Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung Galaxy Note

One of the coolest items in the Samsung Hall 20 was the Galaxy Note. Situated somewhere between a smart phone and a tablet, this 5.3″ device with it’s HD Super AMOLED screen definitely stood out from the crowd. The screen is everything you expect from the Super AMOLED technology – the display is very bright, and vivid, – packing in a whopping 285 PPI with it’s resolution of 1280×800. The viewing angles on it border on 180 degrees, meaning you can still see the screen no matter how you are looking at it!

Galaxy Note with Stylus

Galaxy Note with Stylus

I had been a little skeptical about the stylus or “S-Pen” when I first heard about it, but after having a good hands-on session, I was sold.

The screen is very responsive with the S-Pen, which makes using it, and drawing with it a dream rather than a chore. Of course, it’s not going to turn you into Picasso overnight – but it is ideal for jotting down notes, scribbles or just passing the time when you’re bored. I did experience a little bit of lag here and there, but that is to be expected as this is a very early pre-release model (the Note isn’t due for release till sometime in Q4)

The S-Pen (which is pressure sensitive) enhances the overall experience of the Note, you can use the pen to easily re-arrange your schedule in the S-Planner; grab screen shots which you can then annotate and send on to friends or colleagues. Use the S-Memo to doodle, or create something personalised, throw in a clipping from google maps to invite your friends out to some cool little café you’ve discovered off the beaten track. You can definitely do so much more with the Note, and with such ease.

Worried about losing the S-Pen? Fear not, it fits snuggly into the bottom of the device, and there will be a range of accessories available to alter it’s thickness etc to make writing and drawing with it suit your own personal preference!

My drawing on the Galaxy Note

My drawing on the Galaxy Note

So what about what is under the hood? Well the Galaxy Note is powered by a 1.4GHz dual core processor and is running the latest version of Android – Gingerbread (although I am reliably informed that it will be upgraded to Icecream Sandwich once that OS has been released). Under the thin plastic textured back you’ll find a 2,500mAh battery, your sim card holder and a micro-SD memory card slot so that you can upgrade the 16GB that comes with the phone as standard.

The Note boasts a 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash, and a 2MP front facing camera which is useful for video calling or self portraits!

You’d think something packing these specifications would be a little thicker and heavier, but the truth of the matter is, the Galaxy Note is just a fraction thicker than it’s older brother the Galaxy S2 at 9.65mm thick and weighs in at 178g. Meaning that it doesn’t feel overly large, thick or heavy in your hand – this device is still definitely a comfort to use one handed, and will fit inside your jeans pocket without a struggle.

Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy Note

Galaxy S2 vs Galaxy Note

The large screen makes the Note well suited for all kinds of media on the go, and will play pretty much anything you throw at it. If you enjoy watching movies, television, or youtube while out and about you will not be disappointed. The video is crisp, playback is fluid and enjoyable, and the display just needs to be seen for itself!

The Note is definitely one to watch out for when it’s released later on in the year.

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Samsung Unpacked press conference at the IFA, Berlin.

IFA, Berlin

IFA, Berlin

The Press Conference

The Press Conference

As a Samsung mob!ler I have been very fortunate to have been invited to attend the Samsung Electronics Unpacked event press conference. This is where they announced their upcoming products, including a range of impressive smart televisions, camera’s, laptops, and of course their new collection of mobile devices – the new Galaxy Tab 7.7″; the newest addition to their own OS Bada 2.0 with the Samsung Wave 3, and of course the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note.

Mr. Boo-Keun Yoon took us through Samsung’s vision of a smarter life, a smarter world, how Samsung were first to have a mobile phone operate from SPACE! And explained Samsung’s role in helping disadvantaged children, and of course the upcoming 2012 Olympics:

Boo-Keun Yoon - Smarter Life, Smarter World

Boo-Keun Yoon - Smarter Life, Smarter World

We were then introduced to Michael Zöller, who took us through Samsung’s smart tv range, and Malcolm Andre who showed off Samsung’s Multiview MV800 – a camera with a 3″ “Flip out” display allowing you to take photo’s from any angle; and the NX200.

Then came the moment that I was waiting for – the announcement from Mr. DJ Lee, executive Vice President, and Head of Global Sales and Marketing for Samsung Mobile, of the 3 new devices Samsung were launching at IFA!

Mr. DJ Lee - launching the Wave 3, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and the Galaxy Note

Mr. DJ Lee - launching the Wave 3, Galaxy Tab 7.7, and the Galaxy Note

The Wave 3, The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note

The Wave 3, The Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Note

Wave 3
Running Samsung’s own OS – Bada 2.0, the Wave 3 is bringing a 1.4GHz processor and a 4″ Super AMOLED (480×800) screen, encased in a full metal uni-body.

Galaxy Tab 7.7″
– First tablet with a Super AMOLED Plus screen
– Running Android 3.2
– Comes with an IR port, to allow you to control your home entertainment systems at home.
– Brushed metallic rear
– 3MP on the back, and a VGA camera on the front.
– 1.4GHz Dual core processor
– Supports 4G/LTE/HSPA+

Galaxy Note
Bridging the gap between the Smartphone and the Tablet is the Galaxy Note, an all-in-one device, combining video recorder, smart phone, notebook / pad, tablet, camera… in one 5.3″, 9.65mm thin, 178g package.

– Boasting a beautiful High Definition (HD) Super AMOLED screen (1280×800) with 285PPI;
– a 1.4GHz Dual-core processor;
– 8MP Autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing camera;
– a full touch capacitive screen;
– Introducing the “S-pen” stylus with key apps such as S Memo and S Planner.
– Android Gingerbread 2.3.5, which will then be upgradeable to the next version: Ice Cream Sandwich.
– 16GB/32GB versions, with the ability to add more with upto 32GB in microSD format
– a micro USB connector, Wifi, Bluetooth 3.0

This device is something special!

For more pictures from the event, showing the Samsung Galaxy Note, Tab 7.7″ and the Wave 3 – visit HERE

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The IFA is invaded by Samsung Mob!lers

Mob!lers descend on the IFA

Mob!lers descend on the IFA

This is the moment when the Samsung Mob!lers from around the world descended on the Messe Berlin, which is hosting the IFA. This is the world’s largest global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances!

I’m very lucky to have been invited to the event by Samsung as part of their Mob!ler program, and felt extremely privileged to get a sneak peak at the wonderful new products they will be launching at 11am (Berlin time) at their press conference on the 1st Sept.

All I can say for now is…, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you’re going to be in for a treat! I’ll be on hand during the launch on the 1st and live tweeting from the unpacked event!!!!!

So stay tuned! I know I can hardly wait!!!!

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