Samsung Galaxy Note 3 All You Need To Know

Overview

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is, as you might have already guessed, Samsung’s third phablet in its controversial Note range. When the first Note was released back in 2011, critics thought that the massive 5.5-inch screen would never catch on. However, just two years later, the Galaxy Note has become one of the most popular smartphones across the globe.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 incorporates the best technology and features that Samsung has to offer. It has a 5.7-inch screen and a new premium-looking ‘stitched’ design which makes the smartphone stand out from its predecessors.

With great features aimed at making multi-tasking easier, the Note 3 is great for the busy user that’s always on the go. You can easily open up multiple apps and display them on the same screen with Pen Window, allowing you to use your phone as you would a traditional computer.

With the trusty S pen, you can easily make notes and annotations, turning the device into a personal notepad. And with the Note 3’s Air Command, you can activate your most used screens by simply hovering the S Pen (and pressing the S Pen button) to access up to five features within an instant.

Under the hood, the Note 3 also offers some of the best specs we’ve ever seen on a Note device. It has a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a huge 3GB of RAM. Its battery has also been improved (probably to handle the multitude of tasks that it offers!) meaning that the Note 3 will be able to last long into the night, even after a hard day’s work.

And what’s more, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is available for free with deals starting at just £33 per month. Now you can’t say that for the iPhone, now, can you?

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

Samsung’s winning streak continues with the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s newest phablet added to the successful Note range.

I was excited about getting my hands on the device at this year’s IFA in Berlin, and was keen to try out the handset again as soon as it landed on my desk. Now see the new Galaxy Note 4 are you ready to upgrade?

Hands-on YouTube video review:

Due to the Note 3 being nothing short of enormous (unless you compare it to the Samsung Galaxy Mega!), the phablet has a very specific target audience, though despite this, the Note 3 still offers a whole range of really impressive specs not seen on many other flagship devices.

So will it wow me as much as the Note 2 did?

Read full review

Our Rating

Build Quality
17/20
Phone Set Up
18/20
Features
17/20
Camera & Video
17/20
Battery Life
18/20

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display and camera review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 had its official release at Samsung’s unpacked event at the IFA trade show in Berlin last week and it looks like Samsung have delivered largely what we expected.

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There are a couple of areas of improvement over the Note 3 that will make it stand out and so today we are going to take a look at the Galaxy Note 4’s display and camera.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display

When the Note series of phones / phablets were released back in 2011 we thought that the 5.3-inch display on that model was huge and wondered where this would eventually leed.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display

Several years on and the first thing you notice when you pick up a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the size of the device which has grown to 153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5mm. These stretched dimensions are of course a direct result of the display’s size that now measures 5.7-inches.

In fact the Note 3 also had a 5.7-inch display so this move could signal the limits of screen size where anything larger is simply impractical.

The main area of improvement through the Note range is now firmly focused on the screen’s resolution. The Note 3 impressed us with 1080 x 1920 pixels but the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 shocked us, in a good way, with 1440 x 2560 pixels making this a Quad HD Super AMOLED display.

Quad HD Super AMOLED display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 display also has a wider viewing angle with deeper contrast so it is a great smartphone when it comes to sharing content on the screen. The response time of the visuals now exceed a millionth of a second so the gaming and video streaming credentials appear to be unrivaled.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera clearly stands out as supreme and it has been nicely tailored with enough automatic features to make the novice photographer look like at pro whilst disabling these puts the control firmly back into the amateur photographer’s hand.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 camera

The main rear-facing camera now boasts 16-megapixels which is up from 13-megapixels on the Note 3. 

To help the novice photographer Samsung has built in a new Smart Optical Image Stabiliser and this automatically counter balances camera shake caused by holding the phone in the hand. This feature also extends the exposure time when photographs are taken under low light situations.

Further imagery tools that can be applied include HDR rich tone, beauty face, auto or selective focus, dual camera mode and virtual tour shot. We were first introduced to some of these new features on the Samsung Galaxy S5 but if you haven’t seen them in action then here is what they do:

The secondary forward-facing camera has also had a major overhaul and at 3.7-megapixels it has almost double the resolution of its predecessor. Used primarily for video calling or taking a selfie the shooting angle has been set at 90-degrees. But, this can be widened to 120-degrees and this gives ample room for group video calls and group selfies.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 video

Video recording is possible at two resolutions and speeds and this is an essential element that will allow the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to capture high quality videos as well as action videos where more frames per second produce a better result. The first recording mode is set at 2160p with 30fps while the second mode is set at 1080p with 60fps.

The audio side of the video recorder has also been updated with a rather cool 8 directional microphone. This can record and tag up to 8 different voices in a group conversation and these can then be isolated and played back individually.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review

The most important thing that Samsung has understood and actioned perfectly is that you cannot develop the camera without developing the display. 


This winning combination though is only part of the story so if you want to find out what happened to the S Pen or fingerprint security then read our Samsung Galaxy Note 4 review.


Written by: Michael Brown

IFA 2014: What to Expect

What is IFA?

IFA is one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics show and takes place in Berlin every September. It is usually the home of at least two big smartphone launches, with all the big names including Samsung, Sony, HTC and LG rolling out their latest releases.

So what can we expect to see in the way of smartphone launches this autumn?

Samsung Galaxy Note 4: the killer phablet?

Samsung has traditionally launched its larger than life smartphone at the German event every year since 2011, and it looks set to do it again with the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is tipped to be the hottest Samsung flagship of the year, with a set of stellar specs and killer features. The phablet is rumoured to sport a 5.7-inch display- the same size as the Note 3- and a massive 4GB of RAM. The handset will also house a 16 megapixel camera just like the Galaxy S5, and is set to feature handwriting recognition technology that allows you to simply write commands on the phablet’s screen.  

Interested? Read the full lowdown on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features here.

Sony Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact

Another flagship smartphone set to tip the scales at IFA this year is the Sony Xperia Z3. Following on from the successful Z2, the Z3 is rumoured to blow the socks off your typical smartphone with a whopping 20.7MP camera teamed with tens of great built-in camera features.

On top of that we should see the same water and dust proof coating on top of a beautifully crafted glass body.

Sony Xperia Z3 Rumours

And all of this is set to be replicated on the miniature Xperia Z3 Compact too. Also rumoured to be launched at IFA, the Xperia Z3 Compact will be the successor to the impressive Xperia Z1 Compact released earlier this year.

The key difference between the Z3 Compact and its closest miniature rivals is that the Sony smartphone more or less mirrors its bigger brother.  That means that not only will the Z3 Compact feature the same impressive 20MP camera as the Z3, it will also sport the same set of mighty specs under the hood too!

Moto X+1 & Moto G2

According to the latest IFA rumours, Motorola is set to join the ranks launching new handsets this year with the Moto X+1.

Moto X+1

A successor to the game changing Moto X, the X+1 is rumoured to sport a 5.2-inch display teamed with a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 32GB of storage. On the rear side of the handset the Moto X+1 will sport a 12 megapixel camera as well as an in-build pedometer, which is perhaps a hint towards the upcoming Moto 360 smartwatch.  

LG G3 Stylus

LG is yet another manufacturer getting in on the action at this year’s IFA. Having launched the G3 just three months ago, LG is rumoured to be following up with a Note 4 rival called the G3 Stylus.

LG G3 Stylus

As you might have guessed the G3 Stylus will be the only other smartphone on the market to feature a stylus like the Note range’s S Pen. Although very few specs have been revealed about LG’s upcoming phablet, word on the street is that the device will feature an even bigger screen than the G3’s 5.5-inches.

Nokia Telsa & Nokia Superman

Nokia really blew the socks off critics at this year’s MWC in Barcelona, but is it planning on doing it again at IFA? Rumour has it that Nokia will be releasing not one but two brand new smartphones, codenamed the ‘Telsa’ and ‘Superman’.

The ‘Telsa’ will actually be called the Lumia 830, and will be an affordable high end smartphone. The device will feature a PureView camera packed with a Carl Zeiss lens, and will be the first Nokia smartphone to feature the ‘Nokia by Microsoft’ branding adorning its rear cover.

At the other end of the scale sits the Nokia Superman, a budget smartphone aimed at the selfie lovers out there. With a sizeable 5 megapixel front facing camera, the Superman will be a direct contender with Sony’s newly released Xperia C3.

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Who Buys Phablets?

Who Buys Phablets?

With the ever growing need for bigger screens on our smartphones, we’ve seen the development of the phablet, a super-sized phone that is too small to be considered a tablet.

But who actually buys phablets? What reasons should you have to buy one? And is it a worthwhile investment?

What is a Phablet?

A phablet is essentially a mix between a phone and a tablet, hence the name ‘phablet’, but what defines one?

Basically any mobile phone with a screen over 5” and under 7” is considered a phablet, often packing a more powerful set of specifications under the hood compared to your standard smartphone, but sacrificing sizing.

Tablets often start at around 7.5” in smaller models, heading up to 12” at the moment, but some manufacturers are reportedly working on sizes up to 20”.

A great example of a phablet is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is currently the most popular phablet on the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Who Should Buy One?

Anyone who is unhappy with a smaller screen on their phone would be the easiest answer here, but the phablet also meets the needs of many business users, who would struggle to manage spreadsheets etc. on their regular sized phones.

Also, due to their increased size, phablets often pack more of a punch in terms of performance, meaning users can browse the web faster and use all of their apps more efficiently.

Another major plus is the increased screen size, offering a much better viewing quality when watching films and other media.

Plus, because a phablet also offers all of the standard smartphone features, you can still use the device to speak to people and send texts, essentially cutting out the need or both a tablet and a smartphone by merging the two.

Phablets also reach out to the e-book lovers out there, allowing you to read and store thousands of books on your handset without any hassle.

What are the Down Sides?

The only issues you will encounter when owning a phablet are based on the handset’s size.

Obviously if you are looking for a device that doesn’t look or feel too big, then a phablet certainly isn’t for you.

But also, due to the increased screen size, displays can sometimes come out slightly more blurry compared to smaller screened phones and often use up more power, making the battery run down sooner.

Whilst many phablets counteract this with a larger battery, this adds to the weight of the handset in most occasions.

Finally, due to the phablet’s increased size and specs, the price also often gets a healthy increase in size as well, it isn’t a huge difference compared to the latest flagship smartphone releases, but you will certainly notice the difference.

Phablet, Tablet and Smartphone

What are the best phablets?

The top phablet currently available is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 thanks to a mixture of brilliant features and great design.

It sports a 3GB RAM as well as a 5.7” screen and is powered by Android, making it perform brilliantly across the board.

Other good phablet investments include; the Nokia Lumia 1520, LG G2, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and the HTC One Max.

All of these phablets offer great specifications as well as smart and intelligent designs to give the user a good phablet experience from top to bottom.

So What’s the Decision?

If you fancy a bigger screen in your pocket and are willing to pay a few extra quid, then the phablet is a bit of a no brainer.

They’re ideal for so many users with their larger screens and higher specs, the only issues you really have to consider are the price and overall size.

The best way to tackle this is to simply play with one, and see if it’s the right sort of handset for you.

Would you consider investing in a phablet? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Written by Luke Hatfield

Samsung Galaxy Round vs LG G Flex

The Samsung Galaxy Round just pipped LG to the post when it came to releasing the world’s first curved smartphone, though LG came back strong as ever with the G Flex just a matter of days ago.

And when it comes to smartphone battles, Samsung usually comes out on top. But will this be the case with the Galaxy Round vs the G Flex?

Design

Perhaps the most notable difference between the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex is that their screens are both curved in the opposite direction. The Round’s screen curves horizontally, curling ergonomically to fit the shape of your hand, whilst the G Flex is curved vertically in line with the user’s face.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Curvature aside, both devices are similarly huge in terms of dimensions: the Galaxy Round features a 5.7-inch screen, compared with the slightly bigger 6-inch display on the G Flex. Both devices are also quite slim-line, measuring in at under 9mm thick, although the Galaxy Round is slightly thinner at just 7.9mm.

LG G Flex

Also, in many ways, the two devices look remarkably similar to their predecessors; the Galaxy Round is almost identical to every other smartphone in the Galaxy range, whilst the G Flex bears a resemblance to the LG G2.This is certainly one thing that makes the G Flex stand apart from the Round when it comes to design and build, as the device’s main control buttons have been relocated to the rear of the phone, allowing users to use the device easily with one hand.

Whereas the Galaxy Round allows users to check for notifications by simply tilting the screen, LG has developed a ‘DoubleKnock’ feature which allows you to wake up the G Flex by tapping twice on its screen rather than having to manually unlock the device.  

One feature that the LG G Flex boasts which the Galaxy Round does not, is a self-healing coating on the phone’s back casing. This, according to LG, stops the device from developing any long-term scratches and scuffs common on smartphones.

Under the hood

In terms of specs, the two curved devices are really quite similar. The Samsung Galaxy Round is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait processor, while the G Flex features an almost identical 2.26GHz CPU, which should, in theory, make both devices perform at lightning speed.

The Galaxy Round also boasts a massive 3GB of RAM, as debuted on the Galaxy Note 3 released last month, compared with the LG’s 2GB, making the former device slightly better at handling multiple functions at once.

Both curved smartphones run Android, as you might expect, though the Round runs an ever-so-slightly more up-to-date version of Jelly Bean (v4.3 vs 4.2.2). However, a regular smartphone user would hardly notice the difference between the two.

The battery life on smartphones is something why every user is interested in, and neither device should disappoint here. The Galaxy Round offers a slightly better battery than the Samsung Galaxy S4, but not as impressive as the Galaxy Note 3’s huge 3200mAh cell. However, according to Samsung, this allows for up to 16 hours of talk-time and 72 hours of music playback, which isn’t too bad.

The LG G Flex on the other hand features another first in the form of a curved battery ain addition to its curved screen, offering a massive, non-removable, 3500mAh battery, which should keep you active well beyond the end of the day.     

Camera

As neither of the devices have been released yet, it’s difficult to comment on their camera quality much more than comparing their camera specs.

This task is again made even more difficult with both curved smartphones boasting 13 megapixel cameras with 2 megapixel front-facing shooters.

However, as we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy range of S and Note devices, the Galaxy Round features a range of build-in camera modes including Sound & Shot, which records bursts of audio alongside still images, Animation, Eraser and many more to brighten up your images, making editing photos just as fun as taking them.

However, some critics have found the features included in Galaxy smartphones rather gimmicky, meaning that the omission of such modes on the G Flex might not be at such a disadvantage.

Price & Availability

Both the Galaxy Round and the G Flex will be launched initially in Korea, though as yet there are no details as to whether the smartphones could make their way to the UK anytime soon, if at all.    

In South Korea the Samsung Galaxy Round will be available from £632, and although the price tag for LG’s curved device has still not been announced, we anticipate that it will be around the £500-£600 mark.

Galaxy Round vs G Flex

As you can see, there aren't enough differences between the Samsung galaxy Round and the LG G Flex which makes one device stand above the other. With the magic that Samsung has, however, we can imagine that the Round will sell more handsets over the coming months, although if the succes of the LG G2 is anything to go on, it might not be a done deal just yet... 

Top 3 things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is perhaps one of the most talked about phones to hit the smartphone market this year (second, perhaps, to the iPhone 5s).

So what is it that makes the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 just so good? Here are our top 3 things about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3:

Size

First and foremost, the one single most notable thing about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is its size. There’s no shying away from the fact that, well, it’s simply massive. And while some people are put off the device because of this very fact, the Note 3’s huge dimensions are exactly what attract me to the phablet.

Although it’s not the largest of Samsung’s devices, the Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7-inch screen which is almost an inch bigger than most flagship handsets, including the Galaxy S4.

That said, the screen is the only thing that is big about the device. The Note 3 actually only measures 8.3mm thick, which is thinner than most smaller-screened handsets, and gives the phone a really slim-line look and feel.

And the size of the Note 3’s screen is precisely what makes all of the device’s built-in features possible, as you can see below.

Multi-tasking

The main target for the Samsung Galaxy Note is business users, which is why Samsung has got multi-tasking on the Note 3 down to the tee.

With Pen Window you can open up multiple apps, displaying them simultaneously on the same screen, which is great for multi-tasking.

Rather than having to close one app to launch another, you can simply layer up several apps which can be displayed at once, making the most of the Note 3’s large screen.

Simply draw a box using your S-Pen, then choose which app you want to open up within that box. If you’re updating a spread sheet for work but need to do a few sums, simply open up your calculator app and switch between the two.

Samsung has also built in a series of apps to make everyday life easier. For example, Scrapbook is essentially a Samsung version of Pinterest, allowing you to save your favourite images, videos and articles in your own personalised ‘scrapbook’.

With Screen Write, you can also take a screen shot of any page and make notes (using the S-Pen) over the page. This can come in useful when brainstorming ideas or getting creative with designs.

Last but not least, there’s S Note, which, as the name suggests, lets you write, organise and share your notes and checklists to keep you organised throughout the day. The best thing about this app, which has been improved from earlier editions, is that you can sync it with other organisational apps including Evernote, allowing you to access your notes on other devices.

S-pen

One of the main factors making the Note 3 so great for multi-tasking is the S-Pen. The S-Pen is the primary feature which makes the Galaxy Note range stand out from all other phablets; discretely located inside the phone’s body, the S-Pen transforms the device from a normal smartphone into a miniature handheld computer-come-notebook, allowing you to take your work with you wherever you are.

The Note 3 has enhanced the opportunities that the S-Pen offers, and Air Command is just one example of this.

By hovering the S-Pen over the screen, you can access five useful features to help you complete everyday tasks. For example, you get launch the Action Memo app-another new app that allows you to write memos which are then turned into actions, such as dialling phone numbers or saving phone contacts.

Using the S-Pen, you can also make notes over any screenshot (as mentioned above), as well as writing messages and emails by hand, using the handwriting tool. The Note 3 can automatically translate your own handwriting into typed text, making it faster than ever to make notes and send messages on the go.

Get the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 today!

So there you go; here are just three reasons why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Obviously, that’s not all there is to the Note 3; with a really premium-looking ‘stitched’ faux leather design and a 2.3GHz processor with 3GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really is the king of phablets.  

And with Samsung Galaxy Note 3 deals starting from just £29/month, it's more than affordable to get one of the hottest pieces of tech around. Alternatively, check out Samsung Galaxy Note 2 deals if you're looking for a phablet on a budget.

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HTC One Max vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has long dominated the phablet market with its range of Note devices. But now HTC has made an attempt to break Samsung’s monopoly by releasing the HTC One Max, a 5.9-inch phablet which offers all the same features as the popular HTC One, only bigger.

So what are the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max? And how closely to they compare? Here we take a look as the Note 3 and One Max battle it out head to head…

Design

If you take a look at the two devices, it is clear that both phablets look very different in design; the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, like the rest of its Galaxy range, features a plastic chassis and one physical home button. An additional design feature of the Note 3, however, is the stitched design which you can see on the device’s rear casing, giving the phablet a slightly more upmarket, faux-leather feel, which sets it apart from the Note 2 ever so slightly.

On the other side of the ring is the HTC One Max, which, as you might have guessed from its name, looks pretty much identical to the HTC One. It has the same aluminium body which instantly gives it its premium feel, as well as the dual-frontal speakers which encompass the 5.9-inch screen.

Another difference between the two devices is the fact that the HTC One Max is actually 0.2-inches bigger than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, with a screen size of 5.9-inches vs 5.7-inches.

Another remarkable feature in the HTC One Max’s design is the fingerprint sensor which is located on the rear-side of the phablet. Like the iPhone 5s, this fingerprint sensor allows users to unlock the device (as well as access various features) via the users’ fingerprint. The only difference from the iPhone 5s, however, is that the HTC One Max is activated using your index fingerprint as opposed to your thumb print.

Furthermore, whilst the HTC One Max is only available in silver, the Note 3 can be found in three colours: black, white and pink.  

Under the hood

Under the hood, both devices are really quite different. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 boasts a massive quad-core 2.3GHz processor, compared with the quad-core 1.7GHz CPU powering the HTC One Max.

The Note 3 is also available in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB options, with a huge 3GB of RAM, which Samsung made a point to boast about at the Note 3’s live reveal in Berlin. On the other hand, HTC’s One Max features a slightly smaller memory capacity with just a 16GB or 32GB variety, though for the first time for a top of the range HTC smartphone, the phablet allows users to insert a removable SD card, which will then extend the phone’s battery to 64GB. Although the Note 3 also features an SD card slot, the fact that HTC has finally clocked onto the importance of having such a feature marks a massive progression for the Taiwanese company.

Cameras

The HTC One wowed the world with its 4MP camera with HTC Zoe, and this is a key feature that HTC was sure to expand on with the One Max. The device features the same UltraPixel lens and HTC Zoe, which really brings your photos to life, and also includes Video Highlights, which automatically creates short movies from all your personal images.

The HTC One Max also includes the Dual Capture Mode, allowing you be in the very same photo that you are taking, which I am trying not to see as a rip off of Samsung’s dual camera feature on the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 devices.

Alongside Dual Shot on Samsung’s latest range of smartphones, the Note 3 camera offers an impressive 13MP camera lens with a great number of additional camera features. Some of these include Sound & Shot, a mode which records a short burst of audio to accompany each of your still images, Animation mode and Eraser, alongside the usual scene modes such as Sunset, Night, Sports, Fireworks and snow.

Although we are yet to get our hands on the HTC One Max, we are assuming that if the HTC One’s camera is anything to go by, it is sure to give the Note 3 a run for its money.  

Features

 As far as features go, HTC and Samsung both offer a great deal more than just the usual Android experience.

HTC BlinkFeed

The HTC One Max features an upgraded version of HTC Sense (version 5.5) which allows users to personalise their BlinkFeed more than ever before. HTC BlinkFeed was debuted on the HTC One, and offers users an alternative to the traditional Android interface, with a dynamic home screen filled with your personal updates, interesting news stories and social media notifications.

You can now integrate your Instagram and Google+ feeds into your BlinkFeed, as well as downloading 120 articles for offline viewing.

Samsung features

Samsung, on the other hand, has taken a completely different approach to HTC. Rather than altering the traditional Android interface, Samsung has developed an extensive range of features which really make its devices stand out from the crowd.

Although the majority of these features were debuted on the Galaxy S4 back in March, Samsung has incorporated them into the new Note 3 as well. These features include Drive Mode, which allows you to use your phone in a safe manner while driving using S Voice; Group Play, which amplifies the audio when two or more Samsung Galaxy devices are placed together; and S Translate, which, predictably allows you to translate written or spoken text from one language to another.

Stylus

The most obvious feature which makes the Galaxy Note range stand apart from the Galaxy S range of smartphones is the Note’s stylus. This pen is subtly concealed within the device itself, and reinforces the devices as a phone for business use, allowing you to write directly onto the Note’s screen as you would a traditional notepad.

Multi-tasking

Another feature that Samsung has built into the Note 3 is its variety of multi-tasking features such as Pen Window, which allows you to display more than one app on your Note 3’s screen at any one time.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Although the Gear is an entirely separate Samsung device to the Note 3, the smart watch was released in conjunction with the phablet, and is at present the only device to connect to the Gear. HTC doesn’t appear to have any obvious plans for launching wearable tech, so we can perhaps eradicate any possibility of any One Max smart-accessories!

Price

The HTC One Max’s price tag is yet to be revealed, but as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 sits around the £630 mark, we can expect the One Max to follow in a similar vein. 

Is the smart watch just a fad?

We have seen the trend in wearable technology blow up this year, with smart watches, Google Glass, fitness trackers and phone-unlocking rings hitting the market.

Samsung released its first ever smart watch device, the Galaxy Gear, at Berlin’s consumer electronics show last month, which has met a mixture of excitement and criticism. However, research from On Device Research and CCS Insight has discovered that although 65% of UK and US consumers surveyed have heard of smart watches, only 21% of them are planning to have one by Christmas.

So why is that? Are smart watches an emerging trend, or are they a fad that only interest the tech-enthusiasts out there?

Sports Trackers

The most familiar type of wearable tech is the sports tracker; available in many forms including watches, bracelets and chips which attach to your trainers, sports trackers have boomed in popularity amongst seasoned and emerging athletes.

The typical sports tracker usually uses GPS to record your runs, recording pace, heart rate, speed and time, allowing sports fans to analyse their workouts.

However, a whopping 40% of the people who own a sports tracking device admitted that they had stopped using it because they either got bored of its novelty, or simply forgot to put it on for each workout.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Gear is the first smart watch to hit the market directly from a major mobile phone manufacturer and at present connects with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 device. Conversely to sports tracking devices, the Galaxy Gear allows you to check your notifications, send emails, make phone calls and even take photos, much like you would with your mobile phone.

The main aim of the device, though, is to make it easier to conduct all of these seemingly normal functions without having to physically get your smartphone out of your pocket. And in theory, this sounds like a good idea. But when the device costs around the £300 mark,  it is understandable that users aren’t rushing out to test out the latest trend in smart watches.

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Price

This brings us on to one major reason why the smart watch won’t make it big within the tech scene. The survey conducted about wearable technology concluded that mobile phone users are too familiar with getting their smartphones for free with a monthly contract, making the price tag of an additional smartphone accessory like the smart watch “a hefty sum to pay on top”.

So is the smart watch just a fad?

With mobile phone manufacturers making smart watches look less like a gadget from a sci-fi movie and more like a stylish accessory, it is easy to see the appeal in wearable tech. However, considering such a high proportion of phone users wouldn’t purchase such a device despite being aware of their existence, it is highly unlikely that the smart watch will become an integral part of the tech scene any time soon.

What do you think? Is wearable tech a fad, or is there some real value in having a smart watch? Speak to us on Facebook Twitter and Google+, or to post a direct comment below.

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

Get your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 TODAY

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was finally unveiled at a glitzy press event in Berlin earlier this month, and now the massive device- which sports a 5.7-inch screen- has finally appeared on our shelves.

The Galaxy Note 3, as you might have guessed, is the third Note device to hit the market, offering users a large smartphone-come-tablet device which comes with a removable S-pen stylus, designed largely for the businessman on the go.

Samsung has ensured that the Note 3 is the best phablet on the market, allowing for great multi-tasking; the S Window feature allows users to open multiple windows within apps, whilst the Quick Action tab lets you make notes and annotations on screen without having to open a separate notes app.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also offers an impressive 13MP camera, much like the Galaxy S4’s, along with the wealthy collection of pre and post-production photo effects, such as Sound & Shot, Animate and Eraser.

And if you want a phone which can keep up with your ever demanding life, the Galaxy Note 3 features a mighty 2.3GHz quad-core processor, which allows for speedy navigation in and around the phone’s best apps.

Samsung Galaxy Gear

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is also being teamed with Samsung's first smartwatch: the Galaxy Gear. The smartwatch connects with the Note 3 to allow its users to take photos, view their notifications and update their social media statuses without so much as touching their mobile phones

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 deals

If you want to get your hands on one of the the hottest Android device of the year, our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 deals start from just £33/month, with 600 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data.

If you want to push the boat out, why not get your free Note 3 with unlimited texts and minutes and 1GB of data for £37 per month?

Compare our best phone deals for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 here:

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