Where can you get the Galaxy Note??

Phone? Tablet? Get one and find out yourself!!
Here's a quick reminder about this fantastic new ground-breaking Mobile Phone

So where can you test out this fantastic new phone and take it home??

Well if you just want to test it out.. come and find me.. otherwise the following HIGH STREET retailers are selling them NOW - Click on the image to go DIRECTLY to their ONLINE Galaxy Note sales pages!!

So what are you waiting for?

Truly a step up Android 2.3 Vs Android 4.0

If you want to make Ice-cream you're gonna need something sweet. Google's Ice-Cream Sandwich is just that. It takes the sweetness of Android Honeycomb, dissolves it into the background and gives us something not just sweet but smooth too!

Android Operating Software has taken a much needed evolution from version 2.3 (a.k.a. Honeycomb) to version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and in doing so Samsung and Google have produced a mobile phone that is a true game-changer.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the latest "Google" phone, the world's first phone boasting Google's 4.0 operating software. It's dubbed a "Pure Google" phone in that it receives the latest updates from Google without going through operating networks and manufacturers - basically means you get the hottest software straight out of the lab as opposed to waiting for it to trickle through chains of red tape and lots of middle men/middle companies.

Enjoy this video direct from Google:

 I was fortunate to be invited to the launch of the the Galaxy Nexus and got trained by Google Geeks on the ins and outs of the phone. Still buzzing from my new Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Nexus piques my interest in another way.

Getting a walkthrough the Galaxy Nexus with the Google Team

Whilst the Galaxy Note packs some of the most advanced mobile phone hardware on the market, The Galaxy Nexus boasts a radically new operating software - something that has been long awaited. (You can imagine how chuffed I was to learn the Galaxy Note will be getting a software update to Ice Cream Sandwich soon... I think..!)

So what's new?

Well the Galaxy Nexus boasts some incredible hardware too. The captivating 4.65" Super AMOLED HD screen, the curved ergonomic design, the Near Field Communication chip (absolutely awesome in action.. maybe I'll post up a video of it in action soon...!) not to mention the 1.2 Ghz dual core processor (seriously I remember buying single core 133 megahertz desktop PC's!)

Picture of Samsung Mobile CEO introducing the Galaxy Nexus
at the launch that we attended in London earlier this month

There is a lot to say about Android 4.0, much has to be experienced... It takes the best from 2.3 and the 3.0 tablet series, giving you a fresh and user-friendly way to use the phone. There is advanced multi-tasking and a very cool task manager that allows you to 'kill' certain apps quickly and cleanly as well as switch in between them. The notifications bar has been revamped and is more user friendly. As has the widgets... allowing you to re-size them, interact with them and group apps together easily on your home screens. All round win-win.

The new operating software builds of years of research and development, making Mobile Phone use even more fluid and user friendly. The way the phone looks and feels is very new, fresh and slick. There are a number of ultra-cool features I got to check out:

Face Unlock

Simple as it says... Unlock your phone just by staring at it! The camera recognises you and then unlocks the phone. This gives security, speed and ultra-cool-ness. Nothing more unique than your face!


Truly awesome use of Near Field Communication - simply tap two phones together and you can send contacts, files, links and even youtube videos (down the second you were watching it) from from Nexus to another. This is so fast and rapid it will blow your mind. Mobiles will never be the same.

Camera +

Some may say... But it's only a 5megapixel camera. Well it's not about the size, it's what you do with them. Megapixel's are like car tyres, they are only useful up to a point. What's more important is the car itself. And The Galaxy Nexus is an awesome car. The camera is optimised for low-light and has a great and easy to use panorama function. Check the video!

Data Usage tool

This is a great feature that is long overdue. Worked into 4.0 is the ability to track exactly how much data each app is using and you can control and cap individual app use. This is an essential feature amidst the price wars between networks. Take control of your Data usage with the Galaxy  Nexus like never before possible. It just makes sense.
Android 4.0 offers so much more than it 2.3 predecessor. It's a true "update" and I can't wait to see it on other devices soon! Let me know your thoughts and check out the Google Nexus Website for some great clips, gallery's and features: http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/

Galaxy Note - Sketches... more to come!

I love doodling. I'm not an artist... not by a long shot... but I find doodling a healthy release of my creative subconcious. I'm genuinely looking forward to see how that translates with ground breaking Galaxy Note and it's "S-pen". Can the latest in Mobile Phone technology match up to the raw power of pen and paper? We'll just have to see. Here's some random face sketches, more to come in due time... see if you recognise anyone..!! ;)

All these sketches were done using the App: Zen Brush found exclusively in the S Choice Application Market... Only available on the Samsung Galaxy Note (.. I think!)

Take note: It's the Galaxy Note..!

Last week I had the lucky chance to attend the first Global launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung have really pushed the bounds of innovation creating a product that sits in a catergory of it's own. In this post I share some first impressions of the new handset along with some pictures from the launch. I've really enjoyed some of the promo trailers which introduce the phone, here's one to get you started:   

The Launch   
So it a phone? Is it tablet...? Well a handful of British and German Mob!lers made their way to London's Battersea Power Station for the swagger launch to investigate further. 

The launch was attended by some of the biggest names in Mobile Technology and Media as well as Samsung and Google partners from accross Europe. In addition to the Samsung Galaxy Note the event also saw the official introduction to the new Galaxy Nexus, the first mobile in the world to boast Google Android's 4.0 Íce Cream Sandwich' operating software. The powerstation was lit up for us on arrival:
What sets the Galaxy Note apart?

The Galaxy Note packs a whopping 1.4Ghz processor, 8MP camera, 2MP front facing camera and Google's Gingerbread operating software; not too different to the Galaxy S2. However, in addition there are a handful of features that make the Galaxy Note a true Smartphone-Tablet Hybrid, quite unlike anything seen on the market. 

Firstly is the stunningly beautiful 5.3inch Super AMOLED HD - with a stunning high resolution screen. It's hard to describe how stunningly crisp and captivating the screen is. It's just awe and beauty combined in a beastly 5.3inch beauty. There is simply nothing like it on the market!

With that beautiful screen is the size of the Galaxy Note. Samsung have Phones and Tablets of all sizes and shapes from the Galaxy Mini to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 - The Galaxy Note purposefully fills a space between the 7" Galaxy Tablet and Samsung's leading smartphone, the Galaxy S2 which has a 4.3" screen.
My first thoughts... Wow this is big. The Galaxy S2 was pushing bounds with its big screen, but the Galaxy Note really is something else. But after using my Note for several days, I have to say, it feels very normal... and very handy. The Note is a handset of substance. It's still slim and light, but it feels like you have some real technology in your hands. It's not going to go flying out your hands and it still fits in my front shirt pocket. Here's how it compares:

A lot of people will be put off by the size. But the Note is not competing with your average mobile phone user, the Galaxy Note is specifically targeted and people who want an all-in-one super device, for business, for leisure, for multimedia and even for creativity.

The S-Pen - Work & Play
This is another ground breaking move by Samsung, the introduction of the Smart-Pen. Like me... you may just think we've devolved back to Styluses... But the S-pen is so much more. It uses some of the most advanced technology, bringing into our hands, essentially seeking to replace your need to carry a pen. Coupled with the Galaxy Note's integrated software, the Galaxy Note and the S-pen are the perfect marriage, showing you just what could be possible.

More than just a stylus the S-pen has a button embedded into the place where you hold it. Press down the button and it opens up a host of useful gestures that are great for those creative moments just as much as they are for those work-related emails you have to send. You can bring up menus, go 'back', take screen shots and even bring up a memo-pad all by just using the S-pen - no 'hand input' required.

But the Galaxy Note also allows your creative juices to flow. Everyone loves to doodle and the Galaxy Note lets you express your creative side through drawings, videos, games and more! It's great for those moment when you just have to write down an idea before it slips your mind. Here's another great clip of the creative side of the phone in action:

The Galaxy Note has an incredibly fast and enjoyable user experience. With it's solid build, fantastic camera, S-pen, and beautiful 5.3" Screen the Galaxy Note is the perfect handset for anyone who wants to combine the Tablet and Smartphone experience into one tidy, head-turning package.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself!!
Some more pics here!

Getting a live demonstration of the Note's drawing capabilites by Liam Braizer

A detailed breakdown of the device here: