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Monthly Archives: March 2012

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  • By: Aldo Panessidi


    Samsung Galaxy S3


    The Samsung Galaxy S III has been the center of attention in the mobile phone blogosphere the past couple weeks. Leaks and rumors have been dropping left and right.  We comment on the more recent rumors surrounding everything related to the Samsung Galaxy S III.


    Quad-core processor: The Korea Times reports the Galaxy S III will feature a quad-core processor.


    An anonymous Samsung executive has revealed a bit of news about the upcoming Galaxy S III’s Exynos chip. It comes as no surprise that the Korean manufacturer is using its own chipset for the flagship device. It has for past iterations, and this is what we were expecting.   LTE fans that demand Exynos will be happy to see a reaffirmation from Samsung  that it is gaining LTE-capabilities.


    This is a major issue, especially within the US market place... wherein consumers,  have grown fond of the Exynos processors’ performance.   However, in the breadth, Samsung has indicated the need to use Qualcomm processors in order for their devices to be optimized for the LTE networks.


    The final whisper seem to allude that the new chipset is said to be a 32 nm silicon A9 quad-core processor, meaning that rumors of it being the Exynos 4412 are probably correct.


    Our Take: The way we see it, Samsung has two choices for the Galaxy S III. They either go with the Exynos 4412 (quad-core Cortex-A9) or the Exynos 5250 (dual-core Cortex-A15).   Most people thought the new iPad would be quad-core CPU and they were wrong, and I think Samsung's final CPU choice could also surprise people.


    Probability: deploying the Exynos 4412 CPU - 75%... deploying the exynos 5250 CPU - 25%


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    Integrated LTE: The Korea Times and other blogs report the Galaxy S III will feature a processor with an integrated LTE modem.


    Our Take: Samsung does not integrate modems with their system-on-a-chip (SoC) like Qualcomm does. We have no doubt the Galaxy S III will be LTE-capable and use a Samsung LTE modem - just like the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, but it will not be integrated into the SoC.  Maybe the Exynos 6 series will have integrated LTE, but you will not find it on Exynos 4 chips or Exynos 5250.


    Probability:  We view this as a high improbability as such we award a less that 2% possibility


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    June release: Numerous blogs are speculating the Galaxy S III will launch in June.


    Our Take: Previous reports said the Galaxy S III would launch in April, then May, and now the latest guess is June. Samsung previously said the successor to the Galaxy S II would be unveiled at “separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.” While we have no idea when the Samsung Galaxy S III will be releases , we are pretty confident to see the launch in June 2012


    Probability: We have been hearing the same rumors - we rate this as 90% truth factor


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    Wireless charging from 1-2 meters away: Korean site Daily reports the Galaxy S III will feature wireless charging that works with a dock from 1-2 meters away.


    Our Take: Several current phones already feature wireless charging, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see as part of the Galaxy S III feature list. I find it really hard to believe it would work from 1-2 meters (3-6ft!) away though. The current inductive charging standard Qi only works when the charging receptacle is almost touching the device.


    Qualcomm was working on a propriety technology called WiPowerthat increased the distance between the transmitter and receiver coils by a couple of inches, but the charge had to be transferred though another material like plastic or wood. They previewed this technology at CES 2011, but it never came to market. I heard reports from the Qi group that there were concerns of electro-magnetic radiation when the transmitter and receiver coils are not close together.


    I’d be surprised if Samsung solved this radiation problem when Qualcomm couldn’t, and I still have my doubts of this remote charging feature.  It would be awesome if they discovered a safe way to do this, but I don’t see it happening this soon.


    Probability: We award this slim 10% possibility


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    This post was posted in Accessories, General, Samsung, Smartphones and was tagged with quad-core, galaxy s3, dual-core, LTE, Galaxy S III, Galaxy, Samsung

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  • By Aldo Panessidi


     


    T Mobile Unlimited Mobile to MobileThe telecommunications conglomerates of the United States are in a continual battle to win and retain customers with any number of promotions, gimmicks, technology and good old fashioned monopolistic practices.  practically all service providers engage customers by luring them with the latest smartphones and tie them in exclusive long term (typically 3 year contracts) which they provide voice and data service at exorbitant costs.


    In an era where there is a rapidly shrinking pool of “green field” customers that are not tied to a mobile carrier or cell phone provider, these carriers have to keep pace with one another.


    With this in mind, it is little wonder that T-Mobile has a rumor floating about regarding its cell phone plans.


    According to TmoNews, there are training materials being circulated in the company that give credence to the gossip that the country’s fourth largest wireless provider will finally be adding an “Unlimited Any Mobile” phone plan.


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    The add-on is expected to be available early next month and can be added to existing T-Mobile plans for a reasonable $10 a month. The one caveat is that there are some exceptions to plans this can be tacked on to. The good news is that there are no additional contractual agreements that need to be signed to enjoy the freedom of unlimited mobile to mobile talk time.


    AT&T customers currently have this kind of plan available when choosing a contract that includes unlimited text messaging and Sprint users have long enjoyed the benefit of free mobile to mobile.  But, as we move from call-centric mobile usage to increased messaging (SMS or MMS) one wonders if this is too little too late to retain and win back lost customers.


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    Hopefully, with the latest LTE 4G capable Nokia phones and up and coming tablets, T-Mobile will find its footing once again and keep the mobile market competitive and prevent technological monopolization that leaves consumers as the loser when their choices in plans, contracts and unlocked devices become more limited in their search for the best technology.



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with unlimited mobile to mobile, unlimited any mobile, unlimited, tmonews, T-Mobile

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  • By John Castell


    T Mobile


    T-Mobile is looking to make bold moves that could potentially be game changers. In an increasingly competitive field that is being predominantly shaped both technology and device manufacturers rather than the telecommunications companies themselves, it is any wonder that T-Mobile is looking to change the game than continue to struggle with the rules of engagement as they currently stand.


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    So, when T-Mobile’s chief marketing officer, Cole Brodman voiced strong opinions relative carrier subsidies by claiming they adversely affecting the mobile industry... his words had deep and reverberating echoes.


    According to Mr. Brodman, these subsidies are doing more damage than good to the mobile industry. He explained it as “It actually distorts what devices actually cost and it causes OEMs, carriers — everybody to compete on different playing fields, and I think it is really difficult, especially from a consumer perspective, because it causes consumers to devalue completely the hardware they are using […] It is amazing hardware, but it has become kind of throw away. So, it is unfortunate, you’ve got dual-core, multiprocessor devices with amazing HD screens that get thrown away at 18 months.”


     


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    And to be fair, he has a point. We live in an era of consumption and instant gratification. If something new comes out, we want the bragging rights of being the first of our friends and family to have said technology - the Apple product lines exemplifies this consumer appetite.  The subsidies make it easier to underuse and undervalue the hardware in our hands because it is relatively easy and inexpensive to replace when signing multi-year contracts with purchase. Still, there are battery, memory and other accessories that, Cole Brodman, spoke at the most recent GeekWire technology summit in Seattle and voiced opinions about carrier subsidies that are contrary to the norm, it was an expectedly unexpected move t can extend the life and functionality of these devices.


    In fact, this may well be revolutionary talk to the current regime. With unlocked cell phones consumers can choose a carrier based on service and best plans. If the telecommunications carriers played by that game, consumers would have more choice and carriers could do what they do best: provide service at a reasonable price.


    If the other carriers choose to not follow suit, this kind of move is risky. Brodman believes that if subsidies are removed, the company could compete without the iPhone 4S series as they “have fantastic alternate choices” spanning Android, Windows, and RIM platforms.



    This post was posted in General and was tagged with telecommunications, technology, T-Mobile, subsidies, carrier

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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    Not only is Apple under fire for the factory conditions and dust explosions that have occurred at their Chinese based manufacturing locations, but according UBM TechInsights, the Silicon Valley darling is looking at a lower profit margin on its upcoming iPad3.


    The new iPad 3 will have an estimated bill of materials cost of $310, up from $270.86 on the original iPad and $276.27 on the iPad 2 based on versions at launch using 16 Gbytes memory. By selling all three at the same $629 price, Apple is cutting its profit margins about five points from 56-57 percent on the first two generation products to 51 percent on the new iPad, UBM TechInsights projected.


    iPad Models Comparison


    Apple’s profit margin on the iPad 2 will dip to an estimated 53 percent when it is discounted to $529 at the release of the new model. The iPad 2 sustains less of a hit because prices of its components are projected to have come down since its launch last year resulting in a current bill of materials cost of $248.07 for the 2012 version of the iPad 2, it said.


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    Why the cost increase? It is in large part thanks to the new iPad’s Retina display. UBM notes that those changes in display cost Apple approximately $70 compared to the $49.50 iPad2 display. In addition to the Retina display, the iPad3’s 4G LTE chips are more than double in cost to the iPad2’s 3G chips ($21 per chip compared to $10) and a more expensive A5X processor chip that adds another $6 in cost.


    iPad Prices Comparison


    One can only assume that Apple will look to periphery devices (wireless keyboards, protective cases, docking stations etc) to help close the gap in their gross profit margins for this newest iPad. But as these devices become more expensive to manufacturer, retail prices will inevitably rise. The same may be true for Apple’s line of iPhone 4S smartphone as well. These handsets will also have the more costly 4G LTE chips and increasingly more advanced displays.


    As these prices rise, it may cause consumers to take stock of what they are shelling out hundreds of dollars for. Many times, it is more cost effective to reinvest in tablet accessories and less costly peripheral devices to achieve a comparable user experience. And, as in home renovations, sometimes a fresh coat of paint or a new protective case is just as effective in revitalizing the object in question.



    This post was posted in Apple, In Depth Review, Tablets and was tagged with Tablet, new ipad, lower margins, ipad 3, ipad 2, iPad, Apple

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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    The Samsung Galaxy s3 was intended to be currently on display at the Mobile World event over in Barcelona, Spain. However Samsung later opted to decline the showing at the Mobile World Congress. In a strategic move... Samsung executives have chosen wait and give the whole world one big launch date, which is yet to be announced... although reports have it set around June of this year.   While we are still not sure whether this device will be launched as an unlocked cell phone or the related accessories to help protect, personalize and enhance its mobility... we do know that the Galaxy S 3 is slated for launch in over 50 major countries.


    Samsung Galaxy S III


    Regardless of this, it hasn’t stopped reporters getting their hands on all the specifications and features that the Samsung Galaxy s3 will have.  The details have fans frothing at the mouth and word of Apple iPhone 4S and Window based Nokia Lumia phone lovers jumping ship is happening often, people are so impressed by the reports.


    While one can argue that its only speculation, we need to consider that sources these days are never far off the money, if they are off at all.


    Samsung Galaxy S3 specs are now the topic of discussion for the tech communities across the world. The perception that the forthcoming smart phone from Samsung will set the bar very high for its competitors to follow in the days to come seems to be true.


    The following video is an excellent review of the Samsung Galaxy S 3 that whets the appetite for the highly-anticipated addition to the Android family



    The new Samsung baby is going to be 4.8 inch 1024p HD Super AMOLED Plus display with a SXGA resolution of 1280 x 1024, a lot bigger than the Samsung Galaxy S2, but a tad smaller than Galaxy Note, the 5 inch smart phone from Samsun's own stable.  Some sources claim that it will be a 3D display as well.   In any event, we can see an advanced display from Samsung, the world leader in mobile display technology.   Samsung should install a display that can really beat down the high definition Retina Display of iPhone 4S and the possible iPhone 5.


    Driving this splendid device is a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor zipping the process right along. There will be 2GB RAM. You read it right.  Reports indicate that Samsung is to make its next gen Galaxy S as powerful as a laptop.


    The hardware is encased in an ever-chic ceramic shell.  For  those that don’t care for the ceramic case, there is an ever growing array of protective cases and skins to personalize the device to your heart’s content. No matter your style, you will want to protect the 4.8 inch, “full HD” 1080p display to avoid damage and unsightly scratches with top brand bags, cases and sleeves.


    As far as camera in the new Galaxy S3 is concerned, all indication point towards the fact that it will be substantially better than Galaxy S2 and Apple’s top selling iPhone 4S. Different sources report that Samsung will mount a 12-megapixel rear camera on Galaxy S3. The current version of Galaxy S2 has an 8-megapixel rear camera.  Many recent or upcoming phones like iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia 800, Motorola Droid RAZR and HTC Rezound are also up with 8-megapixel camera. So Samsung may make its Galaxy S3 a far powerful machine for image and video capturing.


    The icing and the cherry on the cake are the 4G LTE capability and Android 4.0 OS bringing you the final touches of a smartphone that is beautifully designed and made.




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  • By Aldo Panessidi


    Is Samsung to have its tiara and sash taken away? Will Google choose another manufacturer to make the next Nexus handset and dethrone the reigning queen? And, *gasp* could it be an underdog victory for LG, the manufacturer that has had its fits and starts with Android smartphones?


    If chosen, the lagging manufacturer would get early access to the next gen version of Android which means great buzz, great press and great sales. Samsung has been a perfect example of this success model by being the vendor bringing us the two latest Nexus devices: the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus. With experience working with Google and new, major Android OS version upgrades, there are a fair number positives in the incumbent’s favor. So if they have ushered in a Nexus for Gingerbread and now Ice Cream Sandwich, will they also be cobranded with Jellybean?


    Top 5 Smartphone VendorsAnd how will LG Mobile win the bid when Samsung sold an impressive 300 million cell phones last year and is continually vying for top-smartphone brand ranking in the US? Honestly, the more likely competition will come from Google internally and its latest acquisition-in-the-works: Motorola Mobility. The tech conglomerate has made reassurances that it would not play favorites with Motorola, but… really? How would that make business sense?


    Operating System Share of Smartphone SalesIf Google does opt to dole out Nexus rights to an external manufacturer, the status will not be quite so dramatic as Motorola would still get the perk of early iteration to next gen Android OS. And, by all accounts the company’s engineering and software teams will likely work closely post-acquisition which put Motorola in a position to help shape the Android platform. There is the question of how will peripheral devices, accessory appeal and that brand association affect these contenders and what will they bring to the table in terms of docking stations and power options to garner more attention and press?


    What LG does have in its favor (despite notorious custom Android skins that have not won over customers) is their marked improvements from past years to this year’s MWC showing which introduced the optimistically improved LG Optimus 4X.  This shows ambition and a willingness to put in the work. A little bit of gumption, elbow grease, and a good ole fashioned Hail Mary Pass maybe do the trick for LG.




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