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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 4G: It's Pretty Much A Vibrant With An Extra G

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 07:00 AM

"It's only been six months since Samsung launched its highly successful Galaxy S assault upon the US market with a series of carrier customized phones: the Vibrant and Captivate GSM twins for T-Mobile and AT&T, the WiMAX-rocking Epic 4G for Sprint and the Fascinate for Verizon."

I don't think anyone will argue that this device really isn't a huge leap forward in technology but is it a worthy update to current Vibrant users? The folks over at Engadget have given the Galaxy S 4G a thorough going over and have pretty much concluded that... eeh, not really. Though I might make the jump for the front facing camera and HSPA+ but with the Galaxy S 2 looming on the horizon I'm not sure how many people will jump on this device. I'd say its a great device for anyone switching to T-Mobile right now or someone upgrading from a much older, less smart, phone. Anyone out there eying this beauty?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Another QWERTY Android Phone for Those With Blackberry Envy

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"Samsung's portrait QWERTY handset is coming soon to Three UK, and the carrier has already recorded a short hands-on video that is embedded below. No word on availability in other areas yet or pricing, but that will likely be announced before long."

With a 2.8" touchscreen and 800MHz processor, this device won't necessarily give the newer stable of phones a run for their money, but if you can't imagine having a phone without a physical keyboard this may be just the one for you. No word on when or if this will be making the hop across the pond or what it will cost, but it may be positioned right to make some inroads into the enterprise environment if the price and features hit the sweet spot.

Now let's hear from you. How excited are you about an Android device with a physical keyboard, whether it's a slider or something like the Galaxy Pro?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Now on T-Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"Samsung's Galaxy S 4G might not have the very latest version of Android or too much hardware differentiation from the original T-Mobile Vibrant, but hey, it brings a front-facing camera and HSPA+ connectivity, so of course it costs $200. T-Mobile will have disappointed many with its clarification that the Galaxy S 4G will cost a pair of Benjamins on contract, exactly as much as its Samsung-built predecessor did seven months ago"

While it's a version behind current (Froyo), it doesn't look like a bad device. If you're a fan of Samsung devices, you might want to check the Galaxy S 4G out (Assuming you're cool with T-Mo!)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Say Hello To The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi: You Remember PDAs Don't You?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 10:00 PM

"Samsung has the Galaxy S line of phones and its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for people who want a Honeycomb tablet. But some people may want to meet in the middle and have a smaller device capable of playing games, reading ebooks, browsing the web, and consuming multimedia."

Many a moon ago, in a time before smartphones, people used handheld devices that could run programs, sync with your calendar and email, and even browse the web over WiFi. Silly stone-age technology, I know... All silliness aside, it is nice to see something more pocket-able than a tablet running Android and more importantly without a 3G radio. I know many people who would love to experience all the cool things that we Android users are so accustomed to yet they do not want a smartphone or the hefty data plan fees that come with it. The iPod touch is still a very good seller just for this reason. It's nice to see Samsung throwing down the Android gauntlet in this small but important market.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II And Galaxy Tab 10.1 Officially Announced

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 11:00 AM

And there you have it. As expected, Samsung has officially announced both the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The specs on both devices are absolutely amazing. For all the juicy details and more pictures check out the official press releases for the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy S II is due out this month in Europe and Asia and the Tab is slated for as soon as March. Now word yet on North American availability of course, those of us here will just have to wait and see. With out a doubt some one here will carry this device. The real question is, will you get one or both? As amazing as these devices are I have very little faith in Samsung (and AT&T) to not totally screw up the software and ruin a perfectly good Android experience.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Samsung's Cat Fell Out Of Its Bag: Galaxy S 2 And 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Leaked

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Uh oh, looks like someone got the wrong date for Samsung's MWC keynote. The above screenshot is captured by the eagle-eyed folks at Moveplayer, who spotted what appears to be an embargoed article about the Galaxy S 2 (or Galaxy S II) over at Korean news site Paran."

Can we say "oops"? Looks like a Korean site accidentally published their Samsung MWC write up a bit early. The information is far from confirmed but the leaked specs and pictures look and sound legitimate. As for the specs themselves? Very nice, I must say. It is also worth noting that based on the leaked image it appears that TouchWiz has gotten a bit of an update too. I do hope that Samsung hasn't messed with the default contacts, messaging, calendar, and email apps as much as they have in the past. I don't mind the TouchWiz launcher but please stop messing up the stock Android apps. True or false I guess we will find out later today.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

T-Mobile Announces The Samsung Galaxy S 4G With A Side Of HSPA+

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 11:00 AM

"At this point the Samsung Galaxy S/Vibrant Plus/Vibrant 4G is hardly a secret as we've already uncovered "in the wild pics," specs and pretty much everything else one could want to know about a phone. Tonight T-Mobile officially announces to the world, the Galaxy S 4G (cue drum beats)."

T-Mobile just keeps the awesome phones coming. Yesterday T-Mo officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, pretty much an HSPA+ Galaxy S with a front facing camera. Not really a huge upgrade over your current Galaxy S device unless you happen to live in an area with HSPA+. If you don't happen to live in an HSPA+ service area you might soon. T-Mobile also announced that they have expanded their HSPA+ network to over 100 major metropolitan areas with more soon to come. It will be interesting to see how well this device sells with the Galaxy S 2 looming on the horizon.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Samsung Taunts Us A Second Time: Galaxy S 2 Teaser Video Released

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 12:00 PM

"Samsung has something big planned for MWC this year, be it the Galaxy S 2 or even the next generation Galaxy Tab."

What, oh what does Sammy have in store for us at MWC this year? Some crazy dual core goodness? Some Super Extra AMOLED + 3 screen? An integrated coffee maker? Who knows but if the original Galaxy S is any indicator it will for sure be cool. We only get a few glances at the powerful new device in the teaser video including the small FX oops pictured above. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Anyone else excited to see this new device?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Canada To Get The Nexus S: Might Work On AT&T?!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 01:00 PM

"Following up on a lead that suggested Samsung's Google Nexus S is coming to AT&T, we did some investigating, and learned that a variant does indeed exist which might land on what recently became the nation's largest carrier."

I think everyone assumed/hoped that it would happen sooner or later but this is a bit sooner than I expected. Far from being official, PocketNow has done a little digging over at the Bluetooth SIG site and discovered another version of the Nexus S that seems to indicate that it might support the 3G bands required for use in North America. While it's doubtful that AT&T themselves will sell the Nexus S hopefully those of us clinching to our Nexus Ones for dear life might have the opportunity to purchase one of these lovely toys. Will my desire for an unlocked, un-carriered phone outweigh my desire for the dual core goodness soon to come our way? Only time will tell. How about you guys? Would you purchase an AT&T compatible Nexus S if it were to become available?

Tags: samsung, at&t, nexus s

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!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

T-Mobile Galaxy Tab Price Drop: After Mail-in Rebate...

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 09:00 PM

"With the Dell Streak 7 and LG G-Slate already headed Magenta's way, and the Galaxy Tab 2 already being teased by Samsung, T-Mobile has decided to give the current Galaxy Tab another price cut."

Well, I guess $50 is $50 even if it takes eight months to get it. Looks like as of today T-Mobile has drop the price of their Samsung Galaxy Tab by $50 bringing the total price down to $249.99 after mail-in rebate. If you don't mind that whole 2-year service agreement, that is a pretty good price for one of the best Android tablets currently on the market. Though, this price drop is most likely due to the fancy 4G tablets T-Mo has floating down the line. Is $50 enough to convince any of you who have been holding off on getting a Galaxy Tab or an Android tab in general to take the plunge?

New T-Mobile Device Release Dates Leaked

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

There you have it folks! A leaked T-Mobile memo gave this info. The Dell Streak 7 on 2/2, the Mororola ClIQ2 on 1/19, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G on 2/23, and the LG G-Slate on 3/23. It's a tough call but I think I think the most interesting device to me on this list is the LG G-Slate. Coming with Honeycomb is a good first step but I'm looking forward to see if LG has any other tricks up their sleeve. Also of note, the Dell Streak 7 will be priced at $300 after rebate.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Have a Vibrant? Get your Froyo!

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

According to TmoNews Froyo is finally available for the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant on T-Mobile. It's taking a long time for the Galaxy S phones to get Android 2.2. I'm glad to finally see it coming to the Vibrant. Have you gotten it? How's it working for you?

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Video Including Specs Leaked

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 10:30 AM

"We found a "leaked" video announcing the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The leaked specs include..."

There is a leaked video that is circulating the web starring the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Featured in the video are some specs on the upcoming Tab 2 including, Android 2.3 with possible upgrade to Android 3.0, 3D display, USB port, 64 MB internal memory and more! The speculated better stats would be a nice bump up, but would it be worth it for you to ditch your Tab 1 for a Tab 2?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Full Speed Ahead with the Galaxy S 4G on T-Mobile

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 08:00 AM

"T-Mobile currently only has two phones capable of taking advantage of its HSPA+ "4G" network, the myTouch 4G and the G2, but on Thursday the carrier announced the first phone to be able to support the network's theoretical maximum speeds."

It was just announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be the first phone capable of utilizing the full bandwidth of the T-Mobile HSPA+ 21Mbps network. No other details were given about the new Galaxy S 4G device. I would like to know what's different about this phone than the myTouch 4G or the G2 that gives it faster network throughput. Hopefully all those LTE devices we saw at CES will be capable of utilizing the network bandwidth available to them when they are released. Has anyone run any bandwidth tests on their myTouch 4G or G2 when in and area with HSPA+ ("4G") coverage? What download speeds do you see? Do you notice a big difference when using your device in 3G coverage as opposed to 4G coverage?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sprint Chops the Price of the Galaxy Tab

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 06:00 AM

"Word of a price drop at Best Buy for the Sprint Galaxy Tab leaked out via some images last week, but Sprint has beaten Best Buy to the punch and now list their Galaxy Tab for $299 on contact and $499 without contract."

Let the price drops begin! With all the new Android tablets announced at CES I was expecting prices on the Galaxy Tab to drop but this is a really big drop happening sooner than I expected. With a $200 price drop, a great size (at least for me), reasonable resolution for the size at 1024x600, and a Hummingbird CPU that probably has the best mobile GPU other than the Tegra 2 that's a great deal in my book! It may not be upgradable to Honeycomb but at least it does have Froyo now. While I wouldn't want an oversize iPhone and over-sized Android device could be very useful thanks to good multitasking, good notifications, and widgets. Is $200 enough of a price drop for you to buy one?

Friday, January 7, 2011

CES and More: News Bits You May Have Missed

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 07:30 PM

On the go? Just need the facts? That's why I'm here! I've been dishing out news assignments to our editors here and over on Windows Phone Thoughts, and figured I'd pop my head in with the headlines that didn't make it (Not for lack of merit!). Here we go...

Not too bad huh? And it's really only from the last 48 hours!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Samsung SH100 Camera Uses WiFi for New Features

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 08:30 AM

"Samsung's SH100 isn't the first point-and-shoot to have Wi-Fi, but it makes better use of it than most: You can use Samsung's Galaxy S Android phones as a wireless remote and geotagger for the camera."

I love when mobile device can be used together in cool new ways. This is a great example. You can use your Galaxy S phone with the SH100 as a remote viewfinder, to take pictures, and for geotagging. It also has DLNA built in so you can get your photos off with countless networked devices. I look forward to features like this being standard in all camera's and working with all Android phones. This camera is due in March at a price of $200.

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.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review: Best of the Android Bunch

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 12:30 AM

"The Galaxy Tab is the most refined Android tablet we've tested, in large part thanks to its "Super TFT" screen. At 1024x600, this 7-inch display exceeds Android 2.2's maximum screen resolution of 854x480. While Android apps built to that standard spec will be "upscaled" on the Tab's screen, we didn't notice any ugly pixel interpolation during testing."

Still the best of the Android bunch, the Galaxy Tab does a great job taking Android where it wasn't really meant to go - yet. The inevitable comparisons to the iPad go on and on, with this generation of Android tablets still coming up second best. I'd love to get a Galaxy Tab, but, at about $600 off-contract, I'll have to wait until the new year. Do any of you readers think that a non-Apple competitor to the iPad will appear in 2011?

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