Samsung’s new oversized iPhone/iPod Touch lookalike, announced at Mobile World Congress, causes a bit of confusion. It’s obviously the bigger brother of the equally tediously named Galaxy S WiFi 4.0. Some people say the 4.0 was formerly known as YP-MB2/Galaxy Player 50, while our very own industry insider, lebellium, clarifies that it’s actually the YP-GB1, released without Korea-specific DMB features for the international market. So where does that leave the 5.0, in the sea of all these confusing names and acronyms? I don’t know, my head is already spinning. Maybe it’s just a shrunken Galaxy Tab 10.1…
What we know is that the Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 (let’s just call it GSW5, ok?) runs on Android 2.2, uses Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, sports a 5″ Super Duper Clear LCD screen at 800×480, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a MicroSD slot, and a 5 megapixel camera with flash, for all your artsy Facebook photography needs.
The great thing about this phone-without-a-phone is that it comes with Android Market support right out of the box. This is a huge advantage over the non-phone Android offers from Archos (Gen 8 devices) and Cowon (D3), which have no official access to the Market – therefore rendering them quite inferior, software-wise, to even the humblest of Android phones, such as the ZTE Blade. While some kind hackers already gave Archos users the possibility to access the Market, there’s no such option for the D3 yet, leaving you at the mercy of Cowon to come up with some quality apps, such as scientific calculators. Samsung licensing the Market on their Galaxy players is the smartest move so far for devices without SIM card slot.
Availability of the GSW5: sooner or later.
Thanks to sideways for the tip. Read more in the forum thread. Additional info via Engadget (1, 2).
A few weeks ago (also known as last year) we launched a new site over at anythingbutiphone.com and we celebrated the launch by giving away a smartphone to a lucky winner who was announced yesterday. Since the launch of ABiPhone we’ve been hard at work getting content on another new site, nothingbuttablets.com. As you can guess from the name this site is all about tablets. 2010 was the year that tablets started to peak people’s interest, but 2011 will be the year that tablets really make it into everyone’s hands. Nothing But Tablets aims to be a guide in the jungle of tablets that are already out there and were announced at CES, with reviews, feature articles and more. We’re running a similar contest with this site launch, and this time you can win a tablet of your choice for posting comments on the blog and a Kindle for posting in the forums! Not a bad deal for contributing to the conversation.
Head over to nothingbuttablets.com for contest details, and get going with the commenting!
The old forms of media have seen better days. Newspapers are losing subscribers daily to internet blogs and internet media that provide up to the minute information impossible to be delivered in the classic format. No longer do people need to wait for the paper to be delivered in the wee hours of the night to their doorstep. Barnes and Noble (as well as others) has noticed this trend and is focussed on bringing content to users the way they have become accustomed to. Over a year ago they launched the first Nook, an e-ink reading device to deliver books, newspapers and magazines to their customers in an instant. The device sold well and launched B&N into the emedia segment. But, using the e-ink display had its drawbacks. Page load times are noticeably slow, magazines and newspapers looked disappointing at best, and there was still a vast amount of information and content to be consumed that an e-ink display simply cannot bring to the table Fast forward to today and they decided to give users another choice in the market, the Nook Color ($250). How does the new ereader fair in this increasingly intense market? Is the lcd screen trade-offs worth it while reading books?
update: Barnes & Noble just launched version 1.1 which adds pinch to zoom in the web browser among many other things. In real life use, the pinch to zoom does not equal the smoothness of the iPad or other Android phones. Hopefully it will get ironed out when they update with Android OS 2.2 which brought many performance enhancements to the Android platform. The overall feel since the update has greatly improved. The UI is more fluid and natural, while the web browsing has been improved when scrolling and general responsiveness.
Read the full review at our new site NothingButTablets and their Tablet Forums.
The iPad is out, and we’re doing our best to present the alternatives that are out there. While a lot of new and upcoming devices use either proprietary OSes or Android, a lot of them also use Windows – especially those that have been around for a few years. The problem is that a lot of the devices running Windows use 1024×600 screens, like the Viliv S5, S7 and X70, EEE T91 and T101, Kohjinsha SC3, Willcom D4 and a insane amount of other UMPCs, tablets and netbooks. That resolution doesn’t leave a lot of vertical space when you stuff in all the toolbars that Windows programs like so much. Luckily, there are ways to fix some of those issues – at least in FireFox. Read on to see how.
Today is the day millions have been waiting for- the day the iPad is released. However, not everyone buy into a $500 device that lacks things like support for Flash and Java. Luckily the iPad isn’t the only tablet out there, so we though the best way of celebrating the iPad’s release day was with a review of something that can do everything the iPad can’t- the Viliv S5.