If Samsung Galaxy is synonymous to tech savvy customer’s dream smartphones, then Galaxy Nexus is probably the dream phone. It is the world’s first phone to be powered by Android 4.0, the Ice Cream Sandwich version. It contains a wide array of high end technology. In fact, the OS, Android’s most phenomenal rediscovery since its inception three years ago, is the biggest draw of Galaxy Nexus.
The design is not very different from the Galaxy S2, but the curve is less conspicuous and makes for a smooth transition. And it is nothing less than ecstatic joy that takes us over when the exquisite 720 x 1280 res, 4.65 inches screen with ppi 316 lights up. The crisp and sharp display trumps all competition and makes the video and internet experience enviable.
The OS is a complete redesign of the conventional Android, so even veterans, who have been a stickler for the Google operating system took a few good minutes to figure out the intricacies. However, that does not suggest it is hard to use because the interface is highly intuitive and anyone who has spent time getting to know the phone will have no problem maneuvering their way through the device. The functioning is snappy and there is virtually no lag, even with several apps running.
A bunch of new live wallpapers have been included but you can no longer conjure up the wallpaper changing option it by press of one button at the Homescreen. Instead you have to take a roundabout way through the Settings menu. Also the pinch in feature to preview all the Homescreens that made it so easy to transition between screen one and screen seven, has been taken away.
The facial recognition security lock seems a little futuristic and probably is one of its main USPs. The front facing camera does most of the work, and compares the photo with a preset photo of your choice. However, some users have complained it can be fooled by a photo or does not work at times. It is a bit pessimistic to say the feature has blown up in its face and in its defense, Google has agreed that it is not the best way to secure your phone, it’s quite fun for personal use.
The camera, however, divides the enthusiasts into two. Some believe that there is nothing impressive about the 5 megapixel resolution, while some others feel that there is more to a camera than mere resolution. There are some other problems with the camera as well; photos taken in a hurry do not autofocus, poor lighting does something very unflattering to the resulting photos and without manually focusing, the photos do not come out great even in very good light. The panorama mode is a nice touch, though.
The battery is good, there is little drainage during standby. So, overall, Samsung Galaxy Nexus is an excellent high end smartphone with very few glitches that can be easily overlooked because of its otherwise top notch performance and specs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
After complete domination of the tab arena by Apple, Samsung decided to launch its contender in style. With the banner of first major Android tablet, it tugs around a huge responsibility. Stark comparison with iPad, however, will be unfair as Samsung Galaxy Tab, even in its first appearance, is quite different in dimensions. It’s 7 inch screen is dwarfed by iPad’s 9.7 inch length; even in width it is marginally smaller. Made entirely of plastic, it weighs significantly less than aluminum adorned iPad.With a sleek finish, the Galaxy Tab looks ready to take on iPad’s luxurious charm.
Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 and the general features that are available on phones are retained. For instance, there are five home screens, waiting to be populated with apps and you can click on an app icon in the menu and drop it on the home screen. However, even Google’s director of mobile products Hugo Barra conceded that the OS has not been optimized for tablets. As a result, there have been glitches and flaws in the running. So, the apps you fish out of Android market tend to appear blurry and lack the sharpness they display in smaller display screens of smartphones. It is not a deal breaker by any means, but iPad, with its very own section in Apple App Store enables download of more compatible apps.
For a lot of purposes, using a Samsung Galaxy Tab is almost hassle free. The keyboard is more splayed and comfortable to use because of the obvious increase of dimension from average smart phones. There is an auto-correct feature that more often than not keys in the right word even if your fingers hit off-target. The keys, when pressed, give a small vibration which is somewhat helpful while typing with speed. However, the 7 inches still is smaller than iPad’s 9.7, and perhaps typing fast is the only aspect where one might feel the Apple product is a tad ahead in the race. Flash support is an important feature that separates Samsung Galaxy Tab from iPad. Those who felt constrained by Apple’s blatant refusal to support Flash feel liberated by Galaxy Tab’s easy cohesion with Flash that allows users to easily watch any video content from the in-built browser.
The camera is a bit of a downer for Galaxy Tab. The first hindrance to taking good snaps is its size: being too large, it is awkward to properly hold up and focus, and because it is too thin, in comparison to average digital cameras, one is always wary of dropping the 12 mm device. The images look washed out and the camera struggles with both light and dark shots. Even shots where there is moderate contrast and balance of colors, the camera doesn’t justify the original view.
The multimedia experience is quite good with the Tab supporting a number of audio and video formats. However, being an Android device, it is limited by its Google support.
Although Samsung Galaxy tab had announced its arrival as a threat to Apple’s iPad, there are still some areas in which it must be enhanced to give a serious blow to its competitor. Perhaps a better compatibility with the Android OS is more desirable now than ever.
Samsung Galaxy i Series: Pocket Friendly Smart phones
Since the dawn of cell phones, they have been undergoing quick and successful evolution. The latest development in this branch of electronics that has taken the world by storm is smart phone. In fact, so immense is its popularity, within a few years of the first smart phone hitting the market, telecom giants have strived to produce a smart phone for those with tighter purse strings. Of the many low-end smart phones, the Samsung Galaxy i series is a winner. One usually associates Samsung Galaxy with decided champions of smart phones like Samsung Galaxy S I and II or Samsung Galaxy Note, but the budget smart phones are not to be humbled. Their better than average specs and performance have attracted buyers from a wide spectrum of economy.
Samsung’s first Android phone, Galaxy i7500 is this lightweight, sleek smart phone that runs on Android 1.5 or Cupcake. The interface lags a bit and some apps, like music, freezes up every now and then. Although adorned with a 5 megapixel camera, it is missing a number of enhancement features which results in not-so-impressive photos. But if you overlook the think touch QWERTY keypad and memory card slot that is shacked up in the battery compartment and focus on the AMOLED display, compass enabled GPS and other such pros, this is the phone for a newbie in the smart phone world.
The Samsung Galaxy i5700, or commonly called Portal runs on Android 1.5 and 800 MHz processor which makes using it a breeze. The 3.2 camera is a good shot, but it takes a while to focus, so spur of the moment snaps don’t usually come out too well. The camera also falls short of taking well detailed photos. Instead of the usual 1400 mAh, Portal runs on a 1500 mAh, which gives your extended longevity of battery life in one charge. This phone serves well for most users but Android fanatics may shirk from using a 1.5 version phone.
The Samsung Galaxy i5500 Europa comes as cheap as $180 and gives a smooth performance for a phone running on Android 2.1. It has seven Home screens, waiting for you to colonize with chosen apps; you can even add more home screens if seven is not a number high enough for you. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, silent and vibration mode toggles can be easily accessed from anywhere by just pulling down the notification bar- a particularly handy touch if you are in the middle of something you can not close but need to connect anyway. The camera, at 2 megapixels and 320×240 res is not impressive, though. The screen being smaller than the high-end smart phones and the processor being slower than desired, the battery serves for long. All in all, a satisfying buy, despite some shortcomings.
Samsung Galaxy Apollo can be called a prequel to the S instalments of the Galaxy series. Although still friendly on the pocket, it tops all other Galaxy i series phones. Running on Android 2.1, it has a number of TouchWiz customizations that gives Galaxy S phones their winning touch experience. Even with 3.2 megapixels, it can be called a proper camera and its 1500 mAh battery gives the phone a long life.
Thus, for those with a stringent budget, any phone from the Samsung Galaxy i series is an ideal choice.
Samsung Galaxy S II: A new era of Smart phones
Smart phones have taken over the electronics market as everyone is looking to buy themselves a multi-functional, touch-receptive gadget that would titillate their imaginations with its typical plethora of functionalities. Almost every electronics giant like Nokia, HTC, Apple have swept away their fan base with their flagship smart phone range, each hoping to top the other. Samsung, being no exception to this trend, launched its Galaxy series, luring old loyalists and the newly converted alike to buy its efficient and absolutely gorgeous phones.
Samsung Galaxy can be accredited to be one of those smart phone series which affords phones for both the penny-pinching and the indulging pocket with low-end smart phones like the Galaxy Mini, to the ultimate dazzlers Samsung Galaxy Note or Samsung Galaxy S II.
Samsung Galaxy S II created quite a stir from the moment it hit the markets. The successor to one of the most popular Android phones, it had a weight of expectations and as tech gurus gush in approval of this smart phone, it is appropriate to say that it has borne them quite successfully. As its promotional content suggests, in every aspect, Samsung Galaxy S II provides the ‘next’ experience.
The 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus phone will take your breath away not only by its slim (it’s a surprising 8.49 mm in width) and lavish design, but also with enhanced readability and efficient battery consumption. Another feature that adds to its oomph is the 3D TouchWiz UX that gives you the ultimate futuristic interface to fiddle with. Claiming to be better than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy S, it comes with a set of TouchWiz customizations that enables you to successfully enhance the visuals. The contrast ratio is strikingly better than the average smart phones in the same price bracket, the shades have never seemed truer and the colors just seem to pop out.
The 8 megapixel camera is a stunner, to say the least. To cope up with the incredibly thin model, it protrudes just a little bit, though when you get images as sharp, you can hardly complain. Perhaps only because Samsung is confident enough in the actual quality of the hardware to have not allowed any noise reduction in the default settings, you can get rid of some minor grains by customizing the option and voila! A perfectly flawless image- or at least, the best you can procure from any smart phone. The speed is commendable both in videos and snaps.
It seems that in the software, the hardware, the connectivity and every other aspect, Samsung has truly one-upped its competition. Yet, even with such a wide spectrum of state-of-the-art features and specs, Samsung Galaxy S II is not too difficult to abridge. What the makers have been diligently attentive about is recreating Galaxy S with precise advancements and it has truly achieved that. With very few trivialities that customers can complain about, it is definitely one of the most satisfying buys for every tech enthusiast.