What our readers think of the Galaxy Note
0. phoneArena 20 Mar 2012, 08:40 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy Note is a strange smartphone. It quickly managed to become relatively popular with the geek public for a number of reasons. The first one is, of course, its giant 5.3" screen. This is still the largest screen in a device being marketed as a phone. Second comes Samsung's wild promotion of the handset that has practically made sure that even people who aren't diehard Android users are aware of it...
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1. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
The phone seemed laggy when I played with it in the store. No clue why since the processor is amazing. It was a bit too large for me, and i'm used to 4.5" displays but it looked great
4. ogiveyakuza (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
display phone always lag becoz a lot of apps running on the background..u shuld restart the phone first...i have one, love it so much
10. parthpatels007 (Posts: 53; Member since: 27 May 2011)
yup, the gingerbread stock ROM is laggy, but after trying out the leaked ICS ROM, it's completely lagfree!
27. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3043; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
What you must understand is that store device has been on all day and used by several people. It also sucks that they used what is known as a crapdragon processor instead of the exynos which the unlocked version uses.
People love this phone because of the huge gorgeous high res display. You want a phone that looks like a tablet but can still manage to fit in your pocket.
2. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Well, I'm 6'1, 250, and the note just seems to big, don't get me wrong, I love and need a big phone for the sake of my ape hands, but five inches is way to big for a phone
6. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I agree, I am 6' 240 with close to a 5" palm, and I tried it last night, and even though I could manage it with one hand very easily this is a monster. That said some will like it, but it is just a bit on the large side to wield in public. If you like it go for it....it had its lag going on for me as well. It is a very nice screen, but not for me I don't think. I have a Photon with SPB 3D shell, and I am talking butter smooth compared to that. The screen looks great with an excellent viewing size, but carrying and using it on the fly will be a PITA in my honest opinion.
I think you should try it before knocking it....it may have a place for some....reminds me of the Dell Streak!
33. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
GLAD SOME OF YOU YEA CRITICS GAVE MY OPINION 3 THUMBS DOWN FOR MAKING AN UN BIASED OPINION THAT EVEN THOUGH IT IS COMFORTABLE IN MY HAND IT WOULD BE TOO LARGE OF A PHONE FOR ME TO PERSONALLY WANT TO CARRY AND WIELD. THUMBS DOWN TO THIS SHOWS JUST HOW BIASED AND CHILDISH SOME OF YOU JERK WADS ARE. EVERY ONE THAT DIDN'T JUST PISS IN THEIR PANTS TO WANT ONE OF THESE GOT NEGATIVE THUMBS....HOW GAYE LOL....OH YEAH I CAN PALM A BASKET BALL TOO.....THUMBS DOWN THIS TOO ROFL
34. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Haha don't feel bad man they got me too, apparently opinions aren't accepted anymore....
36. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
It's not a feel bad thing at all. I am "perplexed" because you want true unbiased opinions that are fair on products. You would not want a review to be biased yet some people said what I have said, and said they wanted it and got thumbs up. I hope using "perplexed" don't throw some of you genius thinkers off either. rofl
This suggest that if you make a positive unbiased review that suggest that if you have large hands this phone is great to have, but finish by saying that it is not for me because I feel it would be a PITA to wield on the fly in public and carry you get a thumbs down, even if you mention I think you should try it before knocking it, because for some it will have a place is pretty much what all of the thumbs up guys like Jaytaill, apocalypse, and Jeradiah have mentioned. That's a truthful fair, and truly unbiased statement. ROFL
22. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
hows it to big if u need a big phone im 6'4 and when i used it at the store its perfect size
24. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)
i haven't thought about the size of the phone outside of the first time i took delivery of the beast back in november. In fact, my Galaxy Nexus feels like a toy and it just doesn't feel right when i use it
28. apocalypsebc (Posts: 148; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
I'm 5'11, 225 lbs., and the Note fits great in my hand. I play basket ball and can grip it with one hand plus I play other sports as well. This phone is perfect for me as I can operate it with one hand easy. Having a phone/tablet~hybrid is the best of both worlds. I prefer Windows Phone over android but I had to have this phone at least until they make one this size for Windows Phone ;-) The Note also fits in my pocket with no problem probably because I don't wear women skinny jeans lol. I expect more women and small people to complain about this phone being to big but for others its perfect. The iPhone has a small screen in my opinion and a 7inch tablet is to big because it does not fit into jean pockets. The point is stop complaining about size and get what fits you! Everybody has their own preference.
35. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I understand all that you have said, and agree with you on why you should get this phone.I don't always wear shirts with a pocket, and wear my phone clipped to my belt. I think sitting with this on my belt would get in the way. But, you also make a statement about complaining about size, and then state that size played a factor in your decision to choose this phone. 7" tablets are too large and other phones are too small. Subsequently, you are right that everyone has his or her preference, and should be able to choose which platform is right for them. This statement is not meant to discredit what you have said either, but meant to show the irony of your statement.
I also agree that windows will be a force to be dealt with very soon!
44. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Im glad thart im not the only one that loves the phone for its size!! im 6'7' 235 and as a big man, i need a big phone. The fact that it has LTE and is no slouch when it comes to performance, this is my ideal phone. My only concern is price which is why i'll wait for the price to go down
Ive played with the phone a few times and i love it!! LTE will be here in St Louis within a few months so that'll be SWEET lol
48. phones522 (Posts: 94; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)
yes its a perfect sized phone im 6'4 and i went to the store the day it came out just to use it but im on sprint so i gotta wait
3. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I'd rather have a 7-incher than this. Too big for a phone, too small for a tablet.
5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1624; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I think when it comes down to is what a person likes. I would love to play with one, but I don't think I would really want to use it as an everyday phone. I am only 5'9 it would be a bit too big for me to carry it everywhere. But some people might find it more useful. But if somehow I get one, it would sell both my phone and tablet. Bc I am sick of grabbing two devices everywhere sometime. And the game progress doesn't sync... piss me off >"<
7. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
I have it and its decent. I constantly switch back to my iPhone or skyrocket. Its a device that you have to just want. Its clearly not for everyone.
8. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
Cant wait till to upgradeto the Note! Im 6'7" 235 w/ big hands and ive been waiting for a phone like for a while now. I did my research on it while they only had the international version and the reviews are good. I saw it at a best buy store in st louis and i fell in love with it. after hearing that LTE will be i nst louis by the summer, this phone will be a keeper for me
12. _VipeR_ (Posts: 47; Member since: 30 May 2011)
I agree with you J, I'm 6'3" 275 and damn palming a basketball, I can palm most pre teens by the head! Unfortunately, I'm stuck waiting for Sprint to announce and release theirs. The only bright side to having to wait on Sprint's is that I won't have to worry about settling for the CrapLagon processor! I work for a Sprint Store in a mall and we have an AT&T store adjacent to us so I have been over to play with theirs many of times. This phone is perfect for me. I like texting one handed in portrait, and even though my E4GT has a 4.5" screen, the portrait keyboard is still too small to make texting efficient. The Note is trully the phone that I have been waiting for!
19. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
RIGHT!!!!! I have the Inspire and its still too small for me. none of the other phones that TA&T has can satisfy my need for a good phone with a big screen. Most people think that the Note is too big, but for guys like us, its perfect!! i'll work with the Inspire until I can get the Note then its a wrap lol
45. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
and you'll definitely be a lot more satisfied when you get your hands on the NOTE, cuz the dual-core processors will make a difference, along with the Super AMOLED PLUS HD display. I have the Red Inspire and I just can't wait for the day for the next upgrade to come. By my standards, smartphones need at least 1GB of RAM, dual-core processor of non-SnapDragon variety (except don't know how well the new SnapDragon processors perform in reality), with a Super AMOLED HD display. Glad that I didn't pay full price for the Inspire, but got it when it was a lot cheaper. This phone isn't worth anything, shouldn't have to pay for a crappy performing phone. I've been really considering rooting this phone, but I just don't know. I've been eyeing the NOTE for sometime now, ever since it was rumored/leaked and after it's been announced. Except, the Inspire for me is a little large, so the NOTE will definitely overwhelm my hands. Owning one wouldn't hurt me at all, now would it??? I really could use this bad boy, if not, then the SGSIII, depending on the announced specs, or the One XL.
52. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I have no problem with what youve said!! either SGS III or One XL phone would be good for you!! AT&T has really moved up recently and with the addition of LTE...........The Note, SGSIII, and the One XL will make AT&T pretty favorable to new customers!!
9. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
You need to experience the Note first hand, to get the idea.
It's a truly wonderful concept actually, by far the most capable device out there, all things considered.
But right now, I think the concept potential is still a little bit ahead of the actual device.
But just a bit.
It's the successor that could really be there.
Here's my dream device:
a) form factor - a 5-5.3 inch screen of 16:9 aspect ratio(the Note uses a bit wider aspect, unfortunately), surrounded with minimum bezel, with on-screen keys.
This would translate into a device only slightly bigger than the HTC one X, for example.
b) OS - next iteration of android with ADAPTIVE INTERFACE DIAGONAL.
In other words, a software feature that would allow you to shrink the interface within the screen to suit your needs.
This simple solution would solve all the one hand use issues.
When full screen size is needed, you could access the diagonal setting with a single swipe gesture, for example.
Am I brilliant or what?
c) specs - HD, regular RGB matrix, super amoled plus or nova LCD screen, with s-pen support.
Processor is, say, a quad core A15 with rogue GPU(enough said).
But even a 1.7- 2Ghz dual core Krait with adreno 320 would be just fine.
64GB storage, with SD slot.
12-16mpix, camera, and dual led flash.
And as a cherry on top, a standardized multimedia dock connector for seamless PC or console replacement purpose.
3000mah battery would be enough, if device would come with a wireless charger.
Whoever makes this first, would make history.
21. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1010; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)
I must be the only one that understand how awesome this phone is because This is a must have for 2012!! my only concern is the battery when it comes to the LTE connectivity...but thats with ANY LTE phone whether its AT&T or even Verizon if and when they get their version!
When I get this phone, I will make one of the most thorough reviews you'll ever see on PhoneArena.com
11. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
i would have bought that definitely but its not future proof , not even for 3-4 months as the DADDY of smartphones i.e. the SGS3 is gonna come very soon, which would definitely be futureproof, for atleast 7-8 months
13. xtremesv (Posts: 238; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
When the Note was given a 7.0, I was one the people who couldn't believe it. PhoneArena gave a 9 to the new iPad mostly because of its "magical" display (nothing else worthy, being the owner of an iPad 2) but that same fact wasn't enough to get at least an 8 for one of the first HD smartphones with one of the best tech on displays nowadays. Here in my country the Note has publicity everywhere. Last weekend at a mall there was a demo stand for the Note, certainly it's not a phone for the masses but that doesn't mean instantly that is a mediocre product. The display is gorgeous and it felt pretty responsive to me. I can picture many guys getting used to the size easily, I could even consider it because it offers portability and more productivity versus a tablet and a phone respectively.
38. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
The note has good and bad points, but I feel that Dell was there 1st and failed. This is not to discredit or to compare it to Dell outside of the size, but not including the weight. This has a great display weighs next to nothing, and truly is manageable for me with one hand. That said I don't see this being higher than an 8. I am not an iPhone fan but its like comparing apples to oranges here. The iPad was and still is a revolutionary product period. It is the reason why android, and other devices are what they are today.
Lets be real you can not deny that iProducts are the bench mark for every thing made today in the smart phone and tablet arena! This thing doesn't have a high pixel count even though it looks great I would not expect it to fair better than an 8.
14. remixfa (Posts: 14226; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
what i want to know about the note is..
WHO WON THE PHONE ARENA NOTE CONTEST?!?!?!?!?!?!? :)
39. shawndog1 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 May 2011)
That would be me , still can't believe I won ! I realy enjoy the XL screen and speedy processor !! I was actually pulling for you to win if I didn't.
15. bigdawg23 (Posts: 397; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I moved to the Note on Friday Night from an iPhone 4S. I prefer larger phones. The speed and screen to go with the camera are amazing. However, battery life is HORRIBLE. I am moving to a role that will have me on the phone a lot. Well putting the phone through the paces, I cant get 7 hours on it. In fact I am streaming Pandora with it plugged in and my battery is dropping. The display and Pandora consumers. The plug in is to an AC outlet and not USB.
17. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
My brother has the Note(I have the SGSII) and I've noticed no lag whatsoever on it. Neither has he. He uses it daily for his work as he runs 4 stores. The battery lasts all day and he's on that thing all day. He was totally against Android, favoring WP7 and even IOS it after but after he got the Note, that all changed. One of the top 3 phones on the market right now.
18. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
my honest question is how is it on reception? Big city sure it's fine, but Samsung is notorious for horrible reception phones. If im gonna invest into a monster I want it to be a good monster
29. remixfa (Posts: 14226; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Samsung treats their flagships very differently than their cheap phones. there hasn't been a reception issues on a galaxy series phone yet.
37. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Better go to XDA developers forum and get a spoon full of sugar to go with all the grief on poor reception over there that some are having then!
40. remixfa (Posts: 14226; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you do realize that the roms on XDA are not always up to snuff right? most connection issues on a custom rom are due to poor coding. normal people that dont root, dont go to XDA to complain.
42. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 922; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
Ok then go to Sprint users forum, or most any other forum that has a Samsung phone ok! This is also non rooted stock issues being reported on XDA.The OP asked this question based on problems he has probably read just like I have read all over the internet. Even some of the GSM phones had issues with reception albeit not to the extent of Verizon or Sprint versions....LOS was real and had to be addressed publicly and a bug patch was issued for Sprint. Nexus1 for Sprint had antenna issues too....just saying
20. stee5011 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
Been using this beast from the past 3 months.....
The xperience is amazing....and the battery life is the best....
I think of it as a very powerful tablet which fits into my pocket quite easily....10/10
23. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
For a smartphone 4.5inch Max
For a tablet 10.1inch max
In between wouldn't work for me. It would be uncomfortable as a smartphone and too small as a tablet.
25. bigsimpd (Posts: 39; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)
Well I absolutely love my Note it is beautiful,fast,haven't had any problems with it lagging.I'm not a big guy by any means and the size is feels great to me.You don't have to be some big person I'm not by any means to carry this phone.It fits fine in the pocket,I like the build quality yes its all plastic but it doesn't feel cheap and I have the white one which is absolutely gorgeous.Can't wait for ICS to hit this thing.My wife calls me a phone whore LOL because I buy and sale phone quite a bit,but I will not be getting rid of this beast anytime soon love it.
26. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
I'm waiting for this phone to come to Big Red as the Samsung Journal even though I don't qualify, at this point, for a carrier (Verizon) subsidy; I will sell my DROID RAZR™, Lapdock 100, HD Station and the rest I will pay out-of-pocket. I may even sell my Original Galaxy Tab T859.
My only request and wish is that the Verizon variant be a Global device; otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.
Phone gets 11/10 from me!!
30. nino313 (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Had the note for 28 days but just returned it. Couldn't get used to the size but besides that the note is excellent. I'll wait to see what the NYC one xl brings
46. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Did the computer autocorrect HTC to NYC? Lol, that's hilarious! =P But, yea, I'm looking forward to the One XL and I thought I read on phonearena that the quad-core One X is heading to the FCC with AT&T branding a while back... What happened to that? Was it some b.s., cuz I would really love to have a quad-core HTC phone with Beats and gladly give up LTE speeds.
31. imkyle (Posts: 1030; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
If the Galaxy S III was not going to be released, I would have this phone.
47. yt6nin (Posts: 100; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
Samsung really knows how to toy with us Android customers in the states... I wanted the SGSII, then they announced the Skyrocket, which I was leaning towards, then the NOTE, and then the Skyrocket HD, and finally the long-awaited SGSIII... What is that, 5 phones in a matter of months??? not even a yr... -_-
32. GeekMovement (Posts: 1588; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)
I love the galaxy note it is one amazing device!!
43. shayan (Posts: 155; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
bought it about a week ago. its stunning.
every time I unlock it, it took me a moment to admire the beauty of the screen, and i can do what i wanted after that.
touch wiz is no disadvantag! of you dont like it, instal another luncher. its android and not iOS! you can instal somthing you prefer. ( Im not an iOS hater. i love iOS 5 on my ipod touch.)
I think the only disadvantage is the battery. it is massive, but with note, you almost have it doing somthing 24/7. so more battery is needed with this beast.
49. perdyone (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
I have it. Love it! The bigger the better :) If I can have a phone that has a huge screen for best internet experience and be able to make calls, I think thats amazing. Def. Best phone yet. I love the stylis and that You can take a screen shot with it... Wow It amazes me more and more every day! I would def. rate this at 10
50. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I don't get people complaining about the Note...who the hell forces you to buy a "ridiculously big phone" ? Don't want nor need a 5,3" screen ? Then choose from thousands of different phones. This is not Apple's "One size fits all" reality where you're given just one model and you either like it or you're stuck with a phone that doesn't suit you. Welcome to the world of choices.