The Note has a dual-core 1.4 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM and it comes in 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage varieties. There’s also a microSD card slot so you can expand that by up to 32 GB.
It supports HSPA+, LTE, EDGE and GPRS networks so you are well-placed to get the best speeds possible wherever you happen to be. You’ve also got A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b,g,n.
The main camera is an 8 megapixel shooter and it is capable of recording 1080p video at 30 FPS. There’s also a front facing 2 megapixel camera for video calls. There’s a LED flash, but the camera app is pretty basic in terms of features and the autofocus can take a while to find the right level. Shots mostly turn out well but, as is so often the case, the camera doesn’t perform so well in low light conditions. The video recording is good quality, but the audio doesn’t match up.
If you’re buying a phone like this then chances are you want to enjoy some entertainment on it and take advantage of that display. For video it supports the MP4, M4V, Xvid, DivX, AVI, and 3GP formats. For best results you can stream the audio to a Bluetooth headset. This is a great device for watching movies. It is also good for listening to music on, although everything sounds better through a headset. You’ve got DLNA support for streaming content.
The Note is also fantastic for web addicts and browsing is an absolute pleasure. Speeds depend on your connection but it generally loads pages fast and you can enjoy full version websites with Flash.
The S Pen is another special feature on the Note and there are a few dedicated Samsung apps to help you get the best from it. S Memo allows you to sketch or write with ease and you can share your notes. The S Pen also offers some gesture shortcuts. You have the ability to hold the stylus button and double tap the screen to bring up a notepad – this ties into the S Memo app. You can also tap and hold the screen to capture a screenshot and it immediately opens in an image editor so you can add notes or diagrams if you want to. It does work really well as a notepad for capturing thoughts on the go and everything you create is easy to share through the usual social networking and messaging options.