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.