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Will Samsung Galaxy S Stand Up to iPhone

Samsung has its eyes set on beating the iPhone. No wonder though, every company seems to have a smartphone in store bent on taking Apple’s best seller head on. With a much larger screen to boast of, Samsung Galaxy S takes a step into the arena of smartphones.

Specifications

  • Android 2.1 OS
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 “Hummingbird” CPU
  • 4″ Super-AMOLED display at 800×480
  • 5 Mega-Pixel rear-facing camera (without flash)
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 720p video recording
  • 8GB / 16GB on-board storage with MicroSD expansion
  • 512MB RAM
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Wireless Tethering support
  • 2.5G (GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE)
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • A-GPS
  • Digital Compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Light sensor
  • FM Radio
  • TV Remote Controller
  • Social Hub integrated social networking

Design

Already one of the most anticipated Android phones to hit the streets, what really stands out in Samsung Galaxy S is its 4-inch Super AMOLED screen. It actually looks like an iPhone, only this time, Samsung has showcased the display screen with a chrome bezel frame. The curved back gives it a comfortable feel in the palm of your hands despite its size. It is also only a millimeter thicker than the iPhone.

Its 122.4 x 64.2 x 9.9mm frame can feel a bit delicate and there’s bound to be some creaking here and there with its very obvious plastic casing. However, the 119 grams feels sturdy enough to withstand the pressures of constant use.

Features

The 1 GHz processor takes full advantage of the Android 2.1 that comes pre-installed with Galaxy S. Multi-tasking becomes a breeze because running multiple programs in the background will not bog down the system. iPhone enthusiasts have to jailbreak their phones first before they can even utter the word “multi-tasking” and even with that, only to some extent.

Samsung preferred its own skin to the default Android one. Dubbed as TouchWiz 3.0, this skin was a product of Samsung’s tinkering with their smartphone line. It offers customizable widgets and icons for its homescreen. Although the effort is there, Samsung’s lack of widgets and Android’s limited repertoire puts the damper on full customization.

Perhaps what gives the Galaxy S a bump into the forefront of ideal Android phone is its multimedia flexibility. The larger screen allows playback for full definition videos including support for Xvid and DivX. In fact its 5-megapixel rear camera also allows for 720p video recording for home movies. Music playback also renders rather well. You can even manipulate your music player even while using any other application. The menu shortcut sits on top of the screen, all you have to do is drag it down to access the controls. Its built-in accelerometer allows you to shift from portrait to landscape mode.

Onboard storage capacity gets a whopping 8GB, or, if you have the extra dinero, 16 GB. That in itself is enough to store your media, phone contacts and a variety of files you want. But if you’re the type who smirks at the thought of just 16GB storage space, lower your eyebrows because you can actually upgrade it with its installed MicroSD expansion slot. Top that Apple!

The web browsing experience is quite promising bordering on excellent. Loading pages, in both 3G and WiFi connections, is fast. However, the text will not automatically fit the screen if you use the pinch and zoom function. You have to tap the screen after this to watch it re-adjust itself. Flash video support is not present on this version of Android. But with Adobe’s release of support for Android 2.1, Froyo, this seems to be a trivial matter.

The Contacts options are not that impressive. For one thing it lacks integrating Facebook and Twitter syncing to your contacts. Syncing your social networking sites with your phone takes a bit of tinkering on a separate phone profile option. Another thing that might bug you is its half-baked idea of SIM card details imports. Yes you can import your contacts from your SIM card to your phone. But no you can’t delete them from your SIM? You will end up with redundant contact info sitting in your phone. Perhaps to make up for this, Galaxy S can group, favorite your contacts and display their details for you. Still, this little flaw might become a pet peeve in the future if no updates fix it.

Of course all this would be rendered useless if Samsung Galaxy S doesn’t present itself passable in its phone features. Thankfully, it does more than pass. Email messaging doesn’t warrant any complicated set up steps. All you have to do is enter the right details—username, password, email server—and you’re good to go. IM through Google talk, SMS, MMS is also there for you to manage. Samsung’s utilizing of Swype, allows you to glide your fingers on the on-screen keyboard to connect letters and create words. The dictionary is not that accurate, but, heck in text speak who needs a dictionary anyway. What would be more amusing is if someone created a dictionary for texts shortcuts instead.

These killer features wouldn’t amount for anything if you would need to run to the nearest outlet frequently to charge your phone. Thankfully, it comes with a 1500 mAh—one of the largest battery available in the market.

Just say it, even though the thought of owning an  iPhone still makes you wet your bed at night, contender after contender of smartphones are invading the market. Samsung Galaxy S is an Android phone already in its way to greatness.

Twitter Still Rocking While the Rocks are Trembling

In June 23, 2010, an earthquake rocked Ontario, Quebec, and other neighboring cities in Canada. Ontario’s earthquake magnitude registered at around 5.0, decent enough to give the ground a little shaking and people shocks of their lives, especially if you’re a part of a country that counts hundreds of years before experiencing earthquakes.

But the earthquake was not the interesting thing here… Because at around 1:45pm, the time the earthquake transpired, an unexpected thing happened…

People never took the time to find a good shelter, or pray even….

They sat by their computers and punched at their handhelds and did an amazing thing…

They updated their Facebook accounts (yes, Facebook, because I guess that could represent all the social networking sites at the present time), sent SMS to their friends and families about the event, and a majority of people (when I say majority, I mean A LOT of them) live-tweeted. Yes, tweeter was on a rampage by that time. But first, let’s get to the quake’s statistics.

The earthquake was initially recorded as magnitude 5.5, receding to a steady 5.0 at a margin of 30-second tremors. It was recorded mainly at the areas of Ontario and Montreal, but it was also felt in several U.S states such including:

  • Michigan,
  • Ohio,
  • Pennsylvania,
  • West Virginia,
  • Vermont,
  • New Hampshire,
  • New Jersey and
  • New York.

The tremors resulted to evacuations, swaying buildings and a few cracks on walls, but luckily, there were no casualties, injuries and big property damages reported.

By that time, the news about the quake was not even in Google yet until a few hours later, people outside the city; even outside the country was well-informed about the said calamity because of the two most influential social sites in the web today, Facebook and Twitter. Facebook was known as the most influential social networking site today, with 400 million active users to date and still growing, compared to the 75 million users of Twitter with a receding user growth compared to the latter. With smart phones at a boom today, Facebook could also be accessed everywhere, moving at par with Twitter’s mobile accessibility.

By the time of the quake, Twitter was the top communications-medium of the day; beating Facebook two-folds in user statistics. Within seconds of the tremors tweets were sent brothers, parents, friends and loved-ones. It was frenzy. After a few seconds more, jokes were then sent. Taking puns on people who might have died and then politics. (It’s quite amusing, that in everything, people could always find something to amuse themselves with.) After a few more minutes until today, spam was generated and every other thing you could possibly think of.

Twitter has been in the circulation for quite some time now. It has enabled people to share the things that they are presently doing, might it be interesting or just for fun, and even gaining new acquaintances and new friends. In times of great trouble, it proved to be a great diversion for the gravity of the situation and a great information source.

Twitter: A New Portal for Marketing

With the new spreading hype of social sites today, we can never tell the limitless possibilities of exploiting these advances. In making people see the things that we do, introducing new aspects to other people, building communities, and gaining new acquaintances. The link to the world just got broader and the world just got a little bit smaller. With these things at hand, business-minded individuals can now take advantage of these features.

Twitter, for example, is one of the most used application and most convenient way to reach other people. You can:

  • send advertisements,
  • make them check websites, and
  • Let information you have in store available for them to check out.

But, how can we conveniently use this to its full potential, as a tool for our business strategies? Here are some tips that we could use.

First of all, we could learn a few basics of Twitter. If you are a common person that tweets every day, like your life depends on it, you’re good to go. You have all the knowledge on the terms and the things that you can do with it. But if you’re just a starter, or a person who just thinks of trying Twitter because you just knew of the marketing strategies that you can use it with, you have to learn and study. Twitter may be simple and user-friendly, but you have to know the application from the simplest executions to the most elaborate postings to maximize its potential. After all, you can only put 140 characters at a time (just like SMS), so you have to know how to incorporate everything in that one single message. The things you want and need to say, and maybe a little comment or information that you need to imply.

The most popular and most appropriate thing that you can promote over Twitter is websites. Your websites could be for downloading movies to pay sites, the list goes on. The most effective way is to get the website’s URL (short for Uniform Resource Locator, the “address” of the site). Now, URL’s sometimes consist of a lot of characters and you have a 140-character limit. You can use a URL shrinker that lets you rename the URL to a more reader friendly fashion. For example, http://www.google.com could be renamed as SEARCH. That’s saving characters from URL’s, making the link friendlier to those who are not accustomed to reading internet stuff, and giving you extra character allotment for more important things. Furthermore, you can register to an account wherein you can keep track on the hits of your URL; the people that clicks on it, the people that visits the site because of your link, and so on. If you have several messages, this determines which were ignored and which were good.

Another thing to consider is sending your initial messages to the people who needs and appreciates your business. Just like with other marketing strategies, you can’t give make people eat meat if they are vegetarians. Same goes here. It makes the re-tweet value higher. Sending the message to the right clientele raises the re-tweet value, giving you less effort on sending but still getting great results. Putting tags on your message is also a good step. Tags put your message to a certain category; so every time a user searches for a website that matches to your message, it will come out with the results; thus, reaching other people furthermore. In Twitter, tags are made by putting “#” before the word. To tag search, just type in #search. Easy.

That leaves us with a few finishing touches. You could always leave a few characters blank. This will be beneficial in cases that a friend might want to add a comment or additional information to your tweet. He/she doesn’t need to edit your message; he could just add the information for you. With these few tips, you could just use Twitter not just as a medium for gossips and talks, but for other benefits as well.

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