I've used the massive Samsung Galaxy Note as my sole handset for a week, and life is going surprisingly well.
Samsung certainly has high hopes for its unique product, which was first launched globally last summer. Here in the U.S., the device burst onto the American scene with a splashy Super Bowl Spot that depicted the Galaxy Note as having magical abilities. I mean I can't imagine any other kind of power, save religious fervor, that can sway iPhone users to Android. This is why I had to experience the Note firsthand.
A cunning plan
With a massive 5.3-inch screen and S Pen stylus, it's hard not to notice the Galaxy Note. My initial reaction when I beheld this device was shock--no bones about it, this phone is ginormous. Then my mind shifted, and I saw the Note from another direction. It's not a behemoth of a phone at all, despite what my CNET colleague Jessica Dolcourt thinks. It really is a tablet that's been hit with a shrink ray.
Simply put, the Galaxy Note is a device craftily designed to replace the need for a tablet. It also stokes the fires of one of today's most hotly debated questions, "Why the heck do we need tablet computers anyway?"