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Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2: Why to buy?

June 7th, 2012

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If you’re looking for a tablet which is portable, smaller and lighter than the iPad, then Samsung’s newly launched Galaxy Tab 2 is the one for you. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a power pack of elegant yet classy looks, decent performance, and portability and comes at price which doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. In short, it is complete value for your money.

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Samsung is now the world leader when comes to manufacturing Android devices and what they’ve done with the new Galaxy Tab 2 is quite impressive. Every part and curve boasts of the time they’ve spent in perfecting it. The Galaxy Tab series had attracted many consumers because of their richer and user centric interface and Samsung, apparently, is trying to take this idea further with the Galaxy Tab 2. So, let’s have a closer look at why this tablet could be a must-buy for us.

Interface

One of the biggest reasons to buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 instead of any other tablet available in the market is the fact that Samsung ships it with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is an upgrade to the globally appreciated Android Honeycomb. This means that all the upgrades and patches are included in this new OS.

Ice Cream Sandwich has already proved itself to be the best version of Android ever released. Better multitasking, a more responsive browser, and more customizable Operating System are just some of the highlights of the OS.

Samsung has brought its TouchWiz interface to the Galaxy Tab 2, which gives it a unique look and feel. Although it’s quite similar to the interface of other Samsung Tablets, it still manages to impress you with its look. The Screen and the way the tablet displays time are a few examples of it. Navigating through screens, jumping from app to app and playing with the settings is also easy on the Galaxy Tab 2 and it accomplishes the task quickly without any lag. Samsung has utilized the power of Ice Cream Sandwich with the 1 GHz Dual-core chip within. The onscreen keyboard also grabs our attention and is especially good when compared to the 7-inch screen of the tablet. It is clean and responds to the typing without any typos. So, tasks like sending emails or messaging will give you ease of mind, which is not possible in the case of some other 7-inch tablets.

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Games, apps and Media

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 (7.0 inch) uses Google’s default Google Play (previously known as Android Marketplace) for downloading apps on the tablet. Ever since Google rebranded its app store its usage has increased exceptionally and now, finding apps is easier than ever. Google has also changed the interface of the App store, which allows one to navigate and buy content without any glitches.

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Reading eBooks on the Galaxy Tab 2 is also easy. The 7-inch screen gives you more than enough space to read and because of its small size it is also easy to handle. You can always download the Amazon Kindle app from the Play Store to synchronize your Kindle account with the tablet to get the same reading experience like Amazon’s Kindle

Galaxy Tab 2 also gives you an unmatched video experience. The tablet is capable of playing almost any kind of format, which was not possible in the earlier version that Samsung launched.

If you’re a gaming fan, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is, perhaps, the best match for you. Simply open the Google Play, download them and start playing. It allows you to install virtually unlimited games on to your tablet. Even heavy games like Riptide and Temple Run also run seamlessly on it. You can download lots of free and paid games from the App store which, we are sure, will keep you busy for some time.

Performance

Samsung has given the Galaxy Tab 2 limitless power with the ARM-based 1 Ghz chip hence, multitasking is never going to be a pain with this one. In terms of performance too, the Galaxy Tab 2 definitely above its previous version Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Camera

The Galaxy Tab 2 has quite a decent camera at the rear and front. A 3 Megapixel camera on the rear side allows you to capture your precious moments while the 0.3 Megapixel front camera allows you to video chat. The camera quality is fairly better than what you’ll get from rival tablets.

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Videos and Music

Watching videos is going to be blissful with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. The 7-inch screen allows you to playback HD or Full-HD videos at 30 fps and with the 1 Ghz processor the videos do not stutter at all. Even listening to music via the in-built speakers is going to be adequate for general use. You can also plug in the headset or pair a Bluetooth headset for the same.

Battery Life

Samsung ships the Galaxy Tab 2 with a standard Li-on battery of 4000 mAh, which should give you, approximately, 10-12 hours of battery life. But if you are going to play videos and play games, you might drain your battery more quickly. But for a smaller tablet like this, it perfectly fits the bill.

Finally, if you are looking for a tablet which is under Rs. 20,000 and is smaller, thinner and smarter, then this is the best buy for you. Samsung has also provided an exceptionally powerful processor with the tablet which allows you to do anything you want, play games, download apps, watch or record videos, or listen to music. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is something which is affordable and gives you a feeling of getting the absolute value for your money.

With Android becoming more mature every day, we hope to see more OS upgrades in the tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, indeed, gives us the feel that it can genuinely compete with the iPad.

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Google Acquires Social Media Startup Meebo

June 6th, 2012

Google has acquired 7 year old Social Media Company – Meebo.

 Meebo, a web based chat service which turned chat into business in no time, is also an ad-platform and has a large user base of around 100 million that uses its services every month. Meebo confirmed its acquisition to Google via their blog.

Google also confirmed that the existing Meebo team will now work alongside the Google+ team. The only thing left to see is whether Google will remove the share links for Facebook or Twitter from the Meebo Toolbar or will they simply add their Google+ link to the existing bar. This acquisition can be considered a wise move because Google+ has failed to live up to Google’s expectations. With this acquisition, they might be able to add a little more social media functionality to it.

A Google official said “We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the Web, just as they do in real life. With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google+ team. We look forward to closing the transaction and working with the Meebo team to create more ways for users to engage online.”

It is rumored that Google paid approximately $100 million for acquiring Meebo. Although, for a company (Meebo) which received 5 rounds of funding totaling somewhere around $70 million, Google spending a paltry $100 million for it is, by industry standards, not very generous on their part.

TechCrunch also confirmed that “there are layoffs happening within the sales and marketing arms of the company.”

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Siri Coming to iPad with iOS 6

June 6th, 2012

Siri – Apple’s personal assistant for iOS which uses a language processor to answer your questions is expected to become a part of the iPad too.

 Up till now, only iPhone 4s has this functionality in it. But the Apple dedicated website, 9to5Mac has reported that we could expect Siri on the iPad with the launch of Apple’s latest version of iOS. We have already heard rumors of Apple integrating Facebook into iOS 6, but if this rumor comes true, the iPad fans will be way happier than they are now.

According to the report, all the features of Siri that we can see in iPhone 4s are going to be in the iPad version, except the phone related commands. There will be access to other applications like, Weather, iMessaging, Music playback, Calendar managing, Reminders, Maps integration, E-mailing, Contacts searching, Safari integration, Notes or Wolfram-Alpha searching.

The report states, “Unlike on the iPhone 4S, Siri for iPad is not a full screen experience. This makes sense given the device’s larger, 9.7-inch display. Siri on the iPad is activated by a quick hold of the home button, just like on the iPhone 4S. The interface slides up from below the display with a clever animation. Siri is built into the iPad as a small window on top of whatever interface the user is currently interacting with. This Siri window with rounded corners sits at the bottom center of the display, as you can see in our mockup above. The Siri iPad interface takes very little space over the iPad interface currently in use, and is designed with the same linen texture as on the iPhone 4S. Siri for iPad also works from the lock screen.”

What is to be seen is whether Apple will launch Siri for iPad in the upcoming WWDC 2012 or in some surprise event, just like the launch of the iPhone 4s in October 2011.

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Facebook to be Integrated into iOS 6

June 5th, 2012

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If the whispers are to be believed, Apple is all set to integrate Facebook in its all new iOS 6. 

The integration of Twitter in the iOS 5, made for some huge news and made sharing content on the micro-blogging site a lot more convenient for its users. But Apple, apparently, forgot the biggest social networking website– Facebook which left a lot of people baffled. Perhaps, we did not see Facebook’s integration into the iOS 5 because of the complexity of Facebook platform, but now, Apple seems to have changed its mind. There are strong rumors that suggest Apple is about to announce the integration of Facebook in its new version of iOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2012.

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As per a report by Tech Crunch, Apple has big plans for this year’s WWDC and that they might introduce the Facebook integration in its iOS 6. TechCrunch says “Now the two sides appear on the brink of formalizing the relationship. After much speculation, Facebook integration will indeed be baked into the latest version of iOS, we’ve learned.”

Apple was quite close to integrating Facebook into its iOS, as we all saw glimpses of Facebook integration in an unreleased version of iOS 4. But Apple went with Twitter for its main sharing service in iOS 5 instead.

At the D10 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear that they had something big planned for this year’s WWDC event and the Facebook integration into the iOS might be the big revelation at the WWDC event. However, it’s still not clear how deeply Facebook is going to be integrated into iOS 6 because Facebook is a lot more complicated than Twitter.

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However, these are just speculations and only Apple knows what they really have in store for us. So, what do you think about this? Will integrating Facebook into iOS will make your iPhone experience more pleasant? Let us know in the comments.

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Hotstagram: Who is the Hottest Instagrammer?

June 5th, 2012

Do you remember the outrageous website Hot or Not, which asked you to rate people on the basis of their appearance on their display picture, 

and which also led to the development of Facebook?

A 27 year old guy, only known as Kirk to everyone, has taken the basic concept of Hot or Not and combined it with the photos of Instagram to create a new website named – Hotstagram. Hotstagram lets you choose who has the hottest picture amongst the Instagram users.

All you have to do is open Hotstagram, choose a gender (Male or Female) from the top-right of the website and vote between two photos shown side by side. Simple right? You can also use your keyboard’s 1 and 2 key to vote quickly. The website also has a leaderboard that shows the Top 10 hottest Girls or Guys on Instagram.

So, if you want your picture to be on Hotstagram, simply tag it with #hotstagram and they’ll do it for you. In case you want to remove your picture from the website, click the flag like icon beneath your photo to remove it from the website.

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Is Your Cellphone Distancing You From the Real World

May 26th, 2012

How often have you seen couples sitting together at nice restaurants but interacting with their cellphones instead of with each other?

How can you identify which relationships are on shaky ground? It’s those families that, while travelling in the same car, have members engrossed in the own private cellphone worlds.

How often have you walked into an elevator at work and pulled out your cellphone, scrolling though old messages in order to avoid talking to an acquaintance?

Today a cellphone does so much more than simply make calls. From socialising (now conveniently touted ‘social networking’) to keeping up with an overfull email inbox at work, to saving passwords, listening to music and taking pictures, cellphones have evolved into devices that become us more than our clothes or our designations at work. Anyone without a smartphone or a BlackBerry is considered old-school; being available at all times is now no longer a necessity but a ‘given’.

But is your cellphone distancing you from real-world relationships instead of connecting you to people? Take this simple test to find out whether you’re spending too much time liaising over the phone instead of engaging in real, face-to-face conversations:

1. Would you rather read out a joke to a group of friends you’re with, or would you send them the joke through BBM, WhatsApp or text message?

2. Do you call or text your family members/roommates who are in a different part of the house instead of getting up and going to the next room?

3. Do you take calls from unknown numbers when you’re at a family dinner or at a coffee shop with friends? What about unimportant calls from known contacts?

4. Do you ping friends living in your city on Instant Messenger/send them an email,  or do you call them up to chat for a few minutes?

5. Do you usually carry your phone to the lunch table while at work? Keith Ferrazzi, in his book ‘Never Eat Alone’, writes that “invisibility is a fate worse than failure” when at work. He recommends finding out a little about a lot of topics by eating with a different person or group each day.

6. If you’re not doing anything at home, how likely are you to reach for your cellphone to update your Facebook wall or post a link on Twitter?

7. Is your phone the first thing you reach for as soon as you wake up? Do you read new emails and text messages before you get out of bed?

8. How comfortable or uncomfortable are you with leaving your phone at home for a day? How do you feel at the thought of your battery draining out and your phone being switched off for a few hours today?

If you felt even the slightest twinge of guilt while reading any of the questions above, ask yourself whether your phone is distancing you from the real world.

If you’re guilty of three or more of the above behaviours, you’re already on the road to isolation from the real world.

If you answered in the affirmative to five or more of the eight questions, you might already have withdrawn into your own shell.

This isn’t a problem that calls for a set of solutions, either from me or from anyone else. But in order to convince yourself to do something about it, check the SAR, or Specific Absorption Rate of your cellphone model. SAR measures how much radio frequency energy is emitted by the phone and likely to be absorbed by the human body. Did you know, for example, that the BlackBerry Curve ranks eighth from the top on the list of the 20 cellphone handsets emitting the highest radiation?

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The Facebook IPO

May 17th, 2012

As it stands, Facebook, the world’s third most populated ‘country’, after China and India, is going public by means of an IPO – Initial Public Offering. 

The social networking giant will start trading on the NASDAQ under the ticker FB. It has set a price range of $28 to $35 per share. However, it is expected that the stock will trade higher than the offering price, in the range of $34 to $38 per share.

In terms of pure numbers, Facebook is going to sell more than $15 billion worth of shares to investors. ATT Wireless, the current technology IPO leader, had raised more than $10 billion in 2010. As a result, Facebook’s valuation is expected to hit the $90 billion to $100 billion range – and may even go upward – depending on the actual price at which the stock trades. This offering of 421 million shares is likely to be the biggest venture-backed Internet IPO in history of all time. Shares are going to be priced today, on May 17th, with trading commencing from the 18th of May.

Facebook recently crossed the 900 million users mark, thereby giving credence to the opening factoid of this article. The company has not made its intentions clear about what it intends to do with the money, only mentioning that it may use the cash for acquisitions and expansion, to state a few.

However, this IPO is not as much of a golden egg as far as small investors are concerned. To get the shares at the offer price, you’ll need a lot of money – or friends in Facebook, high up the influential ladder – or a large account with one of the banks or brokerage firms which are directly involved in the IPO. Of course, you can buy shares once FB begins trading on the NASDAQ. Doing this would mean having to pay much more than the offering price.

Privacy Concerns

What needs to be understood is that this valuation is going to put tremendous pressure on the company to keep increasing sales and profits at a fast rate. This directly translates to more advertising on the site. Facebook has never been very forthcoming in terms of user privacy and has often found itself in the middle of privacy issues raised by users after Facebook had made changes to the site layout and various other account features.

The only real way to make money from advertising is by finely targeting its ads towards the user. To do this, it needs even more information about its users and make optimum usage of the information it already has. Facebook has practically all the details about a user, ranging from user demographic to the food outlets they prefer and the sports they like. Also, user-tracking off the website, through the omnipresent ‘Like’ button is another issue that has been raised in the past.

Advertiser concerns

Looking at the importance of ads for Facebook, it comes as a bit of a shocker when you realize that advertisers have actually been questioning the effectiveness of Facebook ads in garnering user interest. GM has already decided to take down its advertisements from FB, while maintaining its pages. The bitter truth remains, how many users actually click on ads? It is definitely not the majority.

FB on the go

Almost half of Facebook’s daily users log in from a mobile device. Mobile is one area where Facebook hasn’t made as much of an inroad as it would have liked. The mobile app is half decent at best, and mobile advertising is still in an infant stage. Mobile internet is pretty much a virgin when it comes to monetization on a similar note to the Web version, where ads are highly targeted and contextual.

Overwhelmed already

While there is no question that social media has become an essential part of our lives, it is also a fact that people are getting overwhelmed by its impact. There are a slew of social networking sites out there. There is a legion of people who use Facebook only for the bare minimum purpose of keeping in touch with friends. Twitter, Google+, Path, Pinterest etcetera are other sites which have added to the dilemma of Internet users. Add to that Facebook’s recent acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion, where it is still unclear as to how FB plans on using Instagram as a profit generating machine.

Money and future

A recently conducted survey showed that more than 50% of Americans think that the issue is over-priced. This also includes people who are regular traders. All this talk of money-making means the Facebook experience is going to become more commercial as the days pass. The latest feature which is being tested by Facebook, the ‘promoted status update’, involves users paying to have their updates made visible to more people in their friend lists.

Whether the shares will sustain in the long run is a very doubtful issue. Undoubtedly, tomorrow is going to be a great day for Facebook, its founder and its investors. However, the future of the company and how much it may further expand is a case of genuine concern, as the company is at a peak right now. More and more people are beginning to think that Facebook is a passing fad, and nothing more than that. Let’s wait and watch.

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Five Indian Blogs Men Must Follow

May 11th, 2012

Agreed you don’t have time to read newspapers any more, no time to read books. 

“Mate, I work 10-12 hours a day, you can bet your good money I have no time for all this.” Fine. But you still need intellectual stimulation. You still need to be in the know of what’s going around you. And of course you need a breather from work, a break from constantly staring at a flickering screen with boring documents, and numbers and figures. You need entertainment, a sort of power fun (like power nap), if you will, to rejuvenate yourself. So how do you get this? Blogs. They are interactive, informative and a lot of fun. Here are the top 5 blogs that we think you should follow, especially men:

Technology, Gadgets, Mobiles: Labnol, if you’re someone who likes to be on top of all the technology, gadget related development, this blog is your best bet. Digital Inspiration, founded and authored by Amit Agarwal, is one of the most widely-read tech and how-to blog. Through this blog he covers interesting topics like gadgets,web applications, tutorials, reviews of computer software and much more.

Dope on Auto industry: Carblogindia, This one is for all the automotive freaks out there. This blog is comprehensive and offers unbiased information on the Indian automotive scene. Car Blog India features news and reviews on vehicles. It also carries test drive reviews, car comparisons, and information on automobile technologies.

For a laugh: Cartoonistsatish, When you’re bummed at work and want to just relax, head to this blog page. CartoonistSatish is the brainchild of, well, Satish, who quit his MBA job to pursue cartooning. He must be good then, right? Check out his hilarious cartoons and have a good laugh.

For random observations on life, culture, offices, and travel, check Sidin Vadukut’s blog page, Whatay. He is also the author of Dork: The incredible adventures of Robin Einstein Verghese.

Books, yes, very important: Uread, This blog features book reviews, author interviews and special features. You don’t necessarily need to be a book buff to appreciate this. It features mostly Indian authors and their books, so it’s a great way of getting to know what’s cooking on the Indian literary front.

Get, set, cook: Whether you live alone or with your parents. Whether you want to impress your friends, girlfriend or wife, cooking is a great way of showing affection and love to those around you. So put on an apron and get into the kitchen. Follow the recipes on Finelychopped, and become the Masterchef of your home.

Blogs are a lot of fun, especially when you’re having a tough day at work. Who knows these blogs might even inspire you to start your own blog someday.

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ZOTAC Delivers Double Dose of Performance

May 8th, 2012

 

Mumbai – May 4, 2012 – ZOTAC International, a global innovator and channel manufacturer of graphics cards,

mainboards and mini-PCs, today delivers a double dose of performance with the new ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 graphics card – an epic graphics card for extreme gamers seeking the ultimate PC gaming experience. The new ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 graphics card delivers out-of-this world performance that is unmatched by any single graphics card.

Featuring a pair of NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series graphics processors, the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 obliterates the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 11 games and benchmarks for superior frame rates and gaming smoothness. Each graphics processor is matched to 2GB of the fastest GDDR5 available for 4GB total of video memory on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 to let gamers crank up the eye candy and play the latest games at maximum detail settings.

“PC gamers are what push the gaming industry to advance visual realism beyond ‘good-enough.’ Our new ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 is the benchmark for how phenomenal gaming visuals and immersion can be,” says Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International. “Just pair up the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 with three 3D displays and the experience will blow you away.”

An enhanced cooling system enables the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 to operate quieter than a pair of high-end graphics cards while maintaining optimum operating temperatures. Polycarbonate windows on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 reveal the intricate heatsink fins for an added touch of style that befits the premium flagship graphics card.

Three dual-link DVI outputs on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 are ready for the latest 120 Hz gaming displays or extreme high-definition 2560×1600 displays. Combined with NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround technology, the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 dishes out unmatched gaming immersion with triple displays.

A full copy of the ZOTAC Assassin’s Creed® 3-Game Pack is bundled to let gamers embark on an epic historical adventure through the first two Assassin’s Creed® and the latest Assassin’s Creed® Revelations with magnificent visuals and captivating storyline rendered beautifully on the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 series graphics cards.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690.

General details

• New ZOTAC GeForce® GTX 690 graphics card
• Dual NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 600 series GPUs
• 3072 SMX unified shaders (1536 per GPU)
• Engine clock: 915 MHz (base), 1019 MHz (boost)
• 4GB GDDR5 memory (2GB per GPU)
• Memory clock: 6008 MHz
• 512-bit memory interface (256-bit per GPU)
• 2 x DVI-I, DVI-D mini-DisplayPort outputs
• PCI Express 3.0 interface
• NVIDIA® GPU Boost technology
• NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ Surround capable
• NVIDIA® FXAA technology
• NVIDIA® TXAA technology
• NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ ready
• NVIDIA® Adaptive Vertical Sync
• DirectX® 11 technology Shader Model 5.0
• OpenGL® 4.2 compatible
• Hardware-accelerated Full HD video playback
• Blu-ray 3D ready
• Loss-less audio bitstream capable
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Introducing The Samsung Galaxy SIII (GT-i9300)

May 4th, 2012

Samsung has finally come out with its much-awaited flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Riding on the success of the ‘20-million-device-sales’ Galaxy SII, Samsung is expecting sales of the S3 to surpass that of the S2. As expected, the device has a slew of improvements over the S2, in terms of size, processing power and an improved display resolution – not to mention various new features implemented by Samsung to make the user experience more pleasurable and intuitive. It is being billed as the official smartphone of the London 2012 Olympics.

The phone weighs at 133g and measures 8.6mm at its thickest. The device is rounded off at the corners, similar to the Galaxy Nexus. The real show-stealer is the 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor – with 1 GB RAM to keep the phone running as smooth as ever. The further addition of a Mali 400MP GPU, which is about 60% faster than the GPU on the S2, ensures that the device remains as sleek as possible.

The device sports a 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display, with a pixel count of 1280×720. Very obviously – the device runs Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich as it is known. It has been skinned with Touchwiz 4.0, as can be seen in all Samsung phones. It is available in 16, 32 and 64 GB versions.

Design, Display and Interface

Samsung says the device is ‘inspired by nature – it sees, listens, responds, and allows you to share the greatest moments’. For such a catchy statement, it is clearly visible every time you look at the phone, as it is available in choices of ‘Marble White’ and ‘Pebble Blue’. Sized at 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm, the design is more in line with the first device, Galaxy S rather than the Galaxy S2. Rounded edges, minimum bezel and a beautiful screen – the S3 still features a physical home button, compared to the capacitive keys found on the Galaxy Nexus.

As you may have noticed, the ‘Plus’ is missing in the Super AMOLED Display. This means that pixilation is still going to visible to the naked eye, as the display is PenTile. However, the HD resolution does a brilliant job of wowing users, with a higher pixel density of 306 ppi and an improved contrast ratio. Gorilla Glass is a standard nowadays and can be seen on the S3 too.

As we mentioned earlier, the Touchwiz 4.0 interface may prove to be a slight deterrent for Android purists, as it deters from the stock Android experience. However, Samsung has reworked the Touchwiz interface to integrate its ‘inspired by nature’ theme. The sounds of water drops and the water ripples on the screen make the user experience very pleasing. The dock at the bottom also holds five items now.

Camera

Samsung has not been known for going overboard with a high megapixel count in its camera or sporting high end optics like the Carl Zeiss lens found on Nokia devices. The S3 has a standard 8MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front camera; the former capable of full HD video recording, while the latter can do 720p video. Samsung has focused on photography sharing features, making connectivity and social enhancements easily available to users.

Accessories and features

Every smartphone can benefit from having a variety of accessories. With the S3, one can expect a flip cover, a battery charging stand, spare battery, a car dock and an HDMI adapter. However, the real show-stoppers to come out with the S3 are the AllCast wireless dongle (which allows for wireless streaming and presentations), an S-Pebble MP3 player – and hold your breath – a Wireless Charging Kit! This is a revolutionary feature which could change the smartphone game for the time to come.

Another service which will be exclusive to S3 users is a free 50GB Dropbox account. Yes, you read that right. This is in direct competition to HTC Sense 4’s offering of a free 25GB. The free cloud storage has a validity of 2 years, after which the users will have to register and pay to make further use of the 50GB Dropbox space.

Smartphone, really

The Galaxy S3 is equipped with two new features, which are definite improvements on the software side and aim at making the phone more user-friendly. The SmartStay feature makes use of a sensor to detect when the user is looking at the screen – and dims the display when you don’t look at the screen. Another interesting feature is S Voice, which is by far the best competitor to the iPhone Siri. Samsung touts Natural Language Processing as the key to its success. S Beam is another feature, which uses NFC to connect between phones and then uses WiFi Direct to transfer files between them – at speeds of up to 300 Mbps.

All these features would make one cringe at the thought of how much juice would this beast of a device require, but Sammy has kept that well in mind. With a 2100 mAh battery, a longer battery life is guaranteed by providing enough energy to the quad-core processor and the large HD display.

Overall, the device has all the hallmarks of a Samsung best-seller. We are more than confident that Samsung has come out with a device which will prove to be a very worthy successor to the extremely popular Galaxy S2. It is expected to hit international markets by June.

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