Boosting Productivity and Managing Data Overload with the GALAXY Note 3 and Gear

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Texts, emails, tweets, calls, memos - managing all of our data on a daily basis can be overwhelming. The more connected we are the more information we have to process, but how do you keep it all under control? How do you make sure you're always at your most productive?

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear are about enhancing productivity and managing your daily schedule. But it helps to have a few hints along to the way to make sure you're getting the best out of both.


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Master and Air Commander

When you've got some serious multitasking to do, you need a decent amount of space to do it in. The Samsung GALAXY Note 3's 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen is expansive, rich and gives you the utmost clarity when zipping around with the S Pen.

A killer feature to take advantage of this and help you save time is Air Command, and Action Memo, found within, is a gift from the gods.

When writing something down in Action Memo, you can immediately add that information into another application right there and then. Just select Link to action at the top and then draw around the name or number, for example, and then select the app you'd like to add it to from the list of icons below such as Contacts or Messaging. That's an easy win.


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Instant access

Notifications are great but they can quickly build up into a big confusing mess. Who were you meant to call back? Was it your mum or your boss? That could be awkward.

Handily, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 helps you keep on top of all your alerts at all times.

For example, did you know you can get a quick look at your notifications without even having to touch the Samsung GALAXY Note 3? Simply turn on Quick Glance in the Air Gesture settings.

Once this is done, you'll be able to swipe your hand over your GALAXY Note 3 when it's asleep and see any missed notifications.


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Make the most of Pen Window

Pen Window is an absolute gift for multitaskers, letting you create a number of windows and fill each with an application of your choice.

Maybe you're suddenly faced with a stats-heavy email and need to check the numbers add up. By creating a Pen Window you can easily open a floating calculator to do some quick crunching, meaning no need to exit the Email app at all.

WhatsApp addict? The WhatApp application handily works in Pen Window too, meaning you can keep the conversation open and flowing while carrying on with other tasks.


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Image magic

Using screenshots to get an image is handy but we've often longed for a more intelligent solution. This is where Easy Clip steps in and makes the image editing process far more intuitive.

Simply hold down the S Pen button and draw around whatever it is you want to cut out. You can then alter the shape of the object if you like before saving it to your Scrapbook, sharing it with friends via email or social media, or even adding it to Dropbox. It's a heck of a lot faster than playing with screenshots, that's for sure.


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Share the load

Multi Window is one of the Samsung GALAXY Note 3's headline features, letting you take advantage of all that screen space by splitting it between two applications. First, make sure Multi Window is turned on in Settings.

From there, a number of apps can be opened aside one another. Handy for referencing, or even if you want to copy something over from one app to another.

Even better - if you find yourself often using the same two apps together, you can scroll down the Multi Window bar, press the upwards arrow and then hit Create.

You can then name and save that pairing, which will from then on appear as an option in the Multi Window bar.


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Go hands free with Gear

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and Samsung GALAXY Gear get along pretty well. In fact, life gets a lot easier when they get together.

Tethered wirelessly to your GALAXY Note 3, the GALAXY Gear offers hands free calling meaning you have the conversation through your Gear while carrying out other tasks on your GALAXY Note 3. If that doesn't make you more productive, we don't know what will.


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View from above

Another great time-saving feature is Air View, letting you see a detailed preview of messages and pictures without having to actually open them.

Simply turn on Air View in settings and you can choose to use Air View with either the S Pen, your finger, or both.

Then just hover a finger or an S Pen over a message in your inbox to read the contents, or over an image in your gallery to see an enlarged preview.


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Wristy business

Of course, the Gear is also there to keep you updated with notifications, meaning you won't have to keep reaching into your pocket to lift out your Note 3 - all the action is sent straight to your wrist.

One great Gear feature for boosting your productivity is to use it for recording voice memos without having to touch your Samsung GALAXY Note 3.

Once you're done recording, the memo will be sent to your Note 3 for you to open whenever you need it. Easy.


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Do you often find yourself wasting time moving various files from device to device? With the Dropbox app, which comes included as a GALAXY Plus app, you can always make your files are in one convenient place.

Say you've just received a picture attachment you've saved to your gallery. Just tap the share icon on the top, then the Dropbox icon, choose where you want to save it and you're done.

Extra handy if you're going to be accessing your files from a different device later. Now life feels a bit more organised.


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The pen is mightier than the hand

The S Pen truly helps to turn the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 into a productivity powerhouse. Whether it's navigating around the Note 3, writing texts or emails, the S Pen makes things faster and much more precise.

But you needn't stop your flow when you've only got one hand to spare. By going into Controls in Settings you can select One-handed operation, then tick the "Use for all screens" box. Once that's done you can shrink the display into a smaller, movable window.

There's no denying that the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 can make you more productive, and when paired with the Samsung GALAXY Gear life gets even easier.

With these handy hints you should now have expert precision over your Note 3 and Gear, ensuring you're efficient, time savvy, and always in control.