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Samsung Continuum Review: Are Two Screens Really Better Than One?


Introduction

When Samsung threw their big U.S. Galaxy S kick off party earlier in the summer, it was announced that each of the four major carriers would be selling their very own version of the hardware. But, in a twist of M. Night Shyamalan-ian proportions, they announced a second Galaxy S device for Verizon.

The Samsung Continuum shaves .6 inches off the original Galaxy S' 4" screen, in exchange for the very unique (and surprisingly useful) secondary Ticker display, but is that enough to justify the phone's existence?

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Samsung Releases The Greatest Galaxy Tab Promotional Video To Date: Extreme Retreat - Sahara

Samsung is sure throwing some big bucks behind promoting its flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab. Just like the first video from Andes in the Extreme Retreat series, Extreme Retreat- Sahara manages to be hilarious and informative at the same time, showcasing the Tab's portability, versatility, and functionality. Just watch:

And for those who haven't seen the Andes video, I've embedded it right below:

Source: SAMSUNGmobile

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NFC In Gingerbread Is Crippled - It's One-Way-Only, And Not The Way We Want

Update 2/9/11: Writing/transmitting via NFC is now possible thanks to the 2.3.3 update.

One thing that was very much anticipated in the Nexus S and Gingerbread in general was NFC (Near Field Communication) support, which is a feature we've never seen before on an Android device. In fact, the vast majority of us took it to mean that it will allow you to use your phone as a credit card, which would indeed be very exciting and insanely cool.

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Also Missing From The Nexus S: LED Notifications Of Any Kind

Talk about adding insult to injury - in addition to the news of the upcoming Google Nexus S missing any kind of external memory slots (microSD, etc), we’ve just found out that this supposed Nexus One successor is also missing LED notifications. What other essential system function is it going to lose next – a phone speaker?

I am excited about Gingerbread, especially everything it is bringing under-the-hood, but the whole Nexus S situation is turning out to be a disaster.

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Confirmed: Google Nexus S Does Not Have A MicroSD Card Slot

As we've all been following the Nexus S over the last few months, inhaling every bit of news regarding its specs, nobody could have foreseen or even considered the fact that the next Nexus, announced earlier today by Google, will be lacking the microSD card slot. The absence of HSPA+, a dual-core processor, HDMI, an 8MP camera, or Bluetooth 3.0 - sure, these are unfortunate, but understandable.

However, not being able to change out one SD card for another, faster one, is beyond mind boggling.

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[Updated] Google Finally Unveils Nexus S: Coming To USA On December 16th, Four Days Later In UK

After weeks of anticipation, leaked photos, snooped videos and widespread rumors, the next pure-Google device is official, and it's pretty much just what you expected. Bearing the title of the flagship device for the the freshly-baked Gingerbread (Android 2.3), the Samsung-made Nexus S includes:

  • 4.0" WVGA "Contour Display" SAMOLED screen
  • 1 GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU
  • Android 2.3 Pre-installed
  • 16 GB internal storage (no microSD)
  • Quad-Band GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Tri-Band 3G (900, 2100, 1700 MHz)
  • HSDPA (7.2Mbps) connectivity (no HSPA+)
  • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • Anti-fingerprint display coating
  • Three-axis gyroscope
  • 1500 mAH Lithum Ion Battery
  • 5 MP rear camera w/ flash and 480P rec.
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[Updated] Froyo For Samsung Epic 4G Now Available To Download [Hands-On] [Instructions]

Update: A Sprint official has just posted on the Samsung Epic forums saying that this is not the final version of Froyo for the Epic. What's more, he gave one commenter an ETA of about three weeks. Ridiculous, isn't it?

Below is a statement from the Epic Product Manager regarding the leaked release (DK28):

Sprint is working on a software package for the Samsung Epic4G that will upgrade it to the Froyo version of Android.  Over the weekend, some users were able to access and download a test build (DK28) for the Samsung Epic from some 3rd party developer sites.  Unfortunately, this is not approved software for Sprint production devices and we strongly recommend that users refrain from loading it.

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Video Shot By Samsung Nexus S Hits YouTube, Photos Hit Picasa

The Samsung Nexus S has already shown off its camera once, but up until now, we haven't seen what that 5MP shooter's capable of when it comes to video recording. Well the wait is over, as a (portrait) video shot by none other than the GT-i9020 has hit YouTube:

The quality is more or less what we've come to expect from 720p video taken by a cameraphone, though it certainly won't blow any minds.

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Samsung Sells Three Million Galaxy S Devices In The States Alone, Becomes #1 Android Manufacturer In The US

If you thought the news that Samsung shifted more than a million Galaxy Tabs was impressive, just wait 'til you hear this one: the company today announced that over three million of its Galaxy S smartphones have been sold in the US alone. This not only means that Sammy now owns 32.1% of the Android market in the US; it also makes Samsung the #1 supplier of Android devices in the US.

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Samsung Breaks 1 Million Galaxy Tabs Sold, Shooting For 1.5M By End Of Year

Holy crap, that was fast. Less than a month after being released in the US (and a bit longer in some parts of the world), Samsung has managed to move over 1 million Galaxy Tabs - which may or may not be surprising, given the range of opinions on the device (although I just thought it was super). Despite the Tab being available in 64 countries, roughly 100,000 of the sales are in Samsung's homeland of South Korea.

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