Writing on a Screen… Reviewing the Galaxy Note II

Thanks to Samsung Germany and Mobile Business I got a late christmas present last year, to be honest a present only for three weeks: A Samsung Galaxy Note II for review.

I spare you the unboxing video…anyways, surprisingly my first impression was NOT „omg what a big phone“. Instead, I have to say that though I do not own a Galaxy S III personally, it somehow it made me accustomed to such screen sizes. However I can clearly see the difference in screen density compared to my Sony Xperia S (worse on the Note). The Note is incredibly fast, no wonder as it is powered by a QuadCore processor.

My first impression of the UI: Cluttered! It is full of information, then you scroll through the home screens and you get to see ads for movies on Samsung’s Video Hub and especially confusing ads for apps in real app-icon size that have not yet been downloaded from Samsung Apps. As soon as you detach the „S pen“, another set of interfaces is presented to you that seems to be a second set of home screens with icons to pen enabled apps. Again, pretty confusing! Finally, to conclude the enumeration of confusing stuff, I am still mixing up the back and menu buttons as on the Note, the back button is right while on my Sony, the back button is left (which though being absolutely reasonable is against the convention I heard).

But as soon as you overcame these obstacles you’ll love to use the pen…but stay tuned for part II of the review! :)

Some Changes…

With the new year came new challenges: I am now a Research Assistant at RWTH Aachen University, one of Europe’s outstanding universities not only in the field of computer science. I am part of the Advanced Community Information Systems (ACIS) group at the i5 chair and working in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), learning new interesting things and continuing my passion for mobile and web technologies and especially XMPP.

I hope to stay connected to my research partners of the past including the PUC Rio (WWW is held in Rio this year!), Shizuoka University in Hamamatsu and of course my Alma Mater, the Technische Universität Dresden. Speaking of Dresden, please check this article just published in the New York Times about this great university!