After we send the kids to schoo on last Thursdayl. Wife accompanied me to Chiang Rai. We need to do some grocery shopping in Chiang Rai's Big C because the local Maesai Tesco Lotus is still out of stock on certain basic necessities. My son's diapers is on the 1st thing on the list. :P Of course, this means I could take a peek at the new phone.. Big Mistake!
We reached Big C and immediately I went to look around at the mobile phone shops. They have started selling it but there was no display set. I asked for one but they said its all sold out! They took in 10 sets on Tuesday and it was all out on Wednesday! Wah... Thai people over here in CR a bit rich leh....
Anyway, after getting our groceries, we dropped by Central plaza (biggest shopping centre in Chiang Rai) and wife went on her own to look at some clothes while I immediately hit the mobile phone shops over here :P
Asked around and all quote me the same price.. and didn't really managed to physically touch one as they say they don't have a display set :(. Went to the Samsung shop and they too, did not have a display set. But the lady at the Samsung shop very nice and was very sincere in helping me out. She took a brand new set out and opened it in front of me. :S Bad news liao. Next thing I know, put battery.. play play and I paid for it! KNS.. a bit impulsive but the pen.... ooohhh the pen...
The first impression in my hands is that its bloody huge! Compare to phones or smartphones this day, its pretty big. All because of the 5.3" screen. But its just nice for writing. If its smaller, maybe I won't buy it. But the size is just like the little black notebook I used to have in the army. (just a bit wider) but its nice. The screen is gorgeous of course. And the pen is just nice though I was hoping it was more metallic than plasticky though.
I have been using it for about 2 days and so far its quite positive. It was something I dreamt of and Samsung managed to pull it off with this product. There are some quirky things that I find it can be improved on (nothing is perfect in this world :P). One of the major dislike is the button on the stylus.. a bit tough sometimes to find it and press it. And sometimes its a bit tough to take out the stylus too. Battery life is a bit bad if I turn on Wi-fi with Edge the whole day. Then the power button is also on the side (I am so used to the top). Finally, the size of the phone... hahaha,.. I think it does look a bit funny if I used it for making a call. I asked wife and she says it looks ok leh.... hmm..
Anyway, this is just a short entry on the initial impressions. I still have my Nexus One but as Google is not going to update it with ICS. I guess the Note will be a great upgrade for me. And this phone is my most expensive ever... :P over $900 SGD. Still if I cliam the 7% VAT, I will get back some money for a case and screen protector :P.