Gad­gets to watch for

Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son checks out some of the best de­vices from the IFA con­sumer elec­tron­ics fair in Ber­lin

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH -

SAMSUNG GALAXY GEAR Price TBA samsung. com/ au

SAMSUNG promised a smart­watch and beat most of its ri­vals when it de­liv­ered one at this year’s IFA show.

With a cheeky “one more thing” ref­er­ence, the gadget on mo­bile di­vi­sion pres­i­dent J. K. Shin’s wrist re­minded him to men­tion the Galaxy Gear at Samsung’s Un­packed event, with work­ing mod­els on dis­play at IFA.

The watch comes in six colours, con­nects to the Galaxy Note 3 phone and of­fers a 1.63- inch touch­screen for nav­i­ga­tion. More than mere no­ti­fi­ca­tions are shown on the watch, with two mi­cro­phones and a num­ber pad for mak­ing calls, a 1.9- megapixel cam­era on its band and com­pat­i­ble apps such as TripIt and eBay.

The watch only con­nects to one phone so far, how­ever, and could cost $ US299 ($ 321) when it is re­leased in the com­ing months.

SONY CYBER- SHOT QX10 $ 279 sony. com. au

SONY has cre­ated a new cat­e­gory of de­vice with the Cyber- shot QX10. It’s a cam­era that looks like a lens and con­nects to smart­phones to cap­ture and share high­qual­ity pho­tos.

The QX10 is the baby of the pair, of­fer­ing an 18.2- megapixel sen­sor, 10x op­ti­cal zoom, light sen­si­tiv­ity up to 12,800 ISO, and an f3.3 widean­gle aper­ture.

The 105g de­vice also fea­tures built- in op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. The lens cam­era comes with an ad­justable smart­phone at­tach­ment, but it con­nects us­ing wi- fi and doesn’t need to be phys­i­cally at­tached to a hand­set to beam its pho­tos on to the screen.

It prom­ises to work with more than just Sony smart­phones too, con­nect­ing to both Ap­ple iOS and Google An­droid phones.

Due mid- Oc­to­ber.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE III Price TBA samsung. com/ au

THE in­dus­try’s ph­ablet fairy­tale started with the Note in 2011. Its third of­fer­ing fea­tures a larger, clearer screen ( 5.7 inches, full high- def­i­ni­tion), a slim­mer, lighter body ( 8.3mm, 168g), a faster chip and more mem­ory ( 2.3GHz quad- core, 3GB), faster con­nec­tiv­ity ( LTE CAT4), bet­ter cam­era ( 13- megapixel) and a new look.

Not only will the phone be avail­able in three colours, but its plas­tic back will be re­placed by a faux leather- stitched panel. In ad­di­tion to hard­ware up­grades, Samsung has also added more soft­ware fea­tures, in­clud­ing a web scrap­book, vir­tual mag­a­zine and the abil­ity to drag and drop con­tent be­tween open apps.

SONY XPE­RIA Z1 $ 779 sony. com. au

IT WILL only be seven months be­tween Sony flag­ship phones, but its new­est of­fer­ing in­cludes some­thing that is rather spe­cial.

The Xpe­ria Z1, due next month, will fea­ture a 20.7- megapixel cam­era in its shell, with a larger, 1/ 2.3 im­age sen­sor, 27mm wide- an­gle lens, f2.0 aper­ture for low- light pho­tog­ra­phy and plenty of cam­era apps.

Th­ese apps in­clude one that will cap­ture 61 pho­tos in just two sec­onds, start­ing be­fore you press the shut­ter but­ton.

Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Z1 will also fea­ture 4G con­nec­tiv­ity, a water­proof shell and 5- inch screen, though this one prom­ises a bet­ter view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a 2.2GHz quad- core chip.

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