The Galaxy Note is expected to hit the official U.S. Carriers in Q1/Q2 of 2012 and rumored to sport an NFC chip embedded with the U.S. model. It’s currently equipped with an Android 2.3 but with the official launch, it is confirmed to come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
While the Galaxy Note isn’t officially available with a U.S. carrier, it’s currently available on Amazon for $679. PCMag’s managing editor, Wendy Sheehan Donnell did a hands-on review for the Galaxy Note, as well as Engadget’s Zach Honig who wrote up an impressive full in-depth review. Both articles are worth reading.
Here’s an excerpt from Wendy’s review:
I got some brief hands-on time with the Galaxy Note, and I did find it small and comfortable enough to use with a single hand. On the other hand, though, while most people probably agree that eliminating multiple mobile devices is preferable, it’s tough to picture the masses walking the streets chatting away with gargantuan 5-inch screens pressed against their cheeks. The too-small-for-tablet, but too-big-for-phone screen size could be a tough sell for Samsung. Just last month, Dell killed its 5-inch Streak tablet.
The Galaxy Note also acts more like a tablet than a phone. In addition to multitouch pinch-to-zoom finger-based input, the aforementioned stylus, dubbed the ‘S Pen,’ tucks into the bottom panel of the phone, and can be used in a variety of apps. In the Messaging App, for example, you can write on the screen, and the Galaxy Note will convert your scrawls to email or SMS messages with the aid of predictive text. In the browser, you use the pen to annotate, then capture Web pages with your notes. Input with the pen was very responsive, and as long as I wrote neatly, text conversion worked well. Besides integration with the native apps, Samsung plans to release an SDK for the S Pen so developers can write third-party apps that use it for input.