Technology

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Oct,2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 3: So Much Phone, So Much Power

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best Samsung phone I’ve ever used. It’s big, it’s powerful and it finally turns the S Pen — the small stylus that goes hand-in-hand with the Galaxy Note line — into something useful. It’s even better than the Galaxy S4. To love the Galaxy Note 3, though, you need to get over it’s plus-size screen. That’s not too tall an order these days, as most notable phones these days have large displays. No, our hands haven’t gotten bigger, but we’re also more used to tablets and the advantages a bigger screen can offer. See also: 10 Free Android Apps You’ll Use Every Day At least with the Note 3, Samsung didn’t get carried away. Although its 5.7-inch screen is larger than the 5.55-incher on last year’s Galaxy Note II, the device’s overall footprint is the same. That means it’s no harder to hold and involves about the same amount of finger stretching to operate with one hand. (Hey, at least it’s not as ridiculous as the Samsung Galaxy Mega.) Design Write The size may be similar to the previous model, but Samsung has really taken design to the next level. The Galaxy Note

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Jul,2013

Power Banks (External Batteries) Review

Continuing my series on accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (cases, screen protectors and Bluetooth speakers) were previous installments), let’s look at chargers and power banks (external batteries). This installment applies to any cell phone, but I tested with the S4. Whoever said that power corrupts obviously didn’t own a smartphone. Absolute power is an absolute necessity, all the more so with the big screen, fast processor and multitasking capability of the S4. All of the fun and games you’ll be having with the phone will make you an angry bird (lol) if you run out of juice. For that reason, I highly recommend getting a powerbank – essentially, an external battery in a sealed case. Powerbanks come with a USB cable; you connect it to a power source such as a laptop to charge the powerbank. Some charge instead via flip out blades for plugging into the wall. In either case, you carry the charged up powerbank – and the cable – in your pocket, purse, backpack, briefcase or whatever and use it to charge the phone (using the same USB cable) when you see the battery meter sinking into the sunset. Powerbanks are rated in mAh (milliamp hours),