Samsung’s Jellybean update for its Samsung Galaxy Note N7000 (aka Galaxy Note I) has been rolling out in many parts of the globe.
My Samsung Galaxy Note I gets Jellybean update from an authorized service center (Servcare Solutions Philippines, Inc., in Makati).
Since the Jellybean update for Samsung Galaxy Note I is already available in the Philippines, I suggest that you check it for yourself using the Kies application in your PC (not the Kies Air which comes preinstalled with your device).
I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Note I with the Jellybean for two days now and here are the noticeable changes I’ve experienced:
• Battery life is longer. It used to be that the battery life of the device lasts only for half a day with usage that includes a lot of Internet browsing, emails and camera use. Now, battery life is up to a day, and when not in much use, the battery can last more than a day.
• There is a hover function/effect done by the S Pen (Air View function). The S Pen acts like a “pointer” when pressed and hovered over the display. On websites, the pointer aids in presenting contents of drop menus, but it doesn’t open them, including highlighted links.
• The presence of the multi-screen, which allows the user to enjoy two screens with running applications. For example, web browsing and messaging or messaging and video watching can be done simultaneously in one screen. Activate this function by pressing longer the back arrow key. This function, however, is limited to a number of apps, which is a drawback. (How I’d wish Evernote app would be able to function in one of the screen.)
• The lock screen that allows the user to directly access most used function—call, chat, google search, Internet, and camera shortcuts. From the lock screen too, the user can access the settings by swiping the screen downward.
• Swype keypad integration and more responsive Samsung keypad.
• More customization features for lock screen, home screen (basic and easy mode), blocking mode.
• S Memo integrated into the S Note
• Improved Reader’s Hub: you can now go to desired pages through a pop up window function.
• S Pen improves note taking and keeping ideas intact as it can do just about anything related to cropping and highlighting for copy paste function.
• Easy access to task killer. If you feel that there are plenty of apps already running, just press the main control button and a vertical screen appears that provides shortcuts to task killer, google search and trash functions.
• Calendar function gets improved, except that details you put in are synced directly to your Samsung account rather than Google calendar. (I have yet to figure out a way to sync calendar with Google calendar, as it is more useful to me).
• Improved Gallery function as it presents more options on how to organize and present photos and images.
• Call function activation right from the message inbox when the device is put closer to the ear. This takes get using to, though.
So far so good. The Jellybean update provides the same experience as the newer models with quad-core processors and more nice homescreen (tiles that provides updates). If you are not too keen about processors and more cosmetic offerings, then the update could suffice.