Originally Posted by Dream Killer
that completely did NOT answer my question at all. maybe i need to rephrase it to: "when holding and using a stylus, how do you pinch zoom?"
Unsurprisingly, the answer is as AFAIK, you cannot.
Not that I really bother, set the zoom on whatever browser you use (ex opera at 300% or on stock at close), and at 800p, I hardly use pinch to zoom. But I hardly browse the interwebs unless its OCN, which I might add is quite pleasant to browse.
If you read a lot, then its fun to use the device.
From what you've said about your needs, I agree, the Note is not a device you'd want to use. It fills a very niche community, its not for everyone. I will say that people shouldn't bash it so much, and love it in its own right, a properly done 5.3" device, with decent battery life, good performance, 800p SAMOLED screen, and 4G connectivity. I take everything else as extra.
Like I said earlier, not an experience everyone wants, and it isn't a productivity power house (then again, what phone is). If you look past the marketing bs and what not, and stop to just look at the facts I stated above, it is a good phone, and should be respected as such. I'm not saying you directly need to respect this device, just that a lot of the hate in this thread, is ignorant hate from people who have never used the device ( i am not saying you're one), with comments like ITS TOO BIG, when really, its not. But thats a matter of opinion, personally I want a phone thats 5.7", but thats me. I don't have trouble holding the phone, but thats just me. I am quite used to this hate as a veteran iphone owner, and just bs android users spout without ever using an iphone. But, judge the phone ONCE you've used it, not based on some crappy paper specs, which do it no justice.
All in all, its just a member of the SII family. As I told my dad with his SII EPIC 4G touch, its exactly his phone, except increase the size of the screen and resolution.
I say, if you have not already, try the phone if you can. See if a friend has it and "rent it out" or go to a store and use it for a good half hour (like I did with the GNEXUS at a VZW store).
I wish you all the best in your future phone endevors, there are quite a few great phones releasing, I hope you find what you're looking for.
EDIT: as someone who's used a Palm treo and other devices with resistive touch screens a lot, IT IS NOT like them what so ever. This is not the 90's you ignorant blokes, check the phone out and use it before you start slamming it (this is an impersonal you, not addressed to you in the least Dream Killer)