It's always fun to receive new gadgets from companies, one of our latest is the Samsung Focus from Microsoft.
I must admit– I subconsciously doubt almost every touchscreen phone. It's a bad habit, I know, but I just automatically assume they won't work as quick and effectively as, well, yanno… that other phone with the fruit symbol. But once again my doubts are proven to be unfounded– the Samsung Focus not only has a touchscreen that work darn-near flawlessly, the start up is quick (this means the world to us BB users), and the display screen is bright, clear, and quite gorgeous.
The main differentiating feature that makes the Samsung Focus unique is its navigation. The "windows" or "tile" menu makes navigating easier and faster, allowing you to be updated on everything (messages, Facebook, calls, etc) without having to open and close multiple applications, ergo, you can focus on what matter to you the most. That sounds kinda cliche', but it's true. Other notable features: its light-weight and slim size, Xbox LIVE and Zune integration, and "audience noise reduction" feature for crystal clear calls.
For more Tech specs and to purchase, go here.
The new Samsung 9-series
The age old "Mac vs PC" debate/rival has been nearly pointless to some, as Apple has shown that Macs are truly in a league of their own, and Apple's monumental success in the past decade has solidified that truth. But these days, companies are just saying "f*ck it, if we can't beat em, let's join em". And that's EXACTLY what Samsung is doing. Two of their most recent products — the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Samsung 9-series not only rival Apple's iPad and Airbook, but many (yes many) boost that they outshine them too.
Sidenote: I wish Samsung would send us "samples" to review these products first hand, but for now we'll give you the specs, photos, and links. (if any Samsung rep is reading this article, we'd LOVE to try out these products… that goes for Apple too *wink wink*)
Samsung Galaxy Tab
To sum it all up, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is smaller and lighter, and it has the same speed processor but twice the RAM. Like the iPad, the Galaxy Tab comes with different options for internal storage. It also supports up to 32GB of expandable storage; (The iPad is limited to the internal space only.)
You know how Apple is infamous for leaving off features that they could easily include, just to make you buy the new one? (Case in point: leaving video-recording off the iPhone and a camera off the iTouch when they first came out). Well, The Galaxy Tab gives us the best they have to offer on the first go-round with TWO cameras — a rear-facing 3.2-megapixel camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting — and of course the Apple iPad has none (even though we all know that it could). Samsung's Galaxy Tab states that it has 7 hours of video playback, while the iPad states that it can last up to 10 hours.
As far as software goes, the Galaxy Tab's Android 2.2 operating system totes many features or "selling points" that Apple's iPad lacks, like full-featured multitasking, support for Adobe Flash, GPS on all the models, and unrestricted access to applications.
Don't get me wrong, I love a Mac (I'm using a MacBook Pro right now, and I have the new iTouch) but I love that Apple has some competition, it'll make them give us all the best features at once instead of over a span of 2-3 years. And this Galaxy Tab seems to be a mix of the iPad and Amazon Kindle with lots of extra bonuses. PLUS you can get it through a number of outlets (basically every network: Verizon, Sprint, T-mobile, etc).
Though I would usually choose a Mac, in the case of the touch-screen tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab seems to win because of its size, two-cameras, and support of flash — so I can watch all my Adobe Flash supported online TV shows and movies without getting the dreaded "Flash Player not available for your device" message. I can totally respect Apple for wanting Adobe to improve on its product, but I mean…. I needs my Flash on my iTouch, lol, and in this case iPad. With that said, Apple is an American company, so that alone might just lead me to purchase an iPad instead and tolerate its lack of Adobe Flash support… extra stress on the "might".
The Samsung Air, I mean, Samsung 9-series , gives it to us again by rivaling the MacBook Air and becoming the world's thinnest laptop. Its dapper black outer-casing is said to be made out of Duraluminum, which Samsung claims is the same kind used for building aircrafts… some folks think it's just brushed aluminum, I say it's easier to just believe them. The 9-series also has better speakers than the MacBook Air and comes with higher RAM, but besides that they're virtually the same.
So this just comes down to PC vs Mac -or- silver laptop vs black laptop. While I think Samsung's Galaxy Tab pretty much beats the Apple iPad, I think the MacBook Air still sorta beats the Samsung 9-series… just because it's still a Mac at the end of the day (that's just me though, the person who's using a Mac right now).
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You know how we love to have the "fun giveaways" on Fridays… So today, we have cellphones. I know you're probably like, "where does this stop… you guys have EVERYTHING, this is amaaaazing!" Lol, well, thank you, you're amazing too, and it does not stop for now. And today, yes, we're actually giving away phones courtesy of Pantech and AT&T.
Urban Gent Review: The Pantech Laser is one of AT&T's newest additions to their lineup — and a quite nice one I may add. The Pantech Laser is indeed touch screen, has the thinnest sliding keyboard on the market (less than 1 inch), and has a display that it quite simply gorgeous – the screen is crystal clear, so everything looks great and is easy to read. The phone's interface is swift and offers alot of customizations/personalization options (I like the classic animated clock). And of course the new Pantech Laser has a music player, camera, video camera, and turn by turn GPS. If you're on the market for a new phone, this just might be the one for you. Watch a demo here and read more details about the key features below:
- Fast 3G connectivity via AT&T's HSDPA/UMTS network (850/1900 MHz bands; 3.6/7.2 Mbps speeds with network availability).
- GPS navigation capabilities via optional AT&T Navigator service includes audible turn-by-turn directions, real-time traffic updates, and re-routing options.
- Quick Access to social networking sites including AT&T Social Net, Facebook and more
- 3.1-inch touchscreen AMOLED display (480 x 800 pixels, 262K color depth)
- Customizable Menu screens and widgets with three screen menu tabs for contacts, messaging, and favorites.
- Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard
- 3-megapixel camera/camcorder with up to 8x digital zoom
- Multi-format music player compatible with MP3, WMA, and AAC/AAC+ formats
- Bluetooth connectivity includes profiles for communication headset, hands-free car kits, and the A2DP Bluetooth profile–enabling you to wirelessly stream your music to a pair of compatible Bluetooth stereo headphones or speaker dock.
- Memory expansion via microSD card slot with support for optional cards up to 32 GB.
- 150 MB internal memory storage
- Full messaging capabilities including SMS text, MMS picture/video, Mobile E-Mail, and IM instant messaging (via popular services including AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger, and Google Talk)
- Web browser
- Organizer tools including calendar, alarm clock, and more
- Airplane mode allows you to listen to music while the cellular connectivity is turned off.
Originally $399.99, but now down to $149.99 or $99.99 (w/ contract).
You can purchase the Pantech Laser here, for $99.99 (w/ contract).
We'll be giving away two today (and one next week). Matter of fact, this is probably a good time to tell you that next week we're going to have a mega huge Urban Gentleman Holiday Giveaway, where there will be one grand prize winner that will receive a combination of just about all the other giveaways. We'll go into more details later, but go ahead and tell everyone you know so y'all can prepare to go ham on our Facebook, Twitter, and blog next week.
2 readers will be chosen today. To win you must comment on this post, comment on our Facebook, and/or re-tweet on Twitter. Link to us on your Facebook/Twitter pages, tell all your friends and associates, and tweet/facebook like crazy… These are $400 phones, that you can have for the freeskie, so ready-set-getterdone!
There's so many headphones out there these days, so it's hard to know which ones to purchase. We did a review of few in the Best Headphones article last year, and today we want to add one more to the list.
V-MODA Crossfade LP. I've been using these for about 2.5 months ( they came out in July for $249.99), and they have yet to disappoint. The styling is on point, they're comfortable (I can wear them for hours), and the sound is crystal clear. From what I've been told these are the preferred headphones by Apple employees and they're better quality than Beats by Dre. (More info and photos below:)
TheTalkyOne is a minimally-designed Bluetooth speakerphone, about the size of an iPhone that lets you make calls and stream music anywhere that you are – in the car, home or office. It is ideal for anybody that needs the added flexibility in their digital life, but doesn’t want to settle for the usual unattractive (or just down right ugly) digital products.
“no cell-phone while driving” laws
F E A T U R E S:
Crystal Clear Sound: TheTalkyOne uses best-in-class DSP, and the latest in noise reduction and echo cancellation technology
Bring Your Music with You: TheTalkyOne streams music in multiple file formats from your phone or Bluetooth enabled MP3 player, through stereo music streaming (A2DP 1.2)
Text-to-speech functionality allows TheTalkyOne to distinctly read text messages and announces the names of callers, if supported by your phone
Simple Pairing with Multipoint technology: Connect easily with 2 mobile phones. If traveling with a passenger, calls can be taken from either handset
Go Anywhere: TheTalkyOne is compatible with all major Bluetooth phones, and can be effortlessly mounted in any car, home or office interior with its versatile clip
It’s only $139, and you can get it here.
m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n:
You can read the guide for TheTalkyOne by going to novero.com, click on service, click on manual, and choose TheTalkyOne from the drop down menu.
In winter white and chrome, TheFirstOne combines a minimal fashion aesthetic with high-level functionality. It brushes effortlessly, stylishly, and conveniently into anyone vying for a higher lifestyle. This one of a kind Bluetooth earpiece includes a wide range of in-box accessories: a car cradle, wall and computer chargers, a necklace and a wearable clip.
This is hands down the best looking Bluetooth headset I have ever seen, which makes sense being that the luxury technologically savvy device retails for $149.
TheFirstOne would seriously be an ideal holiday gift for anyone that constantly wants the best digital gadgets. It’ll pair great with an iPhone or a new Blackberry… speaking of Blackberry is anyone else impatiently waiting for the new Blackberry Bold to come out, it was supposed to be out on the 11th… geez I wish they would hurry up.
For more technical information on TheFirstOne Bluetooth headset visit their website or check out the indepth review on CNET.