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A Quick Preview of Samsung's Galaxy Note for AT&T LTE

Samsung is fairly confident about the Galaxy Note. They've already shipped more than a million to markets in Asia and Europe and are set to finally bring the weird little thing stateside via AT&T (4G LTE, if you care) some time in 2012 (actual date TBD). Ahead of the North American launch, Samsung has brought the device to CES 2012, and at Monday night's Digital Experience party we had the chance to play around with it. So how is it? Tentatively, we kind of love it.

It really is a combo smartphone and tablet, not too big to comfortably use as a standard phone, and that 5-inch screen is about the perfect size for note taking and sketching (and then slipping back into your pocket without needing a cumbersome carrying case). It also looks pretty great (800 x 1280 resolution), and the touchscreen appears to be quite sensitive, registering multiple fingers at the same time without issue. While the demo unit we played with didn't come close to having the full range of available applications, we were able to check out an app called Hello Crayon that uses the stylus as a drawing tool. Lines were precise and we didn't experience any skipping as we dragged the stylus across the screen in quick strokes.

Given the lack of phone service and the limited time to play around, a full accounting isn't possible, but we're mostly excited about it. That 5.3 inch screen makes the Note a bit bigger than any mobile phone you're like to use outside of a movie set during the 1980s, and holding it against your head does not look cool. (Though it does make it look as though you're attempting forced perspective; expect comedy videos that use the Note as a prop for a character who is supposed to be a giant). The stylus is also a problem. It functions fine and it almost makes up for crushed spirits after Microsoft killed the Courier. But let's be real: people are going to lose the stylus, and they're going to lose it a lot. The typical consumer might not fall in love, but creative professionals will probably wear it out.

  • Ummmmmm....you mean people will use it as a prop pretending they're really small. A giant would hold a tiny phone. As for losing the stylus, does it pop out too easily? I've never lost a stylus and I've had many different smartphone brands since the original Palm's.

    I for one, have been waiting for this kind of device ever since I used to love the huge screen on my Toshiba 2032 w/ Tom Tom GPS installed. Now I can also remote into remote computers with a resolution good enough to actually do some work with without having to carry a laptop with me at all times. Granted it will be small but I do it now in a pinch with an HTC Inspire and an HTC Surround and their screens are MUCH smaller.
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  • jiangyi
    Now, if they price this thing right, the iPod Touch might actually have some competition on its hands....
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  • rosstradamus
    No, I mean they'll be pretending to be a giant using a regular sized tablet. -Ross
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  • archange
    "Smablet" - You made me LOL :D
    Or is it Tabphone? Nah, that must be an Apple reference and hence patented...
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  • Lmeow
    lokibjensenUmmmmmm... As for losing the stylus, does it pop out too easily? I've never lost a stylus and I've had many different smartphone brands since the original Palm's.
    No need to worry about the stylus, I've played with the Note quite a few times and the stylus is quite secure in its little compartment. It's screen is also fingerprint resistant and quite scratch resistant which makes using it a whole lot more enjoyable.
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  • win7guru
    I have a galaxy nexus and trust me you don't want anything bigger than it in your pocket.
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  • del35
    "Now, if they price this thing right, the iPod Touch might actually have some competition on its hands..."

    There are numerous devices already in the market that are technologically superior to the iPod Touch. Sadly the people are too technologically clueless to know they are. The locust is likely to continue their romance with icrap regardless of what is rleased.

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  • STravis
    del35"Now, if they price this thing right, the iPod Touch might actually have some competition on its hands..."There are numerous devices already in the market that are technologically superior to the iPod Touch. Sadly the people are too technologically clueless to know they are. The locust is likely to continue their romance with icrap regardless of what is rleased.

    Shut it, nozzle.
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  • td854
    I really really wish it was not on ATT, not giving up my grandfathered Verizon plan, not to mention ATT coverage is spotty in my area.
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  • vernonk
    Regarding AT&T, I came across an article saying that AT&T brings the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet hybrid to U.S. store shelves Feb. 19. Tech media note that the 5.3-inch screen will make people think twice about the space between the two well-known device designs. Source for this article: Samsung Galaxy Note phablet set for Feb. 19 US release with AT&T.
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