AT&T’s big Samsung phone now available for pre-order, Best Buy also starts accepting Galaxy Note pre-orders. Later, Samsung’s Super Bowl 2012 Galaxy Note commercial criticizing the iPhone 4S will hit the airwaves. (Update: Now includes the commercial).
Samsung Galaxy Note, the Android-based smartphone or tablet with 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with more pixels per inch than other Android handsets out there, is now available for pre-orders from AT&T’s official website, and also through Best Buy.
The device will arrive in stores on February 19th sporting the tag price of $299.99 with two-year contract agreement with AT&T plus additional charges for the monthly data plan or for the wireless carrier-supported internet connection.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Note is the device that fits between the smartphone and the tablet category. In fact, Samsung is shipping the device with the “S Pen” or the capacitive stylus pen that will allow users to crop, copy, write or draw anything on the device’s built-in apps and other supported applications. Some Android apps have already updated their software to take advantage of the S-Pen.
Reviews say the Samsung Galaxy Note is too big for a smartphone, but a perfect device for gaming or web surfing with its high-definition screen with the resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. Due to its larger screen, the Galaxy Note have fewer pixels per inch than the Galaxy Nexus with 4.65-inch Super AMOLED Pentile screen. According to other tech sites, the Galaxy Note offers 285 ppi while the Verizon Galaxy Nexus boasts 316 pixels per inch. For starters, the iPhone 4S is offering a “Retina” screen with 326 ppi.
The “Samsung Galaxy Nexus of Verizon vs Galaxy Note of AT&T” is obvious largely due to the inclusion of Long-Term Evolution, the faster data network technology. In other countries, the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note offer HSPA+ only.
Samsung said it will update the Galaxy Note’s operating system from Gingerbread 2.3 to Android Ice Cream Sandwich this quarter, but it will still include the custom skin, the TouchWiz 4.0 that hides the popular icons of the new software like the 6-dot app door, the People App which is the default address book of the phone, and also the operating system’s stylish lock screen. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone with the “pure” Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, and it offers the original user interface. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is now available with $299.99 price tag too.
Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Note is a screamer, with dual-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM, features an 8-megapixel primary camera, a front-facing 2-megapixel camera, 4-capacitive buttons, 32GB built-in storage and a big 2,500mAh battery.
In related news, Samsung will launch the first commercial of the Samsung Galaxy Note AT&T variant tonight at the Super Bowl, and reports say it will air around the fourth quarter.
Samsung USA’s YouTube account already uploaded the teaser of the commercial, showing off the same motif of criticizing the customers willing to wait outside Apple stores to buy the iPhone 4S, the new Apple smartphone with dual-core CPU, 8-megapixel camera and the voice command application Siri.
Samsung’s Galaxy S II commercial mocking Apple’s customers reportedly gave the company the “buzz” to beat Apple. According to a report posted by CNN quoting a YouGov data, Samsung has just edged past the iPhone in consumer perception in the US (adults 18+) last month due to the effect of the ads bashing the Apple fanboys who camp out for hours to buy the new iPhone.
Samsung, now for its Galaxy Note, will use the same talents and the same setting again to bash Apple fans again. Can this new ad, airing at the Super Bowl 2012, help Samsung’s big new LTE phone?
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