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Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Galaxy Note 2: Brief Comparison of Smartphone & Phablet

The mobile manufacturers are flooding the market with wide range of mobiles creating a huge confusion among the buyers. two months ago, Samsung had launched its smartphone named Galaxy S III and it still remains the hot favorite of everyone than any other smartphones available in the market. now, Samsung is all set to add a successor to the Samsung Galaxy Note, which is expected to be named as ‘Galaxy Note 2’. the Note 2 is yet to be announced and there is not much detail available regarding its specifications. the Galaxy S III is a smartphone whereas Galaxy Note 2 will be a ‘Phablet’. to get an exact idea about the specifications of the phone, take a look at the comparison made below.

Operating System

The Samsung Galaxy S III features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its Operating system with TouchWiz user interface that includes apps like S Voice and Smart Stay. however, Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to offer faster and a stable experience to the users. Google had officially unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in late June, it is expected that Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might run on this latest version. it is also possible that Note 2 might run first on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and then slowly get upgraded to Jelly Bean.

Form Factor & Display

The Samsung Galaxy S3 sports 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, which means the pixel per inch ratio (PPI) rests at 306. it has a dimension of 136.6 mm x 70.7 mm x 8.6 mm. Wide guesses are made regarding the display of Samsung Galaxy Note 2. As per the rumor, it is expected that the device will sport 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Note 2 might feature large screen compared to the Galaxy Note.


Galaxy S3 is powered by 1.4 GHz quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with an Exynos 4 Quad SoC and a Mali-400 GPU. considering the RAM, few models of S III features 1 GB of RAM while others have an impressive 2 GB. it is expected that the Galaxy Note 2 will have some of the features of S III in terms of its processor i.e. 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 and Mali-400 GPU. Rumors state that it might feature Exynos 5250 SoC. There is no information regarding the amount of RAM.

Camera Quality

S III features 8 Megapixel camera at the back with zero shutter lag, LED flash, auto-focus and image stabilization, which records HD video in 1080p. it also has an impressive front camera of 1.9 Megapixels that records HD video at 720p. Samsung might improve the camera sensor to capture clearer image. While Galaxy Note 2 might feature a 12 or 13 Megapixel camera at rear, which clearly means that the camera quality of Note 2 might exceed the S III considerably.

Connectivity Options

The Samsung Galaxy S III offers amazing connectivity options than any other smartphones available in the market and it supports HSPA+, GSM, 3.5 mm audio jack, UMTS networks, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, and micro USB port. on the other hand, Galaxy Note 2 is likely to come with 4G LTE support and it is expected to have the similar connectivity options like the Galaxy S III.

Internal & External Storage

S III is available with different internal storage capacities. the storage capacity ranges from 16 GB to 32 GB, while a microSD slot of 64 GB version is expected to come soon for S III. whereas it is expected that Note 2 might have the same storage capacity as the Galaxy Note along with 64 GB external card.

Pricing and Release Info

Samsung Galaxy S III has been out for over two months and it is offered at a price tag of Rs. 38400. Galaxy Note 2 is expected to release in October or November and there are no details on the pricing of the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Galaxy Note 2: Brief Comparison of Smartphone & Phablet

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    Activision: “Smartphone CPU/GPU Will Reach XBox 360 Levels Within Next Generation” « Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog

    Smartphones are blowing up in power, but you already knew that. With quad-core becoming common, and 2 GB of RAM poised to enter into the portable world, it’s a new level for a medium considered to cater to only “casual” gamers.

    Activision vice president of mobile development Greg Canessa feels the smartphone will only go further.

    In an interview with CVG, he stated, “The CPU and GPU capabilities of mobile devices will reach Xbox 360 levels of graphical fidelity and processing power within the next generation. The games that Activision publishes on console, the games it publishes on PC, pretty soon we’ll be publishing those kinds of experiences on tablets and smartphones.”

    From the days of World at War: Zombies to a full-fledged Black Ops 2 for mobile devices? It may not happen tomorrow, but you can bet Activision has something in mind.

    Canessa stated, “We have a rich thirty-year history from the Atari days to the Blizzard merger. We have about 350 different brands and IPs to work with. That’s legacy IP, that’s triple-A IP, and that’s licences with other companies. Mobile is an emerging business for the company and it’s something we’re taking very seriously.”

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      Apple exaggerating Samsung’s smartphone profits: expert

      San Jose, California: A financial expert said Apple inc has overstated the profit margins earned by Samsung Electronics Co ltd for mobile products, an issue that goes to the heart of the high profile patent trial between the two tech companies.

      Michael Wagner, an accountant who testified on Thursday for Samsung, said Samsung’s US profits from the smartphones and tablets targeted in the case should be calculated at about 12 percent, or about $519 million.

      Earlier in the trial, an Apple expert witness testified the US margin was closer to 35.5 percent.

      Apple and Samsung are going toe-to-toe in a patents dispute that mirrors a bigger struggle for industry supremacy between the rivals that control more than half of worldwide smartphone sales.

      Apple accuses Samsung of copying the design and some features of its iPad and iPhone, and is asking for a sales ban in addition to monetary damages. South Korea’s Samsung, which is trying to expand in the United States, says Apple infringed several patents, including some for its key wireless technology.

      If the nine member jury finds that Samsung violated Apple’s design patents, the damages Apple might recoup will partly depend on how much profit Samsung earned during the period it knew it should not be using the technology.

      Earlier this week, Apple expert Terry Musika said Samsung earned 35.5 percent margins from mid-2010 through March 2012, or $8.16 billion in US revenue. Apple is seeking over $2.5 billion overall in the case.

      However, Wagner testified on Thursday that Musika did not take into account many of Samsung’s costs, including marketing, which reduced the profits. his 12 percent figure assumes a period beginning in April 2011 for most of the mobile products.

      Under cross examination from Apple attorney Michael Jacobs, Wagner acknowledged the cost information on which he relied had been prepared by Samsung specifically in response to the Apple litigation.

      However, Wagner said Samsung had never needed to break out such specifics before.

      “I have no problem with the way they allocated costs,” Wagner added.

      The case in US District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple inc v Samsung Electronics Co ltd et al, no. 11-1846.


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        Nokia Nostalgia: Nokia 7700 unreleased touch screen smartphone from 2003! : My Nokia Blog

        I’ve got a few pics of some Nokia classics to share in the run up to Nokia World. They’re in no particular order.

        The first one we’re looking at is a touch screen multimedia phone from Nokia, announced in 2003 but it never made it to market.

        This is a Symbian phone, already with a 630×320 screen, but with a very different Series 90 UI.

        I’ve never seen one of these in real life before so I’m not sure if the back is normally this thick or if that’s the DVB-H TV extension.

        This phone would have been another ‘iconic’ side talking Taco phone like the n-gage and harks back to the days of daring Nokia designs.

        In comparison to the Nokia Lumia 900.

        Here’s some videos of it in action. Note, this 7700 in photos wasn’t working but it’s quite annoying to see it already looks better than S60V5.

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          Posted by admin - August 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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          U.S. reaches smartphone market peak, while the rest of the world keeps on going

          Who would have guessed that it was time for the smartphone market to take a breath and slow down before the second half of 2012? Strategy Analytics released a report analyzing the U.S. smartphone market and shipments for Q2 2012, focusing on the two biggest smartphone operating systems, Android and iOS. The results make for an unexpected scenario: has the smartphone market reached its peak and if so, who’s the winning platform?

          The Strategy Analytics report posts a decrease on smartphone shipment growth year-over-year with a 70.1 percent increase in 2011 and a 5.4 percent decrease for 2012, calling for a comparison with the report made available by IDC, which focuses on worldwide sales and market share. The differences between global results and those in the U.S. only suggest the U.S. market might have reached its peak, while worldwide smartphones are enjoying better sales.

          According to Strategy Analytics, 23.8 million smartphones have shipped in Q2 2012, which is a 1.4 million decrease from the 25.2 million units sold in Q2 2011. As expected, RIM is the constant loser, with BlackBerry devices selling just 1.6 million compared to the 2.7 million sold last year. it lost operating system market share as well, down to 6.5 percent in 2012 compared to a better 10.5 percent last year in Q2 2011. RIM is expected by industry analysts and the public to fare worse both quarterly and annually, but Android isn’t, and that’s the most surprising part of the report.

          The Google-owned operating system has lost both in terms of shipments and operating system market share. Android has shipped 13.4 million units in Q2 2012, a 12.41 percent decrease from the 15.3 million units sold in Q2 2011 and its market share has followed the trend. Android had a 60.6 percent operating system market share in Q2 2011 and has lost 4.3 percentage points over the course of a year, now down to 56.3 percent share.

          The surprise comes from iOS which benefitted from Android’s loss. iOS shipments have grown by 2 million units, from 5.9 million units in Q2 2011 to 7.9 million sold in Q2 2012, a 33.89 percent increase over the course of a year. iOS market share has increased as well, from 23.2 percent in Q2 2011 to 33.2 percent in Q2 2012, a 10 percentage point increase.

          Two weeks ago, I wrote about Android and iOS market share according to Nielsen’s report, and those numbers are close to the ones posted by Strategy Analytics today. In June 2012, 51.8 percent of US smartphones were running Android, while 34.3 percent were powered by iOS. Comparing it to the 56.3 percent for Android and 33.2 percent for iOS from the Strategy Analytics report, a 4.5 percentage point variance can be seen. But there is only a 1.1 percentage point variance between the different iOS numbers.

          Both reports end their measurements in June 2012, so the comparison between the two sets of numbers is completely valid, allowing for a conclusion to be drawn: reports are not always indicative of actual market state and there will be differences between them based on measurements. Comparing two sets of data should yield closer results, but it points out that’s not the case. there is always something else that’s overlooked: individual manufacturer shipments are not indicative of actual operating system’s market share.

          Apple sold 26 million iPhones in Q2 2012 compared to 20.4 million in Q2 2011, 5.6 million units more, but its operating system market share dropped from 18.8 percent in Q2 2011 by 1.9 percentage points to 16.9 percent in Q2 2012. that is indicative of worldwide decreasing market share, but back home the Cupertino, Calif.-based corporation is getting stronger. it simply doesn’t mean that a lower market share can be translated to select markets, especially the U.S. which is one of the mature ones.

          Samsung has sold 50.2 million smartphones in Q2 2012, but Apple has only managed 26 million. Samsung has a 32.6 percent market share and Apple just 16.9 percent market share. The biggest Android smartphone manufacturer is increasing its market share, while the only iOS device manufacturer is seeing a decrease in Q2 2012. That’s in worldwide shipments and market share, so when compared to U.S. shipments and market share the numbers don’t translate.

          54.2 percent of smartphone to smartphone buyers are favoring Android, while 33.5 percent buy an iOS device (iPhone). The numbers posted by comScore are showing that more people buy an Android smartphone when coming from a smartphone, while less smartphone owners are going for an iPhone. According to comScore Android is rising and iOS is decreasing. Furthermore, 61.5 percent of feature phone to smartphone buys are Android devices, with just 25.2 percent for iOS. That’s indicative of increasing smartphone share for Android from feature phone to smartphone upgrades and when compared to the numbers posted for iOS it can only account to an increase in market share for Android, but Strategy Analytics doesn’t agree with this assessment.

          Is there reason for concern to Android and iOS smartphone manufacturers? The U.S. market has reached its peak if we’re to judge by Strategy Analytics numbers, while worldwide even more smartphones are sold. The problem comes from the fact that comScore and Strategy Analytics suggest two different things. comScore’s data reveals better Android and worse iOS numbers, but it’s not reflected by U.S. sales from Strategy Analytics report, so both give reason to doubt each other’s numbers and statistics.

          If the U.S. smartphone market has reached its peak, it clearly doesn’t show it.

          U.S. reaches smartphone market peak, while the rest of the world keeps on going

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