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BuckeyeMac
Jul 31, 2012, 07:08 AM
I currently have a iPhone 3GS, and I have been up for an upgrade for months now waiting for the new iPhone.

With all of the probable spec's of the new iphone being released, I'm considering switching to Android. I really like the look of the 4 capacitive buttons at the bottom that the SII, Skyrocket, and Note have at the bottom and prefer those over the 1 large home button with 2 capacitve buttons on either side.

Anyways, anyone have a Galaxy Note? How do you like it? I use my current 3GS for everything and am a pretty heavy user throughout the day. Do you think the Note will get Jelly Bean?

Thanks



CPD_1
Jul 31, 2012, 08:03 AM
A good friend of mine who's not me owned a Note for about three weeks. These are the things he told me about what he liked and what he hated:

Liked:
-The screen was big and clear.
-He was pleasant surprised by the battery life.
-Putting a custom ROM on it pretty easy

Disliked:
-It was too big. It fit in his pocket, but it was uncomfortable to sit down with in his pocket.
-He's a big guy, 6' 7" big, and he couldn't operate it single handedly.
-Having been an iPhone user previously, he was very unimpressed with the uses for the stylus. Everything that was touted as better with a stylus was stuff he found just as easy with his finger on the iPhone. He was also really paranoid about losing it.
-As big as it was, he felt like it should have been a device that could be his only travel device, but it wasn't big enough to be a good experience for doing any kind of work on for extended periods of time, and he consistantly felt like he should have brought his laptop or iPad.

nataliamck
Jul 31, 2012, 08:17 AM
I had a Galaxy Note.

I was looking for an inbetween device for my iPhone and iPad so I thought the note would be perfect.
Truthfully I only kept it for about 3 weeks, and here's why:

-When I was out and about it was simply too big to use as a phone and any other tasks could be done just as easily on my iPhone.
- When I was inside I always reached for my iPad first rendering it obsolete in my house too.

I did like the stylus and the screen but as I stated it was just too big and I preferred to stick with either my iPhone or iPad. Although I am now rocking a Galaxy S3 which I love. Perfect screen size for me :D

BuckeyeMac
Jul 31, 2012, 08:24 AM
Thanks for the replies...The size issue is really the only thing that I am concerned with

I don't have any other Apple products other than my iPhone, and I'm on my iPhone for I'd say about 6 hours a day. I'm just looking for something that is easier to use to browse the web and make my daily life easier.

Anyone else have any insight?

I was also looking at the Galaxy SII Skyrocket. Thoughts on that one?

nataliamck
Jul 31, 2012, 08:31 AM
Thanks for the replies...The size issue is really the only thing that I am concerned with

I don't have any other Apple products other than my iPhone, and I'm on my iPhone for I'd say about 6 hours a day. I'm just looking for something that is easier to use to browse the web and make my daily life easier.

Anyone else have any insight?

Would you consider an iPad?

I know it's MUCH bigger than the Note but it's a completely different product for different purposes. When I want to quickly look for something on the internet I always grab my iPad first, before my phone. I couldn't live without it now.

And with iCloud everything syncs so seemlessly; photos, bookmarks, contacts.

BuckeyeMac
Jul 31, 2012, 08:46 AM
Yeah, but I really am looking for just 1 device. Plus at work, I could just use my work desktop to search something quickly. But I surf the web (forums, personal research, sports,etc) on my iphone. I essentially want a device that I can do everything on one device. Thus the reason I was looking at a bigger device such as the Note but is still mobile

I'm not on the phone (calling) a whole lot, but I do text and email quite a bit during the day (also surf the web like I said above)

maflynn
Aug 1, 2012, 06:31 AM
Thanks for the replies...The size issue is really the only thing that I am concerned with
For a phone, I think its really too big. Not to sound sexist, but I think there's a difference between woman owners and men owners. Most men don't walk around with a purse, that being the case, where do you put the phone when you're not using it. If it fits in pockets, its not comfortable as noted by the other poster.

I think people run hot and cold on the stylus, some like it, others not so much.

Personally, I'd go for a 7" tablet (come on apple lets have an iPad mini). I think the 7" tablet is a better product doing one thing well. The note is a product trying to do two different things but not succeeding because of comprises.

Dontazemebro
Aug 1, 2012, 09:02 AM
I've played around with the note and it's not as huge as most people are alluding to. At least for me it wasn't. I'm 6 foot 4 with rather large man size hands so that probably explains it. I can easily navigate with it one handed and the large screen is absolutely brilliant.

IMO anything less than a 5" screen is too small. Only reason I didn't pull the trigger on the note is because I dislike samsung - Android devices. I'll wait on HTC to come out with a 5" or better.

BuckeyeMac
Aug 1, 2012, 11:34 AM
Ahh man I just can't make my mind up!!

Only thing I would miss between iOS and what I use would be Siri and how it's integrated into a lot of stuff.

I use Siri for geo location notes, and having the ability to call/text/update twitter with ease is something idk if I could let go.

Someone share with an Android equivalent, and I'm switching to android for sure. Will google voice search be able to take a quick memo, build lists, etc within Androids new feature?

And will the Note even get official JB?

RMXO
Aug 1, 2012, 12:38 PM
I had a S2, Note & now the S3 i9300. I really miss my Note & loved the screen real estate on that sucker. It's a great all in one device. If you are considering the Note, I would wait for Note 2 with 5.5" quad core & a bit faster than the Int S3 i9300

Here's an alpha build of Jelly Bean for ATT Note i717

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1686320

check out Note's XDA forums for more info & other alpha JB builds.

BuckeyeMac
Aug 1, 2012, 12:46 PM
Yeah I saw they've been working on a JB unofficial release. Pretty cool. But I'm not sure I would root anytime soon. I'd rather get the official release. I just jailbroke my 3GS about 1.5 months ago LOL!!

How was the battery life with the Note? I see some good reviews about it on YouTube.

If I get a note, I'd go with the 1st one. Once they announce the note 2 it will drop in price.

RMXO
Aug 1, 2012, 01:00 PM
Yeah I saw they've been working on a JB unofficial release. Pretty cool. But I'm not sure I would root anytime soon. I'd rather get the official release. I just jailbroke my 3GS about 1.5 months ago LOL!!

How was the battery life with the Note? I see some good reviews about it on YouTube.

If I get a note, I'd go with the 1st one. Once they announce the note 2 it will drop in price.

You should get a days worth of battery life, I've never had any issues. True, the original Note will be very affordable when the Note 2 comes out. Check out XDA marketplace when it does. XDA MP is a good site for Android, iOS & other OS devices & you can find good deals.

sarah11918
Aug 1, 2012, 09:05 PM
I love my Galaxy Note. I find it's the perfect size to balance wanting something relatively inconspicuous (like a phone) but big enough for a reasonable browsing/app experience (like a tablet).

It's small enough that I don't feel too weird walking around with it as my shopping list in the grocery store. I can still discreetly check messages in public or at a function. Even though I usually hold with one hand and tap the screen with the other, it can still be held in one hand like a phone. (Even my, 5"2 frame hands.) And there are some apps that I can mostly use one-handed (sometimes stretching my thumb a bit).

It's large enough for browsing, reading and note taking without being so large that you can't cradle it in your hand. It's large enough that it's satisfying to use (browse, twitter etc.) while on the couch, watching tv. My laptop is often nearby, but it doesn't feel like a sacrifice to pull out the Note instead of the Air.

My husband and I each have one, and we are both very pleased with it. Between the 11" MBA and Galaxy Note, I have no need for any kind of tablet and don't have to carry an in-between device in addition to a phone.

BuckeyeMac
Aug 2, 2012, 06:16 AM
Thanks Sarah!

I think I'm going to pick up a note tonight after work. After watching more videos, I'm pretty much sold on the Note.

Anyone have a case on it? Does it add much bulk/make it harder to get out of your pocket?

sarah11918
Aug 2, 2012, 10:44 AM
I don't have a case for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I'm worried about adding bulk. Secondly, I use the camera a lot (maybe more than anything else on the phone?) since we travel a lot and I've gotten in the habit of chronicling most daily events.

At first I thought it would be cool to have one of those wallet-like cases with room for a couple of credit cards, bills etc. But I can just see things flying everywhere when I whip out my phone and try to take a picture. At the very least, I don't want a flap with important things dangling while I use the camera. Even just the flap itself from one of the simpler cases I imagine would be annoying.

It's held up fine so far (had it since Feb) just naked, and I don't baby my gadgets. So at this point, I'm tempted not to bother. The only thing I have considered is a sleeve, since it does get tossed in my purse, sometimes in a compartment with other things. So, the extra bulk wouldn't matter since I'm not trying to pocket it. But I honestly haven't bothered.

aziatiklover
Aug 2, 2012, 10:48 AM
Thanks Sarah!

I think I'm going to pick up a note tonight after work. After watching more videos, I'm pretty much sold on the Note.

Anyone have a case on it? Does it add much bulk/make it harder to get out of your pocket?

I would say hold off a bit! Galaxy note 2 is coming out soon. Im waiting on that with the new iphone.

BuckeyeMac
Aug 2, 2012, 10:54 AM
The only thing that is holding me back is Siri. I need sOmething that is as well integrated that her.

To be able to be working, not press a button and just say "Siri" and then ask my question or have her set up a note or reminder without taking my hands off the work keyboard is huge for me.

NZed
Aug 2, 2012, 11:06 AM
The only thing that is holding me back is Siri. I need sOmething that is as well integrated that her.

To be able to be working, not press a button and just say "Siri" and then ask my question or have her set up a note or reminder without taking my hands off the work keyboard is huge for me.

Please just root it and install JB! I have JB on my S2 and oh my! Google Search is so much more faster!

BuckeyeMac
Aug 2, 2012, 11:32 AM
Please just root it and install JB! I have JB on my S2 and oh my! Google Search is so much more faster!

Can you launch google search without touching the phone? How about can it set up notes that will remind you when you get to a certain location? Not trying to put it down, I'm curious because I don't know the answers lol

sarah11918
Aug 2, 2012, 11:35 AM
I would say hold off a bit! Galaxy note 2 is coming out soon. Im waiting on that with the new iphone.

True, if I were looking to buy now, I'd wait for Note 2. Either because the first note should be cheaper or to get the new one.

The camera is very good on the Note, but rumours are swirling that it might get an upgrade to as much as a 13 megapixel camera (from the current 8). The 10.1 " Galaxy Note is rumoured to be announced this month with 2GB ram and a very good processor, so the Note 2 might have significantly better specs, and will ship with JB. (I'm not sure whether Note 1 will officially get JB, but I'm assuming it will eventually if the Note 2 has it. We got ICS officially 2 months ago, which was not bad considering many phones still don't even have it.)

NZed
Aug 2, 2012, 12:15 PM
Can you launch google search without touching the phone? How about can it set up notes that will remind you when you get to a certain location? Not trying to put it down, I'm curious because I don't know the answers lol

I dont think so. But I don't think that you can do such thing on the iPhone either.

jcal0820
Aug 3, 2012, 01:02 PM
This thread is exactly what I was looking for.. I'm currently deployed overseas (military) on a remote outpost, and am seriously considering buying an unlocked pre-owned int'l version of the Galaxy Note online, so I can use out here. A few of the local nationals we work with have iPhone 4 or 4S, probably direct from China, and they shaved off the standard MTN/Roshan SIM cards to the micro size, and are able to set it up for data, MMS, and voice. In a country that's basically 4th World! What really gets my interest on the Galaxy Note is the good press I've heard on the stylus, as I take a lot of notes here... but only for inside the wire jobs; will never take it out on patrols/missions.
With the GSM on the int'l Galaxy Note I plan on buying, I can set it up the same way, w/o having to shave it down since it takes standard SIM card (unlike the 4th gen GSM iPhones), and even use during a short time we'll likely spend in Germany on the way back to the States. And stateside, I was looking at buying a SIM and using STRAIGHT TALK, since it's fully compatible, and only $45 a month unlimited voice, data, etc. without contract (prepaid). Anyone also using Straight Talk?

BuckeyeMac
Aug 3, 2012, 01:32 PM
I dont think so. But I don't think that you can do such thing on the iPhone either.

You can with Siri, but you have to be jailbroken (to talk to her without touching the phone)

The geo location notes and what not comes with Siri

I still haven't made my mind up and will probably wait for the new iPhone to make my decision

LIVEFRMNYC
Aug 3, 2012, 05:31 PM
If I decide to go Android instead of the next iPhone. The Note 2 would be top on my list as long as I can slip it in & out my front pocket with ease.

BuckeyeMac
Aug 3, 2012, 08:48 PM
Well I went and picked up the Galaxy Note this evening. I figured with AT&T's 30 day return policy, I'd give it a shot until I hear a little more about the iPhone.

So far really like it. Just have to get used to the whole accounts thing since its much different than iOS

sarah11918
Aug 3, 2012, 08:57 PM
So far really like it.

Congrats. :)

One tip I read on a Note forum somewhere: If your note is plugged in and charging, always wake and unlock it first before disconnecting the power cable. Something to do with setting a baseline for battery consumption, and doing so is supposed to make the battery discharge more slowly.

Not sure whether it's making a difference, but I keep doing it anyway. :)

BuckeyeMac
Aug 3, 2012, 09:06 PM
Good to know...about to upgrade to ICS :)

pdauser92
Aug 3, 2012, 09:45 PM
Well I went and picked up the Galaxy Note this evening. I figured with AT&T's 30 day return policy, I'd give it a shot until I hear a little more about the iPhone.

So far really like it. Just have to get used to the whole accounts thing since its much different than iOS

I use both IOS and Android devices and find the following useful:

To sync your data you could try MyPhoneExplorer (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=my+phone+explorer), which will sync Outlook or Gmail calendars, Outlook or Gmail tasks and Outlook notes as well as files with your phone. You can sync either wirelessly or via USB.

To sync your music, video, playlists and podcasts with iTunes try Isyncr (https://play.google.com/store/search?q=isyncr+for+pc&c=apps), which will also sync via WIFI or USB.

:)

Dontazemebro
Aug 6, 2012, 10:13 AM
So it looks like HTC will be releasing their own version of the fabled phablet.

Now this is something I could definitely jump on.

http://phandroid.com/2012/08/06/htc-working-on-their-own-5-inch-phone/

BuckeyeMac
Aug 17, 2012, 02:30 PM
So I ended up taking back the GNote but now I'm regretting taking it back lol

I can't freaking decide new iPhone or GNote...I really want Siri, and the integration into iOS. But the Note has widgets, and bigger screens. And the iPhone is the only apple product I own. Grr

My 3Gs gets 4-4:15 of heavy use...i wish I tested the G Note longer :(

nikster0029
Aug 18, 2012, 12:25 AM
So I ended up taking back the GNote but now I'm regretting taking it back lol

I can't freaking decide new iPhone or GNote...I really want Siri, and the integration into iOS. But the Note has widgets, and bigger screens. And the iPhone is the only apple product I own. Grr

My 3Gs gets 4-4:15 of heavy use...i wish I tested the G Note longer :(

Just wait for the new galaxy note and compare it with the rumors with the new iphone. you cant test out the new note like you did with the one you returned so just be patient.

irDigital0l
Aug 18, 2012, 12:37 AM
Thanks for the replies...The size issue is really the only thing that I am concerned with

I don't have any other Apple products other than my iPhone, and I'm on my iPhone for I'd say about 6 hours a day. I'm just looking for something that is easier to use to browse the web and make my daily life easier.

Anyone else have any insight?

I was also looking at the Galaxy SII Skyrocket. Thoughts on that one?

Galaxy Nexus 2

sarah11918
Aug 18, 2012, 06:42 AM
My 3Gs gets 4-4:15 of heavy use...i wish I tested the G Note longer :(

That would be quite low for a Note. I haven't done a test to see how long it goes at intensive use, but then again, it's never run out on me unless I pick it up to find it's only at 15 - 30% charged because I left it lying around not charging. From fully charged, it's never run out in the course of using it yet.

Of course, that's nothing compared to my older Nokia E71 smartphone that I charged 1 - 2 times per week, but it's still comforting to know that as long as I remember to charge the Note, it's not going to run out on me.

jojoba
Aug 18, 2012, 06:06 PM
So I ended up taking back the GNote but now I'm regretting taking it back lol

I can't freaking decide new iPhone or GNote...I really want Siri, and the integration into iOS. But the Note has widgets, and bigger screens. And the iPhone is the only apple product I own. Grr

My 3Gs gets 4-4:15 of heavy use...i wish I tested the G Note longer :(

I'm planning to go for the Note2 when it's out. The two things holding me off from iPhone are i) screen size and ii) lack of predictive text. I think the Note is a great size - although I've also been drawn to the SG3. Like you, I'd love the integration, but it just takes me too long to type with Apple's keyboard.

Wrathwitch
Aug 19, 2012, 07:14 PM
Thanks for the replies...The size issue is really the only thing that I am concerned with

I don't have any other Apple products other than my iPhone, and I'm on my iPhone for I'd say about 6 hours a day. I'm just looking for something that is easier to use to browse the web and make my daily life easier.

Anyone else have any insight?

I was also looking at the Galaxy SII Skyrocket. Thoughts on that one?

Might I suggest the Galaxy S3? I have found it VERY pleasant to surf on and do web related things, the screen is amazing, battery life is good and it does fit comfortably in the hand. Despite my initial concerns, the phone is not too big.

I find it NOT a pocket phone, but I am also female and our pockets seem to be smaller than males for some reason.

sarah11918
Aug 19, 2012, 07:28 PM
IMO, the two real reasons to seriously consider a Note over a different, not-quite-as-big Android phone are:

1. You want the stylus integration and/or
2. You want a mini-tablet instead of a real pocket phone.

If those are features/benefits you care about, especially #1, then the Note is a no-brainer for your shortlist, and probably worth taking a chance on those two points alone.

I suspect most people don't care too much about the pen (though it's the main reason I bought one). I also suspect a lot of people are of the "I think I can deal with the size" mindset instead of the "bring on the phablet!" one. These are the people that I'd caution not to get swept up in the novelty of the device.

Any phone is going to annoy you at some point for something. With this phone, you'll be able to console yourself with, "This is what I needed to get a real, actual pen" and "This is big enough to make surfing/email/twitter/reading feel more like I'm on a tablet than I'm on a phone." If those aren't compelling statements for you, and aren't going to remind you what's great about your phone, then this might not be the phone for you.

sarcosis
Aug 20, 2012, 05:54 PM
Might I suggest the Galaxy S3? I have found it VERY pleasant to surf on and do web related things, the screen is amazing, battery life is good and it does fit comfortably in the hand. Despite my initial concerns, the phone is not too big.

I find it NOT a pocket phone, but I am also female and our pockets seem to be smaller than males for some reason.

That's what I was thinking. If you want a bigger size and want the Android experience and speed, the Galaxy S3 is a great device that would be a good compromise. But it sounds like Siri is a the deal breaker here, but the GS3 is worth a look. I just traded for a Note and love it. The screen size is great. I also happen to wear pants with big pockets, so the size and mobility isn't an issue.