This time Samsung is getting a head start on next week's wireless trade show by announcing the Galaxy Mini 2 and Galaxy Ace 2. Though we heard rumors of the Mini 2 last week, Samsung waited until early Tuesday morning to make the handsets official in a press release from the company's Korean headquarters.
The Samsung Galaxy Note is getting some company in the emerging world of mega-smartphones from LG's Optimus Vu, which has been revealed ahead of the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
The world is now home to at least two 5-inch Korean-made Android smartphones that are blurring the line between phone and tablet and attempting to resurrect the stylus. Like the Galaxy Note, the Optimus Vu is designed with a pen-friendly interface in mind.
LG also claims the 4:3 aspect ratio on the Optimus Vu as a central selling point--a Korean press release touts the huge screen space and brightness as ideal for reading e-books and other content.… Read more
I'm a writer, in the most literal sense of the word.
I may use electronic inputs so often, my fingers ache at the end of a day spent swiping and typing, but when I bolt off to a meeting, it's with note paper and trusty Bic in hand. I have a Google calendar, but rely on the to-do list at my elbow. I even write letters to my grandma, the old-fashioned way.
So when the Samsung Galaxy Note came along, I challenged myself to exchange the pen for the stylus. I would use the Note's S-Pen as my primary memo tool, an updated crossover that marries the benefits of digital storage with the psychologically satisfying action of physically writing something down.
Using the S-Pen My exercise began with Samsung's media walk-through of the Galaxy Note itself. I had seen the device at CES, with its 5.3-inch screen and 4-inch, ribbon-thin stylus, but hadn't spent much time using it.
I won't lie--it took some getting used to. The memo app has a bit of a learning curve as you work out how to open and title a note, how to adjust pen tips and sizes, and how to lock the screen to view-only mode.
Then there's the writing implement itself. As I mentioned in my full review, the S-Pen is small and slim; it feels OK, but doesn't have a terribly comfortable grip. The $50 accessory pen (S-Pen Holder Kit) is vastly more comfortable for longer stretches, and has a rubber cushion.… Read more
Smaller carrier U.S. Cellular has designs to serve up 4G LTE to an additional 14 states this year.
By the second half of 2012, the wireless provider has said it will roll out cutting-edge 4G data infrastructure to "select" cities in multiple parts of the country: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition to offering high-speed wireless access to these areas, the company will also hawk a Samsung 4G LTE mobile hot spot in the spring designed to spread its 4G signal to up … Read more
Apple is trying to get the Samsung Galaxy Nexus removed from stores because of a few Apple patents, including ones that cover "slide to unlock" and "word completion" technology. Is the recent surge of mobile phone patent suits the end of tech innovation altogether, or is the entire patent system due for a serious refresh? … Read more
Apple was its own worst enemy in the fourth quarter.
The biggest competitor to the iPad 2 was the iPhone 4S, market researcher IHS said today in a report on tablet sales in the fourth quarter. The firm concluded that despite other tablet options, what curtailed sales of the iPad 2 the most was customers committing their dollars to the iPhone 4S, which was released in October.
Clearly, the competition didn't hurt Apple too much. The company reported selling 15.4 million iPads in the fourth quarter, although that was overshadowed by the whopping 37 million iPhones it sold … Read more
Chances are you've at least heard of the Samsung Galaxy Note, the big 5.3-inch mobile gadget that can either be used like a tablet or like a traditional cell phone. So said Samsung in its splashy Super Bowl ad that blatantly took a swipe at Apple fanboys.
In the meantime, tech journalists are still arguing over where the Note, with its S-Pen stylus and extra-large screen, fits in the field of mobile technology products. Judging from an extremely unscientific sample of New Yorkers, the shopping public seems confused as well. Here at CNET, editors Jessica Dolcourt and Brian … Read more
It's so hard to keep secrets on the Internet--just ask Samsung, which has been having a hard time keeping the (allegedly) upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 under wraps today.
This morning, The Verge first noticed that an invite to a Samsung developer event at this month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona mentioned that the "Galaxy Note 10.1" will be exhibited in Spain this month, along with the "S Pen SDK." That's the development kit for the stylus that also accompanies the original Galaxy Note (a smartphone with a 5.3-inch screen that goes on sale for AT&T Sunday) .… Read more
Does anyone miss those days when everyone owned candy bar Nokias and switched phone plates as often as their outfits? Because I do.
I remember walking through malls and seeing kiosk after kiosk of crazy phone plates just waiting for me to take home and snap on (be sure to line up the buttons with the holes!) After I heard the resounding click, I knew I had a brand-new phone just like that. Not really, but you get the idea.
These days, there are numerous phone covers and skins you can choose from, but they don't have quite the … Read more
Both come into the ring swinging--the Galaxy Nexus has its 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but can it hold out against the Droid Razr Maxx's Hulk of a battery and thick Kevlar skin? Find out!… Read more