Reviewed by AdamReid (Currently owns)
The Galaxy Note is a great mini-tablet and a decent phone. Performance is great in most games (save for really graphics-intensive titles like GTA: III where you see the occasional framerate slowdowns and clipping), the screen is absolutely gorgeous, and the S-Pen is great when you need it, unobtrusive when you don't. For a go anywhere tablet, highly recommend it.
If you use your phone as a phone I would not recommend it. Its impossible to use one-handily without constantly sliding it in your hand and maintaining a tenuous grip on the device; its so large if you hold it with one hand for more than a brief period that hand will cramp. It looks absolutely silly held up to your head. And worst of all, unless you wear baggy pants it will come at least 1/3 out of your back pocket when you sit, if it fits in there at all. I usually keep it in my bag or don't bring it at all.
For a consumption device the Note is top notch. For a phone, its for a very limited set of people.
- Design 7
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 7
- Software 7
- Battery life 9
- Ecosystem 9