Since February 7, AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 4G has been available in the United States, and it’s unique in a number of ways. The individual handwriting recognition technology places this smartphone head and shoulders above the competition, and its 5.3” capacitive touchscreen is the largest of all. Its integrated smart stylus S-Pen works with the big display so that you can draw, take notes, write-to-email and write-to-text in your own hand.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note, you can add notes to already-recorded videos and photos. The Galaxy Note is also the only smartphone that lets you choose from a range of handset colors – either Carbon Blue or Ceramic White – which is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous black on offer elsewhere.
AT&T lowered the retail price of this flagship phablet of theirs to $189 recently, along with their standard 2-year activation and data plan at some retailers. Samsung also announced that the Galaxy Note 4G would be getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update in sometime in June. The out-of-the-box Gingerbread OS that buyers will find upon purchase is accompanied by Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI, as well as pre-installed apps including Facebook, Picasa, Twitter, YouTube, and Samsung apps like S-Memo, Music Hub, Mini Diary, Crayon Physics and S-Planner. Near frequency Communications (NFC) support is on there too.
That stunning 5.3” display offers visuals made from more than 16 million colours and 285 ppi, which combines to make a high-end screen resolution of 800×1280 pixels. Super AMOLED technology is there too, as well as standard light and proximity sensors. This handset has 25 per cent more battery life than the average 4G smartphone, and the Note has up to ten hours of talk time from one charge of the 2,500 mAh battery.
The phone’s Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon microchip package has one of the fastest central processors in the smartphone market – a dual core 1.5 GHz Scorpion. The Note has 16GB of storage, as well as 1GB of RAM. There’s also a MicroSD slot to extend storage capacities. The phone’s rear-facing camcorder (8MP) has smile detection, autofocus, preloaded scenes, as well as panorama and multishot capacity. The rear-facing handset gives 1080p HD video capture, and there’s also a 2MP chat-cam on the front, which gives video call support and portrait snapshot ability.
Despite all these benefits and great hardware, it unfortunately doesn’t compare to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3 – Sammy’s new flagship smartphone. If rumors serve true then we may see it hit US carriers like AT&T late June, hence the possible reason why AT&T has lowered the price tag. Another reason could be because the device may no longer be exclusive to AT&T (we’ve already seen a leaked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note floating around and rumors of a Verizon Galaxy Journal keep coming in).