Five reasons the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best smartphone for road warriors

Five reasons the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best smartphone for road warriors

Summary: The Galaxy Note 3 is available for US buyers this week and after spending time with it on the road I am convinced it is nearly the perfect device for travel and field work.

Five reasons the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the best smartphone for road warriors
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A couple days ago I posted my review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and then went on a business trip to really test out the capability of the device. On Wednesday, I ordered a T-Mobile version of the Note 3 and believe this is the ultimate Android smartphone for the road warrior.

There are a number of excellent smartphones available today and each of us has our own personal preferences. Here are five reasons I think the Note 3 is perfect for those who hit the road on a regular basis. Feel free to leave a comment if you can think of more.

  1. Removable battery: Many modern smartphones have integrated non-removable batteries, often driven by sleek design considerations. Thankfully, Samsung continues to release Android smartphones with removable batteries. The large 3,200 mAh battery lasts a long time, but when you are out in the field it is still valuable to be able to slap in a fresh battery.

  2. microSD card slot: Just like batteries, most devices have integrated flash storage. Samsung launched the Note 3 with both 32GB and 64GB integrated memory along with a microSD card slot for even more capacity. As users capture video and images it is helpful to be able to transfer these via microSD on the go.

  3. Large display: When you are out on the road and trying to read documents, work with email, browse the web, and more with your smartphone in hand then the large 5.7 inch display can be very useful. Samsung makes the large display even better with its brilliant Super AMOLED technology and multi-window capability.

  4. Infrared port: Various studies show that hotel remote controls may be loaded with germs. A couple newer Android smartphones come with IR ports and the more I travel the more I appreciate having one on my phone. Samsung includes an IR port in the top of the Note 3 with the WatchOn software that makes it easy to connect to most TVs and entertainment systems.

  5. S Pen: While traveling I often meet people and then have a need to jot something down. I rarely carry a paper pad, so it is great to see Samsung's improvements in S Pen functionality. The Action Memo is perfect for jotting down numbers, email addresses, and more. As I explained in my review, there is much more you can do with the S Pen as well.

I used my Note II for many months and with all the power and capability in the Note 3 I think it will be with me for many more months as well. It is a large phone, but it is also very capable and I think it is one of the best phones for the road warrior.

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  • Hotel Remote Death Syndrome

    "Various studies show that hotel remote controls may be loaded with germs." Get outta here, that's the silliest thing I've ever read in a phone review. Hotels may slay you with legionnaire's disease, botulism, salmonella etc, or the serial killer staff member could dismember you, but the remote? Really? Nah.

    Everything else amounts to saying you like shiny new toys, and the bigger the better.
    • Wow

      Dude, I've got a co-worker (nice guy, actually) who NEVER uses his hand to open a door. He always leaves with someone who opens any door with a knob. Otherwise he only uses doors with push-bars and uses his elbow or hip to open those. Kind of follows that remote controls would be the same kind of thing. Yeah, paranoia to a certain extent, but I completely understand the author's statement.
      • Well you collegue sounds like my wife

        of course I also do the same but only at public restrooms. I have noticed a good number of people never wash their hands after doing their business in public washrooms. I use the paper towel to open the doors and never touch the knobs. If the door can be pushed, I use either elbow or foot to push open it at public restrooms.
        Ram U
        • no fear

          i touch all those suspect places, hoping to collect a wide variety of germs for my own stash ... as a result i am never sick, because my immune system is functioning at maximum efficiency. I also have a ton of extra time not spent worrying about the vicissitudes of life.
    • It HAS an IR port, regardless of the "germs"....

      I see them all as perfectly good reasons to recommend the Note III to road warriors as he calls them. The germs thing might sound a little too out there but it actually makes sense.
      The article is the writer's opinion and I don't see why it has to be judged in any other light. Good little article.
    • Think.....

      I'm an innocent guy that doesn't know what happens in hotel rooms. What would make unwashed hotel hands dirty the remote?
      RattyRatty Twitchie
    • You are ignorant

      You hold the remote with your hand... you wipe your a%$ with your hand... you eat with your hand... you wipe your nose and touch your eyes with your hand... all of this you do in your hotel you. Even flushing the toilet vaporized the water in the bowl and sends it into the entire room, a toilet that is basically a public toilet.

      Think about it.
      Rann Xeroxx
  • An editor in denial and self-delusion.

    C'mon, if productivity is of importance I can hardly believe that a phone will be what you want. I mean at the end it's just a phone with all its shortcomings in terms of screen size.
    While it might come in handy when responding to emails or quickly flicking through some websites it's by far no tool for getting any serious work done.

    Even worse much of the stuff you create like all the drafted notes, jolted down pieces of information and meticulously crafted sketches are pretty hard to feed back into the laptop because most of the apps are proprietary and shackled to Samsungs very own eco-system.

    But hey ... prove me wrong and craft your next zdnet article on your fancy Note 3. But don't hold me responsible for torn out hairs in abundance.
    • EnticingHavoc, you forget that you can export.

      The Note 2 that I carry and love allows you to simply and quickly hit Menu>export and select pdf or jpg image for your notes. Then you simply email to yourself for use on the PC in the office. I use this often. Samsung is not locking into the phone software only, they set me free!
      • You consider this procedure "user friendly" ?

        User friendliness manifests itself by making it a non-issue like Google Docs or Microsofts solution which requires no actions on behalf the user at all.
        • Huh

          Fake anger much? The Note 3 doesn't use its own proprietary office software. The export feature isn't all that hard to figure out.

          Too bad that if the Note 2 is any indication, this will be a seller.
  • How are the first two benefits to the Note 3 when other smart phones...

    ...such as the GS3 and GS4 to name two obvious ones have the same features?
    • I have the GS4 and would recommend it over the Note

      The Note is a bit too big for a phone and a bit too small for a tablet. Otherwise there is not much difference.
    • S-Pen

      Some people find good uses for the S-Pen. Small screens also limit what you can do with a phone, so...
      RattyRatty Twitchie
  • Better solution

    Get an iPad mini and a 10 year old Motorola flip phone...added benefit, no pocket calling.
    • Better still...

      Wait just a bit longer and get a Dell Venue 8 Pro full Windows 8 8" tablet with microSD, HDMI, microUSB, 8-10 hours of battery, etc for $299 with about the same wt, thinness, res, etc. They might even have a LTE version.
      Rann Xeroxx
  • The Note 3 has come a long way

    The removable battery is a big plus for me. I also find it interesting to see how far the Note 3 comes from the original Note. It goes without saying due to the advances in tech but it's pretty much better in every way, from screen size and resolution, to weight and processing capabilities. Here's a spec breakdown:
    Jude Fiorillo
  • Note 3 sucks

    Yes, the elephant in the room is now out. Your best 5 features are actually the worst.

    Here is why:
    - lugging extra batteries instead of having a large integrated battery. Most of the laptop battery fires that are reported on in the past were due to extra batteries being discharged with debris laying by these extra batteries.

    - microSD slot - less room for a large battery. Plus everything is simpler wirelessly why use a microSD card that you can loose, lay around. Or yea, Android peeps pirate apps from the Android store this way - I forgot.

    - Large Display - That thing is a abomination of size. 4.5" is pushing it unless you want the phone to stick out to secretly video people since the phone has to stick out of your shirt pocket. I know a guy who does this everywhere he goes. Sick!

    - IR port - this useless technology died 10 years ago at least.

    - S Pen - I guess you never used are real stylus then. The S Pen sucks totally.

    Here is another:
    - Android is not for mainstream use. Unless you like inconsistency in every app with that horrible UI. Plus no updated for 1 year phones. :(
    • Note x is the most successful niche mobile productivity/connectivity device

      @pogo blue. Your reply is a nonsense niche reply.
      The only thing I'm missing on Note 2 (that I use) is MS Office (Word & Excel) for productive editing.
      I refuse to use my 2nd Galaxy S3 phone's screen for other than phone calls.

      But for real productivity I use a PC with real keyboard/mouse & 24" screen when I have access to one.

      All I care is productivity, not to show-off.
    • Respect your opinions, but....

      I'm going to have to disagree with most of them. Your lifestyle isn't everyone else's lifestyle.
      RattyRatty Twitchie