Introducing the Sprint Epic 4G, Verizon Fascinate, T-Mobile Vibrant and AT&T Captivate
Samsung on Tuesday night in New York City unveiled its United States contingent in the new Galaxy S class of Android smartphone, which it first announced in March at the CTIA convention in Las Vegas. Click a phone below for hands-on coverage from the event.
We saved the best of the Samsung Galaxy S phones for last: the Epic 4G. It's similar to its other Galaxy S cousins, but adds in a horizontally sliding QWERTY keyboard and, yes, WiMAX 4G. The slider did add some thickness - but we're comparing that to the crazy-thing Galaxy phones on the other networks, by its lonesome the Epic 4G doesn't feel all that chunky or heavy. We obviously haven't had a chance to do much with the keyboard, but our first take is we're liking the separation and even the flatness of the keys.
Yeah yeah, talky talky - we make with the pictures after the break!
Update: doesn't really do it justice, but we shot a quick video of the Epic 4G displaying ...video. It's crisp, vibrant, very beautiful. It may not have the pixel density of the iPhone 4, but the color and contrast looks much better to our eyes. It, too, is after the break
And here comes the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S, which forever shall be known as the Fascinate. It's going to give the Motorola Droid X a run for its money, no doubt. It's also launching with Android 2.1 but will get a Froyo update sometime later. Hands-on pictures after the break.
Lo, look forth on the AT&T Captivate -- its version of the Samsung Galaxy S. Just like the other carriers' versions, it's thin, light, and flies, thanks to that 1GHz Hummingbird processor. And that Super AMOLED screen -- gorgeous. We can only hope that AT&T doesn't do its usual job of locking down the phone to the Android Market, but that's hardly Samsung's fault, is it. Peep more hands-on pics after the break.
The Sprint Epic 4G brings a horizontal keyboard, and it brings some monster gaming power (as do all the other versions of the Galaxy S, of course). After the break, we take a look at the Asphalt racing game on the Epic 4G, which sports a six-axis gyroscope, which you can see in action.
T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S is known as the Vibrant, and it's as slim and sleek as its cousins. Same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, same 4-inch Super AMOLED display. T-Mo just had to show us how Avatar looks on the phone, and while it's not quite the same as in the theater, it's still pretty damn good for a 4-inch smartphone. Check it out after the break.
Today's update is a bit larger (~30MB vs. ~21MB for yesterdays) and we're seeing success from the forums. We're in the process of rolling things back and trying it out ourselves (good luck Adam!), we'll update when and if anything happens -- good or bad.
To make things even more clear, Phil just got word back from HTC:
The OTA is officially back, and should be ready and working well.
If you updated yesterday, none of this applies to you, you're good to go and already updated.
No official word about what's going to happen with bricked devices, but HTC is aware and will take care of things ASAP.
In the business world where mobility is king and comes with a high demand, who better to answer the call than Cisco? Cisco announced a new product called the Cius. The Cius is a mobile android-based tablet with the business connectivity and features you expect from every Cisco product and beyond. The Cius runs on Android and features a 7-inch high-resolution color screen, an Intel Atom 1.6-GHz processor, 32GB of flash memory to store marketplace apps, a detachable/replaceable 8-hour battery, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and 3G/4G data, Cisco collaboration applications, an HD soundstation, HD audio, 720p HD video with Cisco TelePresence for video conferencing and integrated security. You can view a video demonstration of the Cius here. [via Cisco]
Here's a few pictures of the Samsung Intercept (SPH-M910), another new Sammy to be released on the Sprint network (rumors say July 11). Supposedly the replacement for the Samsung Moment, and after seeing these pics I have to agree. Should be shipping with Eclair (Android 2.1) and a 3.2 inch touchscreen, but not many of the other details can be confirmed. We should know more after tonight's big Samsung event in New York, which we're covering live tonight at 6 PM EST.
What we can be sure of, is that the 4 row QWERTY with trackpad should appeal to people who need the physical keys, but need something a little smaller than the new breed of 4 inch plus superphones. And it comes in pink. Hit the break to see another pic showing a bit better detail of the QWERTY.
Droid users you've got another Froyo build to play with -- FRF84B. (Eyes playing tricks on me. Thanks for the correction darkcomartist.) Yes, that number should look familiar, as it's the same build that was called the final for the Nexus One. We have no idea if this will be the final version from Motorola, but if you've been unofficially beta testing Android 2.2 on your Droid, you might want to have a look.
Get it HERE . You'll have to be rooted, flash the file from recovery. Then shout out in the comments and in the forums and let us know the good and the bad. [DroidLife]
With the official Froyo update now available to Nexus One users, it begs us to ask the question, “when will Froyo be available for my _______?” Well, HTC has answered so be jealous no longer of the sons of privilege (Nexus One users). HTC has told Recombu that the Desire, Wildfire and Legend -- non-U.S. phones, all -- will receive Froyo in Q3 (July, August and September) of this year. [Recombu via Engadget]
For those of you who updated your Sprint Evo 4G and didn't face any of the bricking problems that brought the update to a halt, how's your phone treating you now? Seeing an improvement in Wifi signal? How about battery life? Find some unannounced gem? Inquiring minds want to know!
Looks like the Motorola Charm -- that square-faced QWERTY fellow -- indeed is going to T-Mobile, and it's likely getting a name change to the Basil. Not sure if that's going to make its small stature and penchant for Motoblur any more palatable, but at least the stars are starting to align. [TmoNews]
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