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Samsung Galaxy Note review

How does the Android Ice Cream Sandwich update fare?

Our Verdict

It's a sterling, premium device from Samsung, but compromises have been made to fuse a phone and a tablet together that could be hard to get used to.

Product features

  • Built-in Memory : 16 GB
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Battery Talk Time : 1 Day
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800

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For

  • Amazing screen
  • Great contacts management
  • Excellent call quality
  • Fantastic camera
  • Samsung's own apps

Against

  • Not that different to the S2
  • Expensive
  • Only seven home screens
  • May be too big for some
  • Camera prone to scratches

The Samsung Galaxy Note has the all-important 30fps 1080p Full HD video recording at its heart, and it works jolly well indeed.

The range of options is less extensive than the standard camera, but nonetheless it's more than enough.

Exposure and white balance can all be calibrated manually to ensure you're getting the best resolution, and touch-to-focus will also alter the brightness of the scene, although this will revert back once you've let go.

A video light is also included for darker scenes, which is a godsend for when you're trying to get the the Samsung Galaxy Note to actually work out what's going on for an...er, art movie.

Fast moving scenes can hurt things a little bit when it comes to autofocus - it could have been a lot smoother and sharper at times in our view.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, HSDPA
SAR Value0.11 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedLTE 700, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, WCDMA 850
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Screen Size13.5 cm (5.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)178 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
RealtoneYes
Radio Tuner TypeFM
Call FeaturesCall Log, Caller ID, Call Timer, Conference Call, Call Divert, Call Barring, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding
Pixel Density285 ppi
Height146.9 mm
Width83 mm
Depth9.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerSamsung
Product NameGalaxy Note Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineGalaxy Note
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor Typecomfortmeter, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N7000ZBAXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Feel free to do whatever you like, wherever you are, with the Samsung Galaxy Note. Its large 5.3" HD Super AMOLED touchscreen offers a superior viewing experience. Thin and light design allows maximum portability, and full-screen utilisation is perfect for quick and effective tasking on the move. With a choice of touch or super-sensitive S Pen input, you can sketch, write, and capture or crop elements from any screen quickly and easily. The 1.4GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ internet speeds of up to 21Mbps make sure you've got the power you need, too. Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note and discover a new kind of smartphone experience with a world of freedom.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Note Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year