re: Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Notes, Proves Reviewers Wrong
I'm sitting here chuckling to myself about this. Good for you, Samsung!
I think the biggest problem that many reviewers suffered while reviewing this device is that they didn't actually review the device. They saw a commercial, made some very bad assumptions ("you need to use the stylus, what is this 1998?!") and spouted out waves of ignorance without ever actually considering the advantages of a device like this.
No, I'm not referring to any review I saw on this site (thankfully!) but, on most other sites.
The simple fact of the matter, which almost every reviewer missed, is that one of the biggest usability issues with iOS and Android devices is a lack of finite input control. Drawing a thin line, or attempting to check off a checkbox or button with your big fingers, is very difficult and frustrating. Having a stylus overcomes this. It makes it possible to really use a tablet or smartphone as a replacement for a notepad especially if the stylus has a fine point and the user can control the width of the line drawn.
Apple had that part of it figured out with the Newton 120 - the usability of a heavy fine pointed stylus. It's really surprising to me that 16 years later, we still don't have a good stylus for the newer Apple tablets.