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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Insanely Thorough Review: The Galaxy S II Vs The HTC Sensation

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 05:00 PM

"Recently two new 'super phones' have been unleashed into the marketplace on the Android platform and thanks to our good friends at O2 UK we've been given the chance to produce a head-to-head review of both machines. We are of course talking dual core here and that means the Sensation from HTC and the Galaxy SII from Samsung."

I don't think you'll find a better source of information if you're even remotely curious about the Galaxy S II or the Sensation. The folks over at Smartphone Gurus have put together quite the extensive comparison/review of these two amazing devices. If you're in the market for a new Android device I strongly recommend heading over and reading through this extensive write-up. I really want to replace my poor old Nexus One with a Galaxy S II. Reading this sure didn't help my restraint any. :)

Surf The Friendly Skies With A Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 02:00 PM

"Move on over, Delta. The 200 iPads at your JFK terminal may entertain some folks waiting to board, but before the year's out American Airlines will start switching out 6,000 in-flight entertainment systems with Samsung 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs."

When I fly it's usually one step above luggage class so this is something I'll never see. It looks like American Airlines will be replacing their old media devices available to those who sit in the front seats with fancy new Galaxy Tab 10.1s. Samsung made quite the splash in the Android phone market with their Galaxy S phones. Now it appears they are off to a pretty good start in the tablet realm. Good news for Samsung, even better news for Android.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Engadget Reviews The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: You Should Buy One

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"When we met with Samsung in late May, company representatives didn't seem entirely sure that the company would meet the rumored June 8th ship date here in the US, but lo and behold, it's done just that."

That's just a down right sexy piece of kit if you ask me. I have no regrets purchasing my Xoom but wow does this baby look nice. After reading the review I'd highly recommend any of you going through a mid-life crisis trade in your old tablet for a younger, thinner model. ;) Though when you really get down to it I'd rather have the Asus for its really awesome keyboard dock. But that's just me. What Android tablet do you guys want?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The U.S. Wait for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Is Almost Over

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 10:30 PM

"Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be on sale June 8 at Best Buy's Union Square store in New York City; everywhere else gets to wait until June 17."

If this sounds strangely like an Apple product launch, it tells me that the competition is finally learning how to compete with Apple. Limit initial sales, build up buzz (and demand) for a week or so, and then make sufficient quantities available to eager buyers, at a cost no higher than the competition. For WiFi versions, $499 for a 16GB version, and $599 for a 32GB version seem spot-on. With Honeycomb 3.1, 1280x800 resolution, up to 9-hours of battery life, and NVIDIA's 1GHz Tegra dual-core processor, 3-megapixel rear camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, this may finally be a true iPad alternative.

In a nod perhaps to less tech-savvy consumers, Samsung promises all sorts of future software upgrades/enhancements, including their own TouchWiz UX, with many UI enhancements, including a 'task manager-like' utility, as well as a bunch of media-related apps. This may be what is needed to push Android more into the mainstreet. Oddly enough, no 3G or 4G versions are being reported. I do like the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, and it'll be interesting to see how its larger sibling performs with a real tablet OS.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II For The US: Attain The Function Within

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:00 PM

"As we suspected in late March, it appears as if Samsung will be bringing the Galaxy S II stateside under the brand names Attain, Function, and Within."

This could be very good news for smart phone users here in the US. Perhaps this time there will not be drastic differences in the Samsung Galaxy S line across all the major US carriers. Well, other than the name. This product listing shows a case for the AT&T Attain, Verizon Function, and the Sprint Within, all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II. If they can all use the exact same form fitting case then odds are pretty good that they are going to be the same this time around. Hardware wise at least. I can't wait to see how bad the carriers screw up the software.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LE Reviewed

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 02:30 PM

"It may be a bit difficult to pay attention to the spate of Honeycomb tablets that seem to be popping up left, right and center -- you know, now that Ice Cream Sandwich has been officially promised -- but what's not easy to overlook is an 8.6mm slate. Checking in at a sliver of a pinch thinner than the illustrious iPad 2, Samsung's rethought-out, redesigned and definitely-not-renamed Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first Android tablet to date that seriously goes toe-to-toe with Apple in both specifications and design."

Looks like we may soon have a new leader in the Android Tablet Race. Scheduled for release on or about June 8, 2011, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is, in the reviewer's eyes, the first Android tablet to equal and (or) surpass the iPad 2 in most areas. Larger (wide) screen, sleek and attractive, better resolution @ 1280x800, lighter, and arguably more powerful, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 appears to be arriving at the same price as the iPad2, starting at $499 for a 16GB WiFi model. Come on, Samsung, how about being a tad cheaper than the iPad?!

Still, looking at the video, I think that the iPad still leads in ease-of-use out of the box, but Android seems to be catching up. With Android 3.1 on the near horizon, some of the complains are remedied, like adding re-sizeable widgets, USB host support, better HTML5 support, task switcher improvements, and improved performance. Looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down - it'll be interesting to see if iOS now 'borrows' some of the better features from Android. And, again, the consumer benefits!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

First Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Google I/O

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 11:30 AM

"Google just announced that every attendee of I/O 2011 would be getting a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition, and being that we're here in both mind and body, we were able to get our paws around one just now. We're still looking for an unsaturated WiFi network to get things setup, but until the impressions roll in, we couldn't resist bringing you a first look at what's easily the most beautiful Galaxy Tab to date from a nerd's perspective."

It's here, and you can see a quick unboxing and features summary in the video within the main article. And in case you're curious about the color, here it is:

Are we seeing the emergence of the first Android tablet to truly be a competitor to the iPad 2? Google has also promised attendees a SIM card to slip into the 10.1, so this will be ATT/T-Mobile. I'm still trying to decide on my first non-iOS tablet, so this looks like a likely suspect!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

AT&T Android Device Allows For Installation Of Non-Market Apps: Watch Out For Flying Pigs

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 09:00 PM

"Hey, whatdy'a know: Mr. FedEx-Guy (or "Tom", as we've come to know him) just dropped by with a shiny new Samsung Infuse 4G in tow. As we do with any Android-powered AT&T device, the very first thing we did was check to see if AT&T screwed up again. Surprise! They've finally done Android right!"

Wow.... Just wow. I never thought I'd see the day where AT&T loosened it's leash any what so ever on it's mobile customers. But here it is, folks. It looks like starting with the Samsung Infuse 4G all new AT&T (and hopefully the older ones too) will be able to install apps from unknown sources. Oh you know, things like apps from something like the Amazon Appstore! I think it's time for a ticker tape parade! Now if we could just do something about all the crapware....

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Is The Samsung Galaxy S 2 Coming To T-Mobile?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 04:00 PM

"If we were to take a straw poll as to what already announced Android phone T-Mobile customers want to see on the Magenta network, the Galaxy S 2 would undoubtedly be at the top of the list. With that in mind we might have some good news."

Really, it's not all that surprising when you think about it. I imagine we'll see some variant of the Galaxy S 2 on every major and several of the minor networks before all is said and done. It is nice to see a bit of evidence though that it might me coming sooner rather than later. The Galaxy S 2 is one amazing phone that's for sure. One I really wish I could get unlocked for AT&T. Yeah, I know. Fat chance. But who knows, maybe this phone will be uncluttered enough that I might not be afraid to actually purchase a carrier branded phone? Yeah.... I know....

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Apple To Samsung: Copy Cat!!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 05:00 PM

"Whoa! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone."

Well, this one could be fun to watch. I really doubt anything will ever really happen other than maybe a bit of licensing cash swapping hands. Besides, when you really get down to it does Apple even have a leg to stand on? Their complaints center around the hardware design and UI of Samsung's Android phones. Bad news for Apple is that Samsung used this design and a similar UI long before they had Android phones and even before the iPhone was released. It will be interesting to watch this one play out.

Galaxy Tab 10.1" Compared to iPad 2 in Video

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

"Honestly, we were a little bit worried that Samsung's rail-thin Galaxy Tab 10.1 was a mockup -- you know, seeing as how Sammy never turned it on -- but fast-forward to today and there's a working model in's capable arms."

The Galaxy Tab 10.1" is one of the slickest, if not the slickest, Android tablets I've seen. The video shows the tablet from all angles and compares it to an iPad 2. They also show you around the Honeycomb interface a little and launch Angry Birds Rio on it next to Angry Birds Rio on the iPad 2. If you're tablet shopping you should definitely take a look at this video to see how the 10.1" variety of the Galaxy Tab stacks up to the competition. It's due to hit the stores on June 8 with the 16GB WiFi model selling for $500. Do you like what you see? Tell us your thoughts!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Samsung Galaxy SII: Coming Eventually

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 08:00 AM

"Another strange thing is that the FCC filing only listed radio bands compatible with AT&T (and by extension many worldwide carriers), but not for any other major American carriers. The assumption is that Samsung will be releasing the device on all carriers as with the original Galaxy S, but we've yet to see the evidence beyond the Verizon roadmap."

Samsung continues to do a poor job of controlling the flow of information regarding their products. After a tweet from Samsung India alleged that the SII would be delayed until at least June (the tweet appears to have been subsequently removed), it is now being reported that the device is still on track for its projected release date; unfortunately it's not exactly clear what that date is. It's also not clear exactly which carriers will be selling the device. As you can see from the quote from Androinica, Verizon originally leaked the device on their roadmap for 2011, but the only version to have passed the FCC so far is an AT&T version.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Samsung needs to do a better job of communicating about their products or they will lose consumer confidence and, by extension, sales. They make some great devices, but they can't seem to get their act straight when it comes to talking about them or their release dates.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wi-Fi Only Galaxy Tab Coming Soon for $350

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"$399.99 for a WiFi-only Galaxy Tab not low enough to pique your interest? Then perhaps $349.99 will be a bit more to your liking."

Interested in picking up a wi-fi-only Galaxy Tab? Fry's is taking pre-orders for only $350. No word on an exact release date at this point. The Galaxy Tab is a great little device, but with so many Honeycomb-based tablets on the horizon, this seems like a case of getting to the market a bit too late. If I were looking for a tablet at this point, I would be inclined to just wait for one of the newer devices.

How about you? Is this something you would pick up or is there a coming device that already has your interest? Let us know in the forums.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Russia's Samsung Galaxy S Will See 1.4GHz In April

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 07:30 AM

"Samsung may have the Galaxy S II on the way to keep its flagship spot occupied, but according to the latest rumors there'll also be a replacement to the original single-core Galaxy S as well."

Coming at the end of April for the Samsung Galaxy S: a 1.4 GHz edition! But the catch is that the phone will only be available in Russia in April as far as we know. It will replace the current 1GHz edition and will cost around $850 US.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Figure Fudging and Fake Fans: When Will They Ever Learn

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

"When I got there, I found that the 10.1″ Tabs out on tables were the older, relatively portly version announced last month at Mobile World Congress. The new 10.1-incher (and its 8.9″ sibling) were inside glass cases, and they weren't powered on. I also discovered that my friend Fritz Nelson of InformationWeek had beat me to the booth-and he told me that he was trying to get Samsung to give him a Tab he could hold and judge."

Samsung appears to have created another PR nightmare for itself. It appears that the new Galaxy Tabs which are supposed to be thinner than the new iPads are actually a bit thicker. Additionally, interviews with actual users of the Tabs turn out to be staged. Is there anything wrong with that? Not normally, but when these are touted as being real-life users with no indication that they are staged, the line gets a bit blurred in my opinion. Why not just let the technology speak for itself? By all accounts the new Galaxy Tab devices are pretty decent, but they don't need negative PR before they even hit the market.

So, Samsung, if you're listening, just get the hardware out there and let it speak for itself. It's going to succeed or fail based on its own merits and no amount of pre-release trickery is going to help sales. In fact, you could end up hurting yourselves even more if you're not careful.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Samsung Announces Two New Galaxy Tabs

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

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 will feature Samsung own TouchWiz User Interface on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform. The Tab 10.1 weighs 595 grams and is 8.6 mm thin. The Tab 8.9 will weigh 470 grams and is also probably 8.6 mm thin. These Tabs will support HSPA+ and will have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity. Both Tabs include a 1GHz dual core processor."

Samsung has two nice looking tablets on the way. Due in June, one is 10.1" and the other is 8.9" and both have dual core processors are very thin. They will have some form of TouchWiz on top of Honeycomb. I'm not sure I like that but I don't think it would keep me way from them either. The models start with an 8.9" 16GB WiFi only version for $469. Make sure you follow the "Read" link for all the information. Are you interested in one of these new Tabs? My hunch is they'll be more popular than the Xoom but who knows what patches could come out for the Xoom by June.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Rumor: Boost Mobile May Get More Android Phone Options

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 02:30 PM

"Boost Mobile phones are far from impressive. It's mainly flip and feature phones; there aren't many choices for Android phones except for the Motorola i1. Boost phones may get a - wait for it - boost from an upcoming device from Samsung."

There is speculation that Samsung and Boost Mobile are teaming up to bring more Android phones to the carrier. Samsung is holding a meeting early next month, but as of now we don't have any confirmed details on the event. But if we hear more, we will let you know!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Defend Against Scratches With the Otterbox Defender For the Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 05:30 AM

"Otterbox is well known for its protective cases for a lot of devices. One of the latest additions to the Defender Series is a Defender case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. I have used several Otterbox products before and I must admit when my device is protected by a Defender case I don't have to worry it gets damaged or suffers any influences from outside."

Still looking for a case for your awesome Samsung Galaxy Tab? Well, check out this review on the Otterbox Defender. The case fully encloses your Tab (not waterproof though) without blocking the ports and buttons to protect it from bumps, small drops and scratches! Plus, it includes a build in stand for those moments when you want have both hands free for grabbing popcorn while watching a movie on your Tab. Sounds like a pretty sweet case to me!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi Now The Galaxy Player: Coming This Spring In 4 and 5-Inch Varieties

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:00 PM

"Remember the Galaxy Player (or Galaxy S WiFi) we saw back at MWC?"

I honestly wasn't sure if we'd ever see this device here in the states but it appears that ol' Sammy has plans to bring them to us this spring. It is nice that there will will be both a 4-inch and a 5-inch version to choose from when they arrive. The devices will be shipping with Android 2.2 (upgradeable to 2.3) and sporting both front and rear facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. These still sound like a wonderful device for those out there who really want the joy of a smart phone without the daunting monthly data fees. And what with Qik and Skype preloaded (Skype is preloaded on the 4-inch only) the Galaxy Players could be pretty nice communication devices as well. Check out the link to Engadget for detailed specs and the full press release.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Android Tablets: Let the Onslaught Begin

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 04:00 PM

"We have no small amount of respect for Samsung for coming out and admitting that its Galaxy Tab 10.1 slate won't necessarily be the best thing since sliced Apples, but we wouldn't go so far as to describe it as 'inadequate' . . ."

Over at Engadget they have a video of the Samsung 10.1" tablet, which comes across as a decent looking piece of hardware. Meanwhile the guys over at DroidLife have a list of upcoming tablets from Staples. Looks like you'll have plenty of choices in the coming months if you're looking for an Android tablet.

Which tablets are you most excited about seeing? Will any of them be able to give the Cupertino mob a run for their money? Let us know in the forums!

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