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

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?

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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. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

3. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

10. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 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.

13. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

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

50. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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

16. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.)


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

i was talking to iking lol sorry

44. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

30. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

53. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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

4. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

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

6. Totoro unregistered

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

7. sniperace

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

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

8. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

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

9. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 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...

11. iphone sucks balls unregistered

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

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.

23. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

31. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

39. ickyob

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

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

14. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

20. hepresearch unregistered

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

28. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u realize nexos is a guy right? lol

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!

40. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

And women can be vicious b*tch*s

41. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

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