Posts tagged with: Galaxy Gear
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    Fun fact: flame wars, petty bickering, and troll hijinks aren't just confined to the online world; they find a ready home in corporate tactics as well. That's a reality we were reminded of this week, as Apple announced its new iPad family on the same day Nokia unveiled not just its first Windows-based tablet, but also the first-ever Windows Phone phablets, at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Predictably, the Apple news obliterated Nokia's announcement in the news cycle - but, the Pocketnow Weekly being a platform-agnostic, equal-opportunity podcast, we're gonna cover both new device ...

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    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and as such, we're rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the ...

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    At Pocketnow, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been the subject of hands-ons, comparisons, podcasts, and innumerable editorial attacks and praises. We haven't seen a device -or really, a product category- this polarizing since wireless charging dominated last summer's news cycle. The old cliché rings more true of the Galaxy Gear than most tech accessories: you either love it, or you hate it. Here's another cliché: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Today, we're switching from fighting the extremes to embracing them - and rolling polar with this review. We've toned down the spec talk and ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the initial results of BBM for iOS and Android, which are surprisingly quite positive. Microsoft is next as the company will retain the first-generation Surface for another year, though with a different name this time. We then talk about Samsung and its Galaxy Gear, and when to expect compatibility with other Galaxy smartphones aside from the Note 3. Sony takes the spotlight next as the company has already begun sending press invites for their possible announcement of the Xperia Z1S. We end today's show talking about the LG G Flex, and how the ...

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    You'd wonder how smart a smartwatch really is if you really can't pair it with more devices than just one, and ever since Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear, one of our biggest complaints was that we simply couldn't use it on most of the existing and popular Galaxy smartphones in the market. Android 4.3 is required for the Galaxy Gear to work, and that's rather unfortunate since Samsung hasn't really been famous for timely updates in the last two years. If you wanted to use that Galaxy Gear, you were really forced to buy a Galaxy Note 3 along with it, and some people really only wanted the ...

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    The Pebble smart watch set the wearable-tech space on fire when it broke all previous records to become the biggest-ever Kickstarter surprise earlier this year. But it wasn't its fundraising ability that prompted a few of us on the Pocketnow team to pre-order one; it was the promise of a smart watch that was actually, you know ... smart. That's a promise that the Pebble delivered on when it arrived at our doorstep last spring, and we've been enjoying our little wrist-borne mobile companions ever since. But the folks behind Pebble aren't the only ones trying to make a name for themselves in ...

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    There comes a time when you just gotta do what the readers want. Particularly when their demands are awesome. You tweeted, you pleaded, you emailed, you told us in person at trade shows and during mildly creepy public run-ins: "have Marques Brownlee on the Weekly!" you demanded. And after weeks of dancing around schedules, overseas trips, and major product releases, we've finally managed to make it happen. For the first time in recorded history, MKBHD and Pocketnow have collaborated to bring you two full hours of audio-podcast goodness. That sounds a lot more grandiose than three guys ...

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    "Samsung's best commercial is for its worst product." That's my nomination for best (non-Pocketnow) tech headline of the year, and it comes from Vlad Savov over at The Verge. The headline leads, by way of a link, to Vlad's largely negative review of the Galaxy Gear, Samsung's new smart watch. And while I've spent only a day or so with my own Galaxy Gear review unit, I already find myself disagreeing with Vlad's conclusion. I don't think the Gear is Samsung's worst product, or even a predominantly bad one. But -and here's the interesting part- I think my opinion is due in large part to that ...

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    A lot of words come to mind when describing Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but perhaps one of the most appropriate would be "limited." You're limited by extremely strict device compatibility, limited by meager battery life, and limited by the selection of apps Samsung's provided. In the past, we've seen developers tinker with smartwatches to expand upon what they can do, and just like with some of those past efforts, regular old Android apps can now be loaded on the Galaxy Gear. It's not the most convenient process in the world, but it's straightforward enough. While the Galaxy Gear's ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Steve Ballmer's recent pay cut on his bonus due to the poor results of the Surface RT. We then go through BlackBerry's financial situation, and how long they have to live. HTC is next as the company's quarter results prove devastating results, even though there is talk of a dual-mode Android/Windows Phone smartphone in the works. We then talk about the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and where you can get it now for $90 off. We end today's show talking about Android 4.3.1 and also the recent rumors of Google Gem, which is dubbed to be the company's new ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Gear is easily one of the most capable smartwatches we've ever seen, but it's not without some of its own major flaws: we've got that very short battery life to deal with, there's the issue of extremely limited phone compatibility at the moment, and the watch's price tag is higher than some full-on smartphones. While we can't do anything about those first two, that last issue is finally getting addressed in an adequate manner, with T-Mobile offering the Galaxy Gear for just $210. That's a $90 savings off the nearly $300 you'll pay elsewhere, and for a product that's only ...

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    Fingerprint scanners are all well and good, but what happens when someone decides to lift that print for his own nefarious purposes? Benchmark results are important to some folks out there, but what good are they when major manufacturers repeatedly cheat the system? And the rumored HTC One Max looks to be a beast of a device ... but what exactly it being built to compete with? Those are the highlights from the news of the week and letters from the listener mailbag for the week ending October 4, 2013. All that -plus Brandon Miniman's first thought thread in quite some time- awaits you in ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Microsoft's confirmation that we will get Surface tablets in different form-factors, along with a closer date to LTE variants of the Surface 2. Then we talk about the Amber GDR2 update for the AT&T Nokia Lumia 920, which is quite delayed. We continue with the first leaked photos of the Google Nexus 5, and we like what we see. Then we cover some rumors of the iWatch being the first device with a curved display. We end today's show talking about the AT&T launch of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, along with the ridiculous confirmation ...

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    Those who are eagerly waiting, in the US, on AT&T, for Samsung's latest and greatest, the Galaxy Note 3, only need to wait till the end of this week. Friday, October 4, is the date on which you should be able to grab your own Note 3, alongside its companion, the Galaxy Gear, should you choose to grab one. The information comes from AT&T's official Twitter account. The phone will set you back $299.99, with a two-year contract ($724.99 as regular price), while the Galaxy Gear will require you to grab $299 more out of your pockets. We're currently reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, ...

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    A watch that simply tells the time just doesn't do much for me.  I've been using smart watches since the early Microsoft S.P.O.T. devices hit the market in 2004. If you include the Casio calculator watches from the 1980's and 1990's, my experience predates the time I've spent with smartphones and even PDAs. I tried a few of the Sony "smartwatch" offerings, but wasn't too impressed. Then the Pebble came along and it's adorned my wrist ever since. Honestly, it's doing everything that I'd hope a smart watch would, without doing anything that a smartwatch shouldn't. Sure, when my kids first ...

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