Samsung Galaxy Note Problems: Screen, battery & OS issues

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Your Samsung Galaxy Note Problems guide, including screen, battery & OS issues and everything else that’s wrong with Samsung’s ‘phablet’

As mentioned in our Samsung Galaxy Note review, the Korean giant’s phone/tablet is a top notch device, however, a series of problems have overshadowed its success. As with any new tech, hardware and software issues are part of the package.

 

The main issues can be whittled down to screen issues, excessive battery drain, and (whilst not totally Samsung's fault) several OS problems - including GPS not functioning and camera issues, of which we will try to keep you informed and up-to-date here.

If you are receiving any of the issues below then the first recommended fix is to download and install the latest Android firmware: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), that’s if you haven't done so already.

You can also manually install the update through the Samsung Kies software on your computer. This promises to fix many problems in addition to giving you access to the latest offerings of Google's OS and Samsung's latest suite of stylus-friendly apps.

Samsung Galaxy Note Problems: Screen

In reply to the pin-sharp retina display on Apple’s iPhone 4S, Samsung used a similarly stunning AMOLED screen on its Galaxy Note. Putting such a vibrant display on such a large screen could be seen by most as a clever move, however not everyone would agree.

Some users have reported some strange issues with their screens, ranging from a green/blue/pink hue on what should be a white background, block pixels during video playback and, in some cases, a quarter of the screen being darker than the rest.

These issues simply cannot be ignored, especially on a device that has such a large screen, where each detail is more noticeable than on a smaller device.

At the moment, this problem is intermittent and therefore Samsung haven't released a fix, however, users suffering from such issues could try using a different media player (available on the Android market) and different file types, as sometimes the compression of certain files (namely .mkv) can cause jittery playback.

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