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    Do you write on your phone?

    I got a Samsung Galaxy Note in March and I love it. This is the only time I've said this about a phone (ummm phablet).

    Anyone else feel this way?

    I've written approximately 40 pages of a new novel on here and previously another 40 pages and a previous novel at 150 pages were written on a netbook and my current experience with the phone is way better.

    Granted there are some drawbacks. For instance I'll have to edit on a desktop but that was true of the netbook too. Also this very website isn't very phone friendly. Posting here might result in poor grammar because I can't scroll left or right when "inside" this "box"

    Anyway, I'd love to hear about other experiences in regards to writing on alternative devices.

    I'll also recommend the apps I currently use for writing and would like to hear about others:

    Polaris office (with my stylus and handwriting recognition)
    Mindjet (For planning out my series)
    Pocket (because I do tonnes of research and wikipedia has a max number of saved pages while pocket does not)

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    That, my friend, is blasphemy.
    I meant the phone part, not a keyboard-enabled device like a netbook, so apologies for the jibe.
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    Last edited by Igor; October 11th, 2012 at 06:24 AM.

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    I'm curious to know what you disliked about your netbook that made you do your editing on your desktop. I use a netbook for all my writing. True, with only 1G of memory it has only 1/4 the power of most larger laptops and desktops. However, it has the same sized harddrive so I'm not pulling stuff off and putting other stuff on when I switch between projects. Frankly, I love my netbook! It's small size makes for easy transport and storage in my tiny locker at work. A full laptop might fit, but barely. With my netbook I have lots of room leftover and I'm not worried about putting something heavy on top of its screen.

    I did find it difficult for the first few months as I had trouble with playing music or watching youtube videos. But eventually I learned that those things are not what the netbook was built for. If a person tries to do that and then doesn't like it, well, then they are using the wrong product. However, that still doesn't answer my question regarding your need to edit on another device. What software do you use? I use MS Word 2007. Does everything I need it to.

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    I have Evernote on my iPhone which is a great piece of note-keeping/word-processing kit. I think it was very cheap as well...

    Solaar
    and the elephant app

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    Now that's incredible. I don't have the patience to write on my phone, nor would I ever find it appropriate! I need to be in a distraction free environment. That means I always have the time to write on the computer. Kudos to those that can do it otherwise!

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    I used to have an HP iPAQ with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and MS Word Mobile on it which was absolutely superb for writing in coffee shops, taxis, on the train etc. I can't get on with typing on a touchscreen though.

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    I discovered that this website really is not friendly to smartphones (even phablets) at all, so I had to wait until I was home to reply.

    Quote Originally Posted by Igor View Post
    That, my friend, is blasphemy.
    I meant the phone part, not a keyboard-enabled device like a netbook, so apologies for the jibe.
    Igor
    Blasphemy? :P

    I really do prefer the phone to my netbook.

    Quote Originally Posted by RedMage View Post
    I'm curious to know what you disliked about your netbook that made you do your editing on your desktop. I use a netbook for all my writing. True, with only 1G of memory it has only 1/4 the power of most larger laptops and desktops. However, it has the same sized harddrive so I'm not pulling stuff off and putting other stuff on when I switch between projects. Frankly, I love my netbook! It's small size makes for easy transport and storage in my tiny locker at work. A full laptop might fit, but barely. With my netbook I have lots of room leftover and I'm not worried about putting something heavy on top of its screen.

    I did find it difficult for the first few months as I had trouble with playing music or watching youtube videos. But eventually I learned that those things are not what the netbook was built for. If a person tries to do that and then doesn't like it, well, then they are using the wrong product. However, that still doesn't answer my question regarding your need to edit on another device. What software do you use? I use MS Word 2007. Does everything I need it to.
    What I don't like about the netbook:
    Trackpad instead of mouse (the phone has a stylus which is way better)
    It only had an old version of Open Office so the files could only save up to word 2007
    It didn't fit in a pocket (and really needed a table of some sort to write on, the phone can go anywhere)
    Its battery life was only an hour (the phone gets a good 5 hours of writing)

    Quote Originally Posted by Solaar View Post
    I have Evernote on my iPhone which is a great piece of note-keeping/word-processing kit. I think it was very cheap as well...

    Solaar
    and the elephant app
    Haven't used evernote. I don't know much about it. I use Polaris Office, Mindjet and Pocket (mostly for wikipedia)

    Quote Originally Posted by Cononomous View Post
    Now that's incredible. I don't have the patience to write on my phone, nor would I ever find it appropriate! I need to be in a distraction free environment. That means I always have the time to write on the computer. Kudos to those that can do it otherwise!
    I find it's just like writing with paper and pen, but way more convenient because I don't have to type it all out again (something I'd be loath to do).

    I was never the type to stick with old technology (like many writers who have that old typewriter [I think I hate typewriters]). I like word processors and now I have a truly mobile one.

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteMC View Post
    I used to have an HP iPAQ with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard and MS Word Mobile on it which was absolutely superb for writing in coffee shops, taxis, on the train etc. I can't get on with typing on a touchscreen though.
    That would have been something I'd have considered when it first came out, but I held back because I didn't feel keyboards on any type of phone would be worth writing on. The stylus with my phone is what clinched the deal.

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    My fingers are too fat for my iPhone screen. Maybe if I had a bigger screen and a touch-keyboard with buttons the size of grapes, then, yeah, I might use my phone to write. Maybe. Gotta use whatever works for you. If writing on the phone gets your projects finished, then more power to ya!

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    The iPAQ was brilliant, I could pretty much touch-type on that thing! I kept it till it literally fell apart, and I still miss it (for writing – sadly it was utter carp as a phone which is probably why we don’t make them any more!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmso View Post
    My fingers are too fat for my iPhone screen. Maybe if I had a bigger screen and a touch-keyboard with buttons the size of grapes, then, yeah, I might use my phone to write. Maybe. Gotta use whatever works for you. If writing on the phone gets your projects finished, then more power to ya!
    Or a phone with a stylus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeteMC View Post
    The iPAQ was brilliant, I could pretty much touch-type on that thing! I kept it till it literally fell apart, and I still miss it (for writing – sadly it was utter carp as a phone which is probably why we don’t make them any more!)
    I feel your pain

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    I don't have a smart phone. Just a landline. I dumped my cell phone a couple of years back and I've never regretted it. If I'm out and I need to write something it goes in my moleskine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mfenger View Post
    I don't have a smart phone. Just a landline. I dumped my cell phone a couple of years back and I've never regretted it. If I'm out and I need to write something it goes in my moleskine.
    Ahh fair enough. I need to write away from home a lot and in places where I can't use a laptop or netbook. Since I'm working on a 100k+ word document I couldn't carry a moleskin that big, nor would I want to retype it all :P

    Also I wouldn't want to have to go out and kill that many moles haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by kongming View Post
    Or a phone with a stylus?
    Ah, I didn't realize you had a stylus with that baby. Now that might tempt me. How big is the screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmso View Post
    Ah, I didn't realize you had a stylus with that baby. Now that might tempt me. How big is the screen?
    5.3 in. About the size of a paperback novel. In addition, it has handwriting recognition software.

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