Lots of tech writers hated the Samsung Galaxy Note, a massive 5.3-inch-screened Android smartphone. So, this is probably definitive proof that absolutely nobody cares what we think, because the Note sold (sold! Not just shipped!) over 10 million units, and the new version is even bigger at 5.5 inches. It has the usual processor and OS version upgrades, and some UI tricks like hovering the stylus over icons to show options. No word on 4G LTE inclusion, or whether it will accept regulation-sized skateboard trucks. [All Things D]
A firm of analysts has just issued a report predicting that shipments of giant smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, will reach a completely bonkers 208 million in 2015, which, if our math is correct, is only a few years away. That's actually not that crazy of a guess; they are defining "phablet" (an awful, influenzal word portmanteaued from "phone tablet") as any phone with a screen size between 4.6 and 5.5 inches.
Nobody expected the enormous, 5.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note to be anything more than a joke. Many gadget reviewers hate big-screened phones. When I first saw it, all I could think was "cheese board." "Is that the Note? It looks absurd," said our Web Editor John. Sam Biddle over at Gizmodo called the Note a "distended LED baking sheet," amongst lots of other creative things.
Now, two and a half months later, the Note has sold well over 5 million units, making it a legitimate hit. You can bet HTC and Motorola and LG will all make a competitor--HTC's has already been heavily rumored--and last week, Samsung unveiled that its new flagship line, the Samsung Galaxy S III, would have a huge 4.8-inch screen, to the dismay of myself and many other gadget writers.
What do the people buying Galaxy Notes see that we supposed professional reviewers do not? To find out, I talked to a few Note owners and lovers.
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By Corinne Iozzio, Susannah F. Locke, Kaitlin MillerPosted 02.13.2012 at 10:14 am 1 Comment
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