Mar 28 AT 8:07 AM Anthony Domanico 48 Comments

Galaxy Note shipments surpass 5 million worldwide


To say the Samsung Galaxy Note is a beast of a smartphone is an understatement. The 5.3″ phone-tablet hybrid is a superphone for the brave-of-heart and not the small-of-hand. The fact that the overly-large phone is a challenge to use with just one hand led many to believe that it would be a niche device and would struggle to find a widespread user base.

Color them all tickled pink this morning, as Samsung has announced they have shipped a whopping 5 million Galaxy Notes across the world. Sure, this pales in comparison to the 20+ million Galaxy S II devices Sammy has amassed, but it easily makes the Galaxy Note one of the top-selling Android phones out there.

Samsung has only 5 million more Galaxy Note sales to go to reach the lofty 10 million goal it set for itself for 2012, and we actually think Samsung will be able to achieve this goal by the end of the year. Who out there has a Galaxy Note, or plans to pick one up when you’re up for an upgrade?

Via: BGR

Source: Samsung Tomorrow (translated)

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  • n25philly

    Nor surprised, definitely one of the best phones out there. I got one earlier this year and absolutely love it.

  • Joel

    Glad to see it doing well. I was skeptical after the Superbowl ad, but the sales clearly show me that people are eating it up. Good for them.

  • Rashaan

    Glad to hear that. Where is the review of the Galaxy Note Android and Me?

  • epps720

    Let’s get it over to Verizon and I would pick it up. Really intrigued by this phone, haven’t seen one in hand yet

    • ajonrichards

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I would buy the crap out of a Verizon Galaxy Note. As a guy who works between his phone and his tablet, I would be happy to merge this into one device.

      • thekaz

        I am trying to convince the Powers That Be (you know, the ones who use their iPads for email only yet won’t let us have a tablet to improve productivity) the mobile-enable our development teams by pointing out not only all the things we can do on a mobile device, but things we can do faster and better on a mobile device.

        Some developers are hemming and hawing at a tablet. This size device may be more amenable to them…

    • oddball

      I want this phone on Verizon so much I even went to an ATT store just to try it out.

      • Dan13

        I did the same thing just a few days ago. I was blown away. It felt large, just like it should, but very comfortable. (I have average sized hands.) The screen was so beautiful it almost brought a tear to my eye.

        • oddball

          I have big hands so it felt perfect in my hands. My wife has tiny hands and she said it wasn’t terrible for her either and yes that screen is just unbelievable if you haven’t seen it

    • Phil

      If it came to Verizon AND had Android 4.0 it would make me regret my Galaxy Nexus purchase.

    • redraider133

      I think it would be a huge seller if/when it comes to Verizon. People eat up these larger phones and it’s top of the line spec wise

  • bryanizmir

    I picked up a GSII about 25 days ago thru AT&T (iPhone convert…) I plan on going in this week and switching to the Note before the 30 days is up. I was half-heartedly waiting for the GSIII to come out, but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon (chuckle)

    • Joel

      From iPhone to Note?
      Your hands and eyes will thank you soon.

      Awesome move, friend – Welcome to Android.

      • DroidSamurai

        Yea. We don’t even need to go to the GNote. After using my Galaxy Nexus for about a week, when I went out and saw people using their iPhone, they suddenly looked like toys. My impression was — it’s so … small! With my GNex on my hand, holding without feeling uncomfortable, I had to wonder, how could people “survive” with such a small phone.

        Now, to be fair, I had the same feeling when I looked back at my OG Droid. The iPhone fanboys can say anything, but the best thing Android OEM brought to us are bigger smartphones that don’t look like a brick.

        • delinear

          The fanboys should probably be careful what they do say about bigger phones. My money is definitely on the iPhone 5 having a larger screen, they’d be mad to keep the same (what now feels tiny for any practical uses) form factor in the face of the success of larger Android phones.

  • rude

    Best phone ever…i love my note…

  • B2L

    I’ve had my Note for four months now and I absolutely love it. I’ve never been so happy with a device before, even though I’m still running Gingerbread. One of the best decisions I’ve made was to sell my Galaxy Nexus and buy a Note.

  • alexanderharri3

    There are huge benefits of having that extra screen real estate…and the disruption caused by its size is small enough to be way less than the benefits. Clunky, yes – but a joy to use.

  • Fabio Souza

    I was one of those who thought it as a silly, foolish, too big, impractical, would never sell, niche hybrid phone tablet thingy. That is until I actually saw one up close. Man that screen is gorgeous!!
    Where the 7 inch galaxy tablet phone messed up, this ticked all the right boxes. Although at first sight it may seem intimidating once you start to use it, its going back to smaller screens that’s impractical.
    I mainly use it on weekdays in the office. It does remote desktop, samba, gets all the webpages right (flash11, HELLO APPLE!!) Great camera, 16GB of storage, and most of all the thing is FAST!!
    Ok, when you get alot going on, the battery will go fast, but on average use you will get through a days work with some juice left.

  • cthonctic

    The Note is an incredibly cool device. I was torn between this, the Galaxy Nexus and just waiting for the SGSIII to come out. In the end I went for the Nexus for it’s looks and instant ICS without waiting for an update.
    But after having played around with the Note in a nearby electronics store for a couple times, I was really *this* close to getting it. I think I definitely wouldn’t have had regrets if I did.

    I like seeing Samsung doing well in sales for this device (same for Asus’ TPrime) because they were taking a bit of a leap of faith and I’m happy consumers are rewarding this sort of out-of-the-box form factor.

  • taketheleap

    Ok, someone that owns it, please let me know: doesn’t it feel awkward as hell holding it in your hand/to your face? Granted, it’s only slightly larger than the SGS2, but I figured I would feel stupid holding that thing up to me.

    Owners… comments?

    • B2L

      Obviously it feels larger against your face, but it doesn’t feel extremely awkward. The only thing that’s different is some of the looks you get while talking on the phone.

      • delinear

        That will change over time. We’re seeing a definite move to larger devices, they just make much more sense given what we use smartphones for most of the time. Remember it used to be that anyone felt self conscious using a phone, then it was anyone with a big, clunky phone instead of a tiny device, now we’ll see a similar move as more people upscale it will just become normal to have a large screen (and besides, if you’re really self conscious there are headsets or handsfree kits).

  • spazby

    it is a great phone without a question


    I dont think the note is that large i can hold my 7 and 10.1galaxy tabs n one hand


      Typo Isnt

  • Jorge Vieira

    I love this phone! Get it you won’t ever regret it.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Big Up’s for the Galaxy Note i applaud everyone who has it. When this device makes it to Verizon this summer with ICS it will sell millions no question. Not only have i played with it at at&t but i have seen it on the train as well and that person was so happy. Personally adding a third line on my account for this device is at 90% as of today. I am just waiting to see GALAXY S3 and if that exynos and Lte comes out. This will be a hard pick for me but regardless it’s all Samsung in my camp.

    • B2L

      “When this device makes it to Verizon this summer with ICS it will sell millions no question.” There is no guarantee that it will come out on Verizon this summer.

      I know this is hard for you Richard, but remember rumors don’t always come true.

    • jonathan3579

      Dude, Richard, are you a robot? I see the same rhetoric from your posts. “Big ups.” What the hell does that mean? “I applaud so-and-so.” Okay, we don’t give a damn who you applaud. “My Galaxy Nexus is the best phone ever.” Just shut the hell up already. Your posts are just insulting for any man who’s got half a brain.

    • squiddy20

      “When this device makes it to Verizon this summer with ICS it will sell millions no question.”
      Seriously? Will you ever learn? You’d think after being wrong sooooo many times about your stupid little “predictions”, you’d stop making them. You were saying for months how the Evo 3D would be released June 4th, because that’s what all the *rumors* were saying. And when that date came and went, you looked like an utter fool because you said it with such certainty all over the Web. You emphatically stated that the processor found in the Sensation was crappier than the *same exact one* found in your “legendary” Evo 3D, even after evidence of the contrary being shoved in your ignorant, grubby little face. You said for months how the Evo 3D would be “Sprint’s flagship device well into 2012″, and it didn’t even stay in the lead for 6 months, being passed up by the Photon and then the E4GT. It’s already at $0.00 with a new 2 year contract while every other high end phone is between $99 and $199.
      Then there’s the Galaxy Nexus. In October when all of the *rumors* were saying it’d be out by the first half of November, you spouted off at every opportunity how you’d have it “day one”. Every time that *rumored* date came, went, and got pushed back (via yet another rumor), you kept on saying you’d have it “day one” like the blind, gullible moron that you are. Please tell me you see a pattern here Richard, because if you can’t, you really need psychiatric help. Hell, you need psychiatric help now.

    • HoneySnuggles

      Hey Richard why do you think everyone hates you? Is it cause your black?

      • B2L

        We hate him because we’ve had to put up with his fanboy BS for the past two or so years. If he took the knowledge that was in front of him and actually learned more about Android, I don’t think that many people would hate him. Instead he spouts rumors like they’re facts and thinks that his current device and carrier are better than what everyone else has.

        Once he decides to grow up and stop acting like such a child, all of the down ranking and negativity will (probably) stop.

        • squiddy20

          Not to mention all the uncalled for insults. I simply tell him he’s wrong and he comes up with “your useless”, “bum”, “broke”, and other incredibly laughable attempts at insults. He once called me a “peckerwood” simply because I showed him proof that the processor in the Sensation was the exact same as the processor in his “legendary” Evo 3D (with the exception of the slight difference in the wireless radios (GSM/CDMA)). I actually had to look it up to understand that it was basically a racial slur against white people…

          • HoneySnuggles

            Haha, Omg. This guy sounds like a gem. I’m new to the site but I’ve noticed his ass gets handed to him on a regular basis. Anyway, thanks for filling me in.

  • Lee Swanson

    It’s nice to see that people who own it comment on how much they love it. I think word of mouth will drive the success of the Note. I hope that the Note (or Note II) is available next year on Verizon as an option for replacement of my current Android. I’m definitely intrigued.

  • jimtravis

    Purchased an imported Note before it was available in the US. I have a plethora of devices, and already the Note is at top of the heap, definitely my favorite. The screen is fantastic – everything looks great, and the 5.3″ AMOLED screen makes videos / web / and your favorite 3rd party apps so enjoyable to use that you quickly don’t want to use a smaller screen device including the Galaxy Nexus. An iPhone seems like a toy after using the Note for awhile. Ironically, I am using the SIM from the iPhone 4 (with adapter) in the Note. I regularly use the Note with one hand without problems. It is great for ebook reading as well, text looks crisp on that beautiful screen.

    The Note is super fast as least from a raw execution speed perspective. Applying a complex selection filter to a 1500 record database, the Note completes the task in 4 seconds. A Galaxy Nexus takes 7 seconds, a Transformer Prime 9 seconds, iPad 2 / 3 (new) 11 seconds, and the iPhone 4 (not 4S), a pathetic 23 seconds. An Epic 4G released at about the same time as the iPhone 4 (again not 4S) takes 11 – 12 seconds, about half the time the iPhone 4 needs to complete the same task. My filter execution speed test uses the same data file on all platforms, and the latest available version of the same cross-platform database app that was released on iOS before it was released on Android.

    Even without the S-Pen, the Note is definitely my favorite. Add in the S-Pen, and you have the best smartphone on the market on any platform bar none IMO.

    As for looking awkward making calls from the Note, do you really think you don’t look awkward making a call with any smarthphone?

  • WlfHart

    Love the GNote, can’t wait for the generation and for the tech to bleed into the 7″ and 8.9″ form factors.

  • delinear

    Called it. The issues associated with having a bigger device just simply don’t compare to the many benefits the extra screen real estate brings. Devices like the Galaxy Nexus and SII used to be seen as the large end of the scale and many people said they’d never even consider anything larger, but I think we’re seeing a shift to them being the average and devices like the iPhone 4 being too small for most users (I say this having had to do some work with one recently and finding it incredibly fiddly compared to my Nexus), while devices like the Note will be nothing unusual.

  • PapaBear

    Once it comes to T-Mobile I’ll be first in line!

  • chris

    they would sell more of them if MORE CARRIERS CARRIED THEM!!! Stupid AT&T!

  • Mike Hansberger

    Never have I seen a more polarizing phone. When using my Note I’ve had people come up to me to tell me how cool it is and I’ve also had people make fun of me for using it. It will get you noticed both good and bad. I will not lie and say it is as comfortable to hold as a smaller phone, but the screen real estate more than makes up for any awkwardness. It also fits in my jeans pockets. I hope Samsung and others sell a ton of these large screen phones because I never want to go back to the small screen again. By the way, once you are proficient with the Note a fun thing to do is to blow away your iphone friends. The speed, screen size and s pen and extra features of this phone make the iphone look like a 10 year old product.

  • PaulieG

    I’m glad to hear it, altho I’m also not suprised. Having owned my Note for around 6 months I’ve been furiously defending it on forums from those who choose to judge its form factor before even using one. As I’ve stated a million times, I’m yet to encounter a Note owner who is not totally infatuated with their device. As for form factors, phone got small because the were just that, simple devices that made phone calls. Todays modern smart phone is being used for emails, social media, web browsing etc etc and it’s getting to the point that the phone part is one of it’s lesser used features. Why would you want a smaller screen for all that other stuff? Isn’t it common sense that the bigger the screen, the easier and better presented all this other media is going to be? As a true ‘portable’ device, I think the Galaxy Note has nailed it. It’s big enough to cater for PAD like functionality, while small enough to still fit into a pocket without issue. I’m quite enjoying watching this device succeed and all those ‘tech expert’ bloggers who said it was ‘to large’ eat their words. I for one could never go back to a form factor smaller than the Galaxy Note.


    Beautiful phone but ill wait for the GS3 or xperia play 2

  • Richard Powell

    2 months left on my Droid X contract with VZW. If they have the note I’m all over it. If not I might have too shop around. But it won’t be AT&T. Someone else will pick it up.

  • Tavo

    ICS for international Note?

  • Angie Wimberly

    I’ve really been enjoying it a lot. A whole lot. I know I’m not the most tech savvy person, but overall, it’s been pretty much like a big Galaxy S II (which I’ve been really happy with) with the benefit of the pen for other handy features. I do quick sketches in S Memo when I think of something and don’t want to forget it. It’s loads better than the previous sketch app I was using (though I might not have researched that area as much as I could have). I also am a sucker for Draw Something. The size really does add a lot to the overall use – browsing is really nice.

    I don’t like to admit it, but it does hurt my hands sometimes if I’m using it to type for an extended period of time, but it isn’t SO bad. I wanted to make good use out of the keyboard that comes with handwriting recognition, but it proved to be a bit slow, so I switched it to SwiftKey X.

    Also when I make phone calls, it feels normal to me, and that seems to be all that’s important. It’s not like holding a 10 inch tab to your face or something.

  • Dennis