THE NEW DEVICE AIMS TO MARRY A PHONE AND A TABLET, BUT ENDS UP BEING MORE OF THE LATTER.
The new Android beast from Samsung, the Galaxy Note, doesn’t fit into the smartphone category. Thanks to the odd display size of 5.3 inch, it makes you look silly making a call—holding such a chunk of gadgetry close to your lobes is not very comfortable. So smartphone is out, but can it replace a 7-inch or 10.1-inch tablet? Yes, it somehow does.
The Note operates on the familiar Android Gingerbread platform. The 1.4 GHZ dual core processor handles everything smoothly—emails, web browsing, office documentation, games, social networking, downloading apps and multimedia. Being a finger-friendly device, Samsung has thoughtfully added an alternative—a stylus that is similar to the HTC Flyer’s. In addition, the stylus can be used for taking handwritten notes, sketching and painting, replicating the pencil-paper expe-
rience. The Smemo is like a piece of notebook sheet on which you can write, draw or insert an image or mark a location on a map while adding a personalised message. The saved sheet can be shared over email, Bluetooth, Facebook, etc, in the form of a picture. There is also the option of converting handwriting to text—sadly, it failed to work when we tried it out. We also wrote text messages with the Pen. But your writing has to be legible. The stylus isn’t just a single piece of plastic. It has click functions too. A tap on the screen while holding the click launches the Smemo in a compact form. Schoice takes you to the Samsung App Store from where a bunch of Pen compatible apps can be downloaded.
The Note is sleek, useful and lightweight. It’s the size that is a bit inconvenient. It fits into a woman’s purse, but men will have a bulge in their pockets— if it slides in at all.