17-Aug-2014 Does Size Really Matter?

You may well ask – well, it’s like this.

When the original Samsung Galaxy Note phone was released with a 5.3″ screen and a stylus Val treated Jimmy to an early birthday present in 2012 – needless to say he was delighted. Then for Val’s birthday that year Jimmy bought her a 10.1″ tablet (Samsung Tab 2 10.1)… it was so good that Jimmy was soon hankering for a 10.1″ of his own too, and with Christmas being just around the corner a Note 10.1 was duly purchased. Soon afterwards Val got a smartphone which had a somewhat larger screen than her Samsung Galaxy S2 – the aptly named Mega 6.3. Wow, a real crossover device, somewhere between a phone and a tablet. The Note 2 didn’t seem worth the expense of upgrading so we held back until the Note 3 became readily available for Jimmy with a good phone and data package in early 2014. And then we bought a Note 8 for Val which, with the addition of the TomTom app, was pressed into service as our SatNav in the car. By this time an updated version of the Note 10.1 had been released but we resisted the temptation as the upgrade wouldn’t offer us anything that couldn’t be done on the original Note 10.1. But but but, along came the Note Pro 12.2… a gargantuan A4-sized powerhouse that would be even bigger and better for taking handwritten notes (ideal for songwriting and taking notes at meetings with clients for the various projects we’re involved with).

Val’s phone contract came up for renewal and we were disappointed with the performance of the network provider (they increased the data allowance to ‘unlimited’ but, in reality, the reliability of actually being able to get on line slumped to almost useless – and they didn’t allow tethering), so we cancelled early and had a bit of a fight with them over what the early repayment charge should actually be. We took out a new unlimited calls, text and data plan with tethering included and treated Val to a new phone – she now also has a Note 3 and quickly became accustomed to the stylus on both phone and tablet, so much so that her ageing Tab 2 10.1 was starting to lose its appeal. Guess what? Yup, we bought Val the 2014 updated version of the Note 10.1.

So there we are, both sorted.


You know how we like order and consistency? Well, Jimmy is chuffed that at last (after a few near misses) he finally has matching cases for his mobile devices (Note 3 phone, Note 10.1 tablet and Note Pro 12.2 tablet)… we are thankful to two German companies (Leicke and Stilgut) for their excellent products and customer service, and to Amazon for their unmatched returns policy for lesser items that did not fit the bill. Val has not been so fortunate – we’re still looking for matching cases for her devices – have you any idea how many shades of purple there are? Jimmy’s were easier – black is pretty much black (unless, of course, you’re submitting artwork to printers for CDs or for leaflets etc… but that’s another story).

So, in the picture above you can see, resplendant in their black cases:

  • Note 3 (5.7″)
  • Note 8 (8.0″)
  • Note 10.1 (10.1″)
  • Note Pro 12.2 (12.2″)

And what’s that whopper 22.0″ ?

That would be telling… Life is good, and getting bigger all the time.


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