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Samsung Galaxy Note: The Perfect Phablet

With the recent ‘scuffle’ between Samsung and Apple, one can only hope that these two giants can find it to move on and create devices that can actually cook your dinner for you, or better yet, collect my Times at the gate every morning.

Many call them ‘Phablets’ (Phone + Tablets) while others are accustomed to Small Tablets and just like Samsung, we call it the Note. It’s just that.

When our Note arrived for review it featured Android 2.3 but prompted for an upgrade to the Premium Suite whilst it’s based on a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 that’s part of Qualcomm’s previous generation of chips. Like many smartphones it offers 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and an empty microSD card slot.
S Pen | Stylus

The Note doesn’t come alone as its accompanied by the S Pen, of which was a struggle feeling for it as the speaker grill is directly adjacent to it. It’s no secret that the S Pen is the cornerstone of the Galaxy Note, and much of Samsung’s work to improve the software experience can be directly tied to the S Pen itself. Finding a real use for the stylus was also a challenge, besides drawing unearthy pictures when boredom is at its peak. Then Samsung went and added a nice concept that allows users to easily send fanciful greetings to others using My Story app, it’s limited in its usefulness, as it only allows you to interact with My Story users. Perhaps it’s for this reason that the app isn’t included by default on the Galaxy Note and must instead be downloaded via Google Play.

The 5.3 inch HD super AMOLED display cannot go unnoticed as it’s the most drool-worthy Phablet screen we’ve come across by far. However, when compared to the HTC One X and Galaxy S III, the Note might as well recline in the backseat. The Note has a beefy 2,500mAh battery which will last just a bit better than average. In our standard rundown test, the phone managed to stay alive for a little more than eight hours of *everyday use. Which is fair when going to work and straight back home after 5pm.

Sporting an 8-megapixel AF rear camera with LED flash and a 2MP front facing camera recording at full HD capable at 1080p although by default its set to record at 720p. Sharing the files is a breeze thanks to Samsung’s All Share app, which allows you to stream content from your mobile Samsung device to a Smart TV set like we did with the ES6200 range (picture). At least make sure you have a secure, hi-speed network to enjoy this function without any hiccups.  
Using All Share

The Note is packed with productivity features and beautiful, spacious display — Samsung’s super-sized smartphone remains peerless. Although we must admit the size takes a while getting used to.

Priced from R8999

*Everyday use: Connected to Wi-Fi network, Frequent use of email, social networking and photo sharing services

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Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.