If you think about all the new devices that are coming out these days, most of them are upwards of five inches, with many hovering around the 5.5-inch mark. While that’s a norm today, it wasn’t so a couple of years ago.
Back then, to have a smartphone that had a screen size of more than five inches was bordering on the absurd. But, one smartphone changed that. One smartphone kickstarted a revolution in smartphones, their screen sizes, and what we could do with them.
Here’s a brief look at that smartphone and the handset lineup it spawned. The pioneer that led to an entire generation of large form-factor handsets — the Samsung Galaxy Note.
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The race is on for manufacturers to release the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop update which delivers a fresh new experience along with performance improvements. Samsung is expected to update the current Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 to Lollipop by end of this year.
If you’re holding on to last year’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4, you will be glad to know that they will be updating them as well. The folks at Sammobile had gotten an internal Lollipop build for the Galaxy Note 3 and they have shared an exclusive preview on video.
Some of the notable changes including a refreshed TouchWiz UI and it gets the newer Multi-Window and pop-up window feature like the current Note 4. Scrolling through the interface is reported to be much smoother as well.
Watch the video and some sample screenshots after the break.
Head on over to a Celcom Blue Cube to get a new smartphone, you can now enjoy absolutely no upfront payment with Celcom’s unique Easy Payment Plan.
With Celcom’s Easy Payment Plan, you can take home any one of these devices now and choose to pay in either 12 or 24 months installments:
1. Huawei Ascend P7
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
5. BlackBerry Z3
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is being pushed a new software update in Malaysia. While it still running on Android 4.4.2, the latest update brings a couple of new features that came with the Galaxy S5. This includes a special Kid Mode where you can set authorised apps and time limit for your little ones. You can see this in action in our Galaxy S5 hands-on. Also included is KNOX 2.0 where you can separate work and play in a secured container.
If you’re in a rush when downloading large files, the Galaxy Note 3 also gets Download booster where it uses both 4G LTE and WiFi connectivity to speed up your downloads. As usual, the software update also provides security and stability fixes. If you haven’t gotten any notification yet, you can check manually from Settings > More > About Device > Software update.
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If you’re still eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, SenQ is offering a special promotion where you can get the device for just RM1,149. The catch however it is limited to just 10 units and is exclusive to OnePlus Card members only. It is happening for 3 days starting tomorrow 23rd May and we reckon this would be sold out quickly within the first hour.
Other devices on offer include the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at RM2,149 with 20 units and Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 at 1,149 while stocks last. Another interest offer is the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet which is offered at RM1,399 instead of its original RM2,099 retail price.
Check out the full SenQ promo brochure after the break.
In the past camera comparison test, the Nokia Lumia 1020 has emerged as the winner with its epic 41MP shooter and a large 1/1.5″ Sensor. While the Sony Xperia Z1 boasts a 20.7MP 1/2.3″ camera, it was no match for the Lumia 1020. Surprisingly even the Galaxy Note 3‘s 13MP camera appears to have performed better. After a software update, the Xperia Z1 does show some improvements but it isn’t enough to beat the epic shooter from Finland.
Now Nokia has released a newer Lumia 1520 which comes with a bigger Full HD 6″ display with improved fire power running on the current Quad-Core Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera however is a notch below with a 20.7MP camera that comes with a 1/2.3″ sensor. This puts the latest Nokia Lumia 1520 camera on par with the current Xperia Z1 on paper.
To find out which smart phone camera is better, we headed to Penang for a 3-way camera shootout between the Lumia 1520, Galaxy Note 3 and the Xperia Z1.
View the shots after the break and let us know which you think has the better camera.
This Auspicious New Year, Maxis is offering special deals on Gold devices which are made sweeter with special Golden mobile numbers. The HTC One (Gold) with 4G LTE connectivity can be yours for only RM799 with 24 months contract of a minimum of RM96/month commitment. Also available is the Samsung Note 3 in Rose Gold (Black / White) for RM1,399 with 24 months contract of RM126/month commitment.
If you need something bigger, there’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 with 4G LTE which goes for just RM699 with a minimum of RM90/month inclusive of an extra sim for Surf n Share. In addition, Maxis is also bundling Free Spotify Premium subscription with the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0.
Alternatively, they are also offering the ASUS FonePad 7 for just RM399 with a monthly commitment of only RM30.
For those who don’t fancy phablets, the affordable 4G enabled Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is offered as low as RM149 with a RM76/month commitment plan. Other devices on offer include Huawei Ascend Y511 and Galaxy Y Neo which are offered for Free with low monthly commitment plans as well.
You’ve got to hurry as the special Golden numbers are limited while stocks last and the promotion is valid until 28th February 2014. Head over to Maxis for more info.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the defacto choice when it comes to high end phablets right now. For those requiring exclusivity, the gold editions with the faux leather back may not be enough. That’s where Samsung and Swarovski has paired up to create an exclusive collection of back covers in conjunction with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
The limited edition back cover is covered by Swarovski Fine Crystal Rocks and comes with a choice of 3 colours – Jet Black, Bermuda Blue and Crystal Metallic Silver. Each special cover is also paired with a matching bracelet as well. The cover + bracelet combo is going for US$299 (RM990 after conversion) and its available exclusively at Swarovski retail store in Fifth Avenue, Manhattan New York. Do note that this is just for the crystal laden back cover with the Galaxy Note 3 sold separately.
Head after the break for additional shots of the blingified Galaxy Note 3 back cover and bracelet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was recently upgraded to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. However the new software had caused 3rd party non-Samsung S-View covers to stop working. Initially this was seen as an attempt to force owners to buy original accessories but this doesn’t seem to be the case.
Samsung apparently has issued the following statement to Ars Technica:
We have currently identified a software compatibility issue with the Galaxy Note 3 update to Android 4.4 (KitKat) and select 3rd party accessories. A software update will be available shortly. We are committed to offering a diverse and reliable mobile experience for all customers, providing continued support and solutions for any issues that arise with product updates for both Samsung manufactured and third-party accessories.
So if you’ve updated to the latest KitKat and your accessories doesn’t work, don’t ditch them yet. Hopefully with the new update, the S-View functionality will return with existing 3rd party cases. So far Samsung hasn’t mentioned when they are rolling out the update but it should be happening pretty soon.
A couple of Malaysian users that have updated their Galaxy Note 3 to KitKat had complained of instability issues. If that’s happening to you, one remedy is to back up your data and perform a full factory reset. You can share your experience and feedback of the new software update here.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units in Malaysia have started receiving the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat update. The new software brings a couple of new Android 4.4 enhancement including a transparent notification bar and native app improvements. If you haven’t received the Over The Air (OTA) notification, you can download manually from Settings > More > About Device > Software update. In the unlikely event that doesn’t work, you can download Samsung Kies 3.
For those using 3rd party accessories with their Note 3, there have been reports of incompatibility especially with the S-View cases. This is probably an attempt to clampdown on unauthorised accessories like Apple. If you face such issues after upgrading, share them in the comments below.