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Mobile Office October 9, 2012

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I don’t like bragging about gadgets. That’s why when I get new ones, I never advertise about it on social media. I will, however, make an exception for my latest acquisition, the Galaxy Note 1, not for purposes of bragging, but because I want to recommend it for all my fellow road warriors.

I am presently writing this blog on my Note, and people who know me can attest how much I detest virtual keyboards. I was happy with my Blackberry Curve, but this device opened up my eyes as to how intuitive virtual keyboards can be (believe it or not, I am typing this right now with my thumbs). So, one less apprehension to deal with.

I am also happy with its performance. Prior to the Note, I owned a much bigger tablet, the Toshiba Thrive. With that device, I was frustrated with certain limitations such as the clicking of the wrong links or the sluggish responsiveness of the touchscreen. I thought all smartphones were like that. To my surprise, despite its much slower screen, the Note has a much more responsive scan surface with only rare instances of wrong link selection.

I was also happy with its beautiful user experience and operational design. It’s very intuitive, with the working professional specifically in mind. Simple things such as having widgets for today’s agenda, or a monthly calendar on the screens are easily provided for use.

The icing on the cake would be its stylus pen, for note taking and drawing on your device. Another useful application for it is the signing of digital documents, which has become a necessity in this modern age, so much so, that it is one of the important provisions of the ecommerce act of the Philippines.

I don’t normally buy expensive gadgets unless there is a practical need for it. In my practice, the need had arisen. I travel often, which necessitates the acquisition of a mobile office gadget. No matter where I am, I can pull out the files stored on my laptop using my phone, through apps such as Dropbox, or Google Drive. I can edit them through Polaris Office. I can track and scan expenses and receipts using Expensify.

I can scan documents through Handy Scanner, annotate them with my S Pen, jot down items on my to-do list via Astrid or Action Method, or have a video conference with clients abroad through Skype.

The camera on this phone is quite decent (Trust me on this because I am also a pro photographer. This camera is pretty sweet, considering that its sensor is just mounted on a phone.)

I can even print direct to a printer using an app called Cloud Print, or use another app called TinyCam to monitor web-cams mounted to places such as my office, or (if I had one), my child’s bedroom.

For places without wifi, I can tether my laptop to this phone and use my phone’s data plan to provide internet to the laptop.

All that on a device as thin as a coin and as light as my bank account.

I highly recommend this to all my fellow professionals. The phone is a productivity beast, making life convenient for people who are always on the go and cannot spare time to go back to the office.