At yesterday's Galaxy Note launch, I queried Samsung's telecommunications VP Tyler McGee about the differences between the Note launched yesterday and the models you've been able to buy for months from direct importers. His answer wasn't terribly satisfactory, relying largely on stating that web-based phone sales might not be accurate. Over at Lifehacker, Gus looks into whether or not you can trust direct market phones, and what Aussie law has to say on the matter. [Lifehacker]
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