Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone will arrive on AT&T Feb. 19 for $300, but if you're unsure if its better than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, here's how they compare. They are both $300 with a new two year contract, are very thin, fast and powerful. Besides being already available, the Galaxy Nexus also runs the Android 4.0 system that Galaxy Note will get eventually. It won't debut with the system, however. Instead it will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Galaxy Nexus is only offered on Verizon, so if you are not under any contract, you'll be choosing between AT&T and Verizon plans here. Both phones have large screens, but the Galaxy Note is nearly tablet sized, so be sure to get your hands on it before buying because at 5.3-inches, you may or may not want to have in your pocket all day. The Note has an incredible display, however, and features excellent resolution under the HD Super AMOLED touchscreen. It has one of the highest pixel densities of any mobile device out there (285 ppi) with 1280x800p resolution. The Note also includes AT&T's 4G LTE connectivity, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16 gigabytes of storage, microSD card slot and even an Integrated S Pen.
Despite those impressive features, the Galaxy Nexus remains Samsung's flagship device because it debuted the Android 4.0 system and runs on Verizon's 4G LTE system. It also includes a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED display, curved glass screen, 32 gigabytes of storage, full gigabyte of memory and no buttons except on the side for power and volume.
The Galaxy Note will be getting the Android 4.0 system sometime in the next couple months. Samsung posted a message on their official Facebook page back in December saying they will roll out the update starting sometime in the first quarter of 2012. That's a big window, so once it starts rolling out, it will then depend on AT&T as to which devices get the update. If you are not averse to such a large device, we recommend the Galaxy Note for its superior display resolution. Tell us in the comments if you've been waiting for the Note or if you bought an international (unlocked) version already.
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