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Friday, August 20, 2010

Samsung Cetus i917 for AT&T

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 11:00 PM

Engadget has (a few) exclusive pics of the new Samsung Cetus i917 with WP7, said to be destined for AT&T this holidays season. As usual we're light on specs, though again it shouldn't be hard to guess. My first impression is that all that glossy plastic will be a huge fingerprint magnet, and there's not a whole lot in terms of looks to distinguish the i917 from say, Samsung's Galaxy S line - it's all going to boil down to the OS experience.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Asus, Dell, HTC, LG, Samsung All Working on Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 05:30 PM

"While there's still shockingly few details about the launch of the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has now at least revealed a list of manufacturers that will be producing the first set of Phone 7 handsets. The Inquirer reports that Asustek, Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung are all working on Windows Phone 7 devices, although you won't be able to find names, technical specs, or pictures for any of these devices just yet."

There's not much that's new here, other than a confirmation that those OEMs are still on board - perhaps a verification that they haven't given up on Windows Phones like HP has. Looking at the above image though, which comes from a February 15th Engadget story, one has to ask what happened to Sony Ericsson? I've sent inquiries to both Microsoft PR and Sony Ericsson PR and will post their responses when I get them.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Samsung Omnia Pro IV First Impressions

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

Dutch site (link points to the Google translation) spent a little time playing with Samsung's new Omnia Pro IV that was launched last week, and came off with some quick impressions - "quick", "keyboard felt nice", and "a bit boring" pretty much sums it up. Still, if you're looking for a budget handset that your CIO insists has to be on WM, this ought to be on your shopping list.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hands-On With the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 B7350

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:30 PM

"This morning I was fortunate to attend the local Microsoft Office 2010 launch event for consumers, after the Microsoft Office 2010 launch event for businesses back in May. One of the cool things for me as a Windows Phone enthusiast was a demo of Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 on the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 B7350, which was announced today on the CommunicAsia 2010 event."

As a long-time fan of the front-keyboard messenger-style devices, I like what this device has to offer - while I was initially impressed with the touchscreen keyboard on my HD2, after extended use I have to say it needs so much more work before it's usable without frustration. Read more...

Samsung Omnia Pro IV and V Launched

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

The Omnia Pro 4 and 5 are refreshes of tried and true designs, and if they're not sporting the latest and greatest - WP7 is due in just 4 months, fingers crossed - there's still a market for that (specs courtesy of Slashgear). The Pro 4 is a quadband GSM/dual band HSDPA phone, featuring a 2.6" 320x320 screen, 3.2MP AF camera and AGPS. The Pro 5 on the other hand is that relative rarity these days - it has no touchscreen, prefering instead a 2.4" QVGA screen, quadband GSM and triband HSDPA, 2MP camera and AGPS. Availability is expected to be by July and August, respectively. Not interested? Didn't think so.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Samsung WP7 Prototype

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:00 AM

Almost nothing's known of the prototype apart from the fact that all the hardware works, XBOX Live ports can be done fairly easily, and it's running on a Snapdragon processor (the chassis is the year-old Samsung i8910, a Symbian device). The device was demoed at MIX, so this news is a couple of months old but it's still nice to see Samsung appears to remain committed to the Windows Phone platform, and we should see something from them in six months time. Meantime enjoy the video (there's another at Engadget).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Update for Verizon Samsung Omnia Available

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 09:30 AM

"Samsung has released a software upgrade for the SCH-I910, which is recommended to be installed. This upgrade includes numerous software additions/enhancements/corrections. The update may take up to 10 minutes to complete if the system is already set up."

If you have an Omnia lying around (sipping data and service from Verizon), you may be interested in this update from Samsung which updates a few things, fixes a few bugs, and takes approximately 10 minutes to do.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Samsung Super Amoled Explained in Pretty Pictures

Posted by Pete Paxton in "Windows Phone News" @ 07:00 AM

"Using "super" to describe your new display technology just begs for criticism. Especially when the word is affixed to a handheld display technology as notoriously difficult (if near impossible) to see in direct sunlight as OLED. Fortunately, Samsung's Super AMOLED appears to have licked the outdoor readability issue while bettering the features that made us fall in love with AMOLEDs in the first place. First off, it's thinner since the touch sensors are now integrated into the display; colors are more vivid due to the removal of the obfuscating touch sensor layer that sits on top of TFT LCD and traditional AMOLED touchscreen displays; and even the viewing angle has been improved. You won't find a soundtrack in the video posted after the break because the technology is already booming enough."

First go and check out the 1:41 minute video here. Ok, are you excited? I am. Outdoor readability, brighter, more vivid colors, viewable from many angles - how could this not be a good thing? My only concern will be how battery life handles an awesome display like this. Video games are going to look fantastic. I just hope it's everything they're boasting it to be. How much brighter? How much more colorful? And is the outdoor readability going to be that much better? Only time will tell but I definitely think we're headed in the right direction.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Microsoft Unveils Samsung Phone as Third Windows phone Handset

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:14 PM

"We weren't given that much time to look at the device, and we weren't able to actually touch or play with it, but from what they were showing off, it looks like Samsung is determined to offer a quality handset to the Windows Phone 7 Series line-up. Especially along side the two other manufacturers that Microsoft showcased on screen, ASUS and LG, Samsung is definitely in the game. While Microsoft wouldn't elaborate on any real details about the device itself, you can obviously see that the standard hardware keys are on the phone: Back, Start, and Search. Microsoft also pointed out that the Samsung device has a very bright screen (an AMOLED display, perhaps?), and then the camera. The Samsung will have a terrific camera, and considering how beefy it looks on the back of the phone, we are hoping that's very true."

In addition to the Samsung phone being shown, the big news is that the minimum hardware specs are finalized and public...and boy do they rock! Screen resolution will be either WVGA (800 x 480) or HVGA (480 x 320), and while there's no mention of screen size, it's logical to guess that the WVGA devices will have larger physical screens (think 4+ inches) and the HVGA devices will likely be in the 3 inch range. All screens will be capacitive screens with a least four contact points, which means a great multi-touch experience. Read more...

Friday, February 12, 2010

Seize the Day With the Samsung Intrepid from Sprint

Posted by Doug Raeburn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:30 AM

Product Category: PDA Phone
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Sprint
Price: $449.99 USD; $149.99 with a new or upgrade 2 year contract
Specifications: From the Samsung site


  • Great keyboard;
  • Design provides a good balance of features for business and pleasure;
  • Auto focus feature on camera.


  • Windows Mobile 6.5 provides limited touch friendly control;
  • Stylus is very hard to remove;
  • Slow auto focus.

Summary: Windows Mobile 6.5 has hit the marketplace in a big way and phones featuring it are widely available from all of the major US providers. Among its offerings, Sprint features the Samsung Intrepid, a Windows Mobile phone in the classic BlackBerry-style form factor. The Intrepid distinguishes itself in that it's based on Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional, which adds a touch screen featured on only a small handful of devices of this style currently available from US carriers and not offered on BlackBerrys. So let's see if the combination of touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard puts the Intrepid at or near the top of the "must have" list. Read more...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

New Touch Technology Offers Better Pressure Sensitivity

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 03:00 AM

"Hand-held devices could soon have pressure-sensitive touch-screens and keys, thanks to a UK firm's material that exploits a quantum physics trick.The technology allows, for example, scrolling down a long list or webpage faster as more pressure is applied."

Samsung has just licensed a new hardware technology that allows for greater pressure sensitivity in screens and keys. So what's so special about "quantum tunneling composite"? The two biggest knocks on resistive screens are that they're not sensitive enough to use easily with your fingers, plus the screen registers touches as either on or off with no in-betweens. On the other hand, you can use practically anything to interact with it. Capacitive screens on the other hand are great at touch sensitivity, but you need a special stylus/pen to get pressure sensitivity. QTC might just be capable of combining the best of both technologies - use anything you like, plus pressure sensitivity, plus touch sensitivity - all in a package as thin as a human hair. Now won't that be worth seeing? Samsung is already using QTC in hardware keys in a limited way on some handsets. Hopefully the technology will have progressed enough to put into screens in the near future.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hands-On With Samsung SWD-M100 Mondi

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Other Windows Phones" @ 04:00 PM

The Samsung Mondi is that rarity in the age of smartphones - it's a dedicated web device running Windows Mobile Classic (non-phone OS), rather than the more ubiquitous Professional version. The other point of differentiation is the onboard WiMax radio, making the Mondi a niche within a niche device. Apart from that, the specs are pretty good - 4GB onboard storage with additional storage available via a MicroSD slot, 256MB RAM, 3MP camera, slide-out hardware keyboard, and a nice big 4.3" WVGA screen. All I can say is - why didn't Samsung slap a phone radio on this thing while they were at it?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Samsung Omnia II Torn Down

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

"Samsung's WinMo 6.5-packin' Omnia II has been available to Verizon Wireless customers (or at least those unaffected by the Droid) for a few weeks now, but strangely, we've yet to see a proper dissection of this here smartphone until today. That said, we're sure the patience you've put into this will pay off after after heading past the break, where all of the itty-bitty internals are shown in stunning detail for your entertainment / education."

Want to see what's inside a Samsung Omnia II? Well here's your chance, check out this piece and find out what's lurking inside!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Samsung SPH-M8400 With WiMAX

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 07:00 PM

Samsung's M8400 features WM6.5, a 3.7in AMOLED screen, WiMAX, DVBT and a 5MP AF camera. Given that configuration and the size, it looks to me more like an updated OMNIA II variant for the Korean market, which also implies we're unlikely to see it outside of Korea. Still it's nice to see Samsung isn't standing pat.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Verizon Announces Release of Omnia II

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 09:00 AM

"Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the availability of the Samsung Omnia® IITM, a full-touch all-in-one smartphone powered by Windows Mobile® 6.5 to keep customers connected to their corporate and personal e-mail accounts and synchronized with their schedules and contacts. Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced the availability of the Samsung Omnia® IITM, a full-touch all-in-one smartphone powered by Windows Mobile® 6.5 to keep customers connected to their corporate and personal e-mail accounts and synchronized with their schedules and contacts."

Available in store on December 2, and for online order now, is the successor to the extremely nice Samsung Omnia on the Verizon network. As a (former - gotta keep updating!) Omnia owner, I can confidently say that you probably will find an Omnia II highly enjoyable - if you're willing to part for your cash and make a deal with the Verizon Devil!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Samsung & Giorgio Armani At It Again

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 09:00 AM Stories

Like having real bling and a bona fide luxury brandname on your smartphone? Armani and Samsung have teamed up to give you the latest Samsung Giorgio Armani, which will feature WM6.5, 3.1" AMOLED screen, 5MP camera, QWERTY keyboard, GPS and 8GB flash. It's a little on the bulky side, but hey! What's a little weight with that name on the front? If you want to know what it looks like, check out Engadget's gallery.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sprint Announces Samsung Intrepid

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 04:30 AM

" SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 6, 2009-- Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the upcoming arrival of Samsung IntrepidTM smartphone, a dynamic Windows® phone that lets the customer be productive on-the-go using America's most dependable 3G network (EV-DO Rev. A)2 domestically and through international roaming when traveling worldwide. Samsung Intrepid features Windows Mobile® 6.5 Professional, and improves on previous Samsung Windows phones with a user experience that offers a customizable Today screen to display the features the user accesses most often and shows important information like new emails, text messages, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also has a richer Internet browsing experience and new personalization options including a diverse selection of designer themes and the ability to create an original look for your phone with the built-in theme creator."

Another new device that will thankfully ship with 6.5. Wondering why their is no picture? Well for that gem you'll have to head over to the press release and click on the "Picture Gallery" link near the bottom. Whereas one would expect to see what the Samsung Intrepid looks like, instead one gets low and high res Samsung and Sprint logos. Classy - just want I want to see, a logo I already see everywhere else! Here's a hint though - the device looks quite a bit like a Blackjack from pictures purporting to be it on the web. Which makes it interesting as above it lists as a "professional" (e.g., touchscreen) device!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samsung Omnia II for Verizon Makes Appearance

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:00 AM

"We finally got a good, hard look at the Verizon-customized version of Samsung's Omnia II, and we've got good news and bad news: the good news is that the phone's a darker, more reasonable shade in person than it was in that press shot we'd seen before, but the bad news is that we've confirmed it's running 6.1. Anyone daring to release a 6.1 phone at this point is at serious risk of getting laughed out of the room unless they offer an upgrade path mere minutes afterwards"

The 6.1 default is a bit annoying at this point, so hopefully when this gets released a 6.5 upgrade will already be available online. That's wishful thinking of course, but it still might not be enough to sway users either way! Who is in the mood for some Verizon Omnia II action in the near future?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Omnia beyond Omnia II

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 06:30 AM

"Within the OmniaPRO lineup, the OmniaPRO B7610 is the premium device, featuring a high-resolution 3.5 inch AMOLED display and QWERTY keyboard. The OmniaPRO B7320 and OmniaPRO B7330 will target businessmen with a QWERTY keyboard and email/wireless internet capabilities. The OmniaPRO B7330 will feature HSDPA 7.2 Mps, HSUPA 2.0 Mps and Windows Mobile 6.5, providing the most versatile option for emailing and wireless internet use. Rounding out the new series, the OmniaLITE will have a user-friendly interface and various multimedia functions for younger users."

Samsung is seriously pumped over the Omnia brand, and is launching not 1, not 2, but 3 more Omnias after the Omnia II. With 5 Omnia's to chose from, it's a bit overwhelming. Check out their site for more information on each model!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Samsung Application Store Announced

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 07:30 AM

"Oh, look, it's another place to buy bite-sized mobile apps, this one courtesy of Samsung. The company isn't exactly new to the whole application store thing, launching a little outlet for Nokia users earlier this year, but piggy-backing on someone else's platform and boldly blazing a trail of iFart knockoffs on your own hardware are two very different things"

So it looks like Samsung is jumping on the Application Store bandwagon, which is great because Windows Mobile doesn't have enough of them </sarcasm>. Who knows, perhaps Samsung will stock theirs with unique products that exploit the custom SDKs on their devices. Or more likely they'll put the same apps that will be in the upcoming Windows Mobile Marketplace, Handango's market, etc..

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