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Experts Share Their Tips on Working From Your Smartphone

The past couple of years haven’t been great, to put it mildly. But amidst the not-so-fun-times we’ve had to swallow, there have been shimmers of silver linings. When we look back at the early 2020s, we’ll see a time of great calamity, but also of great innovation. Innovation, some would argue, that should’ve come long ago.

The early 2020s will be remembered as the era when the concept of working from an office full-time was finally eradicated from mainstream consensus as the default way of operating. Working from home became the new normal, and once we emerged from our lockdowns, “work from home” evolved to “work from anywhere”.

As we’ve made this collective shift in approaching how we work, we’ve also shifted our collective view on the tools we use to get the job done, whatever that job may be. As we continue to evolve into a new mobile style of work, smartphones are becoming more and more prominent in the everyday worker’s arsenal. And networks are levelling up to match the pace of hardware, with companies like Optus rolling out 5G coverage to meet the demand of this new way of working.

To gain a better understanding of how we can best utilise smartphones in this new era of work, we caught up with Vice President of Mobile at Samsung Electronics Australia, Garry McGregor.

“We no longer need to be tethered to a desk or a laptop to get on with the job, the shifting landscape post-pandemic has shown us that,” said Garry. “Smartphones are much more than a device to receive calls or emails: They have the ability to extend the workplace to anywhere. From calls to meetings, mobile camera technology is helping us to communicate and connect smoothly as our workspaces increasingly revolve around video.”

“A 2018 Deloitte report estimates 70% of workers globally aren’t behind a desk all the time, and are moving away from PCs in favour of 100% mobile work. With that in mind, simplicity while on the go is key. With the exceptionally large and bright displays available on the market, working from a smartphone isn’t so different from working from a tablet or a small laptop — now we just have fewer gadgets to juggle.”

“As modern smartphone screens are getting bigger, and their displays are becoming more advanced, there is a clear shift towards interchangeability of devices within our workspaces.”

Here are some top tips and productivity hacks for making the most of Samsung devices, from Samsung Electronics Australia trainers:


“Microsoft Outlook is the default email program pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and in partnership with Microsoft, it has some unique features only available to Galaxy users. A favourite is – simply highlight a portion of text from the email you have received and hit ‘Quote’ to automatically add it into a reply email back to the sender.”

Video call

“Samsung has incorporated Auto Framing into many popular video call partners. Auto framing will ensure that you remain centre of frame during video calls, and will even expand the view when more people enter the frame. It is visually pleasing and removes the empty space around you, keeping you as the focal point.”

Research tips 

“While browsing the web on the S22 Ultra, if you find a piece of information that you like and want to save both the information and the link you sourced it from, simply highlight the text, drag it to the side, and open it into Samsung Notes. You can then go back to the website anytime you like, or keep a log of all your sources for your project.” 

Photography and video

“If you are looking to get more from your photos — for a presentation, your website or social channels for example — try the Expert RAW app from the Galaxy Store. It gives you pro controls such as ISO, shutter speed, and exposure, whilst using the phone’s multi-frame image technology at the same time to give you the ultimate photo. It also saves it as a RAW file so you can tweak and edit it to your liking in post.

If you are looking to take professional-grade videos, try Pro Video Mode. Pro Video mode gives you the ultimate control over your content, and allows you to set the settings and even manipulate the way audio is recorded. Shoot in 8K, 4K, and even FHD in a rapid 120fps.

In our blended lives, we know people are using their handsets for pleasure as well as work, so have some fun with Single Take. If you are taking your kids out on the weekend to the beach or to a playground, switch the camera mode to Single Take and capture your kids living their best life. Single take can record for up to 20 seconds and captures up to 14 different photos and videos. It uses AI to pick the best photos and creates collages, boomerangs, and even a best shot.” 


“Taking notes in a long meeting or on the go needs to be as easy as possible. Ensure no crucial information is missed with Audio Bookmark. In the Samsung Notes app, whilst you are taking your handwritten notes with your Galaxy S22 Ultra’s S Pen, you can record the meeting’s audio while simultaneously writing your notes. Your handwritten notes will line up with the audio recorded so you can put context to your scribble.”

Calendars and scheduling

“Calendar management needn’t be a headache. If communicating about diaries via Messages, the app will prompt you to add your meeting directly to your calendar. This saves you time, keeps the meeting information accurate, and means you can carry on being productive.”


Looking to take working from a smartphone to the next level? Check out the new Galaxy S22 series. Optus has a 5G Phone Price Match Guarantee where they’ll match any competitor’s upfront retail price on the GS22 Series. Head over to the Optus site to find out more.


5G Phone Price Match Guarantee: T&Cs apply. Excludes prices tied to other offers. Find out more at

5G Network Capability: 5G available in selected areas and on select plans (excl. NT). See Optus website for offer and coverage details.


This post was created by Optus with Insider Studios.

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