Posts tagged with: TouchWiz UX Nature
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    My mother-in-law isn't exactly what you'd call "technologically savvy", but that doesn't stop her from upgrading to the latest and greatest Android-powered smartphones every chance she gets. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I'll give you three guesses who gets to support those devices. It wouldn't be such an issue except at her age -- how can I put this lightly -- she's a bit "set in her ways". Don't get me wrong, she can whip out her phone and call anyone in her extremely wide social network faster than you can say "mint chocolate chip ice cream". She's got friends and relatives ...

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    I've had some wonderful experiences with Android tablets. Loading CyanogenMod on the HP TouchPad, an activity I documented in my first-ever video for Pocketnow, filled in some crucial capability gaps left open by the TouchPad's native OS. Carrying a first-gen Nexus 7 for a week in 2012 taught me just how compelling Jelly Bean in the 7-inch form factor could be. And spending some time last year with the Sony Xperia Tablet Z convinced me that "elegance" and "Android tablet" were no longer mutually-exclusive terms. We've come a long way from the days of Honeycomb and the XYBOARD. But five ...

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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Yesterday, I recounted my experience re-adopting stock Android after an extended period using skinned builds of the platform. Since the vehicle for my reintroduction to the stock lifestyle was the Google-Edition HTC One, I spent the majority of my time in that editorial comparing the device with its skinned sibling, running the third-party UI called HTC Sense. But Sense isn't the only Android layer of note in the marketplace; quite the contrary, in fact. As of February, almost half of all Android smartphones shipped came from Samsung, and almost all of those ran a version of Samsung's ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    There is a zone, somewhere between the initial review frenzy surrounding a brand-new smartphone and our After The Buzz re-review, where a followup is called for. A check-in period. A built-in hold to allow the reviewers to catch their breath while they pass the mic to the buyers for their impressions on a brand-new device. Not just any buyers, either, but that special class of customer that tells a critical part of any device's story: the early-adopters. The Samsung Galaxy S 4 started shipping last month. It's been available on all four U.S. national carriers for about a week now, giving ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 ships with more sensors than it knows what to do with. As we described in our full review, the new Samsung superphone boasts a thermometer, barometer, and even a hygrometer beneath its glazed polycarbonate shell, making the device almost as much tricorder as communicator. But sensors are only as good as the apps that can make use of their data. Realizing this, one talented developer has emerged to provide a software companion for Samsung's sensors, an app to give voice to these less-celebrated Galaxy S4 features. That app is called Weather Station. And while it won't win any ...

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    You've been asking for it: a head-to-head matchup of the best of Windows Phone with (one of) the best of Android. We had to get the hotter comparisons out of the way first, but here for your viewing enjoyment is the latest piece of Nokia versus Samsung hotness to come out of Pocketnow. Why the delay? Funny you should ask. We've been churning out quad-vs-octa, Samsung-vs-HTC, and Galaxy-vs-Galaxy comparisons first because, at the moment, they're the more apt head-to-heads. Nokia's Lumia 920 is a half-year old at this point, and the truth is, putting it up against the newest Samsung ...

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    The Galaxy S 4 comes packing a wide array of features. Some, like its flip-to-mute functionality, are minor but useful. Others, like the Smart Pause function that promises to interrupt playback when you look away from a playing video, are great ideas sullied by lackluster execution. And between those two extremes lies a dense field of additional functions. We tried to squeeze as much feature coverage as we could into our full review of the Galaxy S 4, but there's only so much room in even the densest Pocketnow review articles. Here, then, is a video walkthrough of the Galaxy S 4's unique ...

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    There are a lot of things the fourth smartphone in Samsung's halo Galaxy S series is not.  It's not a reinvention, or a revolution. If it were a movie, the Galaxy S 4 wouldn't be the blockbuster revival of a flagging film franchise: the reboot that kicks a sagging series back into high gear. That's because the Galaxy S line has never been a disappointing one. For years, Samsung's flagship smartphone series has dominated the Android landscape, making the word "Galaxy" synonymous with Google's platform in much of the public vernacular. Last year's Galaxy S III accelerated that trend, ...

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    Sometimes ya ain't got time for dilly-dallyin', spit-swappin', or tall-tale-tellin'. Sometimes even dropping in a few time codes is too much to ask. Because sometimes the meat just needs to get out to the masses. This is one of those special times, and the meat we're putting on the market is our jawing. Our opinions. Our stories. And the subject this week is the two biggest Android smartphone launches of the year, coming from the two biggest sworn enemies of the entire Android landscape. That's right: this is the episode where we talk HTC One vs Galaxy S IV. We've had the One for just a ...

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    What do you get when you cross the biggest, baddest Samsung hardware with the latest and greatest HTC superphone, the one everyone insists on mislabeling a phablet? You get this Galaxy Note II-vs-Droid DNA video, of course, except with the names inverted. Because in this biz, the new-hotness gets first-word respect. Dig? In the video below, we take the Note II and the DNA on a short spin around the block, comparing their benchmark scores, in-hand feel, app launch times, browser performance, and -of course- their massive displays. We don't yet know the DNA well enough to put its other ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet is right smack in the middle of its coming-out party, and we're hard at work on the full review. In the meantime, since we've compared it to the Galaxy S III and given an S Pen lesson already, alongside a few written editorials, we thought it only fitting we should hold the new Note up to its predecessor, the former king of phablets and the one that kicked off the whole category, to see where the newer model excels. Nothing much fancy going on in this quick-and-dirty comparison video; just a lot of side-by-side comparisons and close-up & medium shots ...

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    With a good enough camera, taking great pictures doesn't require you to be a professional photographer. Sure, that helps (a lot), but it's not strictly necessary. Especially if you have capable tools at your disposal, and enough knowhow to operate them. The Samsung Galaxy S III has the tools in abundance. Its 8MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor with ƒ2.6 aperture size is a spec beast in the world of mobile-phone cameras. The software driving it is packed with enough features and shooting modes to boggle the mind. The question, then, is knowhow. I've been wrestling with the Galaxy S ...

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    One of the exciting things about Android is the ability for skilled community developers to dismantle and port stuff from one phone to the other. HTC Sense 4.0 was a big deal when the One family landed -- and there were also ports -- and now it is time for those who want a cleaner launcher to get Samsung's own TouchWiz UX Nature from the Galaxy S III to their Ice Cream Sandwich-powered phone. It has already been confirmed to work on a solid number of devices so your chances of success are rather high. You need to be rooted though; if you are, installation is as simple as dropping an APK ...

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