Samsung yesterday unveiled its latest and greatest gadgets in Kenya. The Galaxy Note 3 and its companion device the Galaxy Gear are now available locally. While the Galaxy Gear is yet to be priced thanks to our new VAT laws as it has to wait for categorization by the CCK so as to determine how much tax it will be charged, the Galaxy Note 3 already has a price tag. Thanks to the new VAT laws again, the Note 3 is priced at a steep Ksh 79,999. That is 80k in short and it has elicited quite some responses on social media.
I picked some of the tweets that seek to justify the Note 3’s hefty price by making fun of/mocking it and will add some short info on what really the Galaxy Note 3 can and cannot do. I’m just having a good laugh going through tweets in the #GalaxyNote3Ke trending topic.
1. It is not a kitchen and it can’t cook. But there are enough food and recipe apps on the Play Store. You can also discover restaurants and nearby eatery joints using the device.
2. With it you can’t call God, Jesus, Adam or Eve. Unless of course Adam and Eve have phones wherever they are, you will only communicate with them when you get to heaven (if they are there). The most effective way to talk to God and Jesus remains prayer.
Talking of heaven,
3. The Note 3 won’t take you to heaven. However, it can help you get there. There are thousands of Bible apps in the Play Store so you can download those and enrich your spiritual life by having The Word wherever you go. Better yet, you can download all those Joel Osteen podcasts directly to your phone. The Note 3 has 32 GB internal storage of which close to 26 GB should be user accessible so you’ll have more than enough space for podcasts.
4. It won’t change your accents. Sorry if you have a Mogadishu, Gujarati or Kismayu accent that won’t change overnight to a Capital FM anchor inspired accent. Sorry.
5. No, it is not a transformer. It is a big phone for doing big things.
6. It won’t help you download your girlfriend leave alone all of a sudden make you look awesome and brilliant when around her. But there’s one thing it can guarantee: it will help you get her respect, admiration and attention. They love big things (yeah) so the device should just go a long way in putting you some few steps ahead of the rest. However, it is your effort, not the phone, that will ultimately win you the girl. They say ‘mwanaume ni effort’ so get your groove on and hunt both Gs: the girl and the Galaxy Note 3. And when you eventually land the girl of your dreams, not even the Note 3 can prevent her from cheating on you. You gotta make sure that effort is worth it. The Note 3’s camera can surely take good pics of two love birds though, not spying.
7. It does not come with a helicopter. Its companion device is the Galaxy Gear. Last time I checked (during the 2013 Kenya election campaign period) helicopter rides from the local companies offering them cost Ksh 90,000 per hour. Let’s not get to the cost of a helicopter so go out and get one if you want it.
8. Pressing the home button takes you to the home screen. Sio mtaani [Not your hood]
9. It uses your airtime/credit for things like calling, texting and data (when you’re not on Wi-Fi). Also, it allows all sorts of top up. Even Bamba 100.
10. Today is a Saturday. Definitely it won’t change that to a Monday and vice versa. It will just help your Monday get less depressing by organizing your to-do list, helping you take notes in that fiery Monday meeting at the office and last of all, remind you to call your crush and thank her for a weekend well spent.
Have a good weekend. What other hilarious #GalaxyNote3Ke tweets have you spotted?