If you think about all the new devices that are coming out these days, most of them are upwards of five inches, with many hovering around the 5.5-inch mark. While that’s a norm today, it wasn’t so a couple of years ago.
Back then, to have a smartphone that had a screen size of more than five inches was bordering on the absurd. But, one smartphone changed that. One smartphone kickstarted a revolution in smartphones, their screen sizes, and what we could do with them.
Here’s a brief look at that smartphone and the handset lineup it spawned. The pioneer that led to an entire generation of large form-factor handsets — the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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When the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced in 2011, the then considered mammoth-sized 5.3 incher was criticised for being too huge as a phone. Holding a phone that stretches single handed use was quite new at that time especially with its 83.0mm width and it weighs 178g with just 2,500mAh capacity battery. As comparison, the latest Galaxy Note 4 despite its bigger 5.7″ screen is narrower at 78.6mm and is thinner at 8.5 mm (Galaxy Note: 9.7mm).
Not many believed that a phone this size would be a hit with consumers. Who could blame them especially when the pioneering Android phablet, the Dell Streak didn’t actually fly but that’s mainly due to its delayed launches and expensive pricing. Luckily for Samsung, they didn’t just increase the screen size but they have added extra features with its S-Pen to differentiate itself from a regular smart phone.
To the surprise of many, there are actually a lot of people digging the big screen Galaxy Note, and the rest is history. It doesn’t end there as people are even more receptive of buying 7-8″ tablets with telephony features and this segment is set to grow in emerging markets.
To gloat or to celebrate its success of making big screen smart phones that work, Samsung has released a video recapping what critics have said then and what they are saying now with the larger iPhones. Watch the video after the break.
Owners of the original Samsung Galaxy Note are not being left behind as Samsung is purported working on a Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the device as well. The new firmware has been leaked with screenshots of the Note running on Jelly Bean with the nature inspired TouchWiz.
Apparently the new update will also bring a host of Galaxy Note II features such as Multi-View and even Air-View. Obviously we would expect some shortcomings as the original Note’s S-Pen is a notch down compared with the new S-Pen on the Note II. With half the amount of RAM (Note: 1GB, Note II: 2GB), performance might take a hit with the new features running. No roll out dates we’re mentioned but this is certainly good news for Galaxy Note users.
Head after the break for a video of a Galaxy Note running on the Jelly Bean firmware.
DiGi is offering the HTC One X, Samsung Galaxy S III, Note and Note 10.1 from as low as RM699 with a special bundling with RM148/month commitment. The new DG Smart Plan special bundling of RM148/month offers 3GB of data and RM80 worth of calls/sms/mms each month which is tied to 24 months contract. In way, this bundling is actually a DG Smart Plan 68 (3GB) that’s bolt on with RM80 of extra credit.
During sign up, the special offer requires RM1,000 advance payment which is quite a lot. However if you’re a DiGi Corporate Employee Program customer with Auto Billing payment, the Advance payment is waived. On top of that, DiGi is offering extended warranty to Corporate customers which gives it a total of 2 years, except for HTC One X that’s already covered with 2 years warranty. For normal customers, the warranty can be extended at RM90 for Galaxy Note, RM115 for Galaxy S III and RM170 for Galaxy Note 10.1.
For more information, head over to DiGi Smart Specials promo page.
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Maxis is offering discounted bundled pricing for port-in customers where the iPhone 4S & HTC One X is offered from as low as RM799 while the Samsung Galaxy Note & Nokia Lumia 900 from as low as RM599. The special pricing is tied with 24 months contract of Maxis Value Plus 50 postpaid voice plan + 1GB data plan that costs RM98/month (RM50 + RM48).
As comparison, the devices are normally offered at RM1,850 for the iPhone 4S, RM1,449 for the HTC One X & Samsung Galaxy Note and RM1,309 for the Nokia Lumia 900 on the similar postpaid + 1GB data subscription. This is a substantial savings of RM650-1051 off the usual bundle. The only turn off in this case is the hefty upfront advanced payment where Maxis is asking for RM1,500 for the iPhone 4S and RM1,000 for the other 3 smart phones. The advanced payment as usual be refunded into your next bill which is used to knock off your upcoming usage charges. For those getting the HTC One X, they are throwing in urbeats headphones worth RM599 for the first 3000 customers.
The offer is not just limited to MNP (Mobile Number Portability) customers porting in from other telcos but also valid for existing Maxis postpaid customers. The offer is valid until 20th August and while stocks last.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
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If you’re planning to get a device outright without contract, DiGi has something on offer with DG Smart Plan. DiGi offers a few hundred ringgit off the outright device for the HTC One X (RM200), HTC One V (RM100) & Samsung Galaxy Note (RM100). In addition, DiGi also gives more monthly rebates at RM10/month for DG Smart Plan 48 & RM15/month for DG Smart Plan 68/88 for the first 12 months, inclusive of auto-billing rebate.
While this offer doesn’t tie you to any contract duration, the fine print mentions that subscribers must stay for a minimum of 3 months. Failing of which, a RM100 admin fee will be charged. The iPhone 4S is also on offer with extra monthly rebates but there’s no price reduction from its outright pricing.
For more information, head over to DiGi.
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Great news to Galaxy Note users in Malaysia, the much awaited Ice Cream Sandwich update is available. We’ve been testing it on our loaner Galaxy Note and we can say that update brings all the great features from Ice Cream Sandwich integrated almost seamlessly with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.
At first use, the update goes almost unnoticed but as you dig deeper into the settings and the other features like multi-tasking and camera, the enhancements become more and more noticeable. We’ve gotten reports from some user saying that they’ve experience higher battery drain. We can say that during our testing, we didn’t experience any such issues. The Galaxy Note with Ice Cream Sandwich feels much improved over the Gingerbread version.
A number of you have also asked for a guide on how to get the Ice Cream Sandwich for the Galaxy Note. We’ll try to produce a video for this but in the meantime, here’s a step-by-step guide. First of all, you need to know that the update is not available over the air (OTA). So unlike other devices, you will not be able to download the update directly onto your device via WiFi or 3G.
What you will need to do is install Kies – a software the allows you to manage the contents of your device using a computer – and update the Galaxy Note using the software. Samsung Kies (version 2.0) is available for download here.
Ok here’s what you need to do to update your Galaxy Note to Ice Cream Sandwich:
Hope the information has been useful for you. Here’s a link to an illustrated guide on the steps described above. Also, here’s a video of what you can expect to get from the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note.
Good luck and enjoy your Galaxy Note now with Ice Cream Sandwich.
Galaxy Note owners, the time to do that happy dance is now. While Samsung is releasing the official ICS update for the Galaxy Note in phases according to regions, Faryaab – a recognized XDA develop – has repackaged the update and set it free on the wonderful world wide web for you to enjoy.
Here’s how you get Ice Cream Sandwich with Premium Suite right now. Note: root required.
Update download link and full details here.
Also, thanks @baliriot for sending this in
It’s confirmed, Samsung has started releasing Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note together with its Premium Suite of features but before owners start doing the happy dance, Samsung firmware updates are generally released in phases according to region so it will be a couple of weeks or longer till Malaysian users get the update notification. Hold your happy dance till then.
Having said that, if you’re a Galaxy Note user and you do get the update notification do update us so we can share with the rest. Gamsahabnida
In the meantime, check out what you’ll be getting with Ice Cream Sandwich and the Samsung Premium Suite on the Galaxy Note in this video.
The 5.3″ Samsung Galaxy Note is now more affordable with its pricing now slashed from RM2,299 to RM1,999. This is a rather hefty RM300 reduction and could be an indication that its next Galaxy S III flagship device would be coming very soon.
In terms of telco offering, Maxis, DiGi, & Celcom has revised its bundled pricing respectively. If you’ve been eyeing for a extra large device that’s perfect for scribbling or watching movies on the go, now probably is a good time to get one.
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