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Samsung has recently announced that their latest handset, Samsung Galaxy Note will be available in Singapore in November.
Overview in a nutshell:
- 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor
- 16/32GB Internal Memory + supports microSD up to 32GB
- 5.3” WXGA HD Super AMOLED
- Camera: 8-megapixel with LED Flash with a 2-megapixel front face camera
- Android 2.3(Gingerbread)
There is always a demand for a larger screen “tablet-style” smartphone, and Samsung catered to this with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Tab a year ago. With the influx of newer, faster (Dual-core!), thinner (9.65mm vs Galaxy Tab’s 11.98mm) smartphones into the market, there is a demand for new larger screen phones, and I think Samsung Galaxy Note came at the right time to meet this growing demand. Those who are using Galaxy Tab may consider switching to this handset as your contract might be due for renewal!
Another highlight of the Galaxy Note is the incorporated digital S Pen. Well, it’s something like the stylus pen that we used for PDA phone in ‘old’ times, but of course, with the slick design, it is not as clumsy as those earlier generation stylus pen. It will definitely be useful when we do sketches and jot notes quickly on the go. It’s definitely better than drawing or writing notes using our fingers right?
Of course, the first thought on your mind would be ‘Eh, it’s like HTC Flyer right?’ In some way, yes. Samsung Galaxy Note also features a dedicated app to utilize the S Pen, S Memo, a multimedia application which you can record pictures, voice recordings, type text, notes or drawings and then convert to a ‘memo’ which you can edit, annotate and share. However, there is a slot at the back of the handset for you to safe-keep your S Pen, that HTC Flyer does not provide.
In addition, Galaxy Note provides a one-step screen-capture function, which will be welcome by Android users. Yup, this is one of the main complaints Android users have all along, and it’s not till Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich that Android comes with this built-in feature. However, Galaxy Note has this feature incorporated in this 2.3 version! It will benefit those who needs to sign contract and agreements on the go, such as financial advisor!
I have been trying the Galaxy Tab for the past few weeks and while I appreciate the huge screen size, the weight and the inconvenience of not being able slip into the pocket is a big deterrent. The Samsung Galaxy Note is a perfect alternative as it is smaller, yet slicker, faster and thinner version with large screen.
The 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Note will be available in November in Singapore at a RRP of $998 without any contract plans.