Video by Dan Seifert on Tuesday February 14, 2012.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note for AT&T is a unique device that sits right in between a smartphone and a tablet in the mobile device ecosystem. Though it is sold as a phone, the Note's massive 5.3-inch display makes it feel like a tablet when you hold it.
Unfortunately, the Note doesn't really offer the best phone experience or the best tablet experience, because of the compromises it makes to straddle the line. The high-res screen is gorgeous, and performance is overall pretty good, though we did notice some lag in the interface. Hopefully that will be address when the Note is updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The other interesting part of the Note is its included S Pen input device, which lets the user control the phone and write on the screen with a stylus. Samsung included a handful of apps to take advantage of the S Pen's unique capabilities, but, as it stands right now, it is pretty limited in what it can do. The Galaxy Note will be available from AT&T on February 19 for $299.99 with a new two year contract. It supports AT&T's 4G LTE network, though LTE coverage from AT&T is pretty sparse right now.