Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T LTE)

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Note: Our original review was of the unlocked, £499.99 ($784) GSM Galaxy Note. We've updated the review to reflect our impressions and tests of the $299 (with contract) AT&T model as well. Check out the Connectivity and Software sections, in particular, to see the biggest differences between the two devices. There once was a time, commonly referred to as the pre-iPad era, when people questioned if there really was a gap between laptops and smartphones for tablets to fill. The two established...

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.38 inches
Weight 0.39 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 5.3 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system Android
Launch OS version Android 2.3

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.74 inches
Width 3.27 inches
Thickness 0.38 inches
Weight 0.39 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White, Black

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 5.3 inches
Technology Super AMOLED HD
Pixel arrangement RGBG (PenTile)
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 800 px
PPI 285

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 3.0 + HS

Processor

Clock speed 1.4 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB
External Yes
Max external size 32 GB
External type microSD

Front Camera

Resolution 2 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 24

Software

Operating system Android
Skin TouchWiz
Launch OS version Android 2.3
Notable apps S Memo, S Planner, S Choice

Interface

Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB, MHL

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 2500 mAh
Removable Yes

Benchmarks

Quadrant 3308
SunSpider 3750 ms

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7.6

Average User Review

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  • Performance 7
  • Software 6
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by chuckbradley (Currently owns)

    First, the Note is a secondary device; my primary is an iPhone.

    The Samsung display is very saturated. It's much stronger than the iPhone and often very good for video. After using it, I will say that it's too strong. Some photos look great but others are overwhelming. The camera takes very good photos; the call quality and other (LTE) network details are excellent; and the available software is as good as any other Gingerbread device.

    Unfortunately, it's still Gingerbread. I wanted an ICS update early, but it still hasn't arrived. The Touchwiz skin is mediocre. That's subjective, but it spills over into the objective observations - particularly performance. I often have to wait for it to recognize a button tap or for it to load the phonetop with default widgets. The worst characteristic, ironically, is the size. This is basically a mini-tablet: good for videos, games, and some reading, but I say if you wanti a tablet, get a tablet. Don't try to get this as a hybrid unless you plan to use a Bluetooth headset or earphones. Holding the mini-tablet up to a small head just looks goofy. If this is your primary device, I would suggest the Skyrocket (if you want Samsung) or the HTC One X, which AT&T will release very soon (with ICS).

    FYI: I am an AT&T employee but this reflects my personal opinion, not that of AT&T.

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    Reviewed by Nonito (Currently owns)

    The Samsung Galaxy Note is a big phone but I hardly use it as a phone. It has a cool big screen display... people like the way the pictures look on this phone. I mostly use it to watch video podcasts and TV shows. I save the movies for the big screen. I'm enjoying every bit of this phone.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by adriankessel (Previously owned)

    This is an excellent device that I highly recommend. There are very few weaknesses to speak of. In fact, the only gripe I have is that I found a handful of games that I wanted to play were not compatible. This is a fairly small complaint for a device with an amazing screen, great battery life, excellent camera, and snappy performance in all areas.

    Reception is also good and call quality is more than acceptable. Not quite as loud and clear as some blackberries ive owned or the Lumia 900, but better than most phones.

    Oh since everyone asks...it fits in my pocket and it fits in my hand so it is NOT too big.

    If you try one you will probably buy one.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by uplatenerd (Currently owns)

    Coming from a iphone 3g, Nokia N8, and a HTC Inspire 4g, I feel this would be my last phone I would have. The LTE speeds here in Austin, Texas are very fast. The fastest speeds i have recorded were 40 down and about 12 up. I feel like the only thing that is lacking is pure vanilla Android 4.0. The display is very nice. Though my only gripe about it is, that when trying to view it in a very dark room the brightness can be alittle too bright. Even on the lowest setting, the display seems a little too bright for my taste. The S-pen works as exactly as you would think it would. Fluid and responsive were my first throughts. If i had one thing to change on the phone, it would be the OS. I fear updating to 4.0 even with a touchwiz overlay is going to leave me wanting something custom.

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by varunkrish (Currently owns)

    nice phone but running gingerbread .. i want to use ICS on this big screen. Gingerbread does not do justice to the display. Hell, cant even use the Chrome app which rocks on my Galaxy Nexus ! But overall a good phone especially if you addicted to the internet like me. I need ICS soon !

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by joey.coello (Currently owns)

    Game changer! That is what the Galaxy Note is. With it's 5.3" SuperAMOLED + screen, pictures and videos are a pleasure to watch. This phone is great for bloggers and with S Memo, you also get a great app that allows handwritten notes with its S pen stylus. But this is more than your typical stylus. It has a button to allow for screen caps and also is pretty accurate. This phone is not for everyone as it's size can be cumbersome for all you skinny jeans wearing people. But it works great for me. 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB ROM (10.7 GB usable) round up this device and is quite zippy with its dual core 1.5 GHz processor. So if your looking for a new phone on any carrier, make the switch to AT&T as i did from Verizon and get this LTE phenom.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by VoxMediaUser599563 (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.

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    Reviewed by Allegrotechie (Currently owns)

    Wouldn't buy this phone nor would I recommend it due to its terribly huge size and ugly design. The OS is old and outdated and the s pen is a waste of time/money/design. Price is too high and doesn't' do anything special other than take money from my wallet.

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    Reviewed by DOAbarrelroll (Currently owns)

    Pros:
    • Pressure sensitive stylus a huge plus for note takers and artists
    • Same great camera as Galaxy SII
    • Screen size is great for movie and web browsing
    • High resolution Super AMOLED display
    • Snappy Performance
    • LTE is amazing (where available)
    • Long lasting battery

    Cons:
    • Too large to be practical for most users
    • Screen uses PenTile pixel matrix
    • Doesn't have Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Touchwiz brings little to the table
    • AT&T's LTE coverage is nearly non-existent
    • Handwriting recognition is half-baked
    • International edition has better SOC

    Note:
    I'm located in a fringe area of AT&T coverage map (for both data and voice), and as such cannot give an accurate rating of call quality or reception at this time.

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