We see plenty of phones with unique designs, but this week Samsung is bringing Verizon customers a shape we haven't seen in awhile. The Samsung Zeal is a dual-hinge messaging phone. Flip it in portrait mode like you would a clamshell phone to see a numeric keypad. Flip it in landscape mode to see an QWERTY keypad.
What's more, the Samsung Zeal's keypads use e-ink, a technology we've seen before in another dual-hinge e-ink phone, the Samsung Alias 2, also for Verizon. As with the Alias 2, the characters on the Zeal's QWERTY keyboard morph … Read more
After weeks of speculation, the Motorola Droid 2 Global is available today to Verizon Wireless customers.
As expected, the Droid 2 Global features a 1.2GHz processor and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). It has a 3.7-inch display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and comes in either white or black. It features 8GB of internal memory and an 8GB preinstalled microSD card. But it's the device's ability to work around the world that will attract customers. According to Verizon, it boasts "Quad Band GSM capabilities to make and receive calls, check e-mail, and more from over 200 countries.&… Read more
Opera Software just unveiled Opera Mobile 10.1 beta for Android tonight, but we've had a chance to play around with a prerelease version for several days. Opera has already had a presence on Android phones in the form of Opera Mini, a Java-based proxy browser that delivers Web pages fed through Opera's servers. Opera Mobile, by contrast, is a standalone HTML browser that can request, render, and display Web content independently of Opera's servers.
On the front end, the two apps look identical, down to the log-in screen and license agreement you'll have to accept before you can begin browsing. Opera Mini 5 and Opera Mobile 10.1 beta both have tabbed browsing, and a signature nine-entry "speed dial" for storing favorite sites. There's also a password keeper, long-press context menus, and support for Opera Link, Opera's service for syncing bookmarks, favorites, notes, and browser history across Opera browsers.
Mobile versus Mini Despite the similarities, there are a couple of significant differences between the two Android browsers. Opera Mini is usually the faster of the two browsers, a move that hearkens back to Opera's days making browsers move quickly on feature phones with slow processors and slow data connections. As a result, Opera's servers compress Web page data; this assures that pages load in a timely manner, but it also reduces text and image resolution quality. Besides that, there's no Flash support.
Opera Mobile, on the other hand, renders images (using its Presto rendering engine) with more clarity. If the browser seems too sluggish for your tastes, you can engage Opera Turbo, Opera's compression engine, to essentially make Opera Mobile adopt Opera Mini's levels of compression and speed. Opera Mobile beta doesn't currently support Flash, although an Opera representative assured CNET that the release version will.
Naturally, we tried out Opera Mobile 10.1 beta and Opera Mini 5 side by side on Android phones. In addition to rendering more clearly, Opera Mobile displays the desktop version of CNET.com, whereas Opera Mini opts for the faster-loading mobile-optimized site, which is also lighter in content and imagery. … Read more
Welcome to The 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at email@example.com. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Question: I've done some research, played with the Blackberry Curve and Droid 2 at Verizon, but still can't make up my mind. I want … Read more
Samsung Mobile's U.K. Twitter account confirmed late last week that Android 2.2 is rolling out to the i-9000 Galaxy S handset. According to the tweet, the long-awaited Froyo update will hit "everyone" by the end of November.
Assuming that "everyone" includes only U.K. residents, we have to ask when other countries and carriers will see a similar update to their respective phones. The Galaxy S is available in more than 100 countries including the United States where it has been uniquely branded by the top carriers.
Right when we thought the T-Mobile Comet was the cheapest Android phone, at only $10 under contract, we learned today that you can get the black version of the LG Optimus T for the unbeatable price of free with a new two-year agreement from T-Mobile. Both the burgundy and titanium versions are still $29.99 each, but if you don't care that much about color, we definitely recommend getting the black one as it offers all the same features.
As a reminder, the LG Optimus T is billed as an entry-level smartphone, but you still get quite a healthy … Read more
NEW YORK--Though not much of a surprise, Samsung and Verizon officially unveiled the Samsung Continuum at a press event in Manhattan today.
The latest in Samsung's Galaxy S series of Android phones, the Continuum is special in that it has two separate displays: a larger 3.4-inch Super AMOLED touch screen on top and a smaller 1.8-inch ticker display on the bottom. The ticker display is customizable and streams real-time information from your social networks and your news, sports, entertainment, and weather feeds.
The idea is that you can simply look at the ticker display for quick updates … Read more
MetroPCS has plucked the simple Samsung Contour (SCH-r250) for its lineup.
The candy-apple-red flip phone has a VGA camera, and both internal and external displays. The Contour is a very simple phone for making calls. Features-wise, it supports Bluetooth, multimedia messaging, and voice commands.
There's also a slew of MetroPCS apps, including MetroWeb for the Internet, e-mail with mail@metro, Metro 411 Directory Assistance, and MetroBackup.
The Motorola Droid Pro will be available for preorder starting tomorrow, Verizon Wireless announced today.
According to the carrier, customers will be able to preorder the smartphone at Verizon Wireless stores or on the company's Web site. Those who want to wait can buy the Droid Pro on November 18 when it officially goes on sale. It will retail for $179.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year contract, Verizon said.
The Android 2.2-based Droid Pro, which sports a 1GHz processor and 5-megapixel camera, is a world phone. Customers should be able to access voice service … Read more
In February 2010, Microsoft introduced Windows Phone 7 to the world. With the complete overhaul of its mobile operating system, Microsoft got the tech world excited about the OS again with its fresh user interface, added features, and promises of improved performance. We've had to wait a long time since then to see if Windows Phone 7 actually delivers everything it promises, but we finally got a chance to find out, and for the most part it does. There are certainly aspects that need to be fine-tuned and features that need to be added, but overall, Microsoft has created … Read more