Fast data speeds have made on-demand maps navigation, streaming video and gameplay so ingrained in our daily habits that Google and Apple had to devise tools to keep us from staring at our screens for too long.
Its wacky S Pen stylus also raised eyebrows, a callback to the pre-iPhone days of Palm Pilots and other PDAs -- personal digital assistants -- that used a complex writing system to turn strokes into letters.
In my Galaxy Note review, I called Samsung's pioneering device a "kooky-cool throwback", mostly out of nostalgia for the Palm Pilot stylus I sometimes messed around with as a teenager when my dad wasn't using it for work.
"I thought that the stylus was a step backward in UX [user interface], but I guess time has shown otherwise!," said Wayne Lam, director and principal analyst at IHS Markit.
It helped prove the benefits of a bigger screen for watching videos, reading stories and surfing the web, but also the need to balance a big display with a smaller body.
But in an era when most everyone types and few people write, the act of holding a pen, even a digital one, feels even more like a "kooky-cool throwback" to the written word than it did when the Galaxy Note first emerged.
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