Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon Wireless 4G-LTE Network

Samsung Galaxy S3Verizon Wireless was kind enough to send over an evaluation unit. First impression, nice phone, like the style, like the rounded edges. Compared to some other phones, this one is easy to hold and doesn’t cut into your hand with hard corners.  The screen is impressive, with the 1280 x 720 resolution on a 4.8″ screen size makes for great web browsing and the keyboard is easy to use in the portrait mode.  I like the native Samsung keyboard as well. After playing with the keyboard, you have the ability to trace letters and entire words onto the keyboard area by touching the pencil at the bottom.  On some apps you are also able to speak where you would like to type.  The Gmail client allowed me to fill the entire email out and push the done key to send an email.  I am impressed with the accuracy of the voice recognition software on the phone.  Even better is the S Voice app from Samsung, right out of the box without training the phone, you can begin to send text messages, and make phone calls by just activating the S Voice app.  The default activation words are “Hi Galaxy”, but when you setup the app you can choose any activation words you want.  You can also double tap the home key to activate the voice command software.

I am looking forward to playing with the other features of the Samsung Galaxy S III phone over the next couple of days.  For those looking there is a spec sheet listed below.

Camera

  • Camera: 8.0MP rear facing camera with zero shutter lag and LED Flash, 1.9 MP front facing camera
  • Camcorder: 1080p HD video capture (rear camera), 720p HD Video Capture (front facing camera)

Video

  • HD video, 720p HD on–device viewing
  • DivX, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8
  • Video Player

Music

  • Audio Formats Supported: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
  • Music Player
  • Headset: 3.5mm Audio Jack

Bluetooth 4.0

  • Bluetooth® Profiles Supported: Headset, Handsfree, Serial Port, Stereo, Phonebook Access, Object Push (vCard & vCalendar only), Human Interface Device, and MAP Profiles

Web

  • Mobile Hotspot Capable
  • Video Chat/Conference Capable
  • Backup Assistant Capable
  • Wi–Fi® Capable (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Wi–Fi® Direct
  • DNLA Capable
  • Gmail; Google Talk; YouTube™, Google Calendar, Google Search, Google Maps, Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, Latitude, Google +, Places, Play Store
  • Over 400,000 apps & widgets available on Play Store
  • Device Software Update – upgrade firmware over the air

Communication

  • Text, Picture & Video Messaging with threaded messaging feature
  • Speech to Text Feature
  • Integrated Google Mobile Services , Microsoft Outlook Exchange contacts & calendar
  • S–Beam
  • Allshare Play
  • Shareshot
  • Face Unlock
  • Media Hub
  • S–Suggest (app recommendation engine)
  • Tools: Calculator, Alarm Clock, World Clock, Stop Watch, Timer, Calendar, Memo & Voice Commands
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Compass
  • Proximity sensor
  • Phonebook capacity dependant upon available memory
  • A–GPS/E911
  • TTY Compatible
  • Hearing Aid Compatibility = M4

Specifications

Network
  • LTE, CDMA/PCS/1xEVDO Rev. A (800/1900 MHz)
Dimensions
  • Dimensions: 5.4” x 2.8” x .3”
  • Weight: 4.7 oz.
Operating System
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich Platform
Display
  • 4.8” 1280×720 16M HD Super AMOLED™ display
Keyboard
  • Virtual QWERTY Keyboard
Battery
  • Standard Battery – 2100 mAh
  • Usage time – up to 15 hours OR; Standby time – up to 200 hrs
SAR
  • Head: 0.48 W/kg ; Body–worn 1.29W/kg
Memory / Processor
  • Dual core 1.5GHz processor & 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal memory (actual formatted capacity is less)
  • Supports up to 64GB microSD card (sold separately)

 

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G for T-Mobile Available on Sept. 19

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Today, T-Mobile announced the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select national retailers and dealers, and online via www.T-Mobile.com on Sept. 19. The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is a T-Mobile exclusive and the newest smartphone to join T-Mobile’s popular Galaxy S portfolio.

Also, announced today, the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is expected to cost $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a new two-year contract on qualifying Classic voice and data plan. Additionally, the Galaxy S Relay 4G may also be paired with a qualifying Value voice and data plan and two-year contract for a $99.99 down payment and 20 equal monthly payments of $20 per month.

U.S. Cellular Launches Android-Powered LG Splendor

U.S. Cellular is excited to announce the launch of the LG Splendor smartphone, which is available online today and will be in retail stores by September 12. The Splendor comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), has a big and bright 4.3-inch screen and is available for $79.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. The Splendor is thin (.34”), lightweight (4.23 oz.) and stylish and comes with a VGA front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with a Cheese Shutter that allows you to take a picture just by saying “cheese.”

This smartphone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 GB of internal memory and a 4 GB memory card included. It can support up to a 32 GB memory card to help customers easily save all of their photos, music and information that is important to them. The phone is backed by U.S. Cellular’s high-speed nationwide 3G network.

Two cool features about this phone are the SmartShare and QuickMemo technology:

  • Smartshare DLNA media sharing allows users to easily and quickly display photos and videos from their phone to a larger-screen device, wirelessly.
  • QuickMemo lets users personalize any screen shot using their finger and a little imagination – people can send photos with handwritten notes, doodle on their favorite picture and share news with their own headlines.

All in all, the LG Splendor can simplify and enhance customers’ with a variety of features to meet their needs.

LG Splendor is Available at U.S. Cellular Here.

Verizon Wireless Launches Feature-Packed Samsung Galaxy Stellar™ Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy Stellar

Verizon Wireless let us know about the release of the Samsung Galaxy Stellar Smartphone. See article below.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that they will offer the exclusive Samsung Galaxy Stellar starting Sept. 6 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.

The easy-to-use 4G LTE enabled Samsung Galaxy Stellar is designed to be compact so it fits easily in a customer’s hand and makes the first-time smartphone experience simple.  The Stellar features a dual interface option so customers can choose between Starter Mode or Standard Mode.  Starter Mode features a simplified home screen display with preset widgets such as Favorite Apps, Favorite Contacts and Favorite Settings for quick and easy access to frequently used apps and settings.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen. Standard Mode provides customers with a more conventional layout and gives customers the traditional Android experience.  The Stellar also includes a Help app that features guided tours and tips for changing settings and more, so customers can master their devices.

Samsung Galaxy Stellar customers can take advantage of blazingly fast 4G LTE connectivity to access an array of convenient and multimedia rich apps. A suite of Amazon apps is included that offers customers easy ways to discover content such as watching movie trailers on the IMDB app, downloading audio books with the Audible app, and one-click ordering with the Amazon shopping app.  The Stellar also offers a variety of premium TV and film content for rent or purchase through the Samsung Media Hub.

The Galaxy Stellar is a SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise) approved device featuring on-device AES 256-bit encryption, enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® and support for industry-leading Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions to make working on the go secure.

Additional features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of  5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas
  • 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480)
  • Suite of Amazon apps includes Kindle, Shopping, MP3, Zappos, IMDB and Audible
  • 1.2 dual-core GHz Snapdragon application processor
  • Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich – support for Google Mobile Services including Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Google Maps and access to more than 600,000 apps available to download from Google Play
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus
  • Backup Assistant Plus – media management and online storage service designed to help customers store and access media content such as music, videos, pictures, documents and contacts.

Business features:

Samsung’s SAFE enterprise mobility solutions provide flexibility and connectivity for mobile workforces, ensuring that users are able to operate more efficiently while on–the-move.

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) – communicate directly with your Microsoft Exchange Server enabling push email, calendar and contacts
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) Support from Industry-Leading Solutions Providers – supports industry-standard VPN protocols to help users efficiently tap into VPN networks and MDM capabilities that allow IT departments to effectively safeguard employees’ mobile devices and corporate data.
  • On Device Encryption –SAFE helps prevent unauthorized access to mobile data by leveraging the AES 256-bit encryption standard, encrypting all data, including app-specific internal data and internal/external memory.

Verizon Wireless And Motorola Add Three New And Exclusive 4G LTE DROID RAZR™ Smartphones

Verizon Wireless let us know about three new exclusive Motorola smartphones in the RAZR series. See article below.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and LIBERTYVILLE, IL — Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility today announced that they are adding three new and exclusive smartphones, DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD, to the DROID RAZR by Motorola family on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

All three devices offer the power and reliability that customers have come to expect from Motorola and Verizon Wireless.  DROID devices give customers speed, power and revolutionary technology, while the RAZR design delivers a thin, compact device built with strong, top-of-the-line materials and long-lasting battery life.  The new smartphones are powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, giving customers the capability to simultaneously talk and browse the Web and also access the blazingly fast speeds that cover more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.  With three brand new options, this lineup has something for everyone.

DROID RAZR M: The Full-Screen PhoneDROID RAZR M

DROID RAZR M is an unbelievably compact smartphone that puts the world in the palm of your hand with an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display.  Customers will be amazed with the DROID RAZR M’s design, which is significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR, yet includes the same size display, making it the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphone.

DROID RAZR M also features powerful Web browsing capabilities by combining Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network with the speeds of Chrome for Android mobile browser for an unrivaled mobile Web experience.

The DROID RAZR M’s SMARTACTIONS feature maximizes battery efficiency with every charge, allowing customers to browse the Web and watch videos without worrying about draining their device’s battery.

DROID RAZR HD

DROID RAZR HD: Performance and Power

Building on the DROID RAZR legacy, the new DROID RAZR HD expands the innovation with a new 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that allows movies, photos, magazines and even websites to appear with vivid clarity.  DROID RAZR HD provides customers with 78 percent more pixels for a more vibrant display and features 40 percent greater battery capacity than the original DROID RAZR.

The viewdini app is at its best with the HD display and 4G LTE speeds to watch movies, television shows and other video content.  Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources.  The viewdini app can be downloaded from Google Play.

 

DROID RAZR MAXX HD: Long Live the Battery DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Packed with the same leading features as DROID RAZR HD, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD raises the industry standard for battery life with 32 hours of normal use.  The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is remarkably thin, yet packs sufficient battery power for 13 hours of straight video playback, enough to watch a movie trilogy without needing a charge.  Customers also have enough battery life to talk the day away with up to 21 hours of continuous talk time or browse the Web on 4G LTE for up to a full eight hours.

A Trilogy of Premium Design, Speed and Features:

  • 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
  • Interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more
  • Quick Settings can be accessed directly from the home screen so customers can easily manage their volume profile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, GPS and more
  • Enhanced Help Guides provide interactive tutorials, help topics and tips to become a DROID RAZR expert
  • Global Ready so customers can have voice and data service in more than 205 countries
  • Business ready with enterprise grade security and data encryption, remote wipe, complex password support, IPsec multi-headed VPN client and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting
  • NFC-enabled so customers can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, DuPont KEVLAR® fiber and water-repellent nanocoating
  • microSDcard slot with support for up to 32 GB

The new DROID RAZRs run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by end of 2012) and come with the best of Google Mobile Services, including:

  • Chrome  for Android, giving a personalized Web experience
  • Google Play, apps and games, millions of books and songs, thousands of movies and TV shows
  • Google Maps for Android (Beta) for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
  • Voice Actions for Android, letting customers control their phones with their voice
  • Google+, which can automatically upload photos to a private album online
  • YouTube, watch videos in stunning HD, Preload subscribed channels or individual videos and the YouTube app will automatically download videos over Wi-Fi while the phone is charging – making them ready to watch in an instant

Pricing and Availability:

  • DROID RAZR M will be available for pre-order starting today, September 5th, at 5 p.m. ET at http://www.verizonwireless.com/droidrazrm and will be available on September 13th in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at http://www.verizonwireless.comfor the introductory price of $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. The DROID RAZR M will be available in either Black or White.
    • DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available before the holidays. The DROID RAZR HD will be available in either Black or White and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available in Black.
    • Customers who purchase a DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD or DROID RAZR MAXX HD will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless data plan. Share Everything Plans allow customers to add smartphones to their account for $40 monthly access. For additional information, customers should go to www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything.

Pantech Marauder™ To Launch On The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

Pantech MarauderVerizon Wireless let us know about the release of the Pantech Marauder on their 4G LTE Netowrk

Here is the Article from Verizon Wireles:

BASKING RIDGE, NJ and HAUPPAUGE, NY — Verizon Wireless and Pantech today announced the 4G LTE-powered Pantech Marauder is coming exclusively to America’s largest 4G LTE network starting Aug. 2.  The Pantech Marauder provides first-time smartphone customers with a dual-interface option, allowing customers to fit the device to their lifestyles or specific needs.

Brought to market by Personal Communications Devices, LLC (PCD), the Pantech Marauder offers customers the option to choose between Starter Mode and Standard Mode.  Starter Mode is a simplified and more intuitive experience that is perfect for those who are new to the smartphone world.  This option eases first-time customers into the smartphone experience with the help of four easy-to-learn home screens featuring preset widgets and an uncluttered, easy-to-use lock screen.  Starter Mode also features a quick dialer icon that allows customers to make phone calls directly from the home screen.  Standard Mode is a general smartphone setting for those who are familiar with the Android experience.  It offers up to seven fully customizable home screens and a customizable lock screen with quick access to frequently used applications.  All settings are maintained when switching between modes so customers do not have to worry about losing information.

The Pantech Marauder features a virtual keyboard as well as a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, making it the perfect choice for messaging aficionados and for those who want an excellent messaging experience.  With the 5-megapixel camera, customers can take pictures, capture high-definition video, and easily share them as well as video chat with family and friends, using the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.

Additional features

  • Notification Curtain that displays quick on/off settings, phone settings, connectivity and sync, social media and email
  • On device help section provides guided tours for first-time smartphone customers to help learn the tips and tricks of their new device
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
  • Support for Google Mobile Services, including Gmail, YouTube, Google+, Google Search and Google Maps, as well as access to the Google Play Store
  • Share media with friends and colleagues wirelessly to DLNA®-enabled devices
  • Bluetooth® Version 3.0 Support Profiles: headset, hands-free, object push, advanced audio distribution (stereo), audio/video remote control, file transfer and phone book access
  • Daily Life Assistants such as clock, calendar and weather
  • Easy access email that is compatible with Microsoft® Exchange, Yahoo!® Mail, Windows Live®, AOL®, Gmail
  • microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB
  • Mobile Hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices

DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE Featuring Beats Audio Available July 5

HTC IncredibleVerizon Wireless let us know that the Droid Incredible 4G LTE with Beats Audio will be available July 5th.

According to the Verizon Wireless  blog:

 

Whether listening to music on Slacker Radio or watching the latest video from your favorite artist on YouTube, for many their smartphone is the go to spot for tunes.

With the DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, those songs will sound even better thanks to Beats Audio technology.

Beats Audio provides a rich and authentic sound across the entire mobile experience whether listening to music or playing a game. The DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE will be released on Thursday, July 5. Cost is $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate debit card with a two-year contract and data plan.

Additional features:

Lifestyle features:

  • Authentic Sound: Customers will benefit from Beats Audio, an enhanced auto tuning technology that allows users to hear music the way the artist intended. Beats Audio is incorporated across the entire experience for richer, more authentic sound and whether watching a video or playing a game, customers are sure to be impressed with the sound quality.
  • Read Later: Active readers who are constantly on-the-go can use the Read Later feature to save online content, such as news articles and website pages, to view later, even when they are offline.
  • Android Beam: Sharing YouTube videos, Google Maps locations and more with others is faster and easier than ever with Android Beam.  Android Beam is as simple as tapping two compatible phones together for users to instantly share information.

Additional features: 

  • 4-inch super LCD qHD display
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens
  • Front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor
  • Mobile Hotspot-capable to share a 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Support for up to 32 GB microSD memory card

DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX Upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich: Global Ready

Verizon Wireless let us know the following:

Motorola RAZR MAXX
Motorola RAZR MAXX

The DROID RAZR and the DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola will be the first 4G LTE smartphones on the Verizon Wireless network to be Global Ready.
The upgrade, which will begin on June 22, will also upgrade all smartphones in the DROID RAZR family to the popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

 

Ice Cream Sandwich features upgraded functionality and new features, such as Face Unlock. By looking directly at the screen, the smartphone recognizes its owner and automatically unlocks the device. It also includes Direct Access Lock Screen, which allows you to easily open camera, text messages, and dialer from the lock screen.

 

Customers can use the front camera to video chat with friends and family to share summer stories or even just to wave hello. The new Video Calling icon makes it easy to access video chatting apps like ooVoo and Tango.

 

The upgrade also enhances the voice input technology, typing your words as you speak emails or texts. Speak continuously for paragraphs at a time, add punctuation and even edit mistakes with voice input.

 

As a Global Ready device, customers with the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX will be able to have voice and data service in more than 220 countries, when subscribed to an international plan.

 

Additional information on the ICS upgrade can be found on the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola support page.

T-Mobile Introduces Its Latest Budget-Friendly Smartphone: T-Mobile Prism

T-Mobile Prism

T-Mobile let us know:

Built for first-time smartphone customers, the new Android device is expected to be available starting May 6.

 BELLEVUE, Wash., — May 2, 2012 — T-Mobile USA, Inc., today announced the upcoming availability of the T-Mobile® Prism™, the latest budget-friendly option for cost-conscious consumers looking for their first smartphone.  The T-Mobile Prism will be available to T-Mobile customers through flexible pricing options, including no annual contract paired with a T-Mobile Monthly4G™ plan or paired with a two-year T-Mobile Classic or Value plan.

Powered by Android™ 2.3 Gingerbread and featuring a 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen, the new 3G smartphone enables T-Mobile customers to easily surf the Web, access their favorite social networking sites and choose from thousands of applications to download from Google Play. The  T-Mobile Prism also makes it simple to capture and share photos and videos via its 3.2-megapixel camera with digital zoom and video recorder. With the T-Mobile Prism, customers can sync multiple email accounts, including Microsoft Exchange, Google calendar and contacts, T-Mobile contacts, and more.

The T-Mobile Prism is expected to be available at Best Buy starting May 6, at Walmart starting May 9 and available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, online via www.T-Mobile.com and at select dealers beginning May 23. The T-Mobile Prism is expected to cost $19.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan or $149.99 via no annual contract.