Samsung Galaxy Note review

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Samsung Galaxy Note review

If you're someone who buys a device like this because of the media capabilities, you'll think you've died and gone to heaven with the Samsung Galaxy Note in your hands.

This is what media devices should look like.

That's because of one thing - the screen.

Watching videos on here is a pleasure.

Not only because of the size but also because the resolution is so good and it's not so heavy that your hands are likely to get tired by holding it for long periods of time (unless you're weedy).

We love how you can stream the audio to a bluetooth headset too, so you can enjoy movies completely wire-free.

Samsung Galaxy Note review

And there's even an outdoor setting to make it easier to see in bright sunlight; though it cranks the display up so don't expect your battery to thank you.

The range of file types supported is impressive too: MP4, M4V, Xvid, DivX, AVI, 3GP - in fact, not once did we get the dreaded 'file type not supported' error message.

You can also edit your videos from within the app and add various effects to them, as well as trimming and doing some basic work.

The music app is stock Android with that Samsung look and it does the job well enough, allowing you to create playlists on the fly or filter your music by artist, album and so on.

We downloaded the third-party PlayerPro which we found to be much more effective, but different apps will suit different tastes and needs here.

Samsung Galaxy Note review

Both allow you to tweak equalizer settings and the like.

Crucially, with a mimimum of 16GB storage space already included before we start adding media cards, the only challenge we faced here was figuring out how to fill it all.

Streaming media is a cinch thanks to DLNA and you can have your music photos and videos sent to a compatible device (like a PS3) in no time at all.

If you're lucky enough to have a compatible Samsung telly, you can also do it directly using the Samsung AllShare app built into the Samsung Galaxy Note.

We found it to be OK - but not brilliant.

Samsung Galaxy Note review

Loading lists of files took ages (literally, we went off and boiled the kettle from scratch, came back and it was still loading!) and it seems to have issues with files on the external memory.

But this appears to be an issue with the app rather than the Samsung Galaxy Note itself, since we've also experienced it on the Samsung Galaxy S2.

Streaming via Bluetooth, however, was not an issue and we happily played music to the car stereo without wires for an entire journey.

Sound quality with A2DP was flawless. And to top it all off, Samsung gives us an FM radio. Not a big, cutting-edge inclusion - but one we're always glad to see.

There is also a YouTube app onboard. It's a great app - but we don't have Samsung to thank since it is stock Android and available to most Android users.


Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
Wireless LANYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory16 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSPA+, HSDPA
SAR Value0.11 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedLTE 700, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, WCDMA 1900, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1900, GSM 1800, WCDMA 850
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameSamsung
Battery Talk Time1 Day
Screen Size13.5 cm (5.3")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)178 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE, RoHS
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerARM
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density285 ppi
Height146.9 mm
Width83 mm
Depth9.7 mm
Radio TunerYes
Battery Standby Time960 Hour
Product NameGalaxy Note Smartphone
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Product LineGalaxy Note
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor Typecomfortmeter, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N7000ZBAXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Feel free to do whatever you like, wherever you are, with the Samsung Galaxy Note. Its large 5.3" HD Super AMOLED touchscreen offers a superior viewing experience. Thin and light design allows maximum portability, and full-screen utilisation is perfect for quick and effective tasking on the move. With a choice of touch or super-sensitive S Pen input, you can sketch, write, and capture or crop elements from any screen quickly and easily. The 1.4GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ internet speeds of up to 21Mbps make sure you've got the power you need, too. Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note and discover a new kind of smartphone experience with a world of freedom.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Note Smartphone
  • Battery
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year