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

0. phoneArena 04 Sep 2012, 05:27 posted on

The Samsung Galaxy Note is a monstrous phone in every aspect - it’s got a gigantic 5.5-inch display, a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and runs the latest of Android…

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posted on 04 Sep 2012, 23:49 1

62. dmakun (Posts: 320; Member since: 06 Jun 2011)

@Protozeloz, (first off, I always enjoy yours and remixfa's comments)
I read an article on phonearena something about Samsung making the S-pen software available to developers to create apps that will soon be available in the Google play store so it shouldn't be long until we see the S-pen become a mainstream tool across various android devices of the future.

@Victor, obviously the S-pen is not a gimmick (not like siri) and I suspect you know that. I have a note1 and I'm an artist although I have only drawn on it a few times yet I have been doing a lot of annotating documents on it and its absolutely brilliant. The new features of the S-pen (as seen on the 13min video on youtube) on the note2 extends its usefulness even further. As someone on this thread said earlier its a matter of creating a 'niche' device that separates itself from the crowd of android devices. The S-pen does not claim to be an "innovation" like folks at Apple like to claim with their products as it clearly borrows the traditions of the stylus. However, the S-pen as proven the relevance of the stylus for future touch screen devices and boasts true functionality and that is also called innovation.

posted on 05 Sep 2012, 06:50

63. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

the problem with the Samsung SDK is that is only available on samsung, lets say HTC releases an Phablet with a stylus and a different SDK and Same with Moto, should I as a developer work with compatibly with a single phone instead of improving my app for multiple phones? this is what I mean, samsung has released various SDK for note already and they the number of apps optimized for the Note is low, same with number of apps optimized for the Xperia Play and so on.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 07:38 2

35. dreeemer (Posts: 28; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

I use the s-pen whenever i write something longer than a text (like this comment). Swype +s-pen is a breeze! I just shake my he head when i see ppl peckin slowly while squinting on their puny phones (cue cave man grunts...lol).
The floating cursor under the tip( selectable under settings in ICS up update) greatly improves editing. You have to admit, putting that cursor in between a word in the last paragraph can be frustrating!

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:14 3

36. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

S Pen is good for writing or drawing to keep notes if you don't like to use your finger time to time

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 08:47

42. tedkord (Posts: 11691; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Holy hell! Doug Henning! Is he still alive?

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 09:25

52. JunkCreek (Posts: 407; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

you all ap(pl)e really a nn012017 if not only a dunn8. the stylus is innovation because now we can draw on phone screen like we used to draw in a piece of paper. we can say hi or greeting with our own handwriting style even our own "secret symbol". we can even write kanji in real style like we use a brush. thats the stylus is use for. like se, they inttoduced a walkman series, but still it is only a phone but it features a polished audio output and interface in the phone. just like retina display, it is just a brighter and clear display than the others. but the innovation here is that developer now can think drawing application for kids even artist to draw or even paint on a phone: this is the innivation, you don't need to draw or buy a canvas to introduce your drawing or your painting to your client, friends or darling right from the phone.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 13:42

57. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

The only real innovation Samsung made with the Note 2 is finally moving away from the awful pentile matrix on their displays. Amoled vs LCD displays are a matter of taste; but Pentile vs RGB is not. RGB is and has been superior for quite some time.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 14:32

58. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)

I guess 10 million Note sales equates to it being a gimmick? This article sucks and my Note rules

posted on 07 Sep 2012, 09:30

71. kaoticbpr (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)

What it really all comes down to is: What does a comsumer use his or her phone for? And what do they want to be able to do? examples are: I go on a lot of roadtrips and want to be able to watch movies on my device. that person is going to want a large screen. I like to draw and doodle but I don't want to buy one of those drawing tablets for the PC too expensive. Well that person would like the S-pen and the galaxy note. I want a phone that can talk to me, well then get an iphone 4s. I want a tablet but don't want to spend $500-$600 on one and I'm not sure if I would ever use it. The Galaxy note would be perfect for this consumer as well, because they'll believe they are getting a tablet, but the phone will be a bonus built into the device. Watch the hands on video for the Note 2. And see the things that are innovative about it. Put the device in your hands at an at&t store and find an expert on the devices. They will teach you a lot about the device that you couldn't do on your current device.

Also for the ones who are saying 2Gb RAM is a waste and too much? Look, eventually the phones are going to get to that point where they need it. They are the PCs of the 20 teens. remember back in the 90's? it was one month pentinum two, 3 months later it was pentinum 3. Now look at where things are we have i3 i5 i7 processors. Anything less and your computer would be slow and couldn't run anything properly. Phones are getting to that point now, the software, apps, processes are getting more powerful and memory hungry by the day. You think android will stop with jelly bean for atleast a year or two? no way! they will continue to change and add new features. Jelly bean is 4.1 right? Android phones will be 5.5 devices by summer 2013. and all the phones will be quadcore processors or more. It's ineviable weather we like it or not. Working in retail, you'd see and know that most consumers want the next biggest, fastest, more powerful thing. if not right away, eventually everyone will upgrade to something that bigger, faster, and more powerful than the product you had before.

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