While waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Note to launch in Malaysia, here are some videos to get started. Samsung UK has created a series of How-to videos which demonstrate its features & unique apps. Those that are wondering how does the stylus work should check out the demo tutorial video on the S-Pen, S Memo and S Planner.
There’s also a how-to video for those that are migrating iTunes music from iPhone with help from a migration app. Head after the break to watch them all.
Samsung has taken the world no.1 smartphone manufacturer crown from Apple as research firm IDC confirms that the Korean manufacturer tripled its smartphone shipment in the third quarter of this year.
Samsung took 20% of the market, up from 8.8% a year earlier whilst Apple’s shipments dropped to 15% from 17% in the same period. Nokia’s share fell by more than half to 14%.
Meanwhile, Taiwan-based HTC entered into the top five for the first time, boosting its share of shipments to 11% from 7.1% a year earlier while RIM lost 5% of its global share of shipments from 15% to 10%.
Interestingly HTC and Samsung both sold more smartphones in the U.S. than Apple did in the third quarter of this year.
Does this spell the end for Apple’s dominance in the smartphone market? Well, it depends on who you talk to but to us, it is definitely a significant shift in consumer perception towards alternative mobile platforms like Android and Windows Phone, but the war is certainly not over. Samsung will find maintaining the title of world’s top smartphone manufacturer challenging as competition from the likes of HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola will be fierce. Let’s also not forget Apple is not going to take this lying down — though let’s hope they respond with better products rather than lawsuits.
What’s certain is its us, the consumer, that will benefit greatly from all this with a plethora of devices in all kinds of shapes and forms to choose from.
Wonder what the fanboys have to say about all this?
The Samsung Galaxy Note. Is it a tablet or is it a phone?
With a screen that’s 5.3-inches — way bigger than any smartphone in the market today — the Galaxy Note is indeed an oddity but how does it compare with other devices? We size up the Galaxy Note with a few smartphones and tablets with screen sizes, from as small as 3.3-inch to as big as 10.1-inch, so that you can make the comparison.
Our take on the device? Well…the Galaxy Note is a bit of both actually. Yes, 5.3-inches for a phone is massive, there’s no two ways about that but because the Note is only 9.7mm thin it doesn’t feel bulky. It is actually very comfortable to hold. Of course the ladies might find it a bit too wide to grip but it doesn’t get unwieldy.
Having said that, as a phone we recommend that you use a headset with the Galaxy Note. We use the Note with a Bluetooth headset and for two reasons: 1) the Note gets a bit challenging to hold when we put it next to our face to hold 2) the large screen means that our grimy face will leave an epic screen smudge after every call and that’s annoying.
Also, you’ve been asking us if the Galaxy Note fits comfortably in a trouser pocket. For a standard sized pocket, yes it does and because the Note is so thin, it fits in quite comfortably too.
So head on to after the jump for a couple of videos and a bunch of pictures we have comparing the Galaxy Note with a bunch of tablets and smartphones. Enjoy.