The Samsung Galaxy Note blurs the line between a Tablet PC and 4G smartphone. And for those tablet shoppers who are not quite sure if a tablet is what they are looking for, they may want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Android smartphone rather than an inexpensive “starter tablet” like the Amazon Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire appeals to those tablet shoppers who don’t want to pay for a ton of features they will never use, and don’t feel like shelling out $400 or $500 for a tablet.
Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $249.
But the Samsung Galaxy Note 4G smartphone from AT&T comes equipped with a smart stylus, offers 16 GB of user accessible built-in storage and a microSD slot for storage expansion, delivers all the Internet connectivity and e-mail access Kindle Fire owners enjoy, and comes in a choice of colors. Those features are unavailable on the $199 Kindle Fire, and the Samsung Galaxy Note costs only $50 more. That $249 price tag does require a standard two-year commitment and data plan agreement, but the same is true when you open a new line of service with any carrier.
Oh yeah. Almost forgot the big one. The Samsung Galaxy Note is also a 4G smartphone, exclusive to AT&T’s 4G LTE wireless network. So unlike the Kindle Fire 7 inch color touchscreen tablet, you can place and receive standard calls on the Galaxy Note, you can place and receive video calls and video chats on the front facing 2.0 megapixel chat cam, you can use the 8.0 megapixel camcorder to record video in 1080P HD resolution, the integrated S Pen recognizes your handwriting, allows you to doodle, draw and sketch, and even allows you to add textual commentary to any videos or still shots that you take. None of those features are available on the tablet offering from Amazon.
Not to say that the Amazon Kindle Fire is not a great tablet deal for $199, for what it does. But for those who prefer an integrated device, the 5.3 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen on the Galaxy Note offers 800 x 1280 pixel resolution at 285 pixels per inch (ppi), and renders visuals in 16 million colors. The Kindle Fire offers a slightly larger 7.0 inch touchscreen with 600 x 1024 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, and 16 million colors. And instead of having to carry your cell phone in one hand and your tablet in another, which is the case when you purchase a Kindle Fire Tablet PC, you have the best of both worlds in one big-screen device.
The Samsung Galaxy Note also offers 16 GB of built-in storage to the Kindle Fire’s 8 GB, of which only 6 GB are user accessible. Those tablet shoppers who may also be looking to upgrade their cell phone may find that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4G Android smartphone delivers a much more attractive tablet feature set than the Kindle Fire, with a large enough screen that is still small enough to fit into their pocket, for slightly more money. Buy the Samsung Galaxy Note starting at $249.