Friday, May 04, 2012

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

So I'm not quite sure why I chose to use my 2-year upgrade to get this phone, but I did. I think I could guess and say that it was because the screen was so large and enticing but yeah boy did that get old fast. It's essentially what you would expect; a very big cell phone that is not quite at the tablet level.

I won't bore you with the details as there are thousands of reviews out there and Youtube videos you can watch but here it is in a nutshell.

Pros
  • The screen is actually quite nice. I think it's because the pixels per inch is lower meaning icons are bigger which equals everything being easier on the eyes. You can read faster and it's a better feel when you're looking at the screen.
  • Great for watching Youtube videos or movies during lunch.
  • Text apps like Engadget and CNN = a much better reading experience.

Cons
  • Laggy as all hell. I did manage to temporarily solve the lag by doing a recovery wipe but it still remained in some fashion with a few apps and when pinch/zooming.
  • Still on 2.3 Gingerbread and we all know how well AT&T and Samsung give a shit about upgrading their stuff.
  • The phone (minus the stylus) is still essentially a larger Samsung Captivate with a working GPS. I hate that search button on the bottom-right
  • Quadrant benchmarks came up around 1K-2K....nothing like the 4K on the International version. If the phone is meant to be fast, it sure wasn't with its lag and AT&T bloatware.
  • Even though it'll fit in your pocket, it does get annoying to pull out this monster after x number of times a day.
  • You can't do much with it with one hand unless you have huge thumbs.
  • Turning on the phone seemed to always engage one of the volume buttons with my palm. Annoying placement; why don't they put the power button on the top?

Conclusion
At the end of the day, I sold the phone because it was still worth a pretty penny on the open market. I did want to get a smaller Android phone with ICS like the HTC One X, but when Google dropped the price on the Galaxy Nexus to $399, I had to jump on that. So other than doodlers and artists, I can't think of anyone who would really think of the Galaxy Note "phablet" as being a useful tool.