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Samsung Galaxy Note: who is it for? (size comparison)

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Samsung Galaxy Note: who is it for? (size comparison)
We just can’t stop thinking about the new Samsung Galaxy Note with its inconceivably big 5.3-inch display. It’s gargantuan! Is it a mini tablet? Is it a maxi smartphone? Does it redefine those terms altogether setting the trend for screen sizes above the 5-inch mark? And after all, who is it for and does it really take two hands to hold a Galaxy Note?

We wondered and wondered, but then we decided to ask those who were in the know not only about the Galaxy Note, but just about any holdable product out there. Yup, we turned to the Burger King Tiny Hands guy, who had a hard time getting used to the Galaxy Note. Actually, we even have the photographic proof of him cumbersomely trying to handle the device (depicted on the image to the left).

But all humor aside, below you can find the actual size comparison - the Galaxy Note is scarily huge even when compared with the Galaxy S II and even more so when put side to side with the iPhone 4. 

Don’t you start to feel that now you too have these tiny hands?

The Samsung Galaxy Note dwarfs the competition. Literally.

The Samsung Galaxy Note dwarfs the competition. Literally.

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posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:29 3

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, looks like they took 3 iphone5s and squished them into one giant phone.. lol

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:32 2

2. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


That wouldn't comfortably sit in your hand or pocket unless you wore cargos everyday.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:48

5. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


once they go bezeless and buttonless 5.3 will be a good size (its basically the same size as the SGS2 that way).. but as it is i dont think i could use it daily.. lol tabletmini? gargantuan-phone? I'd call it the samsung Titan.. lol

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:35 6

3. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


No, this defnintely is waaay to big. 4 inch is perfect, 5.3 inch is almost crazy, that's a tablet

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:11 5

10. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


4 is even too big.
The point is to keep phones mobile. Hence 'mobile phone'
I hate the HTC bricks plus dummy kick stand. This aint a bike.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:48 4

13. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


for me, 4 inch is perfect. Big enough to enjoy, yet small enough to fit in my pocket.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 23:33 4

50. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha u just like it cause thats the wave 3's size..

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:03 2

16. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


To each his own, I guess. I've had an EVO for over a year now and I've had no trouble carrying it around in my pocket or doing anything with it that I couldn't do with my old iPod touch. I'm not really into skinny, form-fitting clothing, so I have more than enough room in my pockets for the extra 0.3"x0.3"x0.13" of my EVO. I do agree that this 5.3 Note thing is WAY over the top though. If it is any consolation, iKingTrust, I'm almost certainly not getting an HTC next time around, and I'd definitely consider an iPhone5 if its screen were, say, around 4 inches.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:26 2

19. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


sir your fanboyism is showing. Sheep claim that 3.5 inch is the perfect size for a touch screen yet I know 3 people who had iphones(myself as well) who switched to android because the iPhones screen was too small. One of them admitted that if the iPhone had a 4+ inch display they would switch back.

Some people love the idea of having a huge display like tablet with the ability to make calls. You can sit there and defend your little iphone all you want but you know damn well you'd be going crazy if they released an iphone with a larger screen.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:15 3

27. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I don't think the problem is with being a fanboy. I'd love nothing more than for all the Android and iOS fanboys to debate the pros and cons of each OS till the cows come home. I just think people need to learn how to post in a civil, educated manner. And if some people prefer a 3.5" screen to a 4" screen, all power to them. I have nothing against that. (And to clarify my previous comment, its not that a 5.3" device is way over the top, period. I'm sure Samsung did extensive research to figure out if there is a niche for this behemoth or not, and they believe there is. I just think it's too large for my tastes.)

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:25

35. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


i was talking to iking lol sorry

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:54

44. Commentator (Posts: 2293; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Don't worry, Rory, I knew who you were talking to, that was just something I wanted to get out of my head for awhile and your comment provided a way to do that. I meant nothing against you either.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:26 3

30. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Meanwhile if Apple releases the i5 with a 5" display, you would be posting how revolutionary Apple is. How great the display is. How everyone else will copy thier design. How you had to run out stand in line to get one.

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 07:34

53. quakan (Posts: 1140; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


if apple ever does something like that, they can forget my business

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:41

4. chocolatebear76 (Posts: 121; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)


what ever you guys say,i believe when this phone finally comes out,many will dive on it

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:53 2

6. Totoro (unregistered)


5.3 is perfect! Just what I needed, a shame that Samsung double-timed me like that.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 08:53 3

7. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)


It should come with fold-out legs and a chair,or at least it's own midget to hold it up...lol j/k it depends on how it really futs in my hands.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:08 1

8. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


everything is so big lol!!! thats what my girlfriend said lol!!! j/k that phone is ridiculous they need to quit....!!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:09

9. Padmasali (Posts: 15; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


i think Samsung GALAXY Note only for business use... after daily use of GALAXY S II i fell it is ok for my hand and i will hold in one hand... but 5.3" is too big to be called phone... i think 4.5" is more for any kind of SmartPhone...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:12

11. iphone sucks balls (unregistered)


well at least it is another tool that can help crush the sorry outdated isuck out of existance. literally.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:13 1

12. hepresearch (unregistered)


Good luck holding that up to your ear to talk on... if you try to talk on it while driving, you now have a built-in blind spot the size of an 18-wheeler... if you talk on it in public, half of the crowd will think you are trying to hide your head... getting a Bluetooth headset for it is the only thing that makes usable sense; however, if you do use it in public and it becomes the "in" thing, I will be tempted to try to emulate you for a quarter of the price by pretending to talk on an Amazon Kindle.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:49

23. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


This would be perfect for me because I hate holding up any smart phone to my ear ( even the droid incredible is a bit large against my face) so I use a bluetooth headset most of the time anyways. Having the screen size would be the best for me. Too bad verizon hates its customers.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:32

31. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


There is no where in the civilized world where you should be holding up a phone to your ear while driving. I don't care if the phone is the size of a peanut. I hope your not driving next to me ever.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:37

39. ickyob (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Mar 2010)


not everyone lives in California! It is certainly not illegal to talk on your phone while driving where I live.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:51

14. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Just waiting for all the "that's what she said" jokes to start rollin in.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:42

20. hepresearch (unregistered)


I hope they don't... guys can truly be sick fools.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:34 1

28. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u realize nexos is a guy right? lol

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 22:20

48. hepresearch (unregistered)


I have no clue. You can never tell these days, people can post any picture for their profile, so I'll just have to take your word for it... of course, the last time I took somebody's word for it, I ended up thinking 530gemini was a lady because somebody referred to them as a "she"... lol!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:38

40. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


And women can be vicious b*tch*s

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:41

41. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


and BTW I worked as a bouncer in my younger years at a strip club that had a "ladies" night for the gals. Threw out more raunchy women each night then men the other six combined.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 22:33

49. hepresearch (unregistered)


Occasionally, when they want to be. I happen to be destitute because my ex-wife took me for everything I owned, but what can I say? I loved her... I gave her everything I could give. She made the choice to not be monogamous, and so I got a divorce... and I was willing to leave all my possessions with her so I could be free of the manipulation, abuse, and physical danger/disease from her new "partners". Once I waived all my rights, she let me go without asking for alimony. It was a trade off I was willing to make for my liberty, health, and sanity.

I prefer to give women the benefit of the doubt, though. I will admit I married one who didn't make decent choices, and wasn't the person she advertised herself to be when we were dating. I don't care how mean she was, how hard she hit me, or how many other men she was with... it doesn't make her less than a lady to me. I will not be going back to her ever, but I do forgive her. And I am not going to be holding it against any other lady, either. I will have respect for women, regardless of anything in the past, and regardless of anything in the future. The guys, on the other hand, have to earn it.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 09:53

15. NeXoS (Posts: 278; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I actually had the Dell Streak 5, it's big, but pretty nice to use everyday. I returned it cuz the camera sucked and Dell sucks with updates and there's no dev community behind it.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:48 2

21. hepresearch (unregistered)


The bigger the phone, the more breakable glass real-estate. I can't imagine wanting such a large screen for a phone. If you need a large screen, get a tablet! As for me, I'm happy with a small phone. The giant old plastic "brick phones" went out of style a long time ago, thank goodness... I didn't expect them make a ferocious comeback in the shape of a giant flat glass square.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:19

17. sinple (unregistered)


this thing is on display for a while in samsung shop in singapore. Inside the shop, they name this device as 'galaxy SII 5 inch'

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:13

26. jemolian (unregistered)


at which samsung shop ? i want to go see it.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:24

18. milominderbinder (Posts: 6; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


For normal size hands, this is a great phone. Makes the Epic 4G Touch seem small.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 10:49 1

22. hepresearch (unregistered)


I suppose that depends on your definition of "normal"...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:01

24. tahnik (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


why would buy this? (Giant excluded)

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:05

25. hepresearch (unregistered)


I don't know... I wouldn't. But that's just me. There are plenty of different opinions out there, because everybody is different (thank goodness!).

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 11:52

29. whateverlol (unregistered)


In my humble opinion, this'll be no good as a phone. It's just too big! Ladies who just put their phones in their purses or men who have large suit pockets might but maybe not for people who keep them in their pockets. If I'm gonna use something like this more for tablet-like purposes, I'd rather get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Again, this is my own opinion.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:37

32. remyrz (Posts: 184; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


I would buy it.. If I were rich... but my pennys are for the galaxy S II... :) I like the big things.. are better for my eyes...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 12:43

33. Slowleak (unregistered)


It would be perfect if it had a full qwerty key board!!!!

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:23

34. bong (unregistered)


Can anyone hold it in one hand and text at the same time?

ive seen and held a galaxy s2, the galaxy note really dwarfs the sgs2...
im checking all my pants and pockets if i have the space for it..

My thumb may not reach that far to the other end of the screen using the keyboard
and i have big hands...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:26

36. jacko (unregistered)


wow. wow wow wow (that's what she said). this thing is huge! (that's what she said). i think i want one! (that's what she said). when will this be released?? (that's what she said). it's really easy to navigate with big hands (that's what she said). it would take a really big hand to hold this up to your ear (that's what she said). i hope this comes in different colors! (that's what she said). 5.3 inches...? nyeah..... I can deal with that... (that's what she said). as long as it's really wide. wait, no, that would be bad (that's what she said?)...

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:29

37. jacko (unregistered)


But in all honesty... this things looks sick. I'm definitely gonna pick one up

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 13:29

38. jacko (unregistered)


that's what she said

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:13

42. jimmy jacky (unregistered)


It fits perfectly in my suit coat pocket so as a business phone its just perfect.
Now that spreadsheet and document page is really usable. Saves having to drag that 10inch tablet around in a breif case. Brilliant. The corporate market will love it.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:19

43. ltr (unregistered)


IF you wanna be different, then its the perfect phone for you.

I wanna see that, next to a Xperia Mini,

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 14:56

45. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


See, I don't want a tablet because I don't want a separate line of service/data plan to pay for. This phone may be just right. I love that it has a stylus. I can't wait to handle one in the store and see how responsive it is.

posted on 01 Sep 2011, 16:51

46. chezzitstealer (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


i want it so bad...but its going to be hard to hide at school when i want to text^.^ lol

posted on 02 Sep 2011, 00:22

51. some (unregistered)


the size of display on the galaxy note is a size of a whole iphone 4囧!

posted on 03 Sep 2011, 13:23

54. Leodrade (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)


the size is perfect, you can browse the web comfortably and impress the ladies with your phoner!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 22:54

55. totaldooshbag (unregistered)


not to sound like a total douchebag, but I just picture having to check for calls/emails/the time say in a club or simply at, maybe at a theme park... it just seems inconvenient considering it's size, ironically, the size making so many other things MORE convenient or at least functional, like the note taking or drawing aspects, as well with such a high res display, the video game or movie viewing aspects.

Come to think of it, it real is the Data pad that we see in the scifi movies of the future, but then, I wonder where they kept there datapads in star wars?

posted on 15 Sep 2011, 13:36

56. Note (unregistered)


mine is bigger

posted on 05 Oct 2011, 09:02

57. Markos (unregistered)


I've already pre-ordered mine. I agree it's mostly for professional use, like people who need to look at a screen for information very often during the day and in that case a 3 or 3.5 inch screen is just annoying. I'll continue to use my iPhone 4 though as a second phone.

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