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  1. With rumours of a Pro 12" iPad constantly circulating, Samsung have decided to preempt Apple's launch by launching their own Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro 12.2" tablets.Looking decidedly not that portable, these tablets looks like they're more likely to be used on a desk and used collaboratively between multiple users. Running Android 4.4, these 750g tablets will also come with wifi and the option for expandable memory and 4G. What disappoints most is the lack of more thought through keyboard dock and resolution of 2560 x 1600 (247ppi) making this feel sub-optimal. The Note Pro comes with a stylus and Samsung's excellent adapted software, whilst the Tab Pro will miss these additional features. We're sure that someone will find these very handy, but can't help wonder if Apple will make a similar device more desirable. Click here to view the news
  2. Looking decidedly not that portable, these tablets looks like they're more likely to be used on a desk and used collaboratively between multiple users. Running Android 4.4, these 750g tablets will also come with wifi and the option for expandable memory and 4G. What disappoints most is the lack of more thought through keyboard dock and resolution of 2560 x 1600 (247ppi) making this feel sub-optimal. The Note Pro comes with a stylus and Samsung's excellent adapted software, whilst the Tab Pro will miss these additional features. We're sure that someone will find these very handy, but can't help wonder if Apple will make a similar device more desirable.
  3. Hands up?

    If you either have a (white) Samsung Galaxy SIII or a Mega. I have mystery (original - natch) accessories for you! Simply send me a PM with your mailing address. David
  4. It's a sad reflection of modern tech business, that when companies aren't busy suing each other for something, they're busy trying to pull the wool over our eyes in benchmark tests. Manufacturers claim that their phone are merely optimised. Some people will say they are cheating.Bristol outfit Gamebench have come up with a new way to prevent manufacturers from 'optimising' their products to work with current benchmark tools. Most benchmark tools take a snapshot of a phone's performance, but Gamebench propose to test a phone over a longer period of time, over a number of popular games to test the average performance of a handset over a period of time. It will merge the results for frame rate and battery drainage to come up with an overall score. This way, buyers will hopefully get a more realistic idea of what phones are capable, rather than the current batch of 'gamed' scores. More info Click here to view the news
  5. Bristol outfit Gamebench have come up with a new way to prevent manufacturers from 'optimising' their products to work with current benchmark tools. Most benchmark tools take a snapshot of a phone's performance, but Gamebench propose to test a phone over a longer period of time, over a number of popular games to test the average performance of a handset over a period of time. It will merge the results for frame rate and battery drainage to come up with an overall score. This way, buyers will hopefully get a more realistic idea of what phones are capable, rather than the current batch of 'gamed' scores. More info
  6. Which? Magazine is well known for it's independent tests, so it was of great interest to see which smartphones came out on top for battery life, given how so many people complain that they struggle to get through the day without having to top up their phones. Samsung must be feeling pretty smug right now, whilst Apple must be feeling that the test wasn't done correctly. It seems that if battery life is your key concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be your first choice. We do add a bit of caution to the result though from our own completely non-scientific experience, where we find that all the phones there do seem to last much of a muchness, (give or take a couple of hours) during the day, and perhaps pure call usage, or data usage is too simple a summary of how long a phone will last you in day to day usage. I get at least 24 hours usage from all the recent top end phones I've used. It still makes for an interesting read none the less. Source Click here to view the news
  7. Samsung must be feeling pretty smug right now, whilst Apple must be feeling that the test wasn't done correctly. It seems that if battery life is your key concern, then the Samsung Galaxy S4 should be your first choice. We do add a bit of caution to the result though from our own completely non-scientific experience, where we find that all the phones there do seem to last much of a muchness, (give or take a couple of hours) during the day, and perhaps pure call usage, or data usage is too simple a summary of how long a phone will last you in day to day usage. I get at least 24 hours usage from all the recent top end phones I've used. It still makes for an interesting read none the less. Source
  8. Bendy screens are all the rage these days and the Koreans are at the forefront of this new technology, so it's no surprise to hear that Samsung are planning on using it in a new phone launched some time in the next month.Reuters are reporting that during the launch of the Note 3 in South Korea this week, one of their senior bods let it slip that there will be a new phone with a curved screen. Those of you with a long memory might remember this demo from Samsung at CES in January. Click here to view the news
  9. Reuters are reporting that during the launch of the Note 3 in South Korea this week, one of their senior bods let it slip that there will be a new phone with a curved screen. Those of you with a long memory might remember this demo from Samsung at CES in January. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pcJh3yi7ZU
  10. Samsung have finally launched their much-leaked and recently oft-pictured smart watch, the Galaxy Gear. Read on for a hands-on review curtosy of The Verge.Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear (pictures + video) over at The Verge. Looks better than the original picture, rather plain but fairly "watch-like". Certainly kicks the Pebbles arse in terms of looks, but then it would have been hard not to! $299 when it launches in the US in early October. Specs are lower than what has been predicted so far: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display 320 x 320 resolution Single-core 800MHz Exynos process Click here to view the news
  11. Samsung Galaxy Gear Launched

    Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Gear (pictures + video) over at The Verge. Looks better than the original picture, rather plain but fairly "watch-like". Certainly kicks the Pebbles arse in terms of looks, but then it would have been hard not to! $299 when it launches in the US in early October. Specs are lower than what has been predicted so far: 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display 320 x 320 resolution Single-core 800MHz Exynos process
  12. Although it's due to be launched on 4th September, it looks like we've got our first picture. It looks like Venture Beat got quite a scoop. Although it looks interesting, there's some serious problems such as size, looks and battery life.
  13. Less than a year after the launch of the Galaxy S III, on May 3rd 2012; today sees Samsung launch it's next flagship device, the Galaxy S IV. In a change from last years' event, the launch of the Galaxy S IV is taking place in Central Square in New York, USA at 7 PM local time.Tonight Samsung have launched the Galaxy S IV; the fourth generation of their flagship Galaxy Android phone. The S IV is slightly bigger than it's previous incarnation, having a screen size of 4.99", but also with a higher resolution, giving this Super-AMOLED HD screen a resolution and pixel density that not only rivals Apple's vaunted "retina" display, but beats it into next week! The phone features a 8-core processor with 2GB internal RAM and internal storage of 16, 32 or possibly 64GB. It comes with an updated 13MP camera and a host of new Samsung software feartures; all designed to "make our lives easier". Technical specifications below: OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor 1.6GHz Octa-core Exynos processor / 1.9GHz Quad-core Qualcomm processor (varies by market) Memory 2GB Display 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 Glass Gorilla Glass 3 Pixel Density 441 ppi Storage 16 / 32 / 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB) Primary Camera 13-megapixel BSI AF Secondary Camera 2-megapixel BSI Cellular GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat 3 (bands vary by market) WiFi WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, HT80 Bluetooth 4.0 LE Navigation GPS / GLONASS Connectivity NFC / MHL 2.0 / IR LED SIM Micro-SIM Battery 2,600mAh Weight 130g Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm Colors Black Mist / White Frost Click here to view the news
  14. Samsung launch the Galaxy S IV

    Tonight Samsung have launched the Galaxy S IV; the fourth generation of their flagship Galaxy Android phone. The S IV is slightly bigger than it's previous incarnation, having a screen size of 4.99", but also with a higher resolution, giving this Super-AMOLED HD screen a resolution and pixel density that not only rivals Apple's vaunted "retina" display, but beats it into next week! The phone features a 8-core processor with 2GB internal RAM and internal storage of 16, 32 or possibly 64GB. It comes with an updated 13MP camera and a host of new Samsung software feartures; all designed to "make our lives easier". Technical specifications below: OS Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Processor 1.6GHz Octa-core Exynos processor / 1.9GHz Quad-core Qualcomm processor (varies by market) Memory 2GB Display 5 inch Full HD Super AMOLED Resolution 1,920 x 1,080 Glass Gorilla Glass 3 Pixel Density 441 ppi Storage 16 / 32 / 64 GB User memory + microSD slot (up to 64GB) Primary Camera 13-megapixel BSI AF Secondary Camera 2-megapixel BSI Cellular GSM/EDGE/UMTS/DC-HSPA+/LTE Cat 3 (bands vary by market) WiFi WiFi 802.11 a/ac/b/g/n, HT80 Bluetooth 4.0 LE Navigation GPS / GLONASS Connectivity NFC / MHL 2.0 / IR LED SIM Micro-SIM Battery 2,600mAh Weight 130g Dimensions 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9mm Colors Black Mist / White Frost
  15. Samsung have launched yet-another Android phone in their Galaxy range. This phone is called the Galaxy Premier and is a half-way house between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S III mini - in other words it's an updated Galaxy S II.The Galaxy Premier has a much better spec than the Galaxy S III mini, but is still not as highly spec'd as the Galaxy S III. In detail, this phone has: [*]4.65-inch, (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED screen [*]Dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor [*]1GB of RAM [*]8GB or 16GB internal storage (32GB may be an option) [*]Android 4.1 Jelly Bean [*]8-megapixel rear camera [*]1.9-megapixel front-camera [*]Bluetooth 4.0 [*]NFC. ... so that specification is essentially an updated version of the Galaxy S II, but with a higer resolution screen and a slightly faster processor, as well as NFC as standard. If this phone appears in the UK, it could be the answer for all those who think the Galaxy S III is just a little too big! Click here to view the article
  16. The Galaxy Premier has a much better spec than the Galaxy S III mini, but is still not as highly spec'd as the Galaxy S III. In detail, this phone has: 4.65-inch, (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED screen Dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor 1GB of RAM 8GB or 16GB internal storage (32GB may be an option) Android 4.1 Jelly Bean 8-megapixel rear camera 1.9-megapixel front-camera Bluetooth 4.0 NFC. ... so that specification is essentially an updated version of the Galaxy S II, but with a higer resolution screen and a slightly faster processor, as well as NFC as standard. If this phone appears in the UK, it could be the answer for all those who think the Galaxy S III is just a little too big!
  17. No one wants to have all their stuff on their mobile phone wiped out by accident. Imagine how frustrating it would be if you so happen to click a link on a web page and it deleted everything on your phone.It turns out that this is quite possible if you're using an Android handset. Any handset which has not had it's dialer updated in the last 3 months is vulnerable to this. Basically it works off something called USSDs. You know. When you're browsing a web page from your handset, you click a phone number and it calls it for you. It's a special type of URL. Turns out that whilst the most common instruction is to make a call, it can also be used to show you your IMEI number or do a full factory reset..... See below If you've updated to Jelly Bean, or your phone manufacturer / network have released an update for your handset (which you've downloaded and installed), then you should be safe. For everyone else, be aware! To see if your handset is vulnerable, click this link to see if it displays your IMEI number or not (if it does, that's not good) More info Click here to view the article
  18. It turns out that this is quite possible if you're using an Android handset. Any handset which has not had it's dialer updated in the last 3 months is vulnerable to this. Basically it works off something called USSDs. You know. When you're browsing a web page from your handset, you click a phone number and it calls it for you. It's a special type of URL. Turns out that whilst the most common instruction is to make a call, it can also be used to show you your IMEI number or do a full factory reset..... See below If you've updated to Jelly Bean, or your phone manufacturer / network have released an update for your handset (which you've downloaded and installed), then you should be safe. For everyone else, be aware! To see if your handset is vulnerable, click this link to see if it displays your IMEI number or not (if it does, that's not good) More info
  19. At IFA in Berlin today, Samsung announced the Avis S; a 4.8 inch, HD Super AMOLED, 1280x720, 1.5 GHz dual-core Windows Phone 8 smartphone.The phone, which is due to be available next month, is quite a stunner in terms of specification, being almost on a par with the superlative Galaxy S 3. Indeed, the design language of the phone suggests that this is the Windows Phone equivalent of the Android-based Galaxy range. The specs of the phone are: Screen: 4.8 inch diagonal, Gorilla Glass 2, HD Super AMOLED display Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU Battery: 2300 mAh RAM: 1GB Internal storage: 16 or 32GB External expansion: Micro SD Rear camera: 8 MPix Front camera: 1.9 MPix Overall phone thickness: 7.8mm Click here to view the article
  20. The phone, which is due to be available next month, is quite a stunner in terms of specification, being almost on a par with the superlative Galaxy S 3. Indeed, the design language of the phone suggests that this is the Windows Phone equivalent of the Android-based Galaxy range. The specs of the phone are: Screen: 4.8 inch diagonal, Gorilla Glass 2, HD Super AMOLED display Processor: 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm CPU Battery: 2300 mAh RAM: 1GB Internal storage: 16 or 32GB External expansion: Micro SD Rear camera: 8 MPix Front camera: 1.9 MPix Overall phone thickness: 7.8mm
  21. In the global Apple vs. Samsung wars, Apple has won a significant victory over Sumsung in the U.S.A, but has lost out in South Korea.In the global Apple vs. Samsung wars, Apple has won a significant victory over Samsung in the U.S.A, but has lost out in South Korea. The widely reported victory of Apple over Samsung in the U.S.A., in a court case heard by a jury, has seen Apple awarded damages of over $1billion (albeit this is a very small percentage of Samsung's profits) and it has been decided that Samsung infringed upon 5 of Apple's patents, while Apple did not infringe on any of Samsung's. There's no device blocking or sales restrictions associated with this initial ruling. Samsung will be appealing this decision, so nothing much is going to change for now. In South Korea, a judge has decided that Samsung infringed upon one of Apple's patents, while Apple infringed upon 2 of Samsung's. Damages were awarded on both sides, with Apple having to pay a little more than Samsung. In addition, both sides have had some of their products banned from sale. For Apple, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad an iPad2 have been banned, while for Samsung the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus have been banned. Once again, both sides are likely to appeal, so this decision essentially means not-a-lot at the moment. In this author's opinion, all these court cases should be stopped and a lot of the patents within them declared as FRAND (i.e. the patent owners must license them to other manufacturers). Patents covering a "rectangular device with rounded corners" can't be enforced as it prevents so many designs from such a wide variety of manufacturers. Equally a lot of the UI patents which Apple are throwing around are now considered as being the default way of doing things, in use by Apple, Google, Microsoft & RIM for their touchscreen interfaces. For Apple to ONLY be going after Samsung (for their use of Google's operating system) is stupid. Equally, Apple are merely showing that they are no longer capable of competing in the market place, so are doing everything they can to prevent any prevent competing products coming on to the market - in the *good old days* Apple used to pride themselves on their ability to differentiate in the market place and thus win their customers by offering a better product. It seems now that Apple have decided not to try to produce innovative and compelling products, and instead maintain their market position to merely prevent any competition. Samsung summed it up with their press response to the U.S.A. case, by stating: "Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer" Click here to view the article
  22. In the global Apple vs. Samsung wars, Apple has won a significant victory over Samsung in the U.S.A, but has lost out in South Korea. The widely reported victory of Apple over Samsung in the U.S.A., in a court case heard by a jury, has seen Apple awarded damages of over $1billion (albeit this is a very small percentage of Samsung's profits) and it has been decided that Samsung infringed upon 5 of Apple's patents, while Apple did not infringe on any of Samsung's. There's no device blocking or sales restrictions associated with this initial ruling. Samsung will be appealing this decision, so nothing much is going to change for now. In South Korea, a judge has decided that Samsung infringed upon one of Apple's patents, while Apple infringed upon 2 of Samsung's. Damages were awarded on both sides, with Apple having to pay a little more than Samsung. In addition, both sides have had some of their products banned from sale. For Apple, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad an iPad2 have been banned, while for Samsung the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus have been banned. Once again, both sides are likely to appeal, so this decision essentially means not-a-lot at the moment. In this author's opinion, all these court cases should be stopped and a lot of the patents within them declared as FRAND (i.e. the patent owners must license them to other manufacturers). Patents covering a "rectangular device with rounded corners" can't be enforced as it prevents so many designs from such a wide variety of manufacturers. Equally a lot of the UI patents which Apple are throwing around are now considered as being the default way of doing things, in use by Apple, Google, Microsoft & RIM for their touchscreen interfaces. For Apple to ONLY be going after Samsung (for their use of Google's operating system) is stupid. Equally, Apple are merely showing that they are no longer capable of competing in the market place, so are doing everything they can to prevent any prevent competing products coming on to the market - in the *good old days* Apple used to pride themselves on their ability to differentiate in the market place and thus win their customers by offering a better product. It seems now that Apple have decided not to try to produce innovative and compelling products, and instead maintain their market position to merely prevent any competition. Samsung summed it up with their press response to the U.S.A. case, by stating: "Today's verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple's claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer"