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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RE: It is terrible though
by radix on Thu 29th Mar 2012 15:18 UTC in reply to "It is terrible though"
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When I get a bigger screen I expect it to be more useful, not just bigger. But you can't expect app developers to start developing for a 5.3" screen when most of them can't even make two versions for phone and tablet.
So the screen is useless. Or should I say, I would recommend a device with a large screen to someone with a vision or motor control impairment, in which case the fact that everything is oversized would be beneficial.

Watching movies, reading books and documents (you can easily read normal PDFs without zooming), playing games, browsing web (again, without zooming) are all awesome on Note.

Yes, some buttons are larger than usual, but what do you expect - that app devs will make special versions of their applications for every resolution? Does anybody do that on PCs or Macs? Does it even matter?

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RE[2]: It is terrible though
by leos on Thu 29th Mar 2012 15:56 in reply to "RE: It is terrible though"
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It's just not worth the trade off for me.

All the advantages of the big screen are marginal at best. Movies are a tiny bit bigger, but still tiny, so it's not like you're going to use it to watch movies if you have any other choice of device. Same with books. The larger screen is still not big enough for ideal book reading so it's just a device of last resort, like any other smartphone.

There is an argument to be made about browsing, but I don't believe you can actually browse without zooming. Even on a tablet I feel the need to zoom occasionally. I don't think a modern page on a 5" screen is very nice fully zoomed out. So gain, the improvement is marginal and you need to go to a tablet to get a significantly better experience

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This is exactly why I have two devices and I am happy with both. Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. For me each serves a specific purpose. I would never try to use netflix on my S2, just like I would never try to walk around with my tab in my pocket (although it does surprisingly fit).

The other main reason I haven't tried to replace both with a Note instead is because if I happen to drain the battery on my tablet, its no big deal, because people (like my parents and grandparents) can still call me. If I only walked around with Note and I happen to drain the battery, I'm out of luck. People can't reach me.

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