There's an 8MP camera employed by the Samsung Galaxy Note, coupled with a single LED flash. The camera interface is the standard one for TouchWiz 4.0, which is a good thing because it works pretty fast. It also offers some nice goodies such as Anti-Shake function, different Scene modes, etc.

Coughing up the same level of quality produced by the original model, we’re content with the photos snapped by AT&T’s version as well – though, they’re nothing more than passable. Just as we found out before, the handset has a tendency to overexpose brighter areas, while producing some average looking details. However, we do like how it’s able to cast very natural tones with its color production. Indoors however, its quality is naturally diminished due to its noisy and bland appearance – albeit, its LED flash counteracts it all with its potent light.

Luckily, its 1080p high definition video recording quality is much more pleasant looking, and as a whole, we find it to be extremely sharp looking. Sprucing up things, its quality is exponentially kicked up thanks to its sharp details, neutral colors,  smooth capture rate of 30 frames per second, and clear audio recording. Unlike before, it seems that it also handles panning a lot better, since there’s barely any evidence of any artifacting or distortion. Very nice indeed!

Samsung Galaxy Note LTE Sample Video:


Well, there’s nothing out of place with the TouchWiz music player, since it’s the same one employed by the majority of Samsung’s devices running the customized Android interface. Of course, we’re very forgiving to its cookie-cutter presentation, but our ears are pleasantly surprised by the powerful tones put out by its single speaker. However, there are some screechy tones evident at the loudest volume setting. Fine tuning things, we’re presented with a solid listing of equalizer options to better adapt to specific genres of music.

As you might guess, one area where the Galaxy Note is very strong is multimedia consumption. Naturally, watching movies on the big 5.3” Super AMOLED screen is much better than doing it on a 4” one, for example. The Samsung Galaxy Note manages to play all kinds of codecs, including MPEG-4, DivX, Xvid and H.264, at resolutions of up to 1080p. Essentially, this is the kind of device that delivers a very tasteful experience.

As much as we dearly enjoy viewing multimedia content on its large and lovely looking Super AMOLED display, we can just as easily share it on the big screen with the aid of an MHL adapter – thus, giving us that all too useful mirrored experience. For those who prefer a  wireless route, the DLNA functions found with the AllShare app will prove to be a reasonable alternative.


Knowing that this behemoth can entice anyone by sheer presence alone, it has been stocked to the brim with an assortment of bloatware. First and foremost, AT&T’s presence is clearly established by apps such as AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T FamilyMap, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Ready2Go, myAT&T, Featured Apps, and Live TV. Secondly, Samsung is also in for the ride not surprisingly with things like Kies air, Media Hub, and Samsung Apps. Rounding things out, its preloaded third party apps include Polaris Office, Qik Lite, and YPmobile. Also, you can sharpen your pointing moves by playing the Crayon Physics game, which so happens to work best when you use the S Pen to draw shapes.



1. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

good review but yet again putting down for not having ICS, give them some time. you have to remember the transition for 2.3-4.0 is much more massive than earlier updates

27. devon613

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

just got the note at my store this thing is sick....great size and screen better than i thought it would be already got tons of preorders for it....

39. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

This isn’t a handset fit for those with small hands, because honestly, it’ll inevitably prove to be too much, as frustration to hold and operate the device settles in. ---this is so wrong. Do you also suggest that we should not use TABLETS if that is your case? Furthermore, it exhibits all of the qualities we adore with Super AMOLED displays in general – like its overly saturated color tones, deep contrast, wide-viewing angles, and a noticeably bluish tinge. ---you praised it, and then you put it down with your words! Some of us have this innate ability to effortlessly type messages with one hand, but honestly, even the best of individuals with this special skill will find it nearly impossible to do with the Galaxy Note ---again how about in the case of tablets??? Coughing up the same level of quality produced by the original model, we’re content with the photos snapped by AT&T’s version as well – though, they’re nothing more than passable. ---"nothing more than passable"? are you serious?

44. Asphyxiation

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Chill out. Do you get paid to review reviews? Shut up. You are never going to try and hold a tablet with one hand and type on it with that same hand. For those of us that know what Super AMOLED displays are like, his words were no downer. Considering that Samsung is not the leader in mobile phone cameras, yes, what he said is correct. Again, chill out. There are funny trolls and obnoxious ones. You are the latter. The latter is also extremely annoying. Do your homework before you criticize someone else next time. Good day to you.

40. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011 says: Speaking of the Samsung Galaxy Note size, there are two approaches to it. Its measures of 146.8 x 83 x 9.7 mm, coupled with 178 grams of weight, qualify the handset as huge by any smartphone standards. If you look at the I717 as a tablet however, the perspective changes completely. It is easier to carry around than any tablet, without (mostly) compromising on functionality. *this is a more comprehensive review. Comparing the Note to both phone and tablet, because its a phablet after all.

43. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Phonearena's review is fair. The Galaxy Note is a phone first, tablet second. This review, I think, is based on the assumption that people were going to carry this device around in their pocket and in their hands every day. In that case, their review was on point. "This isn’t a handset fit for those with small hands, because honestly, it’ll inevitably prove to be too much, as frustration to hold and operate the device settles in." - As a phone, this point is completely true and is going to be the factor that is going to turn you off/on at first sight. The tablet perspective is not too important because most people don't have the tablet on their person everywhere they go (mall, grocery shopping, class, gym, work, friend's house). When you're using a tablet, you're expecting a largish device. When you're using a phone, you're usually not.

2. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

typical PA, unless there is a krapple icon on the back, they take two points off the score. your guys are so biased. it is blatently obvious if a modern spec'd beast like this gets an 8/10, and iturd scores higher on a rehashed model from 2010, something is wrong!

4. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

i understand some of the points why it got knocked down, like performance, i would have taken just hspa+ using the og 1.4ghz exynos or clock it up even more, over the lte crapdragon they put in it

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the constant switch to crapdragon is really annoying. I want to know who made the decision to use crapdragon instead of OMAP, which is also LTE capable... and stronger. Why would you flip out the best chip set for the worst? Honestly, Id only give it an 8 because of the screen and pen. Anything that has been switched from exynos to crapdragon should be reduced to 7 to adjust for poor performance.

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I actually played with the Note and I can tell you that this phone is the most optimized phone to ever run a snapdragon. Samsung did a really good job at software optimization of this device but it still lagged. Not like anything that is a super deal breaker or even super noticeable. It lagged with the live wall paper because I had tons of background applications running. So Remixfa, you are right.

32. NeXoS

Posts: 292; Member since: May 03, 2011 A much less Apple Fan ass boy site than this place.

5. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012 glad i bought the international version, i prefer the in the middle physical home screen button, specially for such a huge phone. plus this way, i ll get the ics update much much earlier than the branded versions. by the end of march, i ll be licking my teeth cuz of the sweet taste of ics

6. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Fair review, I think. This is a fun device for those who are interested, but it isn't practical for everyone. I am also a little critical of reviews that pound on Android devices for not being released with ICS. We saw this last year this about this time over dual-core processors. Why detract from a device over something that is not the industry standard yet?

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im with you on that one. If its Q2 and super devices still dont have ICS, then pound em. But no major US phone has ICS yet that isnt a nexus, so why detract? Seems very arbitrary and sore. But detract all day for those crapdragon chips. I cant wait for the S3 to become trash... well.. in the trash.. because its already trash. on a side note, its nice to see more and more people saying crapdragon :) look at me, im adding new words to the lexicon! :) lololol.

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

you remixfa are awesome xD you and your fancy words lol but seriously crapdragons suck

7. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

my only concern about this phone is the price. I know that this sounds crazy, but i'll wait for the price to do down b4 i get it. I like everything else that comes with it and im waiting for LTE to come to st louis

14. theo14461 unregistered

You can thank Verizon for starting this $299.99 price point. It was just a matter of time before others followed suit.

11. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm very excited about this phone. Yes it is disappointing about the snapdragon, but after seeing it in person at CES. I was truly amazed and sold on it. I'm predicting this can be amazing office device for many companies to utilize is multi-functionality. A lot of companies have been switching to tablets to save money and some companies often defer to company phones. It a lot of ways, this device can knock out two birds with one stone. Looking forward to picking mine up soon.

12. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Too big. No way. S3 plz.

15. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I remember the huge debates about whether of not the Droid X was too big when it was coming out... That phone would like tiny compared to this. Crazy how things change in such a short amount of time.

42. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

by next yeah iPad sized tablets will be the new phone :S I don't like where this is going now.

16. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

I want it bad have to wait 3 mo days Im jonezn for it gimme gimme gimme!

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

No ICS is not a big deal. Let Google get the bugs out of it first. The pathetic battery life of EVERY LTE phone is much more important. This phone should have a 4000 MAH battery. And every other phone should be another half as thick so a bigger battery can fit. Maybe Moto will start a new trend with the Droid Max.

18. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh so it's justified for AT&T to have a crapdragon powered phone cost $300 but it's just too much for Verizon's awesome high-end line up? lol okay. xD

19. maen555

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 04, 2012

299 2 year contract? that's about 7176 $ i prefer to buy it cash from any store it still a lot cheaper :D

20. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I totally agree. im a big man (6'7" 235lbs) and this is the perfect phone for me....................but im not paying $300 for a 2yr contract when there are tablets that cost the same!! i'll wait for the price to go down

25. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

6'7 and 235....why aren't you playing WR for the Browns lol???????

34. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

LMBO!!! Had surgery on my knee playing basketball...great reply lmbo

22. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

were you not going to be with AT&T for two years anyway? xD

23. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

yeah, but I dont think that you should pay $300 for a 2yr contract phone. I thought it wouldve been $200 like the Skyrocket...which i would pay for to renew with AT&T. i know that the phone itself is over $600 retail, but i might change my mind later

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  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(10.00h talk time)

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