Ready for a phone upgrade? Tired of juggling between your smartphone and tablet? The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the latest smartphone/tablet hybrid (sometimes referred to as a 'phablet'). With a 5.7 inch high definition screen, blazing-fast processor, and separate graphics processor, this is quite a bit more than an average smartphone. This phone is one of the best options for road warriors who carry too many gadgets and would prefer a phone large enough to act as a tablet. The micro USB charging port also means less chargers to pack.
Boasting a 3200 mAh battery, the Note 3 will last about the same as the Apple iPhone 5s. Battery life is important for long flights on airlines without charging ports (which includes the majority of domestic coach and business class seats). And unless you are traveling to remote areas, wi-fi networks in restaurants, cafes, and hotel lobbies will keep you plugged into the rest of the world.
The included 'S Pen' stylus is not just for your parents. A host of features with 'AirCommand' including Pen Windows, or the ability to create several windows or layers of pages. The S Pen also does a decent job of character recognition for taking handwritten notes or jotting down a to-do list. Simply write a phone number with the stylus instead of touching keys to dial. The S Pen works surprisingly well on the large screen.
Downloading top travel apps like TripAdvisor and WorldMate, they both work well on the larger screen and keep you on schedule for your next adventure. Productivity apps like Microsoft Office 365 allow the space to work on spreadsheets, edit documents or view presentations with ease while away from your office. Plus, reading books on Kindle or the latest headlines from News360 are sharp and easy to read. Adding a keyboard app like Thumb Keyboard or SwiftKey helps the texting-challenged or any of us with large hands.
Prices from most US carriers is $349 with a 2-year contract agreement. For the budget minded, wait for possible Black Friday deals. If you are considering a smaller size phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a 5 inch HD screen is comparable in many ways but has a slower processor speed and less battery life, along with a smaller price tag.