The release bodes well for the rest of Europe, most of which uses the same GSM standard. If you live in Europe, have an extra 600 Euros and think you can figure out where the language setting is without getting lost, by all means pick up a Galaxy Note right away. The rest of the world is waiting
patiently for local releases. The UK, Australia and a few other small markets are currently slated to get the superphone eventually, and though a Galaxy Note sporting AT&T 3G bands showed up at the FCC a few weeks ago, there’s no official word on when, or indeed if, the device is making its way stateside.
That’s a shame. Even with powerhouse phones like Samsung’s own Galaxy Nexus, not to mention the HTC Rezound and Motorola DROID RAZR coming soon, the Note’s uniquely huge 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED display would be a welcome sight. The 1.4GHz phone uses a capacitive stylus and a modified interface and apps to take advantage of it, as shown in Samsung’s latest promotional video.
Check out our hands-on video of the Galaxy Note below:
Samsung Galaxy Note Hands On at IFA
My Dutch is a little rusty, but according to Tablets Magazine, at least two online retailers in the Netherlands have already begun to sell the Samsung Galaxy Note to eager gadget enthusiasts. Phone Shop and 2Call already have the 5.3-inch device in stock at a wallet-shredding 597 Euros ($832 USD). As far as we can tell, this is the first time that the Galaxy Note has been on-sale to the public.