The world tour continues for Samsung's Galaxy S line of handsets with news that China is set to see three variations of the device. Starting later this month with China Telecom, the country's largest carriers will have a model built specifically with their 3G varying standards in mind.
Announced earlier today at the China World Exhibition, each device will come with the familiar 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor found in similar models. However, China Unicom's GT-19088 will have WCDMA support, whereas China Telecom's SCH-I909 will offer support for both CDMA and GSM networks. China … Read more
Look out Dell, Bonnie is not happy. Your Android smartphone, the Aero, recently passed through her hands and all she can say is that it's "unintuitive, slow, and limited in functionality." And don't forget that it only runs on Android 1.5. Fortunately, Samsung fared better with its Fascinate Galaxy S handset for Verizon Wireless, but plenty of people are miffed that Verizon replaced Google's search with Microsoft's Bing.
Outside of reviews, cell phone news is a little slow this week. Apple's iOS 4.1 update went live today, a few Android rumors … Read more
Verizon Wireless started selling the Samsung Fascinate smartphone online on Wednesday. To sweeten the deal for would-be buyers, the company is offering a buy-one, get-one-free deal.
Consumers looking to get their hands on two Fascinate devices will first need to buy one of them for $300 with a two-year contract. Upon doing so, they will receive a $100 mail-in rebate, dropping the price of that device to $200. Next, they will need to buy the second Fascinate for $100. That, too, will include a $100 mail-in rebate, effectively dropping the price of the second device to zero.
As with anything, … Read more
On today's show, a rousing discussion of scandal, sex, and giving cover to wrongdoers. And that's just Oracle hiring Mark Hurd. In other tech news, Craigslist gets rid of its adult services section in the most passive-aggressive manner possible. Google Buzz costs the Goog $8.5 million, the Nokia N8 costs roughly the same, and we decide to eat the bear.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
HDTV shoppers might before too long find Google's Android operating system in Samsung television sets, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday at an event in Seoul, Yoon Boo Keun, Samsung's TV business head, said that his company is "reviewing" the possibility of integrating Android OS into its line of televisions. However, Keun was decidedly noncommittal, saying that the company "will have to see."
Editors' note: Sprint announced that it will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab starting November 14. Pricing for the Android-based tablet is $399.99 with a two-year contract, and customers will be able to choose from two 3G Tablet Mobile Broadband plans: a 2GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $29.99 per month or a 5GB data plan with unlimited messaging for $59.99 per month.
BERLIN--After more than an hour putting the Samsung Galaxy Tab through its paces, I have to say I'm impressed.
It's no iPad-slayer, but it's an elegant tablet with conveniently compact dimensions, good performance, and a bright, responsive multitouch screen.
Samsung debuted the Galaxy Tab Thursday at the IFA electronics show here with strong words showing it plans to compete directly with Apple's iPad. Just how well it'll succeed depends in large measure on how well developers embrace large-screen Android devices: the Tab's most awkward moments came with applications designed for a smaller screen, and there will have to be a lot more games before Android tablets can take on the iPad.
First, some Samsung Galaxy Tab details. Front and center is its 7-inch, 1,024x600 touch screen. For a tablet to be competitive, it's got to respond quickly to touch, and the Galaxy Tab does--most of the time. The screen is bright and text is easy to read. It's not as spacious the iPad's, but it's a big step up from mobile phones.
The brains of the operation are a 1.0GHz Cortex A8 ARM-based processor paired with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor. Game developers take note: The two made the Tab the fastest and most responsive of Android devices I've used. Applications loaded fast and responded to input moderately fast. Internal memory of 16GB or 32GB is supplemented by a microSD port that can accommodate flash cards with up to 32GB more.
Speaking of mobile phones, note that the Tab is available only through carriers that provide mobile phone service. There's no Wi-Fi-only option, though the Tab does support 802.11 a, b, g, and n. For cell networks, it can use 2.5G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and 3G (HSUPA at 5.76Mbps, and HSDPA 7.2Mbps). I found Wi-Fi and 3G both worked well at Samsung's booth. … Read more