I'm a writer, in the most literal sense of the word.
I may use electronic inputs so often, my fingers ache at the end of a day spent swiping and typing, but when I bolt off to a meeting, it's with note paper and trusty Bic in hand. I have a Google calendar, but rely on the to-do list at my elbow. I even write letters to my grandma, the old-fashioned way.
So when the Samsung Galaxy Note came along, I challenged myself to exchange the pen for the stylus. I would use the Note's S-Pen as my primary memo tool, an updated crossover that marries the benefits of digital storage with the psychologically satisfying action of physically writing something down.
Using the S-Pen My exercise began with Samsung's media walk-through of the Galaxy Note itself. I had seen the device at CES, with its 5.3-inch screen and 4-inch, ribbon-thin stylus, but hadn't spent much time using it.
I won't lie--it took some getting used to. The memo app has a bit of a learning curve as you work out how to open and title a note, how to adjust pen tips and sizes, and how to lock the screen to view-only mode.
Then there's the writing implement itself. As I mentioned in my full review, the S-Pen is small and slim; it feels OK, but doesn't have a terribly comfortable grip. The $50 accessory pen (S-Pen Holder Kit) is vastly more comfortable for longer stretches, and has a rubber cushion.… Read more