How pocketable is the Samsung Galaxy Note really? (Hint: it depends!)

How pocketable is the Samsung Galaxy Note really? (Hint: it depends!)
We've had mixed feelings about the Samsung Galaxy Note – with a simply gigantic 5.3-inch 720p display this handset is a dream come true for every tech geek, but then harsh reality strikes by reminding you that you have to actually put that damn superphone in your pocket! Can you or can't you? That's the big question that we feel like needs more clarification. 

Before answering that, though, let's remember that Samsung has a history for putting huge devices in pockets. The company's own JK Shin surprised us nearly a year ago by taking out a 7-inch tablet out of his jacket pocket. So, it is about relativity. And pockets.

Now, a jacket pocket or a purse are much bigger than your usual jeans pocket. But the video demonstration below will show you just how easy it is to fit the Galaxy Note in your jeans pocket. That's if you're not wearing tight fit jeans with those really tiny pockets. In that case, you might need to seriously think about getting the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note. In other cases? Let your geeky heart guide you, but don't keep it to yourself – share your decision in the comments below.

source: AndroidNZ

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  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)



1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

i know it will fit on most of my jeans but for Christ's sake what the F is the purpose of a screen this huge for a mobile phone?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its for someone that is media heavy, or a business person that needs better functionality than 99% of the phones deliver, but doesnt want to carry a seperate tablet/note pad, ect.

5. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

media heavy? business person? i thought any top androids right now can do heavy media.. and as far as im concern this is no business phone.. i just think this screen is ridiculous.. and if i'm not mistaken this is almost the same as the gs2 but different processor.

7. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I would've agreed with you prior to using my tablet for the majority of my emails/web browsing. I think what he means for a "business person" is that for instance I have to look at a lot of excel spreadsheets on my phone and ever since I got my tablet I absolutely hate doing it on my Thunderbolt. I'm excited even for the small bump from 4.3 to 4.65 or whatever the Nexus has, never mind 5.3...

13. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

according to me anything above 4.3 inch is an overkill.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Well we all know Indian people have tiny hands. Just kidding, but seriously... good for you? Some people like big, some people like small.

9. Retro-touch unregistered

the galaxy note is simply bigger gs2 with a higher resolution Amoled display and stylus

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes.. and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.. lol. its the stylus apps that really set it appart for business and media use.. the bigger screen is just useful all around for people that do editing and spreadsheets. or watch movies.

31. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Obviously you haven't seen the amount of people that I have who carry around Ipads like they are some kind of phone. When I mean carry around, I mean they walk around with it out in front of them acting like they are doing something on it. I have seen at least 12 people doing this now. So, I think this would be a great alternative to see.

42. DarkRpr

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Larger 2500 mAh battery compared to 1650 mAh, Same Exynos chipset, only that the ARM Cortex A9 processor's tuned 1.2 / 1.4 GHz respectively for Galaxy Note & S II.

21. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

business person? dude, seriously. 5 inch slab inside good looking tuxedo pocket? "hey, you got a pen there or you just smiling when you see me?" will be back as a poor joke.

23. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011


30. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Business person needs to be able to control his smartphone with one hand. That's impossible even with 4.3" displays, unless u have some HUGE hands. Huge screens on smartphones are for geeks and kids imotbh.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont see too many people 1 handing a blackberry bold.

40. robinrisk unregistered

Buuuurn! Ha :P

41. ravonrip

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

lol....i have normal sized hands and i could easy one hand galaxy s 2, and i do not have any problems except maybe the far left corners on note

3. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Yeah, if I didn't have a tablet I would want the biggest screen I can get. I generally wear blazers so phones of almost any size fit well into the inside pocket and since the weight is distributed on my shoulders I don't even notice it's there. My girlfriend jokes that between my keys, phone, and extra battery my jackets act as a murse LOL

6. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

What is the point of a tablet then? Are tablets not allowed to be ported around? What would you say if I put my iPad 2 in my pocket? lol. I should. Anyway Great vid btw. This is assuming of course that placing our devices in our front/back or shirt pockets is a requirement. I have to give credit to Samsung for bringing this to market. I also have wavered between this and the S2 thinking this might be too large. However I think I'm going to do it. I am a larger sized person so that does help. Once I get this I think I won't want an Android tablet anymore. This should suffice especially at HD resolution. It's obviously not for everyone but not every device is.

10. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Last line being the key point that I think most people have missed. It might not be for a certain user or reviewer, but the product is there for a certain amount of people...

25. ChodTheWacko

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

You are kidding me, right? If you get a smartphone at all, the reason you get a smartphone is to interact with programs and use the screen. Having a bigger screen makes EVERYTHING better. Reading books. Games. Maps. Typing. text messaging. Web browsing. Movies. WIth a bigger screen, especially with this high of resolution, you can see more on the screen AND hold it further away for more comfortable usage. It's fantastic. I have said for a while now - i'll take the largest screen that I can still pocket and carry with me 24x7. And for anyone who says '3.5 inches is enough, or 43 inches is plenty'..... There was a time when people said 35" tvs were ridiculous. You're not going to find one person who doesn't think a 42" tv is better. And a 53" tv, even better than that. You will probably, however, hate this phone if you have small hands. And you can forget about using this one handed -it's a tablet in that respect.

29. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

well this is innovation .. you can buy an icrap if wanna remain with a 3.5 inchs screen for rest of your life when the world moves on ... its time to move on brother ..bigger is better.... let the SGS III come

4. mobilemug

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Sorry guys, But i don't give a crap if it fits in my jean pocket or not..This phone is a MONSTER!!!!!. And I WANT IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!! I REALLY HOPE IT MAKES IT TO THE STATES QUICK..!!!!!!!!!

8. DetroitTech

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

It's available now for the States! Oh, you don't want to pay 900$? Lol. I with ya. A couple years ago I might have. It does have support for ATT HSPA+ but not Tmo U.S. If this came to ATT for 299$ I'd get it. Maybe in 2 years it'll be around 250$ on Ebay... Who am I kidding. Time to start selling stuff on Ebay to fund this.

11. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Lol that picture looks silly

12. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If this comes to Verizon with LTE.. I'll sell one of my children for it! Ok.. not really.. but damn, I want it!! :)

16. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Whats wrong? Jealous? Need your iphone stroked?

17. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Where does it say this is the most important? Now that you and taco have less to bitch about with Android you have started attacking PhoneArena and the people who write the articles... kinda sad.

18. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Really Miz? That comment was needed? Really? Really? There are more stories that are pointless so why attack this one? Because it's Android? Get over it...

22. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Not your portal Miz. They can write even about how much black is in black pouch for siemens c75. And many people are interested in how really big is Note and how does it look like in a pocket.

19. Scuba_Steve

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Just because it's in your pocket doesn't really mean it'll be comfortable. remixfa is right, it's only for certain customers. As for myself? Not a chance.

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