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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Review – The Fun Phablet

November 26th, 2013 by Analie
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Galaxy Note 3 is easily one of the most anticipated phones out there. You already knew that.Samsung stunned the game with the original Note and then took over with the Note 2. Many didn’t expect a large phone to be so popular and become somewhat mainstream. I was personally a huge fan of the Galaxy Note 2. I used it daily. It was just so convenient with the screen size and even more with the S Pen.

I didn’t think it could get any better. Just like Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, the Galaxy Note 2 was a great mix of all extremes. A formula with just the right push of change. When the Note 3 finally announced I was thinking “Nooo, don’t make the screen bigger. Don’t mess with it!” At the same time I was curious about what changes Samsung was prepared to offer. I had an idea of what was to come in certain aspects due to the features of the S 4. Camera upgrades, TouchWiz features were somewhat of a given. But what about the S Pen features? How was Samsung going to upgrade those?
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Build
So lets do this the way it usually goes. I start off with the hardware. When you go shopping for a phone looks are so important since most phones are candybar phones. The Note 3 easily stands out due to its large size. Just like other Galaxy line phones, the Note 3 is plastic. But the back cover has a leather look to it. Samsung could have fooled me into thinking it was the real thing (until I felt it). The phone has a metal looking border (it’s also plastic, not metal) to give it that premium look. Under it you will find a 3,200 mAh battery.
The layout of the buttons is no different than other Galaxy phones. Power/standby button on the right and volume rocker on the left. The front facing camera is on the top right. 3.5 mm jack and and IR blaster are on the top border. The bottom border has a USB 3.0 charging port. On the right side of the border is the S Pen, the Note 3’s most important feature. If you’re not syncing with the USB 3.0, you can charge with the Micro USB cable.
The rear of the phone houses the 13 megapixel camera. The overall build of the Note 3 is sturdy and tough. It won’t stop me from putting a screen protector on it. But the feel is pretty solid.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Inside the Galaxy Note 3
On the inside the Galaxy Note 3 is packing 3 GB of RAM and a quad-core processor. Needless to say that the phone is ready to take on the work you throw at it. It comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (waiting for Android 4.4) and of course Samsung TouchWiz skin. With Samsung TouchWiz, Samsung has preinstalled apps that tailor to the S Pen and the Note 3 features. I think besides the big screen, the S Pen is one of the main reasons you would buy the Note 3.
I’ve played with the Galaxy Note 2 and the Note 10.1 tablets, so I have a good feel for Galaxy Note features.
Air Command
But my favorite new feature with the Note 3 is the Air Command. When you remove the S Pen from the slot, this little menu (in the shape of a semi circle) with a few things that you can do right away with the S Pen. It allows you to do 5 things: Action MemoScrap Booker, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Every time you click on one of the actions, it explains what the feature does and how to work it. Action Memo is the feature that I find most useful. You write something down and can take “action” with it. You can write down a number an dial it, save it, email it. Pretty logical feature for a phone with a pen.
Screen Write is pretty good feature as well. It takes a screen shot of whatever screen you’re on and lets you add your notes to it.
S Pen
The S Pen is comfortable to hold and it still has the action button on it. The S Pen is awesome because it feels the pressure. If you press on harder, you will see it in the writing. It will be bolder and thicker. Pretty cool.
I absolute love the S Pen. When I remove it from the slot, I use it for everything. It’s a great accessory!

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This phone looks great on paper. 3 GB of RAM, that’s almost enough to sell me right there. This phone should be zooming through pages and apps. For the most part the Galaxy Note 3 performs well when surfing through screens. Apps load up rather quickly, but not as quickly as I would hope for 3 GB RAM. It’s not a noticeable difference, but it feels just the same as if it had 2 GB of RAM. Maybe it’s all the apps I downloaded, maybe not.
One Handed Use
While the Note 3 provides one-handed operation features, I didn’t like using it as much. Others may find it more useful than me. It’s helpful but I just enjoy the full keyboard. But if you’re afraid of the large size of the Note 3, the keyboard might help.
I love the Note 3 camera. It has a huge viewfinder and many of the great features that the camera of the Galaxy S 4 has. It can even record in 4K quality. Not that I have a 4K display yet, but it just goes to show you the power of the device. The auto focus is pretty good on the Note 3. The phone takes decent pictures. Not great pictures like a Nokia device, but decent enough.
Call Quality
As usual I have no problems with AT&T service. Great speeds and loading times on the Note 3. I’ve been using Google Play Music All Access, and I had no problem streaming tracks.

Galaxy Gear Accessory:

The big hype around the Galaxy Note 3 is that it had an accessory that only worked with the phone at the time of release.  The Galaxy Gear is Samsung’s first attempt at a smartwatch. While many people are against it. I think it’s a good idea. It’s a bluetooth accessory. And you have to expect it to work as such. Seeing as how the Note 3 is a large phone, you may not always have it in your hands as easily as another phone.

The Galaxy Gear gives you a nice alternative in receiving your notifications. You can control your music from the Gear as well. There are different color combinations that you can get it in. Right now the gear retails at $299. The price is sure to drop, as most Android accessories do. But it’s definitely a device for the geek who likes those types of gadgets. But Samsung did a good job with their first attempt.


It might not be a necessary upgrade from the Note II to the Note 3. But if you don’t have a Note device and were looking into it, now might be the time to try it. It’s the third time around and Samsung has gotten it right. It might be a bit of a learning curve for some, but it’s nice to try it. Don’t brush it off due to its size. Even playing with it at the store won’t be enough as it takes a while to get it. But once you do, it’s awesome! You will witness the power and strength behind this phone, and the large size won’t even be a factor anymore.

Right now the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is $199 with a 2 year contract and is available for all major carriers.

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 HERE

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Watch Specs and First Impressions

September 4th, 2013 by Analie

It has been leading up to this for a while now. The Samsung Galaxy Note II just turned 1 year old in the last week of August. The Galaxy Note 3 is finally here. Just like many expected. Samsung announced three new Galaxy products. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, The Galaxy Gear, and a new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

We had a chance for some hands-on time with the devices. I can’t believe the Galaxy Gear is finally here. Check out the specs on the devices below:
The highly anticipated Galaxy Note 3 smartphone is of course bigger and better. This powerhouse devices begs for multi-tasking and note taking.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specs

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Gear

Display: 5.7-inch AMOLED 1,920×1,080 resolution; 386.5ppi
Cameras: 13 megapixel rear-facing camera / 2.1 front facing camera
Processor / RAM: 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE) / 1.9 GHz octa-core (3G) / 3GB RAM
Memory: 32 GB or 64 GB with MicroSD expansion slot
Battery: 3,200 mAh removable battery
Connectivity Options: bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / IR Blaster
Android OS: 4.3 Jelly Bean

How is the Galaxy Note 3 Different from the Galaxy Note II?

Well the camera has upgraded 5 megapixels. It has a much more powerful processor and 1 more GB of RAM.
The battery is a bit bigger as well. A big change is how it syncs with the Samsung Galaxy Gear. Lets talk more about that:

Samsung Galaxy Gear (Smartwatch)

The smartwatch is finally here. After many prototypes and rumors, the official Samsung Galaxy Gear was announced at Unpacked Episode 2. After playing wth it for a while, I am convinced that I need one in my life. It syncs nicely with the Galaxy Note 3 and allows you to do all those little things that we thought were too small for a phone to handle. For example, I lock my phone for privacy. Unlocking it becomes a bother, but with the Galaxy Gear, my Note 3 will unlock with certain actions. Check out the specs:
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch compared to regular watch copy
Display: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display at 320×320 resolutionCamera: 1.9 megapixel
RAM: 512 MB
Battery: 315 mAh Battery
Audio: 2 microphones / 1 speaker
Available Apps: Atooma, Banjo, Evernote, Glympse, eBay, Line, MyFitnessPal, Path, Pocket, RunKeeper, TripIt and Vivino
Features: Smart Relay, S Voice, Auto Lock, Find My Device, Media Controller, Pedometer, Stopwatch, Timer
I was super excited to play with the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s all about the little things. It has a camera, and quick notifications. It even has a set of apps that work well with it. I was pleasantly surprised. The Galaxy Note 3 has a gear manager for extra settings management of the watch. Some might find the watch a bit bulky, but with the features and specs, I think it’s a decent size.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

This Galaxy Note Tablet is a beast plain and simple. This 2014 looks great on paper. Check out the specs:
Display: 10.1-inch WQXGA (2560 X 1600) Super clear LCD


Cameras: 8 megapixel rear-facing camera / 2.1 front facing camera
Processor / RAM: 2.3GHz quad-core (LTE) / 1.9 GHz octa-core (3G) / 3GB RAM
Memory: 32 GB or 64 GB with MicroSD expansion slot
Battery: 8,220 mAh removable battery
Connectivity Options: bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / IR Blaster
Android OS: 4.3 Jelly Bean
The Galaxy Note 10.1 didn’t seem laggy at all. They were brand new without much content on them. One of the new things you’ll see is the Air Command Wheel. It allows you to choose from different tasks that you can do with the S Pen. The notification bar was very familiar to that of the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3. I like how you can divide the screen between 2 apps for true multi-tasking. That means you can even have the same app open in two windows. For example, chatting with two different people from the same messaging app, or two internet tabs open.

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2012 - Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Watch

Meet The HTC One Max, A Bigger, More Powerful Version Of The Aluminum Flagship

August 5th, 2013 by Rod

HTC just recently announced the HTC One Mini but the company apparently is far from being done.  The Taiwanese company is still cooking up something new for you all to launch sometime later this year.  Introducing the HTC One Max.


HTC One Max - Divas and Dorks (2)

HTC One Max – What to Expect?

The HTC One Max is more of a Galaxy Note II or Note III competitor as it mirrors the same great aluminum unibody design as on the original One. While specs on the beast is a bit scarce, we do know that it will be equipped with a 5.9-inch LCD display, powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, the same Ultrapixel shooter on the rear, and possibly running the forthcoming version of Android (Key Lime Pie). Key Lime Pie is a big step forward. A refined version of the HTC Sense will run over Key Lime Pie. It’s also supposed to have the original HTC One’s BoomSound speakers. Can you imagine those speakers a bit bigger?
There is also talk of HTC equipping the device with a premium, ultra-thin tipped stylus.  This would go hand-in-hand with a custom suite of apps for content creation + manipulation being added to Sense as well. Another interesting feature is the fingerprint technology.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the  LG G2 on the way, would you give HTC your money over its competitors? It seems that Samsung has dominated the large smartphone category. Should HTC stay out of the phablet zone? 

(Numbers Don’t Lie) Samsung Galaxy Note II Sells 3 Million Units In 30 Days

November 2nd, 2012 by Christen


It’s official!  Today, Samsung has announced that it had sold 3 million units of the Galaxy Note 2 after just 30 days – that’s three times faster than its predecessor.  The original Galaxy Note was deemed a success, but took 90 days to hit the same 3 million mark.  The Galaxy Note 2, at this point, is scheduled to surpass the original Galaxy Note in sales with the holiday shopping season about to hit full throttle and with launches on AT&T and Verizon, the United States’ two largest carriers, by mid-November.  Last week, Samsung kicked off a huge celebration in NYC featuring Kanye West for the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Samsung camera and this week they’re celebrating great momentum gearing up for the holiday season.

DID YOU KNOW:  Samsung topped the global smartphone market in the July-September third quarter with 56.3 million sales, more than double Apple’s 26.9 million iPhone sales. The two companies controlled combined 46 percent of the global smartphone market.



AT&T’s Galaxy Note 2 has been up for pre-order since October 25th with a release date scheduled for November 9th. Verizon’s Galaxy Note 2 has been up for pre-order since then as well though its release date remains unclear.  (C’mon Verizon – I need that Galaxy Note II, like yesterday…)



Samsung Galaxy Note II Launch With Kanye West ROCKS NYC

October 25th, 2012 by Christen


No, it’s not Halloween….yet. However, if you’re notice droves of tech geeks, gadget girls and mobile execs lurking at a slower than normal and zombie-esque pace this morning, chances are that they rocked out with the Samsung Galaxy Note II and Kanye West the night before at Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York City, NY.



In celebration of “The Next Big Thing” Samsung Mobile enlisted the help of Kanye West to kick off the biggest mobile rave I’ve ever attended IN MY LIFE! Starting out early in the evening with the press preview, Kevin Packingham, chief product officer for Samsung Mobile U.S. revealed not only the expected Samsung Galaxy Note II – but also the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Camera (by AT&T). After revealing the performance specs that consumers could expect, guests were released into a themepark of Samsung Galaxy Note II experiences. There were a variety of experience to please everyone, including T-Shirt design station where guests could design, print & wear their very own t-shirt using the Galaxy Note II. Check out a the launch event in its’ entirety below…






Look closely at the big screen…Guess who?













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