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German Judges Rule Against Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

clock July 25, 2012 00:35 by author Jeremy

After a long and arduous battle, we're finally seeing a (hopefully final) result in the case between Apple vs. Samsung. The Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court has reasoned that all 27 European member states should exclude the Galaxy Tab 7.7 from sales due to its infringement on Apple patents dating back to 2004. Previously, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 was only banned from Germany.

Apple had also tried to get Samsung's re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1N to meet the same fate, but that request was rejected. Samsung had to modify the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, else it, too, would not be seen any longer on European shelves.

However, this doesn't stop Samsung from tinkering around with the Galaxy Tab 7.7, and we could very well see a 7.7N version pop up in the next few months. Perhaps then European customers won't feel so left out.

Sources: cnet, pcworld



Computex 2012 Wraps Up with Ultrabooks Galore

clock June 9, 2012 01:04 by author Jeremy

This week, Taipei welcomed back manufacturers and gadget geeks alike for their annual event, Computex. This year featured many new Ultrabooks, from the touchscreen ASUS Zenbook UX21A to the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid PC (read: tablet). Many of these featured Windows' new OS, Windows 8, and many agree that it's popularity should serve as a warning to other certain tablet OS-makers.

Engadget has rounded up all their news-bits onto one page, which can be found at the source link below. Be sure to check it out and peruse all the links for the nifty laptops and tablets that will be coming out soon.

Sources: engadget (full list of links), liliputing, slashgear



Samsung Galaxy S III Battery Life Tests

clock May 14, 2012 23:59 by author Jeremy

If a human turned into a phone, then their heart would become the battery. That electrically-charged piece of equipment is what'll keep your phone running for hours (and hopefully not just minutes). This plays a large part when consumers are looking for a new phone - after all, no one wants to charge their phone every hour.

GSMArena, home to many phone reviews and updates, just released their findings on battery tests done on the latest Samsung Galaxy S III. We already know that the S III is packing a whopping 2,100mAh battery, but how well does it actually fare when one considers screen size and display quality?

In its most basic function, talking on the S III will result in over 10 hours of call-time. Impressive, right? But, remember that when you're talking on a phone, the screen will be off. A different test utilized the phone's web browser and network connection, which resulted in over 5 hours of use - just a little more than half of the call-time. Surprisingly, when just playing videos, the S III came up to 10 hours and 1 minute.

A reason for this could be network-use draining battery life. Another reason could be that the phone is simply powerful enough to play video without too much constraint. Overall, the battery seems fairly solid and is definitely an advantage against other phones.

Source: gsmarena (blog), gsmarena (results)



Samsung "Mobile Unpacked" Event Reveals New Galaxy S III

clock May 4, 2012 01:12 by author Jeremy

The Galaxy line of phones from Samsung have been nothing short of spectacular. Each new iteration brings something new to the table, and the latest Galaxy S III doesn't disappoint. While it may share a few similarities with it's recent cousin, the Galaxy Nexus, the S III still has a lot of brand new software features to offer.

First off, the hardware. Samsung is showing off it's latest Exynos 4 quad-core processor, rated at 1.4GHz. Along with 1 GB of RAM to help processing speeds, this phone is more than capable of tackling the multitasking that its users will likely ask of it. The phone will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, with a microSD slot as well for the media-attuned. The camera isn't exactly out-of-this-world, but still shows off with its 8 megapixels, along with a front-camera boasting 1.9 megapixels. There's zero shutter lag and it takes less than a second to boot up. The camera also offers a burst feature, capturing 20 shots at a rate of 3.3 per second. Lastly, the replaceable battery measures at 2,100 mAh, which is a bit more powerful than other flagship phones (such as the HTC One X).

Samsung seems to have placed a lot of effort into the S III's software. While TouchWiz (Samsung's custom UI) is still around, it actually offers quite a bit on top of Android 4.0.

Smart Stay: The phone utilizes its camera and facial recognition features to watch you through the front camera. As long as you stick around, the phone won't "sleep" and the screen won't shut off.

Smart Alert: Once your phone wakes up (or when you wake up), the phone will inform you of any activity that's occured since sleeping.

S Voice: The phone will "wake up" when you chat to it. You can have up to 5 personalized commands.

S Beam: Similar to Android Beam, the S Beam is an intuitive way of sharing that makes use of WiFi and NFC. By pressing your Galaxy S III against another S III, you can wireless transfer files such as videos and music.

Besides interesting new software, the Galaxy S III has it's own array of gestures that control the phone, but we may have to wait for the official release to see all of them for ourselves.

Sources/Pictures: engadget, cnet



Google ICS List - Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility, Part 2!

clock March 6, 2012 00:03 by author Jeremy

For those savvy in the ways of the smartphone, an upgrade to Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS (4.0) is like an early Christmas treat (pun intended). We previously posted a list of phones that would get the new operating system; since then, Verizon and Motorola have updated the list on their end, and we figured you might want to know. Check out the bolded items for the latest additions.

 

 

Samsung
Phones:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Nexus S

Tablets:

  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1

 

HTC
Phones:

  • Amaze 4G
  • DROID Incredible 2
  • Evo 3D
  • Evo Design 4G
  • Rezound
  • Rhyme
  • Sensation
  • Sensation XL
  • Sensation XE
  • ThunderBolt
  • Vivid

 

Motorola
Phones:

  • Admiral
  • Atrix 2
  • Atrix 4G MB860
  • DROID 3
  • DROID 4
  • DROID BIONIC
  • DROID RAZR
  • DROID RAZR MAXX
  • DROID X2
  • Electrify
  • MOTOLUXE / XT615 / XT685 (Asia Pacific/China)
  • MILESTONE X2
  • MT870 (China)
  • MT917 (China)
  • Photon 4G
  • Pro+
  • RAZR
  • XT605 (Latin America)
  • XT882 (China)
  • XT928 (China)

Tablets:

  • Xoom
  • Xoom 2
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

 

Sony Ericsson
Phones:

  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia PLAY
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Pro
  • Xperia Ray
  • Live with Walkman

 

LG
Phones:

  • Optimus 2X
  • Optimus 3D
  • Optimus Black
  • Spectrum

 

Asus
Phones:

  • Asus Padfone

Tablets:

  • Eee Pad Transformer
  • Transformer Prime

 

Other
Phones:

  • Meizu M9
  • Meixu MX


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