Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:13 AM
Acer announced the A500 Iconia 10.1" tablet, which I had and have given to my mom, is getting a 4.0.4 update rolled out as we speak... sadly, it seems only Canadians are getting it for some damn reason. Honeycomb on that thing is quite glitchy and ICS sounds to be much more polished. Hopefully it is, for my mom's sake.
On a pretty much unrelated note, anyone seen Blackberry 10? The keyboard looks promising. It's got a much more intuitive auto-suggestion feature where it pops a word above the letter you're going to press, you just swipe up from that letter (eg, the letter "t" will have the word "the" above it) and it inserts it. The camera has a setting where it appears to take multiple shots and face detection. They showed an example where the guy smiled but the girl blinked, well the phone automatically picked up her face, tap it and you get a circle around it where you can rotate a slider to previous shots to get one before she blinked. It then, on the fly, inserts it in the photo smoothly over her blinking face. Should be pretty sharp.
I haven't seen much of the new UI, but the GUI itself looks impressive. I have a feeling Blackberry may become a contender, much more than Microsoft at least.
Posted 03 May 2012 - 07:52 PM
Speaking of new phones, what does everyone think of the new Galaxy S III?
Quad-core Exynos processor, 4.8 inch screen and a whole bunch of new software enhancements.
The front page of Engadget is pretty much covered with articles so if you're interested head on there (or just Google Galaxy S III). They've managed to tweak TouchWiz a bit so it actually looks pretty good now, they've gotten rid of the ugly grey backgrounds in places and used a duller blue for various menus which gives it a more refined look.
The phone's external look however I'm kind of iffy on. The button at the front looks kind of weird, and the back looks kind of awkward, but generally it's a pretty snazzy looking phone and I would love to get my hands on one just to try it at the bare minimum.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 01:32 PM
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:15 PM
Well they made it even bigger than the current SGS2 which is 4.5 inches and the SGS3 is at 4.8.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:38 PM
As for the SGS II the international model is actually 4.3 inches. Various variants (mostly U.S carriers) bolstered the screen size up to 4.5 inches, and considering Samsung showed off the international model of the SGS III it's possible U.S carriers may boast ones that increase the size up to 4.9" or even 5".
Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:31 PM
|QUOTE (Blackadder. @ Friday, May 4 2012, 13:38)|
|To be honest I don't think the average user will notice much of a difference with a quad-core vs a dual-core except maybe in their battery life.|
Depends on the CPU really. In this situation I believe Samsung decided to go with the quad core vs an equally powerful dual core purely for marketing reasons. So in this case, you're right. The performance is going to be pretty much the same even during games, but battery life will suffer.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:46 PM Edited by matthew1g, 04 May 2012 - 10:51 PM.
I'm in dire need of replacing my 3 y.o symbian sammy phone. Not sure whether to get the One S or One X (EU Version). On one hand, I'm not a fan of big phones, I think 3.7-3.8" is the perfect size, however, I'm not sure if its worth going over a quad core over dual core. if anything as soon as it's coming out of the box, I'd like to root and see if there are any stock ICS roms to install. But other than that, I don't really want a phone for customization, just something that works, can run certain networking apps, has good Email, internet and camera and some light gaming which might involve emulators.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:01 AM
Considering you want a phone that is fairly capable without being over the top I'd suggest you get the One S as opposed to the One X. It's smaller, utilizes the Snapdragon S4 which is an excellent processor and Sense 4.0 has been stripped back quite a bit to let ICS shine through. Going with the One X the only major difference you'll notice is a shorter battery life.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:31 AM
The one S has a pentile display amirite? Anyone here tried it? how does it look?
As for the build quality of samsung, Mine has a metal chassis and frame and the same plastic materials used in the S2 and S3, the original casing cracked and fell apart, so I had to buy replacements off ebay, the same thing happened. Cracks in corners, clips falling apart so that the back cover doesn't actually close at all, 3 dead (Samsung original) batteries and microsd/microusb covers come apart. Let this be a testament to samsung build quality: http://i.imgur.com/12Zgx.jpg
PS: I've handled this phone like a baby. Only dropped it once or twice and it's been in cases ever since I bought it.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:55 AM
As for the build quality perhaps Samsung were shoddier with their phones back then. It may sound like I'm vehemently defending them but I haven't really heard any horror stories of the Galaxy S II (or really any other Galaxy devices) falling apart. I even watched a video of people throwing a SGS II 15ft into the air before landing on pavement with little to no damage. I've dropped my phone a couple of times (once onto concrete in a case, once accidentally qutie forcefully into this plastic carpet protector) with no noticeable difference. Compare this to numerous friends of mine busting up their iPhones dropping it from 3ft off the ground or even in their pockets. I'd say Samsung's quality control as this stage is pretty good.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 09:38 PM
Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:45 AM Edited by finn4life, 07 May 2012 - 12:09 PM.
ICS is here for SGS2 Telstra customers, i checked the updates page, no updates according to them, googled and it was out for telstra on the SGS2, downloading in a few minutes, it was released a whole week ago and they didn't bother putting it on the updates page.
So lame having to charge my phone before updating
Alright i have to back up, i am just in case, but is the phone wiped after the update?
I hate having to charge the phone first.
On an Unrelated note the SGS3 is just coming out...a mere four months after i start a two year contract for the SGS2.
Oh well, the SGS2 is more than capable of handling everything i throw at it,.
Edit: Tried posting from my phone after the update, the browser was much faster. but it wouldn't put the little 'I' where i wanted it to so i could type.
I heard it was buggy.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:22 PM
Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:26 AM
I'd take a look at HTC's latest offerings (One S, One X) as well as Samsung's sooned to be released Galaxy S III, and try and consider whether or not you'll regret not waiting to purchase one of these phones in a years time.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:58 AM
Bigger screen than the iphone so your thumbs don't get in the way (Yet not too big) it is also very light and icredibly thin so now when i have my flip case on it, it still is not bulky.
It will handle pretty much everything you can throw at it, GTA III runs great, and i have not had many issues with the phone in general.
If you are going to spend 250 (Dunno where the pounds symbol is) then that is a great choice.
Unless you want to save for the latest quad core phones .
Honestly i don't think the latest set of phones that are quad core are really worthwhile at all.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:55 PM
Like you however I do agree quad cores are a tad overkill on phones, at least at the current stage where short battery life is a problem on dual cores let alone quad cores. However it does make sense on tablets as due to having a much larger battery they can have time to show off the prowess of the increased power before running dry.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:17 PM
Hopefully I'm in possession of a SGSII this coming Sunday! The ad is still there and a few more ads around the same price have been listed.
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Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:19 PM
a 3310 comparing to this one.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:43 AM
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:03 PM
I haven't had very good experiences with external storage on phones in the past, granted I used symbian. The phone would always CONSIDERABLY slow down once I load it up with content. Does android suffer the same fate? I'm gonna try and keep the apps installed on the internal 16GB whilst maps, videos, downloads, documents, music etc will be kept on the microSD card. Any ideas?
Posted 12 June 2012 - 02:58 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:20 PM Edited by Law0070, 14 June 2012 - 07:32 PM.
1) I got the Xperia Ray at the moment, sony provided an ICS update, I installed this yet I experience lots of stuttering, crashes, and reboots, hate it, is it possible to downgrade easily?
2) Since I work at Mediamarkt, I have a good view on the recent smartphones, yet none of them are to my liking, I'm now looking for a smartphone with the size of the Ray, and a dual core that can support ICS easily, a phone that caught my eye was the xperia SX (announced in Japan, yet has to be announced to go worldwide, but it looks awesome) any other suggestions for a small sized phone with med-high specs? (I want one with microSD slot and a decent camera!)
I've been looking on the web myself but it seems to be quite impossible to find such a compact powerhouse, i always disliked the 4.3 inch smartphones because of their huge size, thought it'd be too big for me to like...but the htc one s doesn't seem so bad though but it has no micro SD and is pretty big, ah well, might think 'bout it
Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:18 PM
I hope this enormous size thing doesn't catch on and apply to all smartphones in a year or so. I like my pocket-sized device.
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