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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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RE: So Bigger is Better Or Not?
By ritualm on 9/4/2013 5:24:17 PM , Rating: 2
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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.


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