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Friday, May 4, 2012

Check Out These Videos of the Samsung Galaxy S3

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 10:00 AM

"We’ve gathered some of the best video hands-on we can find online showing off the Galaxy S III in the flesh."

Unless you've been living under a rock you probably already know that Samsung unveiled their Galaxy S3 Android phone yesterday. It was a huge event in London with a gigantic screen up front that went across the entire stage, a live orchestra playing, and a huge area behind the stage were everyone at the event could go afterwards to try out this new phone. Some hardware of the phone include the 32nm Exynos 4 Quad CPU, 4.8" 720x1280 SAMOLED (pentile) display, RGB notification LED (any color like the Galaxy Nexus!), MicroSDHC slot, 32GB of built-in storage, 1GB of RAM. Some special features include S-Voice which is like Apple's Siri but it listens all the time instead of you doing something to invoke it on the device. It seems like it's smarter than Siri too but time will tell if it is and how useful it really is. Another interesting feature is called "Smart Stay". It will use the front facing camera to check if you're watching/reading the device and if you are it will not turn the display off. I think that's a brilliant idea. They are saying the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be available in Europe at the end of May. They didn't give a date for the US or Canada that I've seen.

Compared to other devices out there one thing that's clearly different is the Exynos 4 Quad CPU. It's the only Quad-core out there in the mobile device world other than the Tegra 3. Like the Tegra 3 it is uses an ARM Cortex A9 base instead of the newer and faster ARM Cortex A15 which the Snapdragon S4 uses. However, according to some early benchmarks at AnandTech the Samsung GS 3 is no slouch. Also, while the Exynos 4 Quad is larger than the 28nm of the Snapdragon S4 it's still significantly smaller than the 40nm die size of the Tegra 3. That should give it an advantage over the Tegra 3 in battery life. It's also nice that it as a respectable 2100mAH battery. I do wonder how its LTE battery life will compare to that of the Qualcomm LTE chipsets in the S4 devices - which apparently have much improved battery life over previous devices. One other thing I should mention, there have been rumors that the US version of the Galaxy S3 will use a Snapdragon S4 instead of teh Exynos 4 Quad.

What are your favorite features of the Samsung Galaxy S3? Will this be your next Android phone?

Update: The Samsung Galaxy S 3 will be available in the US in June.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II: The Blueprint For Awesome

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 03:00 PM

"At this point, Android phones are officially being created faster than human babies. Samsung's Galaxy phones have been the blueprint for the last year, literally. The Galaxy S II is the new blueprint-and it's a very nice one."

The more I hear about this phone the more I want one. And yet there are little things like NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich right around the corner... What is a fella to do? Probably just sit, wait and grumble. I'll agree though, the Galaxy S II has raised the bar for all Android devices for at least the next six months. I can't wait to see what we get this fall. How about you guys? Excited?

P.S. Touchwiz sucks

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Updated Galaxy Tab 10.1 Reviewed; Includes Honeycomb

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

"When it released the original Galaxy Tab last year, Samsung became one of the first mainstream hardware vendors to deliver an Android tablet. With its new Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung kept the Galaxy Tab name and branding, but the new device has little else in common with its predecessor. Don't let the "10.1" fool you-this is all new."

The Galaxy Tab has proven itself to be one heck of a product! But it get's even better with the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 which includes Honeycomb! Check out this comprehensive review of the new Tab and let us know if you will be purchasing it!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Engadget Reviews The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: You Should Buy One

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"When we met with Samsung in late May, company representatives didn't seem entirely sure that the company would meet the rumored June 8th ship date here in the US, but lo and behold, it's done just that."

That's just a down right sexy piece of kit if you ask me. I have no regrets purchasing my Xoom but wow does this baby look nice. After reading the review I'd highly recommend any of you going through a mid-life crisis trade in your old tablet for a younger, thinner model. ;) Though when you really get down to it I'd rather have the Asus for its really awesome keyboard dock. But that's just me. What Android tablet do you guys want?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apple To Samsung: Copy Cat!!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Whoa! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone."

Well, this one could be fun to watch. I really doubt anything will ever really happen other than maybe a bit of licensing cash swapping hands. Besides, when you really get down to it does Apple even have a leg to stand on? Their complaints center around the hardware design and UI of Samsung's Android phones. Bad news for Apple is that Samsung used this design and a similar UI long before they had Android phones and even before the iPhone was released. It will be interesting to watch this one play out.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Samsung Galaxy SII: Coming Eventually

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"Another strange thing is that the FCC filing only listed radio bands compatible with AT&T (and by extension many worldwide carriers), but not for any other major American carriers. The assumption is that Samsung will be releasing the device on all carriers as with the original Galaxy S, but we've yet to see the evidence beyond the Verizon roadmap."

Samsung continues to do a poor job of controlling the flow of information regarding their products. After a tweet from Samsung India alleged that the SII would be delayed until at least June (the tweet appears to have been subsequently removed), it is now being reported that the device is still on track for its projected release date; unfortunately it's not exactly clear what that date is. It's also not clear exactly which carriers will be selling the device. As you can see from the quote from Androinica, Verizon originally leaked the device on their roadmap for 2011, but the only version to have passed the FCC so far is an AT&T version.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Samsung needs to do a better job of communicating about their products or they will lose consumer confidence and, by extension, sales. They make some great devices, but they can't seem to get their act straight when it comes to talking about them or their release dates.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab Coming Soon for $350

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"$399.99 for a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab not low enough to pique your interest? Then perhaps $349.99 will be a bit more to your liking."

Interested in picking up a wi-fi-only Galaxy Tab? Fry's is taking pre-orders for only $350. No word on an exact release date at this point. The Galaxy Tab is a great little device, but with so many Honeycomb-based tablets on the horizon, this seems like a case of getting to the market a bit too late. If I were looking for a tablet at this point, I would be inclined to just wait for one of the newer devices.

How about you? Is this something you would pick up or is there a coming device that already has your interest? Let us know in the forums.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Russia's Samsung Galaxy S Will See 1.4GHz In April

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 07:30 AM

"Samsung may have the Galaxy S II on the way to keep its flagship spot occupied, but according to the latest rumors there'll also be a replacement to the original single-core Galaxy S as well."

Coming at the end of April for the Samsung Galaxy S: a 1.4 GHz edition! But the catch is that the phone will only be available in Russia in April as far as we know. It will replace the current 1GHz edition and will cost around $850 US.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Figure Fudging and Fake Fans: When Will They Ever Learn

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"When I got there, I found that the 10.1″ Tabs out on tables were the older, relatively portly version announced last month at Mobile World Congress. The new 10.1-incher (and its 8.9″ sibling) were inside glass cases, and they weren't powered on. I also discovered that my friend Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek had beat me to the booth-and he told me that he was trying to get Samsung to give him a Tab he could hold and judge."

Samsung appears to have created another PR nightmare for itself. It appears that the new Galaxy Tabs which are supposed to be thinner than the new iPads are actually a bit thicker. Additionally, interviews with actual users of the Tabs turn out to be staged. Is there anything wrong with that? Not normally, but when these are touted as being real-life users with no indication that they are staged, the line gets a bit blurred in my opinion. Why not just let the technology speak for itself? By all accounts the new Galaxy Tab devices are pretty decent, but they don't need negative PR before they even hit the market.

So, Samsung, if you're listening, just get the hardware out there and let it speak for itself. It's going to succeed or fail based on its own merits and no amount of pre-release trickery is going to help sales. In fact, you could end up hurting yourselves even more if you're not careful.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Now The Galaxy Player: Coming This Spring In 4 and 5-Inch Varieties

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"Remember the Galaxy Player (or Galaxy S WiFi) we saw back at MWC?"

I honestly wasn't sure if we'd ever see this device here in the states but it appears that ol' Sammy has plans to bring them to us this spring. It is nice that there will will be both a 4-inch and a 5-inch version to choose from when they arrive. The devices will be shipping with Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3) and sporting both front and rear facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. These still sound like a wonderful device for those out there who really want the joy of a smart phone without the daunting monthly data fees. And what with Qik and Skype preloaded (Skype is preloaded on the 4-inch only) the Galaxy Players could be pretty nice communication devices as well. Check out the link to Engadget for detailed specs and the full press release.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Samsung Delivers, Not One, Two or Three, But Four Phones

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 05:00 AM

"Samsung's decided that 10 million Galaxy S devices just aren't enough for us, so it's trickling down the brand name, Android OS and TouchWiz UI into some more affordable form factors."

The Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Fit, Galaxy Gio and Galaxy Mini will be joining the Samsung Galaxy family in the coming months. Check out the specs to decide which new phone will be right for you!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Player To Be Revealed At CES 2011

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

"UPDATE: Front facing camera is VGA. Will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. Samsung has announced a new Android-based Galaxy Player that will be showcased next week at the CES 2011."

We had previously heard rumors that Samsung may unveil the new Galaxy Player very early in January, but it is now confirmed that they will spotlight it at CES next week. The Galaxy Player includes Android 2.2, front facing camera, 3.2 MP rear facing camera, 4 inch screen and other goodies. The front facing camera may turn out to be the feature you never knew you needed, so it will be interesting to see how well it is received after the Player is available for purchase.

Friday, December 24, 2010

In Depth Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 AM

"The iPad started shipping in April, and since then it has basically had the tablet market to itself. Literally, in the six months after the iPad's release, it didn't have a single direct competitor."

Still not sure if you want to get a Samsung Galaxy Tab? Take a look at this comprehensive review to help you make up your mind! Plus, this review has a comparison of the Tab with the iPad and other Android phones. So read on and save yourself a trip to the store to demo a Tab.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Now With More Nvidia: Will Tegra 2 Be then Next Snapdragon?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

"Shares of Nvidia (NVDA) are up 13 cents, or 0.9%, this morning at $14.70 amidst buzz that its "Tegra" chip is gaining ground. I reported earlier that the Asian electronics trade pub DigiTimes did a report quoting anonymous sources saying the Tegra's second version, Tegra 2, may show up in numerous tablet computers next year."

This is some interesting news and quite surprising at that what with previous talk of Samsung working on their own dual core processor. According to rumors, Samsung has just placed a very large order for Nvidia's Tegra 2 CPU. So will we see a Tegra powered Galaxy Tab 2 or then next Galaxy S phone? The other tasty bit of news that might explain Samsung's actions is that Tegra 2 might be be the reference design for Gingerbread. 2011 is going to be a good year for Android.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Price Comparison Chart For the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM,281...,2372723,00.asp

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet will soon be available on five major carriers in the U.S., and while the various models aren't the same, they're similar enough to give similar experiences. They're all priced differently, so if you're interested in an Android tablet, take a look at our chart."

Hopefully, this price comparison chart will help you decide where to buy your Samsung Galaxy Tab. The chart shows pricing for the Tab with a two year agreement or no contract, as well as the cost of data over two years. Depending on how much data you will use with the device, you may profit more by going with a different carrier than you normally use.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Available November 14th At Sprint

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:30 AM

Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through select Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales and telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. It will cost $399.99...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available through Sprint starting November 14th! The cost will be $399.99 for the device with a choice of either a $29.99 or $59.99 per month data plan. To get more details, read more!


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Liftoff Date Set For the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

It appears that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be landing at Sprint around November 14th! And the latest news on the pricing has the Tab set at $399 with a 2 year contract and $599 without. So start saving up that change found in the couch, because you have a little over a month before the Tab arrives!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good News! Galaxy Tab Coming to Rogers and Bell in Canada!

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 08:00 PM

"Samsung Mobile Canada, the leading mobile phone brand in Canada, today announces the upcoming Canadian availability of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung's first mobile tablet device. Representing a new category in mobile products for Samsung, the Tab is scheduled for Canadian release in the coming months. Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, and leveraging the fastest and most reliable HSPA networks, the Galaxy Tab brings together all of Samsung's leading innovations to provide users with more capabilities while on the move. Consumers are able to experience PC-like web-browsing and enjoy all forms of multimedia content on the perfectly sized 7-inch display, wherever they go. Moreover, users can continuously communicate via e-mail and SMS/MMS or social network with the optimized user interface."

Looks as if the Galaxy Tab will be able from Rogers and Bell in Canada! No confirmed date for release yet, but it should be soon!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Where in the Galaxy Will the Tab Go?

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"The latest news regarding Samsung's Galaxy Tab is no more solid than the price (which has, in another's words, been pinpointed to somewhere between $200 and $1200), but if these "people familiar with the matter" are to be believed, we'll see a multi-carrier rollout on September 16th."

The latest rumor has the Samsung Galaxy Tab making deals with three carriers - Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. And we still haven't heard a definitive price on the tablet either. The truth about the Tab's carriers and costs, are still out there, floating in the Galaxy.

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