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Phang See Yung
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Phang See Yung

"A personal confession from a medical student."

I think apple did a great job at convincing people that specs do not matter that much and what matters most is the usability of the device in reality.

So lets start of with how and what I use my device for on a daily basis? (this might be the same with some of the users)

I am medical student in my final clinical years so I spend most of my time on the wards or in clinics. True that in the medical profession you are not allowed to use your phone infront of patients (professionalism and mannerism) but there are plenty of time between patients and ward rounds to use them! So the apps that I run through during working hours are CHROME, EVERNOTE, UPTODATE and ACROBAT READER.

Since I am on the run most of the time, I cannot carry textbooks or even reference books around for the most part. (I hope you can appreciate the thickness of medical textbooks) With acrobat reader, I have a list of more that 50 medical ebooks that I can carry while on the run! it is like my personal library in my pocket. The beautiful thing about acrobat is that for most books it helps you to section out the book in the form of titles and diseases making navigation even easier! If you try reading a book on a 4-inch smartphone (not trying to insult the iphone just stating the practicality that is all) you would spend your days endlessly pinching and zooming sometime even making you dizzy in the process. (believe me It happen to me once). Here the 5.5inch screen comes into its full glory. Without zooming i can just be able to read the words that i need and making it easier for me to navigate in the text. This is especially true with management algorithms. The s-pen come in very handily here too as you are able to more accurately high light and place notes on the pdf file.

I only use Evernote to help me recall and memorize things. For example if I find that I can't remember the causes of hyercalcemia, I'll write Chimpanzees (a mnemonic) on the title and the causes in the contents. This is particularly helpful if you can use their widgets on the homescreen. I don't particularly like to use Evernote to take notes but after the S-pen that has changed. For example I can be browsing the web and say i found an amazing diagram I could trace the edges with the s-pen, cut it and share it Evernote and make changes to it that can be synced on my pc. And I didn't even think that i could be using it that often. (I do want to use samsung's personal note software but I still do love the cross-platform syncing ability of Evernote)

UPTODATE is an app used by people in the medical profession. it cost USD 400-500/year to subscribe but then again the S-pen and the huge screen makes reading, copying down notes and sharing information easier.

I run these few apps simultaneously throughout the day and if you count they just match the number of core that I need (not sure whether this applies to how the phone distributes it processing power). I could only last half a day with my old samsung galaxy s2. But with the 3100 battery I was able to run the full course of the day with 40 percent still remaining.

Finally this phone brings multitasking into a whole new level. Imagine a dual screen simultaneous running apps. It was on the galaxy tab 10.1 now it is in the note 2 and I am grateful for it. Unfortunately the ability does not extend to other apps that I use on a frequent basis. but when it does it think this is a feature that I will be truly looking forwards to.

In a short summary few thing came down to me when choosing a smartphone that would stick around the next one and a half to two years. (1) Battery life, (2) Screen size, (3) precision (S-pen), (4) multitasking. I hope you found this sort of a more personal review useful.

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