Samsung has launched its latest Galaxy Note smartphone, which it has given a stylish makeover in India on Tuesday at Rs 49900.
The Galaxy Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip.
But the new phone is complicated to use. There's too much going on. Between Scrapbook, My Magazine, Air Command and dozens of other functions, it might take even the most experienced smartphone user several hours to figure out.
Joseph Pisani of Associated Press tested out the Note 3 for about 45 minutes at a Samsung press event in a New York hotel.
He saw enough of the Note 3 to at least like its look and feel.
With its leather-like back and the stitching around it, the phone feels expensive and well made.
The soft back can be snapped off the phone to reveal the battery.
Samsung will sell replaceable back covers in several different colors, but the phone itself will come in just three: black, white or pink.
The Note 3 has a bigger screen than its predecessor, measuring 5.7 inches diagonally compared with the Note 2's 5.5 inches. But it still weighs less (5.9 ounces, compared with 6.4 ounces) and is slightly thinner (at 0.33 inch rather than 0.37 inch).
Text: Joseph Pisani, Associated Press
Image Courtesy: Samsung