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  Reply # 714999 10-Nov-2012 01:00 Send private message

DrStrangelove: So, now we have an all singing Smart Dock, I have a question.

"Pinch to Zoom"

Anybody have a Galaxy Note™ II Smart Dock and a Logitech K400R keyboard? OR know of any keyboard with a "surface" which supports "pinch to zoom".???

Since you basically can't get the Smart Dock just yet, and I don't have a K400R, I don't think anyone can answer that for you right now. The K400 does support one multi-touch gesture - two finger scrolling - and that work perfectly on the Note 2. Given that the K400R pinch zooming on the touchpad may well work...

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  Reply # 715000 10-Nov-2012 01:06 Send private message

2degrees has just updated the Snapper app to officially support the Note II. I've been using it fine since I got my Note II. Official announcement must be imminent.



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  Reply # 715001 10-Nov-2012 01:09 Send private message

Note2 and nexus4.. It's very difficult to decide

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  Reply # 715002 10-Nov-2012 01:14 Send private message

At least the note has a bigger screen.

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  Reply # 715005 10-Nov-2012 03:36 Send private message

Smart Dock review:

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  Reply # 715122 10-Nov-2012 12:58 Send private message

Thank you again, NZTechFreak. Great video.

And doesn't the Galaxy Note™ II Smart Dock look soo cute. :-)

I have an Android 'box' attached to a HD TV via HDMI.

As the whole 'docked' thing has not been embraced my the masses yet, there has not been a lot of throught put into the transition from a mobile device screen to that of a larger Full HDTV screen.

To this end I have used LCD Density Changer to decrease the screen density down to a level that 'fits' the HDTV (or Full HDTV) to present a visually acceptable look.

Doing this reduces the applications and presentation size from looking comically 'funny' to a more standard size when using a larger screen.

Doing this also vastly increases the ability to view additional data on a scrolled screen(or even non-scrolled screen) with apps like ES file explorer, Kaiten Mail (or any mail app), IMDb, Google Maps and the list goes on.

On my box I reduced the screen density down to 145 from something like 240 before. This sounds insane, however there is no reduction in the visual 'look' of the HDTV screen image with this device combination, however you will have to tinker with the best fit/screen density to get the best font/image to screen size ratio on your device.

It'd be nice if a docked device just picked all this up when 'docked' such that there is a docked profile and a 'standard' profile.

This could be much the same as Microsoft Windows when you plug in a VGA/HDMI/DisplayPort connection to a bank of 24" Full HD IPS monitors from your 11.6" Alienware Notebook (supports 3+ monitors).

And a question without notice, can one plug a USB printer into the Galaxy Note™ II Smart Dock and then using something like Google Play Store PrinterShare™ Mobile Print have it detect the printer and print a test sheet. No biggie, it just ticks a box and may add to the list of conquests of the Galaxy Note™ II Smart Dock.

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  Reply # 715141 10-Nov-2012 14:02 Send private message

Yep, would have been really nice if they had it switch to tablet UI on detection of docking...

If I get time I will try and check printing, my printer is dying here though, so may present a problem...

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  Reply # 715725 12-Nov-2012 11:28 Send private message

Current Phone:
- Android: Samsung SM-G900F Galaxy S5 (XT)
- Win Phone 8: Samsung ATIV S (XT)

Current Tablet:


- Acer Iconia 7" Android Tablet


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  Reply # 715861 12-Nov-2012 14:07 Send private message

NZtechfreak: Yep, would have been really nice if they had it switch to tablet UI on detection of docking...

If I get time I will try and check printing, my printer is dying here though, so may present a problem...

Another great video NZtechfreak.

Have you tried something like Tasker to automate forced orientation when connecting to a dock? Haven't tried it before, but it sprung to mind when watching your vid. Not sure if screen density can be automated though.

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  Reply # 715867 12-Nov-2012 14:15 Send private message

I'm sure Tasker could do the rotation bit (love Tasker to bits).

Can't recall that it can automate DPI control though, although perhaps one of the apps for that has a plugin for Tasker? Not in a rush to try since I haven't seen much in the way of reports about DPI changing and the Note 2 - it caused some bad problems on some ROMs for the original Note!

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  Reply # 717332 14-Nov-2012 19:35 Send private message

woots got me a big phone today :) ...question is should i root go to a custom rom , i really want to put my apps/ games on the 64gb card leave the phone memory alone... as games are massive these days

please check out my android page on face book do click "like " thanks

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  Reply # 717335 14-Nov-2012 19:39 Send private message

Yep same here got mine this morning, lovin it so far, it's so pretty.

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  Reply # 717513 15-Nov-2012 09:48 Send private message

After all this time, just received:

Unleash your creativity with GALAXY Note II
Be inspired by our powerful smartphone and bring out your creative spark

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – November 15, 2012 – Samsung New Zealand has unveiled the latest addition to the GALAXY family – The GALAXY Note II.

Designed to provide users with a portable canvas in a sleek smartphone, the Note II powers content creation while also enhancing organisation, sharing and multitasking capabilities.

Slimmer than its predecessor, the GALAXY Note II packs a punch and has enhanced features designed specifically to help improve productivity and the overall user experience. This includes a 5.5” (140.9mm) HD Super AMOLED screen that provides breath-taking visuals and crystal clear detail and a cinematic video viewing experience.

Meanwhile, the 1.6Ghz Quad-Core processor ensures users can multi-task at lightning-fast speed with minimal impact on screen transitions and application load times. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the GALAXY Note II provides users with an unrivalled experience and fast and smooth browsing.

Stefan Lecchi, Head of Telecommunications at Samsung New Zealand, says the new Note II is ideal for those who want an intuitive and highly functional device that can keep up with the most demanding lifestyle and work needs.

“Some of the best ideas are those we have while on the go. Whether they be related to work or play – the GALAXY Note II providers users with a handy tool that not only captures those instant ideas but also provides a smart, organised platform to share and express what is uniquely representative of them with friends, family and colleagues. I love the multi-screen functionality which lets me clear emails whilst referring to my meeting minutes in S note,” says Lecchi.

The GALAXY Note II will be available at selected retailers nationwide in late November and comes in two colours: Marble White or Titanium Grey. RRP$1199.

Multi Window
The GALAXY Note II supports true multi-tasking with no screen transitions. Simply drag & drop the application you want from the list to open a new window. Users can simply change the window position or maximiwe their chosen application.

Enhanced S Pen Functionality
The new and improved S Pen, which is ergonomically made for the perfect grip, provides users with a more precise, comfortable, natural writing and drawing experience. The Easy Clip function also enables users to instantly outline and crop any content on the screen in any shape to save, share or paste – even with their personal handwriting which is also made available for emails.

Capture Your Ideas Freely
Freestyle expression is made possible with the Idea Visualiser which enables users to add illustrations by handwriting keywords on the S Note. Sharing of content on the screen is as easy as taking a screenshot on your computer with the GALAXY Note II’s screen capture function. The highly personalised creativity tool comes with 16GB internal memory with an expandable micro SD memory slot.

Air View
Multi-tasking on the GALAXY Note II is made easier with the all-new Air View feature on the optimised S Pen. This lets users hover the S Pen over an email, S Planner, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it or jump from screen to screen. The Popup Note, an extension of the Popup Play feature, enables users to open an S Note instantly as a pop-up window anywhere on the large screen. Users are now even able to take notes with the S Pen while on a phone call.

Access Favourite Apps in a Flash
The Note II’s Quick Command feature enables users to quickly activate the frequently used applications with the S Pen. Sending an email, making a call, searching a location is made easy – simply push S Pen button and swipe upwards on the screen to activate the Quick Command feature.

Get the Perfect Shot
The GALAXY Note II comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo functions introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier this year, are also available on the GALAXY Note II. Additionally, the GALAXY Note II features a new unique camera function, Best Faces, so users can choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photographs. Users are then able to personalise photographs by scribbling handwritten notes on the photograph with the S Pen before sharing with others in JPEG format.

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  Reply # 717679 15-Nov-2012 13:52 Send private message

been using note tool kit v 2.0 to root and get CWR i ve followed all the instructions seems to work except when i boot to CWR just says "apply update from ADB " next options are "apply updates from external storage " .
this the version says "android system recovery 3e "

in the pass its had in my sgs 3 "install from sd card " ...

will it still work or do i need to install sum-thing else

going to revotlion HD rom ....btw

please check out my android page on face book do click "like " thanks

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  Reply # 719845 19-Nov-2012 23:42 Send private message

I bought my big phone today. The price has dropped a bit more at Expert Infotech. Now I have to work out if I like it! This message was brought to you by a stylus-err S-pen

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