There’s still a whole two weeks to go before Samsung’s Galaxy S III finally hits the shelves and already one lucky tech lover has managed to get his hands on the retail package. HD Network’s Editor in Chief Nicollo Rolli is that lucky man and fortunately for the rest of us, he decided to film the unboxing and upload it to YouTube to whet our appetites. Rolli gives us a useful look at how the S III compares to other leading Android devices, the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X and HTC One S.
You might want to brush up on your Italian before you hit the play button although there’s plenty to be gained from the visual comparisons!
Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.
The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-I727) is one of the first two LTE phones for AT&T, which by the way, will cover 15 markets by November 20. It’s essentially the same Galaxy S II that’s available now on AT&T, but with a bigger 4.5-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED Plus screen, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and of course the 4G LTE compatibility. It’s actually a lot like the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II, but a little thinner. Other notable specs include 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, 2MP front camera, 1850mAh battery, 16GB internal storage, up to an additional 32GB with microSD card, Bluetooth, WiFi, and Android 2.3.5.
It’s priced at $249.99 with a 2-year contract. I would highly recommend this version over the standard Galaxy S II even if you don’t live in one of the LTE markets. Don’t forget, you are signing a 2-year contract so it’s likely that LTE will come your way during your contract, not to mention you will enjoy a slightly larger screen. Of course if you live in a completely rural area, you might do better sticking with the original.
We probably won’t do an in depth review on this one because the only notable difference from the T-Mobile version and this one is the AT&T 4G LTE compatibility. Unfortunately, I’m not in one of the 15 markets to review battery life and speeds, but if I notice anything notable, I will certainly let you know. For now, checkout our review of the T-Mobile version and my quick hands on video after the break:
I just got my hands on the Samsung Stratosphere which spec-wise is not jaw-dropping, but enough for most people. It comes with a 4-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and Android 2.3.5. What makes this phone appealing is that it’s 4G LTE compatible. With most LTE phones on Verizon priced at $299, this phone is a steal for $149.99. It’s a little thick, coming in at 14mm, but for those that like a QWERTY keyboard, this is more appealing than the DROID 3, which lacks LTE. Check out my quick hands on, and look for a full review shortly.
Motorola and Verizon certainly did not fail to impress us today at this afternoon’s unveiling of the Motorola DROID RAZR. And Talk Android’s own EIC, Rob Nazarian, was there to capture it all. The device is the thinnest we’ve seen so far coming in at an “impossibly thin” 7.1mm. And no, that is not a typo. What makes the device stand out aside from its ridiculously thin form factor is the fact that Motorola managed to fit an LTE radio in this bad boy, yet the device remains thinner than any 3G device we’ve seen hit the market. Simply remarkable. Specs include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display with a sculpted glass face, Kevlar fiber support for the rough rider in you, Gorilla glass making the device scratch and scrape proof and Splash-guard coating throughout the entire device. Furthermore, toss in a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and the device becomes unstoppable. Motorola also unveiled at the event, their new MOTOACTV device which works seamlessly with the RAZR during work outs. Check out the gallery pic below for a plethora of other accessories that Motorola has made available to work with the RAZR. It’s been a long time since any Android device from Moto has impressed us this much.
“Motorola RAZR is an iconic brand, and one that originally revolutionized the mobile device industry by turning a functional necessity into an object of desire,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “Now we’ve done it again with a head-turning, ultra-thin smartphone that offers users breathtaking speed, innovative apps and revolutionary accessories.”
Check out the full list of specs, more hands-on shots and the full press release as well as a quick hands-on after the break. Read more
The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.
Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.
The final U.S. carrier to debut the Samsung Galaxy S II is T-Mobile which will take place on October 12, but thankfully, a review unit landed on my doorstep, so we can give you a quick preview. The big difference with the T-Mobile version is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor for T-Mobile AWS compatibility, as opposed to the Exynos 1.2GHz CPU. There is a lot of concern that performance will suffer, but my initial thought is worrying is a waste of time because it appears to be very snappy.
4.52-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED plus display
1.5GHz dual-code Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
8MP camera with 1080p recording, 2MP front facing
16GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD card
0.37x 5.11 x 2.71 inches; 4.77 ounces
HSPA+ 42Mbps support
802.11 b/g/n Wifi, with Wifi Direct
I will post a full review after I spend more time with it, but for now, take a look at the initial hands on video after the break.
The Sprint Samsung Conquer 4G: a great little mid-range Android device, running on Sprint’s 4G WiMax network. While this little ditty hasn’t been released yet, that doesn’t mean that we here at TalkAndroid can’t get our hands on it. This little guy sports an HVGA resolution screen, Android 2.3, a 1GHz CPU, and 3.2 MP camera on the back (plus a front-facing camera as well), and is sure to get the job done. Be sure to hit the break below to check out our unboxing of the device, and let us know what you think of it in the comments.
The Droid Charge is, by far, one of the most popular devices in Samsung’s lineup. Running on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and complete with Android 2.2, a 4.3″ display, 1GHz CPU, and 8MP camera, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. If you’ve been dying to take a look at this device without having to go all the way down the street (who wants to do that?) to your local Verizon store, then hit the break to check out our unboxing of this little nugget of gold. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!
People have been talking for awhile about the new Samsung Exhibit 4G on T-Mobile. It’s a pretty popular phone, with its 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and Android 2.3 installed. That’s not to mention the front-facing camera and HSPA+ capabilities to pull max bandwidth from the carrier. Well, we got our hands on one, and today we’re unboxing this little beauty for all to see. Be sure to check out the video after the break, and let us know your thoughts on this device in the comments.