Nerd Corner: Which Is The Best Writer’s Phone?
The story so far: Having had my stuff stolen I’ve been without my phone for two weeks and haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would. Without Google Maps you have to start asking strangers how to get around, and if you say you had your phone stolen they start to think you’re after money.
Now a dilemma presents itself. The new phones are out, Apple having released the iPhone 11 and 11Pro, both of which are, frankly, disappointing – minimal upgrades, the lenses are ugly and the bump is still there cutting into the screen. Apple has even gone so far as to suggest that their premium interest is no longer in phones, and with their attention turned to their new streaming service it feels like they’re not really bothering.
Then there’s Samsung, with their dodgy upgrades, exploding phone scandal and generally more chaotic, less intuitive phones. But lo, the new Samsung Note 10+ has a built-in stylus that auto-translates to typed notes, making it the kind of gadget writers have long dreamed of. Oddly, it’s the one aspect most tech bloggers skip over, saying they don’t have any use for notes. Q. Why are so many bloggers Canadian? It’s a low-population country, do they all stay in all winter making videos?
So here’s the problem. I’m in a multi-Mac household and the Apple iOS is famously sticky, making the thought of change/incompatibility terrifying. I know the Samsung manager is meant to sort all this out, but there are issues. What about iTunes transfers? Bluetooth pairing? 3rd party apps? Rebuying all your stuff? Just how hard is it to go back and forth between the two OSs?
Nobody has been able to answer this last question for me, yet it’s a crucial one. If you can’t switch software from an Apple household to and from a Samsung, what’s the point in changing? Won’t it just be a huge pain?
I’m sure there are Samsung users out there and it would be interesting to know – although after my experience in the Samsung ‘experiential’ store I may never change! Tell me your positives and negatives, especially if you have one of the Samsung Note models.