July 31, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note Coming To T-Mobile On August 8
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Good news for those who are looking for the biggest thing in mobile on one of the smaller carriers in mobile: T-Mobile has just announced they´ll make the Samsung Galaxy Note available to Big Pink users come August 8th.
It´s been little surprise that T-Mobile would one day offer the Gigantic Note (the favorite smartphone of elephants everywhere) to their subscribers and now T-Mobile has finally made it official. T-Mobile subscribers will be able to pick up an oversized “phablet” – what the kids are calling the mixture of a phone and tablet – for $249.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate and 2-year service agreement, of course.
Unlike the AT&T variant, the T-Mobile version will ship with Android´s latest Dairy-friendly operating system, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This sweet-toothed OS employs some NFC technologies, allowing users to take use of Android Beam–a data beaming service – as well as Google Wallet, Google´s mobile payment service.
The irony here, of course, is that an actual wallet filled with actual cards and cash is much smaller than the Galaxy Note itself. Just how large is this Korean Behemoth? The Samsung Galaxy Note is fronted with a pocket-busting 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, which is powered by a 1.5 GHz, dual-core processor. A device so large has ample room for a high-quality camera, but instead employs an 8-megapixel shooter, similar to the one found in the much smaller iPhone 4S. Perhaps Samsung spent all their extra room on battery space, packing the device with a 2,500mAh power pack.
The T-Mobile Galaxy note does, however, operate on Big Pink´s HSPA+ 42 4G network, their fastest yet. All this screen, all this power and all this camera, and did I mention a stylus? How else do elephants take advantage of that big, beautiful screen?
In all fairness, though the Galaxy Note is often mocked for its extreme, undeniable girth, it´s also received “pretty good” reviews from those in the tech blogger world.
For instance, the reviewers at CNET gave the massive tab 4 out of 5 stars, saying in the end, “With its huge screen and throwback stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note with Android 4.0 is a polarizing smartphone that winks at tablet territory. Those who like their screens extra-large will find a top-notch device that lets multimedia shine. The S Pen adds some artistic potential, but for some, the phone will simply be too big.”
Though they had hoped Samsung would do more to update the phablet for its new T-Mobile customers, the team at Engadget mostly enjoyed the device, saying. “for those of you who appreciate the Galaxy Note's innate advantages -- namely, its productivity features and beautiful, spacious display -- Samsung's super-sized smartphone remains peerless.”
The announcement of an August T-Mobile Galaxy Note seems a little curious, however, considering that Samsung is widely expected to release either the Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 10.1, an even larger Note which more fits the bill of a proper tablet than a middling class something-or-other.