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Galaxy Note Will Be Available Feb. 19, Preorders Feb. 5

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Spoiler Alert: AT&T Only

At last, people who long for AT&T cell service that isn't Apple-branded have a reason to celebrate: a definite American sale date for Samsung's Galaxy note has been announced. Samsung's 4G LTE device hybrid arrives in stores February 19th. If that isn't soon enough, the Galaxy Note can be delivered as early as February 17th if purchased via preorder, beginning Sunday, February 5. As expected, it won't come cheap; consumers will pay $300 and agree to a two year contract with AT&T. 

The Galaxy Note is a smartphone-tablet (Smablet. We're going with Smablet) hybrid intended to provide consumers with the benefits of both. As we saw with our brief hands-on at CES earlier this month, it mostly does the job. There are some slight drawbacks - that 5.3 inch screen won't replace your iPad, and it's slightly bigger than the average phone size we've grown accustomed to. But it packs a decent resolution (800 x 1280), it's about the perfect size for taking notes, and the multitouch screen works like a champ. The question is whether or not it's worth it to get locked into a 2 year AT&T contract. If the answer is yes, AT&T's failed bid to acquire T-mobile will soon be a forgotten bad dream.

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    masterasia , February 1, 2012 3:14 PM
    Isn't this already available?
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    jezus53 , February 1, 2012 3:24 PM
    masterasiaIsn't this already available?


    Not in the US.

    I was hoping this would be available on anything but AT&T. Looks like I'll be waiting till another carrier has it...and hopefully that's soon.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 1, 2012 3:40 PM
    Heh, another complaint at ZOMG!!! 300 USD!!!... the rest of the world pays what, $700? :lol: 
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    spookie , February 1, 2012 4:13 PM
    [quote ]consumers will pay $300 and agree to a two year contract with AT&T. [/quote]
    thats over priced!!!
    oh and it's been available in South Africa for a while now...hahaha suckers!
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    leeashton , February 1, 2012 4:14 PM
    already got one of these, its amazing
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    bustapr , February 1, 2012 4:19 PM
    amk-aka-PhantomHeh, another complaint at ZOMG!!! 300 USD!!!... the rest of the world pays what, $700?

    dont really care if the rest of the world pays more, the fact that its $300 with a 2 year contract to ATT is absurd. and the fact that you can get a fairly competitive 7 inch tab in the price range without contract makes the price tag more absurd. Its a bit too big to be used as a phone comfortably, and a bit small for a tablet. A 7 inch tab would be more ideal for notes and other non phone stuff.
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    Anonymous , February 1, 2012 4:27 PM
    Consumers can buy the phone for $300 from AT&T and probably sell it for the same price on Ebay once they're eligible for another upgrade. Of course one has to take good care of it. :) 
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    hoofhearted , February 1, 2012 4:28 PM
    newegg has had it unlocked for the past couple of months
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    Budge72 , February 1, 2012 5:23 PM
    No, Newegg has not had THIS version of the Note, and neither has most of Europe. AT&T's version has a different processor and has LTE. The imported versions will not work on AT&T's LTE network. This phone will cost $50 more on contract than the Skyrocket, and it gives you a hi-def display and several note-taking apps with an included stylus. For people in a corporate environment that could use this function, and extra $50 is a bargain. And for those of you who don't have LTE, you don't know what you're missing.
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    Budge72 , February 1, 2012 5:24 PM
    No, Newegg has not had THIS version of the Note, and neither has most of Europe. AT&T's version has a different processor and has LTE. The imported versions will not work on AT&T's LTE network. This phone will cost $50 more on contract than the Skyrocket, and it gives you a hi-def display and several note-taking apps with an included stylus. For people in a corporate environment that could use this function, and extra $50 is a bargain. And for those of you who don't have LTE, you don't know what you're missing.
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    junixophobia , February 1, 2012 6:07 PM
    Gnote is great but if you enable 3G and have skype running in background... bat dies easily like plus minus 5 hours...

    But i think you can purchase a bigger battery that last longer...
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    kewlmunky , February 1, 2012 8:00 PM
    hoofheartednewegg has had it unlocked for the past couple of months


    Just looked and the only one I found was 3G.
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    kewlmunky , February 1, 2012 8:00 PM
    hoofheartednewegg has had it unlocked for the past couple of months


    Just looked and the only one I found was 3G.
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    back_by_demand , February 1, 2012 8:25 PM
    bustaprdont really care if the rest of the world pays more, the fact that its $300 with a 2 year contract to ATT is absurd. and the fact that you can get a fairly competitive 7 inch tab in the price range without contract makes the price tag more absurd. Its a bit too big to be used as a phone comfortably, and a bit small for a tablet. A 7 inch tab would be more ideal for notes and other non phone stuff.

    Seems like the rest of the world pays more, in fact it's almost the same because AT&T aren't anywhere else and we all know that US consumers get bent over a barrel like Marcel Wallace in Pulp Fiction for their contracts
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    JOSHSKORN , February 1, 2012 9:05 PM
    If they only had a DROID RAZR MAXX "Smablet" with a little bit better quality camera AND Android ICS out of the box...I'd be a first day buyer.
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    JOSHSKORN , February 1, 2012 9:25 PM
    I read somewhere that this phone IS headed to Verizon in the Spring/Summer under the name "Galaxy Journal".
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    __-_-_-__ , February 2, 2012 2:38 PM
    I've seen many notes around here. I've tried it some months ago. too big for me but it's a good idea.
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    fuzzion , February 4, 2012 10:48 AM
    Using the galaxy note AKA Samsung "Phonblet" for over 7 weeks now and here are my conclusions.

    -Fits perfectly in all pockets. FYI if phone was even 1cm bigger it would not fit in most of your pockets
    -Slim and about the same weight as the iphone
    -Blazingly fast on Apps and interface
    -If you only have one hand, this phone is not for you
    -Writting recognition software not perfect
    -Excellent note taking feature with zero lag
    -Batt needs recharging every 26 hours or about 12 hrs with heavy use
    -Superior screen makes reading under the sun easy
    -Ice cream sandwich ready
    -Many features are akin to iOS but still takes time to get used to
    -Attracts the "awe" factor with everyone wanting to have a look and feel
    -Excellent camera quality with awesome autofocus
    -Phone speaker is redundantly at the back instead of being at the side
    -Makes the iphone4s look redundant
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