Galaxy Nexus vs Galaxy Note: How Big is Too Big?

You might think the Galaxy Nexus is a big phone, but it’s nothing compared to the Galaxy Note. Introduced at IFA 2011, the Samsung Galaxy Note is an all-in-one device designed to act as both a phone and tablet. Some mobile users already complain that phones with 4″ and up displays are too big to handle, but what happens when we break on through to the 5″ and up form factor?

Our friend Chris Davies of Android Community and Slashgear got a chance to go hands on with both of these Samsung devices and posted the below video. As you can see, the Galaxy Note dwarfs the Galaxy Nexus.

Us geeks might be attracted to such a device- it has an absolutely gorgeous display, some nifty apps and a Wacom digitizer that is accurate. But I can’t imagine too many consumers will be willing to pay a steep premium to lug the Galaxy Note around on a daily basis.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a 5.3″ AMOLED display that looks fantastic and offers a lot more screen real estate for reading or writing than most smartphones. But the larger display means a larger device. It’s still relatively thin, but you might find it difficult to jam in your front pocket. As with all things in mobile technology there are compromises.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is shaping up to be a hot mover at Verizon here in the United States and at carriers around the world. It features a much more manageable, but still roomy 4.65″ display


I first saw the Galaxy Note at IFA 2011 and wanted one immediately. But the practical side of me knows that it’s just too big to lug around all the time. What do you think? Are bigger displays better or is something in the 4″ to 4.65″ range as big as you’d want your phone’s display to be?