The precise specifications for many iPhone chips are murky. Should Apple be more open about its secret ingredients?
Granted, many people don't care about the silicon inside their iPhone. They just want it to work. That said, I think more than a few people would like to see the specifications for the iPhone's core silicon posted on Apple's Web site.
By comparison, take your typical laptop. Prospective buyers are able to see the exact specifications and make an informed buying decision. Though the iPhone isn't offered in different processor SKUs (models) like a laptop, the iPhone … Read more
Just 'cause you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't get a messaging phone, as this Samsung A177 indicates. Made primarily for AT&T's prepaid GoPhone plans, the A177 is decidedly low-end, with only EDGE, probably a VGA camera, and not much else. But if you can only afford to go prepaid and you need a full QWERTY keyboard for texting, the A177 may be right for you. We don't know the pricing and availability just yet, but it'll probably be cheap, and available soon.
(Via Engadget Mobile)
Editors' note: This review originally mentioned issues with the included USB Wi-Fi adapter when connected to the BD-P4600's internal USB port. Subsequent testing indicates that the problem was a faulty Wi-Fi adapter included with our review sample, as a replacement Wi-Fi adapter works perfectly. We have had no issues with the new USB Wi-Fi adapter, and the review and rating have been updated accordingly.
Samsung likes to say its "Touch of Color" design scheme elevates products to "works of art," but really it comes down to three main principles: rounded corners, translucent red highlights, and … Read more
Like most CNET editors, I get plenty of reader mail asking what products I'm reviewing next, so here's a list of HDTVs I have in-house or, according to the manufacturers, are scheduled for imminent arrival at CNET Labs East. Each list is arranged in general order of priority for review, although that order is by no means set in stone.HDTVs in-house Sony KDL-52XBR9 Toshiba 47ZV650U Sony KDL-52V5100 Panasonic TC-L32X1 HDTVs arriving soon Samsung LN52B750 Samsung LN46B650 Samsung PN50B650 JVC LT-46P300 Samsung UN46B8000
You'll notice a lot of Samsungs on that list. One reason is that Samsung … Read more
This week we added the Samsung Trance into the ranks of our top music phones, and there's one good reason; it has great sound quality. With Bang & Olufsen's ICEPower technology, the Trance also has 3D sound effects that provide wide, dynamic, and surround sound. All that and the Trance is pretty easy on the eyes as well, with a silhouette like that of a violin's, and a lovely glossy piano black surface. We even liked the touch-sensitive navigation, though we would've preferred a more tactile experience. It also has stereo Bluetooth and a 3.5-mm … Read more
We missed this bit of news last weekend, but Samsung has recently started selling its new Smooth clamshell, available from Verizon Wireless. The Samsung Smooth may be smooth, but it's definitely a low-end phone, with only a VGA camera offering, GPS, Bluetooth, speakerphone, voice command, and not much else. Still, the $29.99 price is hard to beat, and will be just fine for folks who mostly want a phone for making calls.
We've already checked out one Samsung LED-based LCD TV this year, the UNB7000 series, but that's not gonna stop us from reviewing the less expensive version, logically called the UNB6000 series. The verdict? Still expensive, stylish and solid performing, minus a few issues like a fluctuating backlight and less than stellar uniformity.
In fact, aside from Yahoo Widgets, available on the 7000 but not on the 6000, the two edge-lit LED-based LCD displays (whew!) are basically the same. The 7000 uses a skosh more power and gets the tiniest bit blacker, while the 6000 gives ever-so-slightly better shadow … Read more
Updated on May 4 at 11:10 a.m. PDT with an official response from the site in question.
We've now seen several LED-based computer monitors released, such as the recent Dell G2410 and G2210, and just this week someone asked when I thought we'd be seeing the first consumer OLED computer monitors.
"Not for a while," was my answer and I guess I was right. Megawhat.tv (seriously, could they have come up with a more British sounding name for a tech site?) posted a video of what is, according to them, a 23-inch Samsung OLED prototype computer monitor.
(Update: On Monday, May 4, I received an e-mail from a rep of Megawhat.tv claiming the site was misled and that the monitor in the video is in fact the Samsung P2370L, which is not an OLED monitor. The site claims it received the following quote from Samsung: "It has recently come to our attention that the Samsung P2370L Monitor we have displayed at the Grand Designs Show uses LED BLU rather than OLED technology. Samsung would like to apologise for any confusion caused. This error was caused by an internal miscommunication on our part and all press materials have since been amended to include these details.")
Looking at the video, the form factor seems to be based of on the recently released Samsung P2370, but unlike the P2370, which only includes a DVI connection, the OLED version also includes HDMI. According to the site that is.
OK, after I first posted this earlier this afternoon a colleague of mine pointed me to this site, where it claims that this video is a fake. I was dubious about the video myself mostly because i'd never heard of the site "Megawhat," the display looked way too similar to the P2370 I have sitting right here in my office and the fact that the video gives no real details about what would be a pretty significant display.
According to the Megawhat video (which comes complete with ample '90s MTV-style camera work), the alleged OLED monitor won't be going into production until sometime in 2010.
I'm awaiting an official comment from Samsung on whether this thing actually exists, prototype or not. I'll update this post when I hear back. Until then, check out the video and leave a comment on whether you think it's a fake or not.
Update: Although I haven't receive a response from Samsung, I have received… Read more
MetroPCS recently released the Samsung Tint, a simple clamshell with features like GPS, voice recognition, a camera (we're guessing VGA), text and multimedia messaging, e-mail, Bluetooth, and a speakerphone. It also supports MetroPCS's "push-to-talk social networking tool" called ChatLink.
The Tint comes with interchangeable faceplates as well, in case you want to jazz up the look of your phone. No word on pricing yet, but we'll check on that once the Tint goes live on MetroPCS' site.
(Via Engadget Mobile)