Unfortunately, even in a more hypercompetitive tablet market, AT&T follows Samsung's lead too closely and charges an arm and a leg for its version of the Note 8 -- $500 contract free (with a $25 monthly charge) or $400 when you sign up for a two year deal (and that doesn't even include the monthly service … Read more
With its bulky point-and-shoot camera shape and 10x optical zoom, Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom makes for a ridiculously shaped smartphone that defies pocketability. But the mashup device sure can shoot.
In fact, its image quality is on par with a good point-and-shoot camera, and its optical zoom makes it a more flexible camera than any other smartphone's. Unfortunately, the Zoom's awkward and uneasy design disrupts the phone's day-to-day functionality on a fundamental level, even if you're not holding it up to your ear.
Despite its strong photography skills, the Zoom -- which has no U.… Read more
The new Galaxy Mega smartphone will soon make its debut in Samsung's home base of South Korea.
Offering a 6.3-inch display, the new Mega will roll out this week, according to The Wall Street Journal. The phone is expected to cost almost 1,000,000 won ($895) without a contract and will be available across three Korean carriers -- SK Telecom, KT, and LG Uplus.
The 6.3-inch screen offers a resolution of 1,280x720. The phone itself is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and comes with 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM. … Read more
LG certainly hopes so and has banked heavily on its latest super smartphone to finally give the company a global blockbuster it is so desperately seeking. The Korean electronics giant has been steadily building up the hype for the device, releasing videos, promoting the event through digital ads (including on this site), and making it known that its next flagship smartphone is just around the corner.
The event today -- which thankfully omitted the overly dramatic theatrics of Samsung's GS4 debut, but … Read more
Android may be outpacing Apple at new sales, but the iPhone seems to be the better bet in terms of resale value. At least, that's according to new data from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Surveying the recent resale market, Munster found that Apple hung onto its value in the U.S. better than did certain Samsung devices.
Over the four months from April through July, the iPhone 5 dropped 3.75 percent in value, while the iPhone 4S dropped 11.85 percent. The iPhone 4 jumped in value by 10.3 percent. In contrast, Samsung's Galaxy S3 … Read more
You don't have to be a hard-core rock climber or surfer to reap the benefits of water- and dust-resistant smartphones. In fact, our most precious handheld computers could all benefit from designs that protect their delicate electronic innards from the wet and grime.
These recent smartphones all have waterproofing characteristics in common -- to a limit. You shouldn't have to worry about them falling into a puddle, but neither should you plan on taking them into the hot tub for a nice, long soak.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active owners who bought the phone through AT&T can score a new one in the event of water damage.
AT&T announced the news on Tuesday via the following statement sent to CNET:Samsung designed and tested the Galaxy S4 Active to adhere to IP67 standards for water resistance (1 meter for 30 minutes). If your Galaxy S4 Active has been damaged due to water exposure, bring it back to an AT&T retail store as soon as possible for a onetime exchange for another Galaxy S 4 Active.
Touted as rugged and … Read more
Samsung may soon introduce its first smartwatch, known as the Galaxy Gear, should a recent trademark filing prove accurate.
A newly discovered filing from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) confirms Samsung's intention to produce smart wearable technology. Listed as a Samsung Galaxy Gear, the trademark's description is rather vague and open-ended.
Here's an excerpt from the filing:
Wearable digital electronic devices in the form of a wristwatch, wristband, or bangle are capable of providing access to the Internet and sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mail, and messages.
Based off the renderings, the display … Read more
It seems like it was ages ago when BlackBerry dropped the news that BBM would find a home on Android handsets. Apparently the wait is about to end, at least for owners of Samsung Galaxy phones.
A new report from the folks at N4BB claims that Samsung has officially committed to the messaging app. Specifically, BBM addicts will be able to download BlackBerry Messenger software via the Samsung app store and Google Play store "soon." With BBM, Galaxy users will have access to their BBM accounts, including BBM chats and BBM Groups.
It also appears that BBM functionality … Read more