Samsung Galaxy Note: Conclusion

February 23, 2012 by Jen Edwards Reads (90,329)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 9
    • Ease of Use
    • 10
    • Design
    • 5
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Value
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 7.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


Samsung Galaxy Note -- Front ViewConsidering the large size of the Samsung Galaxy Note, careful consideration is required in order to determine if it’s the right smartphone for your needs. I found the big screen to be more of a draw than the actual S Pen stylus, but I would be less likely to buy it because I need something highly pocketable, not something that I would have to carry in a purse or gear bag.

The stylus is a unique addition, but of limited utility for anyone who is already comfortable using a touchscreen and/or a virtual keyboard to enter text. It’s fun to use for drawings and such, maybe a quick grocery list, but digital artists and hardcore notetakers would likely be happier with either a larger tablet or a Bluetooth keyboard. 

If you’re willing to make the commitment, however, the Galaxy Note is a powerful device and a good performer.


  • Excellent screen — large and bright
  • Great performance
  • S Pen stylus is useful for drawing and quick notes
  • Great voice quality


  • Huge — not really pocketable, especially for ladies
  • Unless you’re a budding digital artist, the stylus adds more frustration than function
  • Disappointing external speaker




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