If the Samsung Trill looks familiar, we don't blame you. It is almost the spitting image of the Samsung Trance from Verizon Wireless, except for the navigation keys. The Trill is also from U.S. Cellular, so it won't benefit from the Verizon V Cast Music service. Still, it's a pretty good music phone thanks to its affiliation with Bang & Olufsen. It has 3D surround sound technology and we have to say, it offers good music for a relatively simple phone. It also has a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo Bluetooth, and a 1.3-megapixel camera. … Read more
The Samsung Freeform, which was once only available on the slowly disappearing Alltel network, is now available on U.S. Cellular, a regional carrier. The Freeform is a pretty simple messaging phone with a full QWERTY keyboard. It has a 1.3-megapixel camera and a 2.2-inch display, a music player, stereo Bluetooth, GPS, and a microSD card slot that can take up to 16GB cards. We liked the Alltel version of the Freeform, so here's hoping the U.S. Cellular model is just as good.
U.S. Cellular hasn't yet released pricing or availability information.
Samsung says its new line of consumer laptops, including a couple of reasonably priced Blu-ray models, is launching on March 7, exclusively at Best Buy. The line is highlighted by the $829 Samsung R580, a 15-inch with both discrete graphics and a Blu-ray drive.
Even though these are new systems, we've had one, the R580, on our list of our spring 2010 retail review roundup for a while, and a quick check of Best Buy's Web site earlier in the week indicated that it was already in stock and available in New York-area stores. As if to confirm … Read more
Canadian wireless provider Rogers is prepping for the release of Samsung's latest Google Android handset, the Galaxy Spica. While the carrier hasn't made an official announcement, rumor has it that dummy units are arriving in retail stores across the country. It should be only a few weeks before the carrier unveils the price and available rate plans.
The Galaxy Spica features a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera, 200MB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, GPS, and more. Similar to other recent Samsung handsets, the Spica is powered by an 800MHz processor. The exact version of Android … Read more
The imagined inventions of Victorian-era French novelist Albert Robida may be coming closer to reality.
Who, you ask? Robida was an illustrator and writer for popular science-fiction magazines, and is sometimes compared to Jules Verne. In his 1890 novel "Le Vingtieme siecle. La vie electrique," he described something called a "telephonoscope." Since then, we've seen telephonoscopes--basically videophones--in everything from "The Jetsons" to "Blade Runner." What we haven't seen is the videophone in our living rooms.
That may finally be changing.
The common use of videophones could happen through three technologies that separately aren't exactly considered bleeding edge today: high-speed Internet, a television, and Skype. Samsung says it will put the VoIP calling service Skype as an application on its televisions, allowing phone calls to be made on camera right from a couch, just like Jane Jetson talking into her TV set. The Samsung Skype-enabled TV follows similar announcements from Panasonic and LG at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The models will range from to $1,200 to $2,000 for Panasonic's set. Samsung and LG have not yet announced how much they will charge.
The Skype on TV application should work similarly on all three models, which in turn should closely mimic the version of the application that many people use to make free PC to PC calls, or for a fee, PC to landline. Skype accounts are free to set up and can be activated using the TV's remote control right on the screen. The video calls will also be free, as will voice calls between Skype users. Using Skype to call traditional landline and mobile phones is a few cents per minute. Calls can be answered while watching a program, but it's not yet possible to both talk and continue to watch uninterrupted.
By the time these models actually hit stores in late spring there should be three TV makers offering Skype on their TVs. And not just any three TV makers, but the world's largest overall (Samsung sells practically one of every five TVs sold), the leader in plasmas (Panasonic), and LG, which is close behind Samsung, selling 15 percent of all TVs. … Read more
Once a purveyor of simple phones for making calls, MetroPCS over the last few years has worked to expand its handset lineup with fancier models like the Samsung Finesse, the Samsung Code, and the Huawei M750. And on Thursday it gave us another such device when it introduced the Samsung Caliber SCH-r860.
Already available with U.S. Cellular, the Caliber is a touch-screen device with Samsung's TouchWiz interface. Features include 3-megapixel camera, a full HTML Web browser, text and multimedia messaging, e-mail and instant messaging, a digital music player, an external memory card slot, Bluetooth, voice commands, and support … Read more
The ability to make and receive voice and video calls on your living room TV via Skype will now be offered by Samsung. A press release by the two companies announced Skype availability on two 2010 Samsung TV series, the UNC7000 and UNC8000. The 7000 series is available now, and the least-expensive model is the 40-incher for a hefty $2,000.
At CES in January, Panasonic and LG also announced optional Skype capability on a number of 2010 series, and both companies will likely charge less for the privilege. Panasonic's least expensive will be the 42-inch member of the G25 series (officially $1,199; March), whereas we believe LG's will be the LD550 series (March, price undetermined, but available in sizes down to 32 inches as far as we know).
In the jungle of TV news as manufacturers ready their new models this late winter/early spring, the 800-pound gorilla has refrained from beating its chest. Samsung is keeping official details about its 2010 gear quiet, and, unlike other makers, has yet to show a 2010 TV on its Web site, but unofficial word is easy to come by.Sears, of all places, is now shipping two Samsung 3D-compatible TVs, namely the 46-inch ($2,599.99) and 55-inch ($3,299.99) members of the UNC7000 series first announced at CES (we received a delivery date of March 8 on our … Read more
A few months ago I reviewed the 23-inch Samsung SyncMaster P2370. I called it "a small HDTV that can double as a monitor." The 27-inch version is just that, on a slightly larger scale.
The P2770HD includes all the connection options found on the smaller model, including one HDMI port, VGA, DVI, component, composite, and a coaxial connection for an antenna or cable. Unfortunately, there's no S-Video and it would have been nice to see at least another HDMI port here.