For our smart device reviews, we're going to do something a little different here. PC hardware can be reviewed with hard numbers, charts and all that jazz, but the same can't really be said for smart devices. We're going to concentrate more on the look, feel and experience of the device, rather than numbers. After all, virtually all personal use of a smart device comes down to these factors, but we will still include some benchmarks so you can see how they perform. If there's anything you'd like to see added or removed from these reviews, please do e-mail us, as we want to morph these reviews around you, the reader.
At the same time of receiving the Galaxy Note 8.9 4G from Samsung, I received a Galaxy Note smartphone. I decided that I would use this as my personal phone for a two-week period to get a proper feel for the device. Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones is ever expanding and the Note was one of the first, truly successful phones that blurred the line between smartphone and tablet.
Samsung's Galaxy Note sports a 5.3-inch WXGA screen, which for some, is simply too big. For others, they want that bigger screen and enjoy that blur between smartphone and tablet, where the word "phablet" was born. Other smart device makers have tried their luck in the 5.x-inch market, but have not been met with the same success and fan-fare that Samsung have enjoyed.
Samsung even passed the 10 million units shipped milestone with the Note recently and there's a Note II to be released in the coming weeks. Samsung seem to have taken the larger screen size under their stride and run with it. There's no need to ask if they've been successful, with 10 million and counting sold, as well as a successor on the way, how do I feel about it? Well, you'll have to read on for the answers to those questions.
I will note that I personally use a Samsung Galaxy S II as my everyday phone and a third-generation Apple iPad as my tablet. So using a smartphone that measures in a 5.3 inches would be quite interesting. The Galaxy S II has a screen size of 4.3 inches, so I'm already used to a "˜bigger' phone than the industry benchmark that is Apple's iPhone.
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