Tech Experiment: Can you use your Note 4 for all work-related stuff instead of your laptop?

If you think about it, most smartphones are almost as powerful as ultrabooks. My Note 4, for example, has a 3 GB RAM,octa-core processor and 64 GB storage space (32 internal, 32 SD Card). My MacBook Air 11″ (2011) has 4 GB RAM, a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and 128 flash storage space.

They are two completely different mobile gadgets. A smartphone is usually used for calling, texting and managing social networking sites. Since it doesn’t have a physical keyboard, we have limited its use mostly into browsing and tasks that don’t require a lot of typing. At least that’s how it was for me. But, a few weeks ago, I thought, what if I use my Note 4 instead of my laptop?


  • Note 4
  • Fast Charger
  • Smart Unlimited Mobile Data (signal shifted between 4G and H+)
    Forgot to do a speed test. But it’s in the Festival Mall area. I know I get a really good signal there. For future purposes, though, I’ll do a speed test to show you the actual speed just in case you might want to do this setup.


Recently, I have been obsessed with running. I signed up for a training in RunKeeper. That day, I had to go for a run. So, my plan was this: go to Starbucks, do a bit of work and go jogging afterwards. If I bring my MacBook, that means I would be running around with the extra weight. While the MacBook isn’t heavy, it’s not ideal to go jogging with a laptop bag. I decided to go with my plan. But instead of using my MacBook, I’m only going to use my Note 4 for work.

riverpark alabang
Ever since we did the Mind Marathon for South Writers League, I discovered that Riverpark is such a lovely place to go for a run.


So, was I able to get any work done?

Surprisingly, yes!

I finished 70% of the tasks that I intended to do. Why only 70%? I asked a friend who works nearby to drop by, and we chatted longer than I expected. But still it was productive because our chat also involved work.

Here are the things that I accomplished and the corresponding apps I used:

I must note that I already got half of my work done early that morning. I went to Starbucks around 3 p.m. and finished around 5:45 p.m.

  • There were two major things I needed to do. One was to talk to a team of writers. I needed to assign articles, check their schedule and talk about their rates.

Apps used: Gmail, Messages, Phone

  • Besides communicating with the writers, I also had to complete an editorial calendar for one of my projects. I used Google Sheets to plot the articles and deadlines.

Apps used: Google Drive, Google Sheets, Evernote

Evernote, on the other hand, is where I place all my raw ideas. I write phrases and paste links in a note under a specific Notebook. And then once the ideas are more defined, I transfer them into Google Sheets.

It was a bit challenging to type using a digital keyboard. Plus, compared to a 21-inch desktop (I use an iMac at home), a Note 4’s screen is tiny when you’re working with a spreadsheet. But I sucked it up and entered the necessary details.


I created a folder for all the apps that I use to edit documents and spreadsheets.


  • Brainstorming

Apps used: Evernote, S Note

As a freelance writer and editor, I do a lot of brainstorming sessions. I love this part of my work. I honestly think that the Note 4 is the perfect brainstorming companion. Our smartphones go with us everywhere. And despite all the technological advances, nothing still beats the feeling of writing your ideas using your own handwriting. Research also shows that writing in longhand allows better memory recall.

As a techie and as a writer, I had a bit of dilemma before I got my Note 4. I want to write things down using my own handwriting, but I want them to be digital notes. Unlike writing notes in a physical notebook, digital notes are saved in the cloud and can be accessed anywhere. It’s also easy to search for specific keywords when all of your notes are digital.  That’s why I think the Note 4 is perfect. With a Note 4, I can write stuff using my own handwriting, but they’re saved as digital notes. More importantly, all S Note files are automatically synced with my Evernote. I can access my ideas anywhere, anytime.

screenshot of Evernote containing the S Notes folder
Screenshot of my Evernote. The S Notes Notebook contains all the notes I’ve written using the S Note App


That afternoon, when I worked at Starbucks, I happily sat in one corner and wrote all my ideas down. I couldn’t be happier.

What I like about working at Starbucks in Riverpark is the great view! I feel inspired right away.



Experiment Results

The experiment turned out to be a success. There were things that I wasn’t able to accomplish, but it wasn’t because the Note 4 wasn’t capable. I just ran out of time. I had to go jogging before it got dark.

For sure, I will be doing it again soon.

My day ended at almost 6 p.m. It was a productive day!

If you’re a writer like me, the Note 4 is your best tech companion. You can accomplish most of your work such as writing your ideas down and communicating with your colleagues and clients. However, if your line of work is a bit different, one that requires tons of processing power and complicated software, then you can’t ditch your laptop just yet.

Still, I’d recommend going out of your comfort zone and spend some time alone in a coffee shop and do some thinking.  It might spark some ideas that could further help you flourish at work.

Do you like this Tech Experiment? Let me know if you want more. Just comment some of the things you’d like me to experiment with. 😀

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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