Presentation of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Gear watches

Samsung has entered the usual mode, in the spring it shows the flagship of the Galaxy line, in the fall in Berlin, the update of the Galaxy Note. This year, the company decided not to change traditions and chose the Tempodrom in Berlin for the event, where the previous model was also shown. Unlike last year, we were not kept for a long time in front of closed doors, but were immediately let inside. But this does not change the fact that despite the absence of serious leaks of information about the product, no one expected a breakthrough from it. And it is hardly possible with the evolutionary development of the line. It is known in advance that while maintaining the dimensions of the case, the battery capacity will increase, the screen diagonal and its resolution will grow, and a number of soft chips will be added. A good update that does not pull on a revolution, a kind of annual show with a known end.

Unfortunately, the entire mobile phone market has turned over the past couple of years into a repetition of what has already happened, but at a new technological level. No breakthroughs up, sideways or down - everything is measured, expected and with a lack of experimentation. It seems that companies are afraid to experiment - the new iPhone comes out in an old design, Sony launches clones in terms of design, but not materials, or embarks on completely incomprehensible experiments with smartphone lenses. No one seeks to change mass products that find their customers. We can safely say that stagnation has set in in the industry, in comparison with which the Brezhnev era will seem like a sweet cabal of great powers.

The fuse that incited to create something new has gone somewhere. If in New York the HTC promotional team was handing out coffee and sandwiches in line at the Radio City Hall before the presentation of the Galaxy S4, then in Berlin they were not even close. Nokia, which released people with posters, also disappeared somewhere, apparently they are discussing their future in Microsoft. Boredom.

I had no doubts that Note 3 would turn out to be good, pleasant, but also there were no doubts about its ordinary nature - there is no need to wait for breakthroughs now, the time is not right. It is not a bright individuality that triumphs, but the general average multiplied by the absence of risky decisions. Perhaps it is interesting to start the story not with Note 3, but with the Gear watch and the prerequisites for its appearance.

But first, a few sketches from the presentation. First, JK Shin began his speech with his portrait and company position in the background. It is interesting that here we see a portrait that has a remote resemblance to the original - it was turned into a European.

This approach is often used in Asia, when European tops in local newspapers look like Chinese, they have narrow eyes, yellowish skin color - in a word, mimicry. Now Samsung has turned this technique into a standard one, but turned it in the opposite direction, so to speak. Funny.

Another funny moment is the number of clappers in the hall who actively cheered all the announcements of the company. Who are these people? Obviously not journalists, perhaps employees of the company, but I think that they are just invited flappers. It was hard to believe in the sincerity of the reaction at some points.

All three announced products will go on sale in 149 countries on September 25, in the remaining countries in October. This is an implementation of the technique that Samsung applied when launching the Galaxy S4 and it gave very good results. This is a real advantage in logistics, which many manufacturers do not have.

Gear watches - to be the first at any cost, but for whom?

Once I watched the competition of my neighbors in the cottage village, they erected various structures one after another on their plots, and each subsequent one was clearly repelled from the neighbor's building and sought to surpass it in grandeur and scope. The apotheosis of this tacit dacha competition was the construction of a playground for a neighbor who has no children - "it will do for guests," he said. A sort of vanity fair in the Rublev interior.

When it became known on the market that Apple had registered the iWatch brand and seemed to be going to release watches, everyone rushed to talk about their plans in this area. Samsung, as Apple's main competitor, could not pass by and decided to release its vision of such a product into the world. Fortunately, the company has been traveling through closed secret rooms for more than a year, and did not launch them for one reason - the market is not ready for such products. Has anything changed this year? Nothing. The market was neither ready nor ready. But after all, Apple appeared on the horizon, which would show something like that. It doesn’t matter what they show, because Samsung can say that they did it first, but Apple was second. I really hoped that these competitions were a thing of the past, they are in the blood of Korean companies. In the 90s and early 2000s, we saw how LG and Samsung tried to overtake each other in the announcement of new and similar products, sometimes the difference in the publication of press releases reached a matter of hours and then each company proudly said that it was the first in the world that launched there. Apparently this reasoning is still ingrained in the DNA of the company and everything is repeated.

The watch was presented by an Indian manager of Samsung from the USA, he had the worst version of Indian English, spoiled by communication with Korean colleagues. I had to listen to what he was trying to say, but, thank God, that stamps poured out of him, like from a cornucopia - “Welcome to the future”. Excuse me, but I already live in this future. I'm here. I want products for myself today. I don't like myself of tomorrow, but I love to live here and now.

The watch is a companion for a smartphone, although it has a touchscreen and a rather large screen (1.63 inches), a metal frame, a camera on a strap! The main function of the Smart Relay watch is the notifications that are shown on the watch screen and by looking at them, you can take out your smartphone and see the same thing on the screen! Bravo - I'm crying sitting in the hall. Synchronization of notifications is a feature so out of thin air that a whole department worked on it, no less.

Great engineering thought went even further - the watch has a microphone and a speaker, and you can speak on them in a "natural" way. You just, like an idiot, bring the watch to your ear and yell at it, “It’s me, can you hear me?”, And then add, “first-first, I’m second, the third left.” Guys, all this is cool, but you don’t have to watch the Bondian of the 70s, the technology in the cinema has long gone ahead. On the other hand, this is definitely the dream of some cool security guard from the supermarket.

MemoGrapher is an "amazing" feature, no, that's exactly what it's called. Amazing. The strap has a camera and you can take pictures on it and remember the moments of life. If you didn’t have enough that you are funny speaking on your watch, then you can make your friends laugh by photographing the world around you and trying to drive the picture into augmented reality, where you will be shown clues about what exactly you see in front of you. You take a picture of a bottle of wine, they immediately tell you - this is a bottle of wine, Chateau Ivan Petrovich, year such and such.

The screen diagonal is 1.63 inches, there is a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a pedometer, which has already become a good tradition for such devices.

But most of all, the Indian comrade was proud of the fact that this watch works for 25 hours on a single charge! I'm sorry, but are you laughing? Is this a new chapter in wearables? This is an announcement for the sake of an announcement, and for the price of this watch at 350-400 Euros, depending on the country, you can buy a quite decent smartphone that does all the same things more conveniently and does not make you look ridiculous. A watch is a fashion accessory, it is not a story about technology. Fashion is missing as a class in Gear. The fact that the watch is only compatible with SGS4/Note 2/3 and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will obviously make it even more popular. Even the fact that they have an IP55 rating (splashproof) does not save this device. None.

Of course, you need to try the watch in real life, see what's what. Perhaps they will be very convenient, but there are big doubts about this. For now, let's write them down as exhibition products, since Samsung has already had plenty of such watches with built-in phones. My short acquaintance with the clock showed that they are buggy, freeze and work somehow very strangely. It is definitely impossible to assume that this will add points to them in the eyes of consumers.

Galaxy Note 3 - stronger, higher and further

The main idea of ​​this phablet is not to spoil what was. Therefore, the company very carefully changed the S Pen, improved multitasking and made a number of additions, for example, expanded support for LTE to all countries of the world. But let's take a look at the characteristics:

Here's what Samsung says people use on the Note 2.

And here's what they would like to get, for example, premium design.

At the presentation, we talked a lot about design, premium materials that look and feel expensive. So the back cover is made of leather - three main colors are available (black, white and pink!), But with the help of additional covers, you can choose almost any color. There are a huge number of them.

Updating the S-Pen was called a new concept that sounds like this - "smart freedom" (Smart Freedom). The main feature is controlling the stylus without touching the screen (Air Command) and calling the auxiliary menu with 5 quick functions.

All notes are now recognized in S Action, they can be linked to actions, so you enter an entry to call such and such, the phone recognizes it and adds it to the calendar or gives you the opportunity to call from the phone book at the right time.

ScrapBook is an application that allows you to save text, pictures and so on from the screen, you circle the desired part of the page and then select a category. Everything is saved in one place, including the video. A nice feature that might be interesting as an analogue, albeit a weaker Evernote. The advantage is that this feature is built into the phone.

S Finder - universal search by phone and its memory, searches for data in all applications without exception (however, you can set up places where you should not look for anything).

S Note has been updated, it has synchronization with Evernote (!), a fairly convenient interface for working with notes, you can see several pages, which is extremely convenient compared to the current version.

In Multi Window, you can now open the same application in two parts of the window, for example, talking in IM with two different friends at the same time. But the best feature is that you can copy a message from one part of the window to another.

Pen Window - draw a square on the screen and a window of the size you drew will appear, containing application icons. In fact, this is a pop-up window that you may need when you are working somewhere and want, for example, to calculate something in a calculator. It hangs over the main window and can be closed at any time. Convenient.

Strange MultiVision feature - you can transfer one picture to several devices, by combining several devices, you will make one big screen. I highly doubt anyone needs it. But suddenly?

As you can see, the main features of Note 3 are in software, and I think that as a tool, this phablet is very interesting - you need to see how it will work, what time it will work, and so on. This is the task of a separate test, and now I don’t see the point in wasting time on this.

During the presentation, they showed a commercial for Note 3, I'm not sure if it will be on YouTube, but I hope it will be posted promptly. In it, in the puppet theater, they light up to my favorite song. Very cool video, dynamic.

I liked Note 3 (as the owner of Note 2) and I will definitely switch to this device. It promises to be one of the most interesting for "heavy" users and creative people.

Here are some screenshots from the device, as well as photos of it. I repeat that I really liked it. The plastic under the skin in the standard delivery is not too interesting Mercedes-benz , but the texture is similar to the real material. But with cases, everything is quite curious, especially with those that have a large window, you can even draw notes in them.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - new tablet

Even better, faster, and so on. Good product, evolutionary development, but did not attract much attention. Greatly improved the sound, operating time, added a pen and the ability to work like on Note3. Check out the specs:

The tendency to launch products with the 2014 Edition remark in September (ninth month!) 2013 scares me. This is like a hint that in 2014, we will already see an update with the prefix 2015. Again, marketing, which can be merciless and ridiculous. Here is just such a case.

As a short summary, we can say that the announcement from Samsung was expected - a good Note device, a nice tablet and it’s completely unclear who the watch was created for.

Presentation of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Gear watches

Samsung has entered the usual mode, in the spring it shows the flagship of the Galaxy line, in the fall in Berlin, the update of the Galaxy Note. This year, the company decided not to change traditions and chose the Tempodrom in Berlin for the event, where the previous model was also shown.Unlike last year, we were not kept for a long time in front of closed doors, but were immediately let inside. But this does not change the fact that despite the absence of serious leaks of information about the product, no one expected a breakthrough from it. And it is hardly possible with the evolutionary development of the line. It is known in advance that while maintaining the dimensions of the case, the battery capacity will increase, the screen diagonal and its resolution will grow, a number of soft chips will be added. A good update that does not pull on a revolution, a kind of annual show with a known end.

Unfortunately, the entire mobile phone market has turned over the past couple of years into a repetition of what has already happened, but at a new technological level. No breakthroughs up, sideways or down - everything is measured, expected and with a lack of experimentation. It seems that companies are afraid to experiment - the new iPhone comes out in an old design, Sony launches clones in terms of design, but not materials, or embarks on completely incomprehensible experiments with smartphone lenses. No one seeks to change mass products that find their customers. We can safely say that stagnation has set in in the industry, in comparison with which the Brezhnev era will seem like a sweet cabal of great powers.

The fuse that incited to create something new has gone somewhere. If in New York the HTC promotional team was handing out coffee and sandwiches in line at the Radio City Hall before the presentation of the Galaxy S4, then in Berlin they were not even close. Nokia, which released people with posters, also disappeared somewhere, apparently they are discussing their future in Microsoft. Boredom.

I had no doubts that Note 3 would turn out to be good, pleasant, but also there were no doubts about its ordinary nature - there is no need to wait for breakthroughs now, the time is not right. It is not a bright individuality that triumphs, but the general average multiplied by the absence of risky decisions. Perhaps it is interesting to start the story not with Note 3, but with the Gear watch and the prerequisites for its appearance.

But first, a few sketches from the presentation. First, JK Shin began his speech with his portrait and company position in the background. It is interesting that here we see a portrait that has a remote resemblance to the original - it was turned into a European.

This approach is often used in Asia, when European tops in local newspapers look like Chinese, they have narrow eyes, yellowish skin color - in a word, mimicry. Now Samsung has turned this technique into a standard one, but turned it in the opposite direction, so to speak. Funny.

Another funny moment is the number of clappers in the hall who actively cheered all the announcements of the company. Who are these people? Obviously not journalists, perhaps employees of the company, but I think that they are just invited flappers. It was hard to believe in the sincerity of the reaction at some points.

All three announced products will go on sale in 149 countries on September 25, in the remaining countries in October. This is an implementation of the technique that Samsung applied when launching the Galaxy S4 and it gave very good results. This is a real advantage in logistics, which many manufacturers do not have.

Gear watches - to be the first at any cost, but for whom?

Once I watched the competition of my neighbors in the cottage village, they erected various structures one after another on their plots, and each subsequent one was clearly repelled from the neighbor's building and sought to surpass it in grandeur and scope. The apotheosis of this tacit dacha competition was the construction of a playground for a neighbor who has no children - "it will do for guests," he said. A sort of vanity fair in the Rublev interior.

When it became known on the market that Apple had registered the iWatch brand and seemed to be going to release watches, everyone rushed to talk about their plans in this area. Samsung, as Apple's main competitor, could not pass by and decided to release its vision of such a product into the world. Fortunately, the company has been traveling through closed secret rooms for more than a year, and did not launch them for one reason - the market is not ready for such products. Has anything changed this year? Nothing. The market was neither ready nor ready. But after all, Apple appeared on the horizon, which would show something like that. It doesn’t matter what they show, because Samsung can say that they did it first, but Apple was second. I really hoped that these competitions were a thing of the past, they are in the blood of Korean companies. In the 90s and early 2000s, we saw how LG and Samsung tried to overtake each other in the announcement of new and similar products, sometimes the difference in the publication of press releases reached a matter of hours and then each company proudly said that it was the first in the world that launched there. Apparently, this reasoning is still ingrained in the DNA of the company and everything is repeated.

The watch was presented by an Indian manager of Samsung from the USA, he had the worst version of Indian English, spoiled by communication with Korean colleagues. I had to listen to what he was trying to say, but, thank God, that stamps poured out of him, like from a cornucopia - “Welcome to the future”. Excuse me, but I already live in this future. I'm here. I want products for myself today. I don't like myself of tomorrow, but I love to live here and now.

The watch is a companion for a smartphone, although it has a touchscreen and a rather large screen (1.63 inches), a metal frame, a camera on a strap! The main function of the Smart Relay watch is the notifications that are shown on the watch screen and by looking at them, you can take out your smartphone and see the same thing on the screen! Bravo - I'm crying sitting in the hall. Synchronization of notifications is a feature so out of thin air that a whole department worked on it, no less.

Great engineering thought went even further - the watch has a microphone and a speaker, and you can speak on them in a "natural" way. You just, like an idiot, bring the watch to your ear and yell at it, “It’s me, can you hear me?”, And then add, “first-first, I’m second, the third left.” Guys, all this is cool, but you don’t have to watch the Bondian of the 70s, the technology in the cinema has long gone ahead. On the other hand, this is definitely the dream of some cool security guard from the supermarket.

MemoGrapher is an "amazing" feature, no, that's exactly what it's called. Amazing. The strap has a camera and you can take pictures on it and remember the moments of life. If you didn’t have enough that you are funny speaking on your watch, then you can make your friends laugh by photographing the world around you and trying to drive the picture into augmented reality, where you will be shown clues about what exactly you see in front of you. You take a picture of a bottle of wine, they immediately tell you - this is a bottle of wine, Chateau Ivan Petrovich, year such and such.

The screen diagonal is 1.63 inches, there is a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a pedometer, which has already become a good tradition for such devices.

But most of all, the Indian comrade was proud of the fact that this watch works for 25 hours on a single charge! I'm sorry, but are you laughing? Is this a new chapter in wearables? This is an announcement for the sake of an announcement, and for the price of this watch at 350-400 Euros, depending on the country, you can buy a quite decent smartphone that does all the same things more conveniently and does not make you look ridiculous. A watch is a fashion accessory, it is not a story about technology. Fashion is missing as a class in Gear. The fact that the watch is only compatible with SGS4/Note 2/3 and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will obviously make it even more popular. Even the fact that they have an IP55 rating (splashproof) does not save this device. None.

Of course, you need to try the watch in real life, see what's what. Perhaps they will be very convenient, but there are big doubts about this. For now, let's write them down as exhibition products, since Samsung has already had plenty of such watches with built-in phones. My short acquaintance with the clock showed that they are buggy, freeze and work somehow very strangely. It is definitely impossible to assume that this will add points to them in the eyes of consumers.

Galaxy Note 3 - stronger, higher and further

The main idea of ​​this phablet is not to spoil what was. Therefore, the company very carefully changed the S Pen, improved multitasking and made a number of additions, for example, expanded support for LTE to all countries of the world. But let's take a look at the characteristics:

Here's what Samsung says people use on the Note 2.

And here's what they would like to get, for example, premium design.

At the presentation, we talked a lot about design, premium materials that look and feel expensive. So the back cover is made of leather - three main colors are available (black, white and pink!), But with the help of additional covers, you can choose almost any color. There are a huge number of them.

S Note has been updated, it has synchronization with Evernote (!), a fairly convenient interface for working with notes, you can see several pages, which is extremely convenient compared to the current version.

In Multi Window, you can now open the same application in two parts of the window, for example, talking in IM with two different friends at the same time. But the best feature is that you can copy a message from one part of the window to another.

Pen Window - draw a square on the screen and a window of the size you drew will appear, containing application icons. In fact, this is a pop-up window that you may need when you are working somewhere and want, for example, to calculate something in a calculator. It hangs over the main window and can be closed at any time. Convenient.

Strange MultiVision feature - you can transfer one picture to several devices, by combining several devices, you will make one big screen. I highly doubt anyone needs it. But suddenly?

As you can see, the main features of Note 3 are in software, and I think that as a tool, this phablet is very interesting - you need to see how it will work, what time it will work, and so on. This is the task of a separate test, and now I don’t see the point in wasting time on this.

During the presentation, they showed a commercial for Note 3, I'm not sure if it will be on YouTube, but I hope it will be posted promptly. In it, in the puppet theater, they light up to my favorite song. Very cool video, dynamic.

I liked Note 3 (as the owner of Note 2) and I will definitely switch to this device. It promises to be one of the most interesting for "heavy" users and creative people.

Here are some screenshots from the device, as well as photos of it. I repeat that I really liked it. The plastic under the skin in the standard delivery is not too interesting Mercedes-benz , but the texture is similar to the real material. But with cases, everything is quite curious, especially with those that have a large window, you can even draw notes in them.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - new tablet

Even better, faster, and so on. Good product, evolutionary development, but did not attract much attention. Greatly improved the sound, operating time, added a pen and the ability to work like on Note3. Check out the specs:

The tendency to launch products with the 2014 Edition remark in September (ninth month!) 2013 scares me. This is like a hint that in 2014, we will already see an update with the prefix 2015. Again, marketing, which can be merciless and ridiculous. Here is just such a case.

As a short summary, we can say that the announcement from Samsung was expected - a good Note device, a nice tablet and it’s completely unclear who the watch was created for.

Presentation of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Gear watches

Samsung has entered the usual mode, in the spring it shows the flagship of the Galaxy line, in the fall in Berlin, the update of the Galaxy Note. This year, the company decided not to change traditions and chose the Tempodrom in Berlin for the event, where the previous model was also shown.Unlike last year, we were not kept for a long time in front of closed doors, but were immediately let inside. But this does not change the fact that despite the absence of serious leaks of information about the product, no one expected a breakthrough from it. And it is hardly possible with the evolutionary development of the line. It is known in advance that while maintaining the dimensions of the case, the battery capacity will increase, the screen diagonal and its resolution will grow, and a number of soft chips will be added. A good update that does not pull on a revolution, a kind of annual show with a known end.

Unfortunately, the entire mobile phone market has turned over the past couple of years into a repetition of what has already happened, but at a new technological level. No breakthroughs up, sideways or down - everything is measured, expected and with a lack of experimentation. It seems that companies are afraid to experiment - the new iPhone comes out in an old design, Sony launches clones in terms of design, but not materials, or embarks on completely incomprehensible experiments with smartphone lenses. No one seeks to change mass products that find their customers. We can safely say that stagnation has set in in the industry, in comparison with which the Brezhnev era will seem like a sweet cabal of great powers.

The fuse that incited to create something new has gone somewhere. If in New York the HTC promotional team was handing out coffee and sandwiches in line at the Radio City Hall before the presentation of the Galaxy S4, then in Berlin they were not even close. Nokia, which released people with posters, also disappeared somewhere, apparently they are discussing their future in Microsoft. Boredom.

I had no doubts that Note 3 would turn out to be good, pleasant, but also there were no doubts about its ordinary nature - there is no need to wait for breakthroughs now, the time is not right. It is not a bright individuality that triumphs, but the general average multiplied by the absence of risky decisions. Perhaps it is interesting to start the story not with Note 3, but with the Gear watch and the prerequisites for its appearance.

But first, a few sketches from the presentation. First, JK Shin began his speech with his portrait and company position in the background. It is interesting that here we see a portrait that has a remote resemblance to the original - it was turned into a European.

This approach is often used in Asia, when European tops in local newspapers look like Chinese, they have narrow eyes, yellowish skin color - in a word, mimicry. Now Samsung has turned this technique into a standard one, but turned it in the opposite direction, so to speak. Funny.

Another funny moment is the number of clappers in the hall who actively cheered all the announcements of the company. Who are these people? Obviously not journalists, perhaps employees of the company, but I think that they are just invited flappers. It was hard to believe in the sincerity of the reaction at some points.

All three announced products will go on sale in 149 countries on September 25, in the remaining countries in October. This is an implementation of the technique that Samsung applied when launching the Galaxy S4 and it gave very good results. This is a real advantage in logistics, which many manufacturers do not have.

Gear watches - to be the first at any cost, but for whom?

Once I watched the competition of my neighbors in the cottage village, they erected various structures one after another on their plots, and each subsequent one was clearly repelled from the neighbor's building and sought to surpass it in grandeur and scope. The apotheosis of this tacit dacha competition was the construction of a playground for a neighbor who has no children - "it will do for guests," he said. A sort of vanity fair in the Rublev interior.

When it became known on the market that Apple had registered the iWatch brand and seemed to be going to release watches, everyone rushed to talk about their plans in this area. Samsung, as Apple's main competitor, could not pass by and decided to release its vision of such a product into the world. Fortunately, the company has been traveling through closed secret rooms for more than a year, and did not launch them for one reason - the market is not ready for such products. Has anything changed this year? Nothing. The market was neither ready nor ready. But after all, Apple appeared on the horizon, which would show something like that. It doesn’t matter what they show, because Samsung can say that they did it first, but Apple was second. I really hoped that these competitions were a thing of the past, they are in the blood of Korean companies. In the 90s and early 2000s, we saw how LG and Samsung tried to overtake each other in the announcement of new and similar products, sometimes the difference in the publication of press releases reached a matter of hours and then each company proudly said that it was the first in the world that launched there. Apparently this reasoning is still ingrained in the DNA of the company and everything is repeated.

The watch was presented by an Indian manager of Samsung from the USA, he had the worst version of Indian English, spoiled by communication with Korean colleagues. I had to listen to what he was trying to say, but, thank God, that stamps poured out of him, like from a cornucopia - “Welcome to the future”. Excuse me, but I already live in this future. I'm here. I want products for myself today. I don't like myself of tomorrow, but I love to live here and now.

The watch is a companion for a smartphone, although it has a touchscreen and a rather large screen (1.63 inches), a metal frame, a camera on a strap! The main function of the Smart Relay watch is the notifications that are shown on the watch screen and by looking at them, you can take out your smartphone and see the same thing on the screen! Bravo - I'm crying sitting in the hall. Synchronization of notifications is a feature so out of thin air that a whole department worked on it, no less.

Great engineering thought went even further - the watch has a microphone and a speaker, and you can speak on them in a "natural" way. You just, like an idiot, bring the watch to your ear and yell at it, “It’s me, can you hear me?”, And then add, “first-first, I’m second, the third left.” Guys, all this is cool, but you don’t have to watch the Bondian of the 70s, the technology in the cinema has long gone ahead. On the other hand, this is definitely the dream of some cool security guard from the supermarket.

MemoGrapher is an "amazing" feature, no, that's exactly what it's called. Amazing. The strap has a camera and you can take pictures on it and remember the moments of life. If you didn’t have enough that you are funny speaking on your watch, then you can make your friends laugh by photographing the world around you and trying to drive the picture into augmented reality, where you will be shown clues about what exactly you see in front of you. You take a picture of a bottle of wine, they immediately tell you - this is a bottle of wine, Chateau Ivan Petrovich, year such and such.

The screen diagonal is 1.63 inches, there is a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a pedometer, which has already become a good tradition for such devices.

But most of all, the Indian comrade was proud of the fact that this watch works for 25 hours on a single charge! I'm sorry, but are you laughing? Is this a new chapter in wearables? This is an announcement for the sake of an announcement, and for the price of this watch at 350-400 Euros, depending on the country, you can buy a quite decent smartphone that does all the same things more conveniently and does not make you look ridiculous. A watch is a fashion accessory, it is not a story about technology. Fashion is missing as a class in Gear. The fact that the watch is only compatible with SGS4/Note 2/3 and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will obviously make it even more popular. Even the fact that they have an IP55 rating (splashproof) does not save this device. None.

Of course, you need to try the watch in real life, see what's what. Perhaps they will be very convenient, but there are big doubts about this. For now, let's write them down as exhibition products, since Samsung has already had plenty of such watches with built-in phones. My short acquaintance with the clock showed that they are buggy, freeze and work somehow very strangely. It is definitely impossible to assume that this will add points to them in the eyes of consumers.

Galaxy Note 3 - stronger, higher and further

The main idea of ​​this phablet is not to spoil what was. Therefore, the company very carefully changed the S Pen, improved multitasking and made a number of additions, for example, expanded support for LTE to all countries of the world. But let's take a look at the characteristics:

Here's what Samsung says people use on the Note 2.

Here's what they would like to get, for example, premium design.

At the presentation, we talked a lot about design, premium materials that look and feel expensive. So the back cover is made of leather - three main colors are available (black, white and pink!), But with the help of additional covers, you can choose almost any color. There are a huge number of them.

Updating the S-Pen was called a new concept that sounds like this - "smart freedom" (Smart Freedom). The main feature is controlling the stylus without touching the screen (Air Command) and calling the auxiliary menu with 5 quick functions.

All notes are now recognized in S Action, they can be linked to actions, so you enter an entry to call such and such, the phone recognizes it and adds it to the calendar or gives you the opportunity to call from the phone book at the right time.

ScrapBook is an application that allows you to save text, pictures and so on from the screen, you circle the desired part of the page and then select a category. Everything is saved in one place, including the video. A nice feature that might be interesting as an analogue, albeit a weaker Evernote. The advantage is that this feature is built into the phone.

S Finder - universal search by phone and its memory, searches for data in all applications without exception (however, you can set up places where you should not look for anything).

S Note has been updated, it has synchronization with Evernote (!), a fairly convenient interface for working with notes, you can see several pages, which is extremely convenient compared to the current version.

In Multi Window, you can now open the same application in two parts of the window, for example, talking in IM with two different friends at the same time. But the best feature is that you can copy a message from one part of the window to another.

Pen Window - draw a square on the screen and a window of the size you drew will appear, containing application icons. In fact, this is a pop-up window that you may need when you are working somewhere and want, for example, to calculate something in a calculator. It hangs over the main window and can be closed at any time. Convenient.

Strange MultiVision feature - you can transfer one picture to several devices, by combining several devices, you will make one big screen. I highly doubt anyone needs it. But suddenly?

As you can see, the main features of Note 3 are in software, and I think that as a tool, this phablet is very interesting - you need to see how it will work, what time it will work, and so on. This is the task of a separate test, and now I don’t see the point in wasting time on this.

During the presentation, they showed a commercial for Note 3, I'm not sure if it will be on YouTube, but I hope it will be posted promptly. In it, in the puppet theater, they light up to my favorite song. Very cool video, dynamic.

I liked Note 3 (as the owner of Note 2) and I will definitely switch to this device. It promises to be one of the most interesting for "heavy" users and creative people.

Here are some screenshots from the device, as well as photos of it. I repeat that I really liked it. The plastic under the skin in the standard delivery is not too interesting Mercedes-benz , but the texture is similar to the real material. But with cases, everything is quite curious, especially with those that have a large window, you can even draw notes in them.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - new tablet

Even better, faster, and so on. Good product, evolutionary development, but did not attract much attention. Greatly improved the sound, operating time, added a pen and the ability to work like on Note3. Check out the specs:

The tendency to launch products with the 2014 Edition remark in September (ninth month!) 2013 scares me. This is like a hint that in 2014, we will already see an update with the prefix 2015. Again, marketing, which can be merciless and ridiculous. Here is just such a case.

As a short summary, we can say that the announcement from Samsung was expected - a good Note device, a nice tablet and it’s completely unclear who the watch was created for.

Presentation of Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Gear watches

Samsung has entered the usual mode, in the spring it shows the flagship of the Galaxy line, in the fall in Berlin, the update of the Galaxy Note. This year, the company decided not to change traditions and chose the Tempodrom in Berlin for the event, where the previous model was also shown.Unlike last year, we were not kept for a long time in front of closed doors, but were immediately let inside. But this does not change the fact that despite the absence of serious leaks of information about the product, no one expected a breakthrough from it. And it is hardly possible with the evolutionary development of the line. It is known in advance that while maintaining the dimensions of the case, the battery capacity will increase, the screen diagonal and its resolution will grow, and a number of soft chips will be added. A good update that does not pull on a revolution, a kind of annual show with a known end.

Unfortunately, the entire mobile phone market has turned over the past couple of years into a repetition of what has already happened, but at a new technological level. No breakthroughs up, sideways or down - everything is measured, expected and with a lack of experimentation. It seems that companies are afraid to experiment - the new iPhone comes out in an old design, Sony launches clones in terms of design, but not materials, or embarks on completely incomprehensible experiments with smartphone lenses. No one seeks to change mass products that find their customers. We can safely say that stagnation has set in in the industry, in comparison with which the Brezhnev era will seem like a sweet cabal of great powers.

The fuse that incited to create something new has gone somewhere. If in New York the HTC promotional team was handing out coffee and sandwiches in line at the Radio City Hall before the presentation of the Galaxy S4, then in Berlin they were not even close. Nokia, which released people with posters, also disappeared somewhere, apparently they are discussing their future in Microsoft. Boredom.

I had no doubts that Note 3 would turn out to be good, pleasant, but also there were no doubts about its ordinary nature - there is no need to wait for breakthroughs now, the time is not right. It is not a bright individuality that triumphs, but the general average multiplied by the absence of risky decisions. Perhaps it is interesting to start the story not with Note 3, but with the Gear watch and the prerequisites for its appearance.

But first, a few sketches from the presentation. First, JK Shin began his speech with his portrait and company position in the background. It is interesting that here we see a portrait that has a remote resemblance to the original - it was turned into a European.

This approach is often used in Asia, when European tops in local newspapers look like Chinese, they have narrow eyes, yellowish skin color - in a word, mimicry. Now Samsung has turned this technique into a standard one, but turned it in the opposite direction, so to speak. Funny.

Another funny moment is the number of clappers in the hall who actively cheered all the announcements of the company. Who are these people? Obviously not journalists, perhaps employees of the company, but I think that they are just invited flappers. It was hard to believe in the sincerity of the reaction at some points.

All three announced products will go on sale in 149 countries on September 25, in the remaining countries in October. This is an implementation of the technique that Samsung applied when launching the Galaxy S4 and it gave very good results. This is a real advantage in logistics, which many manufacturers do not have.

Gear watches - to be the first at any cost, but for whom?

Once I watched the competition of my neighbors in the cottage village, they erected various structures one after another on their plots, and each subsequent one was clearly repelled from the neighbor's building and sought to surpass it in grandeur and scope. The apotheosis of this tacit dacha competition was the construction of a playground for a neighbor who has no children - "it will do for guests," he said. A sort of vanity fair in the Rublev interior.

When it became known on the market that Apple had registered the iWatch brand and seemed to be going to release watches, everyone rushed to talk about their plans in this area. Samsung, as Apple's main competitor, could not pass by and decided to release its vision of such a product into the world. Fortunately, the company has been traveling through closed secret rooms for more than a year, and did not launch them for one reason - the market is not ready for such products. Has anything changed this year? Nothing. The market was neither ready nor ready. But after all, Apple appeared on the horizon, which would show something like that. It doesn’t matter what they show, because Samsung can say that they did it first, but Apple was second. I really hoped that these competitions were a thing of the past, they are in the blood of Korean companies. In the 90s and early 2000s, we saw how LG and Samsung tried to overtake each other in the announcement of new and similar products, sometimes the difference in the publication of press releases reached a matter of hours and then each company proudly said that it was the first in the world that launched there. Apparently this reasoning is still ingrained in the DNA of the company and everything is repeated.

The watch was presented by an Indian manager of Samsung from the USA, he had the worst version of Indian English, spoiled by communication with Korean colleagues. I had to listen to what he was trying to say, but, thank God, that stamps poured out of him, like from a cornucopia - “Welcome to the future”. Excuse me, but I already live in this future. I'm here. I want products for myself today. I don't like myself of tomorrow, but I love to live here and now.

The watch is a companion for a smartphone, although it has a touchscreen and a rather large screen (1.63 inches), a metal frame, a camera on a strap! The main function of the Smart Relay watch is the notifications that are shown on the watch screen and by looking at them, you can take out your smartphone and see the same thing on the screen! Bravo - I'm crying sitting in the hall. Synchronization of notifications is a feature so out of thin air that a whole department worked on it, no less.

Great engineering thought went even further - the watch has a microphone and a speaker, and you can speak on them in a "natural" way. You just, like an idiot, bring the watch to your ear and yell at it, “It’s me, can you hear me?”, And then add, “first-first, I’m second, the third left.” Guys, all this is cool, but you don’t have to watch the Bondian of the 70s, the technology in the cinema has long gone ahead. On the other hand, this is definitely the dream of some cool security guard from the supermarket.

MemoGrapher is an "amazing" feature, no, that's exactly what it's called. Amazing. The strap has a camera and you can take pictures on it and remember the moments of life. If you didn’t have enough that you are funny speaking on your watch, then you can make your friends laugh by photographing the world around you and trying to drive the picture into augmented reality, where you will be shown clues about what exactly you see in front of you. You take a picture of a bottle of wine, they immediately tell you - this is a bottle of wine, Chateau Ivan Petrovich, year such and such.

The screen diagonal is 1.63 inches, there is a gyroscope, an acceleration sensor, a pedometer, which has already become a good tradition for such devices.

But most of all, the Indian comrade was proud of the fact that this watch works for 25 hours on a single charge! I'm sorry, but are you laughing? Is this a new chapter in wearables? This is an announcement for the sake of an announcement, and for the price of this watch at 350-400 Euros, depending on the country, you can buy a quite decent smartphone that does all the same things more conveniently and does not make you look ridiculous. A watch is a fashion accessory, it is not a story about technology. Fashion is missing as a class in Gear. The fact that the watch is only compatible with SGS4/Note 2/3 and the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 will obviously make it even more popular. Even the fact that they have an IP55 rating (splashproof) does not save this device. None.

Of course, you need to try the watch in real life, see what's what. Perhaps they will be very convenient, but there are big doubts about this. For now, let's write them down as exhibition products, since Samsung has already had plenty of such watches with built-in phones. My short acquaintance with the clock showed that they are buggy, freeze and work somehow very strangely. It is definitely impossible to assume that this will add points to them in the eyes of consumers.

Galaxy Note 3 - stronger, higher and further

The main idea of ​​this phablet is not to spoil what was. Therefore, the company very carefully changed the S Pen, improved multitasking and made a number of additions, for example, expanded support for LTE to all countries of the world. But let's take a look at the characteristics:

Here's what Samsung says people use on the Note 2.

And here's what they would like to get, for example, premium design.

At the presentation, we talked a lot about design, premium materials that look and feel expensive. So the back cover is made of leather - three main colors are available (black, white and pink!), But with the help of additional covers, you can choose almost any color. There are a huge number of them.

Updating the S-Pen was called a new concept that sounds like this - "smart freedom" (Smart Freedom). The main feature is controlling the stylus without touching the screen (Air Command) and calling the auxiliary menu with 5 quick functions.

All notes are now recognized in S Action, they can be linked to actions, so you enter an entry to call such and such, the phone recognizes it and adds it to the calendar or gives you the opportunity to call from the phone book at the right time.

ScrapBook is an application that allows you to save text, pictures and so on from the screen, you circle the desired part of the page and then select a category. Everything is saved in one place, including the video. A nice feature that might be interesting as an analogue, albeit a weaker Evernote. The advantage is that this feature is built into the phone.

S Finder - universal search by phone and its memory, searches for data in all applications without exception (however, you can set up places where you should not look for anything).

S Note has been updated, it has synchronization with Evernote (!), a fairly convenient interface for working with notes, you can see several pages, which is extremely convenient compared to the current version.

In Multi Window, you can now open the same application in two parts of the window, for example, talking in IM with two different friends at the same time. But the best feature is that you can copy a message from one part of the window to another.

Pen Window - draw a square on the screen and a window of the size you drew will appear, containing application icons. In fact, this is a pop-up window that you may need when you are working somewhere and want, for example, to calculate something in a calculator. It hangs over the main window and can be closed at any time. Convenient.

Strange MultiVision feature - you can transfer one picture to several devices, by combining several devices, you will make one big screen. I highly doubt anyone needs it. But suddenly?

As you can see, the main features of Note 3 are in software, and I think that as a tool, this phablet is very interesting - you need to see how it will work, what time it will work, and so on. This is the task of a separate test, and now I don’t see the point in wasting time on this.

During the presentation, they showed a commercial for Note 3, I'm not sure if it will be on YouTube, but I hope it will be posted promptly. In it, in the puppet theater, they light up to my favorite song. Very cool video, dynamic.

I liked Note 3 (as the owner of Note 2) and I will definitely switch to this device. It promises to be one of the most interesting for "heavy" users and creative people.

Here are some screenshots from the device, as well as photos of it. I repeat that I really liked it. The leather-like plastic in the standard delivery is not too interesting for Mercedes-Benz, but the texture is similar to real material. But with cases, everything is quite curious, especially with those that have a large window, you can even draw notes in them.

Here are some screenshots from the device, as well as photos of it. I repeat that I really liked it. Plastic under the skin in the standard delivery is not too Mercedes-benz mercedes-benz interesting, but the texture is similar to the real material. But with covers everything is quite curious, especially with those that have a large window, you can even draw notes in them.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition - new tablet

Even better, faster, and so on. Good product, evolutionary development, but did not attract much attention. Greatly improved the sound, operating time, added a pen and the ability to work like on Note3. Check out the specs:

The tendency to launch products with the 2014 Edition remark in September (ninth month!) 2013 scares me. This is like a hint that in 2014, we will already see an update with the prefix 2015. Again, marketing, which can be merciless and ridiculous. Here is just such a case.

As a short summary, we can say that the announcement from Samsung was expected - a good Note device, a nice tablet and it’s completely unclear who the watch was created for.