February 18, 2012, 7:17 AM —
The Galaxy Note ($300 with a two-year contract; price as of 2/14/12) has been out for a while internationally, but starting on 2/19/12, the 5.3-inch phone with a stylus-like pen will be arriving on U.S. shores exclusively on AT&T's 4G LTE network. After the Galaxy Note commercials appeared during the Super Bowl, Twitter users joked that it looked like a Palm Pilot. The Galaxy Note might have a pen, but it is far from the capacitive PDAs of yore. The Note's "S Pen" works quite well with the user interface, but I wished there were more apps to use it with. Tablet, Phone or "Phablet?" The Galaxy Note's 5.3-inch display puts the Note in an interesting place between a phone and a tablet. According to Samsung, there won't be an unlocked version of the Note in the U.S., which puts it more in the subsidized phone with contract category.