Samsung Galaxy Note looms large in our video review

Watch our video review of the Samsung Galaxy Note in which Luke Westaway debates the merits of this giant Android blower.

To be a phone, or to be a tablet? That is the question. A question the Samsung Galaxy Note asks itself every day -- and one that Luke Westaway helps answer in our video review above.

The Note is the largest Galaxy in the observable Samsung universe, and indeed dwarfs most phones we've ever come across, which is why the tablet question first arose -- but identity crisis aside, the Note as a phone is rather a mixed bag.

It sports a supremely sharp 5.3-inch AMOLED screen that will delight your eyes when you're browsing CNET UK and watching sleepy kitten videos on YouTube in ways that smaller phones just can't match.

You can also scrawl handy to-do lists or arty masterpieces all over it using the stylus, which stows away inside the chassis -- we reckon it would last a day before we'd lose it down the back of the sofa though.

Thin, light and speedy, the Note has a dual-core 1.4GHz ARM chip that certainly packs a powerful punch. It also comes equipped with an impressive 8-megapixel camera that shoots 1080p video and has autofocus and an LED flash.

Take note, however, of the phone's short battery life, annoying bloatware, and the slightly outdated Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system. Let us also not forget that the Note's size, while being good for some things, makes it a rather impractical and unfortunately comedic to use as a phone.

You'll need either thick skin, or really big hands and a really big face to make the Note work for you -- if your proportions are average or any smaller, you're highly likely to hear muffled laughter, or experience mild teasing when taking a call in public.

Hit play on the video to examine this beast in finer detail, then let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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