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We saw plenty of great stuff in Berlin this year, but who delivered the best?

Everyone is safely home from Berlin, and we've all had some time to look at and think about all the Android stuff we saw at IFA 2013. If you're like me, you've scoured the web and read every little scrap you can find, and have an opinion or two about it all.

When it comes to popular demand, the Samsung Note 3 is going to get all the glory. It's looking like the Note 3 will be one heck of an update to the series, and fans of the larger phones are going to be very happy. But we can't forget everything else. We saw a lot of great stuff there!

We've put together some thoughts from the folks here at AC, and you'll find them after the break along with a poll where you can share. The same poll is in the sidebar to the right, so you can always find it. Jump through, see what we thought, then be sure to tell us what you think!

Phil Nickinson

Phil NickinsonThe Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear are the big winners, right? I mean, how can they not be? Samsung's done pretty good with them. And, actually, I might even venture to say that the Note 3 actually deserves more credit for going with the faux leather back. It's different — and better — than the old glossy plastic. What is there to complain about now? (Plus, it's already got the perfect ad lined up.)

I'm also really curious to see what you normal folks — as in not someone who lugs around multiple phones and cameras for a living — do with the Sony QX10 and QX100 cameras. These are strange little products — but they're very well done. Folk are gonna have some fun with them.

Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry HildenbrandThe best part about working for Android Central is getting information about all the new and coming devices sent right to your inbox. I'm sure I missed something from IFA, but I'll wager I didn't miss much. 

Out of everything we saw, what intrigues me the most are the Sony QX lenses. While they won't be perfect (no RAW file support on the QX100 is a total bummer), they will be a tool you can use to take some great pictures and share them right from your phone. 

Because they're from Sony, the optics and image processing will be good, and I think they will turn out to be worth the price for folks who want pictures that are better than a smartphone can deliver. I can't wait to get my hands on one and give it a try!

Richard Devine

Richard DevineSony really brought their 'A' game to IFA this year, and while the stuff they announced may not be the best selling devices to come out of the show, they're the ones that I left Berlin feeling most excited by. The Xperia Z1 is pretty nice, if a little too bezel-y, but it's the QX10 and QX100 in particular that will stay with me from this years trip to Germany.

Why? I'm not sure I can actually say. I'm not sure I could recommend either of them to a friend or family member as a serious purchase to meet a need, but damn, I've enjoyed the hell out of using the QX10 this week. It's a fun little device, and that's the best part of it for me. It's not something that will necessarily change my life in anyway, but it's made me happy using it. Sometimes I think we can get too bogged down to actually remember that we're supposed to enjoy technology, right?

Oh, and outside of mobile; damn, Samsung is making some nice TVs. I mean really nice. And I got chance to play a couple of PS4 games while I was there, and, yeah. I'll be buying one of those, too. 

Sean Brunett

Sean BrunettI think what interests me most from IFA is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. While there were a lot of cool (and odd) products, I don’t think there will be another that outsells the Note 3. Samsung had a surprising hit with the Note and has continued to iterate with each generation. The question I have is when the Note line (or products like it) will make carrying both a phone and tablet obsolete. I currently am using a Nexus 4 and also carry a Nexus 7. Will a device that’s 5.7-inches make having only one acceptable? Time will tell, but that 1080p display is sure to be beautiful. I need it to make phone calls, texts, but also make watching movies an enjoyable experience. 

Andrew Martonik

Andrew MartonikI have to say that Sony definitely impressed me the most with their phone and "lens camera" announcements at IFA. Working to differentiate from other hardware makers with their long-standing expertise in cameras is a fantastic idea for Sony, and its great to see them thinking outside the box both in "traditional" smart phone camera advancements with the Xperia Z1 and the brand new category of phone-attachable camera lenses.

Whether or not these products will turn out to be successful remains to be seen, but the fact that Sony is back to trying new and interesting things is enough to have me excited. Consumers here in the US don't have enough opportunities to see the highest-end phones from Sony, and I hope that his refocusing and change of direction can also bring with it a focus on all markets around the world.

Chris Parsons

Chris ParsonsAlthough I wasn't at IFA to see some of the really crazy and zany stuff, the one normal item I guess I could say I'm excited for is the Samsung Galaxy Note III. I've owned every single iteration of the Note series since they started producing them and as much as some folks make fun of the size of my device, it's pretty much ideal for me. The thing about the Note III that I find so appealing though is how Samsung managed to jam so much into it yet, managed to get it all into a slimmer profile. I'm also curious to see how well this faux-leather backing will feel in the long run, the Note always felt a little cheap because of the plastic so hopefully this will give it the premium feel it deserves.

Casey Rendon

Casey RendonAll the new phones and tablets announced at IFA were great, but what I noticed the most were the accessories. There is a bigger push than ever by manufacturers to not just sell “flagship” devices, but many things to go with those devices. Watches, like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, are making a come back (I never thought I would wear a watch again, but it looks like I may in the near future). The Samsung Gamepad for the Galaxy Note 3 looks pretty slick, giving potential Note 3 owners the option of a makeshift Nvidia Shield. Also those Sony Cyber-shot accessories — they are not quite an elegant solution for the current quality of smartphone cameras, but a cool idea nonetheless. Time to increase the new device fund to allow for a future accessory or two.

 
There are 27 comments

mcgowan398 says:

iPhone 5S hehe :P The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and Galaxy Gear I personally think were the best launched devices showcased this week. They look amazing! My only problem is the Gear's price and the fact that it requires the bluetooth of the Note 3 or 10.1 (2014) to integrate phone and messaging usage. Its just not worth $300....You can literally buy a Nexus 4 (or 5) for that much...

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drewksparks says:

No Option for the Toq? I think this is an awesome device, even for a limited runtime. Qualcomm may just have a winning device on their hands(or wrists.)

Wasn't technically announced at IFA but at Qualcomm's own event in California. Just a couple of their folks happened to make it over to Europe it seems with one on their wrist

kevin_wsy says:

Where's Alex Dobie? ~

We left in him Germany eating Currywurst and drinking fine German beer. He may return in time for CES ;-)

Ruchelli says:

I voted note 3.

Just curious, was going to get the note 3 but my upgrade is not till april. When does the sgs5 come out (rumoured)? I got the sgs3 and wish I would have gone for the note 2 instead. Just scared that if I do get the note 3 in april just around the corner will be the sgs5 and it will be the coolest phone ever in the world. Help! Please advise. Sometimes choice is bad. Hurts my head.

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user311 says:

If you're always waiting for the next big thing you're going to end up never getting anything. I've been buying phones for full retail thru Verizon and ebaying my old phone to keep unlimited data. Got a S4 now and will be probably dropping Verizon and going to T-Mobile when the note 3 comes out though cause I'm getting sick of playing the full retail game and actually want to support jump.

Ruchelli says:

Thanks bro. I guess that's the best advice ever. Cant wait forever. Thanks again. Painfully simple advice is most always the best advice.

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irtechneo says:

Note 3 hands down. Cant wait to upgrade!

obi5683 says:

It was another Note. Nothing groundbreaking about it. The camera in the Z1 is what I liked most.

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eszklar says:

Sony. The Z1 and the Lens Cameras caught my eye. I've used the Note and Note 2 and while the Note 3 is impressive, it's not that much of a stretch. Galaxy Gear looks like a disaster. Sony also impressed me with the Z Ultra, which while not introduced at IFA, also caught my eye. If Google does a Play Edition Z Ultra or has Sony do a Nexus phone, well that would be interesting.

JonJJon says:

What I want most from Sony (apart from the PS4) is a Nexus phone. Would be one good looking device that.

Mayoo614 says:

For me ? The whole Kit Kat thing. I lost interest in everything else!

return_0 says:

That wasn't announced at IFA...

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darrylz07 says:

Honestly, I find the LG GPad awesome..I'm still using my old sg tab 2 and I need a replacement now..I want the nexus 7 2013 but the pricing here in our country is ridiculously OP

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I wonder how many votes would have been swayed, if say, the Sony Z1 was first on the poll list--instead of the Note 3.

I voted Sony for what its worth.
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2jjordan12 says:

I really like the note 3 love the size and love the new features I just don't think I want an amoled display anymore. In direct sunlight I can't see my note 2's display also did they use an rgb pixel arrangement or is it the same pentile display as the sgs4

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fightcrazy says:

Note 3, easy pick.I'll be handing my money over as soon as it becomes available. I held back on the Note 2 because I had a SGS3 with 32gb of int storage along with the 64gb sd-card support. I couldn't see paying more money and loosing storage. I am a storage whore. Now the Note 3 stepped it up for the US market and also bumped up just about every spec available in that beast. The Note 3 is IMO the best device for 2013-2014. Nothing will be able to touch it.
Thank You Samsung. Innovation, innovation and did I say innovation, I sure did.

bespinct says:

What, no love for the Qualcom watch?

return_0 says:

Already addressed higher up in the comments; it wasn't announced at IFA.

NoNexus says:

Picking would be hard. The Z1 and the Note 3 were great announcements. For what I want to use my phone for nowadays the Note 3 is the winner and my next phone.

You cannot go wrong with either though.

I am surprised no one has said "The Next Nexus leak", It came out near the show so it should count!!!

Brady KEITH says:

alcatel one touch hero e-ink cover...true innovation.

NoNexus says:

looks nice but also sounds a bit like vaporware. They obviously had a demo program running and showed off no real capabilities.

bassdelux15 says:

The Sony QX lenses are the things that really made me want to throw my money at the screen. Hopefully we'll see a review of those bad boys soon.

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NFLPLAYBOOK says:

There were a lot of interesting devices shown of at IFA. The Note 3 had enough of an update to make it a worth while upgrade. The G Pad had some nice improvements for a mobile tablet. I didn't like the Gears look or short comings. The Qualcomm Toq had some nice features and the inductive charging is a great feature. I think I will stick with the Sony Smartwatch 2. It has a smaller profile while lending itself to reasonable battery life and app support. The IP57 rating is the kicker for me though. I think the Sony cameras are a neat device but they're relevance in a smartphone world with 24mp cameras make them unnecessary.

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FreudSlipped says:

Sony QX. This is unusual for me because Im not exactly a big Sony fan.

I'm not worried about raw because I'm confident someone out there will find a way to get that in there.

plunder says:

I was focused on Note 3. Now I want to see how good the Note 10.1update could be with the right Apps.

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