/>
X

Join or Sign In

Register for your free ZDNet membership or if you are already a member, sign in using your preferred method below.

Use your email Use Linkedin Use Facebook

The Samsung Galaxy Note is perfect for data centric consumers

The Samsung Galaxy Note has reignited my passion for Android and as a data centric user I think it may just be the perfect device I have been looking for over the past few years. It is a big phone or maybe a small tablet, but whatever it is I am loving it.

|
matt-miller-headshot.jpg
|
Topic: Laptops
6354992.png
1 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The AT&T retail box looks unassuming enough, but wait until you open it up to check out the device inside. The Samsung Galaxy Note has reignited my passion for Android and as a data centric user I think it may just be the perfect device I have been looking for over the past few years. It is a big phone or maybe a small tablet, but whatever it is I am loving it.

Please visit my ZDNet Mobile Gadgeteer blog article for a video walkthrough and many more details on the Samsung Galaxy Note.

6354993.png
2 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Galaxy Note is a rather unique device so it was great to see Samsung and AT&T include a full color Quick Start Guide that shows off some of the key new features.

6354994.png
3 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Galaxy Note Flip Case works by replacing the standard back of the Note and as you can see I am testing out the brown one.

6354995.png
4 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The 8 megapixel camera and LED light are found centered at the top of the back.

6354996.png
5 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The S Pen silo is found at the bottom left of the Note.

6354997.png
6 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The S Pen is light and has a nice size for writing on the display. There is a single button that you can press to perform different functions, such as taking screenshots.

6354998.png
7 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The entire back comes off the Galaxy Note and is reattached by snapping in several plastic clips.

6354999.png
8 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

It is a bit unusual to still find microSD card slots on devices, but I was pleased to see it on the Note. As you can see a standard miniSIM is used here rather than the newer and smaller microSIM.

6355000.png
9 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The 3.5mm headset jack is found on the top of the Note, which is my preferred placement for headphones.

6355001.png
10 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

A microUSB port is on the bottom so you can charge up and connect your Note.

6355002.png
11 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

I thought my Galaxy Nexus was a large device, until I set it next to the Galaxy Note.

6355003.png
12 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Galaxy Note is a wide device, but if you use it as a tablet then it is really not that bad.

6355004.png
13 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The Flip Case from Samsung offers a way to protect the display.

6355005.png
14 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The inside of the Flip Case has soft material to prevent scratching your display.

6355006.png
15 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

It is tough to see in this photo, but the display is excellent. Samsung includes a lock screen image that shows off the pen capability.

6355007.png
16 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The display is huge at 5.3 inches and lets you load it up with shortcuts and widgets.

6355008.png
17 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

AT&T includes lots of bloatware on the Galaxy Note, but you can actually uninstall most of it.

6355009.png
18 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The S Memo application is currently the primary app for using the S Pen.

6355011.png
19 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

You can customize the pen color and width, as well as choosing from one of eight note backgrounds.

6355012.png
20 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Tap the pen icon to change pen tip settings.

6355013.png
21 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

You can pull in various images to use with your notes in S Memo.

6355014.png
22 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Samsung includes a S Pen optimized game to try on the Note.

6355015.png
23 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

I am not very good at the game, but you draw in lines and shapes to move the red ball to the star.

6355016.png
24 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Sketchbook Mobile Pro from AutoDesk is a high powered sketching application and this is just one of many screens where you can customize pen settings.

6355017.png
25 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

OK, so my quick sketches need work here.

6355018.png
26 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Samsung includes a daily diary application on the Note.

6355019.png
27 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Kies Air is an easy way to move content wirelessly between your Note and computer.

6355020.png
28 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Here is a sample photo of my blossoming cherry tree.

6355021.png
29 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

And another photo taken of the front of my house.

6355022.png
30 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The rocks around our water feature show up well in the photo.

6355023.png
31 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

I took this photo of a decoration inside the rec room.

6355024.png
32 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

The cat wasn't very cooperative, but I captured this one of her playing around.

6355025.png
33 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Samsung Galaxy Note gallery thumbnail 1

6355026.png
34 of 34 Matthew Miller/ZDNet

Samsung Galaxy Note gallery thumbnail 2

Related Galleries

First Look: New Surface PCs include Android-based Duo 2 [in pictures]
thumbnail-72371d1d9eb043bcb3986b87c5b47dc7.jpg

Related Galleries

First Look: New Surface PCs include Android-based Duo 2 [in pictures]

First look: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' event [pictures]
apple420-01.jpg

Related Galleries

First look: Apple's 'Spring Loaded' event [pictures]

Silicon Mac first look: Everything unveiled at Apple's 'One More Thing' event [pictures]
nov10-apple-silicon-event-01.jpg

Related Galleries

Silicon Mac first look: Everything unveiled at Apple's 'One More Thing' event [pictures]

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise
Windows running on Chromebooks

Related Galleries

Parallels Desktop for Chromebook Enterprise

YubiKey 5C NFC: The world’s first security key to feature dual USB-C and NFC connections
YubiKey 5C NFC

Related Galleries

YubiKey 5C NFC: The world’s first security key to feature dual USB-C and NFC connections

Toshiba laptops through the ages
screenshot-2020-08-11-at-11-52-27.png

Related Galleries

Toshiba laptops through the ages

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC
Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC

Related Galleries

Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3NXC