Wondering if Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 pen phone is for you? Krishan Sharma explains what he liked and didn't like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
I have been personally using the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 since the smartphone was released back in November of last year and have found the stylus indispensable for jotting down notes.
But while I enjoyed using the stylus to take notes, many people (myself included) found the learning curve too steep when it came to using the other S-Pen related features.
What I found annoying about the pen
For example, to bring up Quick command, you would need to hold the button down on the S-Pen while swiping up with the S-Pen and then entering the preset gesture.
To annotate a screenshot you would need to hold the button down while simultaneously holding the S-Pen down on the screen. To crop content from websites, you needed to hold the button down on the S-Pen while tracing the S-Pen around the specific content. To bring up S-note you double tapped the screen with the Stylus...the list goes on.
More good news
In addition, Samsung has made some improvements to one of the most useful features from the Note 2, Multi Window.
Multi Window allows you to run two apps simultaneously with each app filling up one half of the screen. This time around however, you can drag and drop content between the open apps and also run the one application in two windows at the same time.
For instance, you can read the news in one browser while conducting a web search in another or drag an image from the browser window and drop the image straight into an email turning it into an attachment.
What else is new?
On the hardware side, Samsung have made a number of improvements such as increasing the screen size to a 1080P 5.7 inch display, while still being lighter and thinner than its predecessor.
The Note 2 was one of the few phones on the market that you could comfortably achieve all day battery life with and Samsung says that they have boosted the runtime on the Note 3 even further through software optimisation and a slightly larger battery.
The Note 3 is also the first smartphone to come with 3GB of RAM on board in addition to 4K recording and playback capabilities.
We are waiting on a local release date, but Samsung has confirmed that all four major carriers will be selling the device on contract including Telstra, Optus, Virgin and Vodafone.