Samsung Galaxy Note I717 Review: Pushing The Envelope

By 06:21 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 Comments


Samsung has high hopes for the LTE packing Galaxy Note I717 in the United States. Since its launch during CES, the AT&T exclusive device has enjoyed a marketing push like no other Samsung offering to date, including the Galaxy S II lineup. It appeared in a Super Bowl commercial, it starred in New York's Fashion week, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Note I717 official photos

The subject of this review is yet another case of an international Samsung device, gone through a character makeover before hitting the U.S. shores. To be in line with its American siblings, the I717 features four touch sensitive buttons under its screen. A Snapdragon S3 chipset with two 1.5Giga Hertz (GHz) Scorpion cores has replaced the capable Exynos silicon of the global version.

The changes however are not in any case a downgrade. LTE connectivity has been added and with a 5.3" Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen and an S Pen on board, the Samsung Galaxy Note I717 has a market niche of its own.

Here is a see at the key features of the Note I717.

Key features

  • Quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) and tri-band 3G support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • LTE network connectivity
  • 5.3" 16M-color Super AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) capacitive touchclassy screen of HiDef resolution (800 x 1280 pixels)
  • Android Operating System (OS) v2.3.6 with TouchWiz 4 launcher
  • 1.5 Giga Hertz (GHz) dual-core Scorpion CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, Snapdragon S3 chipset, 1GB of RAM
  • Pre-bundled with the S Pen active stylus
  • 8 MegaPixel (MP) wide-angle autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, face, smile and blink detection
  • Video recording of up to 1080p@30fps
  • Dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) 802.11 b, g and n support; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • 16 Giga Bytes (GB) internal storage, microSD slot
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Charging MHL microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port with Universal Serial Bus (USB) host and TV-out (1080p through optional adapter) support
  • Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Great audio quality
  • 9.7 mm slim and weighs a reasonable 178g
  • 2MP secondary video-call camera
  • Full Flash support and GPU-acceleration for the web browser permit 1080p flash video playback
  • Document editor
  • File manager comes preinstalled
  • Extremely rich audio and video format support
  • 2500 mAh battery

Main disadvantages

  • Won't fit comfortably in every pocket
  • Difficult for one-handed utilize
  • No dedicated capturing camera key
  • The Exynos chipset of the global version is significantly faster- both in benchmarks and real life
  • HD classy screen uses PenTile matrix lowering perceived resolution
  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio (the global version has one)

As you can see, the AT&T Galaxy Note's spec sheet is long enough to satisfy even the most demanding users. As far as the phoneblet's disadvantages go, the substitution of the powerful Exynos chipset for a elegant Qualcomm made one is probably the biggest letdown in the U.S. Galaxy Note. The Snapdragon S3 is simply not as powerful. You do however, acquire LTE connectivity thanks to it - a nice way to ease the pain over the lost oomph.

Samsung Galaxy Note I717 live shots

So, does the Samsung Galaxy Note I717 have what it takes to create people ditch their current smartphones and tablets for a device, which tries to do it all? Read on to find out. As always, we will start with an unboxing, followed by design and build quality inspection.

Editorial: You might notice that this review is shorter than usual and doesn't include all of our proprietary tests. The reason is it has been prepared and written far away from our office and test lab. The Samsung Galaxy Note I717 for AT&T is a US-only phone, so it will probably never acquire to the shores of the Old Continent. Still, we think we've captured the essence of the phone in the same precise, informative and detailed way that's become our trademark. Enjoy the fine read!



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