The 10 Coolest Smartphones Of 2013, Plus A Bonus


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

For a while, owning a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was the only way to use Samsung Gear, that "two-way wrist TV" the world has been waiting for since 1964, when Dick Tracy upgraded his radio-watch. Gear also now works with the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini, but content creators might prefer Note 3. With the included stylus and specialized apps, the Note 3 excels at note taking, digital editing and drawing. It converts handwriting to text, numbers into formulas and rough shapes into perfectly formed ones. And Samsung's palm rejection software allows the stylus to operate consistently regardless of where the hand is resting. Samsung's included pressure sensitive S-pen brings precision to graphical content creation and editing. Depending on markets, it's available with a 2.3GHz quad-core or 1.9GHz octa-core processor, and its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen puts out full HD (1,920 x 1,080). Pricing starts at $199 for 32 GB with an AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon contract. A microSD slot supports 64-GB cards.