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Samsung Galaxy S now available on Globe for pre-order

by on Jun.16, 2010, under Gadgets, Reviews, Tech

When I was passing by Greenbelt 3 to get to Greenbelt 1, I noticed a “new” Globe hub on the way. It’s beside Powerbooks, in front of b_connected, near Healthy Options, etc..

It’s nothing new, I pass by Globe stores all the time but this one got my attention.

globe greenbelt 3It’s an advertisement for the Samsung Galaxy S!

So I went in. Circled the display looking for the phone. And at the middle there is the beautiful phone. Three of them :)

I picked one and meddled with it.

It’s bigger than the iPhone but a bit lighter and thinner (than 3Gs?).

It’s a shiny piece of black glass. And I mean shiny.

The screen is all black when the screen is off but when it turns on all you can notice is the screen and nothing but the screen!

The screen is AMOLED and it’s very very nice! Everything is crisp and vibrant!

And very captivating as well

But unlike the new iPhone 4, you can still see the pixels upon REAL CLOSE UP!

iPhone 4*, iPhone 3Gs*, Galaxy S

*image from MobileCrunch

It’s very prone to smudges as you can see from the video and photos.

The Samsung Galaxy S packs the following features:

  • 1GHz Cortex-A8 based processor “Hummingbird” with integrated graphics
  • 4.0″ 16M color SUPER AMOLED screen with multi-touch
  • 3.5mm jack
  • micro usb port
  • 5MPx AF camera with tap-to-focus function and shoot vidoes up to 720p at 30FPS
  • 8GB/16GB on-board memory for your media
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor, digital compass

As for the software:

  • Android 2.1 Eclair with reports of upgrade to 2.2 FroYo
  • Android Samsung UI (Pantheon maybe?)
  • DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.236, H.234, WMV, VC-1, 3gp, FLV, MKV
  • Flash Lite 3.1 is also integrated into the browser
  • Live wallpapers
  • Layar
  • Swype
  • ThinkFree office app
  • Aldiko e-book reader

Android Live Wallpaper in action.

There is also a list view of the menu if you wanna go old-school or tired of the panes.

Interesting though, the fonts are different. I wonder if you can change the font or it comes bundled with the skin…

If only the phone was configured with the Android Market and WiFi I would have run some benchmarks nyahahaha~!

I wanted to play more with the phone but I was already fondling it for about 20 minutes. I never cared about the iPad that was in front of me :-p

I wanted to say more about this phone but I had spent only so little time with it.

I’m definitely gonna buy this phone maybe December or on my birthday, March.

I’m still waiting for the price to settle down :)

Unless of course the Droid X will be released here with a better competitive price by that time. I won’t hesitate to buy the Droid X if it’s around 30k, give or take 5k.

And I’m gonna be waiting for this dock.

It’s really drooling! hahaha

As for the price…

I asked the sales lady on when is the availability of the Galaxy S.

She told me it was available since June 3 on pre-order. And the price is: Php 31,000!

She said that you can also avail of this phone at 0% interest on a 12-month payment.

I also asked if when I will get the phone. She said that it’s on “reservation with the source” and you can get the phone in 1-2 weeks.

Now, I don’t know if the price she said was on contract. I hope it isn’t!

I don’t care if it’s locked to Globe. I’m on Globe anyway.

And on December, I hope they bundle the dock with the phone or something.

And that dock! I hope it’s gonna be cheaper than what I’m thinking.

There’s a lot of hoping going on here… hehe’

Anyway, let’s just hope wish for the best.

A lot of Android goodness awaits our future ^^,

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Salivating over Hardware

by on May.20, 2010, under Gadgets, Tech

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition

  • 6-core processor
  • 3.2Ghz
  • $295 on release (?15k lang!!)

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10

  • 4 inch capacitive touch screen (no multi-touch) [yet]
  • 8.1Mpx camera
  • Timescape
  • Mediascape
  • Android 2.1

Samsung Galaxy S

  • 4.0 capacitive multi-touch SUPER AMOLED screen goodness
  • up to 32GB on-board storage + up to 32GB microSD card support
  • Android 2.1
  • Hummingbird processor
  • HDMI out
  • 720p HD video recording

HTC EVO 4G

  • 4G
  • 4.3 multi-touch TFT screen
  • 720p HDMI in/out
  • has 1.3Mpx front-facing camera
  • WiFi tethering of up to 8 devices (but Android FroYo 2.2 will release USB and WiFi tethering too)

Motorola MOTOROI (to be released in UK with better specs [hopefully])

  • HDMI out
  • 8Mpx camera with Xenon flash!
  • 720p HD video recording @ 20fps
  • OMAP SOC processor (better 3D than Snapdragon)
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Test post from WordPress for Android

by on May.03, 2010, under Gadgets, Tech

Yes, I am now an Android user and I love it!!

Android 1.5 on my Samsung Galaxy Spica is almost as good as the iPhone exprience. I can’t wait to update to Android 2.1!

Samsung with Android isn’t so bad in combination.. Anything with Windows Mobile is!! Damn, I wasted money with that Samsung Omnia II!! So slugish after 3 months use…

That’s another story and post. Anyway….

If only the Sony Ericson X10 is proven to have multi-touch then I’ll upgrade to that this year. If not, then I’ll wait for the Samsung Galaxy S price to go down.. (expected to cost around 40 to 45 PHP) or the rumored Motorola Shadow be official. The rumored specs makes me drool! LOL!!

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The Google Nexus One phone

by on Jan.05, 2010, under Gadgets, Tech

All the hype has been going on about Google creating its own branded phone since 2006.

And now it’s definitely here. The Google Nexus Phone.

Google Nexus One

Currently being offered in the US for $529 (Php 25,000) contract-free, or $179 (Php 8,500) with 2 year contract with T-mobile. (only one plan is available – $79.99 (Php 4,000) per month rate, which includes unlimited texting/MMS, web data and 500 talk minutes with unlimited nights and weekends) ^

Technical Specifications:

Size and weight
Height: 119mm
Width:  59.8mm
Depth:  11.5mm
Weight: 130 grams w/ battery, 100g w/o battery

Display
3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen
800 x 480 pixels
1ms typical response rate

Power and battery
Removable 1400 mAH battery
Charges at 480mA from USB, at 980mA from supplied charger
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G, Up to 7 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G, Up to 250 hours on 3G
Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G, Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 7 hours
Audio playback: Up to 20 hours

Processor
Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz

Camera & Flash
5 megapixels
Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
2X digital zoom
LED flash
User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions

Operating system
Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)

Capacity
512MB Flash
512MB RAM
bundled 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)

Wireless Connectivity
UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
HSUPA 2Mbps
GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
A2DP stereo Bluetooth

Location Service
Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
Digital compass
Accelerometer

The screen size is definitely a plus. And it’s AMOLED! Another pluses here are digital compass, 802.11n, bundled 4GB, Android 2.1, and the 1GHz processor. (This processor is faster than my netbook lol)

Take note though that this doesn’t have a front-facing camera (like the iPhone) unlike other smartphones. Although who uses them anyway? I have had 3G phones with front facing camera since 2007 (k800i, k600i, w980i, Omnia II) and just used it once (k600i) back in 2007.

And the OS is really fast and responsive. Have a look at these first videos:

I had contacted Globe about this but they haven’t replied to me. But come to think of it they are offering the iPhone so its competitor maybe out of the picture. Smart? Probably.

This could be the iPhone killer some of us had been waiting for. Or maybe not.

My reason why the iPhone could not have a real competitor is the responsiveness of the OS. I own an iPod touch and have used the iPhone. And currently owning an Omnia II. Even though the Omnia II has a faster processor and a bigger ram than my iPod touch, it’s sluggish. Takes me 2-3 seconds to open the 3-page home page. Than the 1-2 seconds 4-pager iPod touch. And it’s not just the home page, just about everywhere you are to open an app.

Currently the Nexus One is not available in the Philippines but I hope it would be anytime sooner. I’ll definitely buy one (or two) of these. And ditch my Omnia II.

Nexus One not available in the Philippines yet

I should have waited for this! But back then when I bought my Omnia II (a month ago!) this was just a rumor.

I really do hope this becomes available here in the Philippines before my birthday! (Mar 22) hahaha

Btw, I could seem to make work the GPS function of my Omnia II for geo tagging (without the using assistance of cell towers and connectivity via 2g/3g).

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