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Last Minute Holiday Smartphone Gift Picks For Anyone On Your List

December 18th, 2013 by Tech Staff

With a bounty of great smartphones released this year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed to find the best smartphone for that person on your gift list.  That’s why we have narrowed down the best holiday smartphone gift picks for anyone on your gift list below.

The Apple iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S comes with a 64 bit chip and fingerprint scanner. For those with the Apple OS eco system, they might enjoy the new champagne gold color option.  BUY IT : Apple iPhone 5S 

Holiday Smartphone Gift Picks iPhone 5s gold

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

If you do a lot of work on your phone, you will be satisfied with the Note 3. The main accessory to the Note 3; the S Pen has more features than ever. Multi Window, a large display, wireless charging and long lasting battery life make this phone essential for productivity. The Galaxy Note 3 is available for all major US carriers starting at $299.  BUY IT: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Holiday Smartphone Gift Picks Samsung Galaxy Note 3

If the Galaxy Note 3 is too large for you, an alternative is the Samsung Galaxy S 4. It has many of the great features the Galaxy Note 3 has to offer in a smaller size without the S Pen.

 

 

Motorola Moto X

Give the gift of customization with the Moto X. The first smartphone to be released by Motorola since it was bought by Google (besides the DROID series), the Moto X boasts simple yet innovative features that make your smartphone useful and efficient. It’s great for those who enjoy stock android with just a slight addition of Motorola features (Moto Assist, Active Display). It’s also a plus that the giftee can go on MotoMaker and design the Moto X and color coordinate its accessories.  BUY IT: Motorola Moto X (Moto Maker)

Holiday Smartphone Gift Picks Moto X

 

 

Google Nexus 5

If you want the latest Android phone out, the Nexus 5 is the one. It comes with Android KitKat 4.4 (in case you didnt’ know that’s the latest version of Android). The smooth interface and affordable price (as low as $350 without contract) makes the Nexus 5 a win.  You have two color options of all black and black and white. The Nexus 5 can be found on the Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T carriers.  BUY IT: Google Nexus 5 smartphone (Android OS)

Holiday Smartphone Gift Picks Google Nexus 5

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

Performance
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.
Camera
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.

Overall

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

Get the Galaxy Note 3 Experience App To Demo Key Note 3 Features

November 8th, 2013 by Analie

Many customers are seeing the many features the Galaxy Note 3 has to offer. From S Pen creativity, to multi-window multi-tasking, the Galaxy Note 3 definitely has consumers thinking twice about what their next smartphone is going to be. Since the Galaxy Note 3 has so much to offer, a great way to get to know it is to have a little hands-on time with it right? Reading and writing reviews can only get you so far.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Experience App

 

You can download the Galaxy Note 3 Experience App from the Google Play Store HERE

 

Galaxy Note 3 Experience App

If you are skeptical about what the Note 3 has to offer, you can now test some of its features on  a app. The Galaxy Note 3 Experience App allows consumers to get a feel of what the Note 3 has to offer. From detailing the Note 3’s endless features, to the possibilities with the Note 3’s main accessory, the S Pen, to how it fits in different parts of your everyday life.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Experience App - key feature accessory

Many of the features that you can demo in the Note 3 Experience app are exclusive to the Galaxy Note 3 (until the updates roll out for the Note 2). Such features include, Air Command, Action Memo, and S Finder. The Galaxy Note 3 Experience App even simulates an S Pen so the consumer can get a feel of what using an S Pen on a smartphone is like.

 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Experience App - design your life

 

 

While it’s obviously not the same thing as having the phone, it gives you some insight into Samsungs’ TouchWiz Android Skin, the features that differentiate the Note 3 from other phones out there, and if you even need those features to begin with.

You can download the Galaxy Note 3 Experience App from the Google Play Store HERE

 

Would experience using this app help you make a decision about purchasing the Galaxy Note 3? 

 

 

 

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

Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 Coming Next Month – What Can We Expect?

August 9th, 2013 by Analie

Well it’s that time of the year again. You might regret upgrading your current smartphone when you hear this: Samsung has another “Samsung Unpacked” Event. Samsung is set to unveil their next Galaxy device (the Galaxy Note III or 3) at Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 (Episode 1 was the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone). The phone is to be announced before the IFA tech conference in Berlin, Germany. Samsung revealed the original Note smartphone and the Galaxy Note II at previous IFA tech conferences.

There are no official specs on the device they’re releasing. But you can take hints where it says “Note the Date”. If you’ve seen previous Galaxy Note smartphones, their main features are the big display and S Pen (stylus). With the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 you can expect a larger screen size. Rumors report from a 5.7 inch to a 6.3 inch 1080P flexible display, alongside a 13 megapixel camera, 3 GB of RAM. I’m sure the overseas version will have an octa 8-core processor.

Samsung Unpacked 2013 - Episode 2 - Divas and Dorks - Galaxy Note III - Galaxy Note 3

While Samsung usually focuses on one device mainly, they usually have a few other items to release. Many are expecting the Samsung smartwatch and/or health band that goes along with their S Health app.

 

I honestly don’t know what further updates the Note 3 (Note III) can bring. I’m sure it will have many of the features of the S 4. Will it have all the camera features? Will it be waterproof and dust-proof like the Galaxy S 4 Active? Do you think Samsung will finally change from a plastic body to an aluminum/metal body? I’m looking forward to more S Pen related features that can be applied universally.

Are you still excited when Samsung announces a device? How big should a phone be? Which one do you think is best the Galaxy S 4 or the Galaxy Note 3? 

 

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