Samsung Galaxy Note Challenge: Day 4

Aaron Baker
Writer from  Dallas, TX
| Published: February 6, 2012

The weekend has come and gone, and I was able to get some one-on-one time with the Samsung Galaxy Note tabletphone.  I'm getting acquainted with it, but I'm still having trouble with the size across the board.  I've noticed it takes me longer to do any sort of input (text, email, dial) on the phone due to the massive display.  On most smartphones, your fingers don't actually move that much due to the size.  On the Galaxy Note, I'm constantly shifting the device around to find a comfortable way to type.  Outside of input issues, I'm mostly pleased with the speed of the unit, and really enjoy using TouchWiz 4.0 as my daily driver (it continues to be my favorite Android skin).

I also find myself missing the media ecosystem that comes with iOS.  I began my tech journey on iTunes back in the early 2000s, and have a lot invested in the ecosystem.  Google Music works well, and I'm slowly warming up to the idea of streaming music (Spotify seems to be my number one pick right now).  But I travel quite a bit, and the process of creating offline playlists still seems cumbersome to me as opposed to owning it out of the gate.  Not to mention those pesky dead spots and the havoc they can wreak on streaming music (can I get a "REMIX!," anyone?).

It has made for great conversation, that's for sure.  Seven people approached me over the weekend and asked about it.  "Is that a tablet you have against your ear?" or "Is that a PHONE?" was heard more than once.

There's more coming, so stay tuned as I get settled in with the Galaxy Note.  Hit the comments and let me know what you'd like to know!

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