Hands On with Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a somewhere in between an Android smartphone and tablet. It features a beautiful 5.3″ HD Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1280×800. This little tablet, or mega-phone, comes with a stylus and is differentiated as a digital notepad/sketchpad. We saw artists sketching CES attendants and couldn’t believe the detail and quality of the product.

The stylus, also known as the S-Pen, tucks into the bottom of the note and can be used for a variety of apps. Should you choose you can bypass Android’s on-screen keyboard and use the handwriting recognition to jot down all of your notes. The Galaxy Note runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but it could be receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upon release. Samsung’s TouchWiz 4.0 interface is overlayed on top of the Android operating system. TouchWiz offers in-depth support for the S-Pen.

Other specs include a dual-core 1.4Ghz processor, 8-megapixel 1080P rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HSPA+ 21Mbps mobile support, and GPS. It has 1GB of ram, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. It weighs just 6.3 ounces.

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Hands-on, the Galaxy Note felt really nice. It’s super sleek, very light, and very usable. We expected it to be too large to use as a mobile device and too small to use as a tablet, but as a handy device that can be pocketed, it could very well excel. The screen was really just spectacular.

The Galaxy Note has already been released in Asia and Europe in October, but we’re still waiting for pricing and availability in the US market. It’s already been confirmed for AT&T service. Stay tuned for more info!

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