The first is a thrilling smartphone display innovation; the second reeks of 'me too!'
Most years, the IFA trade show in Berlin is pretty boring. In 2013, it's anything but.
When smartphone leader Samsung Electronics introduced the original Galaxy Note, it didn't have much competition, but since then interest for smartphones with 5.5-inch screens -- and larger -- has grown, so the new Note 3 faces plenty of competitors, including the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony.
The Galaxy Gear is a glamorous accessory with many limitations.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 feels like a revised version of last year's predecessor, with new internals, a new body, and better camera sensors.
The slick, camera-equipped Gear is great news...if you own a brand-new Note 3 or Note 10.1 tablet.
Walled app gardens may be our future.
It's like trying to put a cutting board in your pocket.
Samsung, it seems, doesn't believe in cultivating an air of mystery for its product launches. The Galaxy Note III and long-hinted-at Galaxy Gear smartwatch will both be unveiled just ahead of the IFA Berlin trade show.