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Poll results: Are Samsung's Galaxy Note II and its magic S Pen real innovation or a gimmick?

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Poll results: Are Samsung's Galaxy Note II and its magic S Pen real innovation or a gimmick?
Last week, we were swamped with events, new features and products, but even with so many new devices released, the Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet, with its distinct 5.5-inch screen towers above them both physically and in terms of pure hardware.

Samsung has done a great job on keeping the device at its current dimensions but still increasing the screen, adding a more capable processor and overall polishing the experience.

The one thing that surprised us about the Samsung Galaxy Note II and its unveiling, though, was the huge focus Samsung laid on the S Pen. The Note II tablet is now slightly bigger and more comfortable to hold, but also deeper integrated into the platform, with added new features like hovering over emails or images to see more of them.

Those are all great features and much appreciated by artists and creatives, but we wondered whether they really deserve to be in the big spotlight or should Samsung focus on highlighting the hardware advancements rather than the S Pen. And that’s why we asked you how you feel about the new S Pen - is it the kind of true innovation you want to see Samsung highlight and focus on, or do you feel this is more of a gimmick and would prefer to see more focus on things like the processor and the screen.

The results are in and the majority of you love the S Pen, and do consider it to be a great example of true innovation. Nearly 68% of voters loved the innovation in styluses Samsung brings, while only 32% thought chips, cameras and the like are more important.

Some of you suggested that the S Pen should get integrated all across Samsung’s new lineup and others pointed out that the Koreans took technology that was widely in use and made it much better. Can’t argue with that, can you?

Poll results: Are Samsung's Galaxy Note II and its magic S Pen real innovation or a gimmick?

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:28 27

1. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


It is true innoovation they made stylus cool and useful. iPin coming soon we patent the shape of pins

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:57 22

18. whysoserious (Posts: 317; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I dunno but judging by the two thumbs down you got, some people thinks a smaller-pin dock connector is much more innovative than s-pen.lol! But don't get me wrong, I totally agree with you.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:45 6

36. DonkeySauce (Posts: 160; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


It can't be real innovation if it wasn't made by Apple - (sarcasm)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:28 19

2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 364; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


It makes playing Draw Something so much better

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:32 17

3. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


makes it a hell lot easier to take quick notes... i like it!!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:33 6

4. BobleDom (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


With this result, we can concluded that PhoneArena is full of fandroids. It's just a stylus. There's no new innovation or special. Pathetic

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:38 19

6. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


those 1081 votes are not from phonearena..lol...you have lots of things to learn baby!!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:40 4

8. BobleDom (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


You must be new here.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:43 15

10. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


i m not a newbie here.....using phonearena for more than a year....i know you are new to this site...don't show it off okay?.....

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:48 3

12. E.A.David (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Look at the post on 4th September. PhoneArena post up the poll. There's a lot of readers reading PhoneArena as well

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:53 3

16. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


i agree....but not 1081 votes.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:30 3

23. The_Godfather (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


@BobleDom:- Then get a life...!!!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:23 1

32. protozeloz (Posts: 5379; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


its not juts a stylus, bu I guess you may never actually understand

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 08:54

34. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Yes, round corners is so much more cutting edge technology...what was I thinking loving my spen and how it makes my life 10x easier than any phone I've ever owned or used.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:34 21

5. tedkord (Posts: 5129; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's innovative because it does more than a stylus.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:40 2

7. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Well, it is a Samsung. Better say something nice or nothing. So...nothing:)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:42 6

9. BobleDom (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Samsung has now officially turned Samsung users into mindless sheep. It's the circle of idiocy.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:45 7

11. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


with this result, all the samsung haters are f*cked off.....

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:50 2

14. E.A.David (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


I pity your kind.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:49 1

13. stole38 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


one word , delusional.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 03:51 2

15. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


I thought the HTC flyer starter with the S pen first

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:08 4

19. Gaytor (Posts: 51; Member since: 09 Sep 2012)


In Bangladesh ( a country bordering India ) and an absolute fan of the Note. I always wanted a phone that size. Love the stylus and in moments of high stress when i dont feel like using the finger in tight corners, the stylus does it! Apple sucks becaise of the Apple ID requirement and the need to go ituning and give credit number, learn to how tp do itune without credit card which. why cant they just simply allow free download without credit number? Dumb control freaks. 1 month and the ipad lies around unused ofcourse having the glorious Note just makes ipad redundant because Note rulz!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:12 3

20. tiara6918 (Posts: 1502; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Whether it's samsung's gimmick or innovation with the note 2, it's better than being cheated with fake photos and videos. Right nokia?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:33 3

24. E.A.David (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Better than false advertising.
S beam doesn't work at all

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 05:10 2

26. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1020; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


it works just not very well

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:14 4

21. Savage (unregistered)


A simple stylus would be a plastic stick with no other function than tapping on the screen. Apple made stylus phones useless in 2007, Samsung made them useful again. They redesigned it, made it usable and it is more functional than a plastic stick. So yes, it is innovative.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 04:51 1

25. shimshim (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


where is my damn vote !

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 06:33 1

30. champ_vl (Posts: 44; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


If it was iPen, it would have been innovative but unfortunately it is called S Pen so...it's gimmick. Righ, Apple?

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:01 2

31. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


I applaud Samsung for innovative products and bringing services and happiness to it's android lineup. In my world Samsung is android and there no product on the market better period. I own the current Galaxy S3 had the Galaxy Nexus and will getting the Galaxy Note 2 when launched on Tmobile day one. Software wise nobody beats Samsung. They push innovation 2gb of ram, pop up player, smart stay dam it's endless what the Galaxy lines are capable of. Apple wish they could provide this much innovative solutions to it flock of uneducated simpleton's who have no knowledge of technology.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 07:37 1

33. redsox420 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Aug 2012)


@ BobleDom. LMAO.. OK.. I used iJunk before, in the way of the 3g and then the 4.. Big Fruity hasn't innovated since the 1st incarnation of the iPhoney, stolen tech from others. Big Fruity will have its major win tossed out. You can't patent a square with rounded corners. You can't patent a rectangle with rounded corners. Sorry Boble.

I am a HAPPY Fandroid. Why? Because I can control MY user interface, complete customization without having to jailbreak my phone to get to do what I want it to do. Big Fruity controls your A: Apps you can use. B: You phone is property of Big Fruity. After all THEY own every piece of content YOU buy.. Don't believe me, just ask John McClane. "Yippee-ki-yay" .. Big Fruity will be TOAST when He does with them!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 09:00 1

35. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


If you have used a Wacom tablet before, this is innovation -- many years ago. Samsung's just fast enough to team-up with Wacom to come up with the integrated stylus in the smartphone arms race..

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 16:49

41. Myrith (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Yeah, I agree. The pen itself isn't innovation since the technology's been around for ages, and the "hover" concept isn't new. And, Wacom-enabled tablet PCs have been available for years.

I do applaud Samsung for putting it with a phone and breathing a new life into the technology, though. Now that the Note's so popular, they've probably also encouraged some competition so that we can have more product choices now. I've been waiting for more Wacom-based products to come out.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 10:20

37. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I don't know... stylus has been around for so long... can't really see it as an innovation. The phone itself is more of an innovation.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:49

38. alan_1230 (Posts: 77; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)


Way better the Apple so to be called innovations !

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 11:51 1

39. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


iPeeps shouldn't be allowed to vote. Same for southern people.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 13:37

40. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I used imate jam (HTC Phone basically branded as IMATE) a Windows based phone that had stylus way back in 2005/2006. Nothing new or innovative about this. So stylus is not innovation ... it's at best reincarnation :)

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:18

42. Kite09 (Posts: 2; Member since: 10 Sep 2012)


Gotta say its definitley 10x more innovative than anything Apple has released since the 3gs.

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