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Monster!! Comes with ICS upgrade.
6 August, 2012
When I first heard of Samsung's pitch for a Phablet, I thought it was a joke (inspite of my home being filled with a myriad of Samsung devices). But as they unveiled it last year, I felt I was wrong.
The note packs a punch. I got mine this June after exchanging my Galaxy S2 which I owned for an year and decided never to go back to non-smartphones. The Note was not hard to get used to as I was already oriented to the Galaxy's scheme of things. The display is gorgeous and gives more screen real estate which makes games and watching movies a great experience (3.5 inch Apple anybody?). I am now thinking if I still have to go out and buy a tablet. The phone is excellent for taking notes (not sure if that's the reason behind it's name). This is the first time I got a device with a pen, so can't say much about how it fares against other devices. But I felt it was quite handy in taking notes and drawing simple diagrams. I have to get used to the S-Memo or S-Note's features to make more effective use of features provided. I am usually a big taker of black colored devices but for a change went white on this one with the flip cover and I love the appearance.
Phone came with Gingerbread 2.3.6 but I was able to to upgrade immediately to ICS 4.0.3. Some of the functionality that I lost after the upgrade is
- Swiping the home screen's top left/right to decrease/increase brightness
- Copy paste from websites. I am able to select text, but unable to get it to the clipboard
- Phone felt a little sluggish (I got to say that it felt a little sluggish compared to the Galaxy S2 which was snappy)
Things that I didn't like
- The battery which packs more than 900 mAh more than S II is still not enough. A higher capacity battery like the one carried by the Motorola
- Samsung should leave the apps like Social Hub or Game Hub to be installed from Samsung apps
- The volume on the headset and the speaker still appeared to be low. Later I figured out I had to hold the phone in a specific position against my ear for getting the best volume and quality.
- The white flip cover where one side fits in as a back cover (replacing the plastic cover) does not fit properly. When the phone falls, the cover comes apart.
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