Izzy, 16 May 2012For quite sometime now, i've been longing for a smart phone that has a specification like this... moreThe Note is my very first premium smart phone that has met my needs as I am an architect, college instructor, sketcher, blogger and and movie buff.
Here are some of the most common complaints that come up since the release of the Galaxy Note:
*It's too big - So you still can't shake off the common usage of smaller screen phones. When the S II came out with a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus screen, we heard the same complaint. Now, a 4.3" screen is considered outdated since 4.7" to 4.8" screens are becoming a norm. The 5.3" Super HD AMOLED screen of the Galaxy Note has a resolution that has more pixels than my 10" netbook has! And it plays and takes 1080p HD videos. It fits nicely in most top shirt pockets and normal jeans pockets as it is the size of a passport or a small Moleskine notebook.
*It only has a PenTile AMOLED screen construction than an AMOLED Plus type - Do you look at the screen with a magnifying glass? That's right - you can't really tell any difference with some 280+ ppi density against the 220+ ppi of the S II's screen. As recent revelations by Samsung's decision for the S III's to go with a PenTile Super HD AMOLED screen since it will lasts longer than a "Plus".
*The S Pen is a gimmick - Some people don't get what it really is. It uses a sensor system developed by Wacom placed behind the AMOLED screen that only works with the included S Pen. It's an active type of stylus system, and not a resistive (the first generation of touch screens that senses pressure on the screen) nor a capacitive (that responds to more to the slightest finger touch and rubber-tipped stylus) type, athough it has still the latter to operate.
*It has a short battery life - yes and no. If you are a heavy user like me, with 3G internet, internet radio, and applications on most of the time, a full charge can go only up to 6 to 7 hours. Instead of complaining about the short amount of power because of the way I use the Galaxy Note, I got 2 extra batteries and a charger for them to avoid plugging and waiting to power up while out of the house. What's less than a minute of changing batteries than charging for 4 hours? If you are quite busy with work and would access the Note from time to time only, it can go to some 18 hours, which is enough till you get home to charge it again. For super heavy usage, like downloading torrents, continuously surfing the net with sites with white backgrounds and playing 3D games, it can go only for 4 hours. Unless you use the Galaxy Note with light usage with wifi, GPS, data network, bluetooth off and not install any other apps, it can go on for days of standby as reported by some. But why do that with a powerful unit designed to connect to the internet?
*The bezel of the Galaxy Note is cheap plastic - It's flexible plastic for the back cover, some shiny hard plastic on the sides and the front has the Gorilla glass that we know to be scratch resistant (not scratch proof). Hardcore Apple unit users complain about Android phones as cheap plastic copies of their favorite brand. Polycarbonate (plastic as we know it) is logical in terms for better internal antenna reception and accidental drops. In the end, most of us will have some external cover to help protect our precious devices from scratches and accidental drops. I've heard of a friend of a colleague of mine shattering the Galaxy Note's front glass after a waist high drop. I dropped the my Galaxy Note at that same height last month but thanks to a casing that is similar to the Otterbox' Commuter series, damage was done due the shock absorbency of the casing's thickened silicon corners and back plastic reinforcement.
*The speaker is not load enough - yes, it was designed as a good notifier for messages and calls. But when you are in a crowded or noisy area, watching a movie with it is hard to understand. That's when you need the earphones or bluetooth stereo earhones/headphones.
And some average users don't know some of the things what the Galaxy Note (and any most Android smartphones) are capable of:
*use of wired/wireless keyboard and mouse
*connect wired/wirelessly as an HD media player
*remote control a PC
*measures approximate distance, height, angle, vibration, sound, metal detection, compass with an app called Smart Tools (great for my site job)
*the CamScanner app makes turns the Note into a portable book copier and turns the pages to compiled PDF
*Fine digital art works can be achieved better with the S Pen than a finger
*It has a very strong LED bulb when you need to use it as a flashlight
*the pre-installed Polaris Office app is almost a full Microsoft Office alternative where you can edit Excel spreadsheets, Powerpoint slides, and Word processing.
Whew! I guess I've covered what generally how good the Galaxy Note is, for anyone who identify that its features are what they are looking for. It's still up to you to choose something else.
This is the best smart phone i have ever seen. My question is basically on the internet charges. For instance if one is using internet facility on the normal phone, the tariff/charge is not as much as using it on Laptop or Ipad. Which one does Galaxy 7000 belongs.
TheNeighbor, 15 May 2012Isn't this a rooting sequence instruction for the Note? I'd hate to void my warranty just to g... moreIt is official ICS update, not a Custom ROM and working smoothly. I also like to play safe; therefore, I don't think it will void the warranty or will create any other sort of fuss for you.
Best of luck.
AnonD-53110, 16 May 2012 Yep, i did update GB to ICS4.0.3 using your links method or get successfully updated and i fo... moreAs per the said link and various other websites, this update is not what was committed/being expected from Samsung, hence as aforementioned in my previous post "Let us hope for some other worthy future update from Samsung which matches the potential of Note".
OneM, 16 May 2012It was fixed. I also figured it out, I switched it to my dominant hand (LEFT). LOL. AweSome Phone!nice to hear that :)
AnonD-49695, 16 May 2012hi mango!
thanku 4ur reply.
1 more doubt.so we'l see 3g oly if we use packet data or what.
... moreMove the apps to SD :)
2 GB is more than sufficient.
I have installed Asphalt (~ 1GB) and Real football (~500 MB). The game data is there on the SD card.
Izzy, 16 May 2012For quite sometime now, i've been longing for a smart phone that has a specification like this... moreyes if you don't have any problems with the size, i am using if since last 3 months now and no problem at all.
AnonD-49695, 15 May 2012hi dear users!
i have some doubts.please spend ur valuable time for me.please.
1.how to tran... morePlug in the usb cable and let windows recognize it as a usb memory device then just drag and drop from windows to wherever you want on the note.
It's not restrictive like Apple, it just works!!!
I have been using this phone from last few months and just to let all you guys know that its really a phone for the users that don't want to compromise with the performance and on the go usability.
Its got one of the best displays in the market and is the highest resolution phone in terms of pixels. Its 16:10 aspect ratio display is awesome to watch videos and the best for web browsing experience.
Battery life is very good depending on your usage.
Average is one day after doing one hour of web browsing, three hours of video playback and three hours of music.And after this still has got enough to carry itself for another day.
If you consistently keep browsing using full performance then it will last for four hours max because of no compromise browsing. Plays all flash and other content.
Call quality is exceptional and best I have experienced.
Camera is also of top quality.
S-Pen seems new and different. Good to do the editing and other stuff like that.
Use *#0*# to check out its hidden features.
This is for GALAXY NOTE:
For quite sometime now, i've been longing for a smart phone that has a specification like this samsung N7000. Haven read all previous coments, the bad and the good talk about the phone is 3:2. It seem to me; from previous comments that those complaints can be corrected. The question now is, should i purchase it? Please really in need of your answers.
AnonD-48762, 15 May 2012Hi Peter kt ,
1- transfer files , settings-wireless and network - USB utilities , and then o... morehi mango!
thanku 4ur reply.
1 more doubt.so we'l see 3g oly if we use packet data or what.
are you sufficient wid the 2gb space provided for app instalation?wat will u do after it is over.
how many hd games do u have mango.
Anonymous, 15 May 2012The upper left volume rocker position really does annoy me when I accidentally bump it. And ye... moreYou said it very clearly... yeah the Note is really an excepional device... the smartest of smartphones... the most portable of tablets...
BB74, 15 May 2012For all those, who want to update their GT-N7000 to official ICS and are unable to do so eithe... more Yep, i did update GB to ICS4.0.3 using your links method or get successfully updated and i found few bugs fixed then GB but i didn't find any premium suite. Thans for the link [:
My story app is in samsung apps?
abey, 15 May 2012change the dominant hand (setting--> pen settings --> Dominant hand)It was fixed. I also figured it out, I switched it to my dominant hand (LEFT). LOL. AweSome Phone!
I have been using galaxy note for around five months. It great device and i love it it is fast , easy to read and study on, great camera and sound, very nice interphase , great applications , and i am using it as pocket pc. But though few things can be improved
1. Battery life
2. Wifi signal is weaker than other mobile devices though router is like 7 meters away with two thin wall interphase
3. Touch point location in internet browser in landscape view is not very precise
4 if possible not to put the power button facing other buttons ending in pressing it when ever want to change the sound volume or vise versa
I hope samsung work on these point to get ultimate device
BB74, 15 May 2012I have been Samsung Cell Phones user for long time, I will not claim that I have used/experien... moreThe upper left volume rocker position really does annoy me when I accidentally bump it. And yes, the power button too.
There are a few things you could do about what the Note lacks:
*No led indicator for missed messages or calls - the No Led app seems to work out fine for that. I just use the tiny light indicator mode with different colors to correspond to what exactly you missed.
*Speaker is weak - I recommend to plug in your ear phones, better yet with stereo Bluetooth with remote media control. A wireless setup avoids accidental pulling of your Note to fall. I think the built-in speaker was just meant for sound alerts.
*No premium material - I can't complain about plastic (polycarbonate) as the main exterior casing as it takes a beating against drops and better signal transmission. It makes more sense to use it than aluminum that dents, and a back glass that shatters. The Note Carbon Blue version has a textured back plate while the white version is more prone to scratches since it's glossy. A thin silicon casing, at the least, can give protection. But for those who want a casing that really keeps your Note protected, spend a bit to what Otterbox has just came up for the Note.
*Camera - I've seen someone compared the quality against the Apple unit's camera, and the Note has a clearer HD video recording. I'm very happy with the still shots of the Note. I can't complain, and image transfer compared to the Apple unit does not require for me to go through a PC.
*Not a hot-swappable micro-SD slot - yeah, it's a hassle to turn off the Note and take out the battery to get the card out. At least it has one unlike some newer units that eliminated the slot. I did get the original USB dongle for transferring or sharing files to a USB flash drive.
*Short battery capacity - no, the Note's 2500mAh battery is quite ok, giving me 6 to 7 hours of heavy multi-taking usage. Medium usage will give me some 18 hours. As I've been preaching before, get yourselves extra batteries and the original charger. Continuous 3D gaming can spend the battery to zero in 4 hours. Unlike the fixed battery in some newer units, we can just replace the spent battery with a fresh one. Some people don't understand that smartphones are extraordinary portable units that able to do what we expect desktop computers to do, (but on your palm) and require much power to run processes. They can't be compared to normal dumb phones that go on for the entire working week on one charge.
Pretty much, the Note has been a very useful and impressive device for work and play for the last 6 months that I've been using it. The S Pen Wacom system makes this even more useful than any other smartphones out there.