The Samsung Galaxy Note has been a device seeing a lot of posts from various sources since it was shown at CES in Las Vegas and since that time, we have been seeing a lot of reviews about what this new combination tablet and smart phone can do for you. This has been much more than we have seen in the past for a new smart phone and most of that can be attributed to the fact of this new category called “pahblet”. It would seem that Samsung has been doing far more than in the past to gain acceptance from the market because of its size as compared to other smart phones. With all of that, it is available in the US starting today with a 2 year contract price of $299.99 at AT&T.
The Galaxy Note has created a lot of discussion with its 5.3 inch screen joining a growing number of 4G LTE phones at AT&T. It is the breaking of the 5 inch barrier which has generated a lot of the conversation we are seeing. Some are outright disagreeing with the Galaxy Note, such as Nathan Olivarez-Giles of The Los Angeles Times in a video post. He believes that the Galaxy Note is too large of a phone to be practical and too small of a tablet to be usable. That is one side of the conversation.
The other side is talking about the usefulness of the Galaxy Note, such as Mike Elgan of ComputerWorld who believes that now is the time for a phablet category to be successful. Part of that belief is the value of Ice Cream Sandwich which is not coming with the Note at the moment. We can expect to see that within the next month or so. One of the big points here is screen resolution which as it increases makes small devices more useful in doing various activities. With expected resolutions expected to increase, a device the size of the Galaxy Note makes daily activities easier on a single mobile device.
The key to success for 4G LTE devices is going to be battery life and Samsung has committed themselves to providing all day battery life to their mobile phones. As they are able to provide that, the Galaxy Note 5.3 inch phablet becomes a great device to carry around.