Samsung Unpacked at IFA 2013

Yesterday Samsung unveiled their flagship Android devices for the 2013 holiday season at an Unpacked event in Berlin, Germany. The Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014) Edition, Samsung GALAXY Gear smartwatch and Samsung GALAXY Note 3 are going to be tempting you to spend your pocket money within the next month.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is the 2013 iteration of Samsung's S Pen friendly phablet and has a 5.7" fullHD Super AMOLED screen. The Note 3 is powered by a quad core 2.3 GHz processor and 3GB of RAM and has 16GB/32GB of inbuilt storage which can be expanded with MicroSD cards. Samsung have improved the S Pen functionality and services with features which are also coming on other S Pen devices.

The Samsung GALAXY Gear is a smartwatch accessory which enhances you Samsung Galaxy experience. Compatible with most of the recent Samsung Galaxy flagships, it is essentially an extension of GALAXY Smartphones/phablets. It can be used to route calls to the smartphone, check notifications, take pictures and monitor biometrics. It also has a camera for fast image and/or video capture. Welcome to the world of Dick Tracy.

The pixel density enthusiast rejoiced when hearing the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2013 Edition. The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) also comes with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU (for the LTE version), 3GB of RAM, and 16/32/64GB of internal storage. Its 10.1-inch screen is of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, and the 8MP main camera is capable of 1080p video recording at 60fps. I'm very tempted to get one of these...

After all this shininess has been presented, the ball is in Apple's court. Lets see what happens next week...

EE's UK 4G tariffs leak: :-0

I've been toying with the idea of switching my personal mobile phone contract to EE, the first UK 4G provider, since I discovered that Edinburgh will be covered from launch. This morning while reading The Verge I saw the table of the leaked tariffs and ended up making an impression of OMG cat.
I was making an impression of this cat.
The tariffs seem to be extortionate  but then if you think about it as well as limited amount of data you do get unlimited calls and unlimited texts. Here's the table of the tariffs, as compiled by the clever Ben Kersey from The Verge.
EE's 24 month tariffs at launch, courtesy of The Verge.
Well, that was an inertial dampener on my rush to be a 4G early adopter... I think I'll wait until there is more competition on the 4G market before switching, especially because for less than half the entry level tariff on EE I can get All You can Eat Data from Three UK.

As usual, feel free to leave comments and/or questions below. If you are of Orange or Magenta persuasion, feel free to troll in the comments section below, I'll just ignore you.