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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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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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    One man returns from a mission to Canada, and is greeted by friends. Friends with questions, observations, and inflammatory declarations about the future of a very special smartphone. A smartphone called BlackBerry. Yes, it's a special edition of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, covering all the ups, downs, and all-arounds of the new Research in Motion BlackBerry smartphone platform, BlackBerry 10, as well as the sleek black slab of potential it's riding on, the Z10. Join us as we welcome an old friend back into the smartphone space by discussing things like Peeking, Balance, Hub, and even ...

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    This holiday season is shaping up to be absolutely insane in the mobile technology space, with new products landing almost more quickly than we can cover them. The pace of announcement and release shows no sign of slowing, but if you're an OEM, one of the nice things about launching a truly impressive beast of a device is that it stays in the headlines a while. Such is the case with the Galaxy Note II, a device we featured rather heavily in the weeks leading up to and following its release, crowned by the longest review I've ever written. It's one of the year's most significant devices, ...

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    "Once we get a slow news week, we're gonna talk about this in-depth." That's been the go-to fallback phrase for the Pocketnow Weekly for the past few weeks, and as the holiday shopping season approaches, we doubt that's going to change anytime soon. On this installment of the densest podcast in mobile tech, we talk about the LG Optimus G and the Nexus 4, HTC's new Butterfly J, Apple's forthcoming iPad Mini, and the Microsoft Surface pre-orders and pricing. Plus, Brandon Miniman continues last week's riffing regarding pen-based input methods, and special guest Joe Levi the Android Guy, ...

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    We recently took you on a guided tour of the S Pen, Samsung's special stylus for its Galaxy Note device family, but that's not the only techno-pen on the market from the world's leading handset vendor. The C Pen was announced amid the clamor of the initial Galaxy S III unveiling, alongside a flood of other accessories that have yet to see the light of day, like the bizarre S Pebble and still-mythical wireless charging pad. Unlike those, the C Pen actually made it into the real world, and we've got one in our hot little hands. Does the C Pen hold a candle to its similarly named S Pen ...

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    I dropped our Galaxy Note II review unit -graciously provided by our friends at Clove- back in the mail just a few days ago. We used it as the basis for a series of feature articles, several video comparisons, and our full review last week, and its departure is already giving me a case of Empty Nest syndrome. There's a lot I miss -and some I don't- about carrying the world's newest, biggest, baddest phablet ... but you'll have to wait for the latest edition of Empty Nest to drop before you get to read all the saucy details. In the meantime, the return to more conventional smartphones has ...

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    "Is it a phone? Is it a tablet? It's Galaxy Note!" So read the quote that kicked off the ad campaign surrounding the original Galaxy Note, the 5.3-inch hybrid device Samsung unveiled last year. Like many Samsung ad slogans, this one was a tad inaccessible, but at least the first two-thirds of it accurately stated the question a lot of us were asking: was the product a smartphone or was it a tablet? And furthermore, what place did it have in the market? What exactly did "it's Galaxy Note" mean? To the surprise of some -and the delight of Samsung, no doubt- those questions didn't keep the ...

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    The S Pen has been with us since the original Galaxy Note, but the one Samsung is packaging with the new Galaxy Note II is an improved model. The new phablet also offers enhanced software features meant to take advantage of the most advanced stylus implementation ever to hit the smartphone market. Michael Fisher, fresh from hands-on time with some awesome new AT&T devices in New York City, is due for a weekend off. Before then, though, join him for a backyard session with the Galaxy Note II he unboxed the other day. Take a tour of the new S Pen's features and capabilities, and see how ...

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    When we were in Barcelona to check out the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the follow-up to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- or the Galaxy Note phablet -- packed, at that moment, a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and a stylus which was separated by the tablet with no way of incorporating it. Then came all the rumors of hardware modifications Samsung might do before the tablet reaches the market and today we get the chance to see and read about some of those changes. The images were snapped at a recent Samsung event and, as far as the internals are concerned, the revamped Galaxy Tab 10.1 will feature a ...

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