Samsung Galaxy Note I: Product Review

Okay I have had my Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone for about 5 months now and I have a pretty good grasp on the use and functions of this awesome product. The Note is so much more than a smartphone, updating the operating system to ICS really put this tool over the top for this social media professional. I have recently added a compatible mini keyboard which allows me the opportunity to carry my office in my front pockets. I love that I have the ability to work from anywhere, combined with easy portability. Lets take a moment and dig a little deeper.

The Pros

A handheld computer…

This little baby really is a handheld computer. I rarely have to break out the old laptop anymore. Whatever my laptop can do, the Note handles as well. Utilizing cloud technology as long as I have a wifi connection, I can do almost anything remotely that I can do in my office. Addtionally using Evernote I can create and add to blog posts, writing assignments, etc., from where ever I choose to work. The size of the device with it’s 5.3 inch screen, in 1280 x 800 pixel resolution makes working with the Note easy, and doesn’t strain the eyes. The 16 GB of memory make for adding many apps without using up all your memory, add an additional 32GB of external memory and you are good to go for some time.

The Camera

The 8.0 megapixel camera is one of the best on the market for smartphones. Pics and vids are amazingly clear. I have been able to use the camera many times to capture a pic when I don’t have my regular Samsung 12.2 megapixel camera. The Notes camera is adequate enough to make it usable in a pinch.

Screen Size

The 5.3 Inch monitor as I will call it is great for being able to view things comfortably. No squinting necessary with the Note. The gorilla glass is pretty indestructible and a great added advantage.

The S Pen
The S pen is what makes this device so different. The functionality that the S pen provides is amazing. Take it from a simple artistic tool to create art, to a fully functional office product, capable of editing, creating, moving, drawing and changing documents, as well as capturing any and all screen shots. There is so much that the S pen does that I am still finding new uses for it constantly.

As with any device there are Cons: 

While many have commented on it’s size has never really been an issue for me personally. Some people do think the device is too big however.

Originally only available from AT&T, I think the device is now available from T-Mobile as well – Sprint users, sorry. I actually had Sprint as my carrier but since they couldn’t get the device, I switched. I have had no issues with AT&T thus far.

Overall this device absolutely rocks! One of the best decisions I have made was to purchase this awesome business tool. Now with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 2 with Jelly Bean, I may just be in the market to upgrade….
Gerry Michaels
Gerry Michaels (Gettysburg Gerry) is Principal at Studmuffin Media, Radio host The Social Studmuffin on Blogtalkradio, Featured Author for, Social Media Columnist for the Gettysburg Times, Social Media strategist and community builder and explorer. I am no different than you, no better/worse. I'm an astronaut exploring this social media space. Fully engulfed in the world that is Social Media, I awake every day anxiously anticipating what the days new technology will bring. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Pinterest. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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  1. Kittie Walker says:

    Great overview of the product. I'm well and truly sold on the quality of Samsung products. Their screen technology is amazing, which is why I switched from Sony to Samsung for TVs and PC monitors. I don't have the Note although I am thinking of upgrading to the SIII, so maybe this is the way to go instead!

    • Gettysburg Gerry says:

      Kittie, it is truly the most versatile and effective business tool I have purchased in quite some time. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, your input is always appreciated. Great Day ;-)

  2. Jeanine says:

    Thanks so much for this great review, Gerry! It is much more detailed from a business perspective than any other I have read. I was leaning toward the Galaxy as my next phone; your review has removed all doubt! I was under the impression, though, that it is also available with Verizon service. If not I may have to make a switch too!

  3. Gettysburg Gerry says:

    From what I understand, AT&T and T-Mobile, however I could be wrong, remember I am not an "expert". Ha ha, sorry I couldn't resist….Thanks for checking it out. I would recommend holding one and seeing how you feel about the size. It is big, but very light and sleek and thin…. ;-)

    • Jeanine says:

      lol Well, I currently use another brand and model that is on the unwieldy side. The Galaxy is about as big, but it’s lighter and much sleeker overall. I’d gladly manage with it to enjoy its features, and especially its reliability.

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