Samsung finally took the wraps off of its new flagship Galaxy Note 3 phablet and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on Wednesday and the initial response was mixed. Most seemed to agree that the Galaxy Note 3 was a solid improvement over its predecessor, however Samsung’s Galaxy Gear was almost universally panned as an answer without a question. Good news for those interested in either or both new devices, however: Verizon is sometimes the last to the table when it comes to launches, but it will be first to the party with Samsung’s new offerings. Verizon has confirmed on its website that it will begin taking preorders on Friday, September 6th at 9:00 a.m. ET for both the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Both devices will then become available later this month. In the meantime, be sure to check out our Galaxy Note 3 preview and our hands-on with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.