The Samsung Galaxy Note is an anomaly of sorts in today’s tech world, particularly because its 5.3-inch display situates the device somewhere between a phone and a tablet. For the phone part of this device’s identity, the device runs on AT&T’s 4G LTE network and features an “S Pen”, or stylus, which is a unique feature but also seems a bit superfluous, since the device does not support too many apps for using the pen.

The Note features what is now a typical feature of most hand-held devices around: touch-sensitive navigation including buttons for Home, Menu, Back and Search. There is also a volume rocker and button on its side, as well as a slot on the bottom for easy-storage of the S Pen (which by the way, recognizes both right-handed and south-paw scribblers).

You’ll find the HD Super AMOLED display impressive, with a resolution of 1280 X 800-pixels – however, unfortunately, color-output on the device appears over-saturated and an overall disappointment – even flesh tones appear ruddish and whites don’t lack an unpleasant yellowish tint.

One of the biggest Pros about the Note is that it sports the newest version of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.6) as well as an edition of the TouchWiz interface which imitates that which you’ll find on the company’s Galaxy S II phones.

Concerning the S Pen: the device dons S Memo Lite, for jotting down important reminders from pretty much anywhere within the phone – and writing on the Galaxy is fairly easy, after a short learning curve. As mentioned previously, the apps for the Pen included in the phone are scanty – so far these include only Polaris Office, S Memo and a games, Crayon Physics.

The Note’s performance may tip the scales in favor of purchasing the device. The 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video, download speed of 24.64 mbps and upload speed of 8.78 mbps – and an 8 mega-pixel camera make for a full-featured, smooth and fast running phone.

You can find an Android warranty for this phone, as well as most other smartphones available today at CPS.

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