Samsung S8530 wave II Review: riding the wave

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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They shall come in wave upon wave. Or so it seemed in the beginning. Samsung certainly wanted a strong start for their own Bada OS and they had it. It is usual for sequels to be questioned and belittled. That's one thing the Wave II doesn't have to worry about. It's bigger and heavier than the original.

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Samsung S8530 Wave II official photos

When the second gen phone has a familiar sounding model name with an actual ordinal number in it that doesn't mean a complete lack of imagination. It's a way to promote continuity. The Wave II has this base covered too, it's nearly the same phone as the first Wave but presumably upgraded to reach to a more high-end market segment. Here's a quick recap of its specs: 3.7" 16M-color Super Clear LCD capacitive touchscreen, WVGA (480 x 800 pixels), multi-touch input, scratch-resistant glass surfaceSlim and solid metal bodyBada OS 1.2 with Samsung AppsARM Cortex A8 based 1GHz CPU Quad-band GSM support with dual-band HSPAWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n connectivity with WPS support, Wi-Fi tethering Built-in GPS receiver with A-GPS support, digital compass, Samsung LBS powered by ROUTE 665 MP autofocus camera with touch focus and LED flash, geotagging, face, smile and blink detection 720p video recording at 30fps2GB internal storage, microSDHC card slotStandard microUSB port and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP Standard 3.5mm audio jack, TV outStereo FM radio with RDS, FM recording Webkit-based Samsung Dolphin Browser 2.0 with Flash supportYouTube client, Facebook and Twitter integrationDivX/XviD video supportGood audio qualityLimited number of available applications Super Clear LCD can?t match SuperAMOLED Card slot under the batteryNo lens protection SatNav software only a 30-day trialNo ambient light sensor to adjust screen brightness automatically Poor loudspeaker performanceLatest Bada OS 1.2Swype-like T9 Trace text input Over-the-Air software updates Larger 3.7" touchscreen

Yep, we know, it's not a great update. Plus the first three differences over the original Wave are about to be washed away once it receives its due software update to Bada OS 1.2.

The Samsung S8530 Wave II may not be the upgrade that all users have been waiting for, but the phone runs the latest version of the Bada OS and has kept all the great features of the original: from the powerful CPU, to premium connectivity and HD video recording.

And all this is delivered on a larger 3.7-inch display. Sure, it?s no SuperAMOLED screen but Samsung promises the LCD screen is not your ordinary screen, too. You see, good things come in limited number and Samsung is pressed to supply enough SuperAMOLEDs for their Android and Windows Phone 7 operations.
Bad luck for the Wave II, we guess. Even worse for the original Wave this phone will be as good as discontinued when the stocks run out. The Wave II will take over and that's that.

Anyway, Samsung are probably not giving up on their Bada OS. If it eventually becomes the base platform for all their midrange touch phones, they will be extremely well positioned to adapt to the new market reality.

It's not about the business benefits or the multitasking, it's as simple as apps. Users love to have them and makers love to sell them. Imagine being able to do that on all levels, from the most basic feature phones to the top-of-the-line smart devices. That must be enough reason for Samsung to keep their commitment to Bada.

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Samsung S8530 Wave II in our office

Like it or not, the Samsung S8530 Wave II is just a step in the process. We're about to see whether it's as compelling as its predecessor. As usual, we start with the design and hardware, and then put Bada 1.2 under the microscope.

Zune software review: Sync in Zune

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We don't review often software, but the Zune desktop software was almost inevitable, in this case is an integral part of Windows phone 7 experience. Since we already have a few AP7 phone reviews under our belt, we decided it was time we saw in the role your computer owned by a Windows phone 7 mobile plays.

It's what iTunes is the iPod.Seine functionality was extended, as new Zune-enabled devices have been added such as the ill-fated KIN phones and now Windows phone began 7 devices when the computer sync software for Microsoft's Zune player basically, the Zune software.

Microsoft made some decisions that practically need to install Zune it's mean if you an AP7, phone the only way to transfer data (buy photos, music, etc.) between your phone and the computer.

It's isn't as bad as it sounds, synchronization via USB is fairly simple and you can enable Wi-Fi synchronization.

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The Zune app has a slick interface

But the Zune software package is more than one way, to a few songs offers load a full multimedia experience and be only your preferred media player on your computer.

It doesn't do anything by play and one purchase to give songs social arena where you can find new songs by you following the artist or with friends.

What is can't sync your contacts and calendar off, it's of no full PC Suite, it manages the multimedia part of the equation.

Hit the next page for our scoop Zune desktop software.

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Sony Ericsson LiveView™ micro display for Android™ phones

September 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Sony Ericsson LiveView

Sony Ericsson announces the Sony Ericsson LiveView accessory. It is a micro display accessory with a remote control functionality. It enable the users to interacts with their any LiveView enabled Android application. This Sony Ericsson LiveView accessory enables you to create new eye-opening applications, and useful extensions of existing applications.

Sony Ericsson LiveView uses Bluetooth connectivity to wirelessly pair up to a compatible handset. LiveView features a 128x128 pixel, 1.3 inch organic LED (OLED) display with four touch areas. LiveView also has two additional keys for on/off and select. In default, it functions as a remote control for the music player, display messages and feeds from the phone and social networking services (like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube), and also display call information and calendar reminders.

Sony Ericsson LiveView

With its small size, you can wear the LiveView almost anywhere. You can wear it in a watch strap, or you can use it with a smart clip on the back. This way you can wear it on your clothes, or even clip it on your laptop.

The size of the Sony Ericsson LiveView is 3.5 cm x 3.5cm x 1.1 cm, and the battery will last up to four days during normal usage. The LiveView will work with most phones running Android 2.0 and above. A list of compatible phones will later be available on  LiveView is compatible with Bluetooth 2.1 technology. The Sony Ericsson LiveView will be available in selected markets from Q4, 2010.

Sony Ericsson LiveView

To make your Android applications work with the Sony Ericsson LiveView, you have to create a LiveView plugin to your application. For this, an easy-to-use SDK will be announced on the Developer World web site shortly. Once your application or new version of your existing application is ready, you simply upload it to Android Market. Users can then download it, as with any application. To find LiveView enabled applications, Sony Ericsson have developed the LiveWare Manager application. It will scan Android Market for LiveView enabled applications and present them to the user. The LiveWare manager will itself be available from Android Market.

If you are interested in adding a LiveView plugin to your Android application, you will soon be able to download developer tools and documentation from the Developer World web site.

Motorola's NYSE-MOT IDEN network reaches 10 million subscribers outside the U.S

August 13, 2010 Leave a comment
The Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MOT) announced that its solution iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) has reached the milestone of ten million subscribers outside the United States. With a strong global presence and increasingly, iDEN remains the most efficient solution for the provision of services push to talk (PTT) with high performance, capable of providing mobile telephony services, messaging and Internet access simultaneously.

The proprietary iDEN, Motorola, is being used by more than 30 network operators in 23 countries worldwide, to deliver communication services. This milestone reinforces the unique benefits offered by the iDEN technology in the area of wireless networks, combining two-way radio to cellular telephony, data and messages in a single device. This is the ideal solution for businesses of all sizes that need to communicate instantly with their teams on the field.

"Motorola continues to develop its iDEN technology with a solution of multiple features and high quality for its customers," said Gene Delaney, vice president of Product Operations & Business Solutions from Motorola. "Moreover, the wide range of communication services provided by the iDEN technology allows operators to meet many market segments with a unique and economical network solution."

"The advantage offered by technology and service iDEN push to talk are significant for consumers and customers of Motorola, "said Mark Shockley, vice president, Mobile Products Company. "We keep updating our portfolio and we are very optimistic about new releases, like the recently announced Motorola i1, the first Android smartphone push to talk the world. "he added.

The iDEN technology combines traditional mobile phone with PTT-edge services for the business market. The investments contained in the Motorola ensure the evolution of technology, given the current and future requirements of PTT users around the world.