It’s a sort of tablet-meets-phone. A smartphone with a HUGE screen and little drawing stylus.
I drew the cartoon above on the Note. No, I really did. With the little stylus that comes with it (You can alos use a regular-sized Wacom styles with it as well, if your fingers are to big etc). Fun!
Besides that, it takes pictures, which you can THEN DRAW OVER on the spot. Here’s a picture I did yesterday here in San Antonio (I’m here visiting with my clients at Rackspace):
As an artist, this Android-powered device allows me to do stuff on the the go that my iPhone simply doesn’t. That is HUGE for me.
Here’s another one; this time at a Texas Hill Country Beef Jerky place 100 miles West of town, yesterday morning:
I’ve had nothing but fun since I got it. I understand other artists were given one to try out at SXSW (Follow their campaign hashtag, #BeNoteworthy), so we’ll see what kind of collective interest can be gotten over the weekend there.
My take? Frankly, I’m delighted by it. I’m not saying the Note is the new “iPhone Killer”; that being said, it’s quite reassuring to know that the iPhone is no longer the ONLY game in town. As a traditional iPhone user, I was accustomed to thinking that Android was just a poor man’s iPhone. And then the Note comes along and proves me wrong. Dead wrong.
I hope to be posting more photo-drawings as my busiest weekend of the year progresses. Thanks to Samsung for the great opportunity. Rock on.
[Check out Guy Kawasaki’s post on the subject here.]
[Disclosure: Promotional consideration by Samsung]