Posts tagged samsung
Posts tagged samsung
In 2014 there are a few things I expect from a flagship mobile device:
My review applies to the black Samsung Galaxy S5 (GS5) on the T-Mobile networking in the San Francisco bay area.
I used the phone over 5 days as my only smartphone, but I have since returned the device. As a moderate to heavy user, I consume 5gb of mobile data a month (streaming music, videos, e-mail, etc.), talk for over 1000 minutes, send countless messages (SMS and SMS alternatives), take and upload photos, and frequently use tier 1 apps (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Google+, etc.). The phone I will be comparing the GS5 is the iPhone 5s (5s) which I also have running on the T-Mobile network.
Friends and family will call me an Apple Fan Boy, but in reality I’m not brand-loyal. I am, however, very picky about buying and using technology that best suites my needs.
The GS5 is well built, has a gorgeous display (which makes the 5s display look like garbage), has battery life that lasts a bit longer than the 5s, supports USB 3.0 data transfer with quick charging capabilities, and is water resistant and dust proof.
The GS5 meets almost all the expectations I’ve listed above…almost. In comparison to the 7 month old 5s, the GS5 adds the benefit of water resistance and marginally longer battery life. For what I need a smartphone to do, the GS5 doesn’t get the job done any better or quicker than the 5s, and that made me sad.
The ultimate reason why I returned the GS5 is because of the software. Before any Samsung or Android owner gets upset, I know all about getting a different rom onto the phone and tweaks, work-around etc. Here’s my point - I’m not willing to pay $700+ (yes there’s plenty of sales tax in California…) for a phone I need to “fix”. If a Google Play Edition comes out - like the one for the HTC One M8 - then that would persuade me to recommend this phone.
What was so bad about the software? Frankly, nothing new if you’ve owned a recent Galaxy device, such as the GS3, Note 2, Note 3, and GS4.
What about the rest of the phone?
In conclusion, the GS5 is a good smartphone that many people have already purchased and many more will purchase. Talking with Samsung owners, it seems most of them try to ignore the app notifications and admit defeat when they run into the bugs that I’ve experienced. Of course there are those who will root their device and just put vanilla Android or some other flavor of Android onto their device, but that’s not what the majority of Samsung’s customers will do. It’s unfortunate that Samsung didn’t hold back on their kitchen sink approach because I feel it gives Android a bad name.
What do you think?
Samsung’s Galaxy Player line comes in all different screen sizes and the biggest one just got announced. The specs aren’t impressive - just like previous models - but it does feature dual front facing speakers like the new Galaxy Note 10.1.
What maybe more important about this announcement is that this could potentially be a similar chasis used for the Galaxy Note II.
The Samsung SSD 830 Series has been reviewed by countless companies and bloggers so I won’t spend the time going over the specifics of the drive. In the real world, this drive was amazingly easy to set up and has been a pleasure to use.
The system I installed it in is an early 2011 13” Macbook Pro.
When I received the 256GB drive I placed it in a USB 2.0 external enclosure, hooked it up to my Macbook Pro, formatted it with Disk Utility, and started to install Mountain Lion. After the installation had completed, I kept the SSD in the enclosure, booted off the drive, and began to set up my Mac by restoring all of the data from my existing internal hard drive. After a few hours of moving over about 180GB of data, I installed a few updates and it was good to go. The only note is that “TRIM” is not enabled by default, so you may have to use an app called TRIM enabler.
Here is the speed test comparison between the new SSD and my old Seagate Momentus XT 500GB HDD:
Clearly the SSD smokes the hybrid HDD drive.
I then installed Windows 7 and ran the system benchmarks to get these results:
So my SSD performs just as well as my RAM. I think that’s a good thing!
Here is a photo of it installed inside my Macbook Pro. It is worth noting that the drive is actually slimmer in height than typical 2.5” HDD’s so it will fit in smaller laptops without a problem.
In conclusion, this is an awesome drive that has not given me any problems in my Macbook Pro for both OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 7 w/SP1. One cool thing about having this drive installed is that upon booting OS X, you won’t see the loading animation under the Apple logo because it simply boots so quickly. I will update this post if there are any issues with the drive.
Who will win?
All 4 major US carriers are going to sell this phone.
Post will be updated with other carriers when they become available.
Links to review:
Verizon - TBA
The judge has ruled that Apple cannot ban the sales of the Galaxy S III on June 21st.
Unfortunately the United States is not one of them. If someone picks this up, please let me know how you like or dislike it.
Samsung stops teasing and finally delivers its flagship Android device for 2012 — can the Galaxy S III live up to its mighty promise?
This is a very comprehensive review of what has turned out to be another great device put out by Samsung. Overall I think owners of this phone may only complain about how cheap it looks and feels. It’s probably worth your time and money to check out both the Galaxy S III and the HTC One X before making your next large smartphone purchase.
That’s a lot of people who want the next generation Galaxy phone from Samsung!
What does it all mean?!
Some users have reported connectivity issues after the update. Are you experiencing problems?
Samsung began to roll-out ICS updates to some of their GSII devices yesterday in some parts of the world. The Verge has a quick review of the changes (or lack of changes).
Check out the video and you really need to listen to the man narrating the video. In short, he’s bored and disappointed. I imagine most users are or will be underwhelmed by the update as well.
The Germans just aren’t having it anymore, and decided to put the hammer down on both Apple and Samsung.
Instead of releasing the same devices with 20 different screen sizes, perhaps Samsung should focus its money, efforts, and apply their “survival of the fittest” mentality to actually selling products that beat Apple at their own game. Of course this is also Apple’s fault and both companies are wasting precious resources suing each other. Have they not noticed the backlog of cases that courts have these days?
This might be the first somewhat successful and thought out smartphone equipped with an HD projector. We’ll learn more as this week’s mobile news gets crazy at Mobile World Congress.