Samsung continue to excel with the presentation and delivery of their products. The faux wood grain presentation boxes that both the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear come packaged in are very stylish and impressive – fooling several nearby onlookers.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has some impressive specifications: 1080 x 1920 pixel 5.7 inch screen, 3Gb RAM and 32Gb storage, 13MP camera, Quad Core processor and more connectivity than you can shake a stick at! So am I looking forward to putting it through its paces.
Opening the box for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 my first impression was “WOW!”. Having just played with a range of other Samsung phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4, I was keen to see just what the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was about. I was pleasantly surprised on how light the Note 3 was when I removed it from the box! I expected it to significantly gain weight when the battery was installed, but – no. This phone is so light for the size – weighting nothing like what you would expect – only 168gm.
The Galaxy Note 3 come with a USB 3.0 Micro-B port for faster transfers and charging, and luckily this port is back-ward compatible with standard Micro USB so you won’t get stuck without a charging option.
Setting up the phone from scratch was a breeze – as is to be expected with any Android phone. I ran through the standard setup (not using Smart Switch) and was up and running in no time, with all my apps, contacts, etc installing automatically to the phone. And after the annoyance on my last few phones of having to flick between alpha and numeric soft keyboards, finally – alpha and numeric all on one. This saves so much time and hassle when entering usernames and passwords with not having to manually flick between alpha and numeric keyboards all the time.
I was immediately impressed by the screen – 5.7 inches of Super AMOLED touchscreen. The 1080 x 1920 pixel screen is to die for – the quality and clarity it delivers are just amazing! The sensitivity of screen is so high that it can pick up gestures more than 1cm away from it! And so much real estate to play with. Everything is just so much easier – from email and Facebook to games and YouTube.
Next was getting the Gear watch up and going, and synchronised. The Gear was not the over-sized monstrosity I was expecting. The Gear is bigger that most normal watches, but then it packs a lot more into it also – how many watches can record video? It took several attempts for the watch and phone to link, but on the 3rd attempt it worked. The link between the Gear and the Note 3 is create via NFC, and there after maintained via Bluetooth. Whilst wearing the Gear, wander away from your Note 3 at your own peril - you will be badgered with constant reminders that your watch has become detached from your phone! But then again, your watch will remind you of that appointment you have coming up – without having to remove your phone from your pocket.
Battery life on the Note 3 is fantastic, going three days or more between charges – and that is with all communication mediums switched on constantly. The Gear on the other hand averages about 3 days also. Most of the time I am getting 4 days (or just over) from the Gear, but if I use it for anything other than the basics – say taking some short movies – then I find I have to charge it every second day. For a watch device I would have expected a longer period between charging, but then I’ve not really got my teeth into the watch yet.
My name is Craig and I am an IT Manager and System Engineer for a nationwide refrigeration systems company. I’m based in the Wellington region and have worked in IT in both public and private sectors for the last 20 years. I was a lurker on Geekzone for five years before I finally signed up as “keewee01” 4 years ago. I’ve used phones across all networks and almost all brands and OS over the years. I am a current user of iOS and Android devices.
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