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Old 09-02-2011, 12:51 PM   #1
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This looks like a really interesting device that bridges the gap between cell phones and tablets. I think we're going to see more of these devices.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20...?tag=cnetRiver

What are your thoughts/opinions on this?
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That's a bit much. When will they stop? Soon, we'll have phones, phablets, tablets and laptops
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That's a bit much. When will they stop? Soon, we'll have phones, phablets, tablets and laptops
Why is it a bit much? I would think the market is there for such a device, especially if it allows you to carry only one device.
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Why is it a bit much? I would think the market is there for such a device, especially if it allows you to carry only one device.
But it's like we're returning to the '80s with big phones! Yes, sometimes I do wish my phone was bigger but it's already a bit difficult to lug around. 5 inches is too big ! It's like, how far do they plan on calling it a phone? 5'' is the absoulte limit for a phone.

Of course, that all can possibly change if you're using a bluetooth headset....then it's not as akward.
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But it's like we're returning to the '80s with big phones! Yes, sometimes I do wish my phone was bigger but it's already a bit difficult to lug around. 5 inches is too big ! It's like, how far do they plan on calling it a phone? 5'' is the absoulte limit for a phone.

Of course, that all can possibly change if you're using a bluetooth headset....then it's not as akward.
I was one of the first to get one of those "bricks" , and I had a hard time stuffing it into my briefcase! LOL!

I truly think this has potential and yeah, it's a bit larger, but not uncomfortably so IMO. I haven't personally seen it yet, but since I'm in the market for a new phone, and am considering a tablet, this is one device I want to have a serious look at.
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I was one of the first to get one of those "bricks" , and I had a hard time stuffing it into my briefcase! LOL!

I truly think this has potential and yeah, it's a bit larger, but not uncomfortably so IMO. I haven't personally seen it yet, but since I'm in the market for a new phone, and am considering a tablet, this is one device I want to have a serious look at.
True. You would save money...I guess. I just hope it gets honeycomb instead of gingerbread.

After looking at the BB Playbook, I realized how small 7'' is for a screen (but it was BEAUTIFUL and SHARP). So this MIGHT be the thing simply because I no longer want the Galaxy SII.
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True. You would save money...I guess. I just hope it gets honeycomb instead of gingerbread.

After looking at the BB Playbook, I realized how small 7'' is for a screen (but it was BEAUTIFUL and SHARP). So this MIGHT be the thing simply because I no longer want the Galaxy SII.
It's a Gingerbread device, but who knows...down the road we may see a Honeycomb version (?).

Of all the tablets I've seen in person, the BB Playbook has impressed me the most, but for it's price it's not something I could realistically consider. I love the 7" screen and the quality, inputs, HD1080p video is enticing though.

I'd love to see a 10" Playbook fairly priced....
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As a phone, I think it's a little much. Speaking as someone who does a good amount of texting, I'd hate to keep dragging it out of my bag or pocket to respond. I currently have a phone, tablet, and laptop. I got the tablet because my laptop is dying and I plan on getting a desktop to replace it. A tablet will be easier to bring with me for basic browsing and email than a new laptop would.

Some people will like them though. Good to see an option for those who only want one device.
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Ok, I'll bite.

I was going back and forth between the Note and Galaxy Nexus for a while. The Nexus got the nod. Why? Android 4.0. But do we define the Note as a macro-phone or micro-pad? It's both, and neither.


When I see both in the flesh I am certain the Nexus will win me over. I have been reading and watching video on the Nexus for weeks now. The more I see of it, the more I get the feeling this is a show-case model for what is the come. C'mon, how can you NOT use Gorilla Glass on a phone in this day and age? That may be the deal breaker for me. In short, I'm impressed but no longer wowed.

Even Ice Cream Sandwhiches become boring after a while. I'm waiting for 4.1 already. No smartphone or tablet for me unless it comes with Android 4.x, or better... WITH Gorilla Glass.

As for 'phablet' devices, there has to be a limit. The Note took big a little too far. A 5" long phone could still contain a 4.75 screen. A very usable and comfortable maximum for any fan of larger screens. Couple that with a nice AMOLED screen with a higher resolution of say, 1280 x 768, or 1280 x 800 for some rocking DPI.

Let's save the coveted 1920 x 1080 screens for the quad core phones.
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I finally had a chance to see this phone and actually play with it for about a half an hour. I came away from the experience duly impressed, but I want to check it a bit more before I bite. A guy at work just bought one and I'm hoping to run into him tomorrow or the next day so I can get some real world experience on it. Although the phone is big (no question about it) I had no problem handling it, which initially was a big concern.

I loved everything else about this phone. The Annotation feature is fabulous, Gorilla Glass, 5.3" Super HD Amoled screen (1280x800), 8MP Rear/2MP Front Cameras, Full 1080p HD record/playback,4G LTE, 1.4Ghz Dual Processor, and list goes on.

I am a little disappointed that it comes with Gingerbread and not IceCreamSandwich, but I would think an upgrade isn't far behind.

Right now this phone is the frontrunner for an upgrade later this year (maybe sooner, as I want one real bad). Bye, bye iPhone 3G...won't miss ya at all!

http://www.samsung.com/global/micros...html?type=find
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Thought I'd revive this thread since I picked up a NOTE on Friday!

Unfortunately, things went quickly downhill.

I had the phone charging via USB/PC and noticed the battery was extremely hot. So much so that I almost couldn't hold it. Anyway, I go to make a call and discover I have no service. Ok, maybe there's an outtage of some sort, so I waited. An hour later still no service. Then the main screen indicated that my SIM card is UNREGISTERED. WTF?

I call Bell and I explain what happened and we try different things. In the end, we come to the conclusion that the battery likely fried the SIM card and to get a new one. I wasn't gonna do that and said I wanted a new phone, new battery, new SIM card. She agreed and said if I had any issues at the store to call (all info is on file). Luckily there were no issues and I got a new phone today.

Here's hoping this is the last of it!

PS: Other than that....I LOVE this thing!
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Thought I'd revive this thread since I picked up a NOTE on Friday!

Unfortunately, things went quickly downhill.

I had the phone charging via USB/PC and noticed the battery was extremely hot.... we come to the conclusion that the battery likely fried the SIM card and to get a new one. ... Luckily there were no issues and I got a new phone today.

Here's hoping this is the last of it!

PS: Other than that....I LOVE this thing!
Glad to see they took care of a customer. Wireless carriers sometimes seem to take the attitude of "caveat emptor".

Does your Note have ICS yet? There is a rumored Note 2 with a 1680x1050 screen.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsu...ctober_id30894
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Glad to see they took care of a customer. Wireless carriers sometimes seem to take the attitude of "caveat emptor".

Does your Note have ICS yet? There is a rumored Note 2 with a 1680x1050 screen.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsu...ctober_id30894
Both the carrier (Bel) and the store (Wireless etc.) were great, so I'm very happy with the outcome.

What is ICS? I'm a real phone-noob!

I'd heard about a possible Note II, but I didn't want to wait that long and this phone does everything I want it to do. I'm even getting interested in using it more for Apps and browsing, and possible using my DD codes for movies. I never ever woulda thunk it!
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Both the carrier (Bel) and the store (Wireless etc.) were great, so I'm very happy with the outcome.

What is ICS? I'm a real phone-noob!

I'd heard about a possible Note II, but I didn't want to wait that long and this phone does everything I want it to do. I'm even getting interested in using it more for Apps and browsing, and possible using my DD codes for movies. I never ever woulda thunk it!
ics = ice cream sandwich = android 4.0
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Hey John, no more issues on your second Note?
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ics = ice cream sandwich = android 4.0
Thanks xtop! I really should have figured that out! My phone has Android version 2.3.6 / Gingerbread.195

Do you think the Note will be able to have ICS installed?

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Hi Eric - No issues at all! I guess I just got a lemon the first time. Played with the S Memo feature all day yesterday inputting my work data, and I'm pretty used to the keyboard now in both Landscape and Portrait mode. I did find I was quicker without the predictive text feature, so I turned it off. I'm really impressed with the quality of the screen.
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Thanks xtop! I really should have figured that out! My phone has Android version 2.3.6 / Gingerbread.195

Do you think the Note will be able to have ICS installed?

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It's possible your existing Note will get the ICS 4.0x update. Most new Android phones will have it. It's the wave of the future. That is until 4.1 comes out.

4.x is more robust than anything 2.x and a great deal smoother to run than that 3.x Honeycomb gunk.
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Thanks xtop! I really should have figured that out! My phone has Android version 2.3.6 / Gingerbread.195

Do you think the Note will be able to have ICS installed?
there are leaks of ics for the note. not something i'd recommend to somebody new to android, but there's that option. there was talk of it releasing in may officially, but obviously nothing yet. its on its way though
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Are there any restrictions on the type of audio file I can play on the Note? I'd like to get a good-size microSD card and upload some of of my.flac files (or down-convert them to MP3-320).
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Are there any restrictions on the type of audio file I can play on the Note? I'd like to get a good-size microSD card and upload some of of my.flac files (or down-convert them to MP3-320).
not that i'm aware of. but i think since you're on 2.3 you'll need to download an app like poweramp or something to play them though. didn't get native until honeycomb
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