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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 jimbojimbo on 9/6/2013 11:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
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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
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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.
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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??


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