Even as a longstanding proponent of the "one size doesn't fit all" line of thinking, Samsung's Galaxy Note is perhaps one of the most outrageous smartphones in recent years. With its gargantuan 5.3 inch screen size that dwarfs even the newest crop of 4.5-inch and 4.7-inch smartphones and the return of the stylus as its major form of input, the Galaxy Note is the "phablet" — smartphone/mini tablet hybrid — that nobody asked for.
In my first impressions, I noted that the 5.3-inch display was an absolute beauty to look at, the "S Pen" stylus was responsive and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM was nimble enough to run Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread without any major hiccups. The Galaxy Note felt well built and the 8-megapixel camera wasn't too shabby, but there's a difference between being awed with it for a few hours and using it as your main go-to device day in and day out.
How big can a smartphone get before it becomes a hindrance in daily use? To find out, I decided to put the gargantuan Galaxy Note to the test as my main phone (my iPhone 4 took a temporary backseat) for work and leisure. You've already read our rather positive hands-on with the Galaxy Note, now let's dig deeper and see whether the Galaxy Note is a welcome companion or a bust, shall we?