The Samsung Galaxy Note has gone on sale with O2, only days after the network confirmed it is on board for the launch.
Customers can currently snap up Sammy’s giant new kit with a range of 18 or 24-month contracts. Those of you looking to grab it for free will have to sacrifice at least £60 a month on a two-year term, which comes with unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 100MB data (you can get more by paying more).
Fortunately you can reduce that outlay significantly by paying a one-off cost of up to £249.99 for the handset depending on the tariff you choose. In our opinion, that would be the more cost-effective option, so be sure to calculate the total expenditure of a contract before taking the plunge.
So what do you get for your investment? Well, a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED HD display for starters, which we reckon is as close as you can get to tablet territory without buying an actual tablet. And it’s powered by a brawny 1.2GHz dual core processor, so you’re well covered for high-def gaming and multitasking.
What really sets the Note apart from the rest, though - other than its massive screen, obviously - is its compatibility with stylus, which Samsung calls an ‘S-Pen’ and comes in the box. This allows you to write on the screen just as you would on an actual notebook, meaning it will appeal to creative and business types.
Alas, the Galaxy Note launches with the Gingerbread iteration of Android out of the box rather than the new Ice Cream Sandwich release. Rest assured, an update to the latest OS revamp will be available imminently.