Samsung Galaxy SII and S Advance now priced at RM1499 and RM1099 respectively

[Samsung Galaxy SII]

The Galaxy SII despite being an older model replaced by the new super thin and powerful Galaxy SIII, it is still a very capable phone sporting a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor (albeit running on TI OMAP4430 variety). And if you dont mind that it is an older model, you can now get it for only RM1499 outright. That is a RM200 price slash from RM1699 previously. And the best part is that the Galaxy SII can be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

[Samsung Galaxy S Advance]

Same goes to the Samsung Galaxy Advance which also got a RM200 price slash to an incredible pricing of just RM1099. This is a pricing of a budget phone and you still get a dual-core 1.0GHz processor, 4.0″ Super AMOLED display with generous serving of 768MB RAM.

If you need a smartphone urgently and you are tight in budget, these 2 smartphones are the answers. If you have all the money in the world, you should opt for the Samsung Galaxy SIII or sit and wait for the next iPhone or the rumored Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (with a even larger screen).



Samsung I9100G Galaxy S II ICS update now available

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100G owners can now do the happy dance as Samsung has started rolling out Android 4.0 update for the TI OMAP-based device.

The update is currently being released across several countries but it is not considered as a global release just yet so users in Malaysia may or may not have received the update. If you’re an i900G owner, check Kies of any update notifications. If there is any please do let us know so that we can update this post. Thanks in advanced.

In the meantime, check out the new features you will enjoy with ICS on the Galaxy S II. Here’s a comparison between a Galaxy S II running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and a Galaxy S II running ICS.


Time to meet the next Galaxy – May 3rd, London

We apologize for the lack of updates recently, it is mainly due to some problems we had the past few weeks. But we are now back to business. Informative as usual. And this time up, it will be on the new Galaxy from Samsung!!

Expect it to be the Galaxy S3!

Samsung just announced that they will be having an event and officially sending out invites to the “come and meet the next Galaxy” event. The next Galaxy will certainly be the successor of the Galaxy S2 but Samsung choose not to reveal its actual name and just called it as the next Galaxy. Who knows Samsung will even call the next Galaxy as the NEW Galaxy like what Apple did for the new iPad. That will be ridiculous.

As far as we know, the S3 will a 1.5Ghz quad-core Exynos processor with 1GB RAM, a 12MP camera with 1080p video and built-in software with special effects like slow-mo and time-lapse mode. In addition, the camera is said to be capable of shooting videos at 60fps (standard is 30fps). There’s also a 4.8-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display with a 1280×720 pixel resolution and a 305ppi pixel density promising a razor sharp viewing experience. Other specs include NFC support, a 1.3MP front camera with 720p video and a removable 1,750mAh battery and 32GB of on board storage. In terms of dimensions, the Galaxy S III is said to have a thickness of 8mm – not ultra-thin but still thin by today’s standards.

But all of the above are just speculation. We shall wait untill May 3rd to find out more about the NEXT Galaxy. Please give us something awesome, Samsung.

[Via, Source]


Samsung Galaxy S Advance officially announced

Samsung officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S Advance which is targeted at the mid-range market.

The device looks very typical like how most Samsung devices looks like. Some says it is like a lower-end Galaxy Nexus but to some, it is like a smaller Galaxy Note.

Full specs have been revealed together with the announcement and the Galaxy S Advance comes with:

-4.0″ Super AMOLED display which supports 800×480 resolution
-powered by a dual-core 1.0GHz processor
-768MB of RAM. For storage it comes
-8GB or 16GB built-in which is expandable with microSD
-5MP camera with LED flash
-1.3MP front-facing camera.
-HSPA up to 14.4Mbps
-Android 2.3 Gingerbread (No news on ICS)
-1,500mAh capacity battery

The specs does look good for a mid-range device and form factor are great with just 9.96mm thick and weighs 120g.



No Samsung Galaxy S3 in Mobile World Congress

About less than a week ago, there are rumors pouring out saying that the Samsung Galaxy S2’s successor, the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be announced during the Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was announced on 13th February last year which is a day before the MWC and people are expecting the S3 to be announce with S2 aging almost a year in the market by now.

Apparently, it is now confirmed that the Galaxy S3 will not be announced in the MWC this year but will be announced in a separate event hosted by Samsung.

Samsung says:

Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.

From what we know, the Samsung will be announcing the S3 in the first half of 2012 and for the coming months, the S2, Note and Nexus will remain as the flagship models for Samsung. Lets hope the S3 will be amazing with the wait.

Stay tuned to see what Samsung have to offer in MWC 2012.

*Sorry for the lack of updates recently, we are very busy due to holiday season. We will be right back on tract!

Galaxies to get Ice Cream Sandwich on the 1st quarter of 2012

Samsung Electronics announced that they will be providing all the Galaxy devices with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) on the 1st quarter of 2012. Galaxy SII and Galaxy Note will get it first followed by the others.

The ICS-upgradable devices are the GALAXY S II, GALAXY S II LTE, GALAXY Note, GALAXY R, GALAXY Tab 10.1, GALAXY Tab 8.9, GALAXY Tab 7.7, and GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus. I do not know about the rest but it is pretty sad to see only limited devices will receive the upgrade. Cannot wait for it? Get the Galaxy Nexus, the first ICS powered smartphone. If you want to find out if any particular device will be receiving the upgrade or not, just drop us a comment below.


Samsung Galaxy Note [Quick Review]

Recently, I get to put my hands on the new big toy from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Note. This is a huge device with a 5.3 inch Super AMOLED HD screen which makes this device a one of a kind device closing the gap between phones and tablets. And the attempt from Samsung to bring back the stylus or in this case, it is called the S-pen, is very good and fresh. After the announcement of iPhone a few years back, the stylus is generally dead until now!

So after playing with the Galaxy Note for awhile, I would like to write a quick review on the device. And by quick, i mean real quick! =)

Screen. The Note’s screen is one of the best screen in the market today. With the size of 5.3 inches, the screen resolution is 1280×800 pixels which gives around 285ppi (pixel per inch). From what i know, the pixel density comes second only to the iPhone’s pixel density of >300ppi but the iPhone has a screen way smaller than the Note. The Note’s screen is also very sharp and bright and it is just beautiful to look at.

Samsung Galaxy Note’s Screen

Comparison of screen size with iPhone 4

Comparison of screen size with Samsung Galaxy SII

Design. This phone is a big phone. And i mean BIG! The size of the device (dimensions: 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm) does not fit into all pockets. The device is big but it is very slim. Overall, the device looked good and classy. It also feels expensive with nice built, Gorilla glass front and plastic back.

Front view with leather cover

Back view with the S-pen

Top view

Bottom view

Side view

Screen view!

Size comparison with iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy SII

Thickness comparison with iPhone 4

Thickness comparison with Samsung Galaxy SII

Thickness comparison. From left: Galaxy Note, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, Blackberry Curve 8520, Nokia N97.

Performance and User interface. The Galaxy Note comes with Android Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI version 4.0. Personally i think the HTC Sense is superior to the TouchWiz but with such large screen, everything is nice! LOL. The performance of the device is quite smooth but I encounter lag sometimes which is such turn off with a Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1GB of RAM. One of my favorite games on mobile is the Fruit Ninja, and very sad to say, the game lags in the Galaxy Note. But overall, the performance of the device is pretty good. And with the S-pen and S Memo app, it is really fun in taking notes, drawing stuffs, cropping pictures and etc. Although at times the application will crash. >.<

Home Screen

Application screen

My masterpiece using the S Memo app. Tell me it is awesome!

Error message using S Memo app

Camera. Galaxy Note have an 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2MP secondary camera. The primary camera also shoots 1080p videos with 30fps (frame per second). There are some sample photos taken using the Samsung Galaxy Note. I would say that the camera takes good picture. It is not the best but the quality of the photos taken are more to the good side. Take a look at these shots taken using the Galaxy Note.

Photo taken without flash

Photo taken with flash

Pencils focused

Galaxy Note brochure focused

Others. There are other things about Galaxy Note which are worth mentioning in this quick review such as the battery life. It has a Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery which give you up to 13hours of talk time. I am quite impressed with how long the battery lasts even with a screen that big. But don’t get me wrong, the battery still does not take you anywhere more than a day. Other stuffs such as the S-pen and the S Memo app is really fun to use (if you don’t lose your S-pen). Another cool thing about the Note is that while playing a video, you can just place your palm over the screen and the video will pause. Once you lift up your palm, the video will continue the playback. This is handy when you always have friends bothering you when you are watching a video, just place your palm on the screen, shoo away your friend and continue watching the video without missing anything. I like it. 2GB memory card included on top of the 16GB internal memory. Memory expendable to 32GB.

Conclusion. The only drawbacks of this device is the size of it (which some can also consider it as a good thing) and the once in a while lag. If you can live with that, the Samsung Galaxy Note is certainly one of the most powerful and promising smartphone in the market today. Ofcourse, it comes with a really beautiful screen and the S-pen. I would say that the device is one of the best from Samsung, apart from the flagship Galaxy SII.

For more information on the device, please write on the comment section. Thanks.

There is a office app called Polaris Office which is just great to be used on the Galaxy Note. Review on the app is coming soon.