Samsung Galaxy Note Confirmed for AT&T, Available in the Coming Weeks

Updated on 03 January 2014 by

The ever-interesting Samsung Galaxy Note has finally been officially confirmed for release on the AT&T network. AT&T announced the Note in a press release yesterday, alongside several other devices. According to the release, the Galaxy Note is “planned for availability in AT&T stores and online in the coming weeks”. Hopefully, those “weeks” won’t slip into months! Pricing information has not been released, but based on the MSRP of the phone, $299-$399 is a safe bet. It’s unclear at this point if Verizon will eventually offer the Galaxy Note or if this is an exclusive for AT&T.

The Galaxy Note, which is the first modern Android phone to incorporate an active digitizer and stylus, was announced what seems like ages ago at IFA in September.  Since then, the Note has gone gone on sale in Europe and elsewhere, but US folks have been unable to get their hands on the phone except through pricey importers.

The Galaxy Note’s active digitizer allows the user to input highly accurate hand-written text. Such functionality has long before been seen on tablet PCs and a few Android tablets, but the Note is the first to include the technology in an Android phone. Chippy has a mini-review of the Galaxy Note alone with photos and videos if you’re interested in the device.

When the Note was first launched, I was a bit annoyed at the massive 5.3″ screen. I still feel like screens beyond 3.75″ or 4″ negatively affect the ergonomics of a phone, but I will admit that in the case of the Galaxy Note, I’m singing to a different tune. The stylus means that you’ll be using the phone with two-hands regardless (one to hold the phone, one to write with), so the argument against a huge screen is somewhat averted. The compromise to enable a large writing area is also one that I might be willing to make (and I know plenty of others who would be happy to make).

Interestingly, in a video accompanied by the AT&T press release, the stylus and active digitizer almost went unmentioned, save for a few seconds at the end. In most of the European advertising material, the stylus was front and center as the most important part of the phone. It seems that AT&T knows that most US consumers (that doesn’t include tech nerds like myself and you!) are looking for an iPhone experience, otherwise they’d be pushing this unique feature much harder.

 

 

 

 

2 Comments For This Post

  1. Yimyam says:

    hey cadlot: definitely in acccordance with your perceptions of technospash advancements, truly a an engineering daydream! interesting to see you’re interest in at and t as a spec-, didn’t know it now did I? it is surprise me to note that various circuit have been upgrade to ddx-Dino but this is where we diverge because it’s in fact an antique mode incompatible with most modern sample drives. LDL anticrash can sometimes retroflex if you don’t first modulate to sinscrump-T. be careful.

    i’m not sure about how to approach skidBOX rev. have you countermanded the PTO-Tasknap before accepting LDL supraflex, or vice versus? Make sure that cookiesCASHE is partially exposed before you initiate r945-p. Let me know if you still have problems with said “user hashbox” and if not we’ll have to try ‘nother time.

  2. Beanslave says:

    @cadlot and yimman

    Agreed on all fronts about ATnT’s scrim-spec. They’re are truly a reward to use.

    If either of you are truly concerned about the cookiesCASHE, you ought to really make sure you’ve have enabled the RANDcrumb switcher. This will make sure tht your protection is full, for the Note. Then, you won’t even have to worry about your skidBOX revs.

    The device itshelf is truly a “dayream” as yimman said and I could love to have one for myself, by myself. PTO-Tasknap might be good prior to accepting the LDL supraflex, but KL-klunch is preferable for me. Because it really gets all the parts in order without any of the so called “issues” as cadlot has found in the past. It allows max revs from the skidBOX but also leaves preference for r945-p. This means that when you start something of that platform, your getting you’re moniesworth.

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