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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MoJoe
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2012-03-29

If the Success of the Galaxy Note confirms one thing, it's not so much that people want a bigger screen, but rather that people want a _REAL_ digitizer STYLUS and a decent way to draw, annotate and make freehand notes.

Previous mobile devices with a stylus always had at least one major problem that made success impossible:
* the use of resistive displays (no good. it has to be a real precise digitizer stylus)
* huge tablet format (no good, galaxy note is a good size, but anything much larger won't fit inside a jacket pocket)
* lagging/slow stylus processing: if there's a half second delay between the stylus movement and the line drawing, it's no good
* crappy software (without some decent software to draw and take notes as well as decent APIs to integrate the stylus for developers, a device is doomed)
* too expensive (actually the galaxy note is too expensive as well, but it has the advantage of being the _only_ decent device with a stylus, so it takes it all. besides, it's still _way_ cheaper than microsoft tablet PCs slates)

So here's an open call to all mobile device manufacturers: give us a device that has:
* a real digitizer stylus
* a screen big enough to work but small enough to still fit into a jacket pocket (e.g. like the galaxy note)
* no stylus lag
* a decent screen resolution
* a recent OS version and quick updates. For android devices: the android stylus api should be usable
* a decent drawing / freehand note taking software
* a fair price ( 300€ rather than 600€)

and your device will be a huge success (i know 10 people in my entourage who'd buy one immediately)

Edited 2012-03-29 12:59 UTC

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radix Member since:
2012-02-07

Note's stylus is quite shitty actually. I doubt that stylus is the killer feature, it's mainly about size of the display (how much people want to draw on their phone?).

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

(how much people want to draw on their phone?).


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1413919&page=53 <- 53 pages and counting. And that's just the more-technically-adept people, there's also countless people who do not know about XDA forums.

Oh, and it can be used for MORE than just drawing. Amazing, I know.

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