Well, that's it, Berlin. You've been a blast, but IFA 2013 is over for us. I'm on a plane (or two) home, but a few things we learned this week:

  • Samsung is still the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Like it or not, it's just the way it is. 
  • It'll be really interesting to see how the Galaxy Gear does. I love the idea of it. I hate that it's initially locked into the Note 3, and I'm lukewarm on it being locked into Samsung devices. 
  • I get it, but I want to use what appears to be an exciting sort of accessory with other phones. Period.
  • The Sony QX10 is far more fun to use than I think any of us imagined.
  • The Xperia Z1 is impressive, but those bezels ...
  • The LG G Pad 8.3 is nice, but a big question mark is pricing and availability. The paired notifications are pretty cool.
  • Schnitzel is awesome. I'm making every meal like that from now on. (Or at least for the next couple weeks, until my wife drops an ultimatum.)
  • (This happens every trip. Go to San Diego? Eat everything on a tortilla for the next couple of weeks.)
  • (Maybe even done better than the Italians?)
  • PNS>ATL>AMS>CDG>TXL is no way to get to Berlin. Well, better than not getting to Berlin, I suppose. But that made for one hell of a trip over. Thanks, mechanical delays.
  • Driving past Brandenburg Gate is pretty incredible. And it's a beautiful drive through the Tiergarten.
  • Definitely gotta come back to Berlin.
  • I switched from the Moto X to the LG G2 halfway through this trip. While I prefer a smaller phone, I think, it's definitely usable. I'll write up some thoughts this week, I think. (Our unit has pre-production software that's not quite final, so we'll hold off for a full review until we get a U.S. version, I think.)
  • Timely really is that good of an alarm clock.
  • I spent a little time Saturday in the MobileGeeks.de Techlounge, hanging with pals Sascha Pallenberg and Nicole Scott. See if you can spot me on a replay, I guess.

That's it for now. Thanks again to everyone for sticking with us through all the IFA coverage. We'll be back to the states this week.

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reeper55 says:

I thought the same thing about the Z1, holy bezels!

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dragonsamus says:

After seeing the hands on with the Z1 I just can't stand how big the bezels are. Looks like it'll be G2 or Note 3 for me.

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skipatrol says:

Who cares. The phone looks awesome.

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mcgowan398 says:

This week has been awesome! Thanks AC for all the IFA articles! :D


klokateer123 says:

Couldn't agree more.

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tdizzel says:

The Other

FreudSlipped says:

Then again

A895 says:

Thanks for the IFA articles. Gave me some thought about what's coming out in the android world. First and foremost, what's coming to Verizon next is my question besides the G2 and Note 3.

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eahinrichsen says:

Phil, you could not possibly look any more high than you look in the still for the YouTube video. :)


A trip to Berlin is probably a high, in and of itself, lol.

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codiusprime says:

Great coverage as always Phil. Also yea Timely is great.


Thanks, for all of the great coverage!! You guys rock!! This is the best Android site, since sliced bread!!

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Sky_puff says:

Great coverage guys. :)
Kinda bummed that the htc one max reveal rumors didn't materialize.

treybeno says:

I agree. The note 3 hit on all cylinders this time and pretty much makes me wanna leave HTC. If they don't announce something soon, they'll loose a faithful consumer who has purchased every flagship since they were making Treo. Real talk

bigoldthor says:

Me too. I love my One and I'm anxious to see the Max, but I'm really tempted by the GN3. What to do, what to do...

Sky_puff says:

I'm actually thinking about giving htc a try.
I've always used sammy phones, but lately I've been wanting for something different.


has the htc phones been a good experience?

kxc1279 says:

Thanks for your excellent coverage of IFA2013. Without androidcentral I'd be lost. Can't wait to read the reviews of the Note 3, Z1 and G2.

dwd3885 says:

You won't be using the iWatch with any other phone but the iPhone. I don't see the big deal. Its all ecosystem play.

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What iwatch?


bast525 says:

Phil. Period. I think.

Y'all look more like you just finished Oktoberfest than IFA, lol.. ¦D

ne0ne says:

Great work guys. Keep it up. I wish they got a video of the qualcomm smart Watch.

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I don't know about the rest of it, but I know, from having been stationed there for four years, that you can't get anywhere from Pensacola without changing in Atlanta.

disappointed that we didn't hear any news on the HTC MAX

ne0ne says:

Same here. But that doesn't mean it's not still in the works.

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dharmik28 says:

How are the ladies@ berlin

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jazbojenkins says:

Bravo android central team. Thank you for your efforts!

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Mayoo614 says:

IFA is done. Now Google can release more info on 4.4!!!

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Thanks, everybody!

Almost home ... finally. :)

Thanks for everything Phil.

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Will_13 says:

Hey Phil, I was curious how international roaming worked out on the Moto X. You mentioned you switched to the LG G2. I'm still debating whether to hold out Moto Maker on the other carriers.