The original Galaxy Note was a success for Samsung. (Photo : Samsung)
The original Samsung "phablet" known as the Galaxy Note has received favorable reviews and even goes as far to be an "iPhone killer." Could the success of the original Galaxy Note signify the success of the upcoming Galaxy Note 2?
It is inevitable that the Galaxy Note 2 will have some upgraded features from its predecessor, but what have critics said about the predecessor?
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Features on the Galaxy Note includes dimensions of 5.78″ x 3.27″ x 0.38,″ 6.28 oz., battery capacity of 2500 mAh, talk time of 10 hours, display size of 5.3-inches, 284 PPI 1280×800 HD Super AMOLED, 1GB RAM, and the S Pen stylus.
The S Pen has received top marks in reviews, such as from iSource, who referred to the Galaxy Note as the iPhone killer.
"The S-Pen (for me) without a doubt is the killer app," said reviewer Brandon. "Sure it's not an app (S Memo is the app), but for all of you who were sitting there asking what Samsung was thinking bringing back the stylus - they were thinking of people like me who would rather markup a screenshot or jot down a quick note than have to carry a moleskine everywhere they go.
"This is surely the most interesting aspect of the Samsung Galaxy Note," reviewed Hubert Nguyen and Eliane Fiolet of UberGizmo about the "huge" display.
UberGizmo notes the device is the most comfortable touch handset when it comes to watching movies or typing.
They added, "The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the best 4G LTE device that we had the opportunity to test and the combination of a large 5.3" screen, LTE speeds and a good battery life makes this a rather unique and efficient combo."
For CNET, some of the cons of the Galaxy Note is the removal of the battery, the micro-USA is awkward to use, and the plastic back. But the positives overtake those negatives.
"This is without a doubt the fastest phone I've ever used. It has a 1.5Ghz dual core processor and 1GB of [RAM]," reviewed CNET. "To put this into perspective if you go back about 5 years this would have been a respectable spec for a desktop PC running Windows XP. This power is now in the palm of your hand which is amazing. Currently this is the fastest phone on the planet.
CNET, just like UberGizmo, credits the large screen but notes the battery life, referring it as "great."
PC World shares a similar view as the above, noting the large screen and S Pen as pros, but the design, likely the plastic back, as a con.
Many hope the successes the Galaxy Note received will continue ahead of the Aug. 29 debut of the Galaxy Note 2. Reports indicate the Galaxy Note 2 will feature a quad-core processor, a 13 megapixel camera, and a 5.5-inch HD display with a 1280x800 resolution. Samsung's Galaxy S3 device features the Super AMOLED HD display, but it is so far unknown if the Galaxy Note 2 will follow suite.