I’m Having An Affair With A Galaxy Note 3

It started innocently enough. Verizon has been having me test out devices for months but this time I didn’t have a clue which device was headed my way. I knew it was probably one of the big screen phones I discussed with my man, “AL”. I opened the package and saw that wooden box with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 shining at me and said “SWEET!” It’s my catchphrase. What can I say, I am forever a teenager.

When I held the phone for the first time, there was a sensation that zipped through me. Like I had my hands on something that would change my life. With it’s sleek leather back and big shiny screen, I couldn’t wait to power it up. I didn’t know then that I would be starting something that I couldn’t stop.


The lure of the speed, the way I fell into the large size like a helpless kitten. The completely irresistible way the vivid colors would catch me staring at the screen longer than I should have. I should have known by then, that I was already falling in love.

Here is a wallpaper screenshot


My actual screen, featuring the Dodol launcher

Then something happened. I didn’t plan for it, the uncontrollable pull inside of me to reach inside and explore that beautiful S Pen. The amazing way it smoothly captured my handwriting and turned it into text. I even took it with me to a meeting and used it to take notes, something I never would have done on my smaller, less powerful phone.


And then it happened. Overcome with excitement already, I hit tech nirvana when I discovered that the Note 3 supports multi-screen, meaning I could read email and check social media at the same time and resize each screen to my liking effortlessly.


I knew that eventually my affair would be discovered. My highly intelligent 5 year old noticed me using the S Pen one day and that was it. I was caught. H figured out how to use the pen to write directly on the screen (You have to actually press a small button and choose the right function from the popup menu, not something a normal 5 year old figures out) and then he got to work asking me to download some coloring and drawing apps for him to use. I obliged, because he is in Kindergarten, is now reading and doing math, and also because I figured if I let him play on it once in a while, my affair wouldn’t be so bad.


The versatility of this device goes beyond any device I have tried so far. It really is the perfect marriage of a phone and tablet. At first it seems large but I got used to it. I never used a smart phone one handed anyway so the fact that I need two hands to type or write doesn’t bother me. Battery life is actually better than my current phone, an HTC 8X Windows Phone.


In my hand


Sadly, I have to say goodbye to this love. I know that I can find joy again, in the next device that Verizon sends me, but this device will forever be in my heart. And this is the device I will be choosing when I decide to re-up on a contract. PHENOMENAL. Available currently for $299 with 2 year contract at Verizon.

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About Candace Reid

Candace Reid is the owner and author of My Serendipity Life. She is the mother of 3 and a college graduate having earned her Associates Degree in Business for Hospitality/Food Service Management. Candace is pursuing an AAS degree in Photographic Imaging from Lansing Community College. She also loves to blog about family, food, fun tech and travel. Email Candace


  1. I am also test driving the Note 3. I love it. I thought the size would bother me, but it doesn’t at all. I love it! And I also love the multi window. It truly is a wonderful phone!

    • When I first opened the box I was like WHOA its huge but then I realized it isn’t that much bigger than my first smart phones like the Bionic and the LG Spectrum. I loooooove a big screen.

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