It's a Phone... It's a Tablet... It's Samsung's New Android Things

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The 5.3-inch Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 come in shapes that make them hard to classify. Is the Note a phone? Or a notepad? Or a tablet? Genius, right? Or, uh, foolish?


The Galaxy Note is the more unusual choice of the two. With a 5.3-inch screen, it's kind of in a weird no-man's land, size wise. But hey, it's a phone, too! Who has pockets big enough for a 5.3 inch screen? MC Hammer, sure, but who else? As Dell can tell you, after their failed Streak 5 experiment, pretty much nobody.

The Note does have a stylus and built-in software for scribbling, which may be a saving grace but probably not? I suppose Samsung's trying to aim it at business folk who want to take notes on the go. Using a stylus on a hard, slick capacitative touchscreen isn't generally the easiest thing in the world, and it will be interesting to see if Samsung has come up with some software to improve the experience. The other significant feature is that it's the largest device to rock Samsung's new HD Super AMOLED display. It runs Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz over it, has a 1.4GHz single-core processor (which may eat your battery), and will be available state side in the coming months.

The Galaxy Tab 7.7 is similar to the original Galaxy Tab's size but far more interestingly, it runs Honeycomb 3.2, which is newly optimized for 7-inch tablets. At only 12 ounces (0.74 pounds) that like carrying a can of soda (if you could read the NY Times on your soda). Samsung says the Tab 7.7 is the thinnest tablet out there, too, at 7.89mm thick, for those who prefer their mobile computer katana-ish. It's also the first tablet to use a Super AMOLED Plus screen, which is bright, vivid and gorgeous, and it's packing a blistering 1.4GHz dual-core processor.

It'll be interesting to see how Samsung's bounced back after their terribly unfortunate previous foray into 7-inchers. Both tabs are tentatively set to be released later this year, no word on price yet. Check out the gallery for the press shots.


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As and iPhone/iPad user, I have to hand it to Samsung. They are putting out some nice products, regardless of whether or not you think they're mostly following the Apple roadmap (it's not uncommon for companies to follow the market leader anyway). If they can keep good build quality (ditch the plastic casings) and make the software run smooth they could be matching Apple's market share pretty quickly, and force Apple to make even sleeker products.

Having said that, I think the 5.3" phone has really gone too far. It seems like Sammy is throwing darts at a board by trying to fit every single niche size (4.3, 4.5, 5.3, 7.7, 8.9, 10.1, and they may hurt them in the long run.