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  • The Samsung Galaxy Note, the biggest thing in Android

    Posted on April 6th, 2012 admin 1 comment

    I have been having a blast using a Samsung Galaxy Note. First, Yes It’s big, I’ve gotten that comment from every apple cultist I know. Even the Waitress at my local Red Robin had to make a comment while the local Apple-ite sitting across the tablet from me was insulting my new toy.
    Well it isn’t an iPhone, as a matter of fact it is about a 180 from the iPhone philosophy!
    It has a stylus (ya, I can hear the Apple ewwweee again), it is big and it isn’t a phone. it’s a phabulet(fabulous phone tablet)!
    I have always wanted a replacement for my old beloved Franklin Planner, The Microsoft Courier looked like the right candidate before MS lost its nerve and cancelled the project (Balmer has to be the worst thing that ever happened to MS, no courage at all!),

    MS has been a technological coward since 2007: Zune, better than an iPod (better OPLs, better sound) never advertized, killed.

    The tablet-PC, I love my Toshiba Portege MS convertible PC laptop/tablet, signing PDFs and Word docs and faxing without having to print and scan? Excellent! MS killed it!

    And then there was the Courier, the dual screened tablet concept that closed like a book (beloved Franklin Planner anyone?) with camera, stylus and clamshell design to protect the screens. MS claimed that they couldn’t get the battery life to work but with 2 screens and only one processor and the tegra-2’s sipping of battery, I doubt it. MS just has developed into a pathetic “Me-too” philosophy, they can only make the same product that someone else is.

    News to Microsoft: there’s already a great iPad available if someone wants an iPad, it’s called the IPAD! If someone wants something like an iPod, they will probably buy an umm…ya, an iPod. Make something else!

    Well, I digress…the Note isn’t like a Franklin Planner, it is more like the Moleskin I always carry around in case I am caught in the hallway with a “hey can you do this?” request that I know will evaporate from my brain before I get to my desk. It uses a stylus (just like real note books), you know that stick like things we liked with our Palm Pilots, iPaqs (still have a hx4700 kicking around) and my PC tablet and it’s a real stylus by Wacom, just like by Cintiq and Inuits on my desktop with pressure sensitivity so it works like a pen or brush. The screen is magnificent at 5.3″, nice for looking things up when caught in a server room, reading Kindle or e-books and for Google Maps….OMG amazing! Nice 8m camera, Oled display that even looks good outside in sunlight!
    Minor issues, the screen lock prevents bluetooth headset linking, should be fixed with Ice Cream Sandwich (the new OS coming in a month or so). The stylus (ok s-pen but it is still a stylus) does scrape up my Ghost Armor (which they kindly replace for free every time I am in my local mall but it is an issue). Still recommend the Ghost Armor too, really nice!

    Update: One thing I haven’t seen in any reviews: While all current cell phones are WiFi capable, all do 802.11b, some do 802.11n but the note does 802.11n in 5.2ghz, most wifi-n devices only work in the “n” 2.6ghz range! The only other device I have that does 5.2ghz is the laptop I upgraded myself with an Intel AGN card! Nice Samsung! It’s nice to have n in a high frequency so it doesn’t compete with my BG channels and also doesn’t get interference from my microwave and other electronics. the 2.6 is a “dump” frequency for most home appliances and cordless phones.