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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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By Monkey's Uncle on 9/4/2013 4:56:07 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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