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Sep
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In case you haven't already read our coverage of Samsung's big reveal of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear or taken a gander at our hands-on video of both the phablet and the smartwatch, here's the gist. The former is an updated version of the Galaxy Note II with a new leather-textured plastic back, increased storage space, and a 1080p display. It's not wider than the previous model, but it's taller and packing more power inside along with a larger battery. The Gear is a smartwatch that can pair with high-end Samsung devices, but it's launching alongside the Note 3 and has thus far been shown off alongside that handset. Now Samsung has posted its first 18-minute hands-on video of the two devices working together. Brace yourself before watching, because the speaker's voice is, well, just hear it for yourself.

The video provides an in-depth look of the Note 3's stylus (otherwise known as the S Pen) and Samsung-exclusive bundled applications. The new Air Command is on display here, a little launchpad that comes up whenever you remove the S Pen from its bay that provides quick access to five stylus-specific apps - Memo, Scrapbooker, ScreenWrite, S Finder, and Pen Window.

To see the Gear in action, you will have to skip ahead to after the 13-minute mark. The speaker takes us through changing the smartwatch's settings using the Note 3 and answering a call. It's cool stuff, but is the watch worth it's $299 asking price? That's for you to decide.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Muddy B00ts

    This may be a dumb question, but will the S Pen work with say, NOVA launcher? Loving the specific S Pen features, but not so much the rest of the look of Touchwiz.

    • yahyoh

      yes it would work :)

      • Muddy B00ts

        Even the quick memo, making a box for the calculator, and stuff like that? Who am I kidding, I'm getting it no matter what, but all those features while using a custom launcher (and icon pack to get rid of the samsungness) would be icing on the cake.

        • yahyoh

          those feature are on framework level not launcher level , so launcher will make no difference ;)

          • mlj11

            Really? My Dad's Note 2 doesn't automatically display the S-Pen menu when he extracts it while using Apex Launcher. Only TW launcher recognises the action.

          • Allwayswrite

            works for me on Nova...check the sPen settings in menu..make sure it is set to pop up

          • mlj11

            I'll take a look at it, thanks!

  • Allwayswrite

    One massive enhancement, if I saw correctly...is the sPen can be used with the capacitive buttons...Note1 and Note2 users know how huge that is...great job Samsung

    • Guest_01

      This improvement was first seen with the Note 8.0

  • Rob Rowald

    Anyone know what the weather/sweat/water proof-ness of the Gear is going to be?

    • sy

      I don't think so not with that microphone like that and the way you would have to charge it. Sadly I am going to wait and see what apple's watch will look like

    • Kevin Leonard

      considering the Galaxy S4 Active is water resistant to one meter, I imagine they would put some safety features in a device that its not meant to stay in your pocket or your purse

  • mlj11

    Erm, I didn't really have a problem with the narrator's voice..? I mean her accent is Korean, but her voice itself sounded fine to me. I thought you meant it was going to be very high-pitched or nasal, but it wasn't like that at all...

    • mesmorino

      Didn't you know? Android Police tends to unnecessary hyperbole based on opinion, and all too often unfounded opinion at that

      • Guest

        I Like the Irony in your comment ;-)

  • mlj11

    I'm quite impressed - I was expecting simulated on-screen images, but this vid doesn't rely on them at all.

    Sammy's software skillz have really improved by leaps and bounds over the years; other OEMs beware!

  • Geo Sari

    I wonder if that drag and drop feature will work with other messaging apps or just Chaton?

    • Wazzifer

      Probably not.

  • sy

    Did anyone else notice that the s-pen works with the soft keys. If only I could do that with my note 2

    • Matt Dowdy

      If you use apex launcher and swipepad you can set home, Recents and back function etc with swipe pad using the apex shortcuts, not exactly what you are after but it works brilliantly with the s pen and finger input (I rarely touch capacitive or physical buttons anymore)

  • hot_spare

    Someone complaining about voice/narration of a non-native english speaker?? Amazing guys. This kind of snarky remarks just shows nature of a person.

    Whoever is the editor (not bothered to look), will you say the same for Pranav Mistry?

    • sguyx

      My mother language isn't english either, but i understood everything well and have actually realized that it's so much easier to understand english when the speaker is a foreign him/herself. Some of the native english speakers speak so lazy without a good articulation that it is almost impossible to hear all words - it is more like they are mumbling something...

  • spydie

    she skipped over "screen write." Darn, I wanted this to be the video that showed ALL the upgrades.

  • dobbsy

    There's nothing at all unusual about her voice.

  • Tony

    To those that bug around the 300$ price tag on a smartwatch - that's not even middle range, if one wants to buy a quality watch. That's upper low-range. Most somehow good watches start at 500$ (I am talking about a good mechanical watch with at least a saphire coating like this one does).

    Kind of a bit funny, huh? People spend 500$+ for a watch and don't blink an eye (most of them don't) and it can only tell you the time, which is most basically useless. This one can do so much more, but suddenly 300$ becomes a hurdle and people start thinking about that. It is very interesting, how psychology works!

  • Trenton Seagoe

    OMG! The S-Pen works with the capacitive buttons! That is my biggest complaint on the Note 2!

  • sguyx

    Ehm.. Headset is a Gear? What if i want to use my real headset without anyone else in a bus hears me? Can I choose a real headset from the Gear? Or is it just a phone or the Gear?