Samsung Galaxy Note Impresses: 10 Reasons Why

NEWS ANALYSIS: Samsung offers two different Galaxy Note models. Although they can be somewhat confusing to some customers, they're extremely impressive as mobile companions.

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a conundrum. The device looks like and behaves like a tablet, but has phone-like qualities. This factor along with a stylus as standard equipment and it's enough to confuse any uninformed consumer about what the device is meant to do and how they might find it well suited for their needs.

Samsung itself has faced some trouble marketing the product and to this day can't quite provide a simple elevator pitch telling the world how they should use it.

And yet, the Galaxy Note is a popular mobile device. The first version, which came with a 5.3-inch screen, was welcomed with open arms around the world. Recently, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, delivering what is ostensibly the same product with a bigger screen. Once again, critics and customers alike celebrated the device. And it proved that maybe Samsung really does know what it's doing with the Galaxy Note.

When taken at face value, the Galaxy Note is impressive. It's a design feat in an increasingly boring and crowded marketplace. In some ways, it achieves a level of innovation not even Apple has been able to muster with its iPhone and iPad.

Here are the reasons why.

1. It bridges the gap between smartphone and tablet

Samsung has found a way to bridge the gap between smartphones and tablets with the Galaxy Note. The smaller device comes with phone qualities and will work on carrier networks, but it also delivers a stylus and tablet functionality. The Galaxy Note has done what no other device has. And it should be complimented for that.

2. It offers a neat input system

The addition of the stylus to the Galaxy Note is what makes the device special–and a worthwhile purchase for many customers. Styluses just aren't seen in tablets today. And the fact that they offer so much more in terms of functionality and input functions add more versatility to the device and its applications.

3. Sizes for all customers

When Samsung was selling only the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note, it couldn't quite appeal to those who want a bigger display or need more screen real estate to write notes or ideas. With the Galaxy Note 10.1, however, that has all changed. Now, the Galaxy Note comes in sizes that appeal to anyone.

4. Proof that Android is flexible

Android has been criticized for offering too many flavors and too much variety among different vendor devices. However, its implementation in the Galaxy Note proves that it's an extremely flexible operating system. Kudos to Samsung for taking Android and extending its functionality beyond its initial implementation.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...