Samsung's first Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear commercial is very strange

Samsung's first Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear commercial is very strange
The official release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is set for tomorrow on AT&T, and the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch is also set to be released soon. That means it's time for the first official commercial for the new companion products. Samsung's new Note 3/Gear ad carries the "Design Your Life" tag line that we've seen before, but the rest of the commercial is a bit of a carnival dream, and it is very strange. It does well to show off the new features that you'll find in the Galaxy Note 3, but it really doesn't do much to show off the Gear features.

The commercial shows off the Galaxy Note 3's new Blinkfeed-eque My Magazine feature, as well as the new stylus Air Command, the handwriting recognition, and the Note's Multi Window mode. The Gear gets far less screen time, and really doesn't seem all that useful at all as far as the commercial is concerned. The girl takes a short video on the Gear (which could have been done on her Note), and gets a notification (which just opens an app on her Note). 

Samsung really isn't doing much to justify the $299 price tag on the Gear in this commercial. Maybe we'll see the Gear shown off better in a future commercial, but from what we've seen there isn't too much more to show other than Dick Tracy-style phone calls. 

source: Samsung via Droid Life

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1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I thought the ad was great. It showed the capabilities of the phone and love the catchy remix at the end.

3. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Agreed. It's not strange, it's artistic.

5. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I like the ad as well because it shows what the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear SmartWatch can do together. I dont care for the SmartWatch, but Its something worth buying once the price goes down on it. BUT Im still upgrading to the Note 3 lol

6. TheCynicalTechie

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It's not even close to worth buying since the Omate Smartwatch exists

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I watched it without volume, so when the puppet show started at the end I imagined it to the tune of "Everyone Has AIDS."

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Aids will be a thing of the past in a few years. If you contracted HIV right now there's an extremely high chance you will live until the vaccine that is being tested right that has no side effects is released to the public, its in stage 2 trials right now.

9. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Sorry, I should've clarified that was a "Team America" reference. AIDS qua disease really has nothing to do with it.

4. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Keep 'em coming PA lol....we get the message

7. one81one81

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

PA, why don't you post full TVC (2:51 mins)!!! now i know why u feel this TVC is very strange.. because you watch edited version!!! you guys can watch full TVC here at /watch?v=m4sTLfTKOGo

13. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

They should kept Annie Lennox as the vocals in the TVC.

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

.... i dont really see myself, looking at my watch, to see if i have notification,...why just look at your phone?

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

I am still not sure why I need a watch to tell me there's a message on my smartphone. It's the same approach as how many people does it take to change a lightbulb.

12. threeline

Posts: 317; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

This Smartwatch crap is hideous. Who the hell needs a watch on their wrist to tell them that their phone is vibrating in their pocket?

14. yooperboogs

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

The only reason i could see it being worth having is if you are in a meeting and you get emails and text all day long and say your wife calls or husband calls because your child is sick or something you can then answer it right away and ignore the rest. Or lets say you are in another room watch tv opposite of your phone for some reason (it happens to me a lot) and you receive a message from someone you dont really care about you can chose to ignore it rather than getting up and checking every time your phone goes off.

17. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Checking smartphone is bad, but checking smart watch is okay? Hmmm. Oh please!

23. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

Yea it's like an earpiece telling you what's going on when you're not there i hope its HTC compatible. It's actually kinda useful and cool but hey to eachs own

15. one81one81

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

this watch is companion for your smartphone so you have an option not to buy it if you don't like it... and maybe you should think out of the box.. not all people carry their smartphone all the time and not all people carry smartphone in their pocket (some of them put in their bag especially ladies or maybe they just leave it in the table).. with this smartwatch, it easy for them to alert on any important calls/message/email... and by the way this is how technologies developed and evolved... sometime we think it's useless but who knows one day it will change our lifestyle and how we communicate... IMHO

16. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Maybe, if you did think inside the box for a change, then you would understand or empathize with our basic and simple concern. Let's say you bought the optional, companion piece and it's main purpose is to alert you of an important phone call when you didn't carry your smart phone. Okay, Einstein -- since you are so damn smart and we are so damn stupid -- how are you going to return that very important call without your phone if you are in the middle of nowhere? (figuratively speaking) Think outside the box my butt!!

21. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Aww, your logic was shot down in flames and now you're upset. You should stay inside that closed minded box while the rest of us live in a world outside of it, a world where a voicemail could be converted to text and sent to your smart watch so you won't need your phone to get the message. There's supposed to be at least 70 apps for the watch and more being created, but if all you can see is 1, stay in that box of yours. There's a ton of applications for smart watches but because you don't like Samsung, you can't see them.

24. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Again, it's how many people does it take to change a lightbulb. Suppose you needed to return the phone call, but you don't have the phone with you. That is the argument. You are just playing a game of semantics.

26. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Says the king of semantics. Like I said, there's at least 70 apps for this. But hey, keep focusing on only one thing if you want.

27. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Now, you are being unctuous. You can't text back. You can't call back. You can't surf the internet. And the list goes on. As for Apps, Blackberry had thousands of apps, but one company wrote thousands of these apps that ended up being useless. You're being a broken record as if repeating the same argument adds your position besides your on-going game of semantics.

20. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree there no matter who makes it. I don't see the real need or function that it has over my phone

18. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Wow, Are on Samsung Attach Week Michael? Okay. What happened to that Michael who will check for the facts before posting a story, the Michael who will write his own article instead of taking stories from other websites? I miss that Michael.

19. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Someone stated their opinion that the add was odd, and you just went along with it. What really happened to that Michael who had his own opinion and stated that it's just his own opinion?

22. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Soon it will be against the law to wear a watch while driving.

25. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

I think the full length version is a little bit better.

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