Gadgetell Review: Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000) International Version

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The last time we heard, Samsung has shipped 1 million units of the Galaxy Note smartphone. By “units shipped,” it means total units delivered to retailers and carriers worldwide and do not necessarily mean that those units have already been bought by consumers. But then, those numbers whether purchased or still in stock with retailers and carriers are encouraging enough considering that the Galaxy Note has not been officially released in the U.S. yet.

Words on the streets say that the Samsung Galaxy Note will be released to the U.S. market in 2012.  To give you a preview of how great this device is, here’s our full review of the international version of the Galaxy Note (GT-N7000). I’ve been using the Galaxy Note for a couple of weeks now. Take note, it replaces my old and trusty Samsung Galaxy S II after using the said phone for almost six months. My verdict? – The Samsung Galaxy Note is an awesome smartphone to own. It’s larger screen display of 5.3-inches is a cross between the Galaxy S II and the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Samsung has finally hit the sweetest spot when it comes to device portability and convenience.

As a reference to its size, here’s a shot of the Samsung Galaxy Note, together with the iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S II and Huawei Honor. Hopefully it gives you an idea of what you’ll be getting should you decide to get the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Samsung Galaxy Note boasts of an 8MP camera which is of course located at the back together with a LED flash. The phone’s back panel is the usual thin plastic material which Samsung used for the Galaxy S II as well. You can easily peel this off to reveal the phone’s extra large battery. Don’t worry about the back covers thinness, it won’t easily break if you’ll just be extra careful when removing it off.

Up front is the Galaxy Note’s large Super AMOLED screen which can be simply described as beautiful. The screen is bright, crispy and rich in colors. Coming from the smaller screen display of the Galaxy S II, you’ll be amazed at the Note’s screen display quality. The Note’s features a capacitive screen which unfortunately is not as responsive as the Galaxy S II. But nothing biggie here. The screen still responds pretty well to your finger gestures.

The Samsung Galaxy Note that I’m using is running on Android 2.3.5 with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Hence, you’ll see the familiar Samsung Readers Hub and Social Hub as well as the Samsung Apps which are pretty much standard for most of the latest Samsung smartphones and tablets.

New to the Galaxy Note is of course the S Memo which makes use of the Stylus Pen which comes tucked at the back of the Note. You can use the S Pen for sketching as well as taking down notes via handwriting gestures.You can use the S Pen on Google Maps, for taking screenshots, drawing and sending your sketches via email.

There are other built-in apps thrown in which are quite useful including the Video Maker, Voice Talk, Photo Editor and Calendar.

What’s so great about the Galaxy Note is the fact that it’s a cross between a smartphone and a tablet. As such, it can run some of the tablet-specific apps and games and most if not all of the Android apps available for smartphones. The Galaxy Note is also Android 4.0 or ICS- ready. I can’t wait for the update to be rolled next year.

Overall, if you’re looking for a smartphone but you feel like the Galaxy S II and other similar smartphones are too small for your liking, and yet you find the 7-inch Android tablets too big for conveniently carrying it around – the Samsung Galaxy Note is the best device for you.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is an awesome device to have and to hold. Be sure to check it out when it becomes available in the U.S. market.

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