The MP3 player market does nothing but benefit from the decline in flash memory prices. One of many examples can be found in the Samsung S3 Slim, a super slick-looking device that comes in 4GB and 8GB flavors for just $79.99 and $119.99, respectively. The S3 delivers a good value, thanks to excellent sound quality and a handful of useful features. However, we're a bit letdown by the player's shrunken screen and lack of integrated Bluetooth, a neat feature that is included on its sibling, the Samsung T10. Read the Samsung S3 Slim review, or click … Read more
AT&T is hoping to cash in on the rugged cell phone market with its new Samsung SGH-A837. Sporting a flip design with rubber sidings, the handset is certified for military specifications for dust, shock vibrations, rain, humidity, solar radiation, and altitude and temperature extremes.
Also called the Rugby, presumably because it could take a few tackles, the SGH-A837 offers a midrange feature set. Inside you'll find e-mail and messaging, a 1.3-megapixel camera, a music player, 3G, Cellular Video, e-mail, Bluetooth, a speakerphone, personal organizer features, and support for AT&T's push-to-talk network. The Rugby … Read more
Didn't have time to stay glued to Crave all week long? No worries. It's that time again: a quick roundup of some of the biggest stuff on Crave this week.
Steve Jobs was in town--and he brought some new stuff with him.
Samsung noticed it was the only one not making a Netbook. So it fixed that.
The DTV transition has begun, and CNET's John Falcone has some suggestions about how it could go a bit more smoothly.
Nintendo says it's adding a storage solution, but is being mysterious about exactly what that will be.
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Now that we've published our review of the LED-backlit Samsung LN46A950, we're already receiving e-mails from readers, apparently with money to burn, who're anxious to find out whether it's better than the Sony XBR8 series, another LED-backlit contender that will hit store shelves in October.
Sony and Samsung will also be joined by LG in the backlit-LCD race, despite apparent lack of reader interest in that company's LG 47LG90. Since we haven't reviewed either of those two models yet we don't know how they compare with one another or with the Samsung, but that won't stop us from "spec"ulating with the only information we do have: spec sheets, rumors, and brief eye-time.
First off, it's worth noting that each of the three sets use a technology colloquially called "local dimming," where the individual LEDs behind the screen can be dimmed or turned off as needed. It's this technology that adds some weight to each company's claim of a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (a nice round number, no?) When part of the screen goes dark and another is bright, standard fluorescent LCD backlights must rely on the LCD panel itself to block out the light and create dark areas. The result is the less-than-stellar black-level performance for which many LCDs have been noted. … Read more
Remember not so long ago when almost every cell phone was black, gray, or silver? Then, thanks to the Motorola Razr V3, pink was suddenly an "it" color for cell phones. But gradually, red became the new pink, and now it seems that purple is the new red.
Though we don't agree just yet that a purple wave will sweep cell phone land, Sprint is pushing the line that purple is the new hot hue for cell phones. Indeed, two of its new cell phones introduced at CTIA Fall 2008 come in the color of the royals. … Read more
We previously noted that, "Samsung has made laptops for pretty much every market except the U.S., and generally, we've been pretty fine with that arrangement," but that doesn't mean we can't get behind a potentially cool new Netbook, as seen on whatlaptop.co.uk and pocketables.net.
The specs on this still-unnamed system are fairly standard Netbook fare: a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor, 10-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, Windows XP, and a choice of 80GB/120GB/160GB hard drives (no SSD options as far as we can tell).
A new report by iSuppli once again puts major names squarely atop the North American midsize LCD TV sales heap, after significant year-over-year sales gains at the expense of lesser-known firms like Vizio and now-bankrupt Syntax-Brillian.
Last year Vizio was a surprise LCD sales leader. But during the second quarter of 2008, Samsung led the way among 30-inch to 34-inch LCD TVs with a 17.6-percent share of the North American LCD TV market, which is up significantly from 8.5 percent a year earlier. TVs with screen sizes measuring between 30 inches and 34 inches comprise 34.1 percent of the LCD market in North America.
Meanwhile, Sony came in second with a 12.8 percent share, up from just 4.9 percent a year before. Conversely, Vizio fell from a 17.3-percent share in Q2 2007 to a 6-percent share this year.
As anybody who pays attention to the ubiquitous Samsung ads that run in CNET's home theater section can tell you, last year I called the picture quality of the company's LN-T4681F a "breakthrough" for flat-panel LCDs. I didn't resort to such highly descriptive language in my review of its successor, the LN46A950, but that doesn't mean I wasn't impressed. It can produce the deepest shade of black of any flat-panel LCD I've reviewed so far.
The extremely expensive A950 series, which also includes a 55-inch version, earns the right to charge so much because it employs LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to create the light behind the screen, whereas most flat-panel LCDs use florescent lights. The difference is that LEDs can be dimmed or turned off in dark areas of the screen.
Last year I noted that the LED-backlit Samsung, while capable of producing some very deep black levels of its own, suffered from some blooming effects--where especially bright objects on dark backgrounds are surrounded by a dim glow--and worse-than average off-angle performance. So did the company correct these issues in its second generation?
Read the full review of the Samsung LN46A950.… Read more
Is it just us, or is this deja vu? If we didn't know any better, we've seen one of Sprint's newest cell phones before. The Samsung Rant, which Sprint introduced Wednesday as CTIA Fall 2008 began, looks a lot like the year-old LG Rumor. It has same basic candy-bar shape with similar dimensions (4.5 inches by 2.1 inches by 0.7 inch) and it sports a full QWERTY keyboard hidden that's hidden behind the sliding face. And like the Rumor, the Rant is aimed directly at messaging addicts.
So what gives? Has Sprint run … Read more
One of its most promising handsets is the new Samsung Highnote for Sprint. Positioned as a music phone to replace the Samsung Upstage and the LG Muziq, the Highnote offers all the usual comforts of a Sprint music phone including access to the Sprint Music Store. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, a 262,000-color display, a 3.5mm headset jack (yay!), support for Sprint's 3G … Read more