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What will interest those of an artistic pursuasion, though, is the quality of the display. It packs in quite jaw dropping 1,280 x 800 pixels - the same as on many laptops - making for incredibly sharp images. It's actually still not quite as sharp as the iPhone 4 but it offers a much larger screen and more pixels in total, and it still beats most of the competition for pixel density. It's also an OLED panel so colours are incredibly bright and punchy, and viewing angles are essentially infinite. Frankly, it's stunning.

This of course lends itself well to all tasks but allows the Note to excel at video playback (for which there's extensive format support) and gaming, both of which the 1.4GHz dual core processor rips through with ease. That said, we did encounter a few skips and pauses here and there, as on the Tab 7.7, so we do hope Samsung hasn't mucked things up by messing around with Android too much and making it bloated.

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Samsung has of course also put its TouchWiz interface on this device, which runs the 2.4 version of Android. The changes are numerous but largely cosmetic with the addition of the note taking extras, being the most notable. There are some neat gesture additions though. Swipe your palm across the screen and it will take a screenshot or hover your hand over a video and it will pause.

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Other key stats include the choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot for expanding this. This is also a proper phone so you get all the requisite mobile connections along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Most intriguingly, though, you also get a 2,500mAh battery - nearly double many other phones. Whether this results in double the battery life or if it's simply needed to compensate for the size of the screen, we'll have to wait for a full review to find out.

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In conclusion for the time being, we're impressed with the Samsung Note but aren't necessarily yet convinced it's something we'd want to buy. It's patently ridiculously large to use as a standard phone and the note taking extras seem of debatable benefit. But with such a superb screen and impressive other hardware, it's definitely one to look out for if video and gaming on the move is important to you.

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