With a brilliant display, a solid multimedia feature set, and a spacious keyboard, it offers just about everything you'd want from a messaging handset. And even though we didn't test the call quality at CTIA, which turned out to pretty good, we did name it as our best phone of the show.
We had a couple of complaints--the camera lacks a flash, there's no voice dialing … Read more
Samsung and AT&T just announced the Samsung SGH-a657, a rugged phone with push-to-talk capabilities. We don't usually hear about AT&T's push-to-talk service, so it's nice to see the company hasn't let it die away. Like a lot of push-to-talk phones, the SGH-a657 is military certified against dust, shock, vibration, raid, humidity, solar radiation, and altitude and temperature extremes. It has a rubberized handle and a built-in flashlight.
Features of the SGH-a657 are fairly advanced for a push-to-talk phone and they include mobile e-mail, A-GPS, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, 3G speeds, access … Read more
As HDTVs become more common--some would say commoditized--TV makers go to ever-greater lengths to justify higher price tags. Nobody is going as far as Samsung this year. The company is the only one thus far to announce a full lineup of edge-lit LED-based LCDs which cost a mint yet offer the most advanced technology and design you can get--at least until OLED comes along.
Each model among the three series of Samsung's "Luxia" lineup measures just 1.2 inches thick, thanks to that LED lighting system, which is also responsible for the TVs' excellent energy efficiency. The … Read more
Samsung was the first manufacturer with a standalone Blu-ray player, but in 2008 it often felt like the company was struggling to keep up with Panasonic. When Panasonic released the first Profile 2.0 player, Samsung was still shipping Profile 1.1 players, with promises that future upgrades would make its player up to snuff. Now, just a few months into 2009, it appears the tables have turned.
The Samsung BD-P1600 comes complete with all the features we now expect on Blu-ray players, including Profile 2.0 compatibility and onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. But the … Read more
The last time I saw the Samsung SyncMaster P2370 in the flesh was earlier this year at CES, right next to its brother, the P2370L. Our time apart has been far too long.
Today we finally received our P2370 review unit and aesthetically it's even more beautiful than I remember. The monitor is a 23-inch, 16:9 display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel native resolution. That's slightly disappointing considering the Dell SP2309W--also a 16:9, 23-incher--has a 2,048x1,152-pixel native resolution.
This thing is the very definition of slick and looks like it belongs in some … Read more
Donald and Jasmine try to make the most out of their limited in-studio time slot by talking as quickly and clearly as possible about the new Samsung P3 and SanDisk's unusual SlotRadio player.
Also, Nixon enters the headphone market with a new line a fashion-friendly 'phones that any surfer is sure to love. Plus, find out about our Top 5 iPod-recording accessories and top 10 portable speakers. Finally, see if you can wager a guess as to who came out on top in the latest Prizefight, "The Evisceration."Listen now: Download today's podcast… Read more
Touch-screen MP3 players and PVPs are all the rage, and it's no wonder: the migration of controls to the display of a device makes it possible to dedicate most of a player's surface area to the screen. Thus, larger screens on smaller gadgets. Surely, the Apple iPod Touch is a testament to the potential success of this setup, and Samsung's first foray into this arena, the P2, was no slouch, either, drawing praise from critics and consumers alike.
As such, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Samsung's follow-up, the P3, is quite the impressive … Read more
Q: I've recently started looking for either a small MP3 player with a good speaker on it, or a small portable speaker that I can travel with that will work with my Zune and other players. I prefer a nonfolding one. I tried to look for a recent review of either category, but didn't find any. Can you help?--Jeremy, via e-mail
A: Right off the bat, I recommend checking out our top 10 portable speakers product roundup. Any of those speakers come with a high recommendation.
However, if you're looking for something ultracompact, pay particular attention to the Soundmatters FoxL, the Samsung BS300, and the iMainGo 2 (this last one does double duty as a protective case for your player).
One other option that did not make the top 10 but still might be a good choice for you is the Sony SRS-M50. It's plenty compact and the two speakers can actually be separated for wider sound.… Read more
Last month, I did a first take on the Nvidia GeForce 3D Vision Kit. At the time, I'd only very briefly tested it and not at all thoroughly. Since then, thanks to help from Nvidia (new glasses, video card, and monitors) I've been able to move past the bugs mentioned in the first take.
This time, I did it big with an NVidia GeForce 280GTX, baby! Playing around with this card made me weep, as it's only $330, vs. the $600 ATI card I bought three years ago that's starting to disappoint me.
With the new … Read more