With rampant rumors running roughshod over the tech Blogosphere concerning a possible Samsung Galaxy Note release for T-Mobile, AT&T has decided to lower the retail of that handset which is currently exclusive to their 4G LTE network to $229 at select AT&T authorized online retailers with a standard two-year activation. Whether you consider the device a large phone or small tablet, and both designations are successfully proven by the Samsung Galaxy Note’s performance and capabilities, the uniqueness of the product is not in question. While delivering the largest high-resolution display of any 4G smartphone, as well as unique smart stylus S Pen handwriting recognition, the phone/tablet analysts are calling a Phablet is definitely a trendsetter.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $229
Samsung has openly declared that this is a whole new device category, and they predict that larger displays and smart stylus integration are the wave of the future in mobile handset technology. Without a doubt the most demonstrative feature of the Galaxy Note device, and that which both Samsung and AT&T are pushing through their marketing efforts, is the smart stylus S Pen. That stylus offers touch sensitive integration with the capacitive, multitouch display, and the harder you press the S Pen, the thicker the line. The S Pen also offers the ability to write-to-text, write-to-email, and add notes and artwork to recorded video and snapshots.
Just this past week Samsung Mobile USA reconfirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note is on a short list of devices to receive Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system soon, but did not release a specific date for that over the air transfer. Any time a new technology is married to a smartphone, the odds are a virtual crap shoot as to whether it will appeal to the picky yet tech-crazed consumer-electronics shopper. That doesn’t seem to have been a problem with the Samsung Galaxy Note, which has churned out 5 million units in its first 5 months of availability.
The Green-Certified Galaxy Note offers Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Picasa application access out-of-the-box and marries the latest Samsung TouchWiz User Interface Android overlay to the Gingerbread operating system it is packaged with. The expansive 5.3 inch screen offers a pixel density of 285 pixels per inch and overall resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels, and renders visuals in more than 16 million colors to the Super AMOLED touchscreen.
With 10 hours of talk time offered from a single charge, the handset delivers above average battery performance, and Near Frequency Communications (NFC) support is built-in. The Qualcomm MSM8660 Snapdragon microchip package on board includes a dual core 1.5 GHz Scorpion CPU and graphics dedicated Adreno 220 chip, and 1.0 GB of RAM memory joins 16 GB of onboard, user accessible storage in the hardware suite. An 8.0 megapixel camcorder provides video capture at 1080P HD resolution, and the front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam provides video call support and also portrait snapshot capability. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $229, saving you a cool $70 over AT&T’s starting price.