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Five Things Samsung Should Do To Improve The Galaxy Note

It is undeniable that the Samsung Galaxy Note is a major milestone for the Galaxy family of products, since it blurs the line between tablets and smartphones even more and almost single handedly spawns a new sub-category; though there are still some improvements that can (and should be made) to the Galaxy Note.

(1) Although Samsung hasn't confirmed it, it would be desirable if they pledged to bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the Galaxy Note. Android 4.0 as it is also known, will be released towards the end of the year and will combine both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Given that the Note is scheduled to be launched at the beginning of next year, it would make sense for Samsung to substitude Gingerbread for ICS.

(2) Yank the home buttons; Nokia showed the way with the N9. Physical buttons are so passé now that nothing really justifies their existence. Getting rid of them may help to decrease the size of the handset altogether.

(3) Dedicated camera button; Samsung's press release doesn't mention any dedicated camera button, which is a minor disappointment since it means having to interact with the capacitive touchscreen which is sometimes awkward (e.g. when wearing gloves).

(4) Bluetooth 4.0; We still can't believe that Samsung hasn't jumped on the Bluetooth 4.0 bandwagon yet given that the iPhone 5 will almost certainly offer it. As mentioned here, BT4.0 offers a number of advantages like much lower power consumption when idle and much longer range.

(5) Cheaper price; the 16GB Galaxy Note has gone on preorder for £600 which is likely to be the price of the handset a launch; the 16GB iPhone 4 costs £510 and we believe that it could be perilous for Samsung to push the price of the Note to well above the iPhone 4 only to slash it rapidly after launch, especially with the iPhone 5 so close at hand.

(Ed: Note that this post has been sponsored by Samsung but has been written independently from them & here's the video of the note).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.