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Samsung Galaxy Note goes big (photos)

It's a phone, it's a tablet, it's both? We peer at the Galaxy Note's 5.3-inch (!) screen and stylus as the jumbo phone finally hit U.S. shores.

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Double take


For those who want the calling and messaging capabilities of a phone, but the screen real estate of a tablet, Samsung gives you the best of both worlds. The Samsung Galaxy Note, a hybrid of both devices, debuted at CES 2012. In addition to its 5.3-inch HD AMOLED screen is something we never thought we'd see again: a stylus.

Thanks to its large size, it's ideal for watching movies, tablet writing, and giving your fingers a workout.
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And action!

The Galaxy Note's screen can sense 256 different levels of pressure from its stylus, so the harder you write, the bolder your strokes will be.
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Holding the Galaxy Note

It's big, but for those of you with larger paws, it might be just the ticket.
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Back view

Like other phones in the Galaxy family, AT&T's Galaxy Note boasts an 8-megapixel camera on its back. A 2-megapixel front-facing camera sits above the screen.
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Just as we remember

The stylus tucks neatly into the bottom of the Galaxy Note, just like it did way back when. Those who find it too small or flimsy will be able to purchase a pen accessory that fits over the wand.
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Side view

Despite its large face, the slim design makes it possible to wield.
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Using the Galaxy Note for a phone call

It could be a little awkward on the ear for some.
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How big is big?

Pictured here alongside a 4.5-inch Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the Galaxy Note looks like a better-fed sibling.
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Piggyback

The Galaxy Note's thickness remains relatively similar to other Samsung Galaxy phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (top).
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For doodlers

The Galaxy Note comes with two memo apps. S Memo, pictured here, has cursive and print handwriting recognition, among other features.

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