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The way that rumors and Verizon’s statements have been lining up this year, you might’ve been under the impression that its upcoming Android tablets would be carrier exclusives — but maybe not: ye oldeWall Street Journal is citing “three people familiar with the matter” (it’s not often they give a quantity of familiar people!) as saying that Big Red, AT&T, and Sprint are all on tap to take delivery of the Galaxy Tab. In light of Samsung’s strategy in deploying the Galaxy S as far and wide (and with as little exclusivity) as possible, that’d certainly make sense — the company is comfortable switching between GSM, CDMA, and even WiMAX radios at this point without breaking a sweat.

Speaking of WiMAX, this rumor certainly lends credence to the possibility that the Sprint version will be 4G-equipped, giving the Epic a big brother in the carrier’s growing stable of sexy WiMAX hardware. Samsung has an event lined up in New York next Thursday, the 16th (which we’ll be attending, naturally) and the WSJ goes on to say that the Tab’s US unveil is going to go down there. Pricing remains an open question, but considering that the Tab’s a full-on cellphone in addition to a data device, it seems that American customers might need to be comfortable with another contract if they want in on this thing. Ouch. (engadget)



Our tipster has been hard at work scouring the annals of Verizon Wireless inventory. First we saw the Motorola MZ600 tablet pop up with dummy and demo units in two, then we got a look at listings for the Motorola Citrus and Motorola XT610, and now we have the Samsung Continuum making an appearance. The Continuum is another mid-range device that should class in the same range as the LG Ally. Other than that broad categorization very little is known other than a rumored release date falling sometime in October.

With all of these new inventory additions it appears Big Red is preparing for an all-out Droid assault this holiday season, and it looks like a large part of it will be low to mid-range devices to fill out a lineup that has been a bit top heavy with behemoth phones like the Droid X, Droid 2, and Samsung Fascinate leading the pack. Who knows what will pop up in their inventory next! (phandroid)

Telus has launched a new Android smartphone in Canada, and it’s getting ready to introduce yet another one soon.

The smartphone that’s been launched is the LG Shine Plus (available in the US via Verizon as LG Ally).

The Shine Plus seems to run Android 2.1 and features a 3.2 inch WVGA touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 5MP autofocus camera, and MicroSD card support.

Telus’ LG Shine Plus can be yours for prices ranging between $69.99 (with a 3-yr contract agreement) and $299.99 (no contract).

The Android smartphone (that’s coming soon to Telus) is the Samsung Galaxy Apollo.

Also running Android 2.1, the Galaxy Apollo has a 3 inch HVGA screen and features 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Swype virtual keyboard, Bluetooth 3.0, and 3.2MP autofocus camera. The price of the Galaxy Apollo from Telus is not known. (unwiredview)

Samsung i8700 Windows Phone 7Samsung i8700 Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 hardware leaks are nothing new, but it’s always nice we see a device pop up two different times, especially when we get such clear, close-up photos.  The handset you see above is the Samsung i8700, which looks awfully similar to this Samsung WP7 device we saw about a month ago.  Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of specs for this device except that it has 8 GB of storage and a camera around back with an LED flash.  No word on which carrier the i8700 is headed for, either, but judging by the previous WP7 leaks, it wouldn’t be crazy to assume that an AT&T release is coming.

Considering all of the leaked handsets we’ve seen that have been running Windows Phone 7, I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to have quite a variety of devices available when the OS launches this year.  If you’re in the market for a phone running Microsoft’s new hotness, though, I hope you like having a full-touch device, because the majority of handsets we’ve seen have been lacking a physical QWERTY keyboard.  What’s your preference, folks?  Is it touch all the way, or do you prefer something with a little more tactile feedback? (phonedog)

Samsung Fascinate launch

Yesterday we saw a leaked Verizon screen showing that the Samsung Fascinate would be launching on September 9th, but there was still some confusion surrounding that date.

Today we’ve got some more Verizon documents showing that the Fascinate will, in fact, be launching on September 9th.  As you can see in the image above, the Fascinate has the date 9/9/10 next to its name.  Remember that Best Buy will also be taking pre-orders beginning today if you’re a Reward Zone member, or on August 29th if you’re not.  There’s not much else here, folks, but all we needed was confirmation of the rumored release date, and that’s what we got.

Verizon documentSome people have questioned whether or not Verizon was going to release the Fascinate or if they really needed to considering they already have a pretty solid Android lineup.  However, I would argue that the high-end Fascinate is a great addition to their selection, especially when you consider that it provides a nice middle ground between between the DROID 2 and the gigantic DROID X.  Now that we’re only a couple of weeks out, how many of you are planning on picking up a Samsung Fascinate? (phonedog)

Samsung Galaxy U for LG U+

Just as we expected, Samsung has made Galaxy U for LG U+ official. The name, ‘Galaxy U’ come from the fact that it has a ‘Unique’ grip design, ‘Ultimate’ display, ‘Utilitarian’ apps and ‘Ubiquitous’ features like Wi-Fi.

  • Size: 119.5 × 59.6 × 12.4mm
  • Weight: 131g
  • Network: A-CDMA, CDMA Rev. A
  • Display: 3.7-inch AMOLED 16M Plus (480 × 800)
  • OS: Android OS (still not clear how many versions)
  • CPU: 1GHz S5PC111
  • Camera: 5 megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording
  • DMB: T-DMB
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth: 3.0
  • Video Formats: MP, 3GP, 3GPP, K3G, Divx, Avi, mkv, flv, asf
  • Audio Formats: MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG, AAC, MID, MIDI, FLAC
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • MicroSD card slot: 8GB bundled, up to 32GB supported
  • Other Features: OZ Store, Kyobo e-books, maps Daum, Allshare, Live wallpapers, access to Google services
  • Battery: 1500mAh
  • Talk time: up to 7 hours
  • Standby time: up to 370 hours

It will come in white or black for 800,00 won ($682). (samsunghub)

LG C900 open

LG C900 closed

Following the Samsung Cetus i917 leak earlier today, we now have photos of yet

another Windows Phone 7-powered device headed to AT&T.  This time the handset is made by LG and it’s called the C900.  Sure, not quite as good a name as Cetus, but we’re not going to worry about the name until the phone is actually released.  You can see that the C900 has a sliding, four row QWERTY keyboard and some carrier branding on the OS itself.  There’s not much else we know about the phone, but it looks like AT&T fans will have a good selection of WP7 handsets in the future.

Considering the Samsung Cetus that we saw earlier was a full touch device, it’s nice to see a Windows Phone 7 handset with a full QWERTY keyboard, as well.  I’m not sure that I’m a huge fan of having the Windows key below the Back and Search buttons, but I’ll wait to pass judgment until I actually handle the phone.  Until then, we’ll all just have to look over the photos to help pass the time until November.


Samsung Cetus i917

We’ve definitely seen quite a few Android leaks as of late, so it’s about time that Windows Phone 7 got its due, too.  Photos of the Samsung Cetus i917 have been posted

Samsung Cetus i917

by Engadget, and the device is definitely different than theother Samsung WP7 handset that we saw a week ago.  Engadget says that the Cetus is headed for AT&T, which is unsurprising considering the carrier has been rumored to have ordered eight million WP7 phones.  There’s no release information, but judging by the the look of the device and the fact that we’re supposed to see Windows Phone 7 in November, I’m guessing the Cetus will be launched in time for the holidays.

The Cetus looks like a pretty slick little device, almost reminding me of a Palm Pre with its keyboard hacked off.  Its definitely not as chromed out as HTC’s Windows Phone 7 device, the Schubert, but I have a feeling that the skinny, glossy black look will suit the Cetus just fine.  So, readers, which leaked WP7 device do you prefer so far?


That rumored white Galaxy S for Europe is looking closer to reality now that Samsung has announced a “Snow White” version of the M110S — the particular flavor of the burgeoning Galaxy S series that it sells in its own backyard of South Korea. Notably, this puppy lacks the white bezel we’d seen in the European rumor, but regardless, it’s still a whole lot paler than any version we’ve seen launch thus far. No word yet on what sort of space-age materials, science, and technology went in to getting this thing manufactured as of press time; if your interest is sufficiently piqued, SKT is the carrier you’re going to want to hit up.


This is the first part in a series of articles reviewing the Samsung Vibrant in terms of gaming and overall performance. Part one is an overview of the Samsung Vibrant and a comparison to the Nexus One. If you are considering upgrading or buying a new phone and enjoy mobile gaming you will want to read this series of articles!

I recently had the opportunity to jump from a Google Nexus One to a Samsung Vibrant(Galaxy S). The transition, which T-mobile makes extremely easy, was smooth and flawless. But as all things go in the computer/smartphone, there were a few less then stellar items that I need to note. But first lets give the differences between the two phones.

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Phone Google Nexus One Samsung Vibrant
U.S. Carriers T-mobile/ATT** T-mobile
Global Availability Released Released
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 @ 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird  Cortex A8 @ 1GHz
GPU ATI Adreno 200 PowerVR SGX540
Weight 4.59 oz
4.16 oz
Dimensions 4.69″ x 2.35″ x 0.45″ 4.82″ x 2.54″ x 0.39″
Battery Life Talk: 7 hr
Standby: 250 hr
(10.4 days)
Talk: 6.5 hr
Standby: 432 hr
(18 days)
Display AMOLED (Full-Color)
480 x 800 pixels
Colors: 65,Came536 (16-bit)
Super AMOLED (Full-Color)
480 x 800 pixels
Colors: 16.7 million (24-bit)
Platform / OS Android 2.2 Android 2.1
Application Memory 196 MB 2 GB
Total Memory 512Meg internal
4G MicroSD
16G internal memory
2G MicroSD
Camera 5 Mega Pixels 5 Mega Pixels

**The Nexus One is no longer offered by either carrier, but the phone can be purchased through third parties and VIA Google Developer program.

As you can see the major differences here are the CPU/GPU’s the display and memory. Does that really make a difference in performance though? Well read on and lets see how this all pans out in my 3 part review of the Samsung Vibrant. But first a quick and I mean quick overview of the phone.

Overview: As said earlier I had a smooth transition from my Nexus One to the Vibrant, but there were some things that show the failures in the third party tinkering. No I’m not going to get into the interface of the devices sans the fact that the Nexus One is a Google Android phone throughout with no extra stuff thrown in, and while some say it is bland, it just works and works well. The Vibrant with the Touchwiz 3.0 interface leaves a lot left to be desired, and has tons of short comings, but it didn’t take me long to get used to the interface so no real time loss there. But I will say this, when a company steps in and pushes there proprietary stuff on you they should think harder about the end user.

The Nexus One’s first boot up showed me an awesome little screen that let me either create a Google account or add my current. That was nice and made the phone feel more integrated with Google as one would expect from an Android phone. The Vibrant took me right to the desktop where I had to fiddle around with the settings to add all my google info. Was it a pain, yes… Was it a deal breaker, no… Now with the one thing that really annoyed me the most out of the way lets get to the sweetness of what the Vibrant means for the gaming community.

I must first say that the Vibrant is snappy, VERY snappy, but not everywhere. When moving around the system there are times of long hesitations that make you wonder if you hit the button. This is a known issue and can be fixed at the expense of half your apps memory, but at default this is an issue. And I also need to note that I have seen it happen in a few games. There are times in the game where the entire game stops for a moment then picks back up. I never experienced this on the Nexus One, sure there were slowdowns as with an system, but not full one sound and video stops. But as I already stated this has been fixed VIA the XDA community and doesn’t happen often enough to be in the way.

The screen so far has been very satisfying and bright, and I mean bright! At the lowest setting it is brighter than the Nexus Ones medium setting and most other phones max setting. The display is large enough that big fingers, like mine, can hit buttons and not hog the whole screen. Sure, slightly less than half and inch may not seem like much but hey that is the width of my pinkie finger alone.

The phone will be very well accepted by the gaming community for not just it’s power and bright screen, but the weight. This thing is super light and feels like a feather in your hand, which translates, for me at least, into less arm cramps(hey I’m old) while holding it in 50 different positions while playing games. Sure lighter weight may be a bad thing for some, but after playing a game on this phone for an hour I must say that it left me without cramps and without a luggy arm feeling. The thinness and shape of the phone are also very well done, and unlike the Nexus One I find myself hitting the hardware buttons at the bottom of the screen less often, to almost never. No more accidentally pausing the game or backing out to the desktop.

Sound is a big one for games as well and the speaker, whether it is due to the thinness of the phone or just speaker placement and size, is super loud. I find myself lowering the volume on the Vibrant and turning it up on the Nexus One, the difference is night and day. Besides it being loud it is also decently clear, I can hear characters talk and music and sound effects ring through, though some games do need to be toned down as some distortion occurs at max volume. The headphones that shipped with the phone sound good as well, but lets face it everyone has their favorite headset and that is not a part of the phones abilities.

So you may be thinking what is it that he can put into this to make it a three part series. Well lets see, there is the overall gaming feeling, the touchscreen input details, the speed of games, battery life, and lets not forget connectivity. Yep this phone will do 480p output to your TV VIA the 3.5mm headphone jack to your composite in(red, white, yellow). And soon there will be a MicroUSB to HDMI out cable, but it is still up in the air as to whether that will be true HD or just another 480p connection.

So stay tuned for more on Vibrant and it’s gaming abilities in the next few weeks as I plow through this phone thoroughly and test it on all fronts.