Welcome to the future

2013-11-30 00:00

AND the award for the hottest couple of 2013 goes to … the Samsung Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear.

You’ve seen it everywhere and are probably sick of commercials and posters advertising the pair, but both are really worth noting.

If you’re into the latest techno gadgets, this pair will leave you in awe. Typically the Note II was developed as a phablet — too big to be a smartphone and too small to be a tablet.

The Note III itself has seen some major enhancements from its predecessor. Features seen in the S4 such as air gestures and controls are now available on the phablet-type device.

The S-pen stylus for the Note is no longer a stagnant tool to press finer buttons on the touch screen, but the S-pen is a tool that works in synergy with the Note III.

Pressing the button on the S-pen allows for an extra menu, bringing up the most commonly used options for the S-pen, while selecting one of the options does not even require the stylus to touch the screen, but rather air controls with the S-pen.

In the menu an option to draw a window with the S pen is available. In this window the user is able to launch a micro display for Internet browsing, Whats­App, or other apps available for the option. In this the same app can be used in different windows.

The Note III also comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and three mega­pixel facing camera, and Android Jelly Bean operating system.

While the Note III is a larger device, it fits comfortably into the back or front pockets with its slim design. The exterior of the device is fitted with a back panel that is similar to a leather stitched backing, giving the device the feel of a real notebook.

Now for the fun part …

The Galaxy Gear has to be one of the best and most functional smartwatches on the market.

First up, you get time, date and weather at a single glance. The display becomes active once the watch is raised towards the wearer’s face.

Using one finger, sliding the screen down at the home screen activates the 1,9-megapixel camera that can record videos with sound. Swipe left at the home screen to pull up menu items on the watch and slide up for the dialling pad, to make calls from the watch.

The Galaxy Gear can also be used to answer calls and view notifications from e-mails to Twitter interactions. The Gear also has a built-in pedometer that will count its wearer’s steps and syncs with the S-Health app.

Whatever data is captured on the Gear such as images, videos and voice notes is transferred automatically to the Note III. Find your device using your smartwatch and also control your media player.

For usability and features the Galaxy Note III and Gear combo, get a 9 ½ out of 10.

• Let me know what you think

@KyleVenktess on Twitter.

• kyle.venktess@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.