Posts tagged ‘Samsung’

May 22, 2011

Samsung to beat Apple with Retina Display?

BY THE APPLE GIRL

Samsung, termed Apple’s frenemy, will demo a new LCD display technology for future tablets with Apple’s retina display like pixel density. Retina display is anticipated on iPad 3, but will Samsung outdo Apple by launching a retina display tablet? If they do, will Apple still source its own iPad 3 displays from Samsung?
The technology world has debated on how expensive a retina display iPad would be. It would be interesting to see how Samsung prices its new tablet and if Apple can beat that price with iPad 3, which presumably will carry retina display.  
BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

At the Google I/O conference they handed out the Samsung 10.1 Tab and it looks slick!

The Samsung 10.1 Tab is 8.6 mm thin with a 1280×800 resolution screen which is slightly better than the 1024×768 iPad 2 resolution. If Samsung can deliver on the high resolution LCD at 2560×1600 it would make their tablet the best out there!

Of course that is until Apple decides that it’s not always the best to do everything in house and source it for their iPads.

Think how sweet the videos would look on thin Tab!


December 9, 2010

Pure Google – Nexus S

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It was a busy day for Google yesterday. They announced Gingerbread (Android 2.3), Nexus S and Andy Rubin even gave us a preview of Honeycomb (Android 3.0) on a Motorola prototype tablet!Let’s start off with Nexus S (more to come later on Gingerbread and Honeycomb). It’s official, the long awaited second generation Google phone was announced yesterday. The Nexus S is much like the existing Samsung Galaxy S. So what does this new device bring to the table?

 

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) O.S – provides a more refined UI experience and faster processing time.
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) – allows you to read information from tags
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 (Hummingbird) processor
  • 4 inch Screen (contour design)
  • 512 RAM, 16 GB ROM

All in all the phone looks slick. However, there are a couple of disappointing factors that I have to point out. The phone doesn’t support HSPA+ (only HSPA). There’s no removable micro SD card but essentially a 16 GB  one built in. Not sure why Google and Samsung decided to do this, now it’s just like the iPhone where you’ll have to backup your data into another device (major disappointment Google!)

When Google discontinued the Nexus One, they stated that there would not be another Google phone, so why now? Check out the video below for Google’s back story of the Nexus S. “Nexus is about bring the pure Google experience” (I have a feeling that AppleGirl will get a kick out of this one ;))

Nexus S is $529 unlocked and $199 with a 2 year T-Mobile contract. It’ll be available on Dec 16th at Best Buy and Dec 20th at Carphone Warehouse.

Source: androidcentral, engadget

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, I’m not really sure what is so exciting on the Nexus S. The hardware is nothing new or revolutionary and if Gingerbread is the star of the show, then I don’t get why we are making a big deal about a mediocre phone. Most of the existing Android users should be able to upgrade Gingerbread sometime in the future so I don’t think people would buy this phone only because its loaded with Gingerbread.

 

The hardware specs of Nexus S match the iPhone except of course iPhone 4 has a higher pixel density Retina display. I can see GoogleChic rolling up her sleeves to fight the Retina – AMOLED battle 🙂 Jokes apart, with an unsurprising hardware and unexceptional software upgrade (watch out for our iOS vs. Gingerbread battle blog), Nexus S doesn’t live up to expectations. Nexus S is not attractive enough for existing Android users, let alone for anyone switching from a different OS like iOS or Blackberry.

It’s a shame that it does not support HSPA+, after all the drama about T-Mobile’s biggest 4G network, the least T-Mobile should do is release more HSPA+ capable phones. The phone  comes with only 16GB memory. Although 16GB should be sufficient for any normal person, you don’t have an option to add on more memory if you wanted to. Unlike the Nexus S, iPhone 4 is available in 16GB and 32GB flavors, so if you are memory thirsty then iPhone will quench you thirst.

GoogleChic, you were right about me cracking up about the “Pure Google Experience”. Geez, does that mean you don’t get the same experience on other Android phones? 🙂



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September 20, 2010

Best Phone for a Femme fAndroid

If you are a fAndroid, who loves her makeup as much as much as her “Hello Kitty” Tee, got Harajuku written all over you, then try to stop yourself from drooling over this new phone!

Samsung just added a hot pink Galaxy S to its latest smart phone lineup. Samsung has partnered with Aveda, to bring you the limited edition Galaxy S Femme package, which includes an Aveda cosmetic kit and a 4GB microSD card (to save off all your girls night out pictures).  Aveda Apps that will help keep your skin super soft and those locks real shiny, come pre-installed on the phone.

Samsung has not released the price on the phone yet (But hang on tight, we will get you the update when its released). It’s rumored to be available in four different variations in US. We are assuming that Samsung will release it on all the major carriers like the rest of the Galaxy S phones. There goes your boyfriend’s or hubby’s “can’t break away from family plan” excuse.

Samsung is making only 5000 of these!  So girls, get ready to start swyping away on your super AMOLED!

Love it or hate it? 😀


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September 19, 2010

Android not ready for Tablets?

BY THE APPLE GIRL 

This news is from the horse’s mouth itself. Hugo Barra, Google director of mobile products, recently said that “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.” However, Samsung claims that the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be compatible with 85-90% of the Android programs.Well, for all that advertising Samsung has done, the Tab better support that many apps.

Isn’t it really depressing to hear that the most anticipated Galaxy Tab may not be quite ready for the tablet market yet. With a flood of Android tablets coming out, Google better start working hard to get those 80,000 apps working on the tablets. If they don’t,  GoogleChic, you wont have much to grapple over and I will be really bored without an iOS competitor to diss. 😉

Samsung has announced that the device will be upgradeable to Android 3.0 (Gingerbread).  However you wont be able to upgrade it to Android 3.5 (Honeycomb), since there will be new hardware to support that. With the blazing speed at which Google is releasing software updates, GoogleChic, would you still want to buy a device which only gets one software update in its lifetime?  Geez, you fAndroids must be really very rich!


BY THE GOOGLE CHIC 

Do you really think that Samsung who manufactures quality products will release a crap tablet like it’s counterparts Augen? Heck no! Of course they thought about the new screen resolution on its tablet. Come on, in the technology world everyone knows that you just don’t go poof and everything will magically appear on a new device. Samsung has been working with Google to identify apps that will not work as in on its new Tab and have been in contact with those developers.

If you look at the iPad, there are apps specially made just for it to take advantage of the larger screen. AppleGirl, were you depressed when the iPad came out on day one and not all the apps was working as you expected ;)? As for the 80,000 apps, Google doesn’t need to lift a finger, that’s not their responsibility. Each developer should go back and make their application compatible (much like the Apple process). However,  to Hugo Barra’s point, there is an easier way to make all of these Apps compatible, “we want to make sure that we’re going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience”. This is something that Google is already working on with Gingerbread (Android 3.0) .

As for Honeycomb, Samsung is planing to release a full tablet portfolio in 2011 which supports Honeycomb. So, you could wait it out until then but the Samsung Tab is about portability with the 7 inch screen size and if that’s what you like I would say go for it! I somehow have a feeling that the tablets released by Samsung in 2011 will be larger than 7 inches.

For now, check out the hands on video with Samsung Tab, it sure looks sweet to me!

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September 18, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab- take your pick!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

It looks like it’s going to be a full house  again with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung announced yesterday that the Galaxy Tab will be available via  all major US carriers (T-mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint).

Samsung also announced that a WiFi only version will be available! This means no service contract and data plans (Whoop!)! However, there’s no news on the pricing for any of these devices just yet.

One odd thing is odd is that the US version of the Galaxy Tab will not have telephony capabilities unlike its European model. Am I going to cry over this? No! That’s what a phone is for, and don’t forget you still have the VoIP option if you really want to use it as a phone.

Lastly, movies and next day TV shows will be offered via Media Hub. I think Media Hub is a very nice feature for movies, but I’m still not jumping up and down for joy about the TV shows. I mean Android does have Flash so you could wait for the shows to be posted online to watch, I guess it’s a nice to have if the network doesn’t offer online episodes.

Watch out AppleGirl, with the Samsung Tab being readily available with on all of the major US carriers, do you still think the iPad will dominate?



BY THE APPLE GIRL

Is this going to be another round of device dwarfing just so the Samsung tablet fits into the carrier plans like the Galaxy phones? Sprint customers; don’t hold your breath expecting another Epic 4G, because Samsung is not releasing a 4G version of the Galaxy Tab. T-Mobile customers, you won’t be getting the Tab on T-Mobile’s HSPA + network as well. That leaves Verizon and AT&T. You think AT&T customers would buy an Android device when they have an Apple device at their beckoning?

GoogleChic, I am glad you are not crying over not having voice call functionality on the Tab because I think Samsung and the carrier networks should be beating themselves bad over that blunder(esp if its available in UK). If your Tab is extremely portable because it is 7 inches (maybe you don’t have the extra 3 inches space in you handbag or manbag to hold an iPad), a good smart phone-mini tablet is what we don’t have in the market (Intentionally ignoring  Dell Streak here).  Want to get ahead of the iPad? Launch a device into an untapped market. But instead, Samsung insists on being the best knock-offer (Does the word knock-offer exist? Nevermind, I just made it up). Elaborating on the knock-offer attributes, Samsung makes a device just like an iPad (only 3 inches shorter), makes Apple like accessories, and top it all off gives you video conferencing on Wi-Fi only. GoogleChic, isn’t that what we call Facetime on iPad? Yes, the same Facetime over Wifi you keep cribbing about. 😉

Wow, you get a Media Hub as well? Anything compared to the iTunes store? I’m not even going to draw a comparison here since we all know who wins this round hands down.

As it is, the battery life of the iPad is super trumping the Samsung Tab (iPad has 10 hours video, 140 hours audio playback , one month standby  and Samsung Tab has 7 hours video). Hmm, I wonder if that 7 hours would be any shorter with GoogleChic watching videos on Flash websites.

Alas, Samsung couldn’t get their hands on Apples iOS, so they decided to stick the Tab with another copycat, Android OS. Apple’s newest updates including Airplay wireless streaming and the colossal giant App store with Apps made to render to the 10 inch iPad, sets the Tablet software bar higher than Android.

Last but not the least, let’s talk about the price. Although Samsung hasn’t released the price point in the US, here’s a feeler about how it is faring in UK. Amazon has listed the product for  a mind boggling £800 as compared to £529 for a 16 Gb Wifi-3G  Apple iPad.  Amazon has also listed a 15% discount which brings the Tab down up £680. Of course, with carrier subsidization, the price may vary in the United States. But if the Tab is going to cost more than an iPad, GoogleChic, really I don’t think even you would be buying the Galaxy Tab! 🙂

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September 14, 2010

Facetime on the new iPad and Mac?

BY THE APPLE GIRLIf you are holding off on buying an iPad just yet, here’s some good news for you! Apple might be releasing the new version of the iPad with a front facing camera in the first quarter of 2011. Another rumor is that Apple is getting ready to ship Face Time version of iChat with which you could make Face Time calls from any Mac. FaceTime might be the next thing in vogue; GoogleChic, unless you buy an Apple device, you are going to be left behind with your wannabe “Face Time” flimsy video chat software on your Android!Front facing cameras on any Android device including your most favorite Samsung Galaxy Tab might only give you the hardware to do video calls. But what you really miss is the beautifully integrated Face time software that Apple has done so well.

Steve Jobs was critiqued when he claimed back in June that Apple would ship tens of millions of Face Time devices this calendar year.If FaceTime comes to all Apple devices, Steve Jobs might be keeping his word. A writer at Fortune has added up all the numbers and turns out Apple might have roughly 48 million Face Time devices in the market by the end of this year. Albeit, Face Time is currently allowed only on Wi-Fi, with 48 million Face Time devices, Apple is just unlocking the video telephony potential.

Girls, go get some make up on. Your next FaceTime call might be any minute now!

BY THE GOOGLE CHICIf the hardware allows for a front facing camera, do you really think there’s no software to go with that? Of course not! Qik is a video chatting application that allows for you to video chat to your heart’s content. In addition, it’s a video sharing software app, you can upload videos to Qik and share them with your friends. Obviously, you can do this all over 3G 🙂Don’t be jealous AppleGirl because you can’t Facetime over 3G. There’s an alternative solution for you. You can Fring and video chat with me over 3G. However, as you will see in the demo below you may have some issues on your end 😉

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September 13, 2010

Verizon Fascinate -not what we hoped!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Verizon shot themselves in the foot with the Samsung Fascinate! (To be honest, I think someone left their brain at home when they made this decision).  A while back we did a review on the Best of the Galaxy S and our favorite was the Fascinate based on the hardware specs. However, as many of you know,  Bing comes as the default search engine on the phone and it doesn’t allow you to switch the default search engine back to Google. Not to mention, the Fascinate uses Verizon navigation instead of Google’s. What were they thinking?!?! Fascinate is an Android device why would you put Bing on there and mess with the Google navigation which works like a charm. Not to mention, Google search not only searches the web but it searches your phone as well (contacts and apps). I just wonder how many countless development hours Verizon spent messing up something that already works!

The good news is that since Android is open source, there is already a work around to undo what Verizon has done. Set the default engine back to Google. Also, you can just download Google Maps from the Market and you’ll be all set.

Bottom line, I’m very disappointed with Verizon’s decision. Not everyone is going to go to the trouble of figuring out how to default the search engine back to Google. So with the number of Android device on Verizon, I say you just pick something else over the Fascinate. I have to say it’s a shame because the hardware is amazing and that Super AMOLED screen is still to die for!


BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, you said it all (well almost!) 🙂 To appease the fAndroids Verizon announced that Google Search would be available as an option in Android 2.2 -Froyo (yet to be released on Fascinate)

But its funny that Verizon hasn’t announced when they will let the Fascinate users upgrade to Froyo. You will get an option to download Google Search but we can’t tell you when. Jeez that’s a smart way of saying “Shut up and use the phone as is”. GoogleChic, Fascinate  users have no access to all the “cool new Froyo features” you boasted about (until God knows when!). Bummer!

I can’t believe that after all the Bing drama, with Android purists like the GoogleChic dissing Fascinate, Verizon still won’t let users change the default search browser!

Everyone convinced not to buy the Samsung Fascinate? This is my iPhone shine moment 🙂

Buy an iPhone and you won’t need to fret about software updates like the rest of the Androids. Plus you get a much better search option – Spotlight, and Google Maps too! Apple gives you all the new software updates right away And AT&T has no say in it!

Isn’t it time we stop taking crap from the carrier networks?


September 7, 2010

Android web usage climbs, Apple’s slip!

BY THE GOOGLE CHIC

Check out the pretty graph below. While Android web usage steadily climbs, iOS drops (and this includes the beloved iPods and iPads).  Maybe, Apple’s investors should take a look a closer look and study the Quantcast chart and invest wisely!

I’ll leave you pondering with this thought. “In business you either lead, follow, or get out of the way.  A steamroller driven by a friendly green robot is coming through, and that huge user base some others have been enjoying isn’t going to be enough to stop it.”

Source: Android Central, tgdaily

BY THE APPLE GIRL

GoogleChic, its funny you should leave us pondering with that thought! It aptly describes Apple as a leader and Android as follower. Is’nt that the trend? Android following Apple’s innovative smart phone solutions, and the the bevy of handset makers, copying every single curve on the iPhone. GoogleChic, Do Galaxy S phones look like the iPhone to you? 🙂

Your chart indicates that iOS web consumption has been going down while Android web usage is going up. Are you telling me that Apple has miraculously got the web consumption down while still selling more devices than the Android? I would say that is ingenious.

Now here’s a thought for you to chew on. 10 users could each be using 1 unit of data on their iPhones and a single Android user could be using 100 units of data. With all the tethering allowed on  Android phones, I won’t be surprised if this is true. Does that indicate that Android’s market share is bigger than Apple’s?


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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