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)
At CES 2009 and again at a spring lineup show, Samsung showed off its HMX-R10, a full HD camcorder with an "Active Angle" lens that's been angled up 25 degrees so you don't have to bend your wrist to get a level shot with the camcorder. I had my doubts that this strange-but-clever design would ever make it to stores, but it's available now for $500.
Samsung must be getting good feedback about the design, too, since its decided to add two standard-def models to its camcorder lineup: the SMX-C14 and SMX-C10. The difference between … Read more
IBM is creating a computer that will go to battle against contestants on Jeopardy, and we envision that it will be something like an Internet-connected Google computer searching for the answers in real time. Something tells me this computer will be a little bit smarter than that. Also, Nicole Lee joins us to discuss a slew of cell phone-related news.Listen now: Download today's podcast EPISODE 961
Verizon and the iPhone: Nothing to report…yet http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10227945-94.html
Investigated: Unlocked GSM Palm Pre on sale http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/0,39029453,49302115,00.htm… Read more
On Monday, Samsung introduced its first Google Android device, the Samsung I7500. While many were disappointed to hear that Samsung had initially delayed its Android devices till the second half of the year, the I7500 will be available in major European markets starting in June. Unfortunately, plans for a U.S. release are still unclear.
There is, however, potentially good news for us here in the States. The Samsung I7500 is a tri-band HSDPA device, supporting the 900/1700/2100MHz bands, which makes it compatible with the T-Mobile's 3G network. We talked to Samsung's public relations company this … Read more
A couple of weeks back, I took a quick look at the Samsung SyncMaster P2370, and honestly, I am still looking as I type this. I have a difficult time taking my eyes off of pretty things. Now, as creepy as that sounds, I really can't be blamed for this.
I mean, it's not really my fault, is it? When the P2370 just stands around with its thin profile, glowing white On Screen Display array, and transparent glass neck, can it really blame me for staring? From my perspective, this is exactly what it wants me to do. … Read more