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November 12, 2011

Alex Dobie at Android Central has just reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Note, these are the snippets of the review about the device’s stylus pen:

Unfortunately it’s small, fiddly and doesn’t give much feedback when pressed. Samsung offers a larger adapter for the S Pen, which is designed to make it easier to hold, however one wasn’t included with our review unit.


While much of the Note’s software is designed to work with S Pen, we have to admit that during most of our time with the Galaxy Note, the pen remained in its holster, and we were happy to paw at the screen just like we would with any other smartphone.

Even though Alex noted that the S Pen has some neat features to use with the Galaxy Note, it’s intuitive and easy to use with the bundled memo and photo editing apps. But for me, those reasons are not good enough, especially with a device with large screen like the Galaxy Note. Alex also said it himself in his review: “The main trade-off with a device of this size comes in ease of use.”

Isn’t one of many purposes of multi-touch display is so we don’t have to be bothered again with stylus? Steve Jobs said* it best:

What we gonna do is get rid of all these buttons and just make a giant screen.
A giant screen.
Now, how are we gonna communicate this? We don’t wanna carry around a mouse, right?
So what are we gonna do? Oh, a stylus, right?
We’re gonna use a stylus.
No. No. Who wants a stylus?
You have to get em and put em away, and you lose em. Yuck.

* Note: excerpted from Steve’s keynote on the introduction of first gen iPhone back in 2007

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