Posts Tagged ‘Froyo’

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Its been about 4 months that I’ve been using the Samsung 7” Galaxy Tab and quite honestly, I think that this tablet is severely underrated by many people. I reckon a lot of people have been lulled into an Apple-is-the-best-and-nothing-can-compare state 😛 just because they kinda came out with the tablet thing first (not technically, but you know what I mean). The thing is, that this ‘little’ tablet can mix it with the big boy iPad anyday. The iPad 1 I might add, dual core processors kinda make it a bit unfair with the second iPad.

First Impressions and Overview

The first thing I noticed about the Galaxy Tab was the size. Sure it looks like an oversized smartphone and I have been ridiculed about its size (OMG WHAT A HUGE PHONE! :O hehe) but I think the size is a perfect mix of the best of both worlds. Not as huge as a 10” iPad-sized screen but not as small as an average sized smartphone). This means beautifully crisp video playback and social networking made really easy for the user. And I can still put it in my pocket if needed! Nice sized icons and Google’s famed Android (2.2 Froyo on this tablet) OS make user interaction a breeze. I never got ‘stuck’ in an application, where I did not know what to do next (that’s good programming/coding! :D).

Applications

In terms of apps, I could blog all day about this. Android Marketplace has soooo many cool apps, and the majority of them are free! The first couple apps I downloaded was Google Maps, The Bible, Whatsapp and Layar. Layar is a really cool augmented reality app that uses the real external environment within the app. There are different ‘layer’ configurations that, when the camera points at something, information will appear about that object. For example, a Wikipedia layer is activated and the camera points at a national monument. A little box will pop up with information about that monument. It’s like web browsing on steroids. Another cool app is SoundHound, where one can HUM a tune and the app will recognise it (through Gracenote databases) and provide information about the song. And these are only the apps within Marketplace, there is a whole ‘unofficial’ market as well for apps that have been blocked by Marketplace (such as a Youtube video downloader, and torrent clients and a whole lot more!).

User experience

The keyboard is really responsive and also has Samsungs Swype option in which the user can slide their finger over the letters they want to type. The traditional touch-to-type keyboard is also an option. Typing is similar to the usual thumb-attack approach in portrait mode; in landscape mode, one might require a little stretching (small hands won’t really work in this mode, lol). So messaging is pretty easy to do quite quickly. Phone calls are a bit of a different story, the ‘normal’ mode is speakerphone which can be troublesome in public and crowded places. I use the headset 90% of the time, and I must admit I do get caught off guard with phone calls and fumbling to get the earphones in, lol. I think a Bluetooth headset would solve that problem ;).

Issues

One gripe I do have is when the thing syncs, it makes EVERYTHING slow. You have to wait till it finishes syncing so that some RAM is freed up (444MB is not that much anyway). The same thing happens when many apps are open. Another one is that I cannot see who is calling. I’ve tried apps that have a Call ID function, but alas. It might be a Samsung design flaw.

All in all, I am very happy with this tablet. It has proven capable to the tasks I need it to perform and has been very reliable in its software and hardware design and operation. Samsung is really giving Apple a run for its money.

Tech it or leave it 😛

PS. <<<BLACKBERRY PLAYBOOK REVIEW COMING SOON>>>

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iPhone users are generally satisfied with the speed of loading web pages. But a recent report reveals that the iPhone 4′s speed pales in comparison to Android-powered smartphone like the Nexus S. Find out why the Iphone5 will have to up the ante on speed — or risk losing their market share.

When it comes to mobile computing, speed might seem like a geeky obsession — something that the average smartphone, laptop, and tablet user isn’t too concerned about. Usually, the discussion of a smartphone’s speed at loading web pages is usually followed by a cavalcade of complex technical specs and cryptic geek-speak that the average Joe or Jane simply cannot relate to.

The fact is, however, that speed is important to all smartphone users — even if they don’t know it.

While tech-obsessed people might seek out faster technologies to show off to their other tech-obsessed friends, even the most clueless smartphone user has the expectation that, when they load a web page, it will load fast. Slow-loading pages, after all, don’t only frustrate the geeks of the world. In fact, the average smartphone user might even feel more inclined to throw their iPhone against the wall when it runs slow than does the techie, since average users usually don’t understand the technology behind what makes mobile devices fast or slow.

With this in mind, Canadian software company Blaze Software Inc. recently released a controversial report that purportedly reveals the Apple iPhone 4 to be a considerably slower-loading smartphone compared to the Google Nexus S, claiming that the Nexus S loaded 84% of websites faster than the iPhone, and that the Android-powered phone ”operated an average of 52 percent faster after more than 45,000 page loads from 1,000 websites.”

Seems as if Iphone5 has many to impress if it desires to be as competitve as Android phones…We’ll just have to wait and see!

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The world’s first 3d smartphone has been released. It it also the first smartphone to boast dual-core, dual-memory and dual-channel architecture as well as the first 3D platform allowing for viewing and sharing of content courtesy of Youtube 3D. The ‘tri-dual’ configuration, as it is dubbed, enables users to enjoy improved performance and run-time compared to smartphones offering 1GHz dual-core processors. The configuration works in a way that it transfers data simultaneously between the dual-core and dual-memory, meaning that users can browse web pages, multitask between programs, play games at higher frame rates and enjoy movies more smoothly and for longer than ever before.The phone will run on Google’s OS Android Froyo 2.2 and will be upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3.

The LG has a 5MP dual-lens camera that can capture and record images and videos in 3D! Users can view their 3D content on the 4,3 inch WVGA display without the need for those pesky 3D glasses. The screen allows 2D capability up to 1080p and in 3D up to 720p.

Even the user interface is in 3D! It features 5 3D-dedicated UI’s (that’s User Interfaces for all the non-geeks) as well as an HDMI 1.4 output that connects to 3D TVs and monitors. Another cool feature is that users can easily upload and stream 3D content on Youtube’s dedicated 3D channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/3D).

Tech it or leave it 😛