As one of the most impressive devices in Samsung’s current line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note has recently proven to be a hit for the Korean manufacturer with several million units sold to date. In this article I will take a closer look at how the handset performs as a web browsing device as this is now one of the most common uses for smartphones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note utilises a couple of different methods of connecting to the internet based on factors such as signal strength and local network coverage to provide the optimum connection. When you are not within range of a Wi-Fi network, the handset connects by utilising your network’s coverage to provide a 3G connection. This provides data download speeds of up to 21 MB per second which is about as fast as they get on mobile devices. Because of the fast download speeds available, you can expect websites to load quickly and downloaded content such as apps and email attachments will also download quickly. When you stream content such as watching a YouTube video, you will notice that the videos load and play quickly and will suffer from minimal buffering so your viewing experience will not be interrupted. The second method of connecting to the internet utilises Wi-Fi networks. In order to use this connection, you must be within range of a Wi-Fi network and have access which generally requires you to sign in using a password. There are several benefits to Wi-Fi connections, such as a faster speeds and less battery consumption than 3G, and even it will not use up your data allowance or incur any data charges as it uses an existing broadband connection which is simply emitted via a Wi-Fi router.
Web Browsing Apps
The Samsung Galaxy Note has the TouchWiz user interface which is Samsung’s custom Android interface which runs over the Android operating system. This comes with a number of native applications pre-installed including a web browsing app. This carries out all the same tasks that you expect to find on any other Android web browser, incorporating several features which you will be familiar with from desktop browsing packages. Of course, you can choose to download alternatives from Google Play like Google Chrome or Opera Mini.
As you can see, thanks to its various connection methods and web browsing applications, the Samsung Galaxy Note is well equipped to browse the internet.
However, the rest of its spec list ticks all the boxes, making this one of the most versatile and unique smartphones currently on the market, and it makes a great alternative to mainstream smartphone models which are currently dominate the market.