Samsung Galaxy Note vs Tab 7.7 vs Galaxy S II [Video]

September 1, 2011
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All eyes have been on Samsung today, with the company showcasing the ultra portable Galaxy Tab 7.7 then quickly following that with the new Galaxy Note. Not only do both of these have 1280 x 800 AMOLED display's but they both also offer voice and data connectivity. Can you imagine using the Galaxy Tab 7.7 like a phone?

I don't know about you but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 may be awesome but holding that bad boy up to my ear might be a task, but I'd love to walk around town and see what types of looks I get. Luckily for us our man Chris Davies will take the humiliation instead and was nice enough to pose with not only the Galaxy Tab 7.7, but also with the much anticipated Galaxy Note.

First off we have a quick video comparing all three of these awesome devices. This is the Galaxy Note vs Tab 7.7 vs Galaxy S II all in a quick hands-on video for you to look over and maybe help you decide if the size is too much for you, or if you could see yourself using something like the Note daily.

I did mention we had a few poses with these new devices from Samsung so I'll start with the big one. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 has some awesome features and you can see our hands-on here. Along with a 7.7' 1280 x 800 resolution display it will also feature full 3G HSPA+ for both voice, and data connectivity. It remains to be seen if U.S. carriers will be ok with that, but here's the photo for you all to laugh and enjoy.

The Tab 7.7 isn't ideal for a phone but sure would make an awesome tablet. It's thin, lightweight, and extremely powerful with a 1.4 Ghz dual-core processor and would be a perfect mobile companion.

Next we have the Galaxy Note. You've probably seen plenty of this new item today but just in case here is our hands-on. The Note is what Samsung is calling the perfect device. Not too big, and not too small they feel 5.3" is as large as users would want to go, and still consider it a phone. What do you guys think? Again our man Chris Davies has an up close and personal shot for you to actually see what the Galaxy Note would look like if you were to use it as a smartphone. Personally I think I could handle that and want one immediately.

He doesn't look too happy but trust me -- he's loving it.

Now I could go on for a long while regarding both of these Phoneblets or whatever you want to call them. We've all seen the specs and if not they are both conveniently linked to above more than a few times. I've always said I felt that anything over 4.3" was just too big, and isn't something I'd ever consider using on a day-to-day basis -- then I tried the Samsung Infuse with its 4.5" display and it didn't seem so bad. While Apple still thinks a 3.5" screen is plenty Samsung is wasting no time bringing out the big guns with the Galaxy Note. They feel not only is 4.5" suitable as they've launched the SGSII all across the US with a big 4.5" display, but now they are quickly bringing the Galaxy Note to market next.

Is this a trend where we are going to slowly but surely get larger and larger, or will the Galaxy Note meet the same fate as the failed Dell Streak 5? Being thinner, lighter, faster, sexier, and having a huge 2500 mAh battery I have a feeling the Galaxy Note will be a huge success.

Enough about what I think I want you guys to check out the video above, look over all the photo's below and ask yourself what the right size device for your everyday needs would be. We'd love to hear everyone's thoughts, input and comments so feel free to drop a comment in the appropriate section below.

Is it time to Tab, time to Note, or is the Galaxy S II just right?

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  • Lindsay Reid

    Somebody needs to learn how to spell – there’s a difference between “to” and “too” !

    Despite the criticism of your command of English – many thanks for the review. The “Note” is a very tempting replacement for my Nexus One which is now revealing its memory limitations as more and more apps are “must haves”. Depending on price/specs/availability I might well go for the Note rather than a yet to be be announced Nexus/Google successor.

    • Anonymous

      mine to.. if only google would fully allow app to ran on the SD

  • Tim Hall

    An Android phone with a 5″ screen is what I have been waiting for.  It will be perfect for me and I will get one as soon as it is available on Verizon.  I don’t mind holding a 5″ phone up to my ear.  Besides, most of my use of my Droid is as a tablet-like device (email, browsing, texting, apps, etc.) so the bigger screen will be a huge improvement.  I do a lot of my talking in my car using my Camry’s built-in hands-free feature, so the size doesn’t matter there.  I’m not glued to my phone like many people are, but they can always keep it in their pocket and use a Bluetooth earpiece if they get tired of holding a big phone to their ear.  I think large-screen phones are the future.  Remember when cellphones were as big as a brick?  Then they got ridiculously miniscule for awhile.  Now they are growing again because they are really computers and most people want a large screen on their computers.

  • Anonymous

    Love the Note, but gotta go pure Android on the next device is get. If it ran stock, would be a must have.

  • Anonymous

    you all are terrible video producers, don’t you pay attention to what you are making?  You can’t understand him but I’m not sure if it’s from inadequate miking or the fact that he’s chattering like a  chipmunk with hypothermia.

    oy.

  • SandmanBR

    When will the Note hit the stores????

  • Anonymous

    when will this come 

  • Anonymous

    please samsung for once, allow a stock android ui in the galaxy note.. i want mine sweet, lean and mean

  • JoNES.R,

    …SAMASUNG makes the best screens in the buisness. SUPER AMOLED HD is the next big thing. Now,if SAMSUNG can deliver a “RIMLESS” smartphone (like the t.v.s) = TOTAL DOMINATION.

  • JoNES.R,

    …SAMASUNG makes the best screens in the buisness. SUPER AMOLED HD is the next big thing. Now,if SAMSUNG can deliver a “RIMLESS” smartphone (like the t.v.s) = TOTAL DOMINATION.

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  • Anonymous

    Why hold it to your ear?  I use a bluetooth headset.

  • Ranida1

    I have a Dell Streak and many people used to have the same comment how dorky it was to use as a phone.  am on bluetooth all the time so it is nice to be able to talk and take notes on a large screen at the same time !!!  Once in a while I have used it as a hand phone to my ear and then only get wows and what kind of phone is that,,, if I were younger and single I think it would have led to more than that :)
    I was sad when Dell chose to EOL the 5″ streak and was worried I would be out of luck for an upgrade, So I am VERY EXCITED to see the Galaxy Note come to the USA, Hopefully AT&T
    Ran

  • Ranida1

    I have a Dell Streak and many people used to have the same comment how dorky it was to use as a phone.  am on bluetooth all the time so it is nice to be able to talk and take notes on a large screen at the same time !!!  Once in a while I have used it as a hand phone to my ear and then only get wows and what kind of phone is that,,, if I were younger and single I think it would have led to more than that :)
    I was sad when Dell chose to EOL the 5″ streak and was worried I would be out of luck for an upgrade, So I am VERY EXCITED to see the Galaxy Note come to the USA, Hopefully AT&T
    Ran

  • http://twitter.com/gburg64 Denn Corby

    Big question for most of us is whether the Note, unlilke the S2, will have WiFi calling. Its a deal killer for most business people without that feature and with that feature we will purchase a huge number of Notes. 
    People will tell you that the S2 has WiFi calling, but it does not unless you root it and do your magic. It has WiFi Sharing which is not a significant issue for business travelers

  • Anonymous

    does it have wifi or not?

  • http://itworldcom.com josh hogie

    great article, great presentation & great exposition….very clear & sharp…well done!

    This fight are simply fight between tabletphone vs tablet PC vs smartphones…. We would vote for tabletphones…because They live in both worlds… ^_^

    http://itworldcom.com/samsung-galaxy-note-vs-samsung-galaxy-tab-7-plus

    warm regards,

  • sk

    Love the comparison but you need to ask Santa for a real camera/microphone combo for Xmas - cue cards in crayon would have been better than the audio from that clip.

  • UNIVERSITARIO3000

    i will wait for an update of tab 7.7
    it looks awsome. just what i need. it needs to have wifi and 4g lte/3g conectivity.
    quadcore and better camera and latest android hardware.

    • yeip

      I just need that SAMOLED+ HD Display to be Happy. 4g connectivity won’t be available here (Costa Rica) in some time. About camera specs, any tablet with a nearly decent front and rear camera will work for me. And more than a quadcore processor I’d love to see this with an exynos 5250 chipset (ARM CORTEX A15) and 2 gigs of RAM for true multitasking…