Samsung Galaxy Note

Is big better? Will people want big phones? Those were likely questions that ran through the Samsung mobile design team’s minds when they decided to ‘go big’ with the original Galaxy Note in 2011.

Back then it was unfathomable to use anything more than 4-inches. In fact, many were glued to their 3.5-inch iPhones.

While the flagship Galaxy S continued to challenge the dominance of the iPhone, the big Note was a little gamble. And then, a surprising success. Yes, a surprise even for Samsung. It sold one million units on its debut two months, onward to 10 million within the year.

People took to the 5.3-inch ‘phablet’–a term Samsung pretty much invented, meaning a hybrid phone-tablet device. It brought back the stylus, with the reimagined S Pen.

Building on the increasing acceptance of big smartphones, Samsung went one way it thought it should. The next generation Note II became bigger and better.

Subsequent iterations saw the Note getting even bigger­–from the 5.5-inch Note II to the 5.7-inch Note3, Note4 and Note5. There was also a one-off experiment that was the Note edge, that spawned the stunning S6 edge and S7 edge.

The Note evolved into a premium productivity device, with cutting-edge specs and unmatched S Pen features.

With the upcoming Note7, things can only get bigger and better.

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