Verizon 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: 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)
While being here in BlackBerry World 2012 I have seen many cool things that are coming to the BlackBerry and PlayBook and one of the cool features at the keynote general session, shown by Vivek Bhardwaj was the camera feature being developed for BlackBerry 10 that allows you to detect faces and turn back frames to capture that magic moment.
Today, RIM unveiled its vision for the BlackBerry® 10 platform at the BlackBerry World conference in Orlando and released the initial developer toolkit for native and HTML5 software development. The toolkit is available today in beta as a free download here
For my second installment on the Motorola Razor MAXX. After having a week or so to evaluate this phone, I have to say Motorola and Verizon Wireless have down it again. The MAXX not only looks good, but performs like a champ. The touch screen reacts very well, doesn’t miss a beat. Very easy to expand and shrink the screen with two fingers. The picture is crystal clear.
Another great feature of the MAXX is on the unlock screen. You can go straight to the camera without having to open the phone and then find your shortcut. Once in camera mode, you can switch between still shots and movie camera without leaving the app. The native browser runs very smooth, better than my Droid X. I am very pleased with the MAXX. Below are the spec’s for the MAXX. To purchase the MAXX head over to Verizon Wireless
Motorola RAZR MAXX
8.0MP camera with launch from lock screen
Front Facing HD Webcam (1.3 MP, 720p HD video recording)
1080p HD Video capture with image stabilization (Rear Camera)
1080p HDMI Mirror Mode output to your HDTV or monitor
Gallery App with access to your images as well as photos & comments from your social networks
My Gallery App with access to your images, MotoCast™ videos and images, as well as photos & comments from your social networks
Music App offers Podcast, Internet Radio, LastFM integration
3.5mm Headset Jack
MotoCast lets you stream your music (including your iTunes and Windows Media Player playlists) from your home or work computers
Bluetooth® Stereo Wireless Technology
Bluetooth Low Energy (Profiles supported: HRM Heart Rate Monitor, GATT/ATT Attribute Profiles, GAP Generic Access)
Verizon Wireless was kind enough to send us a Motorola RAZR MAXX to evaluate. First impression, this phone is fast. I currently have a Droid X from Motorola, and after about 1.5 years of faithful service, the Droid performs great, but when I got my hands on the RAZR MAXX, I realized how slow my phone is. One of the things I use my current phone for is pictures of my kids. The thing that is frustrating about the Droid X is the amount of time it takes to boot up the camera. On the RAZR MAXX, not only can you unlock the phone straight to the camera, it is almost instantaneously ready for a picture. I have used plenty of phones in the past but none as fast as this one.
The 4G connection to the internet is also outstanding. I have been a 3G user since my Droid X and this one is outstanding.
Here is a brief list of the hardware that makes this phone so fast.
S4BB improved the already popular Smart WiFi application with the latest v2.0 that adds lots of new features. The new version has an improved stability and comes with a new functionality; Bed Time option! This function allows you to automatically switch off your WiFi when your sleeping, saving battery power. How it works: SmartWiFi leverages from the BlackBerry® always being connected to the network carrier