Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone - Phone Tour

Article Index
Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3in Smartphone
Features and Specifications
Phone Tour
Using the Note
Camera - Still and Video
Downsides and Final Thoughts

Tour Around the Phone:

We've talked about the phone, bragged about the large screen, so now let's take a virtual tour around the phone.  The front of the version sold here in Canada has no buttons at all.  I've noticed that some European versions have a button on the bottom middle on the front, but all our our buttons on this device are touch buttons located just below the screen.  In typical Samsung fashion they are (from left to right) menu, home, back and search.  The screen is protected and covered by Corning Gorilla Glass - making it just as durable and scratch resistant as the screen on an iPhone.

Note Buttons
Galaxy Note Buttons

The left side of the phone hold a long button that is actually a rocker switch for volume up and down.  Also this works as a zoom function in some camera applications.  The right side holds the controversial power on/off button that Samsung has chosen to put on the side instead of the top.  It is located in the same spot on my Samsung Nexus S and it took me a while to get used to this location - as opposed to the more popular top location on many other phones.


Power Button
Power Button
Volume Rocker
Volume Rocker

 

The top of the phone houses the headphone jack, a microphone and very little else.  The bottom of the phone contains the microUSB port, as well as another microphone, and of course the S Pen (stylus).

Note Bottom
Note Bottom
Note Top
Note Top

 

The back of the phone is quite attractive for a phone and the finish is done in a pretty slick finish that gives it some grip and won't fall out of your hand as easily as a slick plastic finish.  On the back we've got the rather large area dedicated to the 8MP camera - including a LED flash.  At the bottom of this back is a speaker that has pretty decent volume for sharing your media.

Note Back
Note Back

Once you pull the back cover off the phone, you get a bit of a glimpse inside and see how big this battery is.  Samsung has opted to put in a 2500mAh battery that will provide you with all-day usage on this large screen and in my experience it give a lot longer battery life than my Nexus S.  Also under the hood is the standard SIM slot as well as the MicroSD card slot that we've populated with a 16GB card - bringing our device storage up to 32GB.

You may also notice the NFC array located on the cover and the pins that connect it to the phone when all closed up.

Back Off
Back Off

On the next page we'll take a look at using the Note as we continue.