Samsung IFA 2012 has just been completed. Note2 has been officially announced and spec-ed. Does it satisfy the hype? Does it meet your requirements? Does it impress?
GSMArena took a closer look at it and compared it with the original Samsung Galaxy Note and the Samsung Galaxy S3.
You can read about what I think here.
In one sentence: This is THE phone that I hoped S3 to be.
Most people who have been following the Apple vs Samsung trial in the North District of California courts will know that Apple has won its (imho, ridiculous) claims against Samsung. The court has asked Samsung to pay USD 1.05 billion to Apple. I believe that from that USD 1.05 billion, most of the amount is supposed to be due to loss of business as the argument is that Samsung’s Galaxy S/SII phones stole sales from Apple’s iPhone. However, I managed to find an entry in the Jury Instructions that says this:
“You must allocate the lost profits based upon the customer demand for the patented feature of the infringing products. That is, you must determine which profits derive from the patented invention that Samsung sells, and not from other features of the infringing products.”
If this is the case, I would say that most purchasers of a Samsung Galaxy S/SII did not buy it because of the rounded corners, the pinch to zoom, the green colored Phone icon or the bounce effect. Cheaper prices, better hardware, bigger screens and the Android platform are what drove people to purchase the Galaxy S/SII. And as such, these millions of buyers (myself included) would have bought a HTC phone, an LG phone, a Sony phone or even a Huawei phone rather than buying an Apple phone. Therefore, there was close to ZERO customer demand for the patented features and close to ZERO lost profits for Apple. I bought Samsung products for other features and I’m sure that many other buyers are the same.
How about you? Did you buy your Samsung phone for the rounded corners or green colored Phone icon?
While on this subject, there is a very amusing piece of fake news that has been spreading around the internet saying that Samsung has decided to pay the USD 1.05 billion to Apple using truckloads of 5-cent coins. According to this fake news, 30 trucks showed up at Apple headquarters today and Tim Cook got a call/email from the Chairman of Samsung Electronics saying that this is how they were going to pay Apple. It would be cool if this actually did happen but as Samsung will try to appeal the court decision first, any money that Samsung has to pay will not be right now. It could probably take another few more months or years before it happens.
Link to fake news here and here.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus was taken off DiGi’s website some time ago but has now returned and offering Jelly Bean preloaded!
The price is also quite low and worth considering if you are looking for a new phone with a contract. For a 2 year contract @ RM48 per month DiGi Smart Plan, you can get the Galaxy Nexus for only RM849!
If you decide to go with a RM88 per month DiGi Smart Plan on a 2 year contract, the Nexus is yours for only RM499!
In the open market, this phone costs roughly around RM1300-RM1500, if you can still find it. Some shops have told me that they do not carry it any longer or that it is out of stock already. This makes the DiGi contract an affordable and perhaps the easiest way to get a Galaxy Nexus.
If you are looking for the Galaxy Nexus without a plan, the best price I’ve found so far is from SuperBuy which lists it at RM1275 (excluding shipping charges, if any). However, I believe that the SuperBuy Galaxy Nexus comes with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean. Still, you can easily upgrade it to Jelly Bean so that’s no big worry. In fact, if you don’t wanna do it yourself and you’re on Penang island, I’ll gladly help you to upgrade the phone!
This phone is also well supported by the Android developer community and has a smooth CM10 working beautifully. Of course, it also has CM9 support but really, when you already have CM10 Jelly Bean, who needs CM9?!
If I wasn’t on a DiGi contract (expiring 2014), I’m quite certain that I will be getting this Galaxy Nexus package.
Anyone interested in a Huawei Honor?
Phone has only been in use for about 3 months as of this posting. The phone is in good condition. Scratches are present on the screen protector (just need to change it). The phone also has extended nationwide warranty (in Malaysia) which will cover until 2014. You will get a free NILLKIN hard case and the 8GB microSD card with the phone along with the rest of the original set box. Phone is loaded with ICS 4.0.3 already.
A low RM750 (negotiable)
Huawei Honor specs @ GSMArena
Interested parties can contact me via the comments section or by emailing me at the address below.
eric10234 at GMail dot com
Tired of Android phones and tablets without optical zoom and other proper camera functions? Tired of cameras that is a hassle to upload photos from? Here comes a new device from Nikon!
The Nikon S800c is a camera first and foremost. However, it adds an Android platform to the camera and now, you have the full Android tablet capability on your camera! Granted, its camera specs isn’t the most high end and wouldn’t leave a camera enthusiast drooling, it is still a much better upgrade (in terms of camera specs) than any Android camera phone currently available.
The Android OS in the camera allows it to easily share photos on Facebook, Twitter or other media. It is only Gingerbread based. But it will be fine for the purpose of sending photos and the occasional email and casual gaming. One down side is that you will need to make sure that you have WiFi as the Android phone does not support 3G networks.
I think that this could be the start of a new trend where compact digital cameras are integrated with Android OS to give users more functionality. If I were in the market for a digital camera now (DSLR may follow the trend later on), this would be one camera I’d be looking at. However, to my untrained photography eye, my Samsung Galaxy SII camera is enough. Photography buffs may prefer this camera however.
If you had to get a camera, will you be planning on getting this or is the typical camera in a smart phone all you need for a casual shoot?