AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

Summary: Will the 5" smartphone-tablet-hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note be a hit or flop for AT&T?

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After the Samsung Galaxy Note's very visible American debut at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month -- you couldn't miss the Note plastered all over buses and buildings, or the line-ups for personal portraits created with the stylus-toting smartphone -- AT&T is all set to bring the 4G/LTE device to its customers in February.

The carrier will begin taking pre-orders for the 5.3-inch smartphone-tablet hybrid online and in stores on Sunday, February 5 (its webpage won't will go live until then). According to AT&T's Consumer Blog, orders received by February 15 will be delivered by February 17, which will give enthusiasts two days of bragging rights before the Note hit stores on the 19th.

Given that the Note is basically a cross between a massive 4G phone and a small tablet, it definitely won't come cheap. At $299.99 plus a two-year service plan, the Note dares to command more than a 32 GB iPhone 4S, but offers much more than just another Android-running phone. In my opinion, what sets the Note apart from other phones is the included "S Pen" that lets you sketch and hand-write your notes directly on the spacious HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, rather than rely solely on the on-screen keyboard to (inaccurately) tap out your messages.

Other Technical Specs:

  • Display: 5.3" HD Super AMOLED screen (1280x800)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz dual core CPU
  • Camera: 2-megapixel front facing camera; 8-megapixel rear camera
  • OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
  • Battery: 2,500mAh battery
  • Network: 4G/LTE

As someone who always ends up leaving her tablet at home due to its size and prefers to travel with pen and paper, the combination of the Note's more portable dimensions and stylus could even help ween me off my dead-tree-pulp dependence.

What about you? Do you think the Samsung Galaxy Note is onto something here?

[Source: AT&T Consumer Blog; Photo Credit: Gloria Sin]

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  • Nice!

    While a bit bigger than I want, (I find 4.3 to 4.5 my best range) my son is agaw of this device!<br>He wants it baad enough he is willing to pay the $300 to upgrade ( he's on my account).<br>For him the note taking ability and 4G bodes well for his classes.
    rhonin
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    I wonder if we're starting to see the emergence of devices whose phone capabilities are primarily meant to be exploited with bluetooth headsets. This thing is large enough that holding it against your ear to make a call could be uncomfortable.
    dsf3g
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    Inaccurate in the article: "at $299.99 plus a two year service plan, the Note dares to command more than a 64GB iPhone 4s"
    On a two year contract, the Note will cost exactly the same as a 32GB iPhone 4s, as both are priced at $299. It will cost LESS than a 64GB iPhone 4s, which is $399 with a two year contract.
    kuflax
  • Oh, look, it's a Pocket PC Phone!

    Google is gradually catching up to 2003.
    WebSiteManager
    • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

      @WebSiteManager
      I smell a Apple Troll lol

      this is exactly what most people are looking for, don't be jealous.
      brad1000
      • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

        @brad1000
        lololol sniff sniff
        strangefruit
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    Wish it was coming to Verizon too :-(
    trikkenut
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    Hi WebSiteManager! (or is it Jonny Appleseed?) Why is it that there are so many people like you that get their panties in a wad because there are users that prefer to OWN the phone/tablet they paid good money for? For some, Apple is just great. But then again there is a huge customer base that wants to be in control of their purchases instead of leaving it up to the seller as to what you'll get and when.
    Weekends
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    The Note was what I had in mind when I bought my 4.5" Galaxy S2 (T-mobile). I'd love that format, especially with the higher res screen.
    junk@...
  • RE: AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Note hit stores Feb. 19; $300 with contract

    I will be getting one soon. And yes, the pen scribbler is a big plus.
    strangefruit
  • OCR anyone?... Choice is a good thing!!

    Despite ipad, iphone and android "tablets" (oh yeah, one has a poor phone in tow), I'm STILL more productive with the convertible tablet and whole screen pen input with OCR. It's not that one size fits all (situations), but I can CHOOSE to speak, write, type on-screen & off, touch and soon will have in-air gestures to interact as the situation presents itself. Without OCR though, writing is overly limited for getting real work done... and a lack of pressure sensitivity sorely limits drawing... not only shading, but also control possibilities, line thickness and so on....
    DigiMediaMan