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Samsung's Galaxy S Android Phone vs Apple's iPhone

Fellow geek, Emily H (from Wales, UK), had a proposal:

I had an idea for a video I thought you might be interested in. With the rise of the Samsung Galaxy S (particually in the UK & Europe, where it is outselling the iPhone with a lot of the networks providing it), I thought it would be good to do a comparison video between the Galaxy S and the iPhone. Also, in a few months the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be released, which is a 7″ screen tablet, I’m assuming once again with the super AMOLED screem and hummingbird etc, and a camera as well as Android 2.2. So, another good comparison video possibility when the time comes for the Galaxy Tab v iPad.

Although I’ve used both phones, and love Apple, I must confess I am now an Android fanatic. The phone in itself runs so smoothly with the firmware, multi-tasking etc. It just has some real advantages over the iPhone, but I am not an expert – so I thought I would offer this idea to you, and hopefully hear your take on it. I know you did a Galaxy S video a few months ago, but we’ve never really seen anything about it from you since.

It’s extremely difficult to compare Apples to Androids. I asked her for clarification:

A comparison, perhaps, of how Android might be, on some level, a better option than the OS on the iPhone, or perhaps how you think it might be the other way around – software features on the iPhone that perhaps Android doesn’t have, or vice versa (Swype comes to mind on the Galaxy, a brilliant feature). I know plenty of people who are torn between an Android phone or an iPhone. The Samsung Super AMOLED screen versus the iPhone screen, which is good for no-smudging, etc., speed, multitasking, etc. The Samsung Galaxy S seems to be the best phone out there at the moment – apart from the iPhone. It would be good to compare them both since they both offer a lot (and are at the top of their game sales-wise).

I could likely compare feature-for-feature, one device against the other – but it still wouldn’t be fair. If I say that the Android seems better in some respects, iFanbois will attack. If I claim the iPhone is better in other respects, Fandroids will cry foul.

Bottom line? “Better” is always relative. I happen to like both the Galaxy S (for some reasons) and the iPhone 4 (for other reasons). It’s possible to like both. You have to figure out what’s “right” for you.

If you like Swype, stick with Android (it can be quicker than traditional tapping). If you like a sharp screen, I’d say the iPhone’s retina display comes out on top (size REALLY doesn’t matter). If you swallow Google’s idea of “open,” stick with Android. If you’re happy living under Apple’s “restrictive” roof, stick with the iPhone.

Dunno. There is absolutely no clear winner – and any geek who would claim otherwise doesn’t know his ASCII from his elbow.

InterPad 10 Inch Tegra 2 Android Tablet

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The tablet features a 10-inch capacitive display that also accepts multi-touch gestures. It packs the usual 1024×600 pixels and runs Android 2.1 on its powerful Nvidia Tegra 2 processor that brings in 1080p video support. This tablet design is manufactured by Chinese manufacturer Malata as you can see from this Computex video filmed last June.

Inside, you’ll find 16GB of flash storage. That can be expanded with a 32GB micrSD card. It has 1GB of memory, Wi-Fi b/g and a 3900mAh battery. The battery promises 8-12 hours of running time per charge. There’s also a USB and HDMI port included, both of which the iPad lacks.

This video was filmed by Charbax of ARMdevices at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin Germany.

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Netflix Coming to Android

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings claimed earlier this year that the company was not focused on streaming their content to mobile screens. However, the iPad app was launched the same day the device itself was back in April. Since then, Netflix has stated that they are working on a version for the iPhone to be available later this summer

The company hasn’t made any type of announcement regarding plans to bring you an Android app. However, a job listing for an “Android Video Playback Expert” sure seems to put it into black and white, doesn’t it? Android will likely be the next mobile platform to get Netflix streaming.

A Netflix staffer reportedly told Electronista staff members that “With the way Android is blowing up it would be stupid of us to ignore that.” Every day, we see reports circulating the ‘Net of formerly die-hard iOS (or Windows Mobile) users dropping their long-favorite operating systems in favor of the more “open” Android. I myself even recently admitted in a video that if Android were available for my iPhone that I would likely be using it, as well.

Android users in our community: Are you looking forward to having Netflix on your devices? Will you be subscribing?

What are Your Thoughts on Legal Jailbreaking?

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After the court system in the United States declared that jailbreaking a device is not illegal in and of itself, TechRob asked how we feel about it over on Lockergnome. This is something that is being discussed all over the Internet, even weeks after the ruling was handed down. It opens a whole new set of questions which tech pundits everywhere are trying to determine the answers to.

I realize this has been a gray area until now. However, you can now legally jailbreak any device without fear of reprisals. Apple, of course, still claims you’re going to void your warranty if you jailbreak your iPhone. However, this leaves the door open for entrepreneurial interests. This was the right move, in my mind. It’s YOUR device, right? You should be able to run it on any network you choose.

I’m going to bet that within a year’s time, Google will develop a version of Android specifically for the iPhone. It will be made so that you can choose to boot your iPhone into either iOS 4 or Android. It’s sort of like what you do with Boot Camp on a Mac, right? Google has a huge opportunity here. It’s legal to jailbreak a device even if Apple will continue to complain about voiding the warranty. For those of you who don’t really care about that, having an easy way to run Android on the iPhone is going to be a huge difference.

It has to be your choice. Do you care if you void the warranty on your mobile device? Is it more important to you to be able to have the choice of carriers – and operating systems? At this point, I won’t be jailbreaking anything. However, if there were a solid Android operating system available – backed by Google themselves – I would seriously consider doing so. Would you?

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EVO 4G First to Have Froyo – Coming Tuesday

It’s official! The EVO 4G will be the first in a long line of phones to be updated to Android 2.2 Froyo, beginning August 3rd. The release will be rolled out in stages according to Sprint. However, they will provide a manual download link for those of you who cannot wait another moment. According to further reports, both the HTC Desire and the original Droid phones will be hit with the update later in the week.

The list of features and fixes is a long one, and owners couldn’t be more excited. Given the list I’ve been seeing, it’s no wonder you’re chomping at the bit to get Froyo onto your devices. The update boasts new preloaded widgets, flashlight mode for your LED flash, light-assisted 720p video with improvement to the quality of your video captures. Going by the image that Engadget has up on their site, you’ll see a heck of a lot of updates in other areas, as well.

Mail will see groups tabs and auto-saving when you press the back key. Additionally, your email will be saved as a draft automatically should you lose connection in the middle of composing a missive. You’ll enjoy a large composition area and the capability to send a Contact card via SMS.

There are a lot of enhanced features for the social media addict in you, as well. Your calendar will display birthdays and events from Facebook. The Gallery will now support the Facebook “Comments” function. And… you’ll be able to quickly link a contact to a Plurk or Twitter contact.

Are you planning to wait it out until the update is rolled to your phone, or will you be rushing to download manually?

I'm Not in Love – an Android vs iPhone Song

Imei has decided it’s time to make a change and begin using the iPhone 4 in her daily life. Following is the post she wrote to explain her choice.

You’ve probably heard me as “the voice of reason” when it comes to Android vs. iPhone. I believe Android gives iPhone a run for its money by producing creativity in open source apps, and competition to the run-away favorite. But my year as the n00b of Social Media is coming to an end, and I need a seamless user experience I can take to the bank as my businesses take off. Chris Pirillo told me last year to wait for the next iPhone. Well, I’ve waited. And it’s time (I’m expecting a free bumper, though).

Using Looptastic HD on the iPad, a Bose speaker, my Yamaha 0RS-700 keyboard for percussion, a microphone and a portable speaker, I can get some live sound in my library/office! If you want to learn more about Looptastic, take a look at my other video about using Looptastic HD to become your own iPad DJ. The mix you hear on this video took only two minutes for me to find and create. By setting the bpm’s, I can sync that to any other looping program — it just so happens to be my keyboard. Once I add a six-channel mixer to the apps, you can add harmonies and other melody lines, or layer in another song.

I want to thank T-mobile for six years of great service. I really like T-mobile as a company. I just wasn’t satisfied with the battery life, the forced closing of the My Touch nearly every hour (with very few apps), and the slow response. The camera quality is also poor quality even compared to the iPhone 3GS. But I am looking forward to the next Android phones to keep all phone companies and dev’s staying sharp and creating the best products ever!

All of the music and lyrics in this video were created by Imei herself.

Have you made any type of major change in provider service? What prompted the decision?

Samsung Galaxy S Initial Impressions

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Samsung Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Samsung Galaxy S will be available soon in the AT&T network. I’ve been able to play with it for the past week or so. Despite moderate usage, I haven’t had to charge it since first turning it on. The battery astounded me, to be quite honest. I’ve been pretty happy with this phone. Despite a few negative remarks I’ve seen elsewhere about this phone, this is the best Android device I’ve tried to date. This will definitely be my default Android phone from now on.

It is extremely lightweight. It feels good in the hand, and the screen is large and gorgeous. The screen is super SUPER bright and vibrant. It’s so bright, in fact, that I had to turn the brightness down. The touch screen is extremely responsive. This means that the processor is fast, and everything is speedy out of the box. I feel this is quality hardware on a quality operating system.

In terms of resolution and capabilities, the camera on the Galaxy S is fantastic where HD video is concerned. If you didn’t already notice, I had uploaded a video review of an iPhone screen protector that I wasn’t happy with. That video was shot using this Galaxy S phone. For some reason, in a low-quality setting, I tend to get these “bars” on the video. I’m not sure if you detect that, but I did through the viewfinder. This is some small lines that appear in videos and photos. I’m not sure if this is a hardware or software issue, though. Hopefully Samsung will look into it.

This phone is running the TouchWiz interface, which is nice for helping you to quickly connect up your social networks. The out-of-the-box experience is honestly very good. For instance, swiping the screen in any direction will automatically open up the lock screen. Hello! That, my friends, is what intuitive is all about.

This is a fantastic Android device, no doubt about it… especially when it will only cost you $200 with a new contract. What I like beyond the price and screen is that Samsung paid attention to what a user might actually want when they turn their phone on for the first time. They added some very popular apps right into the phone, including Layer. Layer is so good that it will get a future video all of its own.

More than anything that impressed me, when I launched the Apps application, I saw a few of these default apps. Normally, apps pushed through a manufacturer’s site or service kind of suck, to put it bluntly. However, I was pretty impressed with many of the ones that I found within Samsung.

Again, my summary is that this is the best Android device I’ve used to date. There are a few negatives, but in my opinion they do not detract from the overall performance of the phone. Yes, there is a replaceable battery. However, in order to get the back of the phone off to GET to said battery you’ll need long fingernails or some type of very thin tool to pry it open.

As Apple pointed out, many other phones lose signal when using a “death grip.” It’s honestly not just the iPhone 4 that does this. The same thing happens with the Galaxy S, as shown in a video on YouTube.

Just about anything you would want in an Android device can be found in the Galaxy S. Are you thinking of grabbing one for yourself?

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Will the Motorola Droid 2 Feature R2-D2?

The new Motorola Droid 2 is rumored to be launching on August 12th. All of you who are robot-loving Star Wars fanatics will want to pay close attention to this. According to a source at Engadget, the sequel to the original Droid iteration will not only have Froyo loaded at launch – it will have an optional R2-D2 special edition logo on the back! To those of you who are now salivating, I KNOW it sounds too good to be true. However, several reputable (and some not so much so) blogs are now reporting on this little piece of news. We’ll see in the near future how true it really is!

Remember, Verizon and Motorola had to license the Droid name from Lucas Films in order to use it for the Android device. Thus, it appears as though the Droid line is heading back to its Star Wars roots. What do you think? Will we see the beloved robot on the backs of phones everywhere anytime soon?

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Samsung Galaxy S Review

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The new Samsung Galaxy S is definitely a phone worth taking more than a second look at. The screen is bright and beautiful. Text and images aren’t quite as sharp as what you’ll find on the iPhone 4’s screen, though. I’m not the first to claim this as a truth, but it is a very minimal difference. The screen is also very responsive to the touch, which is definitely a large plus. I’ve worked with other phones that just – aren’t.

As an Android device goes, this experience is clean out of the gate – at least, as passed to me by Samsung. It was exceedingly easy to set up and get going. The 1GHz Hummingbird processor coupled with up to 16GB of internal storage makes this a phone that can handle nearly anything you request of it. Keep in mind there’s also a microSD slot capable of handling up to 32GB cards.

The default camera app works well enough for still images and video. The mechanism did produce quite a large amount of horizontal line noise in low-light conditions, though. There are two cameras on the device: the back camera is a 5MP auto-focus unit. The front camera is a VGA-quality, perfect for video calls.

The default menu bar, when opened, allows you to quickly toggle WiFi, Bluetooth, Silent operations and Vibration. This makes it a snap to change between various modes of operation.

Sim and microSD slots are only accessible if you remove the back cover. While this may seem to be a bit of a pain to some, I am going to assume it was done to keep dust and debris from collecting in the spaces when they aren’t being used (and to protect your cards from damage when they are). The USB port has a sliding cover over it. Again, I feel this was done to help protect the area – and that is a plus for me.

Under the cover, you’ll find the Android credentials overlayed with Samsung’s own TouchWiz 3.0 interface. You are able to disable TouchWiz and run Android exclusively if that is your preference. However, TouchWiz gives you the same sort of integration that you’ll find in other popular devices on the market. After setting up your Google accounts, you have the option of quickly connecting your social networks: Facebook, Twitter and even MySpace. You can pull your various friends in as contacts if you wish, just as we could with the Samsung Wave.

The default array of apps is quite nice, including many popular choices. These included familiar standbys such as Layar, the Aldiko eBook reader, AllShare, Daily Briefing and Social Hub. One very cool feature is having the ability to have both Android Market and Samsung Apps in the menu.

There are a few issues that I should point out. No phone is perfect, and this one is not an exception to that rule. There are some slight lag issues when performing certain tasks: opening the email inbox, viewing a selected message and having pop-up contextual messages seeming to hover on the screen a few seconds longer than they should. New SMS alerts are not removed from your notification bar until you actually tap the new conversation bubble and open it in a new page/pane. This isn’t a big “deal,” but it does cause you to go through an extra step every time you receive a new text.

Overall, I feel the Samsung Galaxy S will make a great smartphone for many of you out there. The positives definitely far outweigh the negatives with this device. It’s well made, has clear call capabilities and has pretty impressive multimedia skills.

Google Android can Park Your Car

If you’re anything like me, road rage sets in when you’re trying to find a parking place. Snagging a spot – even one far from your destination – can be a royal pain in the ass much of the time. If you happen to be the owner of a phone with Google’s Android operating system, though, there’s an app for that! The new Open Spot app (released today by Google) will help you find a parking spot within moments.

Open Spot (still in beta) plans to save users more than just time and gas money. They also aim to cut down on pollution by reducing the amount of time driving around trying to hunt down an open space. The app will show you all empty spaces within .9 miles of your current location. They’re color-coded to tell you how long ago someone reported the spot as empty (Red for freshly-marked spots, orange for spots marked over 5 minutes ago, and yellow for spots marked over 10 minutes ago). Spots disappear after twenty minutes, so don’t dawdle.

This type of app can really work well if it’s widely used. When you vacate a parking place, you’ll let Open Spot know about it so that someone else can nab it. Likewise, they report to the app when they take off so the next poor sap driving in circles can find a place to park their beloved vehicle. Rinse… and repeat!

What are your thoughts? Is this something you’ll start using?