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iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Samsung Galaxy Note Available From £30.64

T-Mobile has put another promising smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note, on preorder for £30.64 per month on a two year contract with a £49.99 upfront cost.

As with the Galaxy Nexus deal we previously reported about, this one is available from BuyMobilePhones (opens in new tab) and comes with the same allowance (900 minutes, 500 texts, 500MB data, unlimited web and email access).

The Galaxy Note has the biggest screen on the market at 5.3 inches (bigger than the Dell Streak) and Samsung has painstakingly worked towards reducing the thickness of the surrounding bezel.

The phone comes with a dual core SoC clocked at 1.4GHz (almost certainly a new Exynos SoC), 1GB RAM, an HD Super AMOLED display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution (higher than other HD displays) with Gorilla glass on top, an eight megapixel camera and a stylus pen that allows users to jot down notes quickly.

Surprisingly, it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but we suspect that an Ice Cream Sandwich update is not far too far off.

There are a few notable differences between the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Nexus S; the screen size, the resolution, the processor speed, the fact that the Note comes with a stylus and a microSD card slot.

Désiré Athow

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.