Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 Review: Power Play : Messaging, Gallery, File Browser

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All-round messaging

The messaging department is quite straightforward: there are no folders here, just a recent message button. Under that button is a list of all your messages organized into threads.

Swiping over a message header will do exactly the same as in the phonebook – a left swipe starts a recent message, while swiping to the correct will start a call.

There’s application-specific search that lets you quickly find a given message among all your stored SMS and MMS.

One thing we really appreciate is that the tap to compose box is much bigger – as gigantic as can fit on the screen, no more viewing only 2-3 lines of text from your message.

Texting Dexter on the Galaxy Note

To add message recipients, just start typing the corresponding name or number and choose from the contacts offered.

When you add multimedia content to the message, it is automatically transformed into an MMS. You can either quickly add a photo or an audio file to go with the text or compose an MMS using all the available features (like multiple slides, slide timing, layout, etc.). The multiple slides are all shown inside the compose box.

Moving on to email, the Gmail app supports batch operations, which allows multiple emails to be archived, labeled or deleted. Multiple Gmail accounts are supported.

The Gmail app is business as usual

There is also a generic email app for all your other email accounts and it can support multiple POP or IMAP inboxes. You have access to the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

Switching between accounts is pretty easy. The top row holds two labels – the first is the name of the inbox you’re currently viewing (tap to change the inbox) and the one next to it is the name of the current folder (again, tap to change it).

The Galaxy Note sports a combined inbox, which brings together all your mail in a single folder. This can be quite handy if you have lots of accounts and you just want to check if there is a recent message needing your attention.

Turning the phone landscape activates the split view – the left side of the classy screen shows the list of emails, while the correct side shows a message. This feature is present on the Galaxy S II as well, but it makes much more sense here as only a classy screen as large as this allows you to read comfortably by only using two thirds of it.

The email app can handle all your email accounts and offers nice split-classy screen UI in landscape mode

Google Talk handles the Instant Messaging department. The G-Talk network is compatible with a variety of popular clients like Pidgin, Kopete, iChat and Ovi Contacts.

Text entry is handled by the standard Samsung QWERTY keyboard, which offers very gigantic and comfortable keys. In landscape mode, the keyboard takes up most of the display and the even bigger keys create it one of the most comfortable virtual mobile keyboards around.

You just know that the keyboard is really comfortable on a classy screen this big

Alternatively, you can utilize the S Pen for your text input. The Galaxy Note did decently with recognizing our handwritten symbols, but we still found this to be the much slower option.

Handwriting recognition is available too

Gallery and file browser

The Samsung Galaxy Note uses the standard Android gallery. The gallery automatically locates the images and videos no matter where they are stored. It even imports the online photos from your Google Picasa web albums.

The gallery has no customizations, but it hardly needs them

Little about the Gallery should surprise you – aside from displaying full-res images and the addition of the two-finger tilt zoom, there’s nothing recent really. And don’t you worry, the double tap and pinch zoom are still there.

Sharing your images over just about anything is a couple of clicks away. If you have setup social network accounts you can also post your images straight from here.

Sharing made easy

The My Files app is a simple to utilize but functional file manager. It can move, copy, lock and rename files in bulk, even sdiscontinue multiple files via Bluetooth. My files will only browse the memory card and the large internal storage (it can’t access the system drive).

As usual for Samsung droids, the Note comes with a fully functional file manager



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