T-Mobile has become the second U.S. carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note, an Android model large enough that it skirts the line between being a smartphone and tablet.
It has a 5.3-inch display, leading to a device that’s 5.8 x 3.3 x 0.4 inches and 6.3 ounces. It drew criticism as being too large to succeed whern it was announced last year, but Samsung has sold millions of this tabletphone since then.
The Galaxy Note debuted with Android 2.3, but T-Mobile waited until Android 4.0 was available to introduce its version. This is built around a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. There is 16GB of built-in memory, and a microSD memory card can add up to a total of 48GB of storage.
Unlike virtually all smartphones and tablets, this model comes with a stylus, called the S Pen. It is also bundled with a suite of software developed by Samsung to take advantage of this feature, like drawing and note-taking apps.
T-Mobile’s version will be able to access the carrier’s 42Mbps 4G HSPA+ network. It will also have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The 2100 mAh Li-Ion battery offers 10 hours of talk time and 16.67 days of standby time.
The Samsung Galaxy Note costs $250 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement.
Those interested in this tabletphone should be aware that its successor is scheduled to be unveiled later this month.