Samsung Galaxy Note: Does the World Really Need a 5-Inch Phone With a Stylus?

“The issue that Samsung and everyone else is up against is, ‘How do you compete with Apple?’” Gartner analyst Hugues de la Vergne said. “By targeting certain niches, that could be an effective strategy.” Developing a large-screened, touch- and stylus-operated device is certainly one way to grab a niche piece of the mobile pie.

Increasing smartphone screen size is a trade-off, de la Vergne points out, as you lose the convenience of portability as display size grows. At 5.3 inches by 3.3 inches, the Note’s not going to fit in your pocket like most smartphones do. To this point, De la Vergne says that women (who tend to carry purses or handbags) and students (who tend to carry backpacks or messenger bags) may be the target audiences of the Galaxy Note. Simply put, the smartphone’s larger footprint wouldn’t be problematic.

Another potential bonus of the 5.3-inch screen size is that buyers may be able to consolidate their smartphone and tablet needs into a single device, thereby actually saving space in their handbags and backpacks. This also means saving money on mobile hardware (buying one device instead of two), and paying for just a single data plan.

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The Galaxy Note has a 5.3-inch screen, making it almost tablet size. Photo: Jim Merithew/Wired.com

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a beast of a phone.

The Note’s gigantic 5.3-inch, Super AMOLED display makes it the largest “smartphone” we’ve seen so far. It’s practically a mini-tablet. In fact, a 5-inch touchscreen device, the Dell Streak, was marketed as a tablet in June 2010. But the Note is even larger. And it’s a smartphone.

We played with the Note at CES, but when Samsung announced Monday that the phone — er, tablet… er, tabphone — will be landing in AT&T stores Feb. 19 for $300, the device suddenly became a lot more real to us, and deserving of closer scrutiny. Its size notwithstanding, the Note is also interesting because it comes with a super-sensitive stylus Samsung has dubbed the “S pen.”

When you handle such a large smartphone, you can’t help but wonder if anyone actually needs something this size. After all, even a 4.5-inch screen (like on the Samsung Galaxy S II) is plenty large (perhaps too large) for most everyone’s smartphone needs. Bumping it up a notch, a 4.7-inch screen, coming soon in the HTC Titan II, seems almost ludicrously large. So what’s the deal?

The transition to ever larger smartphone displays is a natural byproduct of humankind’s embrace of the mobile lifestyle, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says. Now that more and more people depend on accessing information, videos and websites on the go, we’re discovering that larger screen sizes enhance that experience. Samsung is a leading member of this trend. Leer más “Samsung Galaxy Note: Does the World Really Need a 5-Inch Phone With a Stylus?”

Dell Streak dated and priced

Dell has confirmed that its long-awaited Streak tablet will be available for US priority pre-sale on August 12, with general availability following just a day later.

The device is priced at $300 with a new, two-year AT&T contract and $550 without.

A Dell spokesperson told TG Daily that customers who purchase the tablet and sign up during the pre-sale program will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade.

Dell Streak dated and pricedIn addition, Streak owners who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents.

The Dell Streak is a carbon black, Android-powered tablet that features a Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 5-inch display, Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth capabilities.


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Dell has confirmed that its long-awaited Streak tablet will be available for US priority pre-sale on August 12, with general availability following just a day later.

The device is priced at $300 with a new, two-year AT&T contract and $550 without.

A Dell spokesperson told TG Daily that customers who purchase the tablet and sign up during the pre-sale program will receive a free second-day shipping upgrade.

Dell Streak dated and pricedIn addition, Streak owners who redeem their pre-sale coupon can purchase a Plantronics Bluetooth earpiece for 99 cents.

The Dell Streak is a carbon black, Android-powered tablet that features a Snapdragon 1GHz processor, 5-inch display, Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth capabilities. Leer más “Dell Streak dated and priced”

The Dell Streak Shows The CE World How To Be Relevant In An iDevice World

Someone at Dell deserves a raise. Actually, a bunch of people probably deserve a monetary reward for the Dell Streak as it takes many people to get a product to market. It’s the fact that the Dell Streak actually made off an engineer’s computer and to retail stores is something that should be celebrated. In an iPad and iPhone world, Dell threw out the mold and made something actually different. That’s awesome.

Dell finally released the Streak’s price and release date yesterday: available August 13th for $300 on contract, $550 off. A bit more than the norm, yes, but the Streak isn’t your average phone/tablet. It’s the convergence of two form factors and Dell must have known it wasn’t an iPad killer or any of that nonsense from the start. It really seems like the company just wanted to offer consumers something a bit different.

I’m not here to debate the Streak’s merits. I’ve only spent a few minutes with the device at E3. John did the full review and he liked it it quite a bit. I’m simply trying to give Dell a bit of credit that’s so rare recently. These days it seem as if everything has to be a killer of some sort; an iPad killer, a Kindle killer, a Prius killer. God help a product like the Streak that was clearly never meant to kill anything. Those devices instantly are wrote off, deemed also-rans and predicted to fail.


Someone at Dell deserves a raise. Actually, a bunch of people probably deserve a monetary reward for the Dell Streak as it takes many people to get a product to market. It’s the fact that the Dell Streak actually made off an engineer’s computer and to retail stores is something that should be celebrated. In an iPad and iPhone world, Dell threw out the mold and made something actually different. That’s awesome.

Dell finally released the Streak’s price and release date yesterday: available August 13th for $300 on contract, $550 off. A bit more than the norm, yes, but the Streak isn’t your average phone/tablet. It’s the convergence of two form factors and Dell must have known it wasn’t an iPad killer or any of that nonsense from the start. It really seems like the company just wanted to offer consumers something a bit different.

I’m not here to debate the Streak’s merits. I’ve only spent a few minutes with the device at E3. John did the full review and he liked it it quite a bit. I’m simply trying to give Dell a bit of credit that’s so rare recently. These days it seem as if everything has to be a killer of some sort; an iPad killer, a Kindle killer, a Prius killer. God help a product like the Streak that was clearly never meant to kill anything. Those devices instantly are wrote off, deemed also-rans and predicted to fail. Leer más “The Dell Streak Shows The CE World How To Be Relevant In An iDevice World”

Morning Brief: HPOA Girl a Hoax, EFF Analyzes Google, Samsung Tablet on the Way

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on three particular stories of interest today:

HPOA Jenny Was a Fake!

Yesterday, we fell in love with “Jenny,” a young woman who quit her job through a series of amusing whiteboard messages. Alas, this one was too good to be true. “Jenny” is really Elyse Porterfield, an aspiring actress from Glendale, California.

The prank was created by brothers John and Leo Resig for their humor site, theCHIVE.com. Peter Kafka from AllThingsD grew suspicious of the story yesterday and did some digging. Porterfield has also tweeted confirmation of her role in the stunt.


Christina Warren

Welcome to this morning’s edition of “First To Know,” a series in which we keep you in the know on what’s happening in the digital world. We’re keeping our eyes on three particular stories of interest today:

HPOA Jenny Was a Fake!

Yesterday, we fell in love with “Jenny,” a young woman who quit her job through a series of amusing whiteboard messages. Alas, this one was too good to be true. “Jenny” is really Elyse Porterfield, an aspiring actress from Glendale, California.

The prank was created by brothers John and Leo Resig for their humor site, theCHIVE.com. Peter Kafka from AllThingsD grew suspicious of the story yesterday and did some digging. Porterfield has also tweeted confirmation of her role in the stunt. Leer más “Morning Brief: HPOA Girl a Hoax, EFF Analyzes Google, Samsung Tablet on the Way”

Updated: Final countdown begins for Dell Streak tablet launch

Aharon Etengoff

The final countdown for the long-awaited launch of Dell’s Streak tablet has begun. The device – which hits the steamy streets sometime this summer – is expected to carry a $300 price tag contingent upon a 2 year service contract with AT&T.

So, holding your nose and signing a deal with the rather unpopular carrier is probably your best bet, because an unsubsidized tablet will set you back a whopping $550.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvCVDi4No2Y&feature=player_embedded

Still, as Brad Linder of Lilliputing points out, the contract-free Streak costs just $50 less than an unsubsidized iPhone 4.

“And it’s just $20 more than Google was asking for an unsubsidized Nexus One phone. [Yes], that might seem like a lot of money, since the Apple iPad starts at just $499.

“But bear in mind, the $499 iPad doesn’t have a 3G modem and it can’t make phone calls. At $549, the unsubsidized Dell Streak is actually pretty typical for an unsubsidized smartphone.”

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Streak – which does not support T-Mobile’s 3G bands – will only be shipping with Android 1.6.


Dell Mini 5
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Aharon Etengoff

The final countdown for the long-awaited launch of Dell’s Streak tablet has begun. The device – which hits the steamy streets sometime this summer – is expected to carry a $300 price tag contingent upon a 2 year service contract with AT&T.

So, holding your nose and signing a deal with the rather unpopular carrier is probably your best bet, because an unsubsidized tablet will set you back a whopping $550.

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvCVDi4No2Y&feature=player_embedded

Still, as Brad Linder of Lilliputing points out, the contract-free Streak costs just $50 less than an unsubsidized iPhone 4.

“And it’s just $20 more than Google was asking for an unsubsidized Nexus One phone. [Yes], that might seem like a lot of money, since the Apple iPad starts at just $499.

“But bear in mind, the $499 iPad doesn’t have a 3G modem and it can’t make phone calls. At $549, the unsubsidized Dell Streak is actually pretty typical for an unsubsidized smartphone.”

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Streak – which does not support T-Mobile’s 3G bands – will only be shipping with Android 1.6. Leer más “Updated: Final countdown begins for Dell Streak tablet launch”