Spending much of January sick in bed has forced me to focus on things that entertain.The folks at Samsung were kind enough to send me a Galaxy Note 3 for review. I’ve always loved Samsung phones but the feature rich, robust nature of the Note 3 surprised and delighted me. This phone is so strong it’s replaced my old tablet! Just want to give you a quick look at a few device settings and the new apps I’ve been enjoying as part of a month long totally entertaining experience with this powerful phone.
Reading Mode – Adjust the screens of your favorite apps to optimize your screen for longer reading sessions with less eye strain! Head into to settings>Display> screen> reading mode, turn on Reading Mode, then tap on the reading mode option, on the next screen tap on the pen icon in the upper right corner, a list will pop up of your apps, select the apps you want. The screen will optimize when you enter your app and revert back to normal when you exit.
Block Mode – The Galaxy Note 3 provides you with a setting that’s basically an electronic “do not disturb” sign. Select times to block notifications and calls while still allowing emergency calls from people you’ve listed to get through. This was a lifesaver when I was trying to rest and recover. Access Blocking mode is easy, head into settings> Blocking Mode to chose your preferences. After you’ve done all that, just do a two finger swipe down on your notification drawer located at the top of your screen, then select the pen icon and follow the instructions to add the Block Mode to your notification drawer for quicker access.
WatchON™ – This app is pure genius, it’s a universal remote control complete with a TV guide, this app gets smarter as you use it and will even suggest shows and movies you might enjoy. Best of all, WatchON is free
Maze Racer – The Galaxy Note 3 comes equipped with an S-Pen and this app is a fun way to get more skilled by using it to draw your way through different mazes. The app is free but you do have the option to buy more levels. Grab Maze Racer over at Google Play
Real Racing 3 – The screen on the Note 3 provides for stunning 5.7” full HD Super AMOLED viewing pleasure. There aren’t enough words to tell you how beautiful movies and games look on this phone. Real Racing is a lot of fun, the game features highly detailed real cars and tracks. Thanks to the Note 3’s 3GB of ram, game play is smooth, no lag. Real Racing 3 offers a lot of in app purchase option but you can get a lot of enjoyment via the basic, free version
focus@will – A music service based on neuroscience that promises to boost your productivity by up to 400% something I needed while battling illness fatigue. There are 3 levels of access, unregistered guests can quickly check out the app, registering for a personal account is free & gets you more music, a pro account will set you back $3.99 a month or $34.99 for a year and promises to customize the system to work best for you. Why not try it?
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has too many wonderful features to list in a single post but I can assure you it is indeed “The Next Big Thing” and it really made being sick in bed a lot more tolerable! My friends at Verizon currently have the Galaxy Note 3 available for $249.99 with a 2 year contract or $27.15 per month with Verizon Edge. Why not check it out, see if #Thenextbigthing should become part of your life.
Disclosure: I receive certain benefits for my participation in the Verizon Insider Program. Galaxy Note 3 was provided for review courtesy of Samsung.