Originally Posted by Kumabjorn
In the Samsung store in London the attendant showed me hand writing recognition so it should be built-in from the beginning. Now he is obviously trained to handle the equipment so I didn't take his claims at face value. I would imagine he has written the same sentence a few hundred times to impress prospective buyers, hence I wanted to know what a "real life experience" might be like. The demonstration was truly cool, but unless it translates into actual usefulness it is a moot point. I did like what you could do with screen capture and send as mail attachment or MMS.
Handwriting recognition doesn't work and probably never will. I have tried many major handwriting recognition systems, including vintage Apple Newton version, Penreader, MS Transcriber, WinXP tablet version, also the Samsung one built into Note. They seem to work for a while when tried in a shop, but in real life situations they are too error-prone. Handwriting should help me catch my thoughts (or somebody's elses thoughts). If frequent errors happen, you have to go back and correct badly recognized words, the whole thought-catching process is impeded and disturbed and this is precisely the problem with all the systems I tried.
What works is the old Palm Grafitti, which recognizes simplified letters (and I mean the original Grafitti, with no double-gesture letters). It is slower than regular handwriting, but at least I don't have to go back and correct words. Even if Grafitti makes a mistake, it is "typical", so I can easily recognize and correct the mistakes when I edit the text later.
As for the Samsung handwriting recognition, it is passable for English (English dictionary as the background technology) and unusable for other languages I tried.