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All posts tagged "Galaxy"

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha sports full metal jacket, lacklustre feature set

    Major Update: Although we reported on the fake Alpha back in July, Samsung has now released the official Alpha into the wild, and at first glimpse, it's a much prettier, slimmer and slightly smaller Galaxy S5. At around 2mm thinner than its larger brother, the Alpha sports a smaller battery (1860mAh versus 2800mAh), lowly USB 2.0 connectivity (not the 3.0 offered on the S5) and a subpar 1280x720 AMOLED screen, at 4.8". It's not the 1080p screen seen on the S5, but the pixel depth should fall above the 300ppi range. A 12MP camera, with 4K video capturing ability at...

  • Samsung Gear 2 review: from a galaxy far away

    This is the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and it's only been seven months since the Gear 1. So what happened, why the need for a sequel so soon into the smartwatch game? The Gear 1 was downright terrible, with poor battery life, a confusing interface and the sex appeal of a cabbage. It's corrected slightly with the Gear 2 which is at least seven times better looking than the Gear 1. I just don't think we need it yet as the price and lack of usefulness cripples this premium device. What I liked: The Gear 2 is very pretty, and...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 hands on review: feature-rich with a brilliant display

    Before I even touched the Galaxy S5, which was lassoed to a glowing table at a fancy Samsung launch event, I came in with diminished expectations. I wasn't a fan of the Galaxy S4, yet I loved the S3 and S2. Samsung has embraced plastic and eschewed the full metal look, which the HTC One so beautifully rocks. It's also almost identical to the S4 in terms of hardware and design (have a gander for yourself). So do I love, or even like the S5 and more so, will you? It all depends on what you want from a phone....

  • 5 reasons why Sony’s Xperia Z2 will beat Samsung’s Galaxy S5

    At Mobile World Congress 2014, almost every smartphone brand showcased what it had been busy with during the past 12 months. Samsung showcased the Galaxy S5, Sony demoed the Xperia Z2 and LG displayed the G Pro 2. These are powerhouses devices, but we think the real battle would be between the Galaxy S5 and the Xperia Z2. So if you're planning to buy the Xperia Z2 or the Galaxy S5, here's five reasons why Sony's device will beat Samsung's latest smartphone. Better, more rugged design In spite of all the beliefs and calculated guesses that Galaxy S5 will be metal clad,...

  • Samsung intros Galaxy Ace Style, a mid-range 4″ KitKat cutie

    Samsung is the busiest gadget bee on earth, popping out phone after phone at a production-line rate. In this vein, let us introduce the Samsung Galaxy Ace Style, a 4" KitKat smartphone with a 1.2Ghz CPU, available in Cream White and Dark Grey, and it's coming this April. The South Korean giant is calling it a "new streamlined, easy-to-use smartphone designed to support and power young social consumers. The Galaxy ACE Style features a fun, unique design with an enhanced camera and advanced features for superior performance." It comes with 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM, which is exactly the...

  • Next Galaxy Gear ‘an evolution’, S5 could have iris-scanning to rival TouchID

    The release of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch was underwhelming to say the least, but that's not stopping the company from hedging its bets on the growing smartwatch market, and releasing a new Galaxy Gear as soon as April this year, along with the Galaxy S5. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Samsung revealed some alluring details for the upcoming devices. The new Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be an "evolution" of the current offering according to Samsung executive vice president of mobile business, Lee Young Hee: “When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced...

  • Samsung Galaxy Gear review: before its time

    It was a typical Wednesday afternoon, except for the fact that my arm was ringing. No, I wasn’t holding my phone – it was happily charging in another room. In one of those moments that makes you think you’re stepping into the future (or at least acting out a part in a sci-fi film), I tapped my wrist and began to talk to the caller. “Hello? Oh my gosh, this is insane.” “What?” “I’m speaking to you on my watch.” Of course, if Samsung has its way, scenes like that will be commonplace as the roll-out of its Galaxy Gear continues. Hey, it’s...

  • Gearburn’s Great Galaxy Music Giveaway

    In the spirit of giving, Gearburn and Samsung have five GALAXY Musics to give away. The GALAXY Music is a nippy Android smartphone with a star hardware feature, namely built-in stereo speakers. We reviewed it and thought that it was a friendly little phone but above all, the GALAXY Music is an affordable Android phone. But instead of buying one, why not win a GALAXY Music instead? Follow the rules below to stand a chance of winning one of five Samsung GALAXY Music smartphones. Enter, win, smile widely The rules are simple: Tweet @SamsungMobileSA & @Gearburn with the #SamsungSavvy hashtag and tell...

  • This is how Samsung’s ‘wraparound’ smartphone display works

    A patent that was filed by Samsung was recently made public and detailed a "method of operating functions of a portable terminal having a bended display." While Samsung has already launched a smartphone with a curved display, namely the Galaxy Round, we're yet to see one with a display curved around the device's edges. With this patent filing made public, such a design might not be too far off. A good device is where practicality meets innovation. Whether this is such a device or not, Samsung nonetheless showcased a device prototype with a wraparound display at CES in January this...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Round sales tank, are deemed ‘test products’

    Samsung's experiments, the curved Galaxy Round and its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear have failed to meet sales expectations, with industry experts now saying that these were only "test products" for the Korean tech company. The Galaxy Round, the world's first curved screen smartphone sold just shy of 10 000 units while the Gear went on to sell under 50 000, said Business Korea. With poor sales, the internet then tries to come to terms that with the fact that yes, two weird products aren't doing that well, and what's the reason for it? In the case of the Galaxy...