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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II 161

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:Samsung Support (Score:4, Insightful)

    by thegarbz ( 1787294 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @07:44PM (#35195278)
    I couldn't disagree more. Well I agree on some parts. Keis is a retarded piece of crap, but it runs just fine on every version of windows i've tried including 64bit variants. By fine I mean as much as iTunes runs fine. After all that is exactly what they were going for. Update to Froyo was painless and I wated longer on my carrier then on Samsung.

    As for the GPS, mine obtains quality locks within 10-20 sec, and for kicks we drove through the city once with my phone, the Navigon app and my Garmin GPS. The phone did great, the Garmin kept dropping out and thinking w were on the wrong street.

    Sucks that you had a bad experience, but as long as Samsung release the promised 2.3 update for my phone, this will be the first in a many long line of Samsung devices I throw my money towards. - Posted from Galaxy S
  • Re:Good (Score:4, Insightful)

    by karnal ( 22275 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @08:12PM (#35195402)

    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.
    I currently have to have a breakout connector for my HTC Fuze (yes, I know, outdated - but I'm holding out for dual core goodness) and am just as miffed at it for not having a dedicated 3.5 audio jack. I mean really, what's the point? Having to carry another breakout cable with me to gain basic functionality is something I will not consider again in a portable device.

  • by shallot ( 172865 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @08:33PM (#35195508)

    2010 was no doubt the year of the smartphone, but it feels like the market is bordering on saturation. There are just soooo many devices out there.

    Yeah, look what the proliferation of PCs in 1990s did to the computer market. [...] Wait, what?

    Dammit, you can't claim saturation *at least* until everyone has at least a handful of them. :)

  • by JanneM ( 7445 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @08:46PM (#35195612) Homepage

    A tablet with video output would be very convenient for presentations, though. Quite a lot of people do slide presentations as part of their work - researchers, university teachers, salespeople and public relations-people and many others. This would mean one less reason to bring a notebook in addition to - or instead of - your tablet.

    For presentations the port absolutely has to have a VGA output or be easily converted to it. Most projectors in public venues have only VGA input - I've yet to see a digital input offered anywhere so far - and without it, a tablet would be useless for this.

  • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @10:31PM (#35196154) Journal

    With all the good, you can't get anything onto it except via wireless or a dongle (connector cable to a PC), and you can't expand the memory (no microSD or SD slot, no usb). The connector has promise (USB, audio, control, display port), but it's a rare beast right now, so if PDMI fails, it's an instant dead end.

    It also lacks a GPS chip, which means you're reliant on the cell network location for crappy mapping location services, or location via wi-fi. Hell, if I have wifi, I can just ask the guy at the table next to me where I am.

    This might be interesting if it comes in at under $300. Otherwise it's going to be a pretty big yawn-fest.

  • by Salvo ( 8037 ) on Sunday February 13, 2011 @10:33PM (#35196164)

    The fact that carriers refuse to let software updates through is pathetic. Anyone who can't get their software updated *within the warranty period* should return the device for warranty.

    I think Microsoft have the right idea of enforcing Manufacturers and Carriers to be no more than one software update behind, but it certainly has affected them in their market penetration.

    If you purchased an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch in the last 2 years (new, retail), you can still get the current OS. It may not work as well on "mature" hardware (such as the iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch), but you can install it.

  • I'd assume you buy a PDMI dock with both a USB port and an HDMI port (with internal DisplayPort->HDMI converter), and then you can plug in a self-powered USB hub and connect devices that way.
  • Re:Samsung Support (Score:3, Insightful)

    by pointybits ( 818856 ) on Monday February 14, 2011 @12:38AM (#35196628)
    According to this [xda-developers.com] all the other Australian carriers already have it. Some European phones have an official version 2.2.1 upgrade now, which is a huge performance improvement. You can flash custom ROMs with this as a base. Also Cyanogenmod 7 for SGS, based on Gingerbread, is in alpha testing.
  • by Vectormatic ( 1759674 ) on Monday February 14, 2011 @04:31AM (#35197330)

    If you purchased an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch in the last 2 years (new, retail), you can still get the current OS. It may not work as well on "mature" hardware (such as the iPhone 3G and 2nd Gen iPod Touch), but you can install it.

    Then what is the point? i have a 3g ipod touch (8gb, so 2g hardware), and yes i run iOS 4.0, what did that get me over 3.x? a 3d-ish effect on the pinned appes bar at the bottom of the screen, conversation threading in the mail app (which is still miles behind the various gmail apps on other platforms) and the ability to make "folders" on my homescreen with multiple apps in them.. in return i get reduced performance when doing most things (ipod app loads slower then before etc..)

    Sure, the update works on my ipod, but to me it provides 0 value, if someone magically reverted my ipod back to 3.x, i wouldnt bother with the 4.x update again

  • Re:My Galaxy S (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Vectormatic ( 1759674 ) on Monday February 14, 2011 @04:35AM (#35197350)

    Galaxy S fag here

    I stopped reading right there

    Please leave your 4chan lingo at the door

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