Sometime on the first week of September, I had the extraordinary experience of checking in at the club floor of the Dusit Thani Manila in Makati. The funny thing is that my three year old daughter enjoyed the hotel room more than me. While she slept soundly on the heavenly bed, mommy was working at 2 am to catch the live broadcast of IFA, Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show in Berlin.
What I stayed awake for: the grand reveal of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & Galaxy Gear, on sale starting Sept. 25 in some global markets like the US and India.
And here was Lucy happy in the room with her yaya. Nothing like a new environment to excite a kid
Anyway, all I can say is that the new Note 3 is The Bomb! Even the tech writers can’t help but exclaim ooh’s and aah’s about Samsung’s newest offering. If you already own a Note, there is the usual upgrade on features but it is really on the software innovations that Samsung impresses. More after the jump….
Appearance-wise, the new Galaxy Note 3 looks really attractive with its faux leather cover at the back & nice stitching details on the side. There’s also the choice between these colors: black, white and pink!
And here are its worthy assets: a 13 megapixel camera, 5.7 inch Super AMOLED display, 2.3 GHz quad core processor, thinness of only 8.3 mm and official weight of 168 g.
But probably this smartphone’s most outstanding feature is Air Command which is more like a launching app best used with the built-in stylus or S Pen. Just hover the pen on the screen or even just jot down or doodle on it and you will have access to relevant apps like Action Memo, Scrapbook and the S Finder.
This official Samsung video is quite long, but will give you an idea what the new gadgets (Note 3 + Galaxy Gear) can do. Useful if you’re eyeing for an upgrade or would like to have these for Christmas…yay!
As for me, am really excited about the Galaxy Gear because I like the idea of wearing my gadget and knowing Samsung technology, I can also sync it with my present phone (or rather, phablet), the Galaxy Mega.
This device is expected to retail for US$299 but am loving what it can do: enable hands-free calls on your watch with the built-in speaker and you will also be able to draft memos or messages and set alarms with simple voice recognition. Not to mention, it has a fitness tracker and other apps.
The Galaxy Gear smart watch has 4-gigabyte internal memory, 512 megabytes of RAM and weighs 74 grams. It comes in a range of eyecatching colors like Rose Gold, Oatmeal Beige, Jet Black,Mocha Grey, Wild Orange and Lime Green.