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Samsung GALAXY Note Review

0. phoneArena posted on 02 Nov 2011, 10:17

Have you ever wondered how big could phone screens get? Of course, we're talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note. This beast of a phone actually carries a 5.3” display – the biggest you can find on a device, marketed as a “phone”. We can already see the debate over whether the Galaxy Note should be considered a giant phone or a mini-tablet...

This is a discussion for a review. To read the whole review, click here

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 09:22 2

58. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Wow you people are so butthurt. Ray been on phone arena for years now. He does many of the reviews for European phone. And if you people bother you look at some of his other reviews, he had done many other S.E. reviews like the rays and guess what? They were rated 8 or better. Damn people you guys are worst then Taco and the TheMiz.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 10:34 1

59. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Out of how many negative feedbacks, only two people agrees with the reviewer while acting up as "Knights in Shining Armor" of Ray S. This is just an indicator of a very successful analysis of Samsung's new product.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 17:27 1

64. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)

Or we are not fanboys. I saw other review of his and for godsake he was the reviewer for the HD2 when it came out and he gave it a 9. Boomed here who bitch about the review play with it or a very few amount people. Every damn time a android phone any less then a 9.5 people bitch about biases.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 21:23 4

66. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

So the review of the Galaxy Note is now accurate because he gave the HD2 a 9? That's very sound logic. We're not fanboys too. We just happen to read other sites and most of them give the Note great reviews.

What's average call quality for Engadget is poor for Phonearena.

What's more than acceptable camera for Engadget is mediocre for Phonearena.

But Phonearena says that the iPhone 4s has unchanged battery life? All other sites are featuring battery life problems with the 4s!

And come on! How is text typing supposed to be harder on a BIGGER screen with BIGGER keys? That's just plain illogical.

posted on 06 Nov 2011, 07:06 1

78. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

If other sites gave Note higher score it doesn't mean that PA must do it the same. It's all about individual preferences.
Every review was, is and will be VERY subjective.

posted on 21 Nov 2011, 07:07

95. RamyAbdelbadea (Posts: 17; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

Great answer

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 13:14 3

61. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

The comments in here are pretty funny!! In fact opposite of what was in the iPhone 4S review. Whiners saying the Note deserves a higher score and a "more fair" review. Get over yourself, you've never played with the device, how do you know what the device deserves? Your eyeballs staring at Phone Arena's website told you so? Pleeeeease...

I expect thumbs down......here.....I'll start the ball rolling for you....

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 08:52 3

69. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Boo to whoever thumbed me up!!

After watching the video review, I gotta say that I thought it was actually a very good review! Maybe it was all the hype saying that the review is terrible that lowered my expectations, but I thought it was the best review Ray S has ever done, and I thought the rating is spot on.

This is a niche device that isn't going to be for everyone. You can't even sit down with a 5.3" screened device in your pocket! ...not without looking happy to see me.

For the business crowd, there may be a select few that the Note would serve, but it's not unique enough to be THAT different from a smartphone and a tablet. I'm not sure there is a big enough gap between smartphones and tablets for this device to thrive.

Great review, great job Ray S.!!

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:42 1

70. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Looks like this video disproves your theory.http://www.youtube.com/user/crossfirenl#p/a/u/0/PjfTq2Qfp8g

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:01 1

72. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

What the video fails to show is that his deep pockets were custom made to go down to his knees.

Seriously though, what it fails to show is him then taking the device OUT of the pocket. How "easy" and "no problem at all" is that? And taking the device out of the pocket while sitting? Good luck, it's at your knee.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:27 2

74. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

The gentleman was wearing normal jeans, FYI, if you haven't heard him saying that.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 15:53 1

75. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

FYI, that didn't answer my question. And, FYI, all you did was respond to my joke, except YOU were serious. Have a sense of humor yo!

Anyone can make something fit INTO something...it's getting it out that is usually the trouble.

This device just reminds of the big phone guy:

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 22:24 1

77. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Haven't read a problem like yours from any tech sites I visit. If you can't fit it inside your jeans, then you can put it in your coat pocket or inside your bag. I don't see anyone complaining that they can't fit their iPads into their pocket. This device are for people who wish to converge the functionalities of a smartphone and a tablet so they won't have to carry 2 separate devices.

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 07:58 2

80. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Um, except that this device has proven pretty terrible as a PHONE (poor call quality), so why not just make it a small tablet? Oh because 5.3" isn't too far off of a 7" tablet, which is apparently just as "pocketable" as the Note.

Nobody complains about fitting an iPad into their pocket because it's not a PHONE, it's somewhere between a phone and a laptop. The Note is supposed to be somewhere between a phone and a tablet, which I would argue it's more of a phone than a tablet because the screen is too small to be a tablet. I would even argue that 7" is too small to be a tablet (different strokes/folks).

And NOONE wants to converge their phone with their tablet...unless my phone's screen folds out into a beautiful 10" display. I'm not sacrificing portability for this beast. You'd look pretty funny in the gym or running down the street with this "mp3 player."

BTW, the only reason you thumbed me down is cause you didn't click the link to youtube...that video's hilarious!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 09:41 1

81. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

Hey, sorry I can't open your video on the iPad. Well, for me, iPad gives me great viewing experience but it's too big to be using it while on the go. I need a table to use it. That's why I'm considering the Note.

I've been reading different sites but none of them describe the call quality of the Galaxy Note as poor. Even the user reviews have been praising it. By the way, you can pair earphones or Bluetooth headsets if you find the call quality as poor. It can enable you do other things with your phone such as taking notes while talking.

And with regards to taking the phone out of your pocket, this video will now answer your question:


It's so easy for men. Although women will find it hard to put it in their pockets, it won't be too much of a problem because they always bring bags.

posted on 08 Nov 2011, 13:28

83. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Sorry, still not convinced. Try this in the real world when you are frantically trying to get your phone out when running to the bus.

Putting a case on this sucker changes the game, too.

Please don't make excuses for the call quality...there is simply NO excuse good enough for anyone to say their phone has crappy call quality in 2011.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 01:03 1

84. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)

I rest my case on the pocketability. Let the videos speak for themselves.

Regarding its alleged poor call quality, as I said, I can't find any other websites aside from phonearena that has that finding. Most of them say it's average/decent.

That being said, quality of calls cannot be attributed to the Galaxy Note alone. There are other external factors like, he may be in a location with poor signal/noisy environment, or the person on the other line is in an area with poor signal, or Ray S. has poor hearing.

posted on 13 Nov 2011, 21:01

91. tmcr7 (Posts: 180; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


Anonymous said...

Can you tell us about the voice call quality on Galaxy Note?

Some said the voice quality is very bad as a phone. Is that true?

NZtechfreak said...
@Anonymous: Call quality has been fantastic so far, no problems whatsoever for me.


posted on 03 Nov 2011, 13:34 1

62. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

lol, you guys are funny.

1) maybe his device was defective and thats why the call quality was bad... or maybe it just sucks.

2) i think the review would have been better if it gives the readers an idea of the mindset of the Note's potential customers:
* Business people looking for a phone that can do a lil more than whats out there but dont want to carry a separate tablet
* people that are media centric with their phones/devices more than they call.
* Andre the Giant's relatives

Does the Note come with Swype? If not, then it needs to, as that would help typing immensely.

posted on 03 Nov 2011, 20:37 2

65. toaster (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)

Why is everyone freaking out about the review score? The Note is a niche device, just as the Streak was. It's very love it or hate it, and while the specs looks good on paper, it's simply too big to be a practical phone, nor did their device function well at all AS A PHONE.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 09:48 1

71. kach22 (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

I don't understand this "....the Samsung Galaxy Note is made of plastics, but it doesn't feel cheap at all". Made of plastic but doesn't look cheap is something they all have been saying for samsung galaxy(ies). Did u guys actually handle these phones? they look pretty damn cheap. Not only that they get scratched within hours of use. Plastic Phones look cheap no matter how expensive they are and it is a fact not to be changed in this world. This is just the only reason i am not buying a sammy gally at least as long as they are made of plastic.

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 12:03

73. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

Haha, I've never heard the term "sammy gally." I love it! Copyright it!

posted on 04 Nov 2011, 21:59 2

76. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

The phone doesnt look too bad. As a tall guy, this phone would be right up my alley, but im wondering about the price once it hits the US and if AT&T will have this phone. only time will tell

hopefully this phone will a better fit for consumer than the original dell streak

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 02:36 3

79. KazEmpire (Posts: 39; Member since: 07 Nov 2011)

not even +1 Pros for Stylus
they didnt even mentioned it was the fastest device they ever reviewed!!!

posted on 07 Nov 2011, 18:09

82. Enough-Is-Never-Enough (Posts: 14; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)

The thing for me is I am not a major fan of any one phone maker over the next. The thing that does have my attention is Motorola's webtop feature. That puts me in a postion where I pretty much have to choose a Motorola phone to get the webtop feature. As mentioned before I'm not biased towards one phone maker over another. I want Samsung's Galaxy screen size but I want Motorola's webtop feature (keyboard and mouse of course). Does anybody know if any other phone manufacturer's are coming out with there own webtop-like feature or am I stuck sticking to only Motorola to get something like the webtop. I saw something about a webtop-like device for the Evo 4g but the description did not say anyting about keyoard/mouse connections, plus it seemd like it was only for EVo 4g. ????????????????? I will post this same comment on a few other threads in case no one see's it here so don't be annoyed if you see this post on 6-7 other threads!!! (maybe more if I don't get a response)

posted on 10 Nov 2011, 14:53 1

85. rani.yako (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

bigger than phone and smaller than tablet have the good and bad thing of both phone\tablet

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 01:49 1

86. ifailandfandroidsuck (unregistered)

Ewww this thing is ugly! Where is the keyboard? Touch keyboard... so 10 yrs ago!

posted on 11 Nov 2011, 01:50 1

87. ifailandfandroidsuck (unregistered)

Apple and Google are reinventing products for 10+ yrs ago... nothing innovative here.

posted on 12 Nov 2011, 17:59 1

88. eyesflyree (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

This is going to be the future of communications, The Note is on target for what others will follow. I'd luv to get rid of my laptops for toting around and a phone to carry also. I believe one day a phone/mini tablet will rule. I just wish I new what companies are going to really get it to near perfection with size,power,os, battery life, etc and use on any cxr anywhere in the world, I'd be buying their stock then because these are going to be HOT. "just a thought- think of a song you heard for the 1st time and said it sucks but a few months later you find yourself singing along to it.... things that make you go HMMM

posted on 20 Nov 2011, 16:11

94. spark55155 (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

Another alternative, for those who can do without the phone feature and its monthly fees, and which I'm surprised the author didn't mention, is the Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0, which is, unlike the bigger Galaxy Note, very holdable, and great for web browsing, with it’s bright, high contrast display. I’m not sure that the “Note”, as big as it is, is suitable at all to have the phone feature, since it seems like it fits more into the tablet category and would therefore be used indoors. The Note seems too big to be carrying around outside, no matter what the reason, I can’t imagine who would use it, although for some reason I want one, being partial to bigger screens. Phones with a 4.5” display seem to be at the upper limit of practicality, for something that you’d carry around on a regular basis.

By the way, the GPS on my Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 works without an internet connection, so maybe the Note can too, despite the author’s claims. In fact the GPS on the Galaxy Player 5.0 was more useful than the “GPS” on my LG cell phone, which isn’t really a GPS, relying instead on signals from cell towers, not close enough, in my example, to be useful.

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