Why are these high-fashion phones still around? Who uses them? I've never once seen one in the wild. Only once have I ever even heard of one in the wild and that was when my friend Adam Curry said that he was going to buy his teenage daughter a Samsung Armani. He hardly counts. He is a high-profile guy. Mere mortals do not … Read more
Mobile phone and smartphone sales are on a roll, according to figures released Wednesday by market researcher Gartner.
In the first quarter, customers worldwide bought 314.7 million mobile phones, a 17 percent increase year over year. Smartphones sales specifically jumped 48.7 percent from the year-ago quarter, as 54.3 million units flew off the shelves.
Demand within mature markets and lower prices are part of the reason for the double-digit gains, Gartner said.
For the quarter, the usual mobile phone makers topped the ranks, with Nokia in first place with a 35 percent market share, followed by Samsung, … Read more
Panasonic has entered a deal with 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios to offer two Blu-ray 3D films with Viera 3D HDTVs.
The company will offer Blu-ray 3D versions of "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Coraline" with its Viera VT25 3D HDTV series, Panasonic said this week. To get the films, consumers must buy one of the sets by July 10. They will receive the films after returning a mail-in coupon.
A Panasonic representative said that Blu-ray 3D versions of both "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Coraline" will … Read more
Now that Wi-Fi and extensive support for streaming media services such as Netflix has become commonplace on midrange Blu-ray players, manufacturers have struggled to find ways to stand out from the pack. Samsung's differentiating feature on the BD-C6500's is Samsung Apps, the company's expandable platform for streaming media and other Internet services like Twitter. While it may not achieve the same popularity as Apple's App Store, the platform is already well-stocked with names like Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, and YouTube.
Aside from Samsung Apps, the BD-C6500 is also one of the few players to also keep 7.… Read more
I have no evidence to support what I'm about to state, but the following scenario just may have taken place. LG, witnessing the Samsung Syncmaster XL2370 get tons of positive attention for its looks and simple design, decides, "Wouldn't it be nice if we released a monitor that got tons of attention for its looks and simple design, too?" And thus was born the LG Flatron E2350V, according to me, that is.
The E2350V looks a lot like the XL2370, but also includes a couple features not seen on the Samsung model, like a built-in headphone … Read more
Download instructions are posted on Sprint's Web site as well as a list of update features. These include Google Maps with Navigation, voice-to-text entry, live wallpaper and such improvements as increased speed and performance and Bluetooth fixes.
It seems like as soon as Blu-ray became a definitively mainstream home theater format, manufacturers scrambled to find a new format to charge extra for: 3D. Samsung's BD-C6900 ($360 street price) is the first 3D Blu-ray player we've reviewed so far, and the 3D price premium is steep. The step-down BD-C6500 is nearly identical except it lacks 3D and costs about $135 less. Not to mention the fact that you'll need to buy a new HDTV and pricey 3D glasses, as well as 3D content--which is exceedingly rare at the moment. We also didn't find the … Read more
In late April, U.S. Cellular took to its Facebook page to announce the upcoming availability of the HTC Desire and teased a second Android device that would soon be joining its lineup. Now, we've finally learned the identity of that mystery handset: the Samsung R880, aka Samsung Acclaim.
Actually, the Acclaim remains a bit of a mystery as the carrier only posted a few details about the smartphone. We know that it features a 3.2-inch HVGA touch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and it will run Android 2.1. Images of the Acclaim were not posted, but … Read more
At first glance, Sprint's latest handset, the Samsung Seek, looks like your typical messaging cell phone, with a slider QWERTY keyboard, threaded text messaging, IM, and social-networking integration. However, it also has a green conscience.
The Seek is part of a new trial recycling campaign from Sprint and Samsung that enables customers to use the Seek's packaging to ship back old wireless phones, batteries, accessories, and data cards with a postage-paid paper mailing label. Sprint will then recycle both the equipment and packaging material.
The Samsung Seek will be available in three colors: cool blue, scarlet red, and … Read more