Samsung introduced the Note to its Galaxy family and the world in 2011. By January 2012 it had made it to the United States and Samsung’s sales flourished. Also, referred to as a phablet, a phone and a tablet, the Note was a one of a kind device. Not only was it larger than any phone had been since the days of Zach Morris, it also implemented features that were made popular in the days of the PDA. It was the beginning of a new future for mobile devices and the possibilities were infinite.
The U.S. Version of the original Note came stocked with a massive 5.3 inch screen, an unbelievable 1.5ghz dual core processor, an eight mega pixel camera and it also brought back the stylus. Although, the stylus had made appearances in stores for full size tablets, they were poorly made with rubber tips that were to large to do certain things and they just didn’t feel natural. Samsung made the stylus cool again.
With the mobile device seeming to sweep the days of handwriting away like a bad habit, Samsung combined the two in perfect harmony. The stylus, also known as the s-pen, of the Note was not only a writing device, it was an all around tool. You could hand write anything that you would have typed before and watch it be converted into type right before your eyes. You could also use it to edit pictures, write down a quick reminder for yourself, or even draw the exact directions to your house on a map and send it to your family that were coming into town for the holidays. The Note was here and it was making a statement.
Picture the up and coming journalist, backpack on full of notebooks and pens, carrying the huge camera around that he or she worked all summer to buy and dragging their best friend around to help carry the load. These days were now over. Or the student who was not only carrying the calculus book that weighed as much as an anvil but also had notebooks, laptop and whatever else they needed for class. These days were now over. The journalists now had their camera, notebook to write their story and a way to get it to the world instantly, through their social media medium of choice in one device. The student now had their class book as an e-book on the same device that they could take all their notes on.
Samsung has recently released its second version of the Note and it has only gotten better than its predecessor. With the innovations that the Note has and the rumored talks of a third version, the future of the way we use our mobile devices have never been so open. The future is here and it is here to stay.