Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Samsung Vibrant, a Samsung plasma TV, and an Asus Eee PC Netbook.
CNET Reviews staff
Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile)
Here's our weekly roundup of the new products CNET reviewers liked best.
Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile)
Editors' rating: 4 out of 5
The good: The Samsung Vibrant boasts a brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen and comes preloaded with a number of entertainment goodies, including a full-length copy of "Avatar." The Android-based smartphone also offers 16GB of internal memory, full wireless options, and great call quality.
The bad: The phone feels plasticky and slick. Battery life isn't the greatest. There's no camera flash.
The bottom line: Sleek and fast, the Samsung Vibrant is one of T-Mobile's top smartphones for entertainment, but its feature set takes a toll on the battery life.
The good: Excellent black-level performance; accurate color overall; numerous picture controls and tweaks; sleek styling with inch-deep panel; superb streaming and widget content via well-integrated Apps platform; solid 3D picture quality.
The bad: Cannot properly handle 1080p/24 sources; less efficient than LCD models; duplication of Apps and widgets can be confusing; does not include 3D glasses.
The bottom line: Among the better 2D performers available, the Samsung PNC7000 series plasma also delivers 3D for less than the competition.
The good: The Samsung Captivate features a gorgeous Super AMOLED screen, a 1GHz processor, and 16GB of onboard memory plus an expansion slot. The Android 2.1 device also offers great call quality, full wireless options, and a HD video capture.
The bad: AT&T won't let you sideload apps. Camera lacks flash.
The bottom line: The Samsung Captivate is easily AT&T's best Android offering to date, delivering great performance, tons of features, and an easy-to-use interface.
The good: The Samsung Acclaim has a great 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen display, a responsive optical sensor, and it comes with Android 2.1. We also like that it has a 3.5mm headset jack, and it's affordable as well.
The bad: The Samsung Acclaim doesn't have a great physical keyboard, and call quality could be improved.
The bottom line: The Samsung Acclaim is a pretty good Android phone for those on a budget, but we were disappointed with the keyboard and call quality.
The good: Dual alarm clock; AM/FM radio; iPod dock; works with iPhone, too (unofficially); full iPod navigation via remote; can control some iPhone/iPod Touch apps; Creative X-Fi sound-processing technology presets.
The bad: Not portable; remote feels a bit flimsy.
The bottom line: Though its $150 price tag places it among the more-expensive devices on the market, its great sound, feature set, and comprehensive iPod control make the i525 a worthy AM/FM iPod alarm clock radio.