Best Smartphone Companion for Surface Devices

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  1. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    This editorial - and yes, it is not a review but an editorial hatchet job - is unbecoming of ArsTechnica. Witness this quote:

    "From Samsung's perspective, I understand the desire for an iPad-like aspect ratio on the interior display. After all, the Samsungiest answer to "What shape should our foldable tablet/phone be?" is, of course, "Let's copy the closest Apple product—the iPad—and work backwards from there!" An easy way to arrive at the Galaxy Fold design is to shrink down an iPad, chop off the bezels, and fold it in half. This doesn't give much thought to how the front would work out, though."

    Reads like something you'd find at an Apple fan site...he had one valid point - the small eternal screen, but he hammered and re-hammered it for countless paragraphs of his "review" - in the legal world, that is sneeringly referred as "riding" the dead horse.

    And this guy is the "Reviews Editor" for ArsTechnica - sad thought...Samsung in many ways wiffed on the Galaxy Fold because it WAS/IS ahead of its time - for example Motorola's solution for the hinge:



    But somebody had to go first...thank you Samsung for daring to lead the way...

    PS - At least for a couple of more years I have to believe the MS solution of just giving us a hinge between two flat glass screens is the solution...of course until Phil Schiller proclaims once again "Can't innovate, my ass!" for his copy/modification of all of this preliminary work by Samsung, Motorola, Lenovo and others...
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    I don't think I can do it - know myself too well - but the idea is to limit the P205 to OneNote, Outlook, and Chrome. It will be hard to resist Office, and I know I'll load it for opening attachments (since I'm loading Outlook anyway), but I really just want a moleskine in disguise. In a couple of years, after Galaxy Fold 3 comes out with an 8" flexible glass display, S-Pen, and a color e-ink external display, I will give up this whole madness and finally switch to Samsung full time, as I should have back at the Galaxy Note 7 point - until they demanded it back.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    It's amazing how long this thread has remained active and relevant.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    I want to modify my reply to @nnthemperor above - if the Neo and Duo are anything like the demos we got last year, the move may happen this Xmas - looking at your signature I really wish for the discipline of having a solid two device solution like you have; maximum portability for all purposes, but solid performance in the office.

    Microsoft - DON'T SCREW IT UP!

    PS - my guess that is at LEAST a $3,000-$3,500 decision ahead...better start saving my pennies...
     
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    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Yeah, trying not to get my hopes up too much, but the Neo is looking to be the closest to my "dream device" since I started in with tablets. I just hope its not as half baked or as premature as the Pro X turned out to be.
     
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    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Early feature request: make it possible for Word to show the document on the left, and the review comments and edit balloons on the right screen. Please lobby for me :)

    Obviously I'm already thinking how I could possibly rationalize buying a device with an impractical divider down the middle.. :D
     
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    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I'd go even further and history will be the judge, but I think it's "a noble failure". Sometimes a company has to get something radically new out there and "go first" as it were.

    People have short memories, but I think that Apple learned a heck of a lot from the Newton, a lot of it painful, but it also paved the way for the iPhone. Even with Jobs desire to kill off anything the Sculley had a hand in.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    I've already made my juicy rationalization - I do so much work comparing two documents or drafting one from parts of another that two Word screens will be a boon in mobile productivity; or when in Lexis taking notes in OneNote in the other half - BRING IT ON PANOS - even better if September!
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    Having set up the Tab A 8 (P205) today, I have to say I am even more intrigued by the Duo. Although not as polished and cohesive as the iOS versions, I have had no problem with loading the MS app suite (OneNote, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, Lens) and all my media connectors (YouTube TV, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video) and it is running very well. I can see where tweaking these for Duo will give MS a very powerful enterprise alternative to the iPhone.

    Now to find a PDF reader/annotator
     
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    @dstrauss : Welcome to my Moleskine world....:)

    PDF Annotator = Write on PDF
     
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