Galaxy II S, one week in, already a workhorse at work

Have to say, it’s been a great week with the Galaxy. I’ve been using it on wifi all week, but tomorrow I’ll pop into a Virgin store and get hooked up on a data plan. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any difference in experience, but also to be connected all the time, everywhere I go in the city. Not good for the information addiction, but should be pretty cool

So, this week has been a lot about playing with the Galaxy, but also making it a daily tool in my work. I’m going to focus on the work usage in this post.

Perhaps the best example of how having this is a game changer for me, is this post on my work blog. I think I tweeted out about this earlier in the week, but the picture (there were others) and the videos embedded in the blog were all made on the Galaxy. While I was there video recording the session for our site, it is, of course, much more cumbersome to take and post these quick little interview videos using the higher end video camera we use.

While those videos allow us to post the entire session in a few days or week after it occurs, there’s a more informal flavour that I thought could be captured, which focused on our participants, as much as the material. I know that many others do this type of thing all the time, with flip cameras, etc., and I’m a big fan of it. We just hadn’t been doing it thus far. I wanted to see how much I could do with the Galaxy and how easy it would be to incorporate into a quick post-session blog post.

The Galaxy and it’s camera quality made this a cinch. I took some pics and even recorded some video of the speaker with the Galaxy during the session. Here’s one of the videos, which didn’t make it into the blog post (my boss thought the audio was too low and that there wasn’t that much value to the video, which is cool (we’ve got an editorial process for a reason!). I could have spent a few minutes enhancing the video’s audio and then let the software grind out a render, but the point of this experiment was to do it quickly, simply, without additional software use/intervention). Here it is anyway, you decide about the audio (I think it’s OK):

I have my Galaxy set up to automagically upload all pics and videos I take to my Google+ account. I wasn’t yet set up on my data plan (and I think I have the auto upload set to go only in wifi, to conserve eventual data bandwidth), so they didn’t upload until I got back to the office. But, in theory, I could be uploading as I’m snapping pics/recording video and be ready to go as soon as I get back to the office.

One small glitch in this process is the problem that pics uploaded to Google+ can’t be easily/automatically ported to Picasa and videos can’t be easily moved to YouTube. Seems odd, given that Android, Google+, Picasa and YouTube are all Google products and better interoperability would seem to make sense, but what are you gonna do?

Well, pics are easily uploaded (OK, one by one) into picasa and vids into YouTube, straight from the Galaxy. Sweet. So, back in the office, I uploaded and then wrote the blog post. By the time the writing was done, voila, I had pics and vids ready to go. I was going to embed an album of pics from Picasa, but that seemed like a bit of overkill, so I just embedded one and then embedded 3 of the 6 videos I had taken.

Simple, elegant solution, I think. And the quality of these videos, well, I think I’ve got a pretty awesome point and shoot camera in my pocket/bag now, one that will come in incredibly handy for work and personal life.

In this case, we now have a new routine for these monthly workshops (called “Five Good Ideas”). We’re going to do these types of post-session interviews and recaps every month now.

Sure, we could have been doing them in some format already. But, I have to say, having this device with me has made it much easier… Great stuff.

Of course, I’ve also been playing with the Galaxy in my personal life, more pics and thoughts on that soon. 🙂

(Note: This post as part of a series of posts I’m writing/tweeting about as a Samsung Galaxy II S tester for the Virgin Mobile Canada #VMtester program. I’ve been given the Galaxy for free as part of this program. Which isn’t to say that I wasn’t already thinking about buying it and am totally in love with it right now. Just sayin’…)

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Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

Communications in social services/social change, immigration, diversity & inclusion in Toronto. Wannabe librarian, interested in nonprofit tech innovation.

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