Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 review: Power play

GSMArena team, 16 November 2011.

TouchWiz music player

The Samsung Galaxy Note uses the standard TouchWiz music player, which is pretty good news as we cannot think of a feature that it lacks. But for the automatically generated album art that we saw on the N9, it does everything you’d expect of it.

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The music player is pretty cool

Samsung have enabled equalizer presets (including a custom one) along with the sound-enhancing DNSe technology and 5.1 channel virtualization.

There is a nice music-based visualization with the bars moving on the screen and you can easily share any track you are listening to over mail, Wi-Fi, or any of the social networks you have set up on the device.

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The now playing interface

The nice feature that allows you to quickly look up a song on YouTube or via Google search is also here. The handset also prompts you to select whether to look up the artist, the song title or the album.

Impressive video player

The video player offers a simple list-based interface. It displays all video files stored on the phone and you can sort them by name, date, type or size. The video player also remembers the last viewed position of the video, so you can resume exactly where you left off.

The video player lets you choose between three crop modes for how the video fits the screen. There’s 5.1 channel virtualization and subtitle support. You can change font size and adjust subtitles sync (move them back or forward a few seconds) but there’s no option to manually load subtitles, they have to have the same filename as the video file to load.

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The Galaxy Note video player is among the best we have seen

The video player had absolutely no trouble with any of the files we threw at it – starting with .WMV, through .AVI (DivX and XviD) and .MP4 to .MKV (H.264). Resolution wasn’t a problem either – the Samsung Galaxy Note played FullHD files with ease. Large files of over 2GB worked as well.

Needless to say, with a screen that big and resolution this high the Galaxy Note makes a great portable video player. You just transfer the videos to it (which is quite easy too) and enjoy.

The even better news is that the battery support won’t let you down either. We found the Galaxy Note capable of 8:25 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge, which should suffice for just about every scenario.

FM Radio

The Samsung Galaxy Note is equipped with an FM radio with RDS. The interface is simple – there’s a tuning dial and you can save 6 stations as favorites. You can also listen on the loudspeaker, but the headset is still needed to serve as an antenna.

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FM radio with RDS is included in the package

Excellent audio output

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Note passed our audio quality test with flying colors. It couldn't beat the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but it did better than every other Samsung device we have tested.

As you can see there's nothing to frown at when the Galaxy Note is connected to an active external amplifier. We were somewhat surprised by the low volume levels, but the output couldn't be any cleaner.

We were also pleased to find out that there is only slight deterioration when headphones are attached. The stereo crosstalk reading took the biggest hit, but the intermodulation distortion and frequency response stayed very good earing an excellent mark overall.

Check out the table and see for yourself.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy Note N7000+0.04, -0.08-90.488.90.0044 0.066-87.4
Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 (headphones attached)+0.12, -0.06-89.788.40.0084 0.112-51.6
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II+0.04, -0.09-91.491.90.0042 0.066-89.7
Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II (headphones attached)+1.05, -0.22-90.090.20.013 0.647-49.4
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1+0.03, -0.04-89.989.90.014 0.018-90.8
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (headphones attached)+0.05, -0.03-89.689.60.012 0.063-64.4
Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab+0.02, -0.17-90.790.00.1000.065-87.0
Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab (headphones attached)+0.72, -0.14-90.489.90.0180.360-53.4
HTC Titan+0.06, -0.34-86.987.80.015 0.244-75.5
HTC Titan (headphones attached)+0.34, -0.18-76.877.10.057 0.581-56.4
HTC Sensation (headphones attached)+0.71, -0.15-89.190.10.019 0.522-70.6
HTC Sensation+0.05, -0.34-90.290.20.012 0.021-91.1

Samsung Galaxy Note frequency response
Samsung Galaxy Note frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

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