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September 6, 2010

Samsung Captivate vs. Apple iPhone 4

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

Samsung, If you  wanted to beat the iPhone at its game, you should at least trump the iPhone hardware if not the software.  Anyone deciding between Captivate and iPhone 4, here is why you should be buying the iPhone 4 over the Captivate.

1. No front facing camera – This means no FaceTime. I can hear GoogleChic, cribbing about Facetime only available over Wi-Fi. Yes, and I would blame AT&T for that. But its something AT&T can decide to turn on anytime. Video calling is not new, but Apple’s FaceTime is yet to add a new page to it. Soon enough we might all be moving away from audio only calls, and do you want to be left behind without a front facing camera?

2. No camera flash – Captivate gives you a 5 mega pixel camera, but says no to a flash. Is that Samsung being stingy?

3. Crappy AT&T apps – You don’t want to be dealing with all the crapware from AT&T on your phone. I know you can take it off if you don’t want it, but why not get a nice and clean iPhone when you are at it?

4. Retina display and HDR photos –   I am in awe of the iPhone’s Retina display. Check out the video for Epic Citadel below. The super crisp 3Dish images should leave you gawking at the display. Although reviews indicate that Samsung’s AMOLED is comparable to Apple’s Retina display, the superior pixel density of the iPhone is something you should check out for yourself. As Apple says “Retina display’s pixel density is so high, your eye is unable to distinguish the pixels” HDR photos coming on iOS 4.1 is something I would die for. GoogleChic, got anything comparable to HDR photos on Captivate?

5. App-Store – With Apple, you get access to the 250,000 apps at the Apple Store which is more than twice that of the Android market place. GoogleChic, are you going to say that market place apps are growing in number? Do you think the App Store will be stagnant?

6. iPhone texting – At this point, GoogleChic will show you videos where Swype on Captivate  appears faster than iPhone texting. An iPhone texter has already beat the Swype record, but I am not going to use that to get you to buy the iPhone 4. Unless you have countless hours to get your swype -ing skills up to speed, go get the iPhone and text away gloriously (why re-invent the typing wheel right?)

7. iOS – Last but not the least, the Apple’s iOS trumps Android any day with super user friendly intuitive software. You don’t want to get an Android phone and be caught in the dark ages if Sammy decides that you are not fit enough for the software update. With Apple, you get it as soon as it’s released .. simple as that!

Googlechic, I know you are going to point out that it sometimes takes a while to update the iPhone, but hey isn’t that because millions of users are trying to get to it before you do and a few minutes is definitely better than waiting months to get the Android software.

Point to take home: iPhone 4 is any day better than Captivate. 🙂

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Samsung can’t help it if AT&T wants to cripple their phone!

1)  Front facing camera. Again, you have AT&T to thank for opting out of the front facing camera option. The Epic 4G, Captivate’s sibling has a front facing camera, so clearly Samsung can provide that feature. Maybe AT&T opted out of it to save itself from another embrassement, another wifi only video time. As for Facetime over 3G, I wouldn’t hold my breathe AppleGirl, you’ll have better luck waiting for the iPhone to come out on Verizon and use Facetime on their stable network. I mean, AT&T is too busy fixing their dropped call right? Millions of customers on their flimsy network would sure cause a blackout 😉 Check out the picture below, I took it while trying to watch Apple’s keynote on a iPhone (umm Networkwork overload)?

2) No flash, pick a side AppleGirl, you said that flash wasn’t a deciding factor. I’m pretty tired of saying this, but yet again AT&T screwing things up. Captivate’s siblings the Epic 4G and Fascinate offers a flash.

3) AT&T apps – Wow, we’re now going to gripe about uninstalling apps? Settings-> Applications -> Manage Applications. That’s it, go uninstall the apps to your heart’s content!

4) Retina display? Oh vey! You need to check out the Super AMOLED in person, check out Avatar on the Samsung (just for you AppleGirl, check out Avatar on the Samsung vs. iPhone 4).  That sure beats your Citadel! As for HDR photos, you realize that’s just a software upgrade right? Being able to snap 3 pictures and put it together is surely something that Google can do.

5) Market, the Android phones can do anything an iPhone can do, even better! Oh don’t forget it’s probably free also!

6) Texting, don’t be jealous AppleGirl that you can’t get Swype. The Captivate does have an on screen keyboard just like the iPhone. Swype is just a bonus feature. If you can type quickly on an iPhone you sure can do it on the Captivate.

7) OS – The iOS trumps Android anyday? I guess if you’re boring and don’t want to be able to customize your desktop or anything else then yes, iOS is for you. You can have the same old app drawer like the millions of iPhone users out there! Now, if you want notifications, customizable desktops, widgets in which you can view FB status, tweet right from your desktop then Android is for you!

By the way, remember Android is open source, update at will. No need to “wait” for the update, it’s already out there. Thanks to Cyanogen (along with other devs) you can get enhanced features for your OS. It’s also easy, just follow the instructions. Now, if you have a Nexus that’s a bonus, Google pushes the updates directly and it takes 2 mins versus the pain of having to fight a million other users trying to get the same upgrade. If Apple was smarter, they would phase the upgrade over the span of several days instead of crashing their servers.

Point taken? Pick an Android device over the iPhone 4. The Captivate is the best Android that AT&T has to offer but there are much better Android devices out there. Stop staying with the crap network that will only promote the iPhone.


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September 1, 2010

The network battle!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Ever wonder about the Android lineup on AT&T? The best that they have is the Samsung Captivate, but compared to its sibling the Samsung Fascinate (soon to be offered on Verizon)  it’s lacking a flash. The flash to me is a simple feature that could make or break someone’s purchasing decision. Other than the Captivate, there is the Motorola Backflip and Dell Aero which I think is a joke! Is AT&T purposely picking less superior Android phones compare to it’s Verizon competitor?

Is this the carrier mobile war? After all, Verizon did launch a Droid does campaign purely targeted at AT&T.  To add to this war, Samsung is going to launch the Galaxy Tab on Verizon.   This will be an interesting battle to keep our eyes on!


BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, for most people flash is not the deciding factor, an operating system or user interface is! 😀

If you want to turn your back on the iPhone, which other smart phone would you pick? An Android phone? Now if you want an Android phone, which carrier would you go to?  The company that boasts hoards of Android phones and whose campaign slogan is “iDon’t, Droid does”? Verizon has done a good job of dissing AT&T. Is it because Verizon did not get the iPhone deal? GoogleChic, of course everything in the mobile world is related to the iPhone! 🙂

I’m curious to see how it would play out if the popular Verizon iPhone rumor is true! Maybe, Verizon would decide that it would rather make more money by investing in the iPhone than a bunch of Android devices.

If Apple did offer Verizon the iPhone deal, I can certainly say that Verizon would snatch it up like a hungry wolf. After all, Verizon has waited for 3 long years to be served the best meal there is 😉


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August 26, 2010

Best of the Galaxys

It seems like news about the Samsung Galaxy S just keeps on coming. The latest Galaxy S phone, the Fascinate and the last to release on Verizon is now the new hype and is predicted to release sometime in September.


So what’s the difference between all of the Galaxy S phones, other than the obvious fact that it’s on different carrier’s?

Here’s the breakdown and our take on each phone.

Common Features
1 GHz processor
Super AMOLED screen
5.0 Megapixel camera
Android 2.1 (Eclair)

Samsung Epic 4G – Sprint
This is the fully loaded version of the Galaxy S. It sports a full QWERTY keyboard and has a front facing camera, which none of the other Galaxy S has. In addition, it sports a flash as well.
Our take:  The best Galaxy S phone for corporate users who prefer a keyboard to hack out those office emails.

Samsung Captivate – AT&T
The best Android device on AT&T. This phone has a more industrial boxy feel. The downside to this phone is that it’s missing a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for users that prefer something other than an iPhone; maybe users that are  stuck on AT&T because your other half has to have the to die for iPhone and you can’t switch providers! (sound familar anyone?)
[Update]: RadioShack is offering a free Samsung Captivate with a 2 year contract with AT&T. This is an awesome deal if you choose to stick with AT&T.

Samsung Vibrant – Tmobile
The higher end Android device on Tmobile. This Galaxy S is also missing a flash, otherwise no complains here; nice phone on a very affordable provider.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for parents to buy for their kids that are begging for that iPhone but you just don’t want to pay that hefty bill. Probably since they’re milking you dry already between the food they eat and the clothes that they want to buy 🙂 This is a steal for parents especially if you caught the 1 cent deal that Amazon was running!
Samsung Fascinate – Verizon
The last to arrive and our favorite. It lacks the front facing camera but it does have a flash.
Our take: The best Galaxy S phone for everyday users. This phone is powerful and lightweight (since it doesn’t have the full QWERTY keyboard). It supports Exchange for your office needs, and playful enough for your after work needs thanks to all the apps offered in the Market.

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