Samsung's Galaxy Note phablet now ready for preorder

AT&T is now offering the unique Samsung Galaxy Note device for $299.99 preorder.

If you're burning to secure Samsung's Galaxy Note, AT&T is now taking preorders for the hybrid slate for $300.

Samsung was the only tech company with a splashy Super Bowl ad this year, and that's sure to drive interest in the manufacturer's hot product of the moment, which hits stores officially on February 19 . Pimping the Galaxy Note, an interesting cross between a small tablet computer and a large-screen smartphone, Samsung's spot also pointedly took a dig at Apple fans.

But whether ordinary phone or tablet shoppers will be tempted by the Galaxy Note remains to be seen. When I spent some time with the product last month at CES, I admit it seemed an impressive piece of hardware, with a large and very attractive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED screen plus 4G LTE data connection.

The Galaxy Note's most distinctive attribute, though, is a stylus input method, which Samsung calls an S Pen. With the S Pen, users can quickly snap screen shots and scribble notes on Web pages or documents. While a pen may not sound very sexy as high-tech gadget features go, I feel there is a need for a hand-written mobile interface. If you doubt that, just count all the old-school notepads in the room at your next meeting.

One hurdle for the Galaxy Note I see is whether people will be able to give up their primary phone for it, especially since purchasing a cellular plan from AT&T is part of the bargain. Perhaps using the Note as a phone isn't completely outrageous given the growing popularity of Bluetooth headsets and headphones. Still, I wonder how long folks could go without their handset in favor of a massive tablet-style gizmo like this. Heck, I'd be up for the challenge myself.

 

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