Sunday, February 19, 2012

A man's toy

Above: The color of the Samsung Galaxy Note (left) is called carbon blue, but it looks black to me. My old iPhone 3G is on the right. (Click to enlarge.)

I've had my iPhone 3G for three years now. I've seen the 3GS, the 4 and now the iPhone 4S. Each new generation was an improvement, but I resisted upgrading. I noticed that they are selling phones like mine for $0.99 with a new contract. Ninety-nine cents! In other words, they can give them away.

When you're playing poker and not in a hand, you're supposed to observe how others play, but you also need to entertain yourself by reading e-mail and going online. The one thing my phone isn't so good at is reading blogs. Two words: tiny print.

Last December, I read about a new phone with a 5.3 inch (diagonal) screen: the Samsung Galaxy Note. The U.S. launch date was today (unless you pre-ordered, then it was last Friday). Hey, I couldn't resist.

I'm trying to learn how to use it, but two things I can say for sure: The AMOLED screen is gorgeous and I can definitely read blogs.

Photo taken with my P&S.


  1. Congrats on the new phone, let us know how you like it when you figure out how to use it. One concern I would have is that it might be too big to carry around comfortably. Leaving the cult of Apple huh?

    I like my HTC 4G EVO except that carrier, Sprint, has lousy coverage. Oh and sometimes it doesn't charge.

  2. lol My phone looks like it came from 1995 ... and it might have!

  3. I have the Droid Bionic and love it.
    4g is a godsend.
    Decent screen (thou no 5+ incher) and my battery life is damned awesome.

    I plan on using this phone until it dies instead of the normal 2 years and then upgrade.
    Main reason why is Verizon did away with the New-Every2 that I used to get $100 off - last time they would only give me $30 off so they can just shove that BS.

    In fact, next time I have to upgrade I'll be 100% debt free and they can take their contracts and shove it - i'll just buy the phone I want.

  4. There are lots of good and interesting phones out there...I've got a basic cell phone to make calls. I've got an iPod which gives me Wi-Fi Internet and everything the iPhone has except the ability to make calls, except I an do that also with Line 2.

    I've also got an iPad which is wonderful for traveling and much easier to use than any cell phone! I can also make calls with my iPad using Line 2.

    To each his own. You'll love the Galaxy, I'm sure.

  5. Great man tool. Looks good for books too. Nook for Android will give you that for epubs. I imagine PDF were already part of the basic setup. Kindle for Android exists but is too proprietary for my dime.

  6. Speaking of "tools," I figured you, being a great baseball fan, would love the bats. Or maybe I'm just batty?