Jan 10 AT 7:00 AM Nick Gray 33 Comments

Hands-on the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note pen input

We finally got to spend some quality time with the new Samsung Galaxy Note, which is heading to AT&T this Spring. If you’ve been following the Galaxy Note news since Samsung first announced the European model a few months back, you’re probably pretty familiar with the phone’s 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display and S Pen integration. To many, the Samsung Galaxy Note may sound just a little over the top, but it’s hard not to like the device once you’ve actually held it in your hand.

Naturally, the main attraction for the Note is the phone’s massive 5.3-inch 1280×800 Super AMOLED display, which dominates the entire front of the device. While the screen colors and brightness match those of the Galaxy S II, the clarity is like nothing we have seen before on a Samsung phone. Due to the higher resolution display, Samsung has chosen to give the Note a 5×5 application grid as opposed to the standard 4×4 grid that we’ve been accustomed to on Android phones since the launch of the original T-Mobile G1.

The Note is a lot more than a large screen. As the name implies, the device has been engineered to take notes with a capacitive stylus called the Samsung S Pen. Users can use the S Pen to jot down notes, color, capture screen shots and even crop select portions of those screen shots to edit or share with their contacts. Fortunately, users wont have to worry about losing the S Pen since it can be safely stored inside the body of the Galaxy Note.

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We’re still waiting for AT&T to announce the price and release date for the Samsung Galaxy Note, but we suspect you’ll have to save quite a bit more than $200 if you’re planning to get your hands on this device. Is it just me, or does a phone with a 5.3-inch screen feel like it could be a natural successor to the phone you’re currently using?

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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