Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4

By on May 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S 4

How do you trump the world's best-selling smartphone? That's the billion dollar question every time Apple launches a new iPhone. But this time it is Samsung and its flagship Galaxy S 4 smartphone that's doing the bidding. The Galaxy S III has been a runaway success for Samsung and has come to define Android as a platform more than Google's own Nexus series of devices. It might not have been the best smartphone but it remains to be the best-selling Android smartphone of all time. Does the Galaxy S 4 have enough in it to take over from its predecessor? Let's find out. More →
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Grand

By on April 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Grand

Samsung pioneered the phablet concept with the original Galaxy Note. It was an unexpected success as most in the tech media scoffed at the ludicrous form-factor, but Samsung knew better and it turned out to be one hell of a home run. Of course, the Note and its successor the Note II were geared at the top end of the market and many local vendors have started emulating Samsung’s product at much lesser price points, so it was obvious Samsung had to respond in kind. Its answer is the Galaxy Grand. It achieves a sort of middle ground between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II at 5-inches, but hits a price point that’s much more tenable to the average consumer by dropping a few features but still maintaining Samsung’s software features. Things are not easy for Samsung because its lesser-known rivals are becoming nimbler and offering products that are technically superior hardware wise, so the Galaxy Grand is an odd-ball, but is it worth the trouble? Read on to find out more. More →
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II

By on October 19, 2012 at 4:42 PM.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II

Tech reviewers, yours truly included, don't always get things right. At times (though a rarity) we fail to understand what the consumers desire and dismiss products that eventually become immensely successful. Samsung launched such a product last year, which was panned for its humongous size by reviewers but it sold by the millions globally (over 10 million units, to be precise). I could never even think of anyone using a "phone" with a 5.3-inch display, a device that does not fit comfortably in the hand, as their primary phone. Remember, that was a time when smartphones with 4.3-inch displays ruled the roost and the iPhone was still sitting pretty at 3.5-inches. Yet, it sold really well, even in India. The Galaxy Note was a first-of-its-kind device, a phablet if I may, to be widely accepted and appreciated. Yes, there was the Dell Streak but it was barely anything more than a press release. I still have my reservations about the first-generation Galaxy Note as I find the pen input functionality to be limited and the device feels a little thick and massive when held in the hand. However, Samsung has refined the concept in the last one year and claims it has worked upon both the hardware and software, and incorporated those changes in the Galaxy Note II. Can the Galaxy Note II change how I feel about phablets? Let's find out! More →
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Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 800 [Galaxy Note 10.1]

By on October 17, 2012 at 1:38 PM.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 800 [Galaxy Note 10.1]

Last year, Samsung redefined the smartphone market with the original Galaxy Note, which was a 5.3-inch tablet/smartphone hybrid. Its claim to fame was not only the relatively odd screen size but also the S-Pen, which used Wacom’s digitizer technology to provide a note taking experience akin to using pen and paper. Admittedly, it was not perfect, but by far it was the best one out there. Now with the Galaxy Note 800, Samsung is trying something similar, but this time around on a device that has a larger canvas. Samsung has learnt the hard way that when it comes down to traditional 10-inch tablets, the iPad is very hard to beat, especially with the apps situation on Android. The only way it can compete with the iPad is by not competing with it but rather offer consumers something different. And the Galaxy Note 800 has been born out of this thought process. Originally unveiled at MWC, the final product has gone through many spec-sheet changes that arm it with the latest and greatest Samsung has to offer. But is it enough? Can Samsung really compete in the 10-inch tablet space against the iPad by providing something powerful yet different? Let's find out. More →
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Review: Samsung Galaxy S III

By on June 6, 2012 at 2:12 AM.

Review: Samsung Galaxy S III

It is the most high-profile and talked-about Android smartphone of 2012. Samsung did a great job of creating pre-launch hype and even pushing forward its global announcement to time it closer to the launch date. Yes, Samsung did try to execute Apple’s playbook and succeeded in doing so to a great extent. But does the Galaxy S III live up to all the hype surrounding it? Will it be able to justify a higher price tag than the similarly equipped and better looking HTC One X? Let's find out. More →
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Review: Nokia Lumia 710 vs Samsung Omnia W

By on February 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM.

Review: Nokia Lumia 710 vs Samsung Omnia W

These days deciding which smartphone to buy is not the easiest thing in the world. There is no shortage of choice and there are numerous platforms offering varied user experiences. Perhaps, Google’s Android OS is the most widely available platform as it is available in devices starting from around Rs 6,000 to devices obscenely priced north of Rs 30,000 . The lion’s share of the market is still dominated by the low-end, but the mid-segment, the sub Rs 17,000 price bracket is the most prominent one and in this bracket Android is not the only major player. This is the most competitive segment and we have devices running Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, Windows Phone and Bada. While Android dominates this segment, the newest player in the market – Windows Phone – in our opinion offers slightly more value to end users, apart from also offering users the most unique and intuitive user experience. Not only the Windows Phone devices in the sub Rs 15,000 price band come with more firepower, they also manage to offer a user experience comparable to Apple’s mighty iPhone in terms of fluidity. Users will also not face the problem of excessive choice with Windows Phone devices, as there are only a handful of smartphones due to the platform’s nascence. In our review we are attempting make things simpler for end users as we will compare the two best Windows Phone offerings in the sub Rs 15,000 price band – the Nokia Lumia 710 and the Samsung Omnia W. Read on to find out more. More →
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Samsung Wave 3 review

By on January 16, 2012 at 3:57 PM.

Samsung Wave 3 review

For the past couple of years Samsung has been pushing its own Bada OS based Wave series of smartphones, which started off as a more affordable alternative to Android. The Wave 3 is the latest and greatest Bada has to offer, but unlike some of the top tier smartphone platforms, the Bada OS has been beleaguered with a rather non-existent apps ecosystem, which has often stranded the Samsung Wave series in no-mans land. Samsung would hope that the Wave 3 would trigger a positive change for the platform, but with the likes of Android breathing down its neck it is not going to be easy. Let's see if the Wave 3 floats the boat in a sea of Androids. More →
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

By on November 22, 2011 at 8:59 PM.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t just another Android phone, this is the standard by which all Ice Cream Sandwich phones will be judged. An example to every Android manufacturer out there, and every Android fan, this is the basic foundation of what you should expect in an Android smartphone. Is that setting the bar too high, though? The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the third addition to Google’s Nexus family, and second built by Samsung. It offers competitive specifications, innovative hardware, and it is the first phone to show off Google’s brand new OS, Android 4.0. Can Google and Samsung make the best Android device in the world together? Is Android 4.0 just another dessert-themed mess? I break it down like Jet Li in Chinatown after the break.


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Samsung posts Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 teaser clip [video]

By on October 5, 2011 at 6:50 PM.

Samsung posts Nexus Prime and Android 4.0 teaser clip [video]

Samsung just cranked our anticipation meters up to 11. The phone maker on Wednesday posted a teaser video for the Nexus Prime, which is expected to be unveiled during Samsung’s Unpacked event in San Diego on Tuesday, October 11th, alongside Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The video does not reveal much about the phone or Ice Cream Sandwich, but we do see the Nexus Prime appears to be incredibly thin and it will sport a curved glass display similar to the one on the Nexus S. Additionally, there are three small metal dots on the side, which suggests it may support one or more dock accessories. Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to run on both tablets and smartphones, merging Honeycomb and Gingerbread features into a single Android build. BGR will be reporting live from the event, where we will hear all of the details on the new operating system, the Nexus Prime hardware and more. Samsung’s full teaser video follows below.

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Apple’s iPad 2 and new Windows 8 tablet face off in 11-minute video

By on September 16, 2011 at 12:35 AM.

Apple’s iPad 2 and new Windows 8 tablet face off in 11-minute video

Microsoft’s OS of the future will make its way to a range of devices, but all eyes are on one market in particular: tablets. Microsoft is beyond focused on proving that it can compete in the tablet space, which is currently dominated by Apple’s iPad line. WinRumors sat down with an Apple iPad 2 running the latest iOS 5 beta and a Windows 8 tablet prototype on Thursday, and spent nearly 11 minutes comparing the two slates on camera. The video runs through a wide range of functions, giving users a good idea of how the two devices match up. Of course, the Windows 8 build on the tablet in the video is an early beta that is likely about a year away from release, but Microsoft chose to make the build available to the public so it’s obviously open season for showdowns. WinRumors’ full head-to-head video comparison follows below. More →

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