The Galaxy Note 3 is now available in the US through AT&T, Sprint and TMobile, and most of the early reviews seem to be positive for the phablet from Samsung.
Techradar reports in its top 10 reasons to get the 3 that the design comprises the best screen to date, allowing for enhanced multi-tasking, and it writes about the tactile feel like one would a lover. They also highlight the upgraded S Pen function, amplified technical specs and built-in software sophistication.
But the list toppers that may have the most impact are those related to security. Samsung KNOX, provides a fortified "Fort Knox" style space inside the 3 where security-sensitive apps and data can be protected against attacks. As a benefit for those who often work remotely, it permits a hook-up to secure office systems. In addition, a feature called Find My Mobile, allows the owner to locate and disable the 3 should it be lost or stolen, or buried in the sandbox by your toddler.
Number 8 on Techradar's list is the Galaxy Gear, which seems to be the Yoko Ono of the product teaming; though the ads are impressing viewers. It is a device a user wears like a wristwatch that syncs with the Galaxy Note 3 to display the same screen, show your texts and emails and act as a hands-free phone.
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Tshaka Armstrong, of the Los Angeles Fox affiliate, tried the Gear for 24 hours and came to the conclusion that it falls in the "toy" column, "rather than it being a device which actually adds some significant value in my life." Armstrong claims to be a watch lover and doesn't mind the general aesthetic of the Gear though he notes the bulk could be a deterrent for some potential users. Highlights seem to be the voice memo function, display appeal and user-friendliness. Items for improvement, transcription of voice memos, battery life and augmenting the Gear from a nice-to-have to a need-to-have.[Images via Samsung Official Twitter.]