Review: Samsung Galaxy Note – Part 2

I took the Samsung Galaxy Note down to my favorite place to get photos. The High Park Zoo. First I did some stills, the Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an 8MP model and the pics are pretty good as you can see below (click to enlarge):

Then there’s the video capabilities. The camera will do video up to 1920×1080 which is HD resolution. Just make sure you set the video quality to HD and watch it full screen to get the full video quality:

But the default setting is 1280×720. Here’s what that looks like. Again you want to set the video quality to 720P and watch this full screen:

Now you’ll need to pop a MicroSD card into it to fully leverage HD recording. The Galaxy Note will take up to a 32GB MicroSD so that translates to hours of videos.

One thing that I did try to do is to upload these videos to YouTube via LTE but it wouldn’t let me and I had to do it in the parking lot of a McDonald’s over their free WiFi. I know that’s kind of lame, but I wanted to get the videos online as soon as possible. Hint to Samsung and Rogers. If your customers want to spend a small pile of cash to upload videos to YouTube over LTE, let them. It’s money in your pocket after all.

Now let’s talk about battery life. I got 7 to 8 hours of heavy usage which isn’t bad. On standby it lasts about 30 hours. Again, not bad. So you can expect the phone to last for a day to a day and a half which is pretty good.

So, as I wrap this up here’s what I think. I’ll address the elephant in the room first. It’s a big smartphone. It won’t fit in your pocket, but that’s not a bad thing. The size makes it easy to use and it’s got a great camera and a pretty good array of software on it and it’s FAST on Rogers LTE network. Not to mention that it took everything that I threw at it. I really like the fact that I could type easily on this screen. In fact, I would say that this is the best smartphone that I have tried to type on. I would seriously consider this smartphone the next time I’m in the market for one.

I just have to make sure that I get a case for it and a man purse to carry it in.

2 Responses to “Review: Samsung Galaxy Note – Part 2”

  1. […] out the camera and video capabilities at the High Park Zoo. Read up on Part 1 and beautifully shot Part 2 up […]

  2. I own one and it fits in my pocket just fine. No “Man-Purse” required! What kind a pockets do you own that you can’t fit a phone in??!

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