Galaxy Note 3 on the Marquette University Campus

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Hello, everyone! My name is Eric Decker, and I am a student at Marquette University studying public relations and marketing. When I’m not churning out papers or hitting the books, I enjoy keeping in touch with the latest technology trends. Verizon Wireless made keeping up with technology as easy as it gets by hooking me up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Recently, I’ve noticed smartphones have become more visually dynamic than ever. This has provided us the bold colors of the iPhone 5c, the sleek-backed iPhone 5s and the nice contrast of black and white with the HTC One.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is no exception.

This phone has a soft leather back that is not only elegant, but easy to grip and use with one hand. Despite the large screen, I had no problem fitting the phone in my pocket.

Studying in the field of communications, I keep up with the news daily. I found myself putting down my personal phone (iPhone 5c) and craving the big screen of the Note 3 to scan for and read articles. There’s no need to squint your eyes or pinch and zoom to read on the Note 3. Texting on the Note 3 was also a breath of fresh air. The big screen meant fewer typos from tapping the wrong keys.


Reading an article using Pocket app.

I often used the Google Search widget on my home screen to voice search definitions of words while I was reading articles on the phone or even a book for fun. Searching was lightning fast and the voice recognition is surprisingly accurate.

Running around all day from class to extracurricular activities, I never had to worry about the Note 3’s battery life. It was rare I had less than 50 percent left at the end of the day.

By far, my favorite app to use on the Note 3 was NFL Mobile. Watching the NFL on a mobile screen this big is awesome. In the midst of getting homework done, this was one distraction I didn’t mind so much.

And the absolute best part of demoing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been all the times when my classmates would ask me, “Whoa, Eric, what kind of phone is that?!” Showing this phone off to my friends was probably more entertaining than using the phone itself.

So big thanks to Verizon Wireless and Samsung for letting me try out an impressive phone, and making me seem a bit more hip and cool these past few weeks.


Put It In Your Pocket

I love to read.

I especially love to read articles on my phone and laptop.

I follow lots of Twitter accounts that push out interesting and relevant articles that I often want to read right that second. For the longest time, I would open the article in Safari and try to remember to read the article there later, but soon I would find myself with a cluttered mobile web browser and a half-dozen articles I never got around to reading.

Then, someone I follow on Twitter tweeted about an app called Pocket.

Pocket is a “read it later” app that stores all of those random articles you wish you could stop time to be able to read, all in one place for you to come back to to read at your leisure.

It’s the simplest ideas that are the most genius.

I downloaded this app as soon as I could and fell in love at first sight. Yes, I believe in love at first sight.

Before and After: Pocket makes reading online simpler.

Before and After: Pocket makes reading online simpler.

Not only is Pocket beautifully designed, but it makes reading articles on your phone or web browser a better experience. Pocket takes your articles (or images or videos) and strips down the Web page of advertisements and everything else that distracts you while you read, and leaves you with just the text and embedded content from that article.

Pocket makes it easy to save articles, too. On your computer, with Google Chrome specifically, you can install the Pocket widget where you can click a button and the Web page you are viewing is saved to Pocket instantly.

You can also sync your Pocket account with your Twitter account and save articles to Pocket straight from Twitter. As for articles you read outside Twitter, just email it to a special address Pocket gives you, and boom, it’s in your Pocket.

And after you’re done reading an article on Pocket, you can either delete, favorite or archive it. Pocket even lets you share what you’ve read to social media or email recipients.

Pocket is an exciting app that has helped me enjoy reading online content more than I previously did. Did I mention Pocket is free? Give it a try.