We followed closely the development of the Galaxy Note III while it was in production. We also followed and release several news when it was disclosed a while ago. Yesterday we decided to get to know better the Note III and the Galaxy Gear in person and showed up at the Myriad by Sana Hotels in Lisbon.
The Samsung Portugal didn’t need a big event to reveal the two new elements that will integrate the Galaxy Family. With the arrival to the portuguese market today the two devices were presented with a demonstration of all the new functionalities and all the interaction between the Phabet and the Smartwatch. And in that moment we were impressed…
Samsung Galaxy Note III
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Begning with the Phablet, the Galaxy Note III promise to make all the dialy basis tasks easier and more pleasant offering a pack of innovative functionalities. Equiped with a 5.7″ Super AMOLED Full HD the display of this Samsung Galaxy Note III it’s even bigger than the onet its proceder had. It has also a better quality with the goal of improving the most the visualization and multi tasking experience. Besides these improvements the SPen enhancements are also important and will easy and optimize the daily basisof the users.
In what concerns to design and comparing with the Galaxy Note II, this recent element in the Noteline it’s wider but has a thinner (8.3mm) and lighter design (168g). The battery it’s also more powerful (3.200mAh) offering more autonomy which is very important nowadays. Continuing the improvements the new Note has a 13Mp back camera (principal) with Smart Stabilization and CRI Led flash which allows to capture the most important moments of the user’s life with great quality even when the surroundings doesn’t have too much light and movement. The Galaxy Note III also offers access to the most recent LTE-CAT4 Carrier Aggregating technology and supports the biggest number of multiple frequencies available. In what concerns to the performance the device it’s very fast and fluid thanks to the QuadCore 2.3 Ghz processor helped by an impressive 3Gb RAM. It should be notice that we had access to the LTE (N9005) without the OctoCore system present in the N9000.
With so many technology improvements it was important that the design also had some improvements and it was exactly what happen with the Samsung presenting the new premium design. With the Note III the Samsung stick with the same approach that enhanced the Galaxy line, however in this particular case they decided to expand a little adding a soft back case with a textured pattern and elegant finishing marked with fine stitching. The serrated pattern at the side of the device was inspired in the strong image of the traditional note books and appointment books. For now it will be possible to find this device in Jet Black and Classic White colors.
For the users that wants personalize the Note III image Samsung will provide in the same stores that will have the Note III for sale a pack of back cases in several colors that will allow to adjust the image of the phablet at your mood and style.
SPen – a easier, faster and more exciting life
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In the improvement pack already presented above we didn’t tak about SPen. However this suffered very significant improvements that wants to upgrade even more what already existed in the previous Notes.
The new S Pen reinvents and modernizes the traditional and simple experience of taking notes by offering the possibility of making daily basis tasks with only one click. The advance S Pen was specifically design to be totally efficient while a communication link between the phone and the user. This has a fundamental role in the way that the users interact with the device making all the tasks easier.
For the user, while passes over the device’s screen (without touching it), a simple click on the S Pen button it’s enough to have quick access to the Air Command, a pack that offers five powerful and complete functionalities that makes all the tasks easier. With the Air Command functionality the users don’t have to constantly change between the several screens, memorize commands or search in the different menus. The Air Command functionality gives access to the following key functions:
Action Memo allows the users to hand write a note
- the automatically function execution or the conversion of that handwriting information to a formatted content. The Action Memo can also easily initiate a phone call
- add information to a contact
- make research on contacts or on a map
- search Internet contents
- save a task in the reminders list among another things.
Scrapbook allows the users the organization and the research of contents and informations from several sources including web
- youtube and from the Gallery in only one place to easier the localization of the data. With this the contents stays only in one place
- optimizing the researches. Every time the users save a content the Scarpbook also collects the sources or the URLs which will easier a future research and access to all the original information.
The functionality Screen Write allows to capture a screen image and all the content in that
- giving to the users tools that allow the writing of a comment or introduce additional information at the image.
The S Finder allows the users to expand the researches with stored information on the device no matter the content. By introducing a password or with filters that allow a search by data
- localization or type of contents the users can search all kinds of documents related
- comunications topics or even go to the help page – all at the same time. Besides that the users can also search for handwriting contents that are save in Notes and in applications that allow the creation of notes
- icons and formulas.
- The Pen Window allows the users to use the S Pen not only for drawing
- creating drafts or taking notes but also open a little window with applications to enjoy a truly complete multitasking experience. When you draw a window of any dimensions in any point of the screen the users can open in a simple and quick way another window with an application like youtube
- the calculator or the browser without having to pause any activity that are executing at that moment in the device’s screen.
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For an advance note introducing the new S Note application presents a solution that allow the users a writing, organization, edition and navigation extremely easy by an user friendly interface and the Easy Chart functionality. The new S Note can also be synchronize with the Evernote or with a Samsung account making it accessible and it can be seen in other devices. Besides that when a user wants to work in a specific part of an image of the web or of the contents stored in the Note III the new and advance Easy Clip functionality allows to draw with a free line a shape around the wanted image and cut it converting in the wanted content.
Bigger screen, richer visualization experience, bigger productivity
The new 5.7″ screen offers a superb using experience. Besides of increase the using area of this Full HD Super AMOLED screen also allows a video experience very impressive and an extraordinary image quality so the users can reproduce and watch the contents in Full HD with an uncomparable distinctness image capable of living the reading lovers perplexed even the ones who like to create.
To enjoy the most the big screen Samsung also introduced improvements in the capacity of manage multitasking environments:
With the new Multi Window it’s easier to change between applications without having to close a window or open a new page which allows a bigger productivity and collaboration between programs. In this new version it’s already possible the execution of a content in two different windows simultaneously.
The Drag and Drop mode allows the change of contents like text or images between two different applications.
The Pen Window of the Air Command allows to improve even more the multitasking experience allowing the users to draw a window on the screen and execute the more popular applications without having to close the ongoing tasks in the Note III. It doesn’t exist a limit for open windows and in the Samsung demonstration was assured the correct function with 12 windows simultaneously. The number of applications available for this mode it’s still very limited and inferior to the number of applications available on the regular Multi Window mode.
The Group Play was another Samsung application that was improve. Despite this it’s a functionality for fun and not so much to enhance productivity, now the Group Play allows to play a video simultaneously in several devices and breaks the image to a maximum of five screens. This functionality allows to create a big screen with five Galaxy Notes.
Galaxy Gear – a fashion accessory that it’s an adding to the movel devices
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Samsung presents its new Galaxy device like the perfect company for daily basis. We disagree not because of the functionality that the device has but because of the overall aspect. The equipment design it’s a little futuristic but too big to use on the daily basis as a watch. In what concerns to technology it surprises us a lot because of the technological evolution and the possible interaction near the Samsung Galaxy Note III. In this Galaxy Gear it’s combined the connectivity of a smart device and the technological resources developed for that.
The Galaxy Gear brings several advantages allowing the users to live the daily basis connected to their Galaxy devices without having to check on them for new notifications or do some basic operations. This device it’s capable of notify the user about the recived messages, calls, emails and other allerts offering a pre visualization of this notifications also allowing the user to accept or ignore them in a discreet way. With the Smart Relay functionality it’s possible for the user to consult with more detail an email or a SMS and they only have to pick up their Smartphone Galaxy and this will show the content instantly.
“A watch with a microphone and speaker…but for what?”
This would be the question that the reader would make after I tell you that the Galaxy Gear brings a speaker and two microphones (one for noise cancellation) incorporated. To us also seems weird the possibility of seeing someone talking to the wrist watch, however I’ll have you know that it’s possible to make calls with the watch without touching your Smartphone. Exactly, the excuses for the traffic fines for making calls with your phone are over because now you have a watch that it’s a loudspeaker.
Thanks to the S Voice functionalities the user can create messages, new calendar events, define alarms and consult the weather all this just by talking to the device.
Save the best moments with your wrist
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What if you only have to point your arm at the right direction and press the watch to have a quick capture of an important moment of your life? The Galaxy Gear can also do that. They are 1.9Mp of camera that allows to capture videos or pictures to quickly create visual records with informations or important events of your daily lives and share them on the social networks.
The audio data hasn’t forgot and for the users that have special moments that are very important to capture but only with sound, the Galaxy Gear also allows that. It’s also possible to record this sounds in text on their Samsung Galaxy.
Even more functionalities
The Galaxy Gear functionalities are many and the benefits for the user are also a lot. If normally you forgot your Samsung Galaxy unlocked on a desk while you go to the next room, this Galaxy Gear its perfect for you. When you walk away more then 1,5 meters your mobile device (that it’s synchronized with the Galaxy Gear) will be locked and only you can unlock it. With this Auto Lock function when the user is less than 1,5 meters the device unlockes itself.
Find My Device it’s another functionality that can conquer the reader specially if you are like me and forget where you put your cellphone or even your wrist watch. Well if the devices are synchronized and near each other it’s possible for both to locate themself (the localization it’s possible in both ways – watch locate tablet and ta let locate watch). For being more easier to locate the device the localization can be made by putting a lost device sending some sounds, lightning the screen and vibrating.
There are others functionalities less exciting but equally useful. The Galaxy Gear allows to control the music that it’s playing on your Galaxy device and it’s also a pedometer.
Another applications can be installed on the device using the Samsung application store (Samsung Apps). At this moment there are about 70 applications however this number can reach the 700 until the end of the year.
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