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Topic # 109545 21-Sep-2012 20:00 Send private message

I had a Palm III, Tungsten T and Telecom Harrier.

Does using the S-Pen, recall many of the familiarities of using a PDA, only significantly enhanced.  I had always liked using a pen for the precision it felt versus using fingers (I have short stubby fingers)

Or should I go with a Samsung Galaxy SIII, and adjust to the finger, with the added advantage of a more pocketable device.

Reason I am seriously considering the Note I/II is that larger screen size and the fact my eyesight is starting to fail.


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  Reply # 689643 21-Sep-2012 20:17

Modern devices use capacitive touch screens, which are much more accurate than the old resistive touch screens that you're probably used to - you'll probably find that using your fingers on a modern device is actually better than a stylus on an old PDA.

You can also get aftermarket styluses that you can use with any capacitive touch screen device, the main advantage to the Note/Note II is the stylus is built in to the device and there are some tweaks to the software/interface.

It's probably best to have a play with them in store and get the device that suits your needs, rather than focusing on the stylus.

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  Reply # 689662 21-Sep-2012 20:27 Send private message

Galaxy note's stylus is not even close to what you have to use on the iPhone or SGSIII. Its amazing what you can do with it once you have a play. I've used the 10.1" Note for a few days and almost cried when I had to give it back (5yo daughter did cry)



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  Reply # 689677 21-Sep-2012 20:45 Send private message

So you can get a external case for the SIII with a builtin stylus ?

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  Reply # 689680 21-Sep-2012 20:49 Send private message

KiwiTT: So you can get a external case for the SIII with a builtin stylus ?


But its the type and quality of the stylus. On most phones the stylus is a rubber ball on a stick. The S-Pen is a PEN that is crazy accurate and has a button to perform additional Tasks, the apps on board are built to be stylus friendly.

If the OP is planning on using a stylus mostly then the Note / Note II is the best option.

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  Reply # 689698 21-Sep-2012 21:28 Send private message

KiwiTT: I had a Palm III, Tungsten T and Telecom Harrier.

Does using the S-Pen, recall many of the familiarities of using a PDA, only significantly enhanced.  I had always liked using a pen for the precision it felt versus using fingers (I have short stubby fingers)

Or should I go with a Samsung Galaxy SIII, and adjust to the finger, with the added advantage of a more pocketable device.

Reason I am seriously considering the Note I/II is that larger screen size and the fact my eyesight is starting to fail.



look, i love every bits of my galaxy note. if you like stylus, go for galaxy note 2. i found s3 is too small. my recommendation to you, get note2!!!





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  Reply # 689710 21-Sep-2012 21:45 Send private message

Mildly related to this thread, Smiggles do a real cool capacitive tipped ballpoint pen for $15.99

I use it with my S3 and it works well, not inthe same realm as a note/s pen but not bad

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  Reply # 689737 21-Sep-2012 23:11 Send private message

Wade: Mildly related to this thread, Smiggles do a real cool capacitive tipped ballpoint pen for $15.99

I use it with my S3 and it works well, not inthe same realm as a note/s pen but not bad


really? That'd be cool do you have a link? Couldn't find it on the website.

EDIT: wait found it (http://goo.gl/bvMBd) its the "rubber ball on a stick type" Frown


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  Reply # 689739 21-Sep-2012 23:14

loganjames:
Wade: Mildly related to this thread, Smiggles do a real cool capacitive tipped ballpoint pen for $15.99

I use it with my S3 and it works well, not inthe same realm as a note/s pen but not bad


really? That'd be cool do you have a link? Couldn't find it on the website



Presumably this one? http://www.smiggle.com/SM_navIWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=8&Section_Id=&pcount=&Product_Id=1787741


Seems overpriced - see http://dx.com/s/stylus+pen for example.

Edit - due to the nature of capacitive touch screens (the Note and S-Pen uses slightly different technology), a fine-tipped capacitive stylus doesn't really exist.  The closest is the Adonis Jot (http://adonit.net/product/jot/) or there's a DIY version here (http://tumblr.kinglau.co/post/6442455519/ipadstylusdiy).



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  Reply # 689775 22-Sep-2012 07:12 Send private message

So if I get a Note II, do I simply get a new SIM (I have a standard-size at present) if required and put in the APN settings, and I am good to go.

The Note I/II, will also be a good sized e-reader as well.

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  Reply # 689777 22-Sep-2012 07:16 Send private message

No need to set APN. It should set it automatically







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  Reply # 689787 22-Sep-2012 08:51 Send private message

If I buy a retail Note I/II and use Samsung's own updating software (Kies - I think), and get a new mini-SIM from Telecom, will it work.

The Transfer process - is this correct ?

1) Buy Note I/II - Charge up battery
2) Take to Telecom Store, get mini-Sim
3) Put in Mini-Sim
4) Wait for activation ?!?!?
5) APN details automatically applied ?!?!?
5) Good to go ?!?!?



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  Reply # 689796 22-Sep-2012 10:07 Send private message

Agree with the comments recommending the Note 2 to the OP - for your background and needs as you state them the Note 2 will be better than anything else available.

I see nobody has pointed out specifically why the S-Pen is so much better than all the capacitive styli people are recommending - its a WACOM digitiser. There is a bit of a write up about it here, the most notable point being how much more sensitive it is than the first Note S-Pen, and I wrote a bit more extensively about the digitiser in my review of the original Note in the final part here.

To the OP - if you're in Auckland I will be getting a Note 2 ASAP at release and would be happy for you to gets hands-on time with mine to see whether it's for you (I have an S3 as well, so you could even compare them).

EDIT: Your setup is basically correct, although you could get a micro SIM now and use it with your existing handset with a SIM adapter. No need to wait for activation when you get your new phone that way.




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