As the default tech dude at ICOSA, I knew the best way to drop some real knowledge about tools & toys was to bring in the big gun, Eli Asfaw. Eli has been my go-to gadget geek for about 14 years or so, as his level of expertise in such field far surpasses mine. Eli is now the official 'gadget geek' at ICOSA and my partner in crime in a new short video segment we have coined 'ICOSA Tech Tease'. Each week, Eli and I will be reviewing a tech gadget in our own way. We won't bore you with a spec run-down of every single feature, but we will discuss the best ones and tell you why each tool or toy (in our opinion) is one to empower leaders and/or leadership. Visit the tech section of icosa.co every week to hear Eli's thoughts on a variety of tech gadgets and to read my wrap-up of said video/featured gadget. The first video is directly below. ↓ [youtube width="640" height="360" video_id="iPQ9bCZ29dw"]
The tech tool we feature this week is the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This was our initial choice, because it's Eli's favorite smartphone to date. There is a ridiculous number of sick features on this [lightbox type="iframe" title="Title" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phablet"]phablet[/lightbox] that have never been offered on a smartphone in the U.S.. If you want to check out a full list of specs, you can do so right [lightbox type="iframe" title="Title" href="http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_ii_n7100-4854.php"]here[/lightbox]. What impresses us the most is the fact that you can simultaneously work on three different things on your screen at one time. If you can imagine, this is huge for the multitasking business leader. Also, at 5.5 inches and with a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also boasts the biggest screen we have ever seen on a phone. The last feature we love is the S-Pen that comes with it. The S-Pen is slightly larger than with the original Galaxy Note and has flat edges, making it more ergonomic. The sensitivity of the S-Pen and the display on the Note 2 allow for "Air View". This feature enables the user to hover the pen above the screen to perform certain tasks. This is the only phone that allows for desktop-like web surfing in such a way. To learn more about the S-Pen, watch [lightbox type="youtube" title="Title" youtube_id="bisGjDdDKKQ"]this video.[/lightbox]
Eli gives this phone 4.5 icosahedrons out of 5, his highest (and only) rating yet. Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Note II and/or suggestions of gadgets you think we should feature on ICOSA Tech Tease. Check in with us next week as we'll feature the new Droid DNA.
***Disclaimer: this is both of our first take on camera. We will get better, LOL***