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Samsung Galaxy Note Review: First Impressions and Size Comparisons

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is in the house! America finally gets a taste of 5.3-inch goodness. Soon, anyway. The official release date isn’t until the 19th.

If you didn’t pre-order and were waiting to see if the Galaxy Note is right for you, I will endeavor to answer that question over the next few days.

I’ve seen and played with the Note three times already, but every time I see it again my first thought it: wow, it’s huge. That’s a huge phone. I usually get over that pretty quickly. The phone doesn’t seem less big, the bigness just ceases to matter.

(Related: Hands-on with the Galaxy Note)

It was the same when the original HTC Evo and Galaxy S phones came out. At first you think “It’s big!” and soon you start looking at others phones and thinking “Those are too small.”

How big is it? Just saying the screen measures 5.3-inches diagonally doesn’t really help you picture it. So here are some comparison pictures.

This is the Note with the Galaxy Nexus, which has a 4.65-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Nexus

This is the Note with a Droid RAZR, which has a 4.3-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy Note and Motorola Droid RAZR

And just for fun, this is the Note with the Galaxy Tab, a 10.1-inch tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab

As you can see, it’s significantly bigger than phones that are considered big, but not ridiculously large. It still fits nicely in the hand and is nice and light. I carried it in my pocket today and it didn’t feel weird, but I also don’t wear tight hipster pants.

Is it too big? It’ll take time to determine. Right now I feel that the answer is no given all the advantages it affords. Judging by these pictures, what do you think?

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. She has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech and apps all day. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her via her website, KTBradford.com.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    02/14/2012 at 4:16 am

  2. Anonymous

    02/14/2012 at 4:21 am

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  3. Anonymous

    02/14/2012 at 4:04 pm

  4. gmich

    02/14/2012 at 6:22 pm

    Not sure. I’m eager to check one out, though I’m much more interested in it as a small tablet than as a phone. Is a wifi only version going to be available?

    • K. T. Bradford

      02/15/2012 at 12:13 pm

      No word on that so far. However, have you checked out the Galaxy Player? http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/mp3-players/YP-G70CWY/XAA doesn’t have the hi-res display or dual-core processor, but it is a 5-inch tablety thing.

      • Kwshaw1

        02/16/2012 at 10:15 am

        The Galaxy Player looks interesting, but screen resolution is only 800×480 so not a substitute for the Note.

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