Apple’s seeming foul-up of not delivering an iPhone 5 has possibly created an opening for other competitive companies to offer up alternative smartphones as potential “iPhone killers”. One interesting alternate that is soon coming to T-Mobile is called the Samsung Galaxy S II and it is due sometime this month. Probably at Samsung’s next planned launch event.
Samsung Galaxy S II Specs:
- Height: 5.11 inches (129.8 mm)
- Width: 2.71 inches (68.8 mm)
- Depth: 0.37 inches (9.4 mm)
- Weight: 4.77 ounces (135 grams)
Power and battery
- Rechargeable 1850 mAh lithium-ion battery
- Charging via USB to computer system or included charger
Processor and OS
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S3 Processor (1.5 GHz dual-core CPUs)
- Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Media and social:
- DLNA for wirelessly streaming media from phone to TV or computer
- HDMI output (MHL adaptor required)
- Internal phone storage: 16 GB
- Micro SD Memory card slot (up to 32 GB)
- RAM: 1 GB
- 4G: Up to 42 Mbps download speed
- Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
- Bluetooth® 3.0
Cameras, photos, video
- 1080p HD video capture and sharing
- 8 MP camera with flash
- 2 MP front-facing camera to easily chat on the go
- 4.52″ Super AMOLED Plus WVGA touch screen
- 800-by-480-pixel resolution
In short, all that is quite impressive and merits a close look by anyone on T-Mobile (like me) not necessarily looking for a smartphone called an Apple iPhone.
I recently received a request, more in the form of a question. Many thanks to Wikipedia for excellent background info on the company. So here we go…
Who The Heck is HTC Corporation and where did they come from?
HTC Corporation formerly High Tech Computer Corporation was founded in 1997 and is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones. HTC is led by Cher Wang and Peter Chou.
HTC started out as a manufacturer of notebook computers. Soon after HTC began making smartphones based on Microsoft‘s Windows Mobile operating system (OS) software, in 2009 HTC shifted much of its focus from Windows Mobile devices to devices based on Googles Android OS Platform. In 2010 HTC included Windows Phone OS.
For T-Mobile HTC’s G1, was the first phone on the market to use the Android mobile device platform.
Since then HTC has designed some of the first and best touch and wireless hand-held devices in 1998.
A long history of litigation began In March 2010, when Apple Inc. filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming infringement of 20 of its patents covering aspects of the iPhone user interface and hardware. HTC disagreed with Apple’s actions and reiterated its commitment to creating innovative smartphones. HTC in response filed a complaint against Apple for infringing on 5 of its patents and sought to ban Apple products imported into the US from manufacturing facilities in Asia. Apple expanded its original complaint by adding two more patents.
In June 2010, HTC launched the HTC Evo 4G, the first 4G-capable phone in the United States.
HTC has reached great heights and was named the “Device Manufacturer of the Year” for 2011. HTC is listed as the fastest-growing tech company in BusinessWeek’s Info Tech 100
HTC is committed to innovation and invests heavily in R&D and maintains a software design office in Seattle where it designs its own interface for its phones. In 2011, HTC plans to open a research and development office in Durham, North Carolina.
HTC is a high-flying company and The SAGA Continues…
Having been one of the first to have bought the original G2 I have been waiting for T-Mobile to upgrade. Now they step forward with the T-Mobile G2X. T-Mobile first got in the Smartphone game with the HTC G2. Now T-Mobile is affixing the G2 label to the G2x a new smartphone featurings a powerful 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor. G2x sports an attractive design, and is chock full of slick multimedia features. it runs at HSPA+ speeds. G2x call quality is generally acceptable as is the Android interface. Expect the usual two year contract commitment and a price of $199 or over $500 without the contract.
HTC Sensation (T-Mobile)
The Thunderbolt had hardly struck before HTC has launched a seriously competitive compelling product.
HTC has uncorked a its new topnotch multimedia smartphone for T-Mobile called the HTC Sensation. The Sensation sports a 1.2 GHz MSM8660 dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Spec wise you’ll be pleased to find a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) touchscreen display, Sense 3.0, front-facing VGA camera, and 4G capabilities, Sensation also shares many of the cool features of the EVO 3D without having 3D. The Sensation comes with 768 MB RAM and 1GB of internal memory, HTC includes a 8GB microSD card. The phone weighs in at 5.2 oz. and is 0.44 inches thick. However, the Sensation’s 4.3-inch widescreen display is almost one full inch bigger than the 3.5-inch display of Apple’s device. Looks-wise the Sensation has a curved unibody aluminum body design and the high resolution 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera can shoot 1080p video at 30fps. On-board editing allows stored video to be edited prior to uploading uploading. For downloaded videos, Sensation’s HSPA+ capabilities speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps.
Additional features include an active lock screen that updates social media, photos, weather or stock updates, which can then be viewed simply by waking the display.
The Sensation 4G may hit the shelves sometime around May or June 2011, with T-Mobile pretty much getting exclusive rights in the U.S. As yet pricing and details on availability have not yet been announced.
Joining well over 200+ tablets out there in the wild or running around the rumor mill, LG is offering up a new tablet called the G-Slate on T-Mobile. This is the first 3D tablet officially running the very slick Android Honeycomb and sporting a Dual-core Tegra 2 chipset, 3D camera for video, a 8.9-inch display, and a forward-facing camera for video chats in addition there are a few interesting features. If rumor holds true, it comes in at or around $1,350 making it a bit too costly for much of the consumer market and much more expensive than the market dominant Apple iPad 2.
AT&T made a surprise announcement Sunday that it plans to acquire T-Mobile USA. This deal will force federal regulators to confront the questions whether there is a competitive balance maintained and whether American consumers will still get good wireless services at fair prices if and when they are forced to choose between only two national companies?
That debate will certainly spur close government scrutiny in review of the $39 billion cash-and-stock deal. If this goes through it would catapult AT&T past Verizon Wireless thus becoming the nation’s largest cellular service provider, The combo marries AT&T, currently the nation’s 2nd largest wireless carrier, with T-Mobile USA, now the 4th largest (owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG). This also possibly positions Verizon to go after Sprint Nextel Corp., making them the only remaining national provider in the No. 3 position. No other U.S. carrier, including U.S. Cellular, Leap Wireless, nor Metro PCS has comprehensive nationwide coverage.