2 posts • joined 16 Aug 2012
I was also sure those would be the specs and thought the 16: 10 aspect ratio would be preserved. However, a little thought reveals the fact that the Note is simply a larger iteration of the Galaxy flagship with extra functionality and (optionally) extra screen resolution.
The 16 : 9 change is actually FAR more acceptable to the non-geek market and actually signals that Samsung are expecting a MUCH more successful (read 'sales') product than the 10 million 1st iteration of their "phablet" .
The actual screen tech USED to be pentile which needed to borrow the "missing" correctly-coloured sub- pixel from neighbouring pixels to make up colours due to the RGBG arrangement only having 2/3s of the true RBG colours.
The NEW version however, whilst not being standard RBG DOES have the full complement of 2 small Red and Green sub-pixels plus a double-sized Blue one - since the earlier issue was that the Blue sub-pixels both shine less brightly and wear out quicker than the others.
A great benefit of this is that the Note 2 has a NOTABLY BRIGHTER and sharper screen than the Galaxy S3 even though they have the EXACT SAME 1280 x 720 resolution in a 16: 9 aspect ratio! Normally, the fact that the Note2's screen pixels are larger in size would ensure that the converse would be true.
While I personally would have been in rapture if they had upped the screen resolution to 1600 x 900 ( or even 1440 x 900) with this same pixel tech and thrown in a 12 MPix camera, I must declare that this is a fantastic update after a little rumination. THIS is my next , even though I know a certain HTC is rumoured to be readying a 5-inch superphone of it's own with a possible Full HD screen rez of 1920 x 1080; I doubt that the battery will hold up ( and be removeable!) plus I wonder if they have rethought their stance on MicroSD(XC).http://www.reghardware.com/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_up_32.png/bmi_orig_img/thumb_up_32.png
Only half- awake!
One wonders WHY RIM are still yet to grasp the fact that a large-screened LANDSCAPE SLIDER with qwerty would cover practically ALL the bases. Keeping the sae resolution, they could release a 4.5-/4.8-/5.0-inch screen in a Nokia E7/N950- alike slider and radically increase the potential size of their market/fanbase.
Thus, the lineup should consist of the large screen slider, small-screen Bold-alike and possiblly a large touchscreen-only version for keyboard refuseniks. Forcing buyers to choose between large touchscreen and titchy portrait keyboard allied to sall square screen is *stupid* and reeks of the kind of thinking that has led the to their current state. Was the dictum that keyboards (physical) must ONLY be presented in portrait orientation part of some Masonic oath that all BB product designers had to make or suffer decapitation of their firstborns?
The poky screen/tiny keyboard is the AIN thing that kept me from buying either a Blackberry or a Nokia N900 in spite of all the fantastic Linux goodness they possessed; hopefully they can exorcise this demon as I want BOTH a great screen and a useable keyboard. Even Sasung and Motorola see to be stuck on 4- inch WVGA screens on their sliders coupled to decidedly mid-range SoCs and liited graphics and RAM.....
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