Posts tagged with: stylus
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    The cards don't always come the way you want them. But if we're looking at LG's cards correctly, it plans on having the G5, G5 Lite, X screen and X cam devices share MWC showroom real estate in Barcelona next week. If that isn't enough smartphone for you, just add one more. LG has pre-launched the Stylus 2, intended to be the successor of last year's G4 Stylus — or, in North America, the G Stylo. One of the major changes comes in shrunken dimensions as the Stylus 2 will be 2mm thinner and about 21g lighter than the G4 Stylus. 1.5GB of RAM on the new slab represents a 50 percent ...

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    Is the iPad Pro a personal computing replacement? Will spending at least $1,067 for a tablet, keyboard and stylus as opposed to an 11-inch MacBook Air with an accessory or two really make sense? Why not consider a Microsoft Surface? Well, it depends on your way of thinking when it comes to tablets and laptops. Microsoft's Senior Communications Manager for Surface Dan Laycock spoke to TrustedReviews about his company's line and where he believes Apple stands. // d;d++)c[d].apply(u,n);return u}function a(t,e){f[t]=s(t).concat(e)}function s(t){return f[t]||[]}function c(){return n(e)}var ...

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    Time to play Spot the Difference! The iPad Pro finally hitting some human hands outside of factories while the Apple Pencil looks like its going to take its time. But those who shelled out the extra cash to get a stylus might be wondering how it compares to Microsoft's Surface Pen, one that comes with the package. Turns out, they're neck-and-neck. One Angel Jimenez de Luis has been using his iPad Pro for about a week and a half and just so happens to have a Surface Pro 4, too. Can you tell much of a difference? Unless you go frame peeping, not really. On cursory analysis, average latency ...

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    And if your socks aren't knocked off by that price, wait until you see how high it can go. Apparently, that's the way the former PC division of Sony is kicking off business all by itself. And it's not afraid to join in the fray with Apple and Microsoft for king of the productivity tablet. The 12.3-inch Z Canvas is meant for the creative types — VAIO calls out photo editors, illustrators and graphic designers — who need the versatility of a detachable keyboard and the precision of a digitized stylus. The device itself comes in an aluminum alloy build with an anodized exterior. Display ...

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    We've praised Samsung's Galaxy Note series of phablets time and time and time again. There's just something about what it does with a slab and a stick that makes using a phone all the more fun and productive. We've seen rivals leap out of the woodwork with try-hard wannabe Notes, but they haven't had as much traction with keeping up the battle for prestige. Well, if we're hearing correctly from parts manufacturers today, enter Huawei with its own "Note" effort. The original Ascend Mate, keep in mind, also had a stylus — it just didn't neatly tuck within the device like any of the Notes ...

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    Apple's WWDC is still a topic to discuss, given the event extends throughout the week, and as more presentations continue, we get to learn more about what Apple is building into its new software platforms. iOS 9 has proven to be a true gem so far, with much cooler hidden features than the ones that were announced at the event. Today we discover a new feature to come, and this could mean big news for iPad users. iOS 9 brings a brand new Cocoa Touch, which for those not familiar is the underlying UI framework used by software programs that run on iOS. This new update reduces the ...

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    Samsung, despite being something of a copy-cat, makes great hardware. It's smartphones, especially those in the Galaxy S family, are fabulous pieces of hardware. Phablets like the Note, and the Note Edge cater to those of us who want larger devices, but don't want to pack around a tablet (or a tablet and a smartphone, too). That said, there are a growing number of situations and circumstances where a tablet is simply the right tool for the job. Thanks to what we've seen from Microsoft in Windows 10, Samsung tablets will soon have some real competition. Where we came from Not that long ago, ...

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    Many of us miss the old days of the Windows Mobile and Palm stylus, something that Apple single-handedly killed with the iPhone. Still, it would be unfair to forget that the Apple Newton was one of the first products to feature such a concept, and we have seen companies like Samsung succeed in making the stylus something smarter. Recent patents showed us that Apple has been considering building a stylus for the masses, but under a very different concept to what we currently see in the market. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo gained a lot of fame for some of the recent iPhone 6 predictions. In a new ...

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    Not that long ago whenever you talked about mobile tech it went hand-in-hand with a stylus that you'd use to input all your data. Our PDAs, whether Palm Pilots, Window CE Palmtops, or Apple Newtons, all came with a stylus. Most were basic, but there were web stores that offered upgrades to add a little panache to what would otherwise be a plain stick tipped with a special piece of plastic. With every new PDA came a visit to PDApanache.com to pick up a metal stylus. Plastic just didn't have enough heft to it, and let's face it, a shiny metal stylus simply looked better! The past That was ...

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    Apple was clearly responsible for the death of the stylus after the launch of the first-generation iPhone. In a way, this has allowed user interaction with smartphones to be more efficient, but it also removes the level of accuracy that styli have offered users since their inception. Samsung has tried to pioneer the re-birth of the stylus with its Galaxy Note lineup, but reports claim that Apple has something cooler up its sleeve. We've been covering a significant amount of patents that Apple has filed with the stylus, but none of these have yet become a product. A new patent today reveals ...

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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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    I've always been the most technologically advanced guy in my family, and even in my group of friends. I've generally got the latest generation smartphone and tablet. I wear a Bluetooth headset for listening to music and making phone calls. I own several smartwatches (even before the LG G Watch and Pebble came on scene). My house, car, and office are peppered with NFC tags. Now we're starting to see what I consider to be a disturbing trend: body-modding for tech. Not long ago we saw a tattoo artist who embedded four high-power magnets into his wrist so he could keep his iPod Nano at the ...

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    The stylus has had a pretty traumatic life. It was a necessary tool back in the beginning of the smartphone and PDA era, as mobile operating systems weren't designed with stubby fingertips in mind. Rather, buttons, soft keyboards, and entire UIs were fixated beneath resistive touch screens, which didn't discriminate between a user's fleshy digits or retractable pen tips. Quite literally, you could use just about any ol' object as a stylus, so long as it was strong enough to squeeze the protective plastic coating and digitizer together. The finer the point, the better. The stylus all but ...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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