There was good news coming out of Canada yesterday for Android fans, as Rogers Wireless officially released the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Available for $149.99 on select three-year plans, the much-anticipated smartphone features an 8-megapixel camera, a 4-inch WVGA display, and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. But as great as the phone is, it offers just Android 1.6 while comparable handsets have Android 2.1.
We just watched a new Samsung video on YouTube promoting the company's 3D TVs, and boy, it's good. At the start, the presenter claims to be able to present vintage art masterpieces in new ways using 3D technology, and the results are hilarious.
Our favorite was "Bathers at Asnieres" by Seurat for its shock factor and use of an Internet meme. We don't want to spoil the fun by describing the gags, so watch it yourself by clicking on the image.
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Typically, we only have to look at Japan and Korea to know what cool phones we're missing out on. Today's find is the AMOLED Beam (SPH-W9600), which succeeds the earlier Haptic Beam (SPH-W7900). No prizes there for guessing the display type in use.
The AMOLED Beam has a 3.3-inch WVGA touch screen, 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, HSDPA, terrestrial DMB connectivity, support for DivX, video calls and, most importantly, a built-in WVGA projector capable of beaming content up to a maximum screen size of 50 inches.
The phone, however, is available only in Korea, according to Samsung. There's … Read more
The Samsung Galaxy S was one of the highlights from CTIA this year, so we don't blame you if you're waiting for it to hit stores. Unfortunately, we still don't have an official release date, but the Galaxy S took another step toward reality Sunday when it dropped by the Federal Communication Commission for a little certification testing. And as Endgadget and others have pointed put, it's equipped with AT&T's 3G bands.
AT&T isn't such a stretch, but keep in mind that even an FCC filing is no guarantee that … Read more
After a handful of missteps and false starts, another over-the-air update for the Motorola Cliq has started rolling out. It's not the Android 2.1 update that many are hoping for, but it is a minor maintenance release with generally undetectable changes.
Designed to improve features like battery life, widget response, GPS, Bluetooth, and touch-screen sensitivity, version 1.4.8 should hit all Cliq handsets this weekend. You should also see fewer "force close" error messages and you'll get support for a couple of new elements, notably .WMA and WAV audio files and Microsoft Office 2007 … Read more
Among HDTVs we've reviewed, the UNC8000 series is the first 3D TV, the first edge-lit LED-based LCD with local dimming, and the first example of Samsung's Apps for TV platform. It has the company's best LCD picture quality specs for 2010, packs in more features than ever before, and yet manages to measure just under an inch thick. As you can imagine, it doesn't come cheap.
The verdict? We haven't been able to compare the Samsung UNC8000 to any other 3D TVs in the lab, and until we do, our evaluation has more caveats than an ad for allergy medication. That said, 3D on this TV (with this firmware version), though definitely an impressive technology demonstration, won't satisfy videophiles, and at times even made us feel queasy. We'll take 2D Blu-ray for now, thank you, although we're interested to see how non-animated 3D Blu-ray content looks on this set. (See more on 3D picture quality after the jump).
Speaking of comparisons, in 2D mode the UNC8000 had a hard time keeping up with the better local-dimming LED-based LCD TVs available, although it does own the edge-lit crown for now. The Apps platform is probably the company's biggest win on this set, proving to be well-integrated, snappy, and chock full of useful content. Of course, it's also available on plenty of cheaper Samsung TVs. All told, despite its cutting-edge features and design, the high-end UNC8000 left us wanting better picture quality to justify its high price.
After taking the CTIA's Best in Show award at the association's trade show last month (CNET picked our own winners from the event), the five month-old Samsung Moment is getting a brief moment in the spotlight. Though Android 2.1, which is due any day, could be what finally turns this good phone into a great one, it may matter little if the follow-up device is actually on its way.
During a developer conference in Russia, Samsung gave attendees a glimpse of four upcoming handsets that will run on the company's own mobile platform, Bada. On the presentation slide shown above, four handsets priced lower than the Samsung Wave were pictured. Few other details were available, though it appeared that models with slide-out QWERTY keyboards are in the pipeline.
Announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) back in February, the Wave is currently the only device to sport the in-house operating system. It was also during MWC 2010 that the company mentioned that Bada was meant for midrange devices, … Read more