Samsung

  • Hands on with the Samsung i550

    Hands on with the Samsung i550

    The Samsung i550 is the first GPS-enabled device from the Korean giant and it’s a great start. The quad band HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE S60 device features a 3.2-megapixel camera (AF w/ image & video editor), 150MB of internal memory, charging via microUSB, 2.6-inch screen, 128MB of RAM, dedicated hot keys, and a trackball ala Sidekick/BlackBerry. Something is going on with Google on this one… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung i450

    Hands on with the Samsung i450

    Remember when I said I had my eye on the i450? Yeah, well, my mind hasn’t changed one bit. See the red scroll-wheel dealie on the left side? It doesn’t move, rather, it’s a touch sensitive ridge. When you get where you want to go (if you wanted to see all the artists or albums), you simply press down in the center of the arc and it jumps to that particular screen. The OS… Read More

  • Hands on with the B&O, Samsung Serenata

    Hands on with the B&O, Samsung Serenata

    Here we have the lovechild of Samsung and Bang & Olufsen. It’s a quirky looking phone that most would think is upside down. We typically see scroll-wheels set at the bottom of the handset rather than the top. Sound quality on the Serenata is superb. It definitely improves on the Serene. The UI is all done from the scroll-wheel or on the touch screen, which is limited to firing up… Read More

  • Hands on with the Samsung Armani

    Hands on with the Samsung Armani

    The Armani phone from Samsung was revealed weeks ago, but today we had a chance for some hands on and I’m very impressed. It’s small form factor, 3.44×2.14×0.41-inch, and touch screen UI are quite intuitive and easy to use. The 2.6-inch QVGA touch screen has haptic feedback for everything, but it shuts off when you’re dialing a number, which is something I found… Read More

  • Greetings from Seoul

    Greetings from Seoul

    Hello from Seoul, South Korea. Well, I landed in Seoul’s Incheon airport last night and throughout this week I’ll be bringing you some exclusive Samsung news as well as everything else the motherland has to offer. Bet you didn’t know Samsung made cars. If you’re in or around Seoul then feel free to shoot me an e-mail, peterha at crunch gear dot com. Stay tuned for… Read More

  • Water-powered phones by 2010?

    Water-powered phones by 2010?

    New development on the liquid-powered battery front. Samsung’s apparently "developed a micro-fuel cell and hydrogen generator that runs on H20." Metal and water inside the phone bump uglies to produce hydrogen, which is supplied to a small fuel cell where it bumps uglies with oxygen. After all is said and done, you’ve got about three watts of power. That’s enough… Read More

  • T-Mobile launches first 3G handset for 3G-less network

    T-Mobile launches first 3G handset for 3G-less network

    No need to freak out over this quiet launch of the 3G Samsung t639 for T-mo. There’s no way in hell they’re even close to launching their 3G network because they’re waiting on the US government to relinquish the spectrum T-mobile purchased last year. If it concerns national security, which it does, we won’t see jack from T-mo’s 3G network for years to come so… Read More

  • Exclusive B'phone news: Special edition Beyonce Upstage launched on Sprint [Upstage]

    Exclusive B'phone news: Special edition Beyonce Upstage launched on Sprint [Upstage]

    Need a burgundy and gold Samsung Upstage to match your lovingly dyed landing strip? You’d better get down to Sprint on November 4 because they’re launching a special edition Beyonce Upstage with a sexy start-up screen, exclusive pix and vidz, and a song sung by the ‘yonce when she was 10. Don’t particularly care about Beyonce? You can always pretend that the girl on… Read More

  • Samsung updates its Blu-ray players, should fix copy protection playback problems

    Samsung updates its Blu-ray players, should fix copy protection playback problems

    A “couple” of weeks translates to this Friday. Samsung will make available updated firmware for its BD-P1000 and BD-P1200 Blu-ray players. The new firmware should fix the playback problems caused by the BD+ copy protection found on discs like “The Day After Tomorrow.” You’ll be able to update your player’s firmware by downloading it from Samsung’s Web… Read More

  • AT&T rolls out Samsung a517

    AT&T rolls out Samsung a517

    Stop the presses! AT&T has unveiled the Samsung SGH-a517 and it’s only $49.99 with the usual two-year contract. Is it wicked exciting? Probably not. It seems like your average flip phone. ::shrug:: I didn’t think we needed another one. Does this look any different from the others? Read More

  • Samsung announces dos music phones

    Samsung announces dos music phones

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Music phones are all the rage and they’re not going to die anytime soon. We’ve covered a lot of them before and lately it’s been Samsung running at the front of the pack. There’s the Beat and the Juke and now the SGH-F330 and SGH-i450. Samsung is all about bringing you, the consumer, perfect duality in a blend of… Read More

  • Samsung SPH-9200 UMPC with folding keyboard

    Nice. The keyboard in the above video makes typing on a UMPC look almost bearable. No word on pricing or availability yet but the unit itself features a VIA C7-M processor, WiFi, WiBro, HSDPA, and a compact foldable body. Looks to be about the size of a smaller portable DVD player when it’s all folded up. Samsung SPH-9200 UMPC On Video Read More

  • Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II

    Samsung i617 outed as Blackjack II

    The highly anticipated Blackjack II has been unveiled and it’s the Samsung i617. A lot of details are still hidden somewhere, but we do know that it’s running WinMo 6, the camera has been bumped up to 2-megapixels and HSDPA ensures wicked fast data transfer, which means AT&T is all but assured as the carrier. That’s not much of a surprise considering the original… Read More

  • Samsung LCD with HDCP support

    Samsung LCD with HDCP support

    Samsung continues to lead the charge as the leading LCD manufacturer with the addition of the 24-inch SyncMaster 245T. The widescreen monitor features PIP and PBP (picture by picture) as well as Motion Picture Acceleration for clear and sharp images during high-speed scenes. Max resolution is set for 1920×1200 with a brightness of 300cd.m2, a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 6ms response time. Read More

  • Verizon Debuts Samsung Gleam

    Verizon Debuts Samsung Gleam

    What do Verizon and shining a flashlight into a mirror have in common? They each have a gleam. Cheesy? You betcha, ’cause like my failed joke, the Samsung Gleam is packed full of cheesy features (and some decent ones). Inside, you’ll find EV-DO with a VCAST interface, a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, microSD, etc. – all the stuff you’d find in a Verizon phone for the… Read More

  • Samsung MP3 player duo deets updated

    Samsung MP3 player duo deets updated

    Samsung’s YP-P2 and YP-T10 MP3 players were announced way back when, but now we have pricing and availability (sort of). The P2 features a full 3-inch widescreen touch interface, stereo Bluetooth and gallops along at 30fps. The latest ‘iPod Killer’ comes in 4GB and 8GB flash memory with 35 hours of audio playback and five hours of video playback. The P2 is available in… Read More

  • BD+ copy protection makes "Fantastic Four" unplayable on certain Blu-ray players

    BD+ copy protection makes "Fantastic Four" unplayable on certain Blu-ray players

    The new BD+ copy protection found on “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” and “The Day After Tomorrow” seems to be screwing up playback on a couple Blu-ray players, including those made by Samsung and LG. Users are reporting that the Samsung BDP-1200 and LG BH100 straight up refuse to play the discs and that the Samsung BDP-1000 is having a hard time playing… Read More

  • Samsung 940UX USB-expandable monitor now available

    Samsung 940UX USB-expandable monitor now available

    That title looks weird, doesn’t it? I’m basically trying to say that the Samsung 940UX is now available and that it’s a 19-inch flat panel monitor that can hook up to five other 940UX monitors via USB. The first monitor hooks into a standard VGA or DVI port and then you can daisy chain the others into each one’s built-in USB connection. Were you to hook up six of these… Read More

  • T-Mobile Samsung Beat review, can you do better?

    T-Mobile Samsung Beat review, can you do better?

    What can be said about the Samsung Beat that I didn’t already cover? It’s a tiny music-centric phone (aren’t all phones music-centric these days unless it’s a smart phone?) and as far as those go these days it’s not bad. Heck, you even get a 1GB microSD card. I like that you can keep the music player in the background and still access the music functions while not… Read More

  • Hands on with Verizon's latest batch [Updated]

    Hands on with Verizon's latest batch [Updated]

    Earlier today I spent some time with Verizon’s latest devices. Was I impressed? Sort of. Was I disappointed? Sort of. We pretty much knew what to expect, but the hands on with all the devices wasn’t that bad. The Samsung Juke was pretty cool. It’s a tiny and slim phone with a 180 degrees keypad. It does have 2GB of internal storage, which is pretty neat. Stereo Bluetooth… Read More