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Samsung Galaxy S3 Accessories: The C Pen Review

Samsung C PenThe C Pen is a capacitive stylus made to work specifically for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Unlike most capacitive stylus that have a big soft rubber on the tip  that tend to be much softer to the point where they squish in considerably, the Samsung C Pen gives you a more precise input option due to its soft, yet firm, 3.5mm pointed tip.

The C Pen has a solid build with confident weight to it and looks just like an actual pen. Its pointed tip makes for far more accurate handwriting and drawing on your S3 than your finger.

On the flip side, I find that the C Pen is not always very responsive.  Sometimes, you have to press firmly on the screen to get your task done. Also, the C Pen is made specifically for the Samsung Galaxy 3, just like the S-Pen was made for Galaxy Note, and they do not work on any other smartphones, including each other.

The Samsung C-Pen offers, to some extent, similar experience as Galaxy Note’s  S Pen. The C Pen, however, falls short with the experience you get. Tagged the poor man’s S Pen, the C Pen is based on an entirely different technology and lacks the wacom digitizer technology that gives the S-Pen 1,024 levels of pressure, which lets you draw weighted lines as you would with a real pencil. You get palm or finger rejection, which means you’ll rarely draw an accidental line with your hand. Basically, it’s akin to upgrading from using a chalk to an art pencil

Even though C-Pen cannot measure pressure like S-Pen, it still gives much better task handling than your fingers or other styluses.

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My Pretty Valentine … [Geek Love]

geek valentineOver the years, i have come to realize that the nerds and geeks, someway-somehow, always seem to end up with the prettiest, fashionable and socially confident women around. My case is no different, i am married to probably one of the prettiest of them.

However, on the flip side, we also end up getting married to some of the worst “keegs”, who have very little love for computers and gadgets, except what is very necessary. And for this too, my case is no different.

Over time, my wife has tested my patience, asking for help on tech issues that i expected she should know. My responses to her requests are always not much different;

“You should know that by now…”

“What do you mean by you dont know how to copy those files…?”

I always end up, grudgingly, doing the task for her – whenever i can not wriggle myself out of it.

So it was a bit of a surprise when on Vals day she presented to me, amongst other things, some accessories to my Samsung S3 phone. To say i was shocked and very impressed was an understatement. How did she get to know about these things? I was particularly impressed with the C Pen stylus that she included in the package. What better gift can a geek ask for?

I was very touched, so much that i have resolved to be much nicer to her and always accede to her techy requests promptly, without grumbling.

Thank you, my pretty “keeg” valentine! My best gifts ever.


How Are The Mighty Fallen

Mike Lazardis, RIM co- CEO, was convinced of BlackBerry’s superior design and feature focus, that you would hear him unequivocally state time and time again that BlackBerry smartphones would never have MP3 players or cameras in them because it just does not make sense when the company’s primary customers were the government and enterprise. “BlackBerry smartphones will never have cameras because the No. 1 customer of ours is the U.S. government,” Mike Lazaridis would say in meetings. “There will never be a BlackBerry with an MP3 player or camera.”

Mike Lazaridis would say that the most ridiculous idea was to name a phone with a marketing-derived name, like the Motorola RAZR. “BlackBerry will never do that, it will always be a model number,” he said to executives. “A BlackBerry with a name is ridiculous.”

Compare and contrast with Steve Jobs who put sneaker to stage at WWDC 2007 and showed off the original iPhone, a device that eschewed the design of the market leaders of the day, RIM’s BlackBerry and Palm’s Treo line. Unlike almost everyone else at the time, the iPhone dropped the keyboard, and replaced the stylus with the finger and multitouch.

Never mind that RIM eventually, reluctantly backtracked and shipped camera totting, MP3 rocking, Bold-ly branded, devices of their own. They failed to see where the market was going, dismissed where it was, and seemed to only angrily react to where it had long since been.

To their credit, Google rapidly switched Android from a BlackBerry clone to an iPhone clone. To their detriment, RIM just kept making BlackBerrys, the same ones that owned the world in 2006, long after the world had moved post-2007.

Steve Jobs, meanwhile, probably isn’t waiting on anyone to obsolete the iPhone. He likely has all of Apple working on doing that themselves.


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