Release it before iPhone 5 comes out, then you can't be accused of copying it!
We now know what the Samsung Galaxy Note - the product name leaked last week alongside the Galaxy Tab 7.7 - actually is. It's a "new type of smartphone", apparently. Or rather it's a 5.3in, 1280 x 800 touchscreen tablet running Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU with on-board dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and 21Mb/s …
actually. All my pants have big pockets and this seems like a really nice form factor if you don't want a tablet. big enough and high enough resolution to do web browsing, email quite comfortably, without being too big for *any* pocket.
I can carry a 6" ebook reader with me anywhere, but not a 7" tablet...so this thing is actually pretty close to my ideal form factor.
My Streak 5 won't last forever. Maybe I can pick up one of these cheap when Samsung abandon them, or when Apple fire up the lawyers again.
Is the stylus internal? One of the things I didn't like about the HTC Flyer was that the pen had no storage space, thuogh it does look like the Samsung pen is nowhere near as sophisticated.
I recently bought my little daughter one of their graphics tablet thingies to draw her Manga artwork with. I've been marvelling at it ever since it turned up. I was wondering if it was all done with enslaved imps, but I guess there had to be a simple scientific explanation.
Wavee penny, movee mousey. Look no touchee. Nothing up sleevies. Ooooooo......
Finally something that makes sense - instead of merely aping Apple, Samsung have gone back to what works.
Palm might have lost out when it came to smart phones (although I think that was when they started trying to copy Blackberry with the tiny keyboard), but their PDAs (and HP's) were very popular. You can do a heck of a lot on a small screen if you use a stylus and thank goodness now that one of the big guys have remembered this, I might be able to get a cheap Chinese copy which has a stylus again!
[Getting really frustrated with my HTC-copy 'cos I am constantly selecting when I want to scroll and vice-versa - my wife's real HTC has a stylus and I am jealous.]
this is an outrageous copy of the Samsung F700 from Feb2007 with its rounded metal edges and all black frontage. And don't even get me started with how similar it is to the i900 Omnia or the F480 from 2008. Samsung should be ashamed of copying Samsung. I think Samsung should sue Samsung for this blatant ripoff.
I think this is actually a rather decent idea. I know a couple of people who want a PDA, with a slightly bigger screen than the smartphones, but they don't want a "phone" (yeah yeah, I know, work with me here people)
And the same people do want a stylus, because they don't do too well with using their fingers on a touch screen.
I occasionally miss a stylus' pinpoint accuracy. Capacitative is better most of the time unless you need to draw something - something I did quite frequently on the Palms and WM devices I've owned over the years.
So this device looks intriguing. I never felt the need for a fondleslab, since I have most of the functionality on my phone, and while fun (and possibly cool), it would be another device to carry around and charge and take care of.
I still reserve judgement about this particular device though, until I can get to handle it in person. Since the stylus thing is specific to this device, I am wary of software support. But the resolution is way cool. The size of the thing is the question - more than the pocketability, I have doubts over usability (on screen keyboard etc). So a hands-on test is pretty much necessary.
But if it works - with a stylus and that resolution, I foresee a lot of strategy games on emulators :)