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Samsung Galaxy Note (AT&T) super-sized Android smartphone review


Review by Dan Seifert on Sunday February 19, 2012.

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Score

3.9 stars
"Good"

(How we score)


Gorgeous display, great camera, fast data
Too big for its own good, laggy performance

Summary

Samsung's new Galaxy Note for AT&T is a unique device in the smartphone market. Straddling the line between a smartphone and a tablet, the Note features a massive 5.3-inch display, which is considerably larger than the screen on any other smartphone available today. Because of this, the Note is rather unwieldy in the hand, and nearly impossible to use one-handed.

Samsung attempted to add more functionality to the Note with its don't-call-it-a-stylus S Pen input device, and while that is fun to use for doodling, I didn't find it very efficient for note-taking and would rather just use a pen and paper for that.

Though the Note tries to be a best of both worlds between a tablet and a smartphone, I feel it just doesn't do enough justice to either task. It is too big for a smartphone, yet doesn't have the screen real-estate or app support necessary to make it a viable tablet. Read on to find out more about the Galaxy Note and its unique take on being a mobile device.

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Dan Seifert
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.

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