While reading a brief note in one of the tech briefings today, it was announced that Apple was trying to squeeze its iPad into the iPad mini and after looking at and using Samsung’s Galaxy NT-7000 Unlocked Quad Band smartphone, we can easily see why.
First we’ll give you a look at the basics you’ll find with the Samsung and the first is a dual core 1.4 GHz processor whose Android 2.3.0 (Gingerbread version) software gives you access to somewhere around 200,000 apps that do not lock you into a proprietary operating system such as Apple has done with its 300,000 or so apps and the latest version of its iPad.
In this case, though, you will find that the competition that Apple rightly fears comes from Samsung which is clearly aiming at the market leader by delivering a high-resolution device (the superAMOLED 1280 by 800 resolution display) that easily delivers bright colors and good contrast so that you can not only use the NT-7000 as a tablet, but you can also take advantage of its dual-camera capability — an 8 MP rearward facing autofocus camera and 2 MP forward-facing camera that allows you to use your NT-7000 for real videoconferencing where you see more than just little outlines and squiggles. You can actually see a Project slide easily and interact with other folks in your group.
Not only that, you have the ability to either use a standard texting keyboard, if you want to go that way or, if you prefer, you can use the display and a stylus that will not only allow you to circle areas of your screen and have them show up on the other end, but you can use it to tap out your messages, which does prevent the aching thumbs that come with too much texting.
Plus, the superAMOLED touchscreen does allow you to expand and contract thumbnails and other images so you can either show your friends the photos you have received or you can let others involved in your project see exactly what you want.
The NT-7000 is an unlocked multi-band device that allows you to work with the ISP of your choice. For example, if you are content using the 800, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz band favored by GSM-serving ISPs then you can use this device which offers all of the WiFi standards a/b/g/n. This means that you can not only have high-speed WiFi because the n standard allows the pairing of upstream and downstream channels, but you can also use the other bands offered by the ISPs offering HSPDA/EDGE 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz so you have another way of obtaining your data.
Best of all, the voice reception is clear and with the right app, you can even set up your phone for any of the online music services as the Android operating systems seems to be daily offering more and more streaming video and audio capability.
Apple had better be watching over its shoulder closely when folks like Samsung offer devices that are not only tablets, but also smartphones and superfast cameras in a package that is about 6 inches by 7 inches by 0.38 inches and that weight only 6 ounces because this is the heart of Apple’s market.
And, best of all, this allows you the ability to run at native 1080p high definition video native mode so that with the right adapter cable this can be part of the heart of your home/business entertainment system.
It can easily shoot videos as it offers 16 GB of built in video and you can add another 32 GB with an SDHC card. This gives you the ability to shoot at least eight or more hours or video, if you would like and you can then share it which is great if you are at a conference where the information you are receiving is important not only to you but your whole company.
The HTC One X S720E is an unlocked quad-band smartphone that is powered by a 1.56 GHz quad-core processor. It also comes standard with 32 GB of memory, of which 26 GB are user-configurable.
The 4.7-inch display is completely configurable. It is a Super IPS LCD2 capacitive-touch system that features 16 bright, high-contrast colors that are, however, the resolution on this smartphone is very good at 1280 by 720 pixels.
Notice something about the resolution of the display. Though it is a 16-color display, it also runs in native high-definition mode which means that you can mix and match the color palette in ways that others, that aren’t the HTC, can not do.
For example, you can configure an image so that the shades of black are very rich and highlight exactly the features you want highlighted. For example, if you are running a digital clock and the top needs to be super-black, then you can configure the screen to reflect that feature. Meantime, if you want a high-white touch keyboard at the bottom so you can send texts and emails, you can choose from any of the several hundred thousand Android apps that are available through Android Apps or through Google and you can have the keyboard you need.
Realize, though, that even the best capacitive touch screen is no match for a dedicated screen so you will have to realize that you won’t be doing any touch-typing with that keyboard. Instead, you will probably use a stylus or your thumbs to send the text or email.
Interestingly, there is supposed to be an Android-based browser headed toward the HTC so you will have an instantly compatible browser available from the start. Still, it hasn’t yet arrived, even though the equivalent can be found with Google’s Chrome which is already available on Google and which is compatible with the Android system.
When all is said and done, the key feature that you will be thankful you have is the 1.56 GHz quad processor CPU. The reason is this. HTC was supposed to hit the market with this little goodie about a year ago but there were many delays and many reasons for those delays. One of the persistent rumors was that the engineers at Android and Google were not only making the fit between them tighter, they were also optimizing the operating system so that each processor can take advantage of a data stream.
In effect, you have four separate computers running at nearly 1.6 GHz ad your fingertips. That makes this a very fast unit, although with all of the power the battery is called on to supply there is some question about how much power you will have without a charger cable installed. (Today’s charger cables are usually also HDMI interface cables so you will likely be able to interface your HDTV or high-def sound system with the HTC One).
Indeed, that is one of the areas that HTC is pushing right now and with good reason. Not only does the Beats Access sound software provide fine fidelity, you can also interface it with your TV set’s system so you can have some serious sound and if you are running a 3D app, you can use the HTC One as the engine for the streaming video.
You also have the ability to interface Bluetooth sound with the HTC One, truly another advantage.
Altogether this is a very impressive system that has access to voice apps, memo apps, calendar apps, voice control apps and much much more.
At its heart, though, this is still an Internet-capable phone and the HTC doesn’t shrink from this duty, either whether it’s providing a hotspot for several devices to running all of the WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n standards which means that if you are running 802.11/n you have the ability to double up on the input and output channels to increase your speed.
The HTC One, which is compatible with GSM, EDGE, and HSPDA is a dual multi-band phone that will operate either on 800, 1800 or 1900 MHz on GSM and on HSDPA on 850, 900, 1900 and 3100 MHz. On the whole, sold unlocked, it is quite a contender whoever you choose as your ISP.
The LG P920 Optimus 3D GSM Smartphone represents a breakthrough in 3D technology that allows users to take and share 3D imagery without glasses. The P920 Optimus was designed with two aims in mind 3D imagery and networking.
For example, the LG P920 has two 5MP camera lenses that take images from slightly different angles. If one looks at the physics of three-dimensional sight, the key factor is that your eyes are set up similarly in that each one sees a view whose angle is slightly different than its mate so that when your brain makes the adjustment, your vision has depth and becomes three dimensional. The same is true of the lenses on the LG P920. As noted, there is only a couple of degrees of difference between the independent images that each lens takes, however, when you overlay them, they become 3D.
The one drawback is that your viewing angle on the 4.3-inch high-resolution screen is limited to about 10 to 15 degrees off to one side. If one goes beyond that point, one loses the impression of 3D imagery. And, because the device is based on the Android operating system, it is closely tied to the Google network and social-networking sites based on the many apps available under Android (estimates are up to 200,000 now), so one can quickly find the app needed to download access to YouTube’s 3D network. Using this network, one can share the 3D images one has taken with this state-of-the-art smartphone or one can also share the streaming video one has taken.
The LG P920 includes autofocus and low-light capability due to its built-in LED flash. And since the device includes a built-in HDMI port, one can share 3D imagery with any DLNA-certified high-definition television or other system, such as a tablet or netbook PC.
The highly innovative LG P920 operates directly with AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s GSM network as it is a quad-band device, using the 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz GSM WiFi networks offered. Also it recognizes 802.11 b/g/n WiFi networking. These are the standards you will find in most major metropolitan areas so it will recognize and work with public hotspot sites as well as with your older home networking routers that offer 802.11 b/g. The P920 Optimus is supposed to be compatible with WCDMA networking in the 900, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands through GPRS/Edge. CDMA networks are those offered by Verizon or Sprint.
Feature rich, the device is powered by lithium-ion batteries that drive a 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortez A9 processor. It comes equipped with 8 GHz of memory standard, as well as 512 MB of RAM memory that is apparently dedicated cache. Since LG makes products that are built to “open” standards one can use any microSD memory card and expand the memory available to up o 32 GB, or more than enough for imagery, videos or simple emails and texting.
The LG P920 operates in 2G mode at a native high-definition resolution of 1080 pixels or in 3G mode at 720 pixel native resolution. It is, perhaps, one of the most capable smartphones on the market, offering not only a document viewer and editor, but also support for standard Flash and Java sites. This means one can access any website on the net. It also offers a MIDP emulator.
The speakerphone’s fidelity is excellent and it also features voice memo capability, as well as voice commands and dialing. Or, if you are into texting or emailing, you can load the right app and a QWERTY-style keypad will appear that is quite easy to use on the touchscreen, although the keys are too small for true touch-typing. Most Android keyboard apps include predictive keying so they do help speed texting by completing common words for you.
All of this capability comes in a package that is 2.7 inches wide by 0.47 inches thick and 5.1 inches long and which weighs 5.92 ounces. It is lightweight and offers up to 13 hours of talk time in 2G mode and 9 hours in 3G mode. Standby time is 450 with from the lithium-ion battery pack.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is an international version of the S5830L quad-band phone. The S5830 is manufactured for the international market and features dual-band operation in the 900 and 1900 MHz frequency segments. It is a 3G device recognizing DLNA networking. If the ISP employed is DLNA-compatible, the dual-band Galaxy Ace is capable of 3G wireless network speeds.
Since the Galaxy Ace S5830 recognizes WiFi networking standard 802.11 b/g/n and employs the Android operating system (v 2.2), it is capable of not only recognizing local public hotspots so one can stay in touch with the Internet for up to 11 hours on one battery charge, but it can also be integrated into a home network that uses an older router than may only recognize 802 b/g, which means that you can use and update this smartphone as part of your home network. It also makes heavy use of Bluetooth technology so you can sync other devices to it or you can sync it to your PC via Bluetooth. The 5 MP camera offers you instant image sharing and with the proper amount of memory one can also handle some fairly sophisticated videography chores.
Since the Android operating system is tied to Google and its wide variety of open apps, one can have access to 200,000 or more apps at this moment. From the manufacturer, it is equipped for to keep in touch with email, texting and SNS so that one can stay instantly in touch with not only friends, family, but also the office through texting and web apps offered.
The S5830 offers a minimalist, yet sophisticated approach to networking as it does recognize Google’s networking and should recognize Google’s latest social networking option, Google+, an app that allows one to set up a “social circle” of friends, although it does offer a number of safeguards so that one can keep in touch with those whom one wants to keep in touch with, while keeping others out. It is a nice piece of work that helps ensure a bit more network security than other social networking vehicles are offering. They will likely get to this point, but Google will probably be offering even more sophisticated apps. The whole smartphone market seems to be in a huge state of flux at the moment as each network struggles to maintain its top stop.
Google, though, since it is available for PCs and smartphones because of its tight linkage to Android is likely to maintain a slight edge in this department. Speaking of edges, the S5830 offers predictive texting as it fills in the blanks after one has keyed one or two letters. The S5830 also offers SWYPE technology that lets one hit one of two spots on the QWERTY-like keyboard touch-screen app and the Ace fill in the letters one is typing, another type of predictive typing mode. The sensitive touch-screen quickly updates as the Ace runs on an 800 MHz processor and one can install up to 32 GB of microSD memory so one has enough memory to make up for the lack of a super-high-speed processor.
The fully integrated touch-screen also lets one organize contacts into four categories so that one can have the type of display one needs. For example, if one likes a history of emails or texts, one can use the organizer to display the history. Other features of this organizer include allowing one to organize around activity, mail or type of information. All of this information is displayed on a high-resolution HVGA 3.5-inch screen.
The Ace is a compact smartphone that offers one a high-degree of flexibility and web integration thanks to its operating system in a package that is 4.2 inches by 2.4 inches by 0.4 inches and that weighs 3.5 ounces. It also features built-in GPS capability with A-GPS support so that with access to Google Earth and Maps, available through Android apps, the Ace can also act as a sophisticated navigation device as well as a smartphone.