By Len G. Amadora
This is my first attempt to do a book review… a not so typical book review if I may say so. So, here it is — The Samsung Galaxy Book. For those who are not familiar, the Samsung Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 device that highlights the power of a laptop and the mobility of a tablet. It comes in 2 versions — the 10.6-inch WiFi only model and the 12-inch WiFi and LTE workbook- a worthy effort to blur the line between work and play.
I do a lot of work away from the office that is why I rely hugely on mobile devices. A laptop, tablet and a smartphone are the devices I usually have with me when I am on the road. You can never be too sure what you would need right? Jackie Joyner-Kersee said it herself, “It’s is better to look ahead and prepare, than to look back and regret.”
And so to determine if this Book can be at par (or I’m hoping more) with what I have at home and in the office, I’ve placed my ever reliable laptop and my tablet on a forced vacation and made use only of the Galaxy Book 10.6 for two weeks. Keep in mind that my laptop and tablet are both indispensable devices in my work life. Depending on the extent of work I have to accomplish, I most often switch either from one app to another or from one device to another.
As like most Samsung devices, it comes to no surprise that the Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6 has an excellent screen (a 10-inch full HD display) and long battery life; but can it really keep up with the demands of work? Truly, the Samsung Galaxy Book looks stunning and mind you, this paperback is no ordinary edition — imagine productivity and mobility in just one device. We don’t easily get the best of both worlds you know. Join me as I flip through some of the important chapters of the Galaxy Book.
The Power Couple
This 2-in-1 wonder is equipped with 7th Gen Intel Core m3 Processor. I am not in to gaming so the processor is just perfect for what I do most of the time — browsing through the web, editing documents and a bit of photo editing. This book also features a 4GB of RAM– fairly sufficient for a basic user like me and particularly relevant especially when you are the type who just loves to run multiple programs and opening different sites at the same time. With this book, I did not experience crashes or slowing down.
Mobility and Productivity in Unison
Usually when I’m out of the office, simple tasks like checking on my email, creating notes, recording interviews, checking appointments on the calendar and of course keeping up with social networks, I rely on my tablet or my smartphone. But when it comes to serious collaborative work, I solely rely on my laptop as it has Microsoft Windows. Why? Well, not only because I grew up using it; but because most, if not all, in my line of work uses it too. So imagine my delight when I found out that the Samsung Galaxy Book powered by Windows 10 Operating System has the Microsoft Office Suite pre-installed. With the Samsung Galaxy Book, I no longer need to switch from one app to another just to do collaborative work. No steep learning curve here especially when you are used to the Microsoft Operating System. This book made telecommuting faster, easier and more efficient.
The Resolute Workhorse
Be it for work or play, this device works overtime. It works excellent in my line of work — basic work functions such as browsing through the Internet, receiving and sending emails, voice recording, transcribing, editing documents/images — all worked competently. At home, this convertible keeps me sane as I use it to view recipes when I’m in the kitchen or to catch up with my “teleseryes” and movies as I do my chores. I use it also when I do my exercise routine in the morning via YouTube. The screen is bright, vibrant and sharp and if you are not a fan of wearing earphones, speaker grilles are found on the left and right edges of the book.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Book’s video playback time can last up to 9-11 hours with not much downtime as it fully charges in about 3 hours. I do binge on Netflix and iWant Tv and the most I can do is about 5 hours. I know how important battery life is especially when you are mobile; but with the regular work that I do in addition to my binge watching, I was able to get through the day with about 7.5 hours of use.
Strength in Everything
Physically, this 10-inch svelte is pretty easy to carry around. With just about the right size and weight (179 x 261 x 9mm and weighs 648g), it can slip in easily in the tote bag that I usually carry around without actually removing any of the girly stuff I usually bring along. It helps too that it has an all-metal body; it looks classy yet sturdy.
You can either use the device’s touchscreen or the detachable keyboard/cover that is already included when you purchase the book. The keyboard is surprisingly good and comfortable to type on. I do prefer though, to work and type on a desk or table than rest the book on my lap. It felt a bit tricky. One good thing about the book is that upon purchase, it already comes with all the necessary accessories: keyboard and S Pen. The S Pen is comfortable to hold and felt just right–not too light or too heavy. It doesn’t have any batteries so no charging required. Pressing on the button activates the air command which gives you the ability to create, view notes and write on the screen.
Very similar to love and marriage, as Frank Sinatra pointed out, both go together like a horse and carriage. You just can’t have one without the other and this holds true with the Samsung Galaxy Book where mobility and productivity blend perfectly well. For the kind of work that I’m in, workplace could just be anywhere. So even if I’m in in a coffee shop, in the plane or a co-working space, I know I could still be productive because this book makes it easier to work efficiently.
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