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