8 Stars of Samsung’s Growing Galaxy in 2012!

Samsung has made great strides in the smartphone segment in the past few years all thanks to their much hyped and appreciated Galaxy Range of smartphones. Samsung has recorded massive sales in Q1, 2012, to the tune of 60M smartphones, most significant part of the sales being from the Samsung Galaxy Note, S2 and Y.

Today, Samsung Galaxy is synonymous to Android phones. With countless phones and models to suit just about any kind of consumers, Samsung have grown its market share significantly.

Appbrain statistics on Top 10 Smartphones will give you an idea of just how popular Samsung Galaxy smartphones are.

With 7/10 of the top 10 being occupied by Samsung Galaxy, it isn’t surprising that Samsung are the kings of the Android market.

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In 2012, Samsung is set to repeat the same magic with mind blowing sequels to several of it’s hit phones. Here’s a look at Samsung’s growing Galaxy range

#1. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2

Samsung-Galaxy-mini-2Samsung Galaxy Mini 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the pocket sized Samsung Galaxy Mini. Samsung Galaxy Mini is a small and nifty phone for the college going crowd.

The phone is an entry level offering with a 3.21” display with a decent resolution of 320*480 pixels. The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by an 800 MHz processor which is a great offering for an entry level smartphone.

With a 3MP camera on the back, the phone offers a decent camera for the entry level customer. The camera also comes with geo-tagging feature, letting you share the photos online with location instantaneously. It has 4GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 32GB using a micro SD card. Coupled with a 1300mAh battery, this phone can keep you entertained with at least 40hrs of Music.

The phone is expected to arrive by April 2012.

#2. Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102

samsung-galaxy-y-duosSamsung Galaxy Y has taken the entry level market by storm, thanks to tremendous amounts of promotional advertisements and a truly high value package at a decent price range.

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos will be an even more attractive package for the entry level customer with its Dual Sim offering. The phone runs on both 2G and 3G and offers Wi-Fi connectivity along with Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB connectivity options. Samsung has done the basics right with this one, offering Android 2.3 Gingerbread with 832Mhz processor and 384 MB internal Ram.

The OS will definitely be a thrill for all entry level smartphone users. The phone comes with a 3MP camera with geo-tagging featuring making it a shade better than the predecessor, which offered only a 2MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy Y is perfect for young professionals and collegeins with an affordable price of Rs 8990.

#3. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos I589

Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos Samsung Galaxy Ace has an almost cult following from Android fans due to its sheer value for money. The phone was conveniently purchased in the mid-range and offered almost premium features. Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos aims to better the value with a Dual Sim upgrade.

The phone has its draw backs considering a down grade of camera from 5MP in Samsung Galaxy Ace to the 3MP camera. The LED flash is missing too for this camera. The phone however does offer a decent media interface and is a great offer for CDMA buyers.

The phone lets you use both CDMA and GSM networks simultaneously thanks to its unique Dual Sim Dual Active technology. The phone comes with Android 2.3Gingerbread and is powered by a 832Mhz processor, making it a decent experience for mid-range users.

The phone is available in India at a convenient price of Rs 13,490.

#4. Samsung Galaxy Pocket

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket is the most recent addition to Samsung’s Galaxy Range. The name seems quiet strange, but the phone is no less impressive than the other Samsung brethren in this post. Samsung Galaxy Pocket is pitched at the affordable low end smartphone customer with a 2.8” capacitive touch screen and Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS to boot.

The phone is powered by an 832 MHz processor. The phone has a 2MP camera with geo-tagging feature with it. The phone boasts of no great features, yet in its small curved look and hardware capabilities, it seems a promising offering for the low price segment. The phone is expected to work for quad  band 2G and dual band 3G networks with internet connectivity through GPRS/EDGE and Wi-Fi. The phone does have the ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, definitely a useful feature for a phone at this end of the spectrum.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket price makes it just too irresistible at Rs. 6990.

#5. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500

samsung-galaxy-ace-plusSamsung Galaxy Ace is an upgrade on the much regarded Samsung Galaxy Ace. The phone has taken Ace to a whole new level with an upgraded OS (Android Gingerbread 2.3.6) and a refurbished UI (Samsung Touch Wiz 4.0).

The screen has grown to 3.65” from the original 3.5” and the processor has gained significant speed, growing from the original 800 MHz processor to 1Ghz. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is packed with tons of apps and features such as a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and additional features like geo-tagging, face and smile detection.

The phone runs on quad band 2G and dual band 3G and connects to the internet through EDGE/GPRS or Wi-Fi. The phone is a great value for money purchase for those moving from a feature phone to smartphone or even for those looking for an upgrade over their low end smartphones.

The phone is now available in India for Rs 14,499.

#6. Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070

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Samsung Galaxy S Advance aims at creating a place in between the two Samsung Galaxy giants, Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S2. The phone promises the best of the premium Android experience at convenient price.

The phone sports a massive 4.0” touch screen and runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3 with a proposed upgrade to Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The phone has a 1 GHz Dual Core processor and 768 RAM making for a smooth smartphone experience. The phone has a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

There is a 1.3MP secondary camera providing for a truly premium smartphone experience. Samsung has pulled out all stops with this phone offering just about all the specifications as the Samsung galaxy S2 with some minor yet justifiable cut backs.

Samsung Galaxy S Advance is expected to hit the markets in April 2012.

#7. Samsung Galaxy Beam I8520

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If you are looking for the kind of phone that you can show off to every living soul on the planet, Samsung Galaxy Beam will surely leave you beaming with pride. A dual core smartphone with Android Gingerbread 2.3 running on this phone makes it almost irresistible.

With a 5MP camera with autofocus, LED flash the phone has pretty much everything an amateur photographer desires. The camera has additional features like geo-tagging, touch focus and face and smile detection.

The phone comes with just about every feature you would want from a premium smartphone and one super special feature. Samsung Galaxy Beam comes with a HD projector in built. Now you can show off videos and pictures to your friends on giant screens or walls. Samsung Galaxy Beam is a phone for those seeking attention and there is no shortage of premium features.

Expect this phone to beam down from Samsung in the second quarter of 2012.

#8. Samsung Galaxy S3 I9300

samsung-galaxy-s-iii-rum1This phone is so heavily anticipated, that even whilst the company has not made an official announcement, vendors have lined up for pre-booking, customers have already marked their Christmas shopping list and tech posts such as this one, have already made their opinions clear.

Samsung Galaxy S3 is the next big thing from Android, just as its predecessor, Samsung Galaxy S2 was in 2011. The phone has grown in size, become smarter and gained a whole new OS just to make things as irresistible as possible. Expect a razor thin profile and a giant 4.6” AMOLED capacitive touchscreen.

The phone would roll out with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS powered by a 1.8GHz processor. Gadget buffs and critics expect several added features to this quad band 2G, quad band 3G and 4G LTE mammoth.

The phone will feature a 12MP camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera will have all the additional features such as geo-tagging, face and smile detection and even image stabilization for taking the best pictures. There are many more great features about this phone that are still half rumors and facts, but expect the best performance any Android can give for a long time.

Galaxy S3 is by far the most touted phone for 2012, with over 10 million pre orders said to have been made by channel partners . Recently it even saw a massive burst of demand when the German site of Amazon put the phone up for pre-order “mistakenly”.

Will Samsung become No.1?

Samsung has grown significantly in the last year doing what it does best: create a product for every kind of market segment and for every perceivable customer.

There’s a mobile phone waiting just around the corner for just about anyone, the deal hunter, the young businessmen, the attention seeker or for those looking for the best android experience.

Will the year ahead be Samsung’s accent to top as mobile phone market leader? Do drop in your comments.

List of 7 Great Design Innovations in Smart-phones

Most discussions about smart-phones seem to be focused on hardware features like processor speed, camera capability etc and OS features. There is no denying that all the above are important.

But many of us seem to be ignoring some really awesome innovations achieved in the design of the phones themselves. (with the exception of discussions about Apple products).

I strongly believe that Design innovation isn’t dead and in fact it has taken a new direction in the post-iPhone era. In this post we shall take a look at some of the outstanding designs that are available in the market in the smart-phones category.

#1.Nokia Lumia 800 / N9 (Plastic Monolithic Beauty)

Nokia Lumia 800Nokia has done what has never been done before in the smart-phone segment. It used a unique injection molded polycarbonate plastic mono-body design which exudes simplicity and yet gives a sense of sophistication.

The plastic body gives an added advantage for being more suitable to the antennae. The body is made with such fine precision giving it a seamless blend in with its beautiful glass display. It gives the image of the phone being monolithic.

Nokia’s persistence with plastic body comes from not just its years of experience with the material but also the fact that plastic adds greater color to the body of the smart-phone. In the monochromatic world of smart-phones, Nokia intends to stand out with vivid and alluring colors.

Here is the designer’s story about it.

#2.Samsung Galaxy Note (Fabulous Phablet)

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. –Steve Jobs

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note finds a place in this post about designs because of the famous Steve Jobs quote above. Introducing the Phablet to the world, Samsung redefined not just category perceptions of the industry but created a few design innovations along the way.

It got the perfect balance between a screen small enough to avoid the ergonomic issues associated with large screens while maintaining a size that will allow it to be effectively used as a tablet. Samsung with one fell-swoop has provided an awesome option to people who were struggling with a smart-phone and a tablet wherever they went.

The issues with the phone being too big or the tablet being too small are minor when considering the functionality of the interface and the features of the hardware itself. Samsung Galaxy Note boasts of a giant 2500mAh battery which beats most smart-phones for its long-term use. The stylus has made a grand and meaningful comeback in the form of the S-pen in the Galaxy note.

The S-pen isn’t just for pointing and scribbling anymore. With its inbuilt button which performs important functions such as taking a snapshot of the screen which then opens in an image editor ready to be edited and sent and for opening up the menu screen or performing the function of the back button. Clearly, Samsung Galaxy Note is a leap forward in design functionality and innovation based on meeting unfulfilled needs.

#3. iPhone 4 (A class apart)
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A legend in design, Apple is always expected to better its designs with every new iPhone. The iPhone 4 got rid of its old curved back and its slightly thick dimensions to bring in a slim 9.3mm thick body and a new stainless steel and alumina-silicate glass industrial design. The glass fits in both on the front and the back to give the iPhone a royal sheen.

The edges lined with a special forged steel that is said to be stronger than regular steel. The wow factor of the iPhone 4 is the high-resolution display, that Apple termed “Retina Display” with text so crisp and clear even when in the maximum zoomed in mode.

Retina Display is a take on Apple’s claim that the phone provides such higher resolution comparable to that of the human eye.

#4. Nokia E7( Tilt Slider Qwerty Keypad)
Nokia E7

Nokia E7 brought out its clear Backlight Display technology combined with its brilliant looking tilt slider qwerty keypad that made the phone a worthy successor of the now legendary Nokia communicator E90.When flipped open,the screen is placed at an angle that is easy to see the screen while typing, giving it great ergonomic appeal and making the phone ideal for sitting down and typing or holding it in your hands to text.

While thumb typing, the phone is brilliant to type at high speeds , even those with slow typing speeds are able to average 30-40 words per minute. The combination of qwerty and touchscreen is perhaps the best possible form factor solution in mobile phones bringing together the best of both worlds.

E7 is clearly marketed as an enterprise device but has several appealing factors for average consumers as well. Nokia E7 will remain one of the greatest examples of design engineering changing the way people perceive qwerty keypad phones and Nokia itself.

You may check the designer’s story in the video below.

#5. Dell Venue Pro (Windows Qwerty Phone)

Dell Venue ProDell Venue Pro came out sometime in the end of 2010 and remains one of the best designed Windows 7 phones to date. This may perhaps be one of the only Windows Smart phones with a portrait mode slide out qwerty keypad.

It has a beautiful and sleek design with liberal use of chrome sides mixed with angular cuts and rubberized plastic at top and bottom. The 4.1′ curved Gorilla Glass screen with AMOLED display is a delight to use and is extremely responsive.

The clarity of the images on the screen is unmatched. This phone gives great appeal if you are an avid text user and are looking for a luxurious phone.

#6.Motorola Defy (Water Proof and Dust Proof)

Motorola DefyMotorola might have heard the prayers and cries of anguish of a few folks with butter fingers when it came out with the super sleek and super rugged Motorola Defy specially designed and positioned for Rugged use .

The screen is made of Gorilla Glass preventing scuff marks and other unfortunate effects of being careless or just a little too adventurous.

To the untrained eye, the only hint of Motorola Defy being rugged are the Torx head screws that clamp the side sections to the rest of the body and the flap jacks covering the earphone and USB port. These flap jacks and coverings make the phone waterproof.

This is perhaps the greatest ingenuity in the design of a seemingly rugged smart-phone. Motorola Defy caters to a niche yet important segment of users who have so far not had the option of a smart-phone due its inherent fragility or have been turned off by the options that exist in the feature phones segment. Clean, Sleek and Rugged, Motorola Defy is a keeper for all butterfingers in the world.

#7. Sony Ericsson Play (Gamers’ Smart-phone)
Sony Ericsson Play

Sony Ericsson made the ultimate gamers’ smart-phone early 2011 with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. The highlight of the phone is the Slide-out game-pad and shoulder buttons that looks similar to the Sony Dual shock controller from its popular Playstation Game Consoles.

This phone is ideal for those who have a need for a PSP and a Playstation Portable. The main design of the phone has stayed true to the other Xperia series of phones with just an addition of a search button which also adds great usability to the Xperia line of phones which earlier had just the 3 buttons for home, return and Menu.

The game play experience in the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is undoubtedly more enriching than the typical touchscreen smart-phones and meets the need of both a PSP and a Smart-phone and this would indeed be the phone for any gamer to buy.

Summary

In the pre-iPhone era the innovation and creativity was more towards form-factor with countless interesting shapes and ideas floating around in the market. Today, in the age of the smart-phone it seems form-factor innovation has taken a more meaningful step.

That of not making creative designs or weird shapes but to add more meaning to the functionality of the phone. Phones of tomorrow will challenge the perceptions people have for screen sizes and materials. I hope for an exciting future in smart-phones with even greater innovation and creativity in the hardware as much as in the software.