Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
Droid. When the brand launched, this was a name that stood for something. While the iPhone enthralled consumers with a friendly, easy, but ostensibly restrictive experience, Droid retaliated with the motto “Droid Does.” It was all about superior functionality, and in that regard it was a success. Today we’ll be looking at the Droid Charge, a phone coming by way of Samsung.
The Droid Charge is the second 4G LTE phone to hit Verizon’s network, making it an obvious competitor to the HTC Thunderbolt (along with the recently released LG Revolution). Like the Thunderbolt, the Charge is a member of a breed of single-core flagship phone that is already in the process of becoming extinct. Let’s have a look at what else powers Samsung’s Droid.
Many buyers are too quick to dismiss phones based of hardware specs, however – the single core tells us little about the Charge’s performance as a phone. As the first Droid to come from Samsung’s stable, this is actually quite an interesting device. Will the brand remain meaningful on a device from this manufacturer? Or is it being diluted?
Keep reading our review of the Samsung Droid Charge for all the info!!
Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
The Nexus S 4G is a Google phone through and through. Following Google’s first hardware venture into the handset market, the Nexus One, this phone is how Google envisions the Gingerbread (Android 2.3) platform. Manufactured by Samsung, the Nexus S originally debuted as a GSM unlocked phone and on T-Mobile in the US earlier this year. Now, for the debut on CDMA networks, Samsung and Sprint have teamed together to add a 4G, WiMAX modem.
Because it is a Google tuned experience, the Nexus S 4G software is extremely polished, and provides a great user experience. Being the first phone to ship with Gingerbread, and still being one of the few phones shipping with it at this point in the game, it provides the absolute best small form-factor experience that Android is capable of.
Hit this link to keep reading our review of the Samsung Nexus S...
Subject: Storage, Mobile | June 9, 2011 - 03:21 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Samsung, laptop, Hard Drive, 1TB
Samsung today announced a new update to their Spinpoint laptop hard drive line, the Spinpoint M8 1 TB. Joining the storage ranks of the Seagate Constellation and Western Digital Scorpio 1 TB drives, the new Samsung hard disk features two 500 GB platters in a 2.5” 9.5mm form factor along with an 8 MB buffer, and utilizes a SATA II (3Gb/s) interface. The 500 GB per platter density was achieved by using their Advanced Format Technology (AFT), which raises the data storage density per unit area, which results in a reduced number of requisite platters and read/write heads. Samsung claims that the reduction in necessary components results in a seven percent performance increase as well as an eight percent decrease in the amount of power drawn.
The new 2.5” drive carries an MSRP of $129.00 USD. Mobile gamers and road warriors in particular are likely happy to see competition in the 1 TB+ laptop arena, which should hep to bring the 1 TB mobile drives’ prices a bit closer to their 1 TB desktop brethren. You can read more about the new drive here.
Podcast #151 - HD 6670 and 6570, Seagate and Samsung deal, 20nm Flash memory, Viewer questions and more!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | April 21, 2011 - 03:08 PM | Ken Addison
Tagged: Seagate, Samsung, podcast, HD6670, HD6570
PC Perspective Podcast #151 - 4/21/2011
This week we talk about AMD's new HD 6670 and 6570, the Seagate and Samsung deal, 20nm Flash memory, Viewer questions and more!
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Program length: 1:12:48
- 0:00:35 Introduction
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- 0:01:15 We have a new site!
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- 0:08:00 AMD Radeon HD 6670 and HD 6570 Graphics Card Review - Turks GPU is sub-$100
- 0:22:20 Just Delivered: MSI GTX560 HAWK Twin Frozr III
- 0:26:30 Seagate and Samsung, the defragmentation of the storage market continues
- 0:35:05 This Podcast is brought to you by MSI Computer, and their all new Sandy Bridge Motherboards!
- 0:36:11 Windows 8 to offer OS-on-a-thumb-drive portability
- 0:38:10 Intel, Micron jointly release 20nm flash memory
- 0:48:00 Intel and Apple Post Huge Quarters
- 0:54:05 Email from Graham about Thunderbolt GPUs
- 0:56:40 Email from Jeff about PC case fans
- 0:59:40 Email from Paul about rusty graphics cards
- 1:03:00 Hardware / Software Pick of the Week
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- 1:12:07 Closing
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2011 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Seagate, Samsung, sale, partnership, hdd, 1 billion
While it is not a true merger or sale, it seems that the operations side of Samsung's HDD branch is being pruned off and sold to Seagate for over $1billion of cash and shares. The reports inidicate this will be more of a partnership, with Samsung continuing to develop technologies for HDD and retaining full ownership of its flash based storage assets. Drop by The Tech Report for more.
"Seagate and Samsung have announced a "broad strategic alignment," as part of which Seagate will take over Samsung's hard-drive operations in exchange for a cool $1.375 billion (paid half in cash, half in stock). The deal also involves a NAND flash memory supply agreement as well as "expanded cooperation" on enterprise storage."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Seagate buying Samsung HDD department rumor unlikely to occur shortly @ DigiTimes
- Cellphone battery mouse modification @ Hack a Day
- Intel will leave McAfee alone, but it can secure our chips @ The Inquirer
- Apple's IOS 4.3.2 gets jailbroken within a week @ The Inquirer
- Office 365 enters public beta @ Ars Technica
- Intel Thunderbolt may impact USB 3.0 @ DigiTimes
- Test Driving The QEMU-KVM KMS Driver @ Phoronix
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