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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II 161

Posted by timothy
from the no-usb-what-are-you-smoking dept.
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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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 13, 2011 @06:20PM (#35194776)
    If Samsung wants the Galaxy Tab to take off, it needs to slash the price by at least a couple of hundred dollars. The first-generation tab sells for [amazon.com] $600, even though its capabilities are not so much beyond smartphones of two years ago, and you're getting Android instead of a full-featured OS.

    The trend for electronics to decrease in price does not seem to have started yet for mobile. In a sense, we're still like those saps from the early 1980s who paid thousands (in 1980s dollars!) for desktops that even then were clunky.

  • Re:Good (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 13, 2011 @10:57PM (#35196270)

    Seriously, why would I want a PDMI or whatever other type of port? I'm seriously getting sick of having to buy adapters for every device just for the sake of simple communication.

    Mainly most of us don't want to be limited to 'basic' charging and data only.

    Todays phones not only need to charge and have data connectivity, but can pump sound and video out, as well as remote control connections for media players as well as have higher capacity batteries.

    What you are seemingly asking for is a phone with a bunch of huge jacks all around it.
    Most of us don't want a USB jack for power/data, a 1/8" headphone jack for audio, a standard video connector which is limited to either composite (RCA) for the low end, or VGA (db15h) for higher end.
    The next smallest you will find for video is HDMI, which then raises the temptation for the manufacturer to add in DRM since it's supported out-of-the-protocol-box with that one.
    Not to mention high amperage charging with the current line of power hungry devices and their matching batteries.

    The genius of Apple's connector is that all of that and more is provided in one tiny *standard* connector. It's only downside is being proprietary and thus needs licensing to make/do anything with.

    (Note that it only seems non-standard because Apple was the first to have to mass produce such a thing. That in and of itself is not bad. If they would have not required any licensing and allowed anyone to duplicate it's design, things would be about as perfect as they can get. Only their choice in not opening the connector design up is why there is any problem at all.)

    The clear answer to that problem is another type of jack, equally small and genius as Apple's, but an open standard free for all to use.
    That answer is PDMI.

There is hardly a thing in the world that some man can not make a little worse and sell a little cheaper.

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