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Samsung Galaxy Note review

Samsung Galaxy Note - Oversized Phone?

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Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
8
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
7
Performance:
9
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Beautiful HD Super AMOLED display
Excellent battery life
Solid performance
Good implementation of S Pen
THE BAD
Size may be too overwhelming for some
Flimsy battery cover


Performance Benchmarks

Benchmark Monster

Not only does Samsung want the Galaxy Note to dominate in terms of physical size, the company also has plans for it to be the leader among the dual-core Android smartphones. It packs the same Exynos processor and 1GB of RAM as the Galaxy S II, with the clock speed slightly higher at 1.4GHz. We believe that you're as eager as us to find out how the Galaxy Note would fare in the performance benchmarks and of course, against its competitors.

Even though the HTC Sensation XL is powered by a single-core processor, we've shortlisted it as it's the only phone that can come close to the Galaxy Note in terms of screen size. We're certain that It would be of interest to consumers who are considering between the two devices. The Samsung Galaxy S II is thrown in to determine if the slight difference in clock speed will have any impact on the performance. Lastly, the Motorola Razr is included as well. 

We have adopted two specific benchmarks, both of which are downloadable via the Android Market. The benchmarks are conducted on these devices from a fresh reboot on their respective stock firmwares. 

  • Quadrant: It tests the CPU, memory, I/O and 3D graphics performance of a mobile device, giving you a general idea of how the device performs. 
     
  • Neocore: It assesses the graphics performance of a mobile device. 
Smartphones Compared

Device Samsung Galaxy Note HTC Sensation XL Motorola Razr Samsung Galaxy S II
CPU

ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos

(Dual-core 1.4GHz)

Qualcomm Snapdragon
MSM8255
(Single-core 1.5GHz)
TI OMAP 4430
(Dual-core 1.2GHz )
ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos
GPU Mali-400MP Adreno 205 PowerVR SGX540 Mali-400MP
RAM 1GB 768MB 1GB 1GB
OS Google Android 2.3.5 Google Android 2.3.5 Google Android 2.3.5 Google Android 2.3

The superior performance of the Galaxy Note in the Quadrant benchmark was no surprise to us. Running the same processor and having the same amount of RAM as the Galaxy S II, we had expected the Galaxy Note to perform as well or even better than the Galaxy S II. The race wasn't even close, with the Motorola Razr and HTC Sensation XL trailing behind by a huge margin. For some unknown reasons, the Galaxy Note took a slight dive in performance at the NeoCore benchmark. While it is miles ahead of Motorola Razr, the Galaxy Note trails behind the HTC Sensation XL and the Galaxy S II. 

During our day-to-day usage of the Samsung Galaxy Note, we found the user experience to be a very pleasant experience. Page scrolling was a breeze and the user interface was smooth and fluid in its operation. Apps loaded quickly and multitasking was effortless.