These days, everyone wants a great product or service that genuinely improves the quality of your work.
Since smart phones of some description are used so extensively, we thought we’d check out the latest developments from Samsung with their latest version of the Galaxy: Note 3.
Whilst we have no affiliation with Samsung, we thought that a review that considers the practicality of such a device and how it’s compatibility with our own software application, Scheduleflow, was worth undertaking.
To begin with, let’s look at some ‘on the fence’ issues that you may or may not consider an issue.
You be the judge.
Some thoughts about the Samsung Note 3
It is only 0.83 inches larger than the iPhone 5S, however this does make a difference. Being an iPhone user myself, I wasn’t that convinced about the Note 3. It certainly does feel different to the iPhone 5S. I have small hands and when playing with these larger devices, felt hesitant that I would find it a comfortable fit for my physique.
However, it’s thinner to begin with and has a nice ‘leathery’ feeling skin on the back. It’s almost something I could forgive the sheer size of the device for!
Navigation as a brand new android user was a little frustrating. Some users do find it’s a little tricky to navigate at first, but I’ve been assured that once you get the hang of it, it’s a breeze.
Let’s not say expensive. Really, it does cost more than some phones, but if you’re willing to pay for the extra screen size, the handy S Pen functionality, and the multiscreen action, then it’s well worth the price.
Scheduleflow and Samsung – is this a perfect fit?
To get a good feel for the product, you can catch the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 video here – it’s slick and professional of course, but I will admit that I learned a lot in the 6-odd minutes of watching it.
What’s so good about the Note 3?
Glad you asked.
For me, it’s not so much the tech guru stuff that impresses. Although I do have to say that when I read about the speed with which it downloads and uploads information, it grabbed my attention to say the least. cNet.com.au do a great and in-depth review on some of the more technical aspects of the product, which you can check out at your leisure.
In the meantime, here are my 3 top features:
The S Pen
It kind of makes me think of Superman whenever I read it.
The Superman Pen.
But seriously, even with smaller hands like mine, there are times when I find my fingers get in the way of my need for speed and I end up writing information down that later on, is nonsensical!
How does it help when using Scheduleflow?
The S Pen’s accuracy, with a smaller stylus and therefore a finer ‘nib’ with which to point with, makes selecting the right information a no brainer. If you’re out on the job, servicing a customer and need to quickly and accurately input customer data and other job details, then you really want to take a good look at using the S Pen as an option.
Being able to split the screen and move information from one app to another is priceless. No more cut, copy, paste process.
Just select, drag and drop. Definitely a time saver once you become accustomed to using it!
Invoice for Scheduleflow
Additionally, Scheduleflow’s tech team are working around the clock to integrate the software with the Note 3 so that you can have your customers sign on the virtual dotted line on your invoices.
This is going to not only save paper, but also improve data collection for your business.
Having a digital signature on your invoice means you can instantly email that invoice through to the office, speeding up the process for both your customers and your admin team!
Not bad, hey? The developments are still in the works, so stay tuned – it won’t be long before this compatibility is a reality.
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Okay, confession time.
I am a happy snappy phone camera nerd.
So for me, the 13x megapixel camera gives me Goosebumps. Like I said, I’m an iPhone user and have been for years, but one’s ears are pricked when you start talking about megapixels!
Crystal clear imagery is certainly something I relish in having and the Samsung Note 3 certainly doesn’t disappoint.
So why is it useful for techs out on the road?
Say you’ve sent your new apprentice to a job site and a pipe has burst but there are no serial numbers or identifying marks to be seen.
Great. Now he’s going to have to think about what it looks like, try and recall some details and remember them when he goes to order a new part.
But when you have a camera like this, there’s no need to remember things – just click and then add the pic into your Scheduleflow app along with the customer’s details.
Get back to the job and order the part later or even send the image and details to the office to expedite the order and get the job completed sooner!
Now you have a visually accurate record of the problem attached to your order information, making it a simpler process to complete the job on time.
Now this really has to be my favourite part of the Note 3.
Say you’ve taken down a new clients’ details and they’ve asked you to contact them tomorrow with a quote. They’d like to schedule an appointment and they need to give you the address details for their new home that you’re going to be working at, which is a battleax, in a no-right-turn street…
You can have your Scheduleflow app, a note app and a floating map at your fingertips while talking to the customer on the super-charged speaker phone…all at the same time.
And the crowd goes wild!!
Just think about it: you can move details from your notes into your Scheduleflow app, write a note on the map (remember those tricky directions?), and upload it into your customer database and create the appointment booking at once.
Using the S Pen makes this possible and increases your data input accuracy, reducing the amount of time spent moving from one app to the next and wasting time cutting and pasting information. Watch Samsung’s product videos to get a really good grasp of the S Pen in action.
With Scheduleflow’s up and coming capacity
to accept customer signatures, you’ll wonder how you ever did without this nifty device!
Samsung have certainly created an elegant, intuitive and practical device that can be used by creatives, Fortune 500′s and tradies across the world. Yes there are some issues, but like any device used for business or personal management, you’re going to love it and profess it’s perfection, or not, and love something else.
So, thus ends the review for now.
We’ve tried to remain impartial and hope to write a review in the future on the other brand…just to remain unbiased, of course.
We’d be more than happy to hear about your experiences using Scheduleflow with your Samsung device – Do you have some tips? We’d love to share them!
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