Samsung's Galaxy Note has gone up for sale on AT&T in LTE form today, offering stylus-loving Android fans an oversized phablet to play with. Priced at $299.99 with a new, two-year agreement, the AT&T Galaxy Note is available in ceramic white or carbon blue, each having a 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen and a Wacom-based digital pen.
Samsung has customized Android 2.3 Gingerbread not only with its own TouchWiz UI, but some stylus-specific apps and features. Tapping the display with the pen's button pressed triggers a screenshot that can be annotated, while there's a new Memo app for handwritten notes, drawings and clippings from webpages. A preloaded photo and video editing app allows for sketching directly onto images and clips.
Otherwise, there's a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, LTE connectivity as well as HSPA+ for when you're out of true 4G coverage, WiFi, Bluetooth, an 8-megapixel 1080p HD capable camera and a sizable 2,500 mAh battery that we found capable of lasting more than a full day. AT&T is also offering the S-Pen Holder Kit, a $29 accessory that makes the standard stylus thicker and more easily held, and the $20 USB Host adapter.
With the Galaxy Note going on sale in the US today, LG's timing revealing the Optimus Vu earlier feels all the more deliberate. Like the Galaxy Note, the Vu has a stylus and a large display - 5-inches on the LG, though 4:3 aspect - and targets those who want to use their phone as a memo device too. LG, though, is yet to announce US availability for the Optimus Vu.
For all the details on the AT&T Galaxy Note, check out our full review.
AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note LTE demo: