This hybrid, as it might be called the Galaxy Notes, integrates all the functionality of a tablet with the comfort and convenience of a phone, some dimensions are not reduced, but after getting used to its size, the phone is good in every situation .
For us, the Samsung Galaxy Notes is a genuine link between a smartphone and a tablet, the Android OS Gingerbread allows optimal use of all resources of the phone, and high quality components make this phone one of the best ever built by the Korean brand. Light and very thin, the Galaxy Notes integrates a removable pen, the Pen S, which can be used for taking notes or drawing on the wide screen of 5.3 inches.
The Super AMOLED display is spectacular, the colors are full, vivid images and produce crisp and clear. Unlike other AMOLED screens that make the colors too saturated, notes that the Galaxy is well balanced, thanks to the many adjustments available, the user can change various parameters to get exactly what you want from the display. The resolution of 1280 × 800 pixels you still get the most out of your phone, whether you’re surfing the Internet, is watching a video in HD. The screen is very bright and it automatically adjusts to light conditions making themselves visible even when the sun is beating against.
The S Pen is a capacitive stylus built into the phone that allows users to write and draw using the native applications of the cell. This pen is not to be confused with those of the older handhelds; the S Pen is indeed based on an electromagnetic resonance technology which allows you to use your phone as a drawing tablet. When the pen is in contact with the screen the phone stops detecting the input of the fingers so as to support part of the hand on the display to be able to write without problems. The section on the screen is adjusted from 256 levels of pressure that create real pictures with a lot of nuance and detail lines just as if you were using a sheet of paper. With the stylus you can also write freehand instead of using the keyboard, the integrated software will recognize and transcribe the letters included in the message that we are writing. Recognition is not always accurate, sometimes you run into gross errors of the system but, after a little ‘practice, it can become a viable alternative to on-screen keyboard.
The dimensions of the Samsung Galaxy Notes are high: 147 mm high, 83 wide and 9 thick. At first glance it is necessary to use two hands to operate the device, but when you get used to a little ‘becomes also convenient to use with one hand: only those with small hands will not find this phone easy to use every day. Pocket in the telephone is quite bulky while being very thin and, thanks to the back cover corrugated, is never slippery. A side of the phone is only present 3 keys, one for the ignition and to put in stand-by and two for adjusting the volume. A middle button below the screen and two touch buttons let you easily navigate phone menus.
The battery used in the box with the phone is a 2500 mAh: huge for a good smartphone but in this case. In our tests, with normal use of the device for calls, messages email and internet, the charge lasts for more than 2 days. Even using the phone with WiFi and gps life is far superior to a full day, as when watching videos or playing games.
The 8-megapixel back camera produces sharp images and high resolution. The auto focus allows you to put each object in focus, both near and far, by simply touching the screen area that we want to emphasize. The color rendition is excellent, the saturation is well balanced and the images are almost always well contrasted. The images are crisp and clear even when shooting in low light, you use the LED flash or not. The camera may become a video camera capable of shooting movies in Full HD at 30 frames per second videos are always fluid and smoothly. The 2-megapixel front camera, mainly used for video calls, does its duty and does not create any problems in the transmission of video.
The phone comes with a factory Android 2.3.5 with some changes made by Samsung. Needless to dwell on the merits and defects of the Android operating system, but some flaws seem more insistent with the version released by Samsung. When you tap the button to turn the screen response is not immediate, as when receiving calls, the screen hesitates a moment before you light up. Very useful but the system unlocks the screen with which you press anywhere on the screen and scroll with your finger to enter the main screen and use the phone. When there are missed calls or text messages when you unlock the screen you’ll be whisked into special menu, which reminds us that he had received a message or a call. Shame it’s not so comfortable with the reception of mail notifications.
Pros and Cons:
- Screen exceptional
- S Pen
- Improved software