Whether they feature soccer balls, meatballs, or blue aliens popping out of the screen, advertisements for 3D TVs are everywhere. At CNET we got the chance to review and directly compare three of the highest-end models from the three major manufacturers, and between ducking for cover and swapping incompatible 3D eyewear, we managed to come up with some impressions.
The best of the bunch, in our view, for both 2D and 3D content, was the Panasonic plasma. Its 3D presentation evinced the least "crosstalk" (the ghostly doubled lines around 3D objects onscreen) of the three. The Sony came in second place with less crosstalk than the Samsung, but it also showed some minor flicker in some scenes. We liked the Sony's glasses best from a comfort standpoint, and they shut out peripheral vision better than the others.
All three caused some mild disorientation when we first donned the glasses, which tended to disappeared after a few moments. Sony and Samsung have 2D-to-3D conversion engines, as well, and when we tried those our disorientation escalated to nausea at times, especially when we dialed up the 3D effect.
I am excited about Hulu Plus. I have already requested my invite in earnest!
I've heard some belly-aching about the fact that the service costs $9.99 per month, yet there will still be ads. My take on this: get over it!
We pay a lot of money for cable TV and cable TV does not filter out ads. Why would we expect that $9.99 should buy us commercial-free content? This is expensive premium content that we will be getting with Hulu Plus, and a lot of it. Also consider that you have to pay an extra $9.… Read more
Dirt. Disgusting dirt. The enemy of all that is gleaming, shiny, and gadgety--how we despise it. Thank the stars then that the brave super-scientists at iRobot worked so hard to create the revolutionary Roomba cleaning machine, guaranteed to keep your home sparkling and new, without any input from you. Pretty smart, eh?
So smart, in fact, that electronics mega-giant Samsung is getting in on the act with the Samsung NaviBot (for now, only available in the U.K.). It's a silicon beast of such calculated poise and deadly efficiency it could probably kill a tiger. A robot tiger. We … Read more
NEW YORK--Samsung has taunted us for days about its upcoming Galaxy S series, sending out mysterious packages and even releasing the identities and destinations of these Android phones. However, it's one thing to read about these devices, but it's another to actually see them up close.
On Tuesday evening, Samsung hosted an event in New York to introduce the entire Galaxy S series with remarks from J.K. Shin, president of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business, and Omar Khan, chief strategy officer for Samsung Telecommunications America.
The news conference was mostly a repeat of what we already know … Read more
As much we liked last year's slew of Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems, they still involved some features compromises, such as missing built-in Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity. This year, Blu-ray HTIBs are filling in a lot of those holes, and Samsung's HT-C6500 ($550 street price) is one of the most fully featured we've seen, including built-in Wi-Fi, two HDMI inputs, and 1GB of onboard storage. The HT-C6500 also has Samsung's expandable Apps platform, which includes streaming-media services such as Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, and Pandora.
If only features mattered, the HT-C6500 would be less of a standout choice; … Read more
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Over the past few days, Samsung has unveiled the identities of a couple of Galaxy S phones heading to the U.S., including the Samsung Captivate for AT&T and the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile. But it seems as if Samsung has plenty of Android love to spread around as it announces three additional models for Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular. Though the Galaxy S handsets share many core features, they all have unique designs and carrier-specific services, so here's a quick rundown of each one.
Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint: As you might have guessed from the name, the Epic is a 4G network-capable phone--the second one for Sprint after the HTC Evo 4G--and it has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen. According to Samsung, its Super AMOLED display has a higher contrast, wider viewing angles, faster response time, and lets it create a thinner phone than a traditional LCD does. We've seen the Super AMOLED screen on the Samsung Wave, and we can say that most of the benefits are true.
Armed with such a display, 4G, and Samsung's 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, multimedia will, once again, play a central role on the Epic, much like it did on the Evo 4G. However, Samsung will make it even easier to get and watch TV shows and movies on the phone by including a video store. Samsung has not revealed where the content will come from, but according to the company, it includes "some of the biggest names in entertainment."
The phone's other goodies include a 5-megapixel camera with HD video capture, a front-facing VGA camera for video calls, and the capability to act as a mobile hot spot for up to five devices. Samsung will ship the Epic running Android version 2.1 and its TouchWiz interface; however, if you're concerned about another Behold II situation, don't worry: the Epic will get the Android 2.2 Froyo update. According to Sprint, it plans to announce pricing and release date in the coming months, but you can sign up for updates via its Web site. If you're an Android developer, Samsung has a 4G Developer Guide available now for anyone who wants to create apps for the Epic. … Read more