Now that we've had this year's first hint of sunshine, it's only natural that thoughts should turn to the impending festival season. What could be finer than relaxing with your mates in bucolic surroundings, with the world's finest music on tap and countless accompanying activities and spectacles?
We Brits do festivals at least as well as anyone – and the good news is that your GALAXY Note II could dramatically enhance your festival-going experience, whether you're on the trail of the heaviest rock known to mankind, introspective shoe-gazing fodder, brain-melting psychedelia or whisper-sung alt-folk.
In pre-mobile phone days, festivals would routinely involve such annoyances as returning to the spot where you had arranged to meet your mates every hour, on the hour, when they didn't turn up first time around. Thankfully there's no longer any need for such dull inconveniences in this day and age!
Indeed, your GALAXY Note II, as well as allowing you to locate your mates, can perform a plethora of vital festival functions, such as getting you back to your tent, getting you to all those bands you wanted to see and making sure that you're appropriately dressed in the process. Here's how to get the most out of it at this year's festivals.
1.Essential Festival Apps
We reckon that the first app you should download – presuming the festival you're attending is in the UK – is Weather Bug (Earth Networks, free).
And it's worth downloading long before you set out, as it provides a weather forecast for the area in which your festival is sited, so can help you make decisions about what clothes to take. Although no seasoned festival-goer would leave the house without shorts, sunhat, wellies and waterproof trousers. Not to mention at least two towels – as one will always be drying out.
Next up, just in case you forgot your torch – or even if you remembered it, but left it in your tent – there are countless apps that turn your GALAXY Note II into a torch, of which our favourite is Tiny Flashlight LED (Nikolay Ananiev, free.
If you're heading to a festival with an unfamiliar layout, the chances are that, at some point – particularly if, ahem, you have overindulged – you might forget where your tent is. Never fear, there's an app for that, namely Festival Buddy (Dave Lavelle, free) – which also lets you mark the location of other rather important things like your car, the toilets, the main stage and so on.
Preserving your festival experience for posterity (and for showing off to your mates on social media) is, of course, vitally important – and your GALAXY Note II, with its particularly fine camera, can help with that.
If, say, you want to catch the full scene of the sun coming up from Glastonbury's Stone Circle, you'll be glad you downloaded one of the better photographic panorama apps such as Photaf Panorama (Bengigi, free).
And for those random moments when you're wandering around a random part of the site and hear a DJ playing the finest tune ever, you'll thank yourself for having downloaded Shazam (Shazam Entertainment, free), which will identify it for you.
Finally, for those epic, main stage, lighters-aloft moments, you'll be able to contribute to the mood without risking burned hair thanks to the Virtual Zippo app (Bandsintown, free).
2.Tips And Tricks To Maximise Your Battery Life
Either way, a decent solar charger could well prove to be a handy buy, too – and we highly recommend either PowerTraveller's SolarMonkey (£35) or the same company's PowerMonkey Explorer (£65), which adds a rechargeable battery to the SolarMonkey charger, so you can leave it soaking the rays up, then use it to charge your GALAXY Note II at night.