Samsung Galaxy Note: Unboxing and first impressions

I just got my Samsung Galaxy Note yesterday. The box is half the size of the S2’s. It contains the usual stuff, the phone, travel adapter (without cable attached), USB to micro USB cable, documentation, headphones (in white), extra set of headphone buds and a 2500mAh battery. I also got a Samsung original case free with the phone. The case comes with the back cover so you need to remove the original back cover and put it on.

First impressions

However big the Note looks in the photographs and you perceive it to be, it is in reality way bigger. The first thought in my head was “Oh my God! This is insanely big”. I didn’t use the case because it’s a pain and it’s badly designed, so I’ll just wait for an otterbox or casemate piece to become available. The first time I switched it ON, I was in awe of the massive screen. All this mumbo jumbo about pentile matrix screens not being that good is in my humble opinion, nonsense. You would need a magnifying glass to see the pixels. The Note like any Android phone is a cinch to setup initially. You just input your Gmail id and you’re done. I got my contacts, mails and apps pushed onto my phone. That’s because i already had an SGS II. Even if you have not used an Android phone before, I don’t think it’ll be that difficult.

Stay tuned for the full review, and check out the Gallery and Specs below. If you want to read our detailed review of the device, head over to our Samsung Galaxy Note – Detailed review post.


  • Size: 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm
  • Weight: 178 Grams
  • Display: Super AMOLED HD touchscreen
  • 800 x 1200 Pixels
  • 5.3” display with gorilla glass
  • Camera: 8 MP autofocus with LED flash
  • Video: [email protected]
  • Secondary camera: 2MP front facing
  • Operating system: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Processor: Dual Core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A-9
  • Mali 400MP GPU Exynos chipset
  • Battery: 2500 mAh


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5 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note: Unboxing and first impressions”

  1. Was the Samsung leather case included in the box or shipped as part of the special review package respectively your, assumingly, online order?

    1. The phone was bought at a Samsung Store, and all subsequent purchases that I have seen provide the case (at any other mobile store) as a separate package but free. If the retailer offers to sell you the case instead of giving it free, make sure that you mention that the case has to be provided for free and is not for sale (there is a Not For Sale sticker on the box).

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