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TMCNet:  THE RETURN OF THE STYLUS [Week, The (Oman)]

[February 02, 2014]

THE RETURN OF THE STYLUS [Week, The (Oman)]

(Week, The (Oman) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The past decade has witnessed remarkable developments in smartphone technology. Originally used as a communica­tions tool for the corporate elite, the first smartphones (per­sonal digital assistants) combined two simple functions based on the key requirements of the time ­ email and mobile phone. Today, smart phones have become an essen­tial part of our every day lives providing access to informa­tion, entertainment and social networks at the touch of a button and connecting us to the world around us.


Larger screens, motion sensors and a vast array of enter­ tainment and productivity applications are now the most important USPs for smartphones. Manufacturers spend mil­ lions of dollars studying human behaviour to help them design user interfaces that are seamless and easy to use. Over time, touch screens have pushed aside hard buttons, and in many cases, text and video capabilities are of higher priority to users than the ability to manage voice calls.

Despite developments in technology, old trends have often resurfaced and been drawn upon to enhance the user experi­ence and to cater for our growing thirst for information and communication. Mobile phone screens became smaller in the early 1990s in an effort to provide a sleeker, 'modern' look, only to grow larger again, and once criticised for their size, larger handsets have now become the norm. Perhaps once viewed as a relic of the late 1990s the 'stylus' is anot­ her re­emerging feature of the smartphone world and takes centre­stage with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The Galaxy Note 3 takes the precision prowess of the sty­ lus one step further and reinvents it for the needs of today's smart phone user.

The new S Pen reinvents and modernises the classic note­taking experience by providing the ability to accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. Samsung consumers can use it to activate 'Air command', a menu panel that offers access to a range of innovative func­tions including: Action Memo which instantly initiates a call, adds to con­ tacts, looks up an address on a map, searches the web and saves a task to a to­do list, all in a flash.

The Screen Write feature allows consumers to scribble comments or additional information onto an image.

Scrapbook enables users to collate information from var­ ious sources including the web, YouTube and their smart­ phone Gallery, in one place for easy viewing. By drawing a circle around an image or photo from Facebook with the S Pen for example, the Galaxy Note 3 will instantly add it the user's scrapbook.

S Finder allows browsing of a variety of content on the phone in an instant, including items in Gallery, S Note, Action Memo, S Planner and communica­tion threads. Using the handwriting search feature, users can also search for hand­written symbols in personal contents and solutions to formulas The direct pen input enables users to write instead of typing and with advanced handwriting recognition technol­ogy across all of the handset's functions, this provides greater versatility and flexibility.

For more advanced note­taking, the new and improved S Note means that users have the ability to write and browse notebooks through the simple interface and exten­sive canvas. The new S Note can be synced with 'Evernote' or a Samsung account, which enables access to these notes from different devices. The S Note function can also turn scribbled notes and doodles into digital text, professional charts or beautiful imagery, instantly.

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