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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II 161

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung unveiled two new Android devices: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, running Android 3.0 (codenamed Honeycomb), and the Samsung Galaxy S II, running Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread). The two have been leaked over and over for days, but now we finally have the official details."
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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

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  • Re:Good (Score:5, Informative)

    by Qwavel (733416) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:37PM (#35194918)

    It has a PDMI connector.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PDMI [wikipedia.org]

    This is a docking, charing, and connection port which includes support for USB3 and DisplayPort (which is easily converted to HDMI). It is like the non-proprietary equivalent of Apple's dock connnector.

    Like you I am sad that this thing doesn't just give us a USB port, but a PDMI port will be a very good thing once they catch on and become widely supported, and if a lot of these Android tablets have PDMI ports then they will catch on soon.

    The worst thing that could happen would be for each Android manufacturer to create their own proprietary and incompatible docking port. And it must have been tempting because then they get to make extra money charging crazy amounts for accessories.

  • Samsung Support (Score:5, Informative)

    by stoolpigeon (454276) * <bittercode@gmail> on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:48PM (#35194970) Homepage Journal

    Based on my experience with my Galaxy S - I'm not going to be buying a Samsung phone again real soon.

    I just got 2.2 and the manner to upgrade was pretty lame. (Requires a PC and software that only runs on 32 bit windows) I don't expect to ever get 2.3 on it. When I bought it 2.2 was "just around the corner", which turned out to be around a year.

    The GPS is busted, Samsung has never, to my knowledge, addressed the issue and I've just come to accept that my phone doesn't have GPS. I've seen some fixes that involve opening up the phone and messing with some parts, but I'm not interested.

    The screen is gorgeous, a lot of things work well, but for what I payed ($500) I expect all of it to work well and for decent support.

  • by usul294 (1163169) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:55PM (#35195008)
    The UI changes to the homescreen would be bad on a screen smaller than 7". Multiple windows, side menus, physical buttons replaced by software buttons, size of buttons relative to the screen, this sort of thing. Essentially with the bigger screen, screen space can be taken up by secondary needs (launcher, menus, options, etc), whereas on the small screen, 95% of the screen is dedicated to the user's immediate content, and things are relatively big to improve the user experience. In Honeycomb, UI elements are smaller, and screen area can be dedicated to not just a primary task, but useful information and quick access to facets of the program formerly hidden behind the menu button.
  • Re:Samsung Support (Score:3, Informative)

    by pointybits (818856) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @07:43PM (#35195270)
    Blame your carrier, people in the rest of the world have had the 2.2 upgrade since October-November last year.

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