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In part three of my Galaxy Note challenge, I review the screen, user interface, keyboard, media experience, and GPS. Watch the video to know more.
The Note has a HD Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, and a pixel density of 285 ppi.
Text is clear and sharp at normal reading distance. In fact, you would have to hold it uncomfortably close to your face before you start seeing any pixellation. But this screen's strength is not just its clarity, but also its size. When I got used to watching movies, browsing, and playing games on the Note's 5.3 inch screen, all other phones paled in comparison. It's a tablet screen, packed in as close to phone format as possible, and it's a joy to use.
Operating System (OS)
At the time of writing, the Note is still running Android 2.3, Gingerbread. Now that other phones like the Galaxy S2, and the HTC One X have Android 4, Ice Cream Sandwich, the Note's OS is feeling pretty dated.
Touchwiz on the Note feels under-optimised, since in places it doesn't make good use of the Note's screen size. I had specific problems with the stock browser, keyboard, widget arrangement and music player. Watch the video for more information regarding these and my solutions.
One thing in Touchwiz that was improved by the Note was the Swype input function. I've always had some trouble swyping using my finger, but the s-pen on the Note takes swyping to a new level. I demonstrate this on the video.
The Note's external mono speaker does not live up to the overall size of the phone. While it is of similar quality to the speakers on much smaller smartphones, on a phone the size of the Note the sound is rather quiet and thin.
The Galaxy Note, along with Motorola's Droid Razr, is the first among Android phones to enable GLONASS support.
GLONASS (acronym for Globalnaya Navigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema or Global Navigation Satellite System) is the Russian equivalent of America's GPS network.
The increased satellite count gives the Note increased GPS lock-on speed and better accuracy.