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During the Super Bowl, Samsung aired this hilariously awful commercial for its new Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet-thing:

http://youtu.be/V40oo4kkzHg

Why is it awful?  Let us count the reasons:

  • Samsung took a shot at Apple, but hit the customer.
  • “It’s got a pen?”  Oddly enough, that was my wife’s reaction too, only she meant it in a bad way.
  • Continuing a trend of blatantly ripping off Apple, Samsung blatantly rips off Apple’s Facetime app (skip to 1:06)
  • They followed up, “the next big thing is already here” with, “coming soon”.  Sounds great, keep me posted.
  • The main feature touted in the ad over and over is a stylus.  A stylus. As Steve Jobs once said, “If you see a stylus, they blew it.”

The Galaxy Note eventually landed at stores, and some initial reviews are in.  They’re…not good.

A paper pad will still be the quickest and most reliable way for you to take notes, a tablet of above 7 inches will give you a richer user experience without being much bulkier, and Samsung’s own Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus can match the Note in performance while fitting more comfortably in the pocket.

Jonathan Geller:

The phone is too big. You will look stupid talking on it, people will laugh at you, and you’ll be unhappy if you buy it. I really can’t get around this, unfortunately, because Samsung pushed things way too far this time.

Finally, Abdel Ibrahim and John Dick with maybe the best thing ever written about a gadget:

The Galaxy Note’s tagline asks if the device is a tablet or a smartphone, but like a girl in Spanx, it’s so much more.

I highly recommend clicking through to that last one.

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