This is the first in a continuing series of articles on controversial or disputed topics in mobile technology. We’re calling it the “Brutally Honest Question Corner.”
The leaks have transitioned from a few drips to a sizable deluge: the release of the latest in Samsung’s popular Galaxy S line, one of the most anticipated Android smartphones ever, seems to be just over the horizon. On the eve of this product launch, Samsung seems to be directing more and more resources to strengthening its branding efforts. And I’ve never been less [...]
Today’s topic goes way back to the PC days where OEMs would load them up with software that you didn’t need, and most users didn’t want. The term for this software? “Bloatware”.
Pocketnow reader Laurentiu sent in the following question:
What do you think about built in Apps in Android devices, starting with launchers (Touchwiz, Sense, etc), daily apps like memo takers, voice recorders, email clients, Kies air and the corresponding widgets for these applications.
Many refer to them as bloatware, while I find them useful and better [...]
Samsung, in a seeming attempt to have the most tablets on the market at one time, has just recently released their Galaxy Tab 7.7 with LTE from Verizon. Similar in most respects to the original Galaxy Tab 7.7 (you can read our review on this variation here), this newest rev also includes LTE/CDMA radios from Verizon. An exciting form factor with a high-speed data connection, how could we resist taking a look? But can it survive against the current tablet market? Were any of the problems mentioned in our previous coverage resolved in this version? Read our review to find out!
Is it a phone, a tablet or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen, Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish. Will the Samsung Galaxy Note be able to live up to its hype by providing consumers a hybrid all-in-one device between a smartphone and tablet? Read on to see how the Galaxy Note fares among the sea of Android devices.
The Samsung Galaxy Note comes boxed in a simple white package [...]
The mechanism that makes a smartphone smart is the software that comes installed. The Samsung Galaxy Note is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 in early 2012. The software included incorporates elements from both a smartphone and tablet device. In this video we demonstrate the software makes the Samsung Galaxy Note a remarkable hybrid Android.
Samsung did not hold back when they decided to bundle great software suites onto the Galaxy Note. While most of the apps have been seen before on Androids such as the Galaxy S [...]
In this video we demonstrate the hardware of the new Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000). As a hybrid between an Android smartphone and tablet the Galaxy Note boasts some very impressive hardware. Powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Exynos processor with 1GB of RAM produces an extremely fast mobile experience. Out of the box the Galaxy Note is capable of achieving some of the fastest benchmarks we have seen on any mobile device.
The Galaxy Note has a few more goodies that set it apart from other Android devices. The first is the large 5.3 inch WXGA* Super HD AMOLED display (1280 [...]
Is it a phone, a tablet Or both? The Samsung Galaxy Note is sure to evoke some looks from passersby. With a 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display the Galaxy Note is one of the largest smartphones available. Yet even with this enormous screen Samsung has kept the design thin and stylish.
In this video we unbox the new 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (Ice Cream Sandwich will officially come in 2012). Included with the Galaxy Note is a microUSB sync/charging cable, a wall charger, a white in-ear stereo headset, a capacious 2500mAh Li-ion battery, and an [...]
So far we’ve run through the unboxing of the Samsung Continuum, our hardware overview, and our look at the software. This time we take a different approach and compare the speed of the Continuum against one of its close relatives, the Samsung Galaxy S I9000. In this video we will run through a browser test, a gameplay test and comparison, as well as a YouTube load time test.
The two devices share the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor. But, the Continuum clocks in slightly lower in the RAM category with 336MB of RAM, whereas the I9000 maintains a solid 512MB of RAM. Be sure [...]
Verizon wowed the tech community as the first carrier in the States to offer lighting fast 4G speeds thanks to its LTE infrastructure. Until now the only option to access these amazing speeds was to pick up a network card or the first LTE Android, the HTC Thunderbolt. Even though the Samsung Droid Charge was released as the second LTE device for Verizon, it is in no way in second place. Read on for our review to find out if the Droid Charge will top the Thunderbolt or Revolution on your short list
The Droid Charge comes bundled with all of the essential items [...]
The Samsung Droid Charge ships with Android 2.2.1, but will probably get Android 2.3 Gingerbread in an update later this year.
Alongside Froyo, Samsung has also integrated the TouchWiz 3.0 user interface. Even though TouchWiz 3.0 debuted last year on the Galaxy S line the user interface is still simple enough for anyone to customize while being graphically pleasing. The similarities between the stock Android UI, which many consumers are accustomed to, and TouchWiz 3.0 will most likely not distract from the usability of Android. With TouchWiz 3.0 come a few widgets that [...]
It looks like Verizon Wireless’s Samsung Gem smartphone has been outed ahead of time by Best Buy Mobile via the retailer’s September buyer’s guide, which is listing the Android 2.1 handset as coming soon. The Gem will most likely be a mid-range handset, slotted under the carrier’s Fascinate variant of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone. The Gem will reportedly come with TouchWiz, Samsung’s proprietary UI overlay, along with the Swype on-screen software keyboard. Also on-board are a 3.2-megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, and 16 GB of storage via a memory card. [...]
After having outed the Samsung Gem for Verizon Wireless in the U.S. early as “coming soon,” Best Buy Mobile is now retracting its listing, stating that it does not know when the mid-range Android smartphone may be hitting the carrier.
The retailer is now saying:
“On page 9 of the September Best Buy Mobile Buyer’s Guide we advertised the Samsung Gem (SKU 1200581) as Coming Soon. At this time there is no estimated launch date. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.”
Though the release date is now unknown, [...]
Despite the fact that the Samsung Continuum is another Galaxy S phone, the additional secondary ticker screen located below the capacitive Android buttons equates to a different software experience. Directly out of the box the Continuum will make use of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.1. TouchWiz still seems to be an acquired taste. If you’re after the vanilla Android experience you unfortunately won’t find it here.
The most exciting element of the Continuum to talk about is the ticker screen. Samsung has created what they call a grip sensor, which [...]
We had earlier reported of an update for the Sprint Samsung Epic 4G that was slated to start rolling out on September 30th, but it seems that the effort has been placed on hold due to a problem with Google’s servers. Sprint had issued a statement and the carrier says that it hopes to have the update back out soon, though an exact date was not given until the administrative issues are resolved. You can read the Sprint statement below:
We were planning to release an update for your Samsung Epic 4G on 9/30. The file was delivered and on track for distribution but late this [...]
Canadian carrier Telus may soon be getting a mid-range Android device in their lineup by the name of Galaxy Apollo. The device still doesn’t have a price nor release date, and is still listed as coming soon. The Galaxy Apollo will have specs such as a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 3-megapixel camera, and 3G support. The device is expected to carry the TouchWiz UI carried over from its more powerful Galaxy S brother.
(via: Android Police)
The Samsung Fascinate is now hitting Verizon Wireless‘s webpage for sale. The good news is that the handset will land at $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and on a two-year service agreement. Also, if you’ve got a second loved one attached to your family plan, the Fascinate is also landing with a buy one, get one free offer right out the door, which is really nice for a high-end handset at launch. You’ll need to send in a $100-rebate for the second phone to make it free after rebate, and both handsets require 2-year service agreements each.
Since kicking off our coverage of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, you’ve seen our unboxing video, Part 1 of our software overview, and the hardware overview. Well now it’s time for Part 2 of the software overview.
In this video we compare the speed of the Xperia X10 against the Samsung Galaxy S. The X10 is preloaded with Android 1.6 while the Galaxy S comes with 2.1. These two devices face off in a stock browser comparison, YouTube load time test, and finally a simple assessment of app opening times.
You will surely notice that we have opted to load custom [...]
A recent analysis was done by BillShrink that details the cost of ownership of a Samsung Galaxy S model made for each of the four major U.S. carriers. The analysis takes into consideration the carrier-subsidized cost of the AT&T Captivate, the Sprint Epic 4G, the T-Mobile Vibrant, and the Verizon Wireless, along with plans for voice and data, and finds that T-Mobile leads the pack due to its low plan pricing options, followed by Sprint. The two largest carriers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, trail the pricing survey as the total cost of ownership of the Galaxy S models that they [...]
A new screenshot of a Verizon Wireless document shows the launch date of the Samsung Fascinate to be on September 8th, a day earlier than the previous rumor that had pegged the launch on the 9th. It may be that the Fascinate may be available for order a day earlier, either via a reservation system, online order, or through tele-sales on the 8th, and be available in-stores on the 9th. Either way, it looks like Galaxy S variant will be headed to Verizon Wireless soon.
The Galaxy S represents a successful product roll-out for Samsung, which has committed to increasing its market [...]
It looks like the Verizon Wireless Samsung Fascinate will be landing on September 9 according to some internal documents that was leaked. The carrier had said that the Samsung Galaxy S variant will be coming later this summer and the lucky day is on September 9.
Additionally, it is said that Verizon Wireless will be making the Samsung Fascinate, along with the Droid X and Droid 2, available for prepaid customers with a pre-pay plan. Specific terms are not known at this time.
The Fascinate represents the fourth Galaxy S variant to hit the states, after the Vibrant, [...]
Samsung is now officially teasing the Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2 tablet with a 7-inch touchscreen, though its unclear if the display will go the traditional LCD route or be a scaled up Super AMOLED display borrowed from the company’s Galaxy S smartphone series. The company is expected to announce the tablet at the IFA conference next week in Germany according to the company’s Galaxy Tab portal.
The device is expected to support a front-facing camera as the teaser mentions video calling and most likely a rear camera as well as augmented reality was also [...]
It looks like Samsung’s not only looking to conquer the high-end Android market with the wide launch of the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone worldwide, but the company also has its eye on low-end smartphones as well. The Galaxy Teos and Naos are rebadged versions of the Galaxy Apollo, with the Naos being destined for carrier Orange. Both handsets feature a WQVGA display, 3-megapixel camera, and Android 2.1 with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface. While not the powerhouse of the Galaxy S (also known as the Verizon Wireless Fascinate, the AT&T Captivate, Sprint Epic 4G, and [...]
Though the Galaxy S will be coming to all four major carriers, Sprint is really confident about its variant called the Samsung Epic 4G. The carrier has put up a comparison chart with the Epic 4G against some popular smartphones on the market today, including its own HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, and the Motorola Droid X. According to Sprint, some features that make the Epic 4G shine would be the DLNA support, a movie store that’s coming soon, 4G support, 4-inch Super AMOLED display, and presence of a physical QWERTY keyboard–the last one is a feature that the Galaxy S [...]