Samsung, with few other bloggers for a brief walk-through. Refreshments were also served at the event.
So, is the Galaxy Note a mobile phone or a tablet? Let’s take a peek inside the box…………
Then I tried the voice feature on the S Planner. To key in an appointment, simply tap on the Microphone icon if you’re lazy to type & a "Speak Now" box pops out. I started my speech: “Meeting @ 1 pm”.
So far, the voice sensor is quite sensitive & precise in picking up most English words. The S Planner provides you the tools, where complex schedules became simple. It's like having an efficient & intelligent personal secretary in your pocket.
You can see from the pix a cropped section from a map & hand-written “Meet Me Here” using the S Pen. Save the work & send it to your friend & the meeting place will never go wrong.
This is a great 2-in-1 gadget for those who find it cumbersome to carry both a mobile phone & a tablet or laptop out.
As a phone, the device is a little flamboyant due to its size. If you feel a tat bit embarrassed fishing out the biggest phone in the market from your pocket or bag to chat, you can always use the ear-piece that comes with it instead.
Most importantly, the Galaxy Note comes with a MicroSD slot with further expansion up to 32GB. Plus, the pre-bundled S Pen active stylus adds a whole new dimension to the Smartphone experience. The powerful, light-weight, do-it-all Samsung Smartphone packs a punch, & promises to deliver!
BTW, I was thrown this question by a friend who’s always travelling overseas, “Can Galaxy Note work w/o SIM card?”
I tested it out. All the above functioned w/o me inserting any SIM card & it worked like magic. I just tapped on my home wifi connection to do the job. So if you’re abroad & don't wanna use your SIM card, just look for a hotspot to surf or check your emails.
Here are some of the Key Specs again:
Network: GSM Quad-band & 3G band, 3.5G [HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps)
Processor: 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
Display: 5.3" 16M colours WXGA (1280x800) HD SUPER AMOLED display
Operating System: Android™ 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
Camera: 8 Megapixel + 2 Megapixel (front-facing camera), 4x Digital zoom with Anti-shake ability
Video: HD Video Recording 1080p @ 30fps (1920 x 1080),
Audio: Multi-format Music Player, 3.5mm ear jack, FM Radio
Multi Input: + S Pen (Advanced smart pen)
Connectivity: Bluetooth™ v3.0 + HS, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, USB Mass Storage, GPS (via Google Maps™), Tethering & portable hotspot, TV-Out
Memory: 16GB Internal Memory, MicroSD slot (up to 32GB)
Size: 146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65mm, 178g
Battery: Talktime up to 26.2 hours (2G), 13.5 hours (3G); Standby up to 960 hours (2G), 820 hours (3G)
Messaging: Handwriting Recognition (English and Simplified Chinese)
Business & Office: Email, Polaris™ Office (Microsoft PowerPoint, Word & Excel), Voice Recorder & Voice Talk
Application & Services: Social Hub integrates all SNS, IM, email & calendar accounts. S Planner & Memo, Mini Diary, Alarm