S Note is the device's namesake application, with a number of options for note-taking geared toward business, education, sketching, and layout formatting. I was intrigued by this app more than any other on the Galaxy Note II, since it's what makes the device so unique among other phones.
I jotted down all of my thoughts on the device in the S Note mobile app to get a real feel for its capability. The blank black field at the bottom of the screen is where I "wrote" (in cursive!) using the stylus. The application translated my chicken-scratch handwriting into text, punctuation and all, with shocking accuracy.
Students will definitely benefit from the school-minded functionalities, which turn handwritten math equations into text and hand-drawn graphs into graphics. The "Lifestyle" documents, which can be used as an Adobe InDesign or Illustrator on the go, create magazine-like spreads, with clip art, text boxes, and images that can be resized and moved around using the stylus. I can see bloggers really maximizing this tool for recipe posts or DIY tutorials.
Photo: Nicole Nguyen