Lost In Mobile

Shaun McGill

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Lost In Mobile is the continuation of PDA-247 which, under various names, provided news, reviews and commentary on the mobile world for 10 years.

I have been writing about the mobile industry, mobile products, apps and everything else in between and beyond for more than 10 years, and currently write freelance for Imagine Publishing and also undertake one-off projects upon request.

I welcome your comments and thoughts and if you want to get in touch, please do so via the email address or phone number above.

Thanks for stopping by.

Shaun McGill

The Galaxy Note II: I get it now

My local Three store let me play with a Samsung Galaxy Note II for an hour yesterday and I came away enlightened, surprised and feeling a little ignorant.

The S Pen stunned me and I was surprised at how quickly I got to grips with it and how natural it felt. It has been said in the past that if you use a stylus, you have failed. This is not just a stylus though, it is much more than that and greatly adds to the potential uses for the Note II.

The screen size, which I have often criticised in the past, brings something new to Android that I did not expect. I have always found the Android interface to feel cramped and overly complex, even on the Galaxy S III, but it seems that the Note II screen makes Android feel as free and natural as the iPhone 5 to me. It’s hard to explain why this particular size offers that particular sensation when the other large Android phones do not, but for me it made a big difference.

The sheer power on offer, the quality of video playback and everything else I tried took me back to a time I had forgotten. It was like playing with a powerful new PDA again, it felt like a leap forward which the iPhone 5 doesn’t. Of course I have waxed lyrical about the iPhone 5 and it will remain my daily smartphone, but I can now see why so many of you are so impressed with the Note II.

I won’t be buying a Note II anytime soon, mainly because it is just too big for me, but I can recognise that it is a more impressive product that the iPhone. It is more powerful, more original and much more flexible. I get it now.