Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Samsung’s New Galaxy Note 3 has a great performance with the long battery life. The display itself is really beautiful, with the 1080p super AMOLED panel. It is 5.7 inch and the phone has thinner bezels, however it is still quite big for many people and it hardly fits in small pockets. 3GB RAM that is included in the phone supports the great features to work smoothly on the new Note 3. The new improved S Pen software is useful but a little too logical. The new Air Command function includes five different actions. One of the attracting actions is the Pen Window. Using the Pen Window you can draw a shape and then select an app that you want to open in that shape. For example if you quickly need a calculator and you do not want to close the application you are currently using, you can just draw a small rectangle box and then select a calculator, and it will be there. The S Pen’s handwriting recognition is surprisingly accurate. Adding to that, there are many functions where a user can use its handwriting. For example in Note 3, a user can use its hand writing to set an alarm! Sending a message using handwriting became a normal thing in this phone. The camera is not bad and mostly satisfactory, and the functions are amazing, however not many people will use those complicated functions so mostly automatic mode will be just fine, and missing optical stabilization is a little disappointing. The Note 3 has a plastic back cover that looks like leather, and it is rougher than the normal plastic back cover so it would not slide out of your hands easily. It also improved how the phone looks and feels; yet the design is not really amazing. Over all Note 3 is one of the best phones in the world.
LG G Flex has a vertically curved display and it is a little flexible. It has a great battery life, and the performance is just awesome. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage with the Snapdragon 800 processor makes the phone really fast and responsive. The battery is one of the biggest ones in the smartphones in the world, and it is very satisfactory. The 13-megapixel cameras is also one of the best ones on sale on the smart phone, but it does not have an image stabilization function, which seems like it is not there because of the space in the curved phone. Also, many hardware functions on this phone seems like they were taken from G2, and that is why they do not seem surprising. Software wise, the Android skin is ugly and overwrought also G Flex’s design is bland. The funniest thing in G Flex is that nothing benefits from the curve but calling. It fits right to the face when calling but nothing else takes advantage of this little curve. Also the price is too expensive to buy a phone that does not really have a lot of surprising functions. Self-Healing back cover might seem interesting and useful, however it is limited which means that big scuffs would not be able to recover. This phone was used by LG to show how they can make a curved phone. It did beat Samsung in some ways because LG actually made a flexible phone, while Samsung’s Galaxy round is just curved. However it was not mind blowing enough to make people buy the phone. Many features looked like G2 and there were not a lot of new things to grab the attention and the curve did not show the reason it should be curved. LG should develop its flexible phone and grab the customers.
The Galaxy Gear smart watch is said to not live up to the nomer smart. Although the Galaxy Gear piece has great potential with the features, the question remains whether the watch is really worth the asking price of $299. Compared to its relatively high price, the accessory still. does rely a lot on a galaxy smartphone to be used but the programs and user interface often and the screen displays images at a slow frames per second.
Although samsung claims that the battery life is 24 hours many people often find the camera not opening as a sign of low battery appears. The speaker which is built into the buckle is very quiet and has an old way of calling people as the mic absorbs a lot of background noise so this feature is only useful in quiet areas. The galaxy gear has many negative aspects and lacks in features however there are many aspects of the watch that samsung has added giving galaxy gear a fighting change in the war or watch and smart watch. For example the camera produces decent quality pictures from the size at 1.9 megapixels. It also has an autofocus feature which makes it easy and quick to capture anything. This can all be stored on the internal 4GB storage that the galaxy gear provides for pictures, video and other apps. The camera records video in 720p HD for playback and recording and has 512MB of ram which lets the galaxy gear run multiple of applications at the same time. The display is a 1.63 inch Super AMOLED (320 x 320) which provides a great value for the size.
Overall the galaxy gear has many pros and cons but the big question is if it’s worth the 300 dollars for just an accessory and if the watch can live up to its name as a smartwatch in the future.
Sony Smartwatch 2
From smart phones to smart TVs, the world has innovated further into the technology of “smart” products that people will be wearing. Despite all the new inventions involving watches connecting to their phones, there has never been a great smartwatch. There have been many others such as Pebble and the Galaxy Gear, but now Sony wants to step up their game with their sequel to the failed SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2.
Starting at $199.99, Sony claims that their SmartWatch 2 has improved in the last 18 months. The SmartWatch 2 has an updated interface, better design, and other functions that make it the watch to have.
The biggest improvement of the SmartWatch is about the design. The SmartWatch now has a square design, with a simple silver power button on the side. The SmartWatch is now attractive and you can now wear it without looking like a geek. The SmartWatch has a LCD touchscreen and softkeys that mimic android’s back, home, and menu functions. The watch has a resolution of 220 x 176; 1.6 inches squared big, and weighs about 46 grams. The watch is always on, making it very easy to check the time. The SmartWatch is also water resistant, so no worries about wearing it in the shower or submerging it in water.
The SmartWatch 2 mimics the Android platform completely and supports pairing to Android phones only. Just download Sony’s Smart Connect app from the playstore. The Smart Connect connects all of the settings and notifications of your phone to your watch. The positive aspect of the SmartWatch is that you can see notifications without looking at your smartphone. The SmartWatch 2 can receive email, social network notifications, text message, and calendar reminders after downloading the app. The problem, however, is that these notifications are delayed. Also, notifications on the phone do not disappear after viewing them on the watch, making sure users check that notification twice. Without the Smart Connect though, all the SmartWatch 2 can do is to tell time, used as a stopwatch, and as an alarm. Swiping through the screen is also laggy and choppy, with the loading speed of apps being painstakingly slow. An advantage of the watch is the long battery life, lasting up to 4-5 days before charges, and the micro USB charge, the same chord used to charge your smartphone.