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)

 

VERIZON TO OFFER iPHONE 5 ON ITS 4G LTE NETWORK ON SEPT. 21

iphone 5

VERIZON TO OFFER iPHONE 5 ON ITS 4G LTE NETWORK ON SEPT. 21

Pre-Order Sales Begin on Sept. 14

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of America’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network covering more than 75 percent of the U.S. population, today announced it will offer iPhone 5 on its 4G LTE network beginning Fri., Sept. 21 at 8 a.m. (EDT).  Customers will be able to pre-order iPhone 5 online beginning Fri., Sept. 14 at 3 a.m. (EDT) at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone.  iPhone 5 will be available starting at $199.99 for the16 GB model, $299.99 for the 32 GB model and $399.99 for the 64 GB model with a new two-year customer agreement.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing-fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology – all while delivering even better battery life.  iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features, including the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook® integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages.

“Customers come to Verizon Wireless for a premier wireless experience, and iPhone 5 combined with our 4G LTE network is an outstanding combination,” said Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless CEO.  “The availability of our 4G LTE network means customers get the reliability they value and the technology they need, regardless of where they roam on our network.”

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is currently in more markets than all other U.S. wireless providers’ 4G LTE networks combined.  The company continues its roll-out of 4G LTE and has committed to introducing the service in 400 markets by year-end.

Customers purchasing iPhone 5 will also want to purchase a Share Everything Plan beginning at $40 monthly access and $50 monthly account access that includes unlimited voice, unlimited text, picture and video messaging, and a data plan that can be shared with up to 10 devices on a single account.  And, customers wanting to use FaceTime on their iPhone 5 can do so using any Verizon Wireless data plan allowance.

Global Ready

Verizon Wireless iPhone 5 customers can stay connected in over 220 countries for voice and over 205 for data, with 140 offering 3G speeds.  Global service at Verizon Wireless carries 24-hour customer service from trained Verizon Wireless U.S. based employees. More information on Verizon Wireless Global Plans is available at www.verizonwireless.com/global. iPhone 5 will be available at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide and online at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone beginning Fri., Sept. 21. Additional details will be available at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone.

For more information on iPhone 5, please visit www.apple.com/iphone.

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.

Verizon Wireless Announces Blackberry Curve 9310

Blackberry Curve 9310

Verizon Wireless let us know the Blackberry Curve 9310 is available from Verizon Wireless as of July 12th.

Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® Curve9310 smartphone, a stylish new smartphone for socially-connected customers.

 

The BlackBerry Curve 9310 is a slim and easy-to-use smartphone ready to help customers make the move from a basic phone to a smartphone.  It includes all the core BlackBerry messaging and social-centric applications that let customers easily connect to the people and things that matter most to them.  Running on BlackBerry 7.1, the Curve 9310 also features the iconic BlackBerry keyboard for quick and easy typing and a dedicated BBM key for instant access to RIM’s popular mobile social network.

 

Facebook® and Twitter apps allow customers to easily interact with their social network in real time, and, with the new Social Feeds 2.0 app, they can post updates to multiple social networks simultaneously and capture updates from news sources (RSS feeds), social apps and instant messaging apps, all in one consolidated view.

 

Additional features:

 

·         3.2-megapixel camera – easily share pictures and video with friends through text, BBM, Facebook and Twitter

·         VZ Navigator® capabilities for customers to receive audible turn-by-turn directions to millions of points of interest and share directions withothers

·         On-device Parental Controls – customers can grant as little or as much access to the Internet, social networking and messaging as they see appropriate.  Create a select list of contacts for both incoming and outgoing calls

·         microSD card slot with support for up to 32 GB

 

Pricing and availability

 

·         The new BlackBerry Curve 9310 smartphone will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com starting July 12 and will be in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks for $49.99 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.

·         New customers who purchase the BlackBerry Curve 9310 will need to subscribe to a Share Everything plan starting at $80 monthly access for unlimited talk and text messaging and 300 MB of data.  Customers can visit www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything for additional information on data plans.