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5 productivity features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

This year’s version of the Korean giant’s flagship phablet (phones with screens bigger than five inches) is a real powerhouse of a smartphone. Here’s why you need to get your hands on it.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4s

1. Convert any handwritten note to digital

‘Photo note’ allows you to take a picture of a handwritten note on a whiteboard or on a piece of paper, for example and instantly convert it to digital with complete editing support. Edits like changing captured text, figures and adding or deleting content can be made with the S Pen and saved out as a digital file ready to share with colleagues.

Think of it as having your very own portable scanner but without the need for a dedicated PC to carry out edits.

2. S pen can now act as a mouse

The S Pen has evolved into a much more useful tool on the Note 4 with mouse like functions to make working on the go faster and easier. Smart Select for example allows you to quickly capture and share several pieces of information at once by simply dragging the S Pen across any text or image content. Doing so will automatically copy and save that content in a unique folder. Then with a tap of the S Pen, the captured information can be shared via email, SMS, calendar event, Hangouts or any third party application. Alternatively, you can save the content to your scrapbook for use later.

3. If you see it you can annotate it with the S pen

The Note 4 allows you to directly capture and annotate the screen you’re viewing regardless of the app or menu you might be in (ie. map, email, text message, picture, calendar, Twitter or just the home screen). The finished product can be instantly shared via email, SMS, social media or other third party apps all in one fell swoop.

4. Drag and drop files between open apps

Samsung was the first to bring desktop level multi-tasking to the smartphone with ‘multiwindow’ which allows you to have two or more apps open onscreen at the same time, but the company has taken things a step further on the Note 4. The Note 4 still supports a split-screen mode where you can dedicate each half of the screen to a specific app.

You can now however use the S Pen to drag and drop multiple files or pieces of content between the two open apps. For instance, dragging across images from the Gallery into an open email app will automatically turn those images into an attachment, ready for sending.

5. Fast charging

The Galaxy Note 4 with its enormous 3,220mAh battery should get you through two days of use and can go for much longer if you choose to enable ‘Ultra Power Saving Mode’ which switches the display to greyscale and turns off non-essential features to squeeze a substantially longer runtime. Thanks to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology the handset can go from completely flat to 50 per cent in an astounding 30 minutes and a full charge in just 99 minutes.

3. If you see it you can annotate it with the S pen

The Note 4 allows you to directly capture and annotate the screen you’re viewing regardless of the app or menu you might be in (ie. map, email, text message, picture, calendar, Twitter or just the home screen). The finished product can be instantly shared via email, SMS, social media or other third party apps all in one fell swoop.

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