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We unbox the Samsung Galaxy Note, a 5.3in beast that's part smartphone, part tablet
Samsung has boldly released the [[artnid:401248|Galaxy Note Android phone]]. Its intended to create another category of device, this time in between in the smartphone and tablet. We've managed to get our hands-on this beast [[artnid:405651|before it officially launches in Australia]], so let's unbox it!
Samsung Galaxy Note: bringing the stylus back!
The Galaxy Note in all of its glory. It's a monster.
The packaging is very Apple-esque.
Inside the box.
The Galaxy Note package includes the phone (obviously), a standard micro-USB cable, an AC adapter, headphones with inline volume control, extra ear tips and all the relevant warranty documents. Keep in mind that the model pictured here is a European one, hence it includes a European charger.
The Galaxy Note itself may be a behemoth, but the AC charger is very compact.
The Samsung Galaxy Note in hand. Yes, it's huge. The S-Pen (Samsung doesn't like calling it a stylus) slides out from the bottom as pictured.
The back of the Galaxy Note with its battery cover removed. It uses a standard sized SIM card and has a slot for a microSD card.
The back of the Galaxy Note with the battery inserted.
Turning it on for the first time.
The Galaxy Note is very large, but its thin and light considering its size.
To give you a better idea of the Galaxy Note's footprint, we lined it up against some of its rivals. Pictured L to R: Samsung Galaxy Note, Motorola RAZR, HTC HD7, Nokia N9, HTC Rhyme, Apple iPhone 4.
This picture best shows how thin the Galaxy Note is.
First impressions of the S-Pen: impressive. It's pressure sensitive, comfortable to hold and pretty responsive. We wish it was a bit longer, though.
It's also surprisingly easy to write on.
You get the picture. We'll have a full review of the Galaxy Note in the coming week. In the meantime, if you have any pressing questions about the phone, let us know by clicking "Ask a question" in our [[artnid:401248|Samsung Galaxy Note preview]] or leaving a comment below the article.