I like the size. I prefer at least 7' tablet. Still, a 5.3 screen on a phone with tablet capabilities I think is doable. But we are not here to gaze at the Super AMOLED display.
What can the device do video wise?
Samsung Galaxy Note Video Specs
The Note is running on Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread with a dual core processor. The display is 1280 x 800. The Note has 16GB internal memory and that can be bumped up by using the SD external storage with a 32GB card.
The device a front facing 2 megapixel camera and an 8 rear megapixel camera that records video at 1080p at 24 or 30 frames per second.
Playback is at 30fps and it can pony up MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV and DivX videos.
On the audio side it can kick out MP3, AAC, WAV FLAC and OGG. In other words, you will want for nothing.
The Verge has a full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note which you should check out but they also have a test video:
So Who Is It For?
Well, at 6.8 ounces I'm seeing a device that can go anywhere. It is a phone. Really.
As a phone it might be a scotch too big. But ignoring the phone aspect for just a second, it might be good mini tablet for business users that need to document what they see, like appraisers or real estate people.
I also think that for those into all forms of journalism this could be a back-up camera/recorder. You could upload raw video an a jiff with the 4G connection. If the right Android video editing program comes along you could record, edit and upload before you got home.
Creatives could be all over this thing if the stabilization and lack of optical zoom can be worked around. And it can, people. It can.
I want to love it but something is holding me back. Part of that is the unknown price. And the fact that AT&T is the carrier. Depending on where you live in the U.S. and AT&T's service history in your area this could be a deal breaker.
The Note will be available in the U.S. on February 19, 2012.
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