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Samsung Evolution Kit, smart TV and the colliding worlds of phones, PCs and televisions

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Samsung Evolution KitCES has always been associated with TV, but this is the first year I can recall so many companies’ press conferences and announcements being dominated by the big screen that sits in our living room. Hell, they’re even upgradeable: we saw the Samsung Evolution Kit, which upgrades the “brain” in your TV so you can use this year’s big features.

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Samsung Series 7 Ultra review: first look

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Samsung Series 7 Ultra at CES 2013Have no doubt: the Samsung Series 7 Ultra is a premium laptop. Indeed, Samsung slam-dunks this point by including the phrase “Samsung Premium” on the Ultrabook sticker here at CES 2013. It needn’t have bothered: the feeling of quality is obvious as soon as you pick up the solid aluminium body, with no plastic underside to spoil the effect.

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The techs to watch in 2013

Monday, December 31st, 2012

ChipmakingWith the January sales looming, you might be wondering whether it’s time to grab a bargain, or whether you should  hold out a little longer and see what technologies the new year brings. I’ve been closely watching the industry in 2012, and keeping track of announcements for the coming year – and below you’ll find my predictions of what’s going to happen in various areas of technology in 2013.

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Samsung Galaxy Camera review: first look

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Windows 8 was the OS on everyone’s lips at IFA 2012, but Google’s Android OS popped up in the most unusual places. In addition to its range of Windows 8 tablets, Samsung embraced its eccentric side and unveiled its Android 4.1-powered snapper, the Galaxy Camera.

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Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro review: first look

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

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Following hot on the heels of its Windows RT-powered Ativ Tab, Samsung seized the IFA 2012 moment and unveiled two full-sized Windows 8 tablets, the Ativ Smart PC and its pricier cousin, the Ativ Smart PC Pro.

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Samsung Ativ Tab with Windows RT review: first look

Friday, August 31st, 2012

It’s been a long wait to see Windows RT in action, but here it is – and unsurprisingly it’s rather a lot like Windows 8.

Samsung introduced three Windows 8 tablets in Berlin, and while the Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro are Intel-powered devices, the Samsung Ativ Tab is the long-awaited ARM-powered Windows RT baby of the three.

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ZTE Grand X review: first look

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

ZTE Grand XZTE isn’t well known on these shores, as the only handsets we’ve seen from the Chinese firm have been budget efforts like the Skate or Orange-branded devices such as the San Diego. ZTE hopes that’ll change with its Grand X.

First things first: this isn’t a phone to put the Samsung Galaxy S III in its place. For starters, the chipset isn’t anything as powerful as Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 but the weaker, dual-core Tegra 2. There’s also no sign of the hand-stretching panels that now appear in high-end handsets – ZTE has made do with a 4.3in, 540 x 960 screen that’s typically favoured by more modest phones such as the HTC One S and Sony Xperia P. We certainly spotted some pixels, but the screen is bright, vivid and usable. (more…)

Toshiba AT470 review: first look

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

DSC02933If you’ve listened to PC Pro’s most recent podcast, you might have heard us fawning over Samsung’s latest tablet, the gloriously petite Galaxy Tab 7.7. Well, it seems Samsung isn’t the only manufacturer with a mini-sized slate on its mind, and Toshiba gave us a quick glimpse at a prototype model of its very own 7.7in tablet, the AT470.

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Could you swap broadband for a smartphone?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

I’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.
I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.
It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data.
The connection isn’t remotely as quick as proper broadband, of course, but it’s fine for most things: browsing, IM, tweeting, even streaming music over Spotify and YouTube, as long as I let videos pre-load.
I’ve not needed to download any large files, although I don’t think I’d want to download an 8GB game on Steam for fear of 3 ringing me up and asking what on earth I’d been doing. High-quality streams, such as BBC’s iPlayer, are also out of the question, and I can’t update my PS3, although that’s not yet stopped me playing any games.
Steam, streaming media and large file downloads are the reasons I’ll be setting up my proper broadband as soon as possible, but many people never do any of these things with their PC – indeed, plenty of people probably do little more than browse and check their email.
It sounds odd, but many users almost certainly need little more than a smartphone’s web connection to use the internet on their PCs – and that means they could sign up to a contract and forego a broadband provider altogether. Take a look at the phones available on The One Plan for less than £30 a month right now: the HTC Desire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc immediately stand out, and would instantly eliminate home broadband costs entirely.
The eventual arrival of 4G will bring better speed to mobiles, even if 3 wants to trick its customers into thinking slightly quicker 3G is deserving of the new nomenclature, and who knows – by the time that rolls around the streaming video and downloading that’s currently out of reach of a smartphone might be as easy as browsing is right now.
The home phone has already fallen by the wayside for many people – could the router be next, too?

Sony Ericsson Xperia ArcI’ve recently moved into a new place, and amid the excitement of unpacking, assembling flat-pack furniture incorrectly, buying an ironing board and putting furniture together the right way round, I’ve not yet signed up with a broadband provider.

I know, sounds awful. But here’s the thing: in the short-term, at least, I’ve barely noticed.

It’s a revelation that shocked news editor Nicole Kobie, but I’ve got by using my smartphone tethered to my PC along with 3’s The One Plan, which famously offers unlimited data. (more…)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 review: first look

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1

Samsung’s roster of tablets is reaching unprecedented levels of confusion as the firm attempts to cover all possible bases. It already had 7.7in, 8.9in and 10.1in tablets in its range before Mobile World Congress kicked off. It added the Galaxy Note 10.1 to that list this week, along with another pair – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. We’ve just been down to the Samsung stand to get hands on.

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