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Galaxy Note III: Phablet is Bigger, Lighter, Leather?

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By William Peacock, Esq. on September 05, 2013 3:53 PM

Might this device be the best of both worlds?

My 7 inch Nexus tablet is in my back pocket. My 4 inch Nexus phone is in my front pocket. Carrying both, obviously, is a bit of a pain.

Perhaps that is why "phablets" have become so popular. With a 5.7" display, the device seems like it would make for an obnoxious phone, and would be too small for a tablet. Yet, the first Galaxy Note sold well enough to spawn two sequels, and its got us wondering: might this be the perfect device for tech-obsessed lawyers?

Handwriting

My good friend Shelley refuses to give up her Blackberry because of the keyboard. Many of my other friends swear by predictive text and touchscreen keyboards. (Who needs accuracy when the keyboard can read your mind?)

A whole other group of us still prefer handwriting. I've forced myself to use note-taking apps on my tablet because of the convenience of auto-syncing, but for sketching out an idea, mind-map style, I prefer handwriting.

The Note III comes with the "S-Pen" stylus, and according to The Verge, amazing handwriting recognition. You can search your handwritten notes, you can write down an address and have it appear in Google Maps, or write a phone number and call it.

Multitasking

It may seem stupid to open multiple windows on a smartphone, but with such a massive screen, this actually seems like something that might come in handy. You can either run two programs, side by side, or for a limited set of programs (like YouTube), you can open them in a floating window, which you "draw" using the stylus.

Use side-by-side windows to copy from caselaw to last-minute brief edits, or to an email to that confused associate.

Design

The screen is slightly larger, yet they've managed to make the device thinner and lighter. The sides are made of a metallic-looking plastic, while they've also replaced the plain plastic back with a plastic faux-leather surface, giving it a more business-like look.

Samsung's penchant for plastic is a bit annoying, but at least it looks pretty. Plus, plastic is more forgiving than metal when it hits the floor.

Verdict

I want one. It would be handy to carry one device, rather than two. Plus, the replaceable batteries and expandable storage are a nice touch, as is the stylus. The release date is set for late this year, with all major carriers planning on carrying the phone.

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