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 Tab™ 7.7 (Verizon)

Thanks to Verizon Wireless, I have the chance to evaluate the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7.  First impressions, It is very fast and thin.  This tablet is sturdy for its size and extremely easy to carry around. The 4G LTE signal has been great and very fast.  The Wi-Fi radio is also very strong able to pick up signals better than some of my laptops.  I am impressed with the ease of use and some of the factory installed apps.  It picked up my gmail just fine, and also other accounts that I have.  The Galaxy Tab is quick to respond to whatever I have asked it to do.  My children have a good time using the Wet Paint app that allows them to draw pictures and save them to the tablet.  On other platforms, I have had problems with this app, but on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 it worked flawlessly.  I am able to run Angry Birds with no problems, all screen transitions and graphics run smooth.  This tablet seem to have a better picture than some of the others I have encountered.  Below is a list of features from the Verizon Wireless website.  I am going to try to get the Home Theatre Manager app to run on the Galaxy Tab and will report on it next week.

Carrier Verizon
Form Factor Touch Screen, Tablet
Color Light Silve
Operating System Android 3.2, Honeycomb
Camera (Front) 2.0 Megapixel
Camera (Rear) 3.2 Megapixel
Features Auto Focus; Shot Modes, Action, Panorama, Single, Smile; Smile Shot; Geo-tagging; Editing Modes; TV-Out with HDMI Dock or Adapter; Online Image Uploading
Camcorder Video capture and playbac
Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.74″ x 5.24″ x 0.31
Weight 12 Ounce
Battery 5100mAh
Usage Time Up to 13 hrs in 3G; Up to 12.5 hrs in 4G LTE
Standby Time Up to 16.25 Days in 3G; Up to 10.4 Days in 4G LTE
Internal 16GB
External 32GB
SD Card SDHC/SHD SD Card
Frequencies and Data Type 1x/EV-DO RevA/LTE: 850/1900/700MHz
Data Speed 4G LTE
CPU Samsung Exynos 4210 1.4GHz Dual-core
Main Display Resolution 1280 x 800 WXGA
Main Display Size 6.5″ x 4.06″
Main Display Technology Super AMOLED™ Plus
User Interface Widgets; TouchWiz™ ; Social Hub; Smart Unlock
Audio Music Player; Compatible Music Files, AAC, AAC+, AC3, eAAC+, IMY, FLAC, MID, MP3, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; Ringtones, Polyphonic; MP3/Music Tones
Video Video Player; Compatible Video Files, 3G2, 3GP, AVI, DivX/XviD, FLV, H.263, H.264, MKV, MPEG4, WMV; Video, Streaming
Fun and Entertainment Downloadable Content; Wallpapers, Animated; Samsung Widget Gallery; Samsung Media Hub; Netflix
Business and Office Microsoft® Office-compatible; OCR/Business Card Scanner; vCard/vCalendar; Voice Memo; Quick Office Pro HD
Messaging Options Email; Corporate Email; Instant Messaging; Swype™ ; Predictive Text (XT9®)
Sensor Type Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Digital Compass, Proximity

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

Motorola Elite Silver Bluetooth Headset

Motorola Silver EliteVerizonWireless has been kind enough to let us evaluate the Motorola Sliver Elite bluetooth headset.  I have been using this wonderful headset with my Motorola Droid X phone, and am very pleased.  It is very comfortable to wear on my ear.  One thing I really like about this headset compared to others that I have tried, I can talk to people in my car and they can hear me just fine.  I have a very high road noise in my car and have not found a headset that is able to cancel the road noise as well as this one has.  The battery has an amazing talk and non-talk time.  I left the headset in my glove compartment for a week, and needed to use it, when I put it on the nice lady in the headset let me know when I connected that it still had over 2 hours of talk time left. This is the first bluetooth headset that has survived a week in my glove box and continued to have charge.  The case for charging is very cool.

Overall, I have to give this product a thumbs up from the staff and myself at Blitz Mobile.

Here is the description from VerizonWireless

The Motorola Elite Sliver allows you to pair your headset with your phone with quick tap. The inclusion of HD Audio Plus increases clarity and provides richer sound for all your conversations with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk™ dual-microphone noise cancellation technology. With an extended roaming range of up to 300 feet, you can walk away from your phone without disconnecting your conversation. The Motorola Elite Sliver also work with the My MotoSpeak application to read, dictate and send text messages hands-free. The new My MotoSpeak application adds the capabilities for users to initiate and send text messages without touching or holding their phone. Weighing in at just under half an ounce, The Motorola Elite Sliver stylish protective charging case recharges the headset for a total of up to 15 hours of talk time without needing to search for a power outlet.

  • HD Audio Plus with true wideband audio and CrystalTalk™ dual-mic technology enable increased clarity and richer sound.
  • NFC technology pairs device to NFC-enabled phones in one tap.
  • Extended roaming range up to 300 feet.
  • Integrated with My MotoSpeak to hear incoming messages, speak outgoing texts and send without ever touching your phone.
  • Up to 15 hours of talk time4 when combined with the included charging case.
  • Weighs less than half an ounce and can barely be seen when worn.

Click here to purchase from VerizonWireless