Living with the Samsung Galaxy Note

February 26, 2012

Ok, let me be honest from the start.  I have owned a Galaxy Note a couple of months ago and decided to sell it.  This isn’t an indiction of whether I liked it or not though.

I am notorious for the volume of phones I go through, often the same phone more than once.

So, the first Galaxy Note I liked.  I wanted it to replace my tablet and phone, or rather combine them.  It doesn’t quite work.  The screen is simply too large for phone usage and too small for tablet use, unless of course you want a very small tablet or huge phone.  One that a 6’2 man can’t type on or use without both hands for practically ever task.  This doesn’t make it a bad product, it simply makes it a niche one.  I knew this when I got it and desperately wanted to love it.  But the natural in between nature of the device finally got the better of me and I switched back to separate device.s

In the knowledge I did really, really like the phone / tablet concept having really liked the original Dell Streak, even though it was much maligned in the tech press.  Something about the Dell Streak worked for me as a phone and media player, leaving the space open for a tablet too!  Yet, I digress.

I decided a week ago to give the Note another chance, again at first, it was love at first use.  The S Pen (or stylus as most people will call it) works extremely well, does what it says on the tin, if you want to use it.  The dedicated apps like diary, note taking and drawing all do what they should and rather well too.  It’s best aspect, for me, was the screenshot taking and ability to draw straight on to said screen grab before sharing it via email or social media.  It is intuitive and genuinely useful.

The technical specs are up there with the best of the current crop, the screen is drop dead gorgeous.  It’s an amazing Android phone.


The size, for me, is just too much.  I can not be able to complete basic tasks with one hand.  I don’t want to be grabbing my phone with both hands every time I want to use it.  It fits in my pocket fine, even with a case… 6’2 remember.  That side of its large footprint is fine.  I all comes back to the point that I want to slip it out of my pocket with one hand, check some things, with said one hand and put it away again.

That is the deal breaker for me.  Everything oozes class, from build, to the dated but still great Gingerbread version of Android.  ICS is on its way for those who need ICS or want it.

It’s a real shame.  I love the phone, but it’s just outside of the range of everyday usability to me.

Manga Review

December 14, 2008

I have blogged many times about my ideas for podcasts and how they have failed, either because they werent very good ideas or I just didn’t put the time and effort into them.

This is another one of those.  Well, hopefully one that won’t fail.

It’s at the drawing board stage at the moment but I’m sure you can garner some nuggets of information from the title of this post.

The worst film of the year so far

September 25, 2008

Up until yesterday it was easily 10,000 BC that was hitting the top of my list regarding really poor films.

Then I had the opportunity to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull.

This truly is a disgrace of a film.  I can only imagine it could possibly have been made for the money involved.  The story, acting and directing was below anything I thought possible for the franchise that filled my youth.  I wouldn’t even class this as an Indiana Jones.  Ford can only have taken this role for the $$.  It was diabolical.  Honestly.  It seems they took everything that was good about the films and the formula and chucked it out the window.  Boring and tedious for the most part with a story that was laughable, even for an Indiana Jones film.

I can’t imagine I am alone in thinking this and after reading some other reviews it’s clear that I’m not.

I feel like Lucas has done a Star Wars prequel to one of my favourite series of films.  It was a very sad day yesterday.  Felt like a part of me died….


The Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Season 2 Episode 1 Review

September 17, 2008

Well, what can I say.  The first episode of the new season is a real cracker.  Picking up the cliff hanger of season 1, which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen it, the episode takes things in brilliant new directions and extends the scope of the series dramatically.

I can’t say too much about plot without giving things away and thus spoiling it for you if you haven’t seen it; but what I can say is that fans of Terminator 2, the film, will be very interested and excited by the end of this episode.

Season 2 appears to be taking what was already building into and excellent series and stepping it up to the next level.  Possibly a level above.  I didn’t expect anything quite this good.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

June 1, 2008

Blade RunnerIt’s been many years since I watched this film on VHS.  I think back then I wasn’t old enough to appreciate or understand most of the finer plot points and as such had dismissed it in my youth.  But I was wise to give it another go when The Final Cut appeared on TV.

I love this dark vision of the future.  It doesn’t go into huge amount of detail about this version of our possible future and, I think it is fair to say, is slightly optimistic about how far we would come by 2019 in some respects.  But for a 25 year old film it doesn’t half hold up well.

The visual environment is stunning and epic in proportion.  Every scene, landscape and visual oozes quality and attention to detail.

Harrison Ford does what he does best.  He plays Harrison Ford but that doesn’t take away from the quality of the experience as a dark and foreboding  image of the future.

This story of replicants and their hunter, or Blade Runner, is as good as it ever was.  The script is delectable and as a fan of the sci-fi genre I can say that you won’t go far wrong with this.  Did I mention this is a Ridley Scott film?  No, the name alone explains most of the quality.

Deliciously dark.  Tempered and paced to perfection.