If you are looking for the functionality reviews and such, id suggest you head onto these review sites: Engadget, Techradar, Cnet Asia and if you're looking for tech specs - check out the Samsung Galaxy Note official page.
However my post is to address some nagging usb connectivity questions that ive seen popping about in android forums, twitter and even amongst some off my fb friends. So in this post am gonna show some usb host connection thats available on a non-rooted Samsung Galaxy Note Gingerbread vers. 2.3.5 via Samsung's fancy usb connection thingamajig cable, which is basicly an OTG cable.
The official name for the cable is the Micro USB to USB Adapter, its a mouthful so im gonna call it the usb thingy. Priced about RM50 here in Malaysia, and from the Samsung webbie its USD20 everywhere else. As you can see, it comes wrapped in cling plastic, anal type people can be rest assured that it'll be safe from scratches or those random chocolate, char siew pau or ice cream stains.
An important detail in the manual says that you have to plug in the USB device FIRST to the cable because it wont work if you try to connect any USB device to the usb thingy while the cable is attached to the Note. Also, only FAT32 devices.
Galaxy Note + USB Thumbdrive
So you've ripped your cd, convert them into mp3s and you want to listen to 'em on the Note. Fairly easy, copy the files onto your thumbdrive, connect the thumbdrive to the usb thingy and then to the Note. Once the "USB connector connected" message appear, you're all set.
So launch the file explorer app, and a new folder called usbStorage will appear. This is where your thumbdrive content is located. So just copy the whole folder or the individual files into the Note and then launch your music player app. and then HEADBANG! wooohohoo
Copying the 88 megs of mp3s into the Note took less than 30 seconds. and copying the same files into an empty thumbdrives took abit longer but no more than 60 seconds. Awesomely impressive.
Did this on a jailbroken iPad, copying in was not a problem, copying out of the device via the camera connectivity kit into a thumbdrive was the issue - took me almost 5 minutes to copy a 2 megs jpg file.Tsk tsk.
Dont forget to unmount the thumbdrive before disconnecting it from the Note.
Galaxy Note + Memory Card Reader
When traveling - seriously, this is where the Note excels. The fact that you can connect a memory card reader and have it read, copy and backup your photos from your camera into the Note means that i am not encumbered by a laptop or a tablet - which also means one less tangled charger and expensive device which you'd get paranoid when you leave it in your room to think about. Since the Note is also a phone, Voila! - one more less stuff to bring around. As evidenced during my Siem Reap and recent Thailand trip, at the end off every day - all my photos were safely backed up in the Note, in a thumbdrive and because im just anal like that, i uploaded a few selected hi-resolution photos onto Picassa too.
Anyways, connect the memory card to the memory card reader - to the usb thingy and then to the Note. Wait till the "USB connector connected" message appear, then launch the file explorer app.
Just like previously, the files in the memory card will be available in the usbStorage folder. Just copy everything out to your preferred folder on the Note and launch your picture gallery app.
Galaxy Note + USB Mouse
Seriously i dont get it why people actually want this functionality. The Galaxy Note is a freakin device with a huge screen, unless you're a rhino having issues scrolling through your twitter timeline or an elephant, yea its pretty hard to tap the screen with your trunk i guess - its as useless as those forks and plates designed for left handed people.
Anyway, just connect the mouse to the usb thingy then to the Note, a mouse cursor would appear on the screen. So left click to select, right click works as a "go back" function and the scroll on the mouse only works on some websites and didnt work on any off the apps i had on the Note.
I would assume that there would be no issue connecting the Note with a USB keyboard, but since i dont have one so i didnt get to test it out.
- The FAT32 file system is not supported by all digital cameras and other electronic devices. Therefore, before you decide to buy the usb thingy or format a memory card by using the FAT32 file system, verify that the FAT32 file system is supported by the device that you want to use with the memory card.
- Although its there, written on the manual - only a maximum of 32gigs, it didnt work with my external 250G hard disc
- When connected directly to a camera, it didnt work. In this case, my Canon G12 and Nikon D40
- The USB thingy manual says that you can connect the Note to various Samsung laser printers but nobody I know has a Samsung printer lying around that I can test
- Yea, you bought an expensive iPhone4S and yes these USB connectivity functions are also available on your device. Riighhhtt.