3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G initial review and hands-on


Samsung and AT&T just made the Infuse 4G official with a slated release date of May 15 in stores and online. It'll go for $199 at launch with no rebate. We're here in New York City and we just got a first look at the device, which AT&T VP of Devices Jeff Bradley called “the supermodel of superphones.” Here are the specs:

  • 4.5 inch Super AMOLED plus screen at 480x800
  • 1.2 GHz Hummingbird processor (single-core)
  • Android version 2.2 Froyo
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video recording and full HDMI playback
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera

Let me first say that this phone is a BEHEMOTH. The screen is huge: that extra two-tenths of an inch doesn't sound like much, but it really dwarfs my Thunderbolt. The Super AMOLED Plus screen is the star here: it's bright, it's big, and it's beautiful. It offers amazing viewing angles, and Samsung says that you won't have a problem seeing it in the sun. If you're afraid that huge screen will weigh you down, fear not: Samsung has managed to fit everything into an incredibly thin package, at only 8.99 millimeters and 131 grams.

The phone feels great in the hand (albeit a bit plasticky, but nothing out of the ordinary for Samsung). The battery cover feels flimsy at best, but honestly, we cannot overstate just how great this phone looks. Its size and weight, coupled with that stunner screen, comes together for one seriously sexy package.

Samsung is predicting that this will be its summer blockbuster. It will support HSPA+ and HSUPA, with receiver diversity, which Samsung says will allow for the fastest experience available on AT&T. Firing up the browser, we didn't see anything mind-blowing speed-wise, and certainly nothing radically different than what we've seen from AT&T's current lineup. Hopefully real-world use will live up to Samsung's hype.

A quick note: It looks like AT&T might have chilled out with their sideloading ban. The Infuse does come with the option for installing apps from unknown sources, a departure from what we've seen on previous AT&T offerings. More on that in our full review.

Hit the break for some more pictures, and stay tuned for a hands-on video, with a full review and some in-depth testing coming soon.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

AT&T re-enables sideloading on the Infuse 4G!


My friends, our long national AT&T sideloading nightmare is over, it appears. From the Motorola Backflip to the HTC Aria to the Samsung Captivate -- and every phone in between -- AT&T locked down its phones so that they could only download apps from the Android Market. Security concerns, don'tcha know. Problem is, there are plenty of legitimate reasons why you might want (and/or need) to sideload. Take the Amazon Appstore, for example. Can't use it if you can't install non-Market apps.

That's no good, and we said so in a recent editorial.

But as our guys Andrew and Anndrew (the television series starts shooting this fall) just found out, the Infuse 4G (coming May 15 for $199) indeed allows "Unknown sources" for Android applications. Oh, happy day. Good on AT&T for making this one right.

Via: Binary Outcast; Thanks, Conan Kudo!

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G officially hits AT&T on May 15, comes with special edition of Angry Birds

We're at Samsung and AT&T's event in New York City where the Samsung Infuse 4G -- that's the monster 4.5-inch Android smartphone -- has finally been given a release date and price. You can pick one up starting May 15 for $199 on contract.

The Infuse 4G, as you'll recall, has that aforementioned 4.5-inch touchscreen -- the largest on something that's considered a smartphone and not a tablet. But it's a mere 8.9mm thick. And that large display is Super AMOLED Plus to boot, same as what we're very much enjoying on the Samsung Droid Charge. It's rocking Android 2.2 Froyo, so let's hope we see a Gingerbread update in the near future.

It's also got an 8MP camera on the back (with 720p video recording), and a 1.3MP shooter up front, with a single-core 1.2GHz processor to power it all.

As of that's not special enough, the Infuse will come with a special edition of Angry Birds, and Samsung's throwing in a $25 credit for its Media Hub download service.

Full press release is after the break.

Infuse 4G SpecsInfuse 4G Forums

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G specs


  • Android™ 2.2 platform
  • 4G: HSDPA CAT 14 and HSUPA CAT 6
  • 8.9 mm to 9.24mm thin
  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 1.2 GHz processor
  • 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen
  • 8-megapixel camera with HD 720p video camera and 1.3-megapixel front facing camera
  • Virtual QWERTY keyboard
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD card
  • Text/Picture and Video Messaging support
  • Samsung Media Hub, U-verse Mobile, U-verse Live TV, and Angry Birds

Read more and comment

3 years ago

HTC Flyer 'Magic Pen' gets priced in the UK and Europe



The first European pricing information for the HTC Flyer's "Magic Pen" has emerged over at the manufacturer's European accesory store. The stylus (and AAAA-battery) will set you back £47.99 in the UK, and €49.99 in the eurozone.

This fits with the recently-revealed US pricing information for the stylus, which Best Buy is listing for $79.99. Like Best Buy, the HTC accessories store is also selling cases and screen protectors for the Flyer, which range from £15 through to £26. If you plan on picking up a Flyer over the next few weeks, let us know in the comments whether you'll be splashing out on any accessories to go with it.

Update: It's worth noting that a pen will be included with the Flyer when purchased -- these prices are just for replacement pens.

Source: HTC Accessory Store; via: TabletCommunity; Thanks, Jakob!

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Taptu update brings Honeycomb optimization


RSS reader Taptu has been updated to version 1.4, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb tablets. The app uses Fragment API which allows Taptu to run on optimally on both Android smartphones and tablets. The app allows you to import 100 RSS feeds from your Google reader account, up from the 30 allowed in previous versions. The new version retains Taptu's “StreamStore” feature, allowing users to browse for new streams directly from the app. Other improvements in version 1.4 include:

  • Themes: You can change the color theme from dark text on a white background to white text on a background for better reading day or night.
  • Full screen reading: You can read articles in full-screen mode instead of a tabbed look.
  • Instapaper support: If you don't have time to read an article right now, you can send it to your Instapaper account to read it later.

Taptu says that its tablet optimization allows for a full screen immersive experience with smoother transitions and faster scrolling, made possible by your device's hardware acceleration. Hit the link after the break to download now.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Sprint's Relay ID Pack aids those with hearing difficulties


Sprint has announced its new Relay ID Pack, which is a new set of widgets and applications that will better enable the device for use for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Included in the Relay ID Pack are:

  • Sprint Mobile Video Relay Services – video relay services for sign language users
  • Calendar Notifier – provides visual alerts and repeating reminders of calendar events
  • Handcent SMS – visual alerts and notifications of texts
  • VideoPlayer – captions on videos downloaded to a secure digital (SD) card
  • Gmail Notifier – visual and vibrating alerts and reminders for your gmail email
  • TuneWiki – to read and learn the lyrics to songs
  • Captionfish.com – captioned movies playing in a customer’s area
  • AIM Instant Messenger – access telephone relay services through AIM Buddy "SprintIP"
  • Google Voice – transcribe audio messages left on voice mail into text

This news is quite huge for anyone who experiences difficulty with hearing, yet want to be able to use an Android powered device to the same extent anyone else would. This pack is currently available on devices such as LG Optimus S, Sanyo Zio, Samsung Transform, Samsung Epic 4G and Samsung Galaxy Tab.  For more information be sure to hit the source link.

Source: Sprint

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Walmart knows not to sell the Droid Charge


Attention, workers of Walmart: Your employer would like to remind you that the Droid Charge is not yet available, while you likely have them sitting in your store, you're not supposed to sell them until Verizon says it's OK.  In fact, your employer regards this as EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. See? They used all caps. No, we don't know when it's going to happen. So in the meantime, read this Droid Charge review.

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Is the HTC Kingdom Sprint's newer, smaller black slab?


The Internet's all abuzz over a render and a leaked ROM for the HTC Kingdom, but what is it?  A peek through the leaked files tell us it has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM7630 CPU, 768 MB of RAM, a four-inch qHD display, and both front and rear cameras.  Put all this on top of Gingerbread, and the rumor-mill takes care of the rest.  That's how the Internet works (trust us, we know).

But what does that really tell us, besides now knowing that it's not the Evo 3D?  Rumor No. 1 says it's a world phone.  Maybe, maybe not.  Yes the MSM7630 has "world phone support."  It's also the same CPU that we find in the Evo Shift 4G, which is a CDMA-only device.  Rumor No. 2 says it will feature FM receive and transmit.  Again, the Bluetooth chipset supports this, but that doesn't mean it will happen -- think Nexus One and its hidden, unused FM radio.

And finally, just because we see a render and a leaked RUU doesn't mean we'll ever see the phone.  I'd love for it to appear (especially as a dual mode CDMA/GSM device), but a good portion of these leaks just never pan out, even if they make it as far as a usable prototype (hello there Verizon Merge!).  Manufacturers build and pitch a lot of different models to the carriers, who cherry pick the ones they think will sell.

I think this one would make for a nice choice when on the shelf next to a bigger, and surely more power-hungry Evo 3D, and hope to see it with all the features we're hoping for.  I think a lot of you folks want the same.  But for now, all we can do is keep our fingers crossed.

Source: PocketNow

Read more and comment

3 years ago

Google Earth updated, optimized for Honeycomb tablets


Google Earth version 2.0 is now available in the Android Market, bringing with it optimization for Honeycomb-powered tablets. Google says that the app now takes full advantage of tablets’ large screens and advanced processing power, with a few new features in tow, including a new action bar with access to search, my location, layers, and reset-to-north.

Utilizing the large screen real estate, users can now explore fully-textured 3D buildings while browsing user photos on the side, just one of the experiences that was formerly limited to the desktop version only. If you're toting a tablet and want to take it for a spin around the world, hit the link after the break to download the update.

Source: Google Mobile Blog

Read more and comment

Show More Headlines