My Samsung Galaxy Studio Experience in NYC #NextBigThing

My Samsung Galaxy Experience

I received products and travel to NYC. All experiences and opinions are my own.

December was an incredible month for me, thanks to a lovely Christmas with my family and my Samsung Galaxy Studio Experience in NYC. Five or six years ago I would have laughed in your face if you told me that Samsung wanted to fly me to NYC to visit the Samsung Galaxy Studio and learn about some of their new products like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear. You see, I was that mom who didn’t even know how to function the DVD player on her own. That’s one of those things my teenage son was handy for. Something happened a few years ago, probably a combination of curiosity and self empowerment, but I started to really get into technology and gadgets. Fast forward to 2013 and I find myself getting invited to an event put on by technology giant Samsung.

Dreams really do come true ya’ll!

Samsung Galaxy Studio Experience

It was an experience of sights, food, fun, friends, and of course technology. It’s always nice to have a chance to spend time with some of my favorite blogging friends, and on this trip I also met some fabulous new blogging friends.

My Samsung Galaxy Studio Experience

Our Samsung hosts were all so nice and very gracious, although I don’t think they were quite ready for our rowdy bunch. They are used to working with technology writers, not a group of rowdy family, lifestyle, and mom bloggers. I think it was probably a refreshing change of pace for them.

The time we spent in the Samsung Galaxy Studio was pretty awesome. I have to apologize for not having a bunch of pictures to show you. Normally I walk away with hundreds of shots, but this day I was so engrossed in checking out all the amazing new Samsung products that I forgot to snap some pictures. That’s something that doesn’t happen very often, so believe me when I say that Samsung has some pretty cool stuff.

My Samsung Galaxy Studio Experience

Inside the Samsung Galaxy Studio was a Coffee and Sprinkles cupcake station where you ordered on tablets and they made it for you. You know I took advantage of that! There was also a cafe, and an entertainment area where you could just chill and learn about controlling your TV from a Samsung Phone. In the Design Studio area you could create something like an ornament or a t-shirt, although I never got around to designing mine. The Accessory station/lounge was awesome. They were showing us how to style jewelry and accessories so they look great with the Samsung Galaxy Gear wearable.

Top Chef's Justin Warner at Samsung Galaxy Studio

Why yes… that is Justin Warner from Food Network making me some gourmet truffle French fries at the Samsung Galaxy Studio! Justin was one of Samsung’s guests who shared with us how he personally uses Samsung technology personally and professionally. We also heard from National Geographic Photographer, Ira Block, who shared some amazing photography tips and tricks with the Samsung S4 Zoom. I am really trying to implement some of his photography tips. Ira said it is all about the “moments” you capture that make the shot beautiful.

After our time in the Samsung Galaxy Studio, our group of bloggers was treated to a blow out at TriBeCa’s Dry Bar. It was such a nice treat!

Pampering at Samsung Galaxy Experience

That bit of pampering was awesome, and I absolutely love the beautiful curls that I left with.

Thanks to the generous folks at Samsung, I am very blessed to have walked away from this trip with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and a Galaxy Gear wearable.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

I have been using Samsung smartphones as long as I can remember, and have most recently been using the Samsung Galaxy S3 from Sprint. I have quite a fondness for Samsung products, but I honestly wasn’t prepared for the awesomeness of the Galaxy Gear.

A few things I like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3…

The size is perfect for someone like myself who is often on the go and has to work from her phone. The large 5.7-inch full HD screen is much appreciated by someone like myself with vision problems. It’s surprisingly still very lightweight. The faux leather backing on the phone is not only fashionable, but also makes it easier to hold onto the device.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Side View

It has an S Pen that is tucked away on the bottom edge of the phone. I have honestly never used a stylus with a smartphone before, but now cannot imagine not having one. It makes note taking a breeze with S Note, an app included on the Note 3. You’ll never have to worry about leaving your grocery list at home, or scrounging in the bottom of your purse for a pen to jot something down.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 S Note with S Pen

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Specifications

Size and Weight: 5.95 x 3.12 x 0.32 inches. 5.93 ounces; Operating System and Processor: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean); Battery Life: Up to 25 hours talk time, Up to 530 hours (3G); Up to 420 hours (4G) standby time; Memory: 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM and microSD slot (up to 64 GB); Connectivity Sync methods: USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA,NFC, 4G Capable, Wi-Fi and Mobile Calling; GPS Enabled.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 also features a Main (Rear) 13 Mega-pixel BSI Sensor, Auto Focus camera with Smart Stabilization, LED Flash(High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag. A Sub (Front) camera 2 Mega-pixel BSI sensor with Smart Stabilization, Full HD recording at 30 fps. A Dual Camera featuring Dual Shot / Dual Recording / Dual Video Call. Also included are some handy Camera Modes called: Drama Shot, Sound & Shot, Animated Photo, Eraser, Best Photo, Best Face, Beauty Face, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama, Sports, Golf, Surround shot, and Live effect. Many of the pictures in this blog post were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Galaxy Gear

This following image was the first picture taken with my Galaxy Gear.

Image Taken with Samsung Galaxy Gear

Bloggers are such silly people! This picture was taken with my Galaxy Gear wearable in a dark room. This lovely shot features two of my favorite blogging buddies, Dusty from As Mom Sees It and Robyn from Robyn’s Online World.

I’ve only just begun to discover the wonders of Galaxy Gear. I had to make a conscious effort to stop calling it a watch, because it is SO MUCH MORE than a watch. It’s the ultimate wearable device and the perfect companion to the Note 3. The sleek design and range of colors makes it perfect for both men and women, and something you can wear anywhere. I have to share a little secret with you. Galaxy Gear is a total guy magnet. They are drawn to it, eager to learn more about it. Not that I care about that sort of thing. Pshew!

Galaxy Gear is designed with intuitive technology, helping you to save your focus. Samsung Galaxy Gear lets you stay connected without getting distracted. Keep your phone in your pocket and still receive notification of important calls, email, and social media interactions. Yes indeedy, it tells you when someone mentions you on Twitter or sends you a message on Facebook. The best thing is that you don’t have to take your phone into the bathroom anymore (you know you do that)! You can make calls right from your Galaxy Gear. I was like a kid in a toy store when I made my first call to my Mom from my Galaxy Gear, and was so excited to tell her that I was calling her from my watch (wearable).

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Galaxy Gear has voice recognition, so you can give orders, consult your agenda, dictate and send messages. Also, a pedometer is an included app and sure to be a feature that very popular in the new year. It tracks not only the total number of steps you’ve walked today, but also calculates your total mileage and kcal burned. You can sync this info with the S Health app on your phone at regular intervals. There are also some third-party apps centered on fitness, including MyFitnessPal (my personal favorite), and Runtastic.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve only begun to learn the wonders of Galaxy Gear and look forward to sharing more with you soon.

Many thanks for Samsung for such an amazing experience! The Samsung Galaxy Studio was open through December 31, 2013. Fingers crossed that they are open again in 2014!

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  1. wow what an awesome experience! Love the gadgets!

  2. We’re totally tech heads around here and love Samsung products. We have Samsung TVs, fridge, microwave. My husband has the S3. That would have been quite the experience – what a great time learning about the great products Samsung offers! That watch is too much, to think 10 years ago that would have been “futuristic”!

  3. How cool is that? What a great experience! I love Samsung products and excited to check out their new ones.

  4. Wow. That does look like such an amazing experience. I cannot wait to try these new products.

  5. OK, I want to be nice, because you’re my friend. And I like you.

    But there’s a little part of me that feels like a small child on a playground who wants to run up and kick you in the shin for having so much more awesome stuff than I do. LOL. Just kidding. (Not really.)

    I am a little jealous (and a lot in awe) that you got this glorious trip to NYC (one of the greatest places in the U.S., am I right?), and that Samsung showered you with such amazing gadgets! They sure seem like a top-notch company…and the tech gear that you got looks amazing!! Wow…you are a lucky gal!

    • Thanks Kristin! I am definitely a lucky gal and feel very blessed. This trip was a dream come true for sure.

  6. What an AWESOME experience! Wasn’t Justin Warner on Food Network Star too? I always wondered why he hasn’t had a show.. Love my Samsung Galaxy S3 can’t wait to upgrade!

  7. Slightly jealous! Love NYC!

  8. WOW! I am so excited for you!
    I recently switched from my ipad to the Galaxy Tab & I’m IN LOVE!

  9. I am so envious of your trip! I want that Samsung Galaxy wearable too! It’s so trendy.

  10. Sounds wonderful…you should have visited me while you were here :)

  11. What a fun event! I love that Galaxy Gear — reminds me of Inspector Gadget’s Penny and her cool watch I always wanted :)

  12. How awesome – and I’m totally jealous… a Galaxy Note is on my wishlist!

  13. What an amazing experience! Can’t wait to try out these products!

  14. What a great experience! Looks like you all had a great time and learned a lot.

  15. What a great opportunity! My sister had a Note2 and it was pretty awesome. I can only image the 3 is even better!

  16. We are a Samsung household when it comes to phones — 100% … I would LOVE to get my hands on either of those Samsung products. You lucky girl! And, I thought Justin Warner was the winner of the Food Network Star show … not Top Chef. Guess I’m confused!

  17. We’re a Samsung household, too, when it comes to our smart phones. Those look like great products, and what a fun trip. Gourmet truffle fries? Um, yes, please!

  18. What a cool place to visit. My husband has been dying for that watch for his 4S

  19. Wow! What a fun trip/experience! It sounds like both of your new products from Samsung are really cool, I will have to go check them out!

  20. Looks like an amazing opportunity!

  21. What an awesome experience! I think the Galaxy Gear looks so cool – - I have been wanting to see it in person!

  22. I think I would’ve gone just for the truffle fries….just sayin’! They sound amazing! Also I love that the Note can be used like a writing tablet, that’s awesome and I never knew about that feature.

  23. What a cool day! And I love how your curls turned out!

  24. I didn’t know the Galaxy Gear could do all that! Now I really do want one!

  25. Very cool! I’m so jealous. :) They have some seriously amazing products!

  26. Did someone say truffle fries?? My favorite! Man, this is making my iphone look like chump change!! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  27. Oh man – my invite must have been lost in the mail! What an exciting adventure, and I’m totally impressed with the gadgets and the food network guru. I’d absolutely not be so cool as you are!

  28. It was such a fun time. It seems like it was ages ago already.

  29. My husband and I saw a commercial for that watch recently and he wants one BAD. His birthday is coming up, so I am seriously considering it.

  30. I have the Samsung Galaxy s3 and Love it. My whole house is getting pretty Samsung obsessed

  31. I’m jumping out of my skin with excitement reading this article. I love Samsung (oooh I feel like I’m cheating on Apple) and I’m happy to read a review from a real person. The watch must be amazing. At first hearing about it I thought it wouldn’t be something I’d use, but now I’m starting to think of how it really would come in handy. Thank you for the article and enjoy your Note and Gear!!!

  32. What an awesome experience. I LOVE all the Samsung products. I have me one of the new phones, I just need to get it activated.

  33. That would have been awesome to attend. I love gadgets, so I’ll have to see how you end up enjoying yours.

  34. What an amazing experience – and some awesome bloggers too! That watch is AMAZING!

  35. What a fun time. I would love to go to something like this and totally geek out. It is amazing who fast things change in the tech world. I like the Galaxy Gear. That would be beyond cool to have.

  36. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, that phone seems to be pretty darn awesome! I bet you were excited to get some of those truffle fries from Justin!

  37. What an awesome trip (and I’m seriously craving Truffle Fries now!). I really appreciate all these phone reviews; we’re looking to get new ones in the next couple of months and I want to make an educated choice.

  38. This experience is beyond cool! Though I am an Apple girl when it comes to phones, Samsung does have some very neat devices out there. I’d like a Galaxy Gear for myself!

  39. What a great trip! I love the stylus pen. I am a hand written note person so being able to write notes in my phone would be perfect for me

  40. Sounds like loads of fun! I love the idea of a stylus.

  41. Samsung makes a lot of great products. What an incredible trip to make!

  42. My mom lost her iphone and got a Samsung Galaxy instead. I’m anxious to check it out.

  43. Wow! That looks like an amazing day and I would love the pedometer function! I can’t wait to hear how much you love it throughout the years to come!

  44. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I can tell that you had a great time and learned a lot too. I don’t know enough about the Samsung Galaxy but since I shall have to upgrade to a smart phone soon ( I still just have a plain cell phone)I shall check it out.

  45. That looks like an amazing trip! I had a Note 3 for a few months and I miss it so much. It is an amazing phone!

  46. That looks like such a fun trip! I’d like it if I could order a cupcake on my tablet. ;) I haven’t tried out Samsung phones or tablets yet, but I’d like to.

  47. Looks like an amazing time! I’ve really been drooling over all of the fun Samsung commercials and plan to make the switch from the iPhone to the Galaxy when my next upgrade is available.

  48. What a wonderful event. I would love to see that phone up close and in person :)

  49. that’s just marvelous!! i love samsung- we’ve had a few of their devices through the years and the images and graphics and everything are just always crystal clear. truly amazing. i’m so happy there’s a company that thinks about what makes life easier to USE the devices and not just the technology- that leather-like back and stylus included are really just the finishing touches that make samsung stand out.

  50. This looks like a great event! I just love Samsung products! (My Samsung TV is seriously the best!) Even better that you were able to take some new tech goodies home, Angela!

  51. Umm, yeah it’s safe to say I’m jealous. I have the Samsung S4 and am totally crushing on the Note 3 and Smartwatch combo!

  52. How fun! I know that when the day comes that some company wants to fly me somewhere, I’ll simply DIE! Looks like you had an incredible time!

  53. So much fun. Looks like you had a blast.

  54. That looks like a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing.

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