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Samsung Galaxy Note ships to Europe despite Apple

updated 07:40 pm EDT, Thu October 27, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Note arrives in Germany first

Samsung said Thursday that its Galaxy Note had started shipping. The 5.3-inch phone and tablet crossover is arriving first in Europe and will start off in Germany. Europe's version is the reference version and runs on a dual-core 1.4GHz processor while holding an eight megapixel rear camera, a front two megapixel camera, and 16GB or 32GB of storage.

Its signature feature is the inclusion of a pen for use with a batch of apps optimized for drawing, such as a bundled notepad app and planner.

A version may reach the US following an FCC filing with 3G friendly to AT&T and bigger Canadian carriers.

The arrival follows despite Samsung's legal battles with Apple and the particulars of the Galaxy Note's design. Samsung is currently appealing a temporary Galaxy Tab ban Germany and even had to pull the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA trade show floor after an Apple request. Apple's legal action in Germany hasn't focused on phones and doesn't include the Galaxy Note, but the consciously iPhone-like home button and other similarities might provoke a reaction in the Netherlands, where the Galaxy line had to be changed to get around another temporary ban.

by MacNN Staff



  1. davidlfoster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WOW. 2GB of internal storage

    My iPhone 4S has 64GB. I can't even begin to think how useless a phone with 2GB would be. I'm sure you can add a card, but is it as fast? Is juggling items between internal and external storage seamless and transparent? I've heard that Android, at least in some versions, sorta stumbles in this regard. Also a 5.3" display sounds kind of large. I like a phone that easily fits in my shirt pocket.

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The quoted specs on Electronista are once more worthy of further research.
    The said amount of memory is the system ROM, which is of course not available to the user.

    A little serious research shows the storage capacity of the Note to be either 16GB or 32GB of internal RAM (depending on version) plus whatever the latest Micro SD cards are topped of at for external storage.

    Of course to an iPhone user "external storage" is meaningless, unless maybe if you count your tethered desktop or some cloud based storage system.

    But for most of the rest of the world of smart phones external storage means you can just buy a standard Micro SD card from ANY convenience store, HOT plugit in, just like you would on your desktop; and presto: full acces to your SLR's pictures, A friend's playlist, or even office docs.

    Get the 32 GB version of the Note, and a single Micro 32GB card and you have yourself the same storage capacity as the 4S.

    Nevertheless built in storage is not what sets the Note apart. It's both the size, and of course the built-in inductive digitizer.

    If you do not like large phones, this cross-over between a tablet an a phone is not aimed towards you.

    But on the other hand, if you need with you a pocketable tablet that you can draw on, not using your finger or some blunt crayon like device, but a real stylus with 256 levels of pressure, then the Note is your dream come true.

    One more thing, and the battery is not just HUGE (the screen being super-amoled is quite thrifty next to an LCD) at 2500 mA h, but user replaceable.

  1. davidlfoster

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thanks for that info

    I thought 2GB seemed awfully low and followed a link to the phone's specifications from the article -- I guess that's the same faulty info the writer relied on. I'm interested in seeing a super-AMOLED with a digitizer. But a stylus sure seems 90's (they are so easy to ...misplace). The device looks awful thin to have a replaceable battery -- I will definitely check that out when it arrives in US. Is there any word of mouth regarding actual battery life? I'd love to see a smart phone with about twice the battery life of the iPhone (about 5 h of heavy constant use which of course varies depending on exactly what you are doing; for me it is about what I need for one routine day's use).

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Reminds me of an old saying

    "If you see a stylus, they blew it."
    - Steve Jobs

  1. Tanker10a

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It looks exactly like the iPhone. It really does...

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