Samsung Galaxy Note Buying Guide

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Samsung Galaxy Note Buying Guide

What with there being a plethora of smartphones and tablets available on the market, sometimes the choice can be overwhelming. When looking to make a purchase, there are plenty of decisions to make regarding the device, including its capabilities, specifications and dimensions.

Samsung offer up their Galaxy Note series that comes in both the form of a ‘phablet' and a tablet. The following guide aims to underline and clarify the models that are available on the likes of eBay.

Models of Galaxy Note

There are four different types of Samsung Galaxy Note that can be found. The differences in these varying models include size, online capabilities, camera performance, as well as the type of operating systems that are used.

The four different models of Samsung Galaxy note are split into two sections:


The name ‘phablet' was coined by Samsung and stems from the idea that a device can perform all the functions of a tablet whilst holding the physical dimensions of a phone.

There are two models of Galaxy Note that are available in phablet form. The table below details both the two models and their capabilities:


Galaxy Note

Galaxy Note II

Operating System

The original Galaxy Note (N7000) first made use of Android OS 2.3. However, this operating system can be updated to match other models of Galaxy Note that use the 4.1 operating system.

The Galaxy Note II phablet (N7100) has Android OS 4.1 installed as standard.


The Galaxy Note has a height of 146.9 millimetres, a width of 83mm and a depth of 9.7 millimetres.

It also weighs 178 grams.

The Galaxy Note II is 151.1mm in height, with a width of 80.5mm and a depth of 9.4mm.

It weighs 180g.


The Galaxy Note is fitted with an 8 Megapixel camera, capable of recording HD video. The front facing camera is 2 Megapixels and can record VGA video.

The Galaxy Note II comes with an 8 Megapixel camera fitted, with 1080p HD video recording capabilities. The device has a 1.9 Megapixel front camera, with a 720p video recorder.


This device holds 1GB as standard. However, there is a microSD slot for a memory card that can expand the memory of the phablet to hold up to 32GB.

The Galaxy Note II comes with 2GB of standard memory that can be expanded through a microSD card to hold 64GB.


The Galaxy Note is Wi-Fi enabled and supports a USB drive and bluetooth for external connectivity.

The phablet is both 2G and 3G enabled but is unable to pick up 4G.

The Galaxy Note II is also Wi-Fi enabled with Bluetooth and a USB drive.

When purchasing a Galaxy Note II, one can opt in for 2G, 3G, and 4G.


The screen on a Galaxy Note is 5.29 inches and is HD.

The Galaxy Note II screen is 5.55 inch and supports 720p HD.


There are two tablet versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note also available, the properties of which are detailed below:


Galaxy Note 8.0

Galaxy Note 10.1

Operating System

The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with Android OS 4.1 fitted. This can be upgraded to the 4.2 system.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has Android 4.0 installed. This can be upgraded to the 4.1 version.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5100). In terms of size (Height x Width x Depth) it is 210.8mm x 135.9mm x 8.1 mm.

It weighs 338 grams.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000 or N8100) is 262mm x 180mm x 8.9mm.

It weighs 599g.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 5 Megapixel camera that can record 1080p HD video.

The front facing camera is 1.3 Megapixels but can still record 720p video.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 camera is 5 Megapixels with 1080p HD video recording capabilities.

The front facing camera can record in 720p and is 1.9 Megapixels.


The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with 2GB RAM that can be expanded using a microSD card up to 64GB.

The 10.1 model has 2GB RAM that can be expanded up to 64GB.


The 8.0 Note model can be enabled for 2G, 3G, and 4G but this is only an option and not a standard procedure.

The 8.0 Note model is fully Wi-Fi capable with a 5-pin USB drive and Bluetooth.

This model is able to be enabled for 2-4G but this is elective.

It is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled and carries USB 2.0 and HDMI drives.


The screen on a Galaxy Note 8.0 is 8.0-inch and HD.

This model has a 10.1-inch HD screen.

How to Buy a Samsung Galaxy Note on eBay

In order to find a Samsung Galaxy Note on eBay, visit the Electronics orDeals category of the site. From there, one should select the Mobile Phone option to view the vast listings that eBay has to offer. Make further use of the refinement tabs at the side of the page by clicking theSamsung tab and typing the specific Galaxy Note model into the keyword search bar.

Make sure that the device that is being chosen is in the condition desired and is compatible with the carrier or service provider. This can be done by thoroughly reading through the product description and by viewing the images of the product. There is also a filter tab at the side of the page to help determine between service carriers.

Before finalising a purchase, be positive on how to use the Buy It Now,Bidding, and Best Offer buying options.


The Samsung Galaxy Note series provides all of the necessities needed for a mobile phone, combined with all the advantages of a tablet. Furthermore, the fact that all models come with the Samsung designed S-pen stylus means that they are simple to use, with high-quality performance.

The series appeals to those who require a smaller tablet-style smartphone, as well as those who enjoy using a larger mobile equipped tablet.

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