Sara's Column: The countdown begins

The countdown has begun.
Jul 18, 2014
Sara McManamy-Johnson

The countdown has begun.

As a certified techie, I can’t help but keep track of the latest gadgets and gizmos on the horizon. And I’ve set my sights on my next gadget.

A bit of background – I’m a Samsung fan. I have been since I bought my trusty Galaxy S2 about four years ago. Last year, I decided it was time to give it a proper burial and get a new smartphone.

After three years of reliable service from my S2, I knew I wanted another Samsung Galaxy. The question was which one. Well, I was ultimately sold on the Galaxy Note 2.

My mom already had the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, so I’d tried out the trademark stylus. I fell in love with its responsiveness and precision. As a reporter, I tend to jot a lot of notes on-the-go, and this phone seemed absolutely perfect for that. Finally, I could at least cut down the number of pads of paper and random scraps I’d written on.

Last August, I finally caved. After covering the Wilson County Fair for up to eight hours at a time – which included heavy Tweeting, Instagram-ing, texting and videoing – I realized the battery on my S2 just wasn’t going to cut it. 

I was the proud new owner of the Galaxy Note 2 before the fair ended.

And then two weeks later, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 3. 

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson, “DOH!”

Since there was absolutely nothing I could do about it, I set about trying to tamp down my phone envy. 

I can’t help it; I’m a sucker for specs.

A few months ago, I realized I was eligible for a phone upgrade (I know – not quite a year, but I’ll just say there was some upgrade jockeying going on.)

After scouting the options, I realized the only thing that I could see replacing my Note 2 was the Note 3. But despite my phone envy, there just wasn’t a big enough difference in the specs to justify the out-of-pocket cost.

Besides, I’d started hearing rumblings of another Note on the horizon. I’d already bought one phone that was outdated two weeks later; I really didn’t want to repeat that.

Well, my hesitation seems to be paying off. 

The rumblings have changed into rampant leaks and speculation about the impending release of the Galaxy Note 4. So far, the consensus says that the phone will debut at the IFA Show in Berlin Sept. 3.

That sounds about right.

And if the rumors circulating about the phone’s specs are anywhere near on the mark, it would definitely be worth the upgrade.

With a predicted quad-core or octo-core processor, 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB on-board storage expandable by micro SD card, the phone looks to be a beast. 

Daydreams of instant boot-ups and almost nonexistent lag dance through my head.

And did I mention a 20-megapixel camera?

I’m sure it will also boast a lot of nifty other features – the latest rumor is an iris/retinal scanner lock – but overall I’m looking for speed, battery and reliability. Bigger, better, faster, stronger. 

Based on what I’m hearing right now (which of course is still speculation), I may have a winner.

Sara McManamy-Johnson is the digital content director for The Lebanon Democrat and Wilson County News. Email her at or follow her on Twitter @wilsoncoreports. 


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