One HOT wireless phone ! July 30, 2012
Reviewer: hdtravel (USA) -
This is just the BEST wireless handset out there.
The screen is big and gorgeous. Bright and vivid color. 5.3" of pure visual honey.
The stylus is handy.
It is speedy and smooth. Apps launch fast and moving between screens is fluid.
The 2500 mAh battery is high capacity and lasts all day.
Once you have this "phablet" phone there is no going back to smaller screens.
Audio quality is quite good through the built-in speakers and the earpiece.
Highly recommended !
Good phone, bad battery July 8, 2012
Reviewer: B St
This is a great phone as many preious reviewers stated. The touch screen is smooth and responsive, almost as good as iPhones, and much better than my previous Samsung phones. The screen is big enough to do various kinds of reading comfortably.
The battery of this phone is really a disappointment. I only use the phone lightly, less than 10 minutes of call each day, 30 to 60 minutes's of reading, and less than 10 minutes on internet. But the phone's battery cannot last more than 8 hours, which means you have to do multiple charges during the day. What's wired about the battery is it can go from 50% battery usage to < 10% while the phone is on standby. The battery performace becomes worse and worse. Lately the battery can go from 50% to totaly drained in a few hours while it's on standby. I have tried to figure out what's going on while the phone is on standby. I turned off GPS (always when not using the navigation tool), bluetooth, WiFi, and all user applications before I let it standby. The end result is the same- the battery went from 50% to < 10%.
Great phone - UPDATED REVIEW June 10, 2012
Reviewer: John G. Pollard "jpollardbookseller"
I bought this phone about 2 months ago to replace an IPhone 3GS. (I briefly upgraded to the IPhone 4 but took it back. My 3GS backlight died and I needed to replace the phone. I saw many adds for the Galaxy note and they piqued my interest. There are several things I really like about this phone when compared to my Iphone -
1. The battery is user replaceable
2. You can easily expand the memory via MicroSD cards - I added a 32Gig card, but I have read that you can use cards up to 64GB
3. The large screen size means that I can actually see web pages without having to squint or wear magnifying glasses.
4. The 8 megapixel camera is incredible.
As with the IPhone there are lots of apps.
What I don't like compared to my IPhone -
1. The battery life of the Note is much less than the battery life of my IPhone. I think it probably has to do with the increased size of the screen. Even when I enable power saving features the phone still sucks up battery life at a voracious pace. (but I can buy an extra battery)
2. I can't get one of my favorite driving apps - GPS Drive - it's only made for the IPhone.
I like this phone and think that it is much better than the 3GS that I had. I can't compare it to the IPhone 4 (any version) - I did have one for a short time when they first came out , but returned it for an IPhone 3GS.
I am happy that there is now an Otterbox case available for this phone and would recommend that anyone purchasing this phone get a good case - the phone is big and it can slip out of your hands.
On a scale of one to 10 I would give this phone an 8 to a 9 - I would give it a nine if the batter life was better. I would give it a 4.5 but there is no such rating!
Now that I have had this phone for a while I can report the following -
I am still very pleased with the phone compared to my IPhone.
You can greatly increase the battery life by turning off GPS!
You can download "Juice Defender" for free - it will help you to get much more battery life out of this phone.
The battery usage was my biggest complaint.
I have grown used to the native mapping features and though I still miss GPS drive, the supplied mapping program will get you there just fine.
LOVE THIS PHONE!!!! June 7, 2012
Reviewer: Wiry (Southampton, NY USA) -
I bought this phone because I couldn't type emails on the iphone. I had a Blackberry but didn't like the apps or the web. This is perfect. I love the stylus ... use it all the time. I can use it to write emails but I don't have to because the larger phone is very easy to type emails on. It has voice search which works very well. The Google Play is great for music and I've got all my itunes music easily through Google play. Splash ID works seamlessly and there is an app for Outlook, which is why I used to be chained to Blackberry. The App for Outlook is called Deja Office and after a little bit of fiddling, it works perfectly. There is a super compass app which overlays on top of the camera. Very cool. The camera/video is great and the large screen is definitely a plus. I got the Galaxy Note cover in Orange which replaces the back of the phone, and it's very thin and terrific. This is definitely the best phone I've ever had. Really love it. Love writing notes and shopping lists with the stylus. Notepad appears whenever you tap twice on the phone ... great feature. I've had it two weeks. All my books are on Kindle app, downloaded tv shows which look great on the terrific screen, got my Outlook ... Can't say enough good things about this phone. Look out Iphone. I'm in love.
Top of the line phone. First of many good phones to come! April 23, 2012
Reviewer: Jacob G.
I give this phone 5 stars all the way around. It's fast, the screen is beautiful, and crafted very well. The operating system is awesome. If you can deal with people telling "that's a big phone" you will have no complaints with this thing. Highly recommend it.
I Can Finally Surf The Web! (And See It) April 9, 2012
Reviewer: Robert Timsah
This Note is simply the best mobile computing device on the market right now.
The display is so colorful and clear you actually want to use it. And with it's ample size, you can actually read text and type on it. I've been through 4 different cell phones in the last 6 months and finally landed on this one.
The note is the phone which has ended my search for the ultimate phone. This thing can do anything and has a better display than my laptop and most TV's. The fast processor makes for a fast user experience and gaming.
In fact, I think this has gotta be the best gaming phone on the market. The S-Pen is an extra added goodie that I actually did use. But let's be clear here - the thing that separates this phone from everything on the market is that screen. The screen in both SIZE, COLOR AND CLARITY.
Some say it's too big, but I say it's beautiful.
When I first saw this at Best Buy for some reason I immediately discounted it. Like I could never afford it, or it was absurd. But every time I went to Best Buy I'd find myself playing with the phone. Amazed that the screen was so dang usable! Well, I guess now we know why Best Buy lost billions. I went home and Bought the phone on Amazon Wireless for $250! Saved me from buying it at Best Buy.
lol, this is a great phone and I cannot recommend it enough. It's changed my life - when I'm away from my computer it's not really that big of a deal because I do almost anything on my Note.
This is a revolutionary device that everyone should get the pleasure of owning.
I really like it. April 7, 2012
Reviewer: Nidanracni (PALM HARBOR, FL, US) -
This is my first Android phone so maybe some of what I say is Android related too.
At first the size was off putting and sometimes I was even a little embarrassed of it but now I'm totally used to it. I recently came across a friends iphone and I had this overwhelming feeling that it was too small to do anything with it!
Overall, I would definitely get this phone again though I wish we North Americans could get the nice international version for the contract price at AT&T instead of the ridiculous soft-key'd version we get. I love this phone and I'm really glad I switched from iPhone to it. Yes, it's big but you get used to it and can't live without the size.
-The size allows you to really do so much more than a smaller phone. I'm on the go between work and school for 12+ hours a day and I can't always lug my laptop around with me. This phone lets me have more capabilities without another device.
-Using swipe text input and the stylus you can text so much faster than with your finger or another input method.
-I love the customizable vibration intensity. I have it on the lowest possible setting so it's barely discernible.
-When I have LTE signal my connection is faster than my very good home wifi
-Has Flash. The main reason I left iPhone. I don't understand why Adobe is letting Apple beat them down by discontinuing mobile Flash. Yes I've heard the arguments that there are better things than Flash but Flash is everywhere now.
-I love the rooster alarm
-I love being able to download apps from anywhere
-I love the notifications bar on the top and it's versatility.
-The biggest, most irritating problem is severe lag. When I am texting and a message is sending the phone often totally freezes until the message is sent. Other times when Im navigating menus there is lag so that I end up accidentally clicking on the wrong thing. Sometimes I press the back key and nothing happens so I'm not sure I pressed it and I press it again only to find out there was just lag. This is immensely, unbelievably rage inspiring when on the 2nd page of the browser because it will cause the whole browser to close.
-The 2nd biggest con are the 4 pseudo-buttons on the bottom. I am CONSTANTLY accidentally hitting them. I just cannot imagine what we North America to deserve such ridiculous inane buttons. They are in the way, it's hard to hold the phone sometimes without pressing them, the stylus for some unimaginable reason doesn't work on them.
-When I am in a non-LTE area my connection is 1/10th the speed. Painfully Slow.
-The button on the stylus. I don't use the style for drawing or writing. I use it to navigate menus, applications, swipe text entry. I find it faster because it's more precise but I'm always accidentally pressing the button on the stylus which tends to bring up some note pad app which seems useless because it's not feasible to write or draw with the stylus.
-The button placement on the side. At first I thought I was just used to the top button of the iPhone but it is really hard to press the side button without accidentally pressing the volume button on the other side.
-The non-speaker call volume is WAY too low. I have to park very far from campus everyday and I like to talk on the phone to pass the time as I'm walking to and from my car. Sometimes I can barely hear the other person because of the ambient outside noises even though the volume is on high.
-The browser situation. I am a firefox fan so I downloaded it on the phone. But I can't get flash to work on it so I started using the built in browser again. Only as an imgur.com fan I like to view animated gif's. They often won't work or will freeze on the built in browser but work great on the firefox app.
-If you charge it by plugging into a lap top it charges insanely slowly but if you plug it into a wall adapter it's much faster.
This is Ten TIMES Better than a Kindle Fire August 7, 2012
Reviewer: D (Redding, CA, United States) -
This phone cost me the same as a kindle Fire and it is TEN TIMES better. The battery last's longer the screen is almost as big. For exactly the same price I get a device that does ten times as much as the Kindle Fire will do. The plug in my Kindle Fire is shot it almost wont charge any more. Guess what Amazon tells me ok it is not a year old yet but just throw it away and buy a new one. Every owner out there has this problem with the Kindle Fire of the plugin being no good yet Amazon wont fix them at all. Well guess what we are trying to interest the Attorney Generals Office into filling a class action suit to fix them all no matter where you live. So amazon go suck water.
Samsung Galaxy note Att white March 12, 2013
Reviewer: Samsung Galaxy note ATT
Hi... I want to sell my Galaxy note white att because i bought iphone 5 so i don't need it anymore.
phone working great. i don't ship to international only usa
phone only no charger or accessory....
Will Not Put This Down...Fantastic!!!!! July 22, 2012
Reviewer: Randall Versey "Nupetroop" (Atl) -
This phone is amazing, I love everthing about it especially since I have big hands. It is very practical for me and I use every feature daily.
I really like my new Galaxy Note..but..... July 8, 2012
Great phone for -video, games, camera, texting, talking, fast, stylus pen to many to list!
Bad parts of the phone- I could have gotten this $50 cheaper at Sams Club. I didn't do my homework like i thought i did. I'm hoping Amazon could make a price adjustment? Anyways, my biggest issue is no light notification when phone is silent! The phone does everything- but Samsung couldn't come up to make a light blink when a text or email arrives when in silent mode? Is there a way around this?
Bottom line great phone works fast on 4G, do your homework when buying, and don't expect notification when in silent mode.
Phone worked great for 6 months, then something happened with the plug-in battery port(where you put your charger cable into). Exchanged the phone at an AT&T store and got a new device since i was still in warrenty. So far the New phone works just as good. People ask me all the time about the phone.
Never been so happy with a new device !! April 10, 2012
The best phone I could have chosen, since OctI have been in search for a phone and I'll never regret it everything about this phone is simply amazing its so great that my mother wants it more than anything and she hates electronic devices ! I'm actually writing this review on my phone best but you can make such as the fact people complain about its size oh no once you use it you won't even notice plus the size helps allot for entertainment exc (: you won't regret it trust me its worth the the hundred dollars
Pleasantly Surprised March 31, 2012
Reviewer: D. Jacobs "D. Jacobs" (Queens Village, NY) -
I purchased this phone in white on launch day in New York, 02/19/2012. My first impression was, WOW this is big!!!! Actually, it's more wide then big so to speak. I love the thinness of it, but it is taking some getting used to. Having said that, this phone is NOT for everyone. And yes, you need two hands to handle this thing. The screen is fantastic, the colors are beautiful. I have used the S pen and it is a nice addition. I doubt I will use it on a daily basis, but I have already used it to write text messages and they converted them to text. Once again, it is a nice addition. I can see myself using it to jot down to do lists and things like that. This phone is fully packed and the 4G LTE is fast. I used it at home to try it out and in Manhattan today as well. You can turn it off under the settings menu, wireless and network, and then mobile network, so you are not constantly draining your battery. The battery is good, but rest assure, if you stay on this thing constantly, you will be charging it every single day. That is why I like the on screen task killer, and monitoring what is running in the background. But since this came out in europe last year, there are so many accessories and extended batteries available. All in all, I love this phone, and just like with anything else, I will get used to it. Texting, netflix, reading or videos of ANY kind are fantastic on this thing. If you can get pass the size, which I think some people just can't, LOL, then you will love this phone. I had it in my jeans pocket today and it was fine. I hope this helps the undecided out their. I went from the Iphone 4G, to a HTC 4G Inspire, to the Galaxy Note. 3.5, to 4.3, to 5.3 inch screen. I am at my limit now, LOL. Almost got the blue/black color, but the white is really nice and the back cover is not textured like the black, it's plastic. And it looks really nice with a black cover on it. Okay, their you have it, the rest is up to you. Enjoy.
Perfect phone for a former iphone junkie. July 12, 2012
Reviewer: Christopher A. Sabo "ShoeBuyer" (Virginia) -
After 4 1/2 years as an iphone user I made the switch to Android, more specifically the AT&T Galaxy Note and have not been dissappointed. Reasoning.
1) Tired of dinky iphone screen and small keyboard. (5.3 inches versus 3.5 inches)
2) Support of flash to support the full internet.
3) Removable battery and extra batteries are only $7-15 on Amazon.
4) Runs great especially with the ICS which was just released yesterday.
Fast 4G speed with Amazing screen! February 24, 2012
Reviewer: mhbok "rq" (USA) -
MY IMPRESSION ON GALAXY NOTE (edited)
* Update: I had a SCREEN ISSUE when I watching netflix(shadowy,spotty fuzzy) so I returned and got new one and works fine. I do think there are defective ones as I returen none samsung phone 3times.
Anyone who is having same issue just return it, go store and ask than no questions asked. this is the only one good thing aout not getting international versen.
-I got it an AT&T store for $299 with 2yr upgrade on 2/22/12($36 upgrading fee ummmm... ok to me, because my full 2yr contract ends 7/1/12 so I get it 3 & 1/2mo early no complain)
-Well buit quality front and back(cheap plastic? not true)
-Fast 4G speed 8-20mb down in New York City, as faster as my Time Warner cable WI-FI
-Super Amoled screen looks amazing on big screen. my tiny iPhone4 sereen looks washed out, I can never go back to a small screen again 100%
-Ater few hours using it on my hand, size is no longer feels too big.
-It fits any of my jean pockets no problem what so ever, oh yeah I can really read on this screen seriously.
-The battery life is nearly as good as my iPhone 4 but not better even I stop all running apps (big screen and remember it uses 4G LTE network, yes the longest lasting device out there yet. if it use 3G network
it can last twice longer)
-You can get clear answer why Apple is suing Samsung not because copying issue, you will know the answer when you test on their GS-2 line phones
-Call and music quality are 3times clear and better than my iPhone4 but speaker phone sound is not that loud
-Android apps, operating and customization are excellent, I can do so many more than iOS.
-The best thing to me is using Google Voice with Galaxy Note, it can completely override my AT&T phone number with one step set up, than no extra steps required to make call and text, totally different than
using GV app on iPhone 4.
-Is this the best smart phone on the market yet? I bet it is at least until now! I recommend it to anyone who likes to use one device at all the time, no tablet needed. Web browsing is why we get smart phone
not because we use only make phone calls or text. Its the matter of time I am sure apple will make bigger screen iPhones FOR SURE!!!
AT&T 3G network in New York City has been terrible but NOW with their 4G speed is lighting fast on galaxy note I am extremely happy for that.
2.5 stars at the most... November 8, 2012
I can seriously say that I cant wait for my iphone4... this phone.. just isnt working for me... it stayed on the lock screen for 10 minutes before i gave up and relocked it... the email is shotty and buggy, the gmail is confusing, it eats battery like a pig, It has no supported docks that i wanna buy, all of my settings get reset, the camera sucks and pictures end up looking washed out in white when using the flash (and I mean like there is a white fog in them) and it's focus ability is laughable.. i had everyone their own ringtone but that got reset from the countless times my phone had to restarted or died halfway through the day. You can actually bypass the security lock if you pull down the notification bar and select something. God forbid someone stole my phone. Apps disappear, it looks cluttered, the camera causes it to freeze. The size is a bit more daunting than I had first noticed. The keyboard lags a lot and half the time i will press one letter and the letter aside it types instead. The only good thing about it is that its a good looking phone and it gets noticed. If you like complicated things that after some time start to go to crap, this is the phone for you... But its too much of a hassle for me. Very few updates and I hate that i have to use an external program to do ANYTHING with it on my computer. It duplicates music if you dont do it just right, it erases things sometimes and its very picky.
Pros: Sufficient hard drive space
Interesting look and eyecatching
Cons: Stays on lock screen for more than 10 minutes, would stay longer, and this is on battery saver mode...
Email is shotty and buggy
Gmail is just confusing with their random buttons that dont do anything a normal email user wants to do
Huge battery hog
No supported docks and the port is hard to insert causing damage
Settings constantly get reset with restart
Camera is insufficient, focus is crap, the flash makes things look like they have a white fog around them
I had ringtones for everyone, but with force restart they all got removed, at this point I gave up trying
When you dont notice that your lock screen is on due to a new notification it will eat your battery to the point that your phone will be dead by noon
You can bypass the security passcode by swiping down on the top of the screen and selecting a notification. God forbid you get your phone stolen
The camera causes the phone to freeze up regularly
The keyboard is crap and i constantly have to retype things because of letters i am not even near getting typed in either due to size or a bug.
Keyboard also lags so typing fluidly is not an option
The stylus is crap, I have used it only a dozen times since getting the phone only half a year ago. The sensitivity is off and nothing you do will make it look like an adult wrote it.
It has very few updates that will fix the phone, but then again, I never hook it up to my computer because the Samsung Kies application is shit, it constantly has issues, its very picky when there is an update, your phone has to be at 100% charge, and then be plugged in, but with the issues of the cord that likes to come undone at the SLIGHTEST movement it messes up things TOO much...
It duplicates music and when you set it to manually manage, it still does it on its own. Horrible itunes integration.
Cluttered screens and just honestly it doesnt look good anymore at least to me.
Looks as if ICS is actually going to come next quarter! February 25, 2012
Reviewer: S. M. Woods (Phoenix, AZ) -
Ordered the note on a Wednesday and was surprised to have it appear on Thursday.
The phone is big, no doubt and will take some time to get adjusted to making calls with, and people asking you why you are holding a tablet to your ear.
I don't have LTE in my general area, but 10 miles away the Phoenix zone kicks in and I get 15mbs consistantly on downloads and up to 30mps. Battery life is horrible about 4 hours of hard internet use. Ordered 2 more batteries today.
Setup is strange as you need to go to the AT&T website. I also had to call them to go from 4G to 4GLTE data plan to get the data to work. They allowed my to keep my same data price since I paid full price for the phone.
Overall a good phone/tablet or whatever you want to call it, but for $700 I can buy a tablet with LTE and use Google voive for my calls and save a great deal of $. After paying full price at&t wont give you the unlock code, yet another $23 from another vendor.
Keeping fingers crossed for ICS. Overall best phone ever and someday they will get battery use figured out. No more iPhone for me.
Just Short of Amazing! February 20, 2012
This phone may not be for everyone, it's huge. But I love it!
The EU version IS amazing. The US version is just short. They have different processors, and that's the biggest difference. EU version has a 1.4Ghz dual core Exynos processor, US has a 1.5 DC Snapdragons processor. Big difference in the two. But the LTE (If your in an LTE area) makes up for the processor difference. (Exynos is not LTE compatible)
Screen is awesome!
Gigantic...but is that good or bad? February 23, 2012
Reviewer: Jason Kleeberg "J. Kleeberg" (Bay Area, California) -
The Note is the newest in Samsung's Galaxy series. Chances are, if you're looking at this review, you've already checked out this product line, so I'm not going to get too specific about the specs...you know it's got a nice processing speed, a great screen, a good amount of onboard memory (16GB's), and the Android operating system (2.3 at the moment, but hopefully an upgrade to 4.0 comes soon). I will, however, talk about the two things that sets it apart from the other phones on the market right now - it's size and the S-Pen stylus.
The screen is humungous...the 5.3" screen is beautiful, but could be a detriment to some. It's thin, so I could easily drop it into my work pants, but jeans...that's another story. The size is great for viewing email, watching movies, or texting, but is a hassle to use as a phone and walk around with.
The S-Pen works pretty well. It's a magnet based stylus technology that allows you to take screenshots and mark them up, process signatures, draw on pictures, etc. I wouldn't use it, but I could see why people would like this. The pen is small though, and could seem uncomfortable for normal use. It easily slides into the phone for storage.
Bottom line, if you're going to use the S-Pen and don't mind a giant phone, pick this one up. The screen is gorgeous and the performance is nice and fast.
Not too bad March 1, 2012
Reviewer: James Wise "Jamz111" (USA, Sactown) -
-Screen is really nice and clear. Size is perfect for me. Some people might find it to big for them.
-Battery is not the best among smart phones but better than some that I've used including my last one, Samsung Infuse.
-4G LTE is an acceptable upgrade.
-Looks really nice
-Back cover in a lot of samsung phones lately have been known to be flimsy but the one on this is the worst of them all. Even after checking all the sides and corners to make sure they are all in properly, part of the left side just cold not completely close. I could squeeze it close bt after releasing it, that part pops right out.
-Lags are noticeable but not to the point that can be annoying (yet).
-Screen rotation is slow.
-Too many unnecessary apps. Main apps on the bottom cannot be replaced. I dont think calendar, email, and application apps should be put in the front. I use a different email application and the one on the bottom of this phone is just taking up space in the home page. This goes also with the web app. I use opera browser which is better, at least for me and I cant replace the the standard web app in the bottom of the home page.