Friday, September 02

Geek

It's Also A Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note.

With a 1280x800 display and a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU it sounds like an ultralight notebook, but it's actually a PDA.  The screen is a 5.3" AMOLED device, and the CPU is Arm (presumably A9).  16GB of memory (Flash, that is) and a micro SD slot.  Runs Android 2.3.

It has 8MP and 2MP cameras, WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometer, barometer, compass, and a proximity sensor.  It can record 1080P video at 30fps.  Oh, and there's an FM radio.  And a phone.

And a stylus.

Yes, it's a real PDA designed to do real useful things, not just another overpriced fingerprint collector.  I'm planning to buy one as soon as it becomes available, and finally replace my Tungsten T3.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at 02:44 AM | Comments (8) | Add Comment | Trackbacks (Suck)
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1 285-dpi fonts. Want.

-j

Posted by: J Greely at Friday, September 02 2011 06:15 AM (fpXGN)

2 I can't believe they got that kind of resolution into a screen that small.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, September 02 2011 08:37 AM (+rSRq)

3  I wonder if it'll be possible to buy one without a phone contract.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, September 02 2011 08:38 AM (+rSRq)

4 I expect it will be expensive, but that's what I'm intending to do.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, September 02 2011 09:38 AM (PiXy!)

5 Steven: The iphone 4 is still higher resolution.
Compare to Fujitsu U820 (U1010/U2010/U2020): Windows convertible laptop/tablet, 5.6" 1280x800 display with resistive digitizer (given how poorly Windows handles very high resolution displays, it wasn't very finger-friendly, think teensy-tiny window controls), Atom CPU, 60+ GB SSD or HD, 1.3 pounds, 3.5 hour battery life on standard battery (double that and add about 0.2 pounds for the high cap battery).  I wonder how well the U820 would fare with Android for x86...
An Android slate is almost certainly more generally usable than the tiny Fujitsu, but... you can run anything a normal laptop can...

Posted by: Kayle at Saturday, September 03 2011 02:39 PM (Oo5uO)

6 The iPhone 4 is only ("only!") 960x640, but the screen is a lot smaller (3.5" vs 5.3") so the DPI is actually a bit higher than the Samsung.  Now that I'm past 40, I'll take the larger screen over the slightly higher DPI.

The Fujitsu would be ideal for someone who needed to take a full PC with them everywhere but didn't use it much by itself - a service technician who needed to to run hardware diagnostics, for example.  It's just too expensive otherwise.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, September 03 2011 04:18 PM (PiXy!)

7 My Slate is only 1024*600. Now I'm feeling inadequate.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, September 04 2011 10:20 AM (+rSRq)

8 I know its not a phone, but have you seen the Acer Transformer. 
Its a 10" Android tablet with a keyboard dock. Apparently it gets good battery life in the order of 15 hours use.
It runs 1280x800 with similar bells and whistles. Not horrifically expensive to boot.

Posted by: Andrew at Friday, September 16 2011 11:35 PM (cB03i)

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