Archive for May, 2012

May 07

ASUS PadFone is until this date the most original terminal of 2012, it combines the idea of smartphone tablet, keyboard and even dock stylus + headset. What we can want more than that? Unfortunately PadFone was recently associated with  S4 Snapdragon processor production delays, which it seizes by big phone manufacturers being the ideal processing solution today.

Well, today we have some fresh details about the launch of this product. Be aware that ASUS PadFone is already available in Taiwan native country since the April 20, 2012. PadFone is a smartphone with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD screen and processor mentioned above. This smartphone can be placed in a 10.1-inch tablet (PadFone Station) and we can attach a keyboard dock, as we have already used with ASUS tablets. There is a PadFone Stylus  Headset accessory, which serves as a stylus, and the headset for calls.

The phone is the “central hub” of this hybrid and comes with a pretty good camera,an 8 megapixel one more exactly with Fuji image processor and lens with 5 elements. Other features include Android 4.0 ICS, 1GB of RAM, storage options of 16, 32 or 64 GB and microSD card slot. At connectivity chapter, we have HSPA+ with download speeds of 21 Mbps and AGPS. These are the following countries that will receive Padfone: Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany and some other European nations. According to information recently published on the web, the  combo phone + tablet should cost 699 euros and keyboard dock around 149 euros.

May 06

Let’s face it: Samsung Galaxy S III does not look as good as we wanted. And not that we imagine fanciful designs, but the phone seems more reminiscent of a Corby when it’s viewed from behind. Rounded forms and housing plasticizers have made plenty of fans to whine. We have five ways that Galaxy S III could look better. We will demonstrate on the basis of concepts.

1. Edge to edge screen, capacitive buttons

It’s simple, we have here a concept that is involving a long terminal, with edge to edge screen, capacitive buttons and a metal casing, or even a metal protective area around the screen, to give them strength and to avoid chipping. Bonus, we have a 12 megapixel camera and 1080p.

2. Large width

This image made headlines on the Web in December 2011 when it was rumored that it’s the new Galaxy S III. Apparently we have here a 5-inch screen terminal, clear edge to edge, some very interesting icons in the bottom of the screen, 1080p resolution and 12 megapixel camera. Phone case looks fantastic, is metallic and matte.

3. Borrowing from Nokia N9

It seems to me that this version borrow some things from Nokia N9. Physical Home button it’s kept and we have a protruding rear foot, which reminds me of Samsung Galaxy S II. The phone has a metal frame around it, which gives an elegant look.

4. A different Galaxy Nexus (square shape)

Imagine a square frame for Galaxy Nexus, thinner, and possibly high resolution and 12 megapixel camera. The buttons are capacitive and also we have Android 4.0 available.

5. Surprise!

Yes, that’s the way that Galaxy S III could look better, being close to the design of the HTC One X. HTC pleasantly surprised us with this phone, while Samsung hasn’t amazed us at all.

May 05

Sony is not limited to the new Xperia phones from CES and MWC and prepares new models, but I can’t say I’m too surprised by this, especially that they are midrange or low end models. This, excepting the exciting Xperia Hayabusa. Anyway, today we will find out new details about Sony ST21i Tapioca, one of those models with modest endowments that I was talking about.

Tapioca’s existence was revealed last week when the phone arrived on the web in the form of some images. Today we have a confirmation of specifications leaked on the web lately through benchmark testing results. We are dealing here with a phone with an 800 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 3.2 inch display with resolution of 320×480 pixels and a 3 megapixel camera. The terminal is running on Android 4.0 ICS and the troublesome benchmark is NenaMark 2 in this case.

NenaMark publish their results online and in this case revealed the phone model, its score in tests, screen resolution, what kind of GPU and CPU frequency used, etc. It’s a Qualcomm CPU with a Adreno 200 GPU. Tapioca seems now the low end of the Sony model, so we have a very reasonable price. I see it as a rival for HTC Wildfire S, or rather Wildfire C, which is rumored to be an HTC One adapted to the low end market. We will keep you updated with the latest news about Sony ST21i Tapioca, surely a trending topic on the web. You will be the first one to hear from us.

May 04

I’m sure that if you watched the news in the last 24 hours you know by heart what does the Galaxy S III have for us. We are dealing with a phone with a 4.8 inch screen, Super AMOLED technology and bearing a 720p resolution. Note that this is a Super AMOLED screen and not Super AMOLED+, so 720p panel comes with Pentia RBGB pixels arrangement just like Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II HD LTE. In the pictures below you can see a microscopic comparison between these screens.

Analysis was performed with an USB microscope with 230x zoom and the first comparison took place with HTC One X  and its SLCD2 720p. Note that HTC One X’s denser sub pixels produce a clearer picture, but it is lower than the Galaxy S III at contrast chapter, especially when it comes to black. In comparison with the Galaxy Nexus, we have here two very similar terminals, one screen of 4.65 inch with AMOLED Super HD and one with the same screen, same resolution, but the 4.8-inch diagonal. Pixel density is slightly smaller on the new Galaxy S, but the difference is imperceptible to the human eye.

It seems that Samsung reduced the red pixels, judging by microscopic analysis, but personally I do not see any relevance in this. Then comes the great duel between Galaxy S III, Galaxy S and Galaxy S II. Galaxy S offers a range of 4-inch AMOLED screen with 800×480 pixel resolution, while the Galaxy S II features a 4.3-inch screen with Super AMOLED Plus technology with resolution of 800×480 pixels. The Galaxy S II LTE making its way in comparison with 800×480 display of 4.5 inch and Super AMOLED Plus technology. I’d say Super AMOLED Plus has a slight advantage here, but again we must see the Galaxy S III live so we can judge the screen.

May 03

With Android, we can fully customize the way we interact and receive notifications, using a 3-rd party application that you can download from the Store. They are particularly useful when we want to respond quickly to an SMS or when we’re playing, and we want to visualize the message to decide whether to interrupt or not the game to respond.

NotifierPro/Plus. It is the most complex of those tested, but this is not necessarily a good thing. It integrates in the system as accessibility service and motorize any application. The interface, in Holo-style, with large buttons, easily accessible, looks good. Like I said, NotifierPro can motorize notifications from any application you have installed. To remove a notification we use left/right swipe gestures with the actions defined for each one. For example, swipe left dismiss current notification and swipe right them all. Then we set themes, with downloadable versions from the Store. NotifierPro provides excellent control behavior. We can set everything from banner’s position, until the vibration, sound, proximity sensor, etc.

SMS Popup.
The same number of configuration options that I noticed at NotifierPro, the big difference is that they can applied only for SMS. To effectively use SMS Popup notifications must first disable standard notifications for messages. Then we can define the characteristics of application in every detail. For the duration of vibration to LED color notification. The interface is handsome, and Holo-style menus are quite easy to access.

Application stand out thanks to Quick Reply function which we use to respond to messages directly from the notification window. Swipe gestures are used to scroll through text unread messages. Another notable feature is preset messages, completely configurable, which you can use when we don’t have time to respond. Resource consumption is relatively small. May get extra points because it is offered free of charge but if you feel generous you can purchase at a modest price, Donate version.