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Galaxy Gear gets a hefty price tag

Samsung continues its tradition of supersized smartphones with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 3. The Android 4.3-powered smartphone now uses a 5.7" 1080p Super AMOLED (up from 5.5") and weighs in at 168 grams. The Galaxy Note 3 packs quite a bit of power under the hood courtesy of a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a whopping 3GB of RAM. Samsung has also seen fit to cram in a 13MP rear-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and a 3200 mAh battery.
 
Samsung has listened to all the critics that bash its phones for being plasticky and for not using more "premium" materials, so it has now equipped the back of the phone with a faux leather. The rest of the device is still made of the plastic that you've learned to love (or hate).
 
The Galaxy Note 3 will launch worldwide on September 25 (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are all onboard in the U.S.).


Samsung Galaxy Note 3
 
Also announced today was the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While details of the device have leaked over the past week (including shots of its interface), the final product differs slightly from the leaked photos provided by Venture Beat. The watch uses a tiny 1.63" AMOLED display with a resolution of 320x320, features 4GB of internal storage, 800MHz processor, and 512MB of RAM.
 
Samsung, however, was quick to point out that this is not a standalone phone -- it is simply a companion device for your smartphone. In this capacity, the Galaxy Gear uses low-energy Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to your phone. Once connected, you'll be able to receive all of your smartphone's notifications, control music, dictate voice memos, and place/answer calls Dick Tracy style. Samsung has even managed to toss in a 1.9 MP camera that will allow you to shoot up to 720p video.
 
There will be a wealth of applications available for the Galaxy Gear -- 70 initially -- all of which will be downloadable from the Galaxy Gear Manager app.

Galaxy Gear Smartwatch 

The Galaxy Gear features a diminutive 315 mAh battery and will only last a day on a charge.
 
The Galaxy Gear will be priced at $299 when it launches in October, which is a hefty price to pay for a "companion" device.

Sources: Samsung [1], [2], [3]



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So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By WhatKaniSay on 9/4/2013 3:36:15 PM , Rating: 1
After working so hard to convince people to buy their oversized Phones (aka Phablets) because larger screen phones are innovation; Samsung turn around and create a Small Screen intermediary device (aka Smart Watch) to save Phablet users the trouble of constantly reaching for and pulling out the humongous phones from their pockets/briefcases/purses? Seriously?

Using Samsung’s logic, here is a typical nightstand of a Samsung disciple:
1) Connect Galaxy Gear to its special charging dock
2) Plug Galaxy S4 into its USB Charger
3) Plug Bluetooth headset into its USB charger
4) Connect optional mobile battery pack to recharge

---- all these is make calls, text, browse web the next morning?

Very interesting indeed! I'd rather stick with my flip-phone.




RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 3:55:05 PM , Rating: 1
"I'd rather stick with my flip-phone."

It's quite obvious from your comment that you have a flip phone because you know zero about smartphones, what they do and how people use them. MAybe stick to posting about what you know.


RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By WhatKaniSay on 9/4/13, Rating: 0
By retrospooty on 9/4/2013 4:53:05 PM , Rating: 2
Those are technically smartphones, but we have come a long way since then... IT's gotten sooooooo much better. Anyhow, I was really referring to this...

"Phablet users the trouble of constantly reaching for and pulling out the humongous phones from their pockets/briefcases/purses? Seriously?"

Alot of people love larger screens, the bigger the better. If you don't, that is fine, I certainly get it, but the comment kind of showed you don't know how people use them.


By Monkey's Uncle on 9/4/2013 4:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I was pointing out the fact that, many flip phones are by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones in acomplishing the basic function of placing and receiving calls.


Your comment focused on a 3 facets of a smart phone - voice calls, texting and surfing the web. Not justy making calls (Just try doing a video call with a flip phone). Expounded on how you feel your flip phone is better at these. I beg to differ.

Having owned several varieties of flip & slider phones myself, I can point out here and now that:

1. Voice calling is no clearer or easier on a flip phone than on a 'bar' smartphone. In fact I find my voice calls on my SGS4 a lot clearer. Nor is calling any more reliable. Had less dropped calls on my smart phones (entire Samsung Galaxy 1.4 lines) than I have flip phones. Your argument fails there hard.

2. Texting on a touch tone phone keypad is pure torture. The tiny keys on the average slider of blackberry is only marginally better. I'll stick with my Android keyboard tyvm!

3. Surfing the web on a flip phone.... Seriously? *shakes head*

You can keep your 20th century flip phones. I will stick with smartphones. Though I draw the line at using a watch to communicate with it.


RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 5:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
FYI- I've owned & used several Smart-Devices (phones/PDAs) over the years ...namely iPaq, Palm Tungsten E2 & T3, Palm Centro, several great LG flips, Motorola Razr, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, Blackberry Curve, and HTC Inspire, just to name but a few.

You see just because someone makes un-approving comment about a certain product doesn't necessary means that he/she is clueless about the technology.
I was pointing out the fact that, many flip phones are by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones in acomplishing the basic function of placing and receiving calls.

In other words, you really are as clueless as retrospooty said you were.

Voice quality and cellular reception has no relationship at all with whether the phone is a bar, slate or a flipper.

I've already tried "browsing the web" with flip phones and their tiny keypads. Clearly not what I'd call "by far more reliable than most (if not all) so called smartphones".

The plain truth is, a flip phone imposes many physical restrictions in order to be dimensionally more compact than bar- and slate-type phones. The flip hinge itself adds a big point of failure that most bar- and slate-type phones don't have.


By jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
1) Connect Galaxy Gear to its special charging dock
2) Plug Galaxy S4 into its USB Charger

or just plop it onto the wireless charging pad
quote:
3) Plug Bluetooth headset into its USB charger
What Bluetooth headset do you use? I have one that lasts days on a charge but I don't even use it anymore. I just use the cable since I carry it for music anyway and in the car it's via the car.
quote:
4) Connect optional mobile battery pack to recharge

See, now you're just making stuff up. One could make up all kinds irrelevant devices to charge if one wanted to. An optional mobile battery pack wouldn't be charged every night anyway unless you used it to charge your phone and drained it. One could even say you need a mobile battery pack for a flip phone then.

I will give you this, I do miss the days when I could go a week without charging my old Razr and damn those phones were durable. However, a dumb phone is good ONLY if you just make calls and text - and even then it's quite horrible. I barely ever use my phone to make calls and all my texts are via Google Voice. Can your flip phone send and receive unlimited texts without any text message plan??


"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone














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