Samsung Galaxy S2 sees record sales but still behind Apple | Planet

Samsung’s Galaxy S2 has secured the title of the most popular Android Smartphone and it has already passed the 10 million mark in under two fiscal quarters. This amazing performance is chiefly due to the very impressive specs that come with the phone. It also features a robust version of Android and a very slim and easy-going design. While, Android has managed to capture a larger share of the market for smart phones, no one particular phone has been able to out-perform the iPhone.

Despite the Galaxy S2’s awesome performance, it is dwarfed by that of the iPhone, which managed to sell more than 20 million devices in the 2nd quarter alone. On paper, the Galaxy S2 outclasses the iPhone 4 and may even outperform the iPhone 5. It is also one of the first phones to venture into the dual-core range (along with others including HTC and LG). However, what the Galaxy lacks is the smooth marketing skills that Apple has come to take for granted.  In addition, Apple has managed to develop an unrivalled level of product integration and support services that make the iPhone a virtually hassle free device to operate.
Despite its advantages, Apple is leaving nothing to chance. Recently, it filed multiple lawsuits against Samsung in Europe and Asia, accusing Samsung of infringing its patents. This has had a relatively adverse effect on the Samsung brand. However, it will take much longer to evaluate the long-term effects of all the legal battles.  Apple has also come under increasing fire from Android makers such as HTC, Samsung and others.  The next phase of the battle will be fought on US soil, as Samsung gears up to release the Galaxy in the US while simultaneously trying to block the launch of the iPhone 5 in various markets.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 sees record sales but still behind Apple | Planet

Samsung’s Galaxy S2 has secured the title of the most popular Android Smartphone and it has already passed the 10 million mark in under two fiscal quarters. This amazing performance is chiefly due to the very impressive specs that come with the phone. It also features a robust version of Android and a very slim and easy-going design. While, Android has managed to capture a larger share of the market for smart phones, no one particular phone has been able to out-perform the iPhone.

Despite the Galaxy S2’s awesome performance, it is dwarfed by that of the iPhone, which managed to sell more than 20 million devices in the 2nd quarter alone. On paper, the Galaxy S2 outclasses the iPhone 4 and may even outperform the iPhone 5. It is also one of the first phones to venture into the dual-core range (along with others including HTC and LG). However, what the Galaxy lacks is the smooth marketing skills that Apple has come to take for granted.  In addition, Apple has managed to develop an unrivalled level of product integration and support services that make the iPhone a virtually hassle free device to operate.
Despite its advantages, Apple is leaving nothing to chance. Recently, it filed multiple lawsuits against Samsung in Europe and Asia, accusing Samsung of infringing its patents. This has had a relatively adverse effect on the Samsung brand. However, it will take much longer to evaluate the long-term effects of all the legal battles.  Apple has also come under increasing fire from Android makers such as HTC, Samsung and others.  The next phase of the battle will be fought on US soil, as Samsung gears up to release the Galaxy in the US while simultaneously trying to block the launch of the iPhone 5 in various markets.

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Amazon Kindle Fire vs. iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: How

On Wednesday, Amazon made their first entry into the tablet race with the launch of the Kindle Fire. Amazon already cornered the market on digital reading with their Kindle e-readers, and the content-focused Fire could prove a major threat to the king of tablets, the Apple iPad.

Fire users will have access to Amazon’s bevy of media products including books, music, movies, apps, games, and a virtual newsstand. The Fire will even remember where the user left off in a book or movie and automatically go to that spot the next time the user wants to read or watch.

The Amazon Kindle Fire packs a 1GHz dual-core processor and runs on a modified version of Google’s Android operating system. A custom web browser, Amazon Silk, should makes the Fire a nimble browsing device.

But does this all mean that the WiFi-only Fire is better than the plethora of available Android tablets? And can it really compare to the iPad? Some iPad owners note the attractiveness of the Kindle Fire’s price tag, which is less than half of the iPad’s price tag; though others seem more convinced that the Kindle Fire can’t burn the mighty Apple tablet.

Check out the infographic below to see how Amazon’s tablet stacks up against the iPad and the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Then, take a look at the 6 things the Kindle Fire has that the iPad doesn’t, as well as 9 big things you need to know about the new tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 vs the iPad 2 – the tablet that makes it

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The tablet market has grown at an explosive rate since the first iPad was released and still continues to expand surprisingly fast. Some experts estimate that it will reach the same size as the phone market in 4-5 years, which means that every person who has a cellphone will have a tablet, and for some reason, I don’t doubt that in the slightest.

There have been quite a lot of developments on the tablet market in the past year, with the biggest news being the release of several Android tablets from big companies (starting with the relatively unsuccessful Galaxy Tab), the release of Android 3.0 Honeycomb (which was specifically designed for tablets) and of course, the release of Apple’s iPad 2 and Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs 10.1, 8.9 and 7.7.

The iPad 2 is an amazing device – it’s super slim, it has twice the processing power and RAM of its predecessor, it has two cameras (low resolution, but good enough for snapshots) and overall it’s a great evolution of the first iPad. Now, Samsung’s GT 10.1 and 8.9 can easily take on the iPad 2, which says a lot about them. They are both more powerful and even slimmer than Apple’s tablet, however the Galaxy Tab 7.7 takes the cake in every regard and can easily be considered the current leader on the tablet market, the mythical “iPad killer”, and it makes it worth learning the slightly more complicated Android Honeycomb OS rather than just going for the easy iOS on the iPad 2.

Let’s compare the two devices, and let’s start with the exterior: While the iPad 2 is very slim, sleek looking and solid feeling with its metal construction, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 manages to beat it in almost every aspect. It’s just slightly smaller and feels perfect for use with two or even one hand (reading, for example), it weighs only 335 grams, compared to iPad 2’s 600 grams and it has the same metal frame and back plate with a brushed aluminum finish, which makes it look very stylish and professional.

The biggest and most unique feature on the Galaxy Tab 7.7, however, is its marvelous Super AMOLED Plus display. It’s 7.7 inches across, has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels and it looks simply amazing! If you’ve ever seen the Galaxy S or even better Galaxy S2, you’ll know what everyone is talking about: the colors, contrast, brightness are all at a very high level, and they’re like nothing you’ve seen on any LCD display, including the one on the iPad 2, which looks quite pixelated with its 1024×768 pixels, especially after looking at the pixel-packed 7.7 incher on the new Galaxy Tab. The screen alone will make you think twice before choosing the iPad 2 – it’s just that good.

There’s no surprises under the hood, either: Android tablets have always been one step ahead of the iPad in this regard, and even though the new iPad 2 has a dual core A5 CPU, it’s nowhere near as fast as the 1.4 GHz Exynos that’s running the show in the Galaxy Tab 7.7. I’m not even going to mention the 1 GB of RAM and the four times as fast Mali graphics adapter inside Samsung’s new device… oh wait, I just did! Yes, it’s faster in every regard and no one can deny that.

The other features are pretty much the same, with the notable exception of the bigger cameras on the Galaxy Tab: the one on the back is a 3 megapixels unit (still small compared to other Android tablets, though) and can shoot 720p HD videos, while on the front you have a 2 megapixels camera for video calls and snapshots. Compare that to the petty 0.7 and 0.3 megapixels on the iPad 2.

Price-wise, both devices will cost about the same, although everybody is keeping their hopes up for a cheaper Galaxy Tab 7.7, seeing as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 already costs the same as the iPad 2 (but that’s because of Verizon’s crazy pricing schemes). If you’re moving from the first iPad, you’d be wise to at least take a look at the new Android tablet: the screen, processing power and build quality are worth the minor inconvenience of learning to use Android, which is also much better once you get used to it!

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch vs. Motorola DROID BIONIC Dogfight Part

Samsung Epic 4G Touch vs. Motorola DROID BIONIC Dogfight Part 1

For more on the Epic 4G Touch, check out pdog.ws When you get the Samsung Epic 4G Touch and the Motorola DROID BIONIC in the same room, there’s only one thing to do – put them in the ring for a dogfight battle! The Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch offers a dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos processor, 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a front-facing camera, and Android 2.3 with TouchWiz 4.0. The DROID BIONIC sports a dual-core 1 GHz TI OMAP processor, 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, a front-facing shooter, and Android 2.3 with Motorola’s UI. They’re both the flagship devices on their carriers, but only one can be the champion. Will it be the Epic 4G Touch with its awesome display, or will it be the BIONIC with its blazing fast LTE? Part 1 of 2. Facebook: www.facebook.com Twitter: www.twitter.com Forums: forums.phonedog.com Win Free Phones: instantwin.phonedog.com
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MOTOROLA DEFY™+ HANDS ON

hey guys this is the REAL unboxing of MOTOROLA DEFY + !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hands-on review of the nigh-on-indestructible Motorola DEFY, plus an interview with Hiplogic CEO Mark Anderson about their new Android and Symbian homescreen interface, *Spark.
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What's with the iPhone? Samsung Galaxy S2 verses the iPhone 4

I bought a new phone a few weeks ago, my first smart phone. I toyed with the idea for a long time and after lots of research finally settled on the Samsung Galaxy S2. I considered buying the iPhone 4 as a few people I know were suggesting it and I remembered the hype of its launch last year. But having checked out the phone, I wasn’t that impressed. It is showing its age now and it’s a surprise the iPhone 4 has been left 16 months and counting without an upgrade.

After comparing the latest iPhone with its competition, I was left feeling that its appeal is no longer based on merit but instead on the residual benefits of being the ground breaking smart phone when first launched. Apple is a trend setting company which has transformed boring technical products into easy to use fashionable tools. They have pioneered new forms of marketing and promoted their products as unique and designed for the discerning customer. This is despite the fact that Apple products are now ubiquitous and they are one of the largest companies in the world.

But Apple couldn’t have achieved their current position by marketing alone. Incredibly they have managed to launch ground breaking electronic products with good designs every few years. These varied from the ipod, the imac, the iPhone and the ipad. While a lot of the products had minor flaws, so far these have been small enough to be ignored by most customers.

The problem for Apple now is that the iPhone shows that the competition can quite quickly catch up and pass out the initial trend setter. If Apple are to maintain their dominate position and hard won prestige, they need to continue to come up with ground breaking products. This is especially important as Apple doesn’t manufacture its own products. Strangely some of their competitors actually manufacture parts for Apple.

I wouldn’t bet against Apple in the short term but they need to keep ahead of the pack over their whole product range or launch new ‘game changing’ products to maintain their dominate position. The relative obsolescence and slow replacement of the iPhone 4 is not a good sign for the future.

In any event Apple will be announcing their iPhone 5, (or an updated iPhone 4, it’s all a big secret!), on the 4th of October. Perhaps the long wait has been for a reason and the new phone will be another ‘game changer’. As the competition has caught up with Apple in the hardware department perhaps the surprise will be related to software. We will know next week. But it’s too late for me; I could only judge the phones available now, I am not going to wait for some Apple phone with unknown specifications and a secret availability date. Its a strange way to treat potential customers.

To finish for comparison I have listed off the main specifications of both phones:

                            Samsung Galaxy S2                             iPhone 4

Size:                             125.30 x 66.10 x 8.49 mm     115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm  Weight:                         116 g                                                    137 g                                      Screen Size                   4.3 inches                                            3.5 inches                                    OS                                 Android                                                Apple ios 4.3.4                          Chip Speed:                 1.2 GHz Dual core                                1 GHz                                      Ram:                             1 GB                                                       0.512 GB                                        Memory:                      16/ 32 GB in phone                             16/ 32 GB in p                                                                         32 GB card slot                                        no card slot                  Camera:                        8 Megapixel                                           5 Megapixel                          Video Capture               1080 p HD                                            720p HD                             Battery life:                   610 hrs standby                                    300 hrs standby                 (using 3G)                    8hr 40min talk                                      7 hrs talk

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Amazon's Free App of the Day – Cut The Rope : TechPocket4Phones

I don’t always remember to check out Amazon’s Free App of the Day but I am sure glad I did today. Today Amazon is offering Cut the Rope (usually $0.99) for Free. This app made it’s way from Apple some time ago, and unlike those who own an iPhone or iPod Touch or iPad you can get this app for Free.

This game worked flawless on my Bionic, and what was only suppose to be a few minutes of game play quickly turned into a half hour. The game was very responsive, the music didn’t get annoying after five minutes either. I really enjoy playing this game, and I know a few of my iPhone friends have bragged about this game on separate occasions, but ha I’m one up because unlike them I got this game for free.

Who knew feeding candy to a cute little monster could be so much fun?

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Android 3.0 Being Released in March? | Android Phone Fans

A small tid bit of information was dug up from an article having seemingly nothing to do Android 3.0 itself. MSI and a few other companies were discussing what their companies had in store for 2011 when this little nugget of information was read:

On the other hand, MSI is set to display its 10-inch Wintel-based tablet PC as well as engineering samples of its ARM-based Google Android model. MSI is also prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March.

If it holds true, we could see Honeycomb released into AOSP by March. Chances are, we wont have to wait for Google to release Gingerbread before we get our hands on the Motorola tablet, all is well. It’s gearing up to be a great year for the Android tablet!

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Samsung Galaxy Ace- A Proud Addition to The Line of Mid-Range Android Phones

Samsung Galaxy Ace is undoubtedly another pretty cool addition to the mid-range Android smart phones. With so many smart phones models crowded in market today , it is really difficlult to deny or to go with a particular model of mobile phone just in a glance. Well, lining up the positive features of this hand set, it is a fully functional and highly compact gadget with high speed performance due to the in built 800MHz processor. The perfect pocketbale looks of Samsung Galaxy Ace is the main reason that turns on many heads towards this beautiful piece. With the 3.5” capacitive display and 5 megapixel camera coupled with auto focus options and LED flash will make you love photography and enables you to take pictures with impeccable quality and clarity.

Samsung Galaxy Ace has got all the sensors that an Android phone should possess like proximity detector, accelerometer, compass, GPS and so on. It has also got something special about its Android version. This handset has got an advanced Android version 2.2.1 termed as Froyo+ which gives a faster home screen that eliminates lag from the operating system if there are any and makes the zooming and pinching activities perfectly smooth. The implementation of Froyo+ is a nice supplemental feature, as it’s an updated version of Froyo and is the very latest version of Android. The presence of the advanced version of Froyo+ will let you the access of more than 16,000 apps. You can transform a Samsung Galaxy Ace into a portable Wi-Fi Hotspot which in turn allows to connect other devices like iPads, handheld games consoles, giving you the accessibility of getting more than one device online when on the go to the Internet. The Wi-Fi HotSpot feature is simply amazing and you can connect your lap tops too.

Coming to another interesting feature of smartphones the apps, the bundled ThinkFree app of this mobile phone offers the full editing options for your Official documents. The most promising feature of this handset is its size which makes it more comfortable to browse and place in your pockets as well. Mobile experts have commented on Samsung Galaxy Ace that that they are delighted to be bolstering this handset portfolio with this new device. Doubling up as a personal Wi-Fi hot spot, this hand set offers unique smartphone functionality and the customers can use Three’s high speed 3G network to enjoy Google Maps, social networks, downloading apps, shopping online and much more which makes it a promising and notable new comer in the mobile market. The success in launch shows that we can expect lots of Samsung Galaxy deals in coming days.

The author has been writing on the latest mobile phones for years and is an expert in writing reviews, comments and blogs about future mobile technologies. Certainly, Samsung Galaxy Ace is worthy for your investments and is a good choice.

Written by carolinford

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