When Samsung released the original Galaxy Note “phablet”—a cross between a smartphone and a tablet computer—only two carriers picked it up. At the time, it was hard to imagine using something five to seven inches in size as a cell phone. Size-wise, Samsung definitely went for it with the Note. But other companies have since followed suit, and phones seem to be getting bigger. Even Apple has changed its design to keep up with the demand for a larger screen. Meanwhile, more than 10 million Galaxy Notes have been sold.
Now, as the Note II hits the market, bigger phones seem to be all the rage. The first time I saw the new Note, I checked to see what it would feel like in my pocket. Verdict: You’re either going to love it or hate it. There’s really no in-between here. It’s a big phone, and it takes up all the room in your pocket.
Even if you’re not a fan of how the phone feels in your pocket, you may be swayed when you see the screen. Comparing the Note II with your current phone, you’ll wonder how you ever used that old thing before. My iPhone screen looks tiny, like you’d never be able to navigate around on it with your fingers. Of course, after a few minutes using your current phone again, the Note II effect wears off. But it does make you wonder if that’s the smartphone experience you’ve always wanted.
Webpages render beautifully. The Note’s stylus gives you full navigation over dropdown menus. You can take notes and screenshots and share them with a press of a button. Samsung’s Android overlay works wonderfully, and the user interface is seamless and intuitive. It’s got 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, and its memory can be expanded to 80GB. Engadget’s initial tests showed that it’s possible to work on a Note II for 10.25 hours before the battery runs out. All of these features add up to a pretty awesome phone. In fact, they’d add up to a pretty awesome tablet.
Because of its size, it’s difficult to wholeheartedly recommend this phone for advisors. Yet, it’s also true that the market is moving toward bigger phones.
For those of you who have the Note II, what are your initial thoughts? Experiences?