Enhanced multi-tasking on the Samsung GALAXY Note 3

Getting the best out of the Note 3's multi-tasking features

Enhanced multi tasking on the GALAXY Note 3

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 has a wealth of great features built in, and one of the best is its excellent enhanced multi-tasking, with Multi Window and the new S Pen-controlled Pen Window allowing you to be loads more productive every day.

Let's take you through these great features on the Samsung GALAXY Note 3, explaining just what multi-tasking is and how you can get the most out of it.

Multi tasking

1. What is multi-tasking?

Multi-tasking is the ability to perform more than one action at the same time – something we've long been used to on our desktop computers, but which is also now increasingly common on our smartphones.

Android smartphones have been able to perform multi-tasking actions, such as running several apps together, for a while and, with the awesome Multi Window feature, Samsung has built on this foundation to provide the best experience around.

As the power in our smartphones increases they are able to perform more and more tasks at the same time, truly making them computers in our pockets.

On the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 you can access the multi-tasking menu by holding down the home key below the screen. This allows you to see a list of the apps which are currently running on the device.

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2. How the GALAXY Note 3 takes multi-tasking to the next level

While multi-tasking may not be anything new in the smartphone world, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 takes things to the next level in a number of ways.

Firstly, the GALAXY Note 3 is the most powerful smartphone in the world, boasting a supremely powerful 2.3 GHz Quad-Core processor and 3GB of RAM.

The 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen is also perfect for multi-tasking, allowing users to have multiple applications visible on the expansive display at the same time.

Finally, the impressive 3,200mAh battery housed inside the Note 3's slender frame means you're able to multi-task for longer without running out of juice.

This raw power, expansive display and superb battery life means the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is able to cope with more tasks than most phones, making it the perfect multi-tasking tool.

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3. The Multi Window tray

While you can still access the stock Android multi-tasking menu on the GALAXY Note 3 by holding down the home button, Samsung has taken things up a level – delivering a more immersive multi-tasking experience.

The Multi Window tray is your first step to enhanced multi-tasking on the GALAXY Note 3 and can be easily accessed by holding down the back touch key just below the screen.

Hold the key down for around a second and you'll notice a little arrow tab appear half way up the display – tap this and a tray pulls out from the side with a column of applications. You can also hide the tab and tray by holding down the same key.

From here you can drag apps from the tray onto the main area of the screen, and the GALAXY Note 3 will allow you to have two open side by side – now that's a true multi-tasking experience!

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4. All new Multi Window

Multi Window has been around for a while, making appearances on top Samsung devices such as the GALAXY Note 8.0, GALAXY Note II and GALAXY S4, and it's now been enhanced on the GALAXY Note 3.

Multi Window now allows you to toggle between recently used apps without closing windows or having to open new pages, thanks to the Switch App function.

This makes for a more streamlined multi-tasking experience, and along with the inclusion of Switch Window and Drag and Drop, the GALAXY Note 3 is easily the most complete multi-tasker on the market.

The above-mentioned options can be accessed by tapping the blue circle between the two open windows, bringing up a menu that shows all three options plus an exit key.