Samsung Galaxy Note I: Product Review

Okay I have had my Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone for about 5 months now and I have a pretty good grasp on the use and functions of this awesome product. The Note is so much more than a smartphone, updating the operating system to ICS really put this tool over the top for this social media professional. I have recently added a compatible mini keyboard which allows me the opportunity to carry my office in my front pockets. I love that I have the ability to work from anywhere, combined with easy portability. Lets take a moment and dig a little deeper.

The Pros

A handheld computer…

This little baby really is a handheld computer. I rarely have to break out the old laptop anymore. Whatever my laptop can do, the Note handles as well. Utilizing cloud technology as long as I have a wifi connection, I can do almost anything remotely that I can do in my office. Addtionally using Evernote I can create and add to blog posts, writing assignments, etc., from where ever I choose to work. The size of the device with it’s 5.3 inch screen, in 1280 x 800 pixel resolution makes working with the Note easy, and doesn’t strain the eyes. The 16 GB of memory make for adding many apps without using up all your memory, add an additional 32GB of external memory and you are good to go for some time.

The Camera

The 8.0 megapixel camera is one of the best on the market for smartphones. Pics and vids are amazingly clear. I have been able to use the camera many times to capture a pic when I don’t have my regular Samsung 12.2 megapixel camera. The Notes camera is adequate enough to make it usable in a pinch.

Screen Size

The 5.3 Inch monitor as I will call it is great for being able to view things comfortably. No squinting necessary with the Note. The gorilla glass is pretty indestructible and a great added advantage.

The S Pen
The S pen is what makes this device so different. The functionality that the S pen provides is amazing. Take it from a simple artistic tool to create art, to a fully functional office product, capable of editing, creating, moving, drawing and changing documents, as well as capturing any and all screen shots. There is so much that the S pen does that I am still finding new uses for it constantly.

As with any device there are Cons: 

While many have commented on it’s size has never really been an issue for me personally. Some people do think the device is too big however.

Originally only available from AT&T, I think the device is now available from T-Mobile as well – Sprint users, sorry. I actually had Sprint as my carrier but since they couldn’t get the device, I switched. I have had no issues with AT&T thus far.

Overall this device absolutely rocks! One of the best decisions I have made was to purchase this awesome business tool. Now with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 2 with Jelly Bean, I may just be in the market to upgrade….

Top 3 Reasons to Add Mobile Rich Media Marketing

Virtually everyone has a mobile phone today and, if in line with the current culture, they have it with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is reason alone for any business aspiring to increase their marketing strategies to expand their campaign by adding rich media mobile marketing. New research from mobile ad network Mojiva reports that rich media advertising will continue to show substantial growth over the next several years. Their prediction is that it will grow over 300% by 2016. Just during the time the research was conducted, rich media advertising grew 30 percent! The growth is obvious and the positives to adding rich mobile media are endless but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 3 reasons why it’s an absolute necessity in today’s business market:


The number one reason to add rich media mobile to your advertising plan is the exposure you’ll receive from it. Anywhere you go today, you’ll see people waiting around for a table at a restaurant, a doctor’s appointment in a lobby or a bus at a bus stop. What are they doing while waiting? Checking email, reading text messages or browsing the internet, all from the convenience of their mobile device. Including mobile rich media in your campaign will get your message and product out to millions of consumers in a matter of seconds. While virtually everyone has a mobile phone, not everyone has access to a computer. Mobile marketing will eventually be the #1 way for retailers to gain visibility and exposure to their product so it’s best to start sooner than later.


There’s no doubt that, while the mobile rich media rate continues to rise, so does the creation of new apps for mobile phones. Spending the money on creating an app for your business will end up paying off in the long run. It will ad to the exposure you’ll get from email and video links alone. Not to mention, it will also put you into the popular Droid, Amazon and Apple app markets that are visited daily by millions looking for a new interest via their mobile phones.


Smartphones today have endless capabilities. Improved internet browsing capabilities, swipe and touch, direct link embedded in emails and much more. With that said, your marketing campaign has to match the capabilities of the mobile phones it is reaching. This includes ensuring that your technology enables access to full internet access via mobile phones, optimizing the ad for mobile and desktop views. Smartphone aficionados tend to spend a considerable amount of time browsing the web sites on their mobile phone. Many of those sites are accessed via a direct link from an email received. At times, the desktop view is sufficient to see everything the user is looking for. When on the go and looking to see information quickly, most users prefer the mobile view. Optimizing your mobile rich media campaign means ensuring that you can meet the needs of any mobile device your ads may appear on. If the user has any trouble accessing information, it’s unlikely they will try again and more likely you ad will be ignored or deleted.

In addition to optimizing your web site, it’s also crucial to include as many aspects of mobile rich media marketing as well. Capabilities including embedded video links and GPS location give consumers information about you and your product and it will even help direct them right to your store front.

With mobile rich media advertising increasing in popularity and sophistication, it’s important to get your message out to consumers efficiently and get it out there fast. Use as many avenues to reach your consumers as possible to get your advertising campaign out there, including apps and social media, and do it quickly. With an expected growth of 300% over the next several years, the time to move to mobile rich media is now.