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03-12-2013, 11:06 PM
Jek McPorkins
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Originally Posted by Dave View Post
I think the note2 is 5.5'' and the gs4 is said to be 4.99''.

I'm likely to get a gs4, mainly because it's the new phone. But I'm still quite torn between the note2 and the gs4.

The note2's screen is kind of a disappointment, but the huge battery/multi-window functionality/stylus are big pluses. The gs4's screen is gonna be nice, but lacks the stylus. I'll obviously have to wait for reviews on the gs4 to see if it has multi-window and what kind of battery life it has.

I really wanna see what's gonna happen with the note3, but the note2 is only 5months old, so I'm not expecting any news on the 3 for quite some time.

Anyone have a note2? How much is the stylus a part of the functionality? Do you use it all the time? Does the stylus improve the phone in anyway? Is it mandatory for certain functions? Or is more of a gimmick?
The stylus is the ultimate solution for note-taking on the fly. Take the stylus out, hold the button on it and tap the screen twice - instant note. Much faster than waking the device and entering a Notes program. It's also excellent for web browsing, especially navigating drop down menus that are impossible to use with your fingers. Quick sketches, some games (like match-3 games or card games), and a really awesome cut/paste mechanic are also really impressive. It's not mandatory, but it's much more than a gimmick. My next phone (in two years, of course) must have a stylus.

The screen is quickly falling behind in terms of dpi, but it's still at iPad 3/4 pixel density, so its still solid enough for me.

If you don't see yourself using the stylus for the above uses, I'd get the S4.

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