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Samsung spared no expense hyping the unveiling of its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone and Galaxy Gear smart watch in New York City on Wednesday, utilizing prime real estate in Times Square for a live music performance, a video stream of its keynote presentation, and an opportunity for pedestrians to be among the first to try out its latest gadgets.

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While the "Unpacked 2013 Episode 2" presentation was being delivered from Berlin, Samsung made sure to reach potential customers across the world by setting up a stage and special "Experience Center" in the middle of Times Square Wednesday afternoon. AppleInsider was on-hand to see the event, and get a first look at the Note 3 and Gear.

Passersby were encouraged to watch the event by a number of Samsung promoters, who passed out white and blue "Galaxy" branded hats as a gift to those who would stay.

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Those who did stick around saw a performance from Swedish duo Icona Pop, who performed their hit single "I Love It." Soon after, a live stream of the Samsung Galaxy keynote from Germany began on the big screen.

Samsung's massive setup included a stage with a screen for the live stream, a sound mixing area, and a mysterious platform concealed by white sheets. Samsung promoters told passersby to wait around for a "big surprise" at the end of the presentation, after which they would be able to get their hands on the South Korean company's latest devices.

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A number of onlookers took Samsung up on this offer, and by the time the keynote was nearing its end, dozens of people wearing blue and white Samsung hats were waiting in line. Once the presentation concluded, Samsung representatives pulled the white sheets away to reveal a layout much like Apple's own retail stores, with a number of tables showcasing the new Galaxy Note 3 "phablet" and Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Visitors were allowed into the Samsung "Experience Center," which was raised up on a platform in the middle of Times Square, in small groups. Each group was then given a total of five minutes to play with both the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. Absent from Wednesday's event was the latest Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Samsung also announced on Wednesday.

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At each table were numerous Notes and Gears, paired together side by side. A Samsung employee stood near each of them, showing off new features and capabilities of the gear, such as the functionality of the updated S-Pen or connectivity of the Gear watch.

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Samsung's media blitz came less than a week before Apple is set to hold its own keynote presentation next Tuesday, at which the company is expected to unveil two new iPhone models. While Samsung pulled out all the stops, Apple is also planning more hype than usual, and will even hold a separate event on Sept. 11 in China for local media.

More pictures of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, taken at Wednesday's event in New York, are included below.

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post #2 of 91

Okay, now who cares? It's one thing to report online, "Oh, also, Samsung released such and such product, yada yada…" But actually wasting time to go to the thing?

 

See you sued out of business.

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Yes... Keep spending massive amounts of cash on those questionable promotions Samsung, while Apple lets the world beat a path to their door. In fact, Samsung should buy up ALL of the advertising slots for the next Super Bowl.

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post #4 of 91
I thought a watch is meant to tell the time? None of those pics show the time!
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Those slotted screws look tacky. Even I know whenever you use slotted screws in a finished application such as on electrical switch plates. etc, you always make sure that the slots are aligned, not just Helter Skelter any random angle they end up. No attention to detail.

 

And wow is that ever a hunk of kit to be wearing on your wrist! You know 25 hour battery life is not that good either.

 

I predict a new low in sales out failing the Zune.

 

 

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post #6 of 91

All Samsung is doing is a bunch of theatrics before there unveiling.. Like having an orchestra play out music, and have live broadcasting right at Time Square. Seriously why stop with just Time Square, they should have picked up a few more cities.

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I thought a watch is meant to tell the time? None of those pics show the time!

A smart-watch that tells the time?  How boring.  A normal watch can already do that.  They should really call it a smart-wrist device as it does everything BUT show the time.  I'm sure you can easily ask it the time anywhere in the world and it will tell you.

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Here is what I find interesting and I think many people are thinking the same thing. iWatch, is it a real wrist watch or something else, did the  competitors rush to out market Apple on a product which was not what they thought. Someone here already eluded to, iwatch could be the next apple TV, they may have renamed it so not to confuse people with ITV which is a completely different experience.

 

I am thinking that apple has now move on to the next great thing while Samsung and other are trying to out pace apple on the Phone side only to find that Apple has now move into a completely different market. Apple did it with the Ipad, everyone was chasing the next phone only to be blind side on the table side. Everyone was think about the next ipod only to find out that apple was planning a phone.

 

It would not surprise me at this point to hear next week that apple announces the new phones with iOS 7 as expect but they show off the real iwatch which is not a wrist watch. Then watch the competition say but what about the watch we though you were making a watch.

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So the Galaxy Gear is finally here, not quite as fugly as I was expecting but still way too clunky and tacky looking with those exposed screw heads. Apple hasn't got much to worry about here me thinks! As for the other introductions - the Tab 10.1 does have a very good spec, while the Note 3 (in the photos at least) does look classier with that faux-leather back and cover, and has always been the strongest product in the Galaxy line of phones/phablets/tablets (if you're into Samsung and Android that is) but overall these products aren't 'wow' enough to overshadow Apple's introductions next week...which I'm still waiting for with baited breath! 


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post #10 of 91
Android users must be looking forward to moving from phablets to wriblets...
post #11 of 91
Maybe Apple's "iWatch" is just an elaborate fake plan. A code name for something else entirely. Let the competition go in one direction while Apple does something different. Either way, this Samsung Gear thing looks just awful. The future of "wearable tech" is making something that people don't actually see you wearing.
post #12 of 91
Glad to see that Samsung unveiled first. Now we'll get a chance to see the difference between Apple innovation and Samsung merely copying. Honestly, the watch is so boring and cobbled together---can't wait to see Ivey's fluid like iWatch design.
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post #13 of 91
Interesting Apples stock price goes up post the Samsung announcement. Investors are certain that if there is one company that can change rules and change the world we live in, it's Apple.
post #14 of 91
There's a sucker born every minute. Most buy Sammy phones.
post #15 of 91
Two words sum up any Samsung event, including this one...

Meh.
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Who the HELL would buy a device from a company that can't even put the screws in straight!?!??!  That's ridiculous!

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post #17 of 91

Times Square? Where every other store is perpetually "going out of business" and the curbside vendors sell knockoff crap by the card table load?

 

Terrific venue choice, just terrific.

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So the Galaxy Gear is finally here, not quite as fugly as I was expecting but still way too clunky and tacky looking with those exposed screw heads. Apple hasn't got much to worry about here me thinks! As for the other introductions - the Tab 10.1 does have a very good spec, while the Note 3 (in the photos at least) does look classier with that faux-leather back and cover, and has always been the strongest product in the Galaxy line of phones/phablets/tablets (if you're into Samsung and Android that is) but overall these products aren't 'wow' enough to overshadow Apple's introductions next week...which I'm still waiting for with baited breath! 

The leather seems to just be a case, Vaja has bunches of them available in a wide array of colors.

post #19 of 91
Just look how crap Samsung's products are when they have no one to copy.
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The new microsoft
post #21 of 91
If the watch works anything like TouchWiz and Android on the S4, it is junk. The S4 has other redeeming qualities (i.e. a big screen and web browsing) but I don't see what can save the watch.

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post #22 of 91

Total garbage, i can't imagine anyone paying 300 bucks for this.   As a gadget junkie, i wouldn't even buy it, I am so disappointing in this.  As an aapl investor I am so relieved to see that the Samsung smart watch is crap.  I am betting on apple (if the are really building a watch will make something worth buying).  I have gadget real-estate on my arm and want something new and awesome to play with.  My only worry is that seeing that samsungs watch doesn't have a flexible screen, month-long battery or any other groundbreaking technology that has paved the way for a smart watch to be made is a bad sign for the over all industry(that these new technologies are not ready).  This did nothing to "raise the bar".

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post #23 of 91
I hope they keep it up. Eventually people will get sick of Samsung/Galaxy 24/7. In fact I think a lot of people already have.
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Those slotted screws look tacky. Even I know whenever you use slotted screws in a finished application such as on electrical switch plates. etc, you always make sure that the slots are aligned, not just Helter Skelter any random angle they end up. No attention to detail.

I thought I was going to be the only anal-retentive freak to notice this ;)

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Originally Posted by jfc1138 View Post
Times Square? Terrific venue choice, just terrific.

 

No, don't you see? It's a pun. TIMEs square! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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....a layout much like Apple's own retail stores....

 

 

What a surprise!

 

 

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Those slotted screws look tacky. Even I know whenever you use slotted screws in a finished application such as on electrical switch plates. etc, you always make sure that the slots are aligned, not just Helter Skelter any random angle they end up. No attention to detail.

 

 

Don't get me wrong, I think this watch is seriously hilarious and I find it difficult to believe this is not a joke, nevertheless I have to disagree with you about the screw slot alignment comment. It is fact looks more right to have the slots at random angles because that is natural for real screws otherwise they would look ornamental.

 

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Um, how about a pic of the watch that gives some sense of scale?  Like on a wrist??

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Originally Posted by chazwatson View Post
Um, how about a pic of the watch that gives some sense of scale?  Like on a wrist??

 

All wrists differ, but this is close.

 

Screen looks slightly larger than the iPod nano's. What a surprise.

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Um, how about a pic of the watch that gives some sense of scale?  Like on a wrist??

post #31 of 91

I really dont like the look of this watch, I hope Apple will do better

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Yes... Keep spending massive amounts of cash on those questionable promotions Samsung, while Apple lets the world beat a path to their door. In fact, Samsung should buy up ALL of the advertising slots for the next Super Bowl.

They're also spending quite a bit on product placement, almost every time a smartphone is shown on a TV show or movie it's a Samsung.
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I thought I was going to be the only anal-retentive freak to notice this ;)

Me, too. Jumped right out at me before I had even scrolled down to see the entire image.

 

It would have looked much better with Torx screw heads--much more industrial. Steve would have had the screws in the back, not the face. And what's with that huge bezel? What a waste of real estate. Or the whole watch could have been smaller.

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Times Square? Where every other store is perpetually "going out of business" and the curbside vendors sell knockoff crap by the card table load?

Terrific venue choice, just terrific.

But tons of pedestrian traffic, smart move allowing the general public see and try the devices in person rather than only devs and bloggers.
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post #35 of 91

Wearable Computing? More like Wearable Birth Control.

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Every time I see the watch face it looks like 2 eyes and a big open mouth.

 

 

I am really looking forward to seeing what Apple has in mind.

post #37 of 91
Without anything to copy from this is what you get, yawn
post #38 of 91

The problem with a watch, as we know it, is the lack of screen real-estate; unless you have a clock/watch as big as Flavor Flav. The iphone4 and Nintendo DS is just barely usable. 

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+100

plus that picture is worth seeing again!

post #40 of 91
There doesn't seem to be a clock in any of these screen shots. Surely the home screen would display the time!
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