Samsung Galaxy Note From ATandT Works Fine for Phone Calls, Note-Taking
REVIEW: With the Galaxy Note, Samsung has succeeded in creating a hybrid mobile device that doesn't look like the typical smartphone, nor can it be perfectly defined as a tablet. But it works equally well, whether you need to take notes or want to make a phone call.The Galaxy Note isnt exactly a smartphone, although you can make phone calls on it, and its not exactly a tablet, either. Its an enterprise-friendly device thats designed for meetings and other demands for note-taking, along with normal smartphone and tablet functions. But it works fine just as a phone, too. I first saw the Samsung Galaxy Note in the hands of UberGizmo editor and co-founder Eliane Fiolet as we sat in a nearly empty press building the day before CeBIT opened last March in Hannover, Germany. Eliane had been using the device to take notes as we took the traditional CeBIT press tour of the soon-to-be-opened displays at this massive trade show. I noticed that she was using it in much the same manner as I used my old-fashioned reporters notebook, except that she used a stylus while I was using a pen that was running out of ink.
The next day, the attendees arrived and the Galaxy Note was ubiquitous. I also noticed something else. While the Galaxy Note seemed to be great for note-taking, the look when someone was making a phone call was fairly odd. It seemed as if the person was holding a paperback book up to their face as they talked. Now that AT&T has brought the Note to the United States, I realize that the Note isnt really as big as it seemed at the time, but it is still big compared with todays smartphones. This device has a 5.3-inch active-matrix organic LED (AMOLED) screen.