After a prolonged introduction from the Barcelona Opera House’s chamber orchestra, Samsung launched its latest smartphone, the S5, to a packed crowd at the Mobile World Congress.The company said it had “decided to go back to basics” with its latest device, and indeed, there were few surprises.
To date, Samsung has sold over 200 million Galaxy S smartphones. It’s a hugely popular product line, so for the Galaxy S5 it’s not a huge surprise to find that Samsung hasn’t strayed too far from the successful formula defined by its predecessors.
While the back of the device is certainly different – Samsung has opted for a dimpled, soft-touch back rather than the glossy plastic used for the Galaxy S4 – the Galaxy S5 is still instantly recognisable alongside its precursors. It’s a similar size to the Galaxy S4 and the button placement, curved corners and faux-metal plastic sides all feel rather familiar.
Languishing at 1 percent of a global phone market it helped create, Google subsidiary Motorola is planning to unveil the Moto X, a customizable phone, this summer. And to support its launch, Google is planning to spend as much as $500 million. If that doesn’t move Motorola’s dial, nothing will.
When it comes to hardware most people agree that Nokia makes good handsets, just look at the new Nokia Lumia 1020. But the problem is Nokia’s smartphones run Windows Phone which is still playing catch-up in terms of consumer acceptance. The question that is often asked is this, why didn’t Nokia use Android?
A survey has found that one in three Australians don’t bother, or don’t know how, to change their mobile phone ring when they buy their phone.
The 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is the latest example of the company’s weird pricing decisions. At $300, the Tab 3 is expensive for a small tablet that — aside from its 1.5GB of RAM — has fairly modest specs and hardware features.
TouchWiz does a lot of things better than stock Android. Sure, some don’t like the bloatware that comes with it, but it’s an easy trade-off for the value that Samsung’s offering adds to your smartphone. Stock Android is nice, but it feels like a bare bones Android skin. The camera features aren’t the best, and stock Android doesn’t really try to offer handy features like Smart Pause or Multi Window. That said, here are the five reasons why I love TouchWiz over stock Android.
Sony’s liquid-loving Xperia Z just got a bit of extra competition: Samsung just announced a waterproof version of the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 Active shares many specifications with the regular model: a Full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel five-inch display, a 1.9GHz quad-core processor, two-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and the same 2,600mAh battery.
The much-awaited Galaxy S4 mini has arrived. Samsung Electronics has announced the Galaxy S4 mini, a compact version of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 mini has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and weighs 107g. The pint-sized version of the Galaxy S4 is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and has 1.5GB RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 OS.The phone has an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy S4 mini has an internal memory of 8GB (user-accessible is approximately 5GB). Its memory can be further expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card. The smartphone comes packed with a 1,900mAh battery.