On Tuesday, February 24th – I along with other NYC tech media got a first hand look at the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit devices at the Samsung Galaxy Studio in NYC. During the unique product experience, guests had the chance to enjoy food, drinks and witness the LIVE Unpacked 5 event announcements from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. After the event, I got the chance to get hands on with the new Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smart watch and Gear Fit wristband.
Favorite features thus far:
Samsung Galaxy S5 – Fingerprint sensor. Galaxy S5 has a built-in sensor that will allow users to unlock their phones with a fingerprint scan. The sensor has other security functions as well: it will act as password protection for PayPal payments, according to Samsung.
Samsung Gear 2 - 4G Memory w/ Bluetooth music capabilities. Samsung decided to turn the new Gear 2 into a wearable music player, thanks to its standalone music player with Bluetooth player. Users will be able to go running outdoors or working out at the gym wirelessly by listening to music without the need to carry their smartphones.
Samsung Gear Fit - Heart rate monitoring sensor. The Gear Fit includes a built-in heart rate monitor on its rear panel, allowing the fitness tracker to measure your beats per minute via its onboard app. During the hands-on, the app was able to instantly detect heart rate and display it on the Fit’s screen.
Check out a quick demo of a few of my favorite S5 and Gear 2 features from the fingerprint scanner to built in heart rate monitor coupled with a few moments of in studio shenanigans below…
The Samsung Galaxy Studio is open to the public daily and located in the heart of NYC at 130 Prince Street in SoHo. Discover more on the Samsung Galaxy S5, Gear 2 and Gear fit with in depth reviews coming soon…
If you’re one of the many Fitbit Force users that have been affected by the recall and looking for an alternative device – move over Fitbit Force, there’s a new wearable in town – the Samsung Gear Fit.
Yesterday we were introduced to the Samsung Gear Fit, the industry’s first curved, Super AMOLED wearable device for the active consumer. The Gear Fit offers the unmatched convenience of Samsung Gear technology with the most comprehensive fitness tools available, empowering consumers stay physically active without sacrificing personal style or mobile connectivity.
The Gear family continues to expand with the new Gear Fit designed to help those consumers striving to live more fit and active lives without sacrificing their own personal style or their ability to stay connected on the go. Whether used as a standalone or companion device, the Samsung Gear Fit puts people in charge of their personal and active lives while staying connected so they never miss a moment.
The Samsung Gear Fit was designed to comfortably contour to consumers’ wrists while offering a vivid Super AMOLED display. It provides much more than an everyday fitness band, keeping consumers up to date instant notifications from Galaxy smartphones such as incoming calls, emails, SMS, alarm, S-planner, 3rd party apps while consumers are on the move so they can stay connected. Changeable straps in Black, Orange and Mocha Grey will let users express their individual style, changing the look of the Gear Fit to match their outfit or mood for any type of activity. Check out video below.
It’ll receive notifications, track your heart rate, control music, and…well, do all the basic things most people think of when they think of “smart watch.” Will the Gear fit usher in a whole new world of wearables for the future? I sure hope so. What do you think? Would you buy a Gear Fit to replace your current fitness tracking wristband?
Samsung has announced an “Unpacked 5″ event for Feb. 24, the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Since the invitation makes references to the number 5, the world may get its first glimpse of the upcoming Galaxy S5 sooner than we thought.
Samsung has sent out invitations to an event in which the company will unveil its “new flagship product.” The Unpacked 2014 Episode 1 show will take place in Barcelona on Monday February 24th — the opening day of Mobile World Congress, which is held in the Spanish city. Rumor has it that a total redesign, iris scanner and new display and feel of the newest Galaxy device will be revealed later this month and available to consumers as early as April. Are you looking forward to the latest from Samsung?
Check out all the fun from Day 2 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For the fourth year in a row, DivasandDorks.com will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest trends at CES 2014.
This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “trendspotting” videos daily on Fastlane.GM.com and DivasandDorks.com. Noticing the sleek curves of the Corvette and the angular lines of the Chevy Spark, it’s apparent that Chevrolet embraces the evolution of style and form. Aside from vehicles, products that combine style, form and functionality on the show floor include transformative TVs, smartphones, cameras and more.
Check out the full video featuring, Samsung UHDTVs, the LG G Flex and 360 Fly Panoramic camera below:
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.
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
If you haven’t heard of the HP Chromebook that was announced yesterday, you will be hearing about it a lot more.
So What is a Google Chromebook?
A Chromebook is a computer that works with Google’s suite of apps and of course with Google Chrome. You basically use your Gmail email address to sign in and out of the Chromebook. Since you’re using Google products (Google Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Docs) all your information is backed up in the cloud. You can access it from any other Chromebook or browser.
So a Chromebook is basically a laptop that you use with Google Apps to get work done. As you may have realized, to be the most productive, you need internet service to get the job done. But don’t be fooled you can get a lot of work done offline.
The 11 inch HP Chromebook by Google
Yesterday, HP and Google introduced another addition to the Chromebook lineup. The 11 inch version comes in 5 different colors. Check out the specs:
Display: 11″ (1366 x 768 resolution)
Processor: Samsung Exynos 5250 processor / 2GB
Storage: 16 GB / 100 GB Google Drive
Ports: 2 USB 2.0 / 3.5 mm headphone jack
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n // Bluetooth 4.0 / Built-in 3G (later on)
Weight: 2.3 pounds
Color Options: Piano White with blue accents, Piano White with red accents, Piano White with yellow accents, Piano White with green accents
What’s Great About the HP Chromebook?
Well this goes for any Chromebook really. But these are some of the few reasons why I am a fan of the Chromebook and have been for a while.
- It updates by itself: You don’t need IT back-up or to learn the latest about anti-virus software to keep it safe.
- Stay Updated: I love that it’s over the air, so if I’m updating a Google Doc, it will be updated in real time through all my devices.
- The Price: At $279, who can say no to a Chromebook? You get to be productive, portable, stylish, and it’s budget friendly.
- The Charging Port: It charges through a micro USB port, for the win! That sold me right there! FYI, this is for the HP model. The popular Samsung Chromebook doesn’t charge through micro USB.
Where Can You Purchase the HP Chromebook?
You can purchase it at the:
and HP soon, for $279.
Can you see yourself using a Chromebook daily or do you need to have a full blown laptop?
When functional style meets creative design, that’s a recipe for stylish success! Samsung, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, and New York-based designer Alexander Wang revealed the finished product following months of collaboration with some of the industry’s most creative contributors. The limited-edition Alexander Wang Wallie gym sack is the first co-created bag inspired by crowd-sourced sketches and images created using the GALAXY Note II.
Alexander Wang resourced the ‘collective inspiration’ of a select group of Samsung smartphone users for his latest collection. Called the ‘Wallie’, the gym sac has a drawstring closure, reinforced leather corners, and a black and gray print on the lambskin finish.? The bag’s abstract print was produced by Wang by combining different images (photos, doodles, patterns) created using Samsung’s Galaxy Note II smartphones by a group of his close friends, stylists, photographers, and others.
“The abstract print really captures the energy of New York City,” the designer explained. “This collaboration is a great example of how technology and style can come together in an unexpected but really meaningful way.” The bag will go on sale this August The bag is available in select locations from this month, and proceeds from the sale of the $550 bag will go towards the Art Start charity, that uses the arts to nurture the creative talents of at-risk children and youth.
There’s a bevy of tech rumors and shake ups that happy everyday from mergers to break ups and new technology emerging by the second. Here are the top tech rumors to keep you in the know.
The iPhone 5s rumors keep pouring in and they include everything from fingerprint scanning technology to NFC capabilities. Your next iPhone may be able to unlock itself based on your touch and hold a charge without requiring a cable. These are just three intriguing possibilities that could turn up in Apple’s iPhone 5 successor, which is rumored to go public as soon as September. Check out more iPhone 5s rumors here.
Steve Jobs Crash & Burns At Box Office
The first of two movies about the late Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs hit theaters this weekend without any of the buzz or sales enjoyed by the iPods or iPads created by its subject. The movie opened in seventh place with a paltry estimated weekend gross of $6.7 million despite opening broadly in the U.S. and Canada. Throughout the movie, Mr. Jobs’s up-and-down career at the company is chronicled, as a rotating cast of board directors and executives hire and fire him before he returns the company to superstar status with the launch of the iPod in 2001. (more)
Dr. Dre Wants To Drop HTC
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Dr. Dre and Co. are planning to buy back the phone maker’s remaining 25 percent stake in the business — just a year after HTC reduced its stake by half. Either way, we’re hoping that this potential separation helps HTC get back to winning ways and frees up Dr. Dre to resuming prescribing those pills he’s now so fond of.
It’s official: Samsung Electronics will launch its first wristwatch smartphone early next month, people familiar with the plan say. The move would allow Samsung to potentially beat rival Apple Inc. on what is expected to be the next major battleground for mobile phone makers. The world’s largest smartphone maker will unveil the device worn around the wrist called Galaxy Gear on Sept. 4, ahead of Berlin’s IFA, a consumer electronics show where technology companies showcase their gadgets. It will go on sale this year, the people said.
That’s our roundup for today! What tech rumors are you intrigued by? Share below…
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Ever since Samsung Galaxy S III last year we were all shocked and crazed over the innovative and creative features the phone had to offer. It earned it’s title: “The Next Big Thing“. With so many features of such a big screen how could Samsung top the S III and do better for their followup phone the Samsung Galaxy S 4
Samsung had an Unpacked event in March to announce the arrival of the new flagship android phone. We learned mostly about the gimmicky features the S 4 would offer. Despite the fact that Galaxy S 3 has many features, the S 4 managed to have even more. The screen was bigger, the phone was taller and yet it was still thinner. At the launch event we didn’t immediately know the release date and carrier info, but everyone was left anxiously anticipating.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 – Samsung Loves Plastic. No Plastic Surgery Here
Just like the leaks suggested and many at the launch felt, the Galaxy S 4 had a plastic body. Many were upset that Samsung kept the same plastic housing as they did in their successor to the former. Many did not like the feel of the material should have done something to upgrade. The plastic housing does not matter to me since I always put cases on my phone I need the grip of a thick phone. The Samsung S4 is just too thin. The plastic housing makes the phone lighter which many will enjoy carrying a lightweight phone and not break your back or purse.
Without a case, the S 4 for could feel a bit slippery and very thin and when the risk of it falling and screen cracking. However it is less slippery than the S III.
Galaxy S 4 – Body Feel
Depending on the size of your hands and I’m able to use it comfortably with one hand, and of course a lot more comfortably with two hands. I think S4 does feel a lot more solid than the S3. It does not feel very bendy (the feeling that the plastic could actually snap in half). While others might ask why didn’t Samsung change the plastic materials I say why would they mess with a formula that got them so many sales that S three.They must feel that they did something right. It also helps accessory makers who help them with the protective cases.
Galaxy S 4 - Display
The large AMOLED display is beautiful is very vibrant and colorful. That screen has too many colors – said no one ever! Okay, maybe those extremists who compare and contrast resolution, ppi and color saturation. But otherwise than that, you will get nothing but compliments about the eye-catching screen. The screen is responsive and the swiping this fluid and you could even use gloves when touching the screen.
Galaxy S 4 – Galaxy Camera – What Everyone Asks About
What Samsung bragged about the most at their unpacked event was the camera and all the features that it have to offer. It went up 5 megapixels from the its predecessor, the SIII. The 13 megapixel camera was promised to be the go-to camera for all events, at all times.
You’re definitely going to love taking pictures with this phone. The 13 megapixel camera does wonders or it could be the fast processor or a combination of both. Taking some features from the galaxy camera S4 camera takes the smart phone camera to the next level it definitely revamps smartphone camera.
We spoke about the features when we had our first hands on the smart phone back the launch. Not only are the features and options nice, but the interface is nice and easy to use.
This is definitely the phone that you should not use on a regular auto mode. Living in New York I definitely enjoyed the camera’s Eraser Mode the most. Drama Shot is very fun feature to which will get many frames of a rapid movement but it’s not as easy to execute.
Samsung TouchWiz – Love it or Hate it?
TouchWiz, the “skin” that Samsung puts over Android has grown on me. But we can all agree it’s way more than a skin by now. I’ve been used to it since the Galaxy S III. I use it on the Note II and on the Galaxy Tab. I’m very familiar with it. I enjoy the colors and animations that Samsung uses on TouchWiz. I have always been a fan and I am very familiar with them. TouchWiz offers so many features that one can become overwhelmed. I personally love that. But for those who don’t there is an easy mode. I guess they’re trying to reach everyone no phone is too complicated for a customer. However I will tell you what I don’t like. That the operating system takes up nearly 8 GB. Samsung has made adjustments since the release to rectify that. But still, WOW.
The phone definitely tries to offer you many options at your fingertips. There is a lot going on in the notification menu. Some might be overwhelmed with so many toggles and switches. I always will have a soft spot for the brightness slider I like to adjust my brightness multiple times. The “auto” brightness option seems to have the phone go haywire at times.
There is a lot going on there are over 15 toggles. 18 toggles to be exact. Samsung’s most advanced upgrades include temperature and humidity sensors. It goes hand-in-hand with your feature for S health. This is definitely not for the person who is transitioning to a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review – Fave Features
There are so many features that I don’t think I could remember all of them on a regular day. Sheesh! They will come to you as the situations pop up. Trust me, it will take dedicated time to sit and learn what this phone could do. But here are the two which I think you folks might use the most:
My favorite has to be S Health. It takes the pressure of monitoring your movement. It’s a nice way in to the life of record keeping of your health stats. Samsung will soon introduce a S Health activity monitoring bracelet to accompany the app.
Another feature is Samsung’s WatchON feature. Helping you scour your TV listings alongside your preferences, WatchON will have you keeping your Galaxy S4 riiiight by your side whenever it’s time to watch TV. What’s better than controlling your TV (with the built-in IR Blaster)? Having WatchON tell you when and where your fave shows are showing. You can learn more about Samsung WatchON HERE
Galaxy S 4 For You?
All in all I don’t think there would be any reason to regret getting the Samsung S4. Although I do suggest investing in a 64 GB MicroSD card. Since it offers so many features you’ll be adding and downloading a lot more add-ons. Now if you have the S III you really don’t have to upgrade, you have to analyze the changes and see if they’re worth it. If you’re curious about experiencing a Samsung, now would be the time. You’ll be jumping into a world of creativity and innovation. I am not just saying that. Really I’m not! This phone will definitely have you feeling like a diva with so many options at your fingertips. You will want to use this phone any chance you get!