This week and the week between Christmas and New Years are pretty much downtime for my company. Additionally, there are large extened families for both myself and wife. And this year is going to be “catch up” for all the family we didn’t see due to Covid restrictions etc the last couple of years
This “downtime” so to speak also allows me to work on special case projects with our customers and business partners.
So for the week, the attempt will be to use these and only these items to do all of my computing chores.
S22 Ultra with 512GB storage
Logitech portable bluetooth keyboard trackpad combo
LG UltraFine 4k with USBC at home.
- So right out of the gate, I’ve discovered that DEX makes something as simple as copying and pasting a link in Chrome, stupidly complex and non-intuitive, requiring an intermediary step of copying the link to another app like Samsung notes and then to the post here.
Interestingly, the Samsung browser in DEX operates like I’ve come to expect with being able to right click on the link and then paste, but OTOH, Samsung’s browser insists on a mobile view, which screws up the formatting on a large conventional display.
Something else that’s missing and/or I can’t figure out how to enable is the autocorrect when typing. That may not be a big deal for some, but anyone that knows me here. knows how atrocious my typing skills are… TLDR I need all the help I can get
When I connect the S22 Ultra to the LG display, DEX starts right up and gives me a quasi windows like desktop environment.
a. Unfortunately the display resolution is only at 1080p, though the LG does a nice job of upscaling.
b. OTOH it recognized my wired USB keyboard and mouse, connected to the display, without any configuration required.
c. On the third hand, most of the video content apps like Hulu, refuse to run on the external display. but instead insist on using the built in display. Trying to just use the browser is so far hit and miss with either it not working at all (HBOMax) or displaying in the aspect ratio of the phone, aka a small window on the large display
Other oddities though, including being unable to scroll with the mouse in the create topic window. Regardless of where you click, it still scrolls the main topic window instead. Also DEX/Chrome apparently doesn’t completely implement the light or dark default themes completey with either setting giving a mishmash of light and dark elements, though to be clear, all is still readable, regardless.
Samsung has been clear about this, but they are correct that things like high resolution displays can impact 5G performance if the phone and display are very close together. eg. don’t prop the phone against the bottom of the display and expect a decent signal.
DEX still seems to be a bit rough around the edges, with the aforementioned interface oddities, but also not as stable as I’m used to with Windows, as I’ve already had multiple app crashes including in Chrome. OTOH MS office apps have not, so far anyway, had any crashes and seem to work quite well under DEX.
So to sum up @dstrauss , we still are a long way from one device to rule them all.
OTOH for less computer intensive folks than us, there still is a “wow factor” when I connect my S22 to my relatives HDTV and get a functional desktop like experience.
PS: Using the S-pen as a mouse substitue seems to be pretty much a non starter when using the external display as you can’t “mirror” the phone in most cases with most apps.