DIF­FER­ENT NOTE

THE NEW DE­VICE AIMS TO MARRY A PHONE AND A TABLET, BUT ENDS UP BE­ING MORE OF THE LAT­TER.

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

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.

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