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15 April 2013 @ 08:46 am
already confused  

I got up this morning convinced it was Tuesday. That’s just not a great way to start the week. We were halfway through our morning ablutions before I realized all my plans for the day were based on activities that weren’t going to happen because it was only Monday. Agh.

I got a new phone. It has the same number as the last one, so if you think I should have your phone number, send me a text with your name in it so I know who you are. :)

(A Galaxy Note II. It’s ridiculous. I love it. If only I could figure out how to do everything with it. :))

Thinks to do today:
- make bread
- get soup
- fold clothes
- get some kitsnaps off the big hard drive
- get shaman rises submitted

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Autopopeautopope on April 15th, 2013 10:11 am (UTC)
How are you finding the Note II? (I am extremely interested ... and right now I'm in the land of the cheap unlocked Samsung smartphone for the next week, i.e. Malaysia.)
kitmizkit on April 15th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
Bearing in mind I've had it for less than three days: I'm *loving* it. I haven't yet figured out how to activate the handwriting-to-text conversion or the voice recognition for creating texts, but I know both can be done. The handwriting recognition works very nicely and was one of the reasons I fell in love with the thing, so I could just scribble a note, and since I can read my own handwriting the lack of conversion to text isn't a *problem*, I just want to make it work. :)

I had to add a Swype app, because I'm used to using it now. It comes with Dropbox installed, so that's very handy. The camera is 8mp and has a whole lot of features that I believe my S2 lacked (although possibly I just didn't notice them).

It is *slightly* too large for me to text/type/dial one-handed easily, but YMMV on that, obviously. The big screen, though, is just heavenly. I would feel comfortable reading e-books on it, whereas I found the S2 screen just a little too cramped for that. I don't as a rule watch video even on a computer, nevermind a phone, because I don't like watching things on a small screen, but the NoteII actually has an expansive enough screen that I wouldn't *hate* watching vid on it if I opted or needed to.

There's boatloads I don't know how to do with it yet, but given that I've only had it a couple days, yeah, I'm really happy with it.
Autopopeautopope on April 15th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC)
FYI, I just ran across this: 50 Samsung Galaxy Note II tips and tricks for novice users -- might be handy.

I'm thinking that, while I like my iPhone 5, this thing looks like a PDA. If I can find one cheap, and add a SIM with the right tariff (i.e. PAYG with an emphasis on data rather than voice) I might well want to experiment with it as a portable writing tool -- add a folding bluetooth keyboard (I already have one) and TextMaker and Graffiti Pro and it looks like what PalmOS might have evolved into given enough time.
kitmizkit on April 15th, 2013 10:39 am (UTC)
Oh, cool, that link will be insanely helpful. Thank you!

Yes! Somehow it feels more...broadly practical...than my S2 did. I loved the S2, don't get me wrong, but the PDA aspects of this, even if I hadn't put it in those words, were already suggesting to me that I could and very likely would use it in that way. Yeah. Cool. :) Good luck!
Autopopeautopope on April 15th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
I am deeply conflicted.

I have an iPad mini. I generally love it, and it's great for spontaneous input. But ...

Android has a huge edge over Apple (and I say this as a confirmed member of the Cult of Jobs) in input method handling -- the ability to plug in virtual keyboards like Swype, or alternative input methods like Graffiti Pro (remember Graffiti, from the old Palm Pilots? It's that, in software!) is hugely important. Ditto being able to use a pen as well as an external hardware keyboard, on screen keyboard, and so on. And finally, there are Android apps that will never in a million years be approved by Apple for iOS -- things like Firefox, complete with AdBlock as a plugin. And a full-blown Linux terminal environment with a Python interpreter if I feel an uncontrollable urge to get nostalgic.

The iPad is terribly pretty, but a bit too locked-down in some respects, and a bit too close to being a real computer (rather than a pocket follows-me-everywhere device in others). And the iPhone 5 is physically too small. And while the Note II was horribly expensive when it first came out, I'm seeing them for the equivalent of around £420 in the shops here.

Edited at 2013-04-15 11:08 am (UTC)
kitmizkit on April 15th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
I love Swype. It's not perfect, but it's very good, and it's the only thing I find makes writing more than a couple of words on a phone bearable.

Being not wedded to Apple myself, I can offer no help there, but I /am/ liking the phone a lot :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on April 15th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
My only cell phone is a cheap thing I use for traveling and emergencies that has no bells and not one whistle. (In part because cell phones mostly don't work at my house out here in the back end of nowhere.) But this thing sounds very tempting...

I have a Galaxy tablet, which I like a lot, although I still haven't taken the time to master most of what it can do. (I've only had it for 2 or 3 years...)