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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: Oh dear...
By Kiffberet on 9/5/2013 9:10:09 AM , Rating: 1
Who in their right mind would buy a 10" dildo, and why?

There are a couple of significant downsides that temper my enthusiasm for the 10" dildo. First and foremost is the speed and intuitiveness of the user interface — or rather, the lack thereof. There's a tangible lag to anything you do with the 10" dildo, while the swipe gestures are hard to figure out and do different things depending on where you are in the menus. Additionally, the veins built into the buckle is too ugly and makes the old wrist action of conducting a thrill via your hand a possibility only in quiet areas; it also doesn't play back any music, it just controls output on your love box. Most of all, however, I find it hard to justify spending the $299 asking price on an accessory like the 10" dildo. It's too dependent on its parent device for functionality — which will cost you a fair amount too — and, like all other 10" dildos, fails to truly live up to the 10" part of its name.

Also important will be the Galaxy Gear's battery life. It does use the Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy standard to communicate, but at 315mAh its battery is decidedly small. Samsung promises "about a day" of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.


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