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    It's been a long road of changes for the Samsung Galaxy Note over the last couple of years. That "thing" that we eventually named a phablet was prone to divisiveness from the tech media a few years ago, right up until people started to use it. It turns out that the whole concept of a huge phone actually made sense — so much so, Samsung touts that the phablet market has grown by 200 million units year after year since the inception of the first Galaxy Note in 2012. The road since has been full of mixed reactions. For four whole years, the Note was the dream powerhouse. Then, the Galaxy ...

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    A few years ago many people mocked Samsung for bringing the stylus back to life with the S Pen. Yes, the experience was far superior to any stylus anyone had ever used before, but the topic was always the "big phone" you had to hold to use it. Fast forward six generations, and the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is not only one of the best phablets money can buy, but also one of the best smartphones, period. The S Pen is just the cherry topper, but after some extensive use, it turns out that this "added value" has become far more useful than ever. The answer of whether you need an S Pen or not is a ...

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    The Galaxy Note 7's digitized stylus, the S Pen, has gotten sleeker, more durable and smarter. The tip of the S Pen now measures 0.7mm, less than half the size of the Note 5's pen — it allows for pinpoint wisps. If you're working with a wide brush for oil paint colors, you can also mix them to generate colors as you would with real acrylic while at the other end of the stylus, you can erase what you need to erase. SVP of Product Strategy Justin Denison also told of more software feature including instant text translation on highlight and "Smart Select," which can crop a portion off a ...

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    Following an epileptic opening ceremony and a melodious collage of national anthems to follow along with the Olympic spirit, Samsung has officially announced the Galaxy Note 7. Company president Dongjin Koh calls it the "world's most intelligent smartphone" and an entry into the fastest growing category of such phones: the phablet. Big points about the Note 7 were presented before the phone was even announced like the iris scanner, — with applications for keeping parents' children safe (and vice versa) along with mobile banking — the device's water-resistance, its wireless charging ...

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    This supposed phablet started out in the rumor mills as the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Since then, we've been trying to parse together the ins and outs, the hairpins and straightaways, and all of the jokes claiming that six was too afraid of seven because the marketing team got involved. We are T minus five days to the next Samsung Unpacked event in New York, which is where we expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be launched. What better time to look back at how we, the tech media, have built this speculative motherboard up? Power The Note's legacy has been to be the leading edge of how much horsepower ...

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    But why are we talking about it? It's not going to be there come Unpacked time anyways, right? At least, that's the assumption we're making out of all the words about Samsung's curved-only strategy for the Galaxy Note 7. Well, if you've been hoping for a flat screen (weird to be saying that for a smartphone), you can continue hoping. One Weibo user has seven pictures of a working Note 7 unit with a flat screen. It's black, it's glossy, it has room for an S Pen and it boots into TouchWiz. [gallery columns="7" ids="478225,478224,478223,478222,478221,478220,478219"] Samsung doesn't tend to ...

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    At this point, Samsung should just start encouraging rumor makers to talk about the S Pen. The Galaxy Note 7 is short of three weeks away from launch and it was only last week that we even talked about the S Pen's enhanced endurance. But the company's mobile chief decided it needed to excite the audience about it some more. Dong-Jin Koh told reporters that the Note 7 will be getting "improved 'Note' functions this time" with more adept software housing it all. A great job of saying something that's full of... nothing. Hey, remember when Samsung filed a design patent for a stylus that could ...

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    We may know how the Galaxy Note 7 may look like when it gets released. It's going to have some new digs and some old edges. We might even know what's going to be inside of this thing. But what makes a Note a Note? The S Pen, of course. And it wouldn't be fair to Samsung if we didn't decide to start talking about that lovely stylus. Specifically, we're learning from Indian outlet iGyaan that the S Pen will run off of a big update to Bluetooth LE (low energy) which should ease up on the consumption needs there. Air View mode will now also have access to a dictionary, text dictation and an ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 5: one hell of a piece of hardware, with killer display, stunning camera, and a stylus experience the likes of which you won't find elsewhere. It's a worthy handset to wear Samsung's latest flagship hat … if only it weren't for the stupid issue with wrong-way S Pen usage. Use the S Pen stylus as intended, and you're in great shape, but with 2015's redesign, Samsung opened the door for a nasty situation where users could jam the S Pen into their Note 5 the wrong way around, and beyond getting the stylus stuck, such a move could permanently damage the Note 5's ...

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    One of the many changes Samsung made for this year's Galaxy Note phablet concerns the handset's S Pen stylus, and for the Galaxy Note 5 Samsung came up with a design that allows the S Pen to be stowed away flush inside the phone, retrieved by means of a spring-loaded mechanism. The Note 5's already selling like hotcakes, but as more and more users get their hands on the smartphone, a few a running into a bit of a sticky situation with the redesigned S Pen, getting the stylus stuck in its holder – upside down. While it seems obvious that the S Pen isn't intended to be shoved into the Note ...

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    The S Pen is one of the defining features of Samsung's tremendously popular Galaxy Note series. Along with the characteristically large display, it's what gives the line its name, and though not every owner of a Note uses the S Pen, for some people it's an invaluable tool that makes other phones feel almost unusable by comparison. Back when the first Galaxy Note was announced, the idea of bringing the stylus back to smartphones after the introduction of multitouch capacitive displays sounded downright absurd ... but of course, we know now that the S Pen is much, much more than just a ...

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    Over the years, many Galaxy Note owners have told me a similar story about Samsung's S Pen. They say it's one of those accessories that gets used a lot in the first week, and then seldom ever again. Despite the fact that the S Pen is one of the crucial differentiators that makes a Note a Note, I understood completely. During my time with the Note II as a kind of "extended daily driver," I felt much the same: the S Pen was an occasional novelty and little more. As I made clear in Pocketnow's full review of the Galaxy Note 4, I'd still like to see more streamlining, simplicity, and ...

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    One of the many reasons the Galaxy Note line of products from Samsung is so popular is because of the S Pen, and all of the software features that are baked-in to TouchWiz allowing the stylus to serve as a useful productivity tool. With the Note 4's release, the list of features has become so long, that it was decided that a whole Samsung S Pen video was to be produced to help Note 4 owners (and soon-to-be owners) out with their new phone. You're walked through three features: Smart Select - Capture and Share, Smart Select - Link to related apps, and Photo Note. The former lets you capture ...

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    To date, I've used all of Samsung's Galaxy Note devices. I've owned two of the three previous Galaxy Note smartphones – the original and Galaxy Note II – and loved them both. I really enjoyed the Galaxy Note 3, as well, but never felt compelled to buy it for personal use. But I'll get into that in a second. All year, I've been waiting – like many of you – to see what the Galaxy Note 4 is all about. I reviewed the Galaxy Note 3 for AT&T back in October of last year and gave it one of the highest scores I've ever given a device in a review: a 9.3 out of 10. The only cons I listed ...

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    New phones, tablets, and wearables are only half the fun of the product launches we see at events like IFA 2014, and beyond the big-ticket items themselves, we inevitably learn of dozens of new accessories tailored specifically for these models. Today's announcements have already delivered a nice assortment of add-ons, and with Samsung's Unpacked 2 event still fresh in our mind, we wanted to touch upon one of the classiest accessories to arrive so far, the special Montblanc stylus lineup for the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge. Samsung's S Pen stylus is already incredibly functional, ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Watching the Galaxy Note line evolve over the past two years has been very, very interesting. Samsung kicked off a new category with the original Note back in 2011, packing the specs and performance of a small tablet into the body of a large smartphone, and throwing a modern-day stylus into the mix to sweeten the pot. The device beat all expectations to become a hit - but it did so at a fairly modest scale. So for its next trick, Samsung endeavored to "consumerize" the Note line, slimming its hardware and aligning its feature set more closely with the flagship Galaxy S series - something ...

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    Fun fact: it's almost a year to the day that we unboxed the smartphone that would capture our hearts and forever change our collective opinion on the phablet category. And despite the intervening three hundred and fifty seven days, two important factors remain the same for today's unboxing video: the daily dollop of hair gel didn't make it onto our host's head before filming, and the branding on the box once again reads "Galaxy Note." That's right: the Galaxy Note 3, the device we first glimpsed back in Berlin and which we savagely demoed in video after video from Samsung's massive IFA ...

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    Samsung may be the king of smartphones, but every single time they've launched a tablet in the past, I cringe. You can bet they've made me cringe continuously as well, since I've lost count of the amount of Galaxy tablets in the market. Some people argue that the only reason why Samsung sells so many smartphones is because of their marketing, and even though there's a high level of accuracy to that remark, that's not as easy as you think. If the product is not good, customers have a window of return, and we do know a ton of cases of people that have returned products because of that. ...

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    The original Galaxy Note surprised us all. We all laughed and joked at how absurd a 5.3-inch smartphone sounded. Who would ever want to carry a phone that big every day? It seemed ludicrous, and we had trouble imaging anyone would ever buy one and … actually like it. Turns out, a lot of us were wrong. The Galaxy Note was a success, so Samsung made a successor, the Galaxy Note II. It's been my personal phone for the better part of a year. Michael uses one as well, and so do Anton and Jaime, from time to time. Even now, I have one sitting on my desk, with a bright orange flip cover. ...

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    I've been playing with a lot of Samsung devices recently. That should come as no surprise, given the sheer volume of smartphones and tablets on the market bearing the brand of the world's leading handset manufacturer. The company is, if nothing else, prolific. But the abundance of Samsung hardware across the landscape makes it more impressive that some of the company's products still manage to stand out. I'm not referring to the new Galaxy Tab 3 devices we recently unboxed (check for reviews next week on each of those), but rather to a sub-brand that transitioned from punchline to paragon ...

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    Two tablets walk into a bar. One of them bears an impossibly long and convoluted name despite its slim dimensions, and the other packs quite a bit of girth alongside its useful S Pen stylus. With an $80 gulf between them, the question facing the patrons of this imaginary, tablet-serving watering hole isn't an easy one. That question is this: which one do I try to take home with me? For the answer, check out our most numerically intense comparison ever, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 vs Galaxy Note 8.0 (or "battle of the Samsung slabs," if you've never been one for numbers). We stack the Tab 3 against ...

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    Wow, the morning has just begun and we're already flocked with a ton of pre-orders and now even a device that's already being sold. Such is the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which now reaches Samsung's Experience Store in London, and this time it's not just for you to order it. You can either go to the London store and give it a try, or pick one up if your mind is made. Samsung's Galaxy Note 8.0 marks the sweet spot for pen input. The Galaxy Note II is not a small phone at all, but it is rather big for most people, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 is simply too big to take notes ...

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    An open letter to OEM's: Dear HTC, LG, Huawei, Apple, Nokia, et. al. We the mobile consumer wish to address a concern that we have, and indeed have had for some time. This concern has burrowed its way into mobile society and lies content it its satisfaction that it cannot be overcome. This concern is a clumsiness built into most mobile devices of today. My friends, I am referring to the abandonment of precision. The Stylus. The stylus's absence can be felt with every Draw Something sketch, with every cursor drag, with every photo that goes un-retouched. The human finger is just too big and ...

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    The big problem with Android on full-scale tablets, as we've pointed out time and time again, is that there's no significant Android app ecosystem at that screen size. Google Play apps written for smartphones automatically scale up and work well enough, sure, but it's certainly not an ideal experience at anything over 7 inches - a fact Apple harped on during its iPad mini launch event. That's an old conversation, and we along with others have spent the better part of a year speculating on possible solutions to this problem. Of course, the short answer is "Android devs need to code more ...

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