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Samsung Galaxy Note II Out In Stores Tomorrow

clock November 28, 2012 20:55 by author Jeremy

If you live by the phrase "bigger is better" then I'm sure you've been eyeing the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This smartphone/tablet mashup has been garnering attention specifically due to its size - a hefty 5.5-inches of screen real-estate. But now, the long-awaited phone is finally coming out to Verizon stores starting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 29. Of course, if you had pre-ordered it, it might already be on it's way to your house! Or, alternatively, it might arrive late. Sad day indeed.

If you're new to the Galaxy Note II universe, then let's go over a few quick tidbits. Most notable for it's screen size, this smartphone is also unique for having a stylus pen. Aside from that, we're sitting on a quad-core 1.6GHz processor (most flagship phones right now are running in the 1.2 to 1.5GHz range) and 2GB of ram, so I don't think we'll be complaining from a lack of power. In the Storage department, we're provided up to 64GB of memory and a MicroSD slot - you know, in case you wanted to put entire folders of movies and music on this (and watching it on this screen wouldn't be too bad either!). There's also your usual 8MP camera on the back and a 1.9MP camera on the front. And what's powering this hefty monster? A 3,100mAh Li-Ion battery, of course - larger than most smartphone batteries.

Overall, is this phone considered worthy of your time? You tell us, but I sure think it is.

Sources: Samsung, GSMarena, phonesreview.co.uk

 

 



Samsung Takes A Hit In Famed Apple vs. Samsung Trial

clock August 28, 2012 23:01 by author Jeremy

In what's possibly the largest piece of tech news these days, consumers and developers alike have been reeling back at the results of the Apple vs. Samsung trial. The jury's verdict claims that Samsung, "...should have known or did know they were infringing," and Samsung must now pay over a billion dollars in damages. The patents in question alleged that Samsung copied the Apple iPhone's physical design and user interface.

The trial isn't exactly over yet, though. The jurors made their decision quite fast (a little too fast, even for legal experts) - for them to gloss over 100-pages of rules as to what they should be judging, only to come out hours later with a verdict, seemed a little sketchy. The jurors are defending their verdict, but some people have even pointed out flaws in their logic as far as calculating the damages owed. Samsung will likely use this in their appeal of the decision.

While Apple floats on cloud nine, with CEO Tim Cook issuing an internal memo regarding Samsung's thieving ways, the rest of the world has been left wondering what the next stage is. The courts will continue the case of Apple vs. Samsung, but where does this place other manufacturers such as HTC and Nokia? Large companies such as Google and Microsoft have even chimed in, with the former stating that, "Most of these [patent claims] don't relate to the core Android operating system, and several are being re-examined by the US Patent Office."

If you were planning on buying any Samsung cell phones in the near future, you might want to do it sooner rather than later - Apple is already trying to figure out which of the infringed products they'd liked banned.

Sources: latimes, mashable, theverge (1), theverge (2)



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



Quick Tips on Improving Your Tablet Shopping Experience

clock August 17, 2011 00:16 by author Jeremy

Thinking of buying a new tablet sometime soon? Sure, you can read professional reviews online that provide charts, graphs, numbers - the works. But what's a rating of "over 9000" more points really mean to regular ol' folks like us?

If you're going to look online for reviews, take a few tips from pcworld.com and their guide on how they test tablets; you might want to adopt some of their methods. Rather than always providing feedback through numbers given to them by a testing machine (granted, they still do that as well), they offer ideas to compare tablets through raw data. For example, how long does Tablet A take to boot up, in comparison to Tablet B? If the answer is more than a 30 second difference, then what it comes down to next is... are you okay with that?

Tablet A may take longer to boot up, but wow, does it play these videogames so well! Are you into gaming on tablets? Or maybe you prefer Tablet B since, even though it's not as visually stunning, it just performs faster?

These simple ideas and comparisons sometimes get overlooked when you're digging too deep, so how about we take a step back and look at the big picture: what are you looking for in a tablet?

Source: pcworld

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