.
The S-Pen brings a new dimension (or, really, resurrects an old dimension) to the modern smartphone. While it has some whiz-bang appeal, Samsung needs to scare up more apps that offer unique pen-based features. Until it does, the S-Pen and accompanying S Memo app come off as parlour tricks to me.
Discounting the sheer dimensions of the Galaxy Note and the S-Pen, it gets pretty much every other feature right. It's a good voice phone, has great battery life, offers zippy mobile data, and takes good pictures/video.
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Would I recommend this phone? Only to the Kobe Bryants and Jeremy Lins of the world. For most of us, it's just too much phone.
AT&T revealed that it will sell Samsung's monstrously large Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet. With its 5.3-inch display, the Note defies categorization.
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Jul 16, 2012
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May 3, 2013
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Sep 24, 2012
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