It is a very interesting new device. I like all the features it has. I like the stylus as well, much better for drawing or writing out notes. It looks to be a little big though to be carrying around as a phone, although if you have a purse or bag to keep it in, that wouldn't be a problem.
It not a bad idea at all for Samsung to have combined the features of an Iphone and Ipad in on device, this will really attract users that love to have"All-In-On" applications, and I think the use of bluetooth handfree may make the phone features more easier to take advantage of especially because of size of the device.
This idea is going to turn out to be a lucrative business for Samsung. Looking into the future i feel there s going to be a huge fight between the giants ( Apple, Google - Motorolla, Samsung). At the end just hope that we end up choosing the right device and not get lost.
@saranyatil you didnt list RIM among them. Unfortunately tide may seem turning against the Canadian based maker of Blackberry but still major player in smarthpone market. Should RIM makes Android compatible with its Playbook tablet PC that may redirect the market to different scene.
As RIM's senior director of global developer relations, Mike Kirkup disengaged his services from the company, another shaky moment for the company. To buttress this, a report from Michael Lewis, a Business Reporter for the Star.com " the loss of Research In Motion Ltd.’s developer relations chief comes at a critical time as the company struggles to attract software developers to the BlackBerry family of mobile devices", full report here.
Perhaps there is not much Mike K. can do to change the tide. As the ship is shinking, the pool of Blackberry developers, like its end-users, will continue to shrink. RIM must do something drastic very quickly, or Nokia / Palm would be a direct reflection of its future.
This sounds very interesting and a viable option for people who don't want to carry around both items. Though it seems like it might be pushing the upper limits of size when it comes to something to put up to your ear and talk on. It seems like many new smart phones are touting much larger screens, but overall reversing the market trend of old where "smaller was better". I'm sure Samsung will see how many people are willing to have a slightly larger phone for the benefits of a tablet.
You are right Jay_bond,I feel the combination or having the features of a phone and Ipad in one device could be a good one though, I expect this device to sell more despite the size but like you rightly said, let's see what Samsung makes out of this
"As a natural scribbler and doodler, the stylus -- used in combination with the touchscreen swipes -- ups the level of gadget usefulness"
@Jennifer I totally agree with you that the stylus ups the level of gadget usefulness. I think Samsung was smart to realise this gap and released Samsung Note, which looks very different and unique from rest of the peers. Just wondering if this gadget will pose threat to Apple ?
I think that it is fantastic that Samsung has already announced this product. Hopefully, they will follow through and make it available to consumers before competitors, like Apple, jump on the bandwagon. We have to assume that Apple is working on a similar idea.
That being said, I don't know how I feel about such a device if the form factor is too large to hold up to the ear (or at least perceived to be too large). Certainly bluetooth will help, but again, I see this as a tool for the younger generation who communicate mainly via texting and actually talking on the phone is a thing of the past. Maybe college students that can carry this tool around and utilize all its features without ever having to "pick up the phone".
I wonder if you ever consider to use a Bluetooth headset. With BT4.0, a well designed headset can be used for days without re-charge. Otherwise, I agreed that it would look odd and clumsy to hold a phone with 5.3" display.
Also, considering the Use Case, it is natural for you to speak with someone on the phone while you would also want to pull out the phone/tablet from your bag and search for information like a friend's address or phone number or the location of a restaurant which you want to meet your friend at. Make sense?
Technical features are one aspect of product. Its potential applicable market is another part of story. What specific market will this device serve? Is it for just for average consumer markwt? Samsung has to adrress this issue too. I hope the device gets more poulairty. But its form factor may not be very satsfying to many consumer.
True, Jennifer. We can pick out the pros and cons all we want to, but really the sales and feedback that the manufacturer gets (and competitors looking at this technology) will ultimately pave the road to improved versions.
I am curious as to what the begining price tag will be with a 2 year contract and which carrier/s will carry the phone. Little has been said on the internet as to when this device will be released and any pricing or carrier information.
One of the responders said he uses 3 different Android devices because each serves a particular function; he offers an analogy to selecting from a fork, spoon, or a knife.
@Ariella, I am not sure if that analogy works because if he is asked to carry fork,spoon, and knife along with him all the time I guess he would prefer to eat using his hands rather than use those tools.
@tirlapur, but hte person who said this does carry all 3 devices, and, slim as they may be, they would take up more room than utensils. But it did make me think of the Swiss army knife, which can contain various individualized tools, like a knife, corkscrew, etc., all in one gadget. Perhaps that is a goal to work on for mobile devices -- an all-in-one witht the capability to take on the specialized functions of each.
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