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It's no secret that every major TV maker is racing to beat Apple to the punch on a voice-controlled TV. Samsung — the world leader in HDTVs — just showed off its brand new 2012 Smart TVs at its spring showcase in New York and we had a chance to experience its voice and gesture controls. Read on to find out if talking to your TV and waving your hand is more intuitive than using a remote control.
 
Even as a longstanding proponent of the "one size doesn't fit all" line of thinking, Samsung's Galaxy Note is perhaps one of the most outrageous smartphones in recent years. With its gargantuan 5.3 inch screen size that dwarfs even the newest crop of 4.5-inch and 4.7-inch smartphones and the return of the stylus as its major form of input, the Galaxy Note is the "phablet" — smartphone/mini tablet hybrid — that nobody asked for. In my first impressions, I noted that the 5.3-inch display was an absolute beauty to look at, the "S Pen" stylus was responsive and the 1.5GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM was nimble enough to run Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread without any major hiccups. The Galaxy Note felt well built and the 8-megapixel camera wasn't too shabby, but there's a difference between being awed with it for a few hours and using it as your main go-to device day in and day out. How big can a smartphone get before it becomes a hindrance in daily use? To find out, I decided to put the gargantuan Galaxy Note to the test as my main phone (my iPhone 4 took a temporary backseat) for work and leisure. You've already read our rather positive hands-on with the Galaxy Note, now let's dig deeper and see whether the Galaxy Note is a welcome companion or a bust, shall we?
 
The Galaxy Note has an identity crisis it needs to clear up. On the one hand, it's sort of a mini tablet due to its huge 5.3-inch display (largest of any smartphone on sale) and fancy stylus. On the other other hand, it also functions exactly like an Android smartphone on AT&T's 4G LTE network, meaning you'll be required to get a two-year contract chained to your leg and pay for a voice plan. Either way, AT&T just let us rub our greasy fingers all over a Note. Read on for our hands-on impressions.

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