Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Mar 2012 10:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over the years, one thing has been very hard to grasp for some people: the fact that people want smartphones with 4.0"+ screens. These 'some people' seem to believe that because Apple chose a 3.5" display, any display size that isn't 3.5" is wrong. Keep that in mind when you read Samsung's latest little communiqué: the Korean giant has sold (not shipped, sold) more than 5 million Galaxy Notes. Which has a 5.3" screen.
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Correction
by abdavidson on Thu 29th Mar 2012 10:47 UTC
abdavidson
Member since:
2005-07-06

People think they want a larger screen. Once real world usability (store-ability, handle-ability) of the form factor comes out the reality of whether they want it or not will be apparent.

Personally, the idea of using something like that as my primary communication device is just nuts to me.

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RE: Correction
by No it isnt on Thu 29th Mar 2012 11:16 in reply to "Correction"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

I've handled one, and it's fine. I find it much more usable than a tablet, as it's actually portable, and you can hold it wihout getting RSI. It still fits in regular jeans pockets (even with a stupid thick leather cover), and is vastly superior to all other phones I've seen as an e-reader. As a communication device, it makes a tablet superfluous and works fine as a phone. You can't say that about the iPhone.

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RE: Correction
by vocivus on Thu 29th Mar 2012 11:59 in reply to "Correction"
vocivus Member since:
2010-03-13

I think I want, therefore I want.

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RE[2]: Correction
by abdavidson on Thu 29th Mar 2012 12:08 in reply to "RE: Correction"
abdavidson Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe you are lucky, but I think most people will have had a situation where they have wanted something and if they've got it, it's not lived up to their expectations for one reason or another.

That is all I was saying.

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RE: Correction
by radix on Thu 29th Mar 2012 12:16 in reply to "Correction"
radix Member since:
2012-02-07

Note is for people who don't want just communication tool. They want media player, good web browsing experience, ebook reader, gaming gadget etc. all in one and all the time with you. Note excels in this.

Personally, I don't use Note (or any other phone) as a communication device a lot. I got one phone call every 3 days, write maybe 4 SMS a week. It's only fallback, for most of the time there's email, Skype and IMs on my notebook.

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RE: Correction
by butters on Thu 29th Mar 2012 13:47 in reply to "Correction"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

There's definitely room in the market for mobile devices which are sized to fit in pockets, handbags, and bookbags/briefcases. This entire product space was born on the premise of a mobility spectrum, trading some amount of capability for some amount of mobility.

The Note can be a very compelling device for people who tend to carry handbags or other small bags. It offers more than smaller pocket devices, but it can go where larger tablets can't.

I am sympathetic to the criticism that using the Note as a handheld phone may seem awkward, but there are peripherals (bluetooth or minijack headsets) which mitigate this potential concern.

Personally, it's not for me, but it's easy to see how it may fit the lifestyles of many other people, especially women.

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RE: Correction
by AnythingButVista on Thu 29th Mar 2012 13:56 in reply to "Correction"
AnythingButVista Member since:
2008-08-27

People think they want a larger screen.

At least with Android you are allowed to think and want whatever you want. With iOS you have to want what Apple wants you to want.

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RE[2]: Correction
by lindkvis on Thu 29th Mar 2012 14:21 in reply to "RE: Correction"
lindkvis Member since:
2006-11-21

"People think they want a larger screen.

At least with Android you are allowed to think and want whatever you want. With iOS you have to want what Apple wants you to want.
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It is definitely the case that you have to accept the whole thing or nothing when it comes to Apple products. After all, they only produce a limited number of products for iOS. And unless you like the package (iOS, iDevices, iTunes, iCloud, etc.) there are better choices out there. There is no doubt this is a weakness of the Apple products.

However, don't presume for a minute that Apple customers cannot think for themselves. Lots of Apple customers are of the opinion that the whole package works for them and I'm certainly still willing to forego some features for the convenience of the full Apple ecosystem.

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RE[2]: Correction
by dsmogor on Thu 29th Mar 2012 15:36 in reply to "RE: Correction"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

Apple has put itself between a rock and the hard place.
On the one hand their development model ignores resolution independence, so adding more pixels (if not doubling) is out of the question.
On other hand the retina display myth will be bursted once they will release a stretched screen.
They could get away with it if the biggest Android res was 960x540 (i.e. a year ago), but now we are heavily entrenched in HD era. Iphone 5 will have to offer a lot of advantages to cover its inevitable screen fiasco.

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RE: Correction
by WereCatf on Thu 29th Mar 2012 14:16 in reply to "Correction"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

People think they want a larger screen. Once real world usability (store-ability, handle-ability) of the form factor comes out the reality of whether they want it or not will be apparent.


Indeed, I own a Galaxy Note and once real-world usability came out... I still like it.

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RE: Correction
by gilboa on Thu 29th Mar 2012 14:49 in reply to "Correction"
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

People think they want a larger screen. Once real world usability (store-ability, handle-ability) of the form factor comes out the reality of whether they want it or not will be apparent.

Personally, the idea of using something like that as my primary communication device is just nuts to me.


Back in August (?) I bought an SGS2 for myself and SE X8 for my wife (back than she wanted a small device).
I now plan to replace my SGS2 with something bigger (SGS3?), and my wife, which previously wanted something small, plans to take over my SGS2.

Before you ask, both of us have normal-sized hands.

- Gilboa

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RE: Correction
by dsmogor on Thu 29th Mar 2012 15:29 in reply to "Correction"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I agree Note kind of sucks as a phone. (but that can be attributed more to Touchwiz than the form factor itself).
One handed use is seriously crippled as well. It could be fixed by UI layout reorg but apparently Samsung can't do that. The phone function is just there so that you don't have to carry a phone in addition.
But if calling is not your major thing it rules as a portable computing device.
It delivers full web experience (on par with tablets), the noting ability kind of grows on you with time, games and videos have simply no competition (in phone form factor), the camera is top notch as well (it's not Nokia 808 of course).
At the same time you still can have it around, always. That's something that can be said about tablets.

Edited 2012-03-29 15:31 UTC

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RE: Correction
by Moredhas on Thu 29th Mar 2012 21:08 in reply to "Correction"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

WRONG!

I had a Dell Streak. Same size as the Note, very easily handled and pocketable.

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