The Samsung Galaxy S3 is the latest and greatest smartphone from the popular Korean manufacturer. It boasts some of the best smartphone technology out there, particularly in terms of its multimedia credentials. As this is an increasingly common use for smartphone, in this article I will take a closer look at the multimedia features of the device.
The Galaxy S3 is known for having one of the best touchscreens of any smartphone currently available. Measuring 4.8 inches it is ideally suited to watching movies and playing games. Also with its HD Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display quality is top notch, and enhanced further by its HD resolution of 720x 1280 with a pixel density of 306ppi.
The processor is also important for the multimedia experience on any smartphone. With a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, the Galaxy S3 is among the most powerful smartphones in the world and one of only a small number of phones to boast this feature. Although this is an often overlooked feature, the processor makes a massive difference to the multimedia experience. The processor is responsible for many parts of the phone’s performance, but in terms of multimedia, it ensures that graphics run smoothly when playing games, and if there is a lot of action happening on the screen at a fast pace, with a lot of light and colour, a lesser processor may not deliver the same results as it would judder and buffer to cope with the increased workload.
The Galaxy S3 is a fine example of the multimedia download services available on smartphones. Google Play (previously known as Android Market is where you will find a vast library of applications and games, and Samsung Games Hub allows you to download premium games titles which are specifically optimised for the Galaxy S3. These even include some well known console titles like from the likes of EA and Activision with popular titles including Need For Speed and Call Of Duty.
The Galaxy S3 offers a number of different options for sharing multimedia content between compatible devices. S-Beam and AllShare cast allow you to wirelessly share files like movies and music tracks between devices, while a specially developed Samsung HDMI receiver allows you to mirror the content of the phone’s screen onto a compatible TV in real time.
As you can see, the Samsung Galaxy S3 offers an impressive package of multimedia features, making it one of the best handsets for this kind of user.
With RIM already giving a glimpse of what’s to come with the future of their platform with Blackberry 10, everyone’s mouth’s been watering to see what RIM has devices RIM has to offer with BB10. According to reputable site N4BB, RIM has two models in store – the fully touchscreen L-Series and Blackberry’s trademark QWERTY bearing models, the N-series.
The L-series models will sport a 1280 x 720 HD OLED screen , which cranks out 350 pixels per inch, beating your Retina sporting friends. The N – series is for all the BlackBerry fans who can never move away from their trademark QWERTY keyboard, which we admit , is still the best compared to any other brands. Originally leaked with the codename Nevada , the N models sport 720 x 720 displays instead , which still manages to beat the Retina display at 330 ppi. Very impressive from RIM , and judging from the resolution , the N series wil have square displays, instead of rectangular ones. N4BB’s sources state that the L – series will hit store shelves in September first, followed by the N series which is expected to be launched sometime in Q1 2013.
Although some may argue that this time frame is bad for marketing, we personally feel there’s no problem with the proposed launch window. The L series may raise some eyebrows as it faces stiff competition from the likes of Android and even iOS. But the N actually doesn’t have any direct competition. Anybody looking for a solid QWERTY device will never deny the fruit-named device. Stay tuned to CrackTech for the latest updates.
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Microsoft has officially announced the first details of Windows Phone 8 (which you may know better as Apollo) and confirming many of the rumours about the new operating system at the Windows Phone Summit.
However, don’t get too excited – this is a ‘sneak peek’ rather than the full details of the new version and there’s still a lot of information that we don’t know.
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Color us surprised — or whatever the antonym of that word may be — but Nokia has announced the availability of its 41-megapixel 808 PureView smartphone for the United States, which will be distributed through Amazon. If you’ve been patiently waiting for your opportunity to wield this highly competent cameraphone for yourself, just know that you can soon stake your claim in line: pre-orders are set to begin later this week, and you can sign up on Nokia’s website to receive that all-important notification. As for price, expect to pay $699 outright for this bulbous beauty, which offers support for AT&T’s 3G network here in the US.
Well, that sure went well. Not too long after Sony Mobile teased its fans and told them to “fast forward” the announcement date of a new Xperia device, it is now here thanks to over 20,000 fans who did a great job. If you were hoping for something exciting that throws you off your seat, then I’m sorry to tell you, it’s not. Introducing the new mid-range Sony Xperia Miro that keeps you connected everywhere you go and my personal favorite – customizable illuminations.
Running on Android ICS, Xperia Miro comes with better Facebook integration to make it easier to share and comment on your smartphone. It features a 3.5” display at the front and a 5MP camera at the back. Other specs include Sony’s xLOUD audio technology, DLNA connectivity and it’s available in a range of colors – black, black/pink, white, and white/gold. No further information has been released regarding the phone, we don’t even know the processor it’s running in.
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While HTC’s One S is equipped with an older Snapdragon S3 processor in Taiwan, the buck doesn’t seem to be stopping there. The Taiwanese phone maker has confirmed that select Asia-Pacific and European regions will to carry Qualcomm’s last-gen hardware. In an effort to keep things clear, HTC has labeled the devices to point out the different processors.
If the phone is clocked at 1.7GHz, it’s sporting an S3, if it’s listed at 1.5GHz there should be an S4 under the hood. So what have we learned from this? Hardware fragmentation can be both frustrating and confusing and also to be sure to check a device’s specifications based off of your location.
Nokia has recently introduced a trio of entry level devices that aim to bring touch screen phones to the masses. The new models – Asha 305, Asha 306 & Asha 311 features a 3.0″ touchscreen display with lightweight body under 100g.
The top of the line model, the Asha 311 features a capacitive and scratch-resistant touch screen display, 1GHz processor, 3.2MP Camera, EDGE/3G HSPA/WiFi Support and 256MB of on board storage that’s expandable via microSD. It comes with a variety of colours – Dark Grey, Rose Red, Blue, Brown & Sand White.
Next is the Asha 305 & Asha 306 which is rather similar. Both comes with a 3.0″ resistive touch screen display, 2MP camera, GPRS/EDGE connectivity and 64MB of on board storage that’s also expandable with microSD. Colour options available include Silver White, Red, Mid Blue & Dark Grey. What sets both of them apart is that the Asha 305 comes with easy swap dual-sim feature which lets you switch between telco SIMs seamlessly. The Asha 306 in addition also comes with WLAN support for faster access where internet is available.
All 3 comes with a Nokia BL-4U 1,100mAh battery. In terms of software bundling, Nokia is also including 40 EA Games for Free which include titles Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run & FIFA 2012. Since the intended users are cost conscious, Nokia has included Nokia Browser 2.0 which helps to reduce internet browsing cost with data compression up to 90%. This is somewhat similar to Opera Mini’s mobile browser.
In terms of pricing, the Asha 305 & 306 is priced under USD$100, while the higher end Asha 311 is priced at US$120.
Nokia Asha 311
Nokia Asha 306
Nokia Asha 305