Galaxy Note used as only work device for one year by exec

by: Chris SmithMarch 15, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 aa 600 px (10)

A cofounder of a software consulting firm decided to rely only on the Samsung Galaxy Note for all computer-related work for one full year. Benjamin Robbins, cofounder of Palador, worked only on the 5.3-inch phablet and he says he wouldn’t go back to the regular PC as the main work device.

He did admit that it wasn’t always easy, and it took some getting used to performing certain tasks on the smartphone, but in the end he got used to this way of working. Using apps like Box and Dropbox helped him get the job done, but he did miss some of the perks offered by regular computers including having more apps and browser tabs available at the same time or managing files:

For instance, he sometimes had to log into a virtual desktop to access Visio files, as there’s no good Visio equivalent for Android. (He used Xtralogic’s remote desktop client to log on.) Then he had to figure out how to move those files around. “Because I was thinking mobile, I had a strategy for that. But if you’re not, if you’re just storing files on file systems and network shares—doing what people have been doing for last 20 years—there’s a shift there. The file system is a challenge.”

The Galaxy Note is Samsung’s first phablet and since than Samsung has released an even bigger similar device, the Galaxy Note 2. In fact we have seen a video showing how to turn the Galaxy Note 2 into a desktop replacement not too long ago, which is the kind of device Ribbins would like to use in the future, a smartphone that can be connected to a display when a bigger screen and PC-like functionality are needed.

In addition to the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2. there’s also the recently announced 8-inch Galaxy Note 8 also comes with phone features and could be even more useful for work-related chores, at least to some users.

Robbins is thinking about moving to a small tablet for his next experiment, and he’s considering the Galaxy Note 8 (in the picture above,) Nexus 7 and iPad mini for such a purpose.

  • Angelo

    Since my S3, I only use my notebook (that works like a desktop, with even a keyboard and mouse and a second monitor) is to open pdf or similar files. And I think I’ll keep it this way for more time.

    • Brandt Hambrick

      Install Kingsoft Office or Kindle App for PDF. No reason for a desktop to view PDF.

      The only reason I need windows is for Live Meeting, Visio, and IE Active X sites.

      • Angelo

        I’ll try kindle app. I like viewing it on pc because the large screen.

  • cycad007

    One of the dumbest things I’ve ever read. What a waste of hours of productivity…just to use the Note as the *ONLY* device.

  • Chris Arden

    Definitely not the smartest exec… Can’t get much real work done on a tablet, but I’m a huge fan of the tablet just realize that it’s more of a consumption device.

  • Cornstarch

    The galaxy note 2 beats the Ipad 4 in specs: Quad core vs dual core, 2 GB vs 1 GB, 270 ppi vs 260 ppi. The only thing that Ipad 4 beats notes are the screen size and resolution. with such a large surface area I expect the ipad 4 to come with a digitizing pen built in so you can annotate on documents and pictures and use the various art program that requires a precision pen from Wacom just like my note 2


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