Posts tagged with: stylus
  • by | March 20, 2014 2:07 PM

    Even though Apple single-handedly killed the stylus with the launch of its first-generation iPhone in 2007, that doesn't mean that the world is better without it. Surely you shouldn't need a stylus to interact with your device in basic things, that doesn't mean that using your finger for handwriting is practical. We've seen the success of the Galaxy Note line-up at least in smartphones, and once again, we hear that Apple continues trying to re-imagine the stylus. Apple seems to envision its future stylus as more of an ad-on, and not necessarily a core component of the experience. This ...

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  • by | March 19, 2014 8:01 AM

    Inbox Zero. It's become something of a myth in the Pocketnow Weekly recording studio ever since we started actively courting listener feedback all those months ago. Skip a listener-mail section here, another one there, and before you know it you've got a mountain of mail it'd take a whole episode to get through. So that's just what we're doing. Just like we did on episode 076, we're devoting an entire podcast to your missives. We'll hear from people concerned about dual-SIM stigma, people worried about the future of Apple, and people writing to remind us that the automated home isn't as ...

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  • by | January 16, 2014 7:02 AM

    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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  • by | July 18, 2013 7:17 PM

    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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  • by | July 17, 2013 6:31 AM

    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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  • by | May 31, 2013 6:46 PM

    Did we actually get to see Sony's rumored Togari phablet earlier today? The jury's still out on the legitimacy of that find (not to mention there's nothing but the device's size that makes us wonder if it's indeed Togari), but separate from all that, an additional rumor about the phablet's capabilities has come to our attention, and it's just a bit unusual. Supposedly, the 6.4-inch Togari screen will accept stylus input... from any pointing device. The description almost makes it sound like the resistive touchscreens of days past, where you could use a chopstick, fingernail, pen with the ...

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  • by | April 3, 2013 7:00 AM

    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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  • by | March 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    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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  • by | February 1, 2013 3:22 PM

    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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  • by | December 6, 2012 2:32 PM

    With the Galaxy Note II, Samsung has already achieved a sort of double-surprise success. The manufacturer has not only forced an Android-based smartphone/tablet hybrid into mainstream popularity; it's done it for the second time in two years. And this time around, it's not just featured on one national US carrier, but all four - and it's available in 128 countries at the time of this writing. How Samsung achieved this level of success with such an unusual product is no puzzle if you've read our full Galaxy Note II review. The device scored higher than almost any other smartphone we've ...

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  • by | October 22, 2012 6:18 PM

    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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  • by | October 18, 2012 1:50 PM

    "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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  • by | October 17, 2012 4:41 PM

    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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  • by | October 11, 2012 6:38 PM

    "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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  • by | October 8, 2012 8:00 AM

    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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