Posts tagged with: Galaxy Note 3
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    When Android 4.4 first arrived, it was a distant beacon, available only for owners of the new Nexus 5 and those fly-by-night skin-of-their-teeth custom ROM maniacs. But now with the Moto X getting it, as well as the Nexus 4 and its tablet brethren, it's really starting to infiltrate the general Android population. We've heard from manufacturers like HTC about their aspirations for delivering updates, but not everyone's seemed so KitKat-obsessed. Samsung, for instance, has been very focused on its own Android 4.3 updates – and the Galaxy Gear support they're also delivering – to the ...

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    Been thinking about picking up a Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Why not, as with its speedy processor, big beautiful display, and ever-versatile S Pen, it's easily one of the most compelling smartphones around at the moment. But for all the good this phone offers, it still has one little problem: a premium price tag. At a carrier in the States, you're probably looking to pay $300 on-contract for the Note 3, while even newer models like the LG G2 go for a whole lot less. Sure, you get a lot for your money with the Note 3, but if you're still having trouble rationalizing the expense, Samsung has a ...

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    A little over a month ago, we saw Pantech launch its Vega Secret Note phablet. With a 5.9-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 13-megapixel camera, and 3GB of RAM – not to mention the name Pantech gave it – the phone seemed destined for comparisons to Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. It's easy to dismiss the Vega Secret Note as a ripoff, lacking premium features like a stylus that uses an active digitizer panel, as opposed to the capacitive pen Pantech provides, but we're now learning that sales of the phone have been off to a solid start, and Samsung might have something to be worried ...

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    With so many questions day by day about viewers still considering a Galaxy Note 3 or a Google Nexus 5, we know the ropes are complicated this holiday season if you’re close to being eligible for a phone-swap. 2013 has shown just how great technology can evolve in mobile, and there’s a lot to choose from. Most of us would even agree that the smartphones that have been launched in the last six months are dramatically superior in many areas, when compared to previous times. Watch today’s Top 5 as we talk about our top picks for your next smartphone during Fall 2013. It’s been a very ...

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    If you had told me twenty years ago that touchscreens would one day become the norm, I'd likely have laughed in your face. OK, I probably would have asked “why the heck are you telling a kid that, mister?” but my point remains. And to a certain extent, I continue to be amazed that touchscreens work nearly as well as they do, primarily because of the huge disconnect between screen resolution and our ability to precisely interact with them. It's a simple problem: our fingertips are large, and when we're dealing with devices the size of our phones, the on-screen elements we're trying to ...

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    LG Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3? Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman! We know - we know. It seemed absurd to us, too. Pitting the new $350 "Google phone" up against Samsung's $700+ tablet replacement? You'd have to search high and low to find a bigger mismatch. It's like a drag race between a Lamborghini and an armored assault vehicle. Sure, it's entertaining ... but really, what's the point? Well, there is a point - and it has to do with buzz. As disparate as they are, these phones share roughly the same level of popularity, from where we're sitting. The Nexus 5 is the talk of the town ...

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    Samsung has a lot of great things going for it right now. It's absolutely dominating the Android smartphone and tablet space. And although its software is heavily criticized for being bloated and, for the most part, a major waste of internal storage space, its devices bring a level of functionality few others can master. That additional functionality is due in large part to both hardware and software components. The S Pen, for one, allows for more comfortable use and acts as an extension of your finger. It also now comes with its own software suite, Air Command, which brings things like ...

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    The Nexus 5 has arrived, and this isn't just another flagship. As the Nexus handset of the year, this is the phone that best reflects Google's vision for Android, both where it is now, and where it's going form here. And as you've no doubt seen from our heavy coverage of rumors and leaks leading up to today's launch, that means the Nexus 5 is finding itself simply getting a boatload of attention. There's a lot to like about the Nexus 5, and while a solid chunk of that is thanks to the latest Android 4.4 code the phone will arrive running, we can't just ignore the underlying hardware ...

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    Remember last year, when we saw Apple first introduce the Lightning connector? Besides the obvious headaches that affected Apple users with existing 30-pin accessories, and the requisite head-shaking it got from the rest of the smartphone community, having happily embraced micro USB, there was a sinister new problem it introduced: the authentication chip. While it sat there for the first year, not really making its presence known, the arrival of iOS 7 saw Apple start taking advantage of the chip's abilities, warning users about “unauthorized” devices. In the future, it may become an ...

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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 somehow got it into its head that it would be a smart idea to dictate to users just where they could use their fully bought-and-paid-for smartphones, implementing a region lock on the new Galaxy Note III and advising us that we'd be seeing the same sort of restriction cripple additional Samsung handsets. We've heard a few statements from the company on this controversial decision, and today we get an update that at least makes clear that Samsung's aware of just how upset we all are, even if it has no intention of doing anything about it. To read Samsung's statement – once again, ...

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    We're finally going full-circle on the stylus. Back in the Windows Mobile days, the stylus was king, and if you wanted any kind of precision with that less-than-touch-friendly UI on those tiny screens, you absolutely had to have one. But as capacitive displays rose to prominence, the once-noble stylus fell by the wayside, sticking out like a sore thumb, a banner of a previous era. As the years went on, the stylus seemed to fade away from our collective consciousness, but then a little over two years ago, at the 2011 IFA, Samsung debuted the original Galaxy Note with its S Pen. Since then, ...

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    Honest truth: we'd rather be comparing the One max with the Galaxy Mega. It's a better fit, after all: HTC's latest monster is much less a minimized tablet than it is a maximized smartphone, just like Samsung's preposterous Mega creation. As we mentioned in our full review of the One max, the company's goal with its newest device was to port the experience of the earlier One to a larger form factor. And when, at the press event where HTC distributed review units, someone from another tech site called the One max "more a Mega than a Note," HTC didn't seem particularly put off by the ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about China's new 2560 x 1440 smartphone display. We then go through more details on the Amazon and HTC partnership for a smartphone. Apple is next as the iPhone 5C orders are getting cut down according to reports since Apple doesn't estimate high demand in the holiday season. Samsung follows the news with faulty Galaxy S 4 batteries and custom ROMS for the Note II with Note 3 features. We end today's show talking about LG's new marketing tactics, and how we see them. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Forget 1080p; smartphone with 2560 x ...

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    Whether you want to upgrade your existing Note II to the brand new Note 3 is completely up to you, and your pockets. Sure, the Note 3 is one of the fastest phones on the planet now, with a larger screen and all, but, if you don't care about raw horsepower, you don't really have any reason to grab the latest phablet, except its new S-Pen features. Luckily, these have been now ported over to the Note II, in the form of a custom ROM, based on a leaked Note 3 firmware. There are a lot of things working, like Air Command (complete with Pen Window, Screen Writer, Scrapbook and Action Memo), ...

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    This morning brought news many of us have been anticipating for months. HTC made the One max – the larger brother to the renowned HTC One flagship from March – officially official. Except, instead of the HTC-made superphone we were hoping for, the One max is a bit of a downer. We really liked the HTC One here at Pocketnow. It received, at the time, one of the highest scores we'd ever given to a smartphone – a 9.2 out of 10. And I could barely wait to get my hands on one. On top of that, many of us here at Pocketnow enjoy larger smartphones. You would think the larger sibling of one ...

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    In fall 2011, When Samsung announced its next smartphone would bear a display that measured 5.3 inches, corner to corner, I laughed. A lot of us did. At the time, 4.3-inch phones were commonplace, 4.7-inch phones were just beginning to roll out and seemed ridiculous, and 5.3 inches was just absurd. At the time, we never would have imagined the Note series would have taken off like it did. It has become an unlikely success story and is now one of Samsung's most popular smartphone and tablet brands. Oh, and 5.3 inches is a thing of the past. Each generation has grown 0.2 inches, diagonally. ...

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    Considering all the crap we've seen so far with Samsung restricting the Galaxy Note 3 in various ways, it's not surprising that there's interest in a much more unencumbered "Developer Edition" of the phablet. While we've seen such models arrive for Samsung handsets in the past, with the GN3 there hasn't yet been any sort of official announcement that the company would be doing the same. Despite that absence, it looks like at least one dev version of the GN3 is in the works, as revealed on Samsung's own site. The search box on Samsung's US support page is being a little generous, and when ...

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    We know the Galaxy Note 3 is … big. While it's larger than most other phones around, it certainly isn't the biggest available. And it's not even the largest from Samsung. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 takes that title. Nonetheless, in videos (especially with my so-called giant hands), it's difficult to get a feel for just how big the Note 3 actually is. So we sought out all the everyday items and other devices in the Charlotte office to create a Galaxy Note 3 size comparison to help better convey its physical footprint. Watch to see how it stacks up to a pack of gum, Nexus 10, and other random items!

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    Samsung has grown a reputation for creating some of the highest caliber smartphones on the market. The Galaxy S series is one of the most successful and profitable brands of Android smartphones … ever. And the Galaxy Note brand is rather successful, as well. Samsung has now released 2013 refreshes to both lineups: the Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3. Naturally, we had to put the two flagships toe to toe to see which would come out on top. Is it the giant smartphone with an S Pen, or is it the more modest, pocket-sized smartphone that takes the cake? Watch the video to find out, and be sure ...

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    It sure does seem like Samsung's been going out of its way to piss off the Android community with some very anti-user Galaxy Note 3 behavior. First there was all that shameful nonsense about region locking the handset against SIMs from afar. As if that wasn't enough of an affront, now we're getting word that Samsung is using permanent eFuses to record incidents of rooting/flashing and using that info to deny Note 3 owners the warranty service they're owed. Knox, you might recall, is Samsung's security software. If the Note 3's bootloader detects that it's loading unsigned code – and ...

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    The situation, reasons, and explanations behind Samsung's region-locking of Note 3 devices is still not clear. Fact is that the new phablets come with a region lock; hence, you can't really use a European model in the US, or vice versa (or another region). However, Samsung claims that once activated with a SIM from the proper region, this lock should go away. Some angry Note 3 owners could testify to the opposite, according to reports. Trying to set your Note 3 free, this application, while requiring root, will clear a certain blacklist on the phone. As a direct effect, it should allow ...

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    How many of you went out and snatched-up the Galaxy S 4 as soon as you had the opportunity, only to end up kicking yourself a little when the waterproof Galaxy S 4 Active showed its face just a few months later? While other OEMs had been embracing waterproofing for their flagships, this was a new development for Samsung, and from the sounds of it, it's one we can hope to see repeated in the company's future. A report out of South Korea says that Samsung's seen a favorable response to the GS4 Active, and as a result is planning more waterproof designs. One could be a variant of the ...

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    For a while now, the mobile-tech review landscape has looked much the same. Reviewers like us craft lengthy written pieces packed with charts, photos, and videos, and readers like you ... read them. Sure, you have the opportunity to respond in the comments, and most good editors will answer questions there, but there's precious little real-time interaction between reader and reviewer. There's not much chance to ask questions, seek clarifications, or take a quick look at that one little detail. For a while, we've been trying to break down the wall between reviewer and reader - to allow you ...

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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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