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Mobile phones under 20 quid flood the market
Dec 29th, 2011 by Andy Miles
Alcatel OT-209

Alcatel OT-209

The economy faces glaring uncertainties going into the new year and shoppers are being exceptionally careful on where they spend their money. This has lead to the return of the sub £20 mobile phones.

As smart phoneS took off around 4 years ago, so did the average price of mobile phones. However simpler models have now made a comeback. Leading the pack are Samsung, LG and Alcatel.

The Alcatel OT-209 is one such example. It is a simple phone that does its job, plus it has FM radio for music on the go. With bigger buttons, Alcatel seems to have stuck to the idea of making a simple phone, that is easy to use.

Mobile phones for under £20

Samsung Galaxy 8.9 arriving next week
Aug 4th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1

The When will be the launch of Samsung Galaxy 8.9 would be answered shortly. After the launch of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, the focus is on the 8.9 which could make its way to the market as early as next week. This could set the ball rolling for Samsung in the market.

After the earlier reports that it would not come “until later this year”, this comes as a pleasant surprise. The reports doing round on the internet among the distributors point to a release date as early as 12th of August.

If the rumors are anything to go by, the company would be offering the 3G version on a pre-order for £605. The reports are yet to be confirmed by Samsung officially.

This would add more weight to the current brand that has been rolled out by Samsung – the slightly larger Galaxy Tab 10.1. The offers on this at PC World and Curries are worth a look and are sure to catch some attention. Galaxy Tab 10.1 which runs Android 3.1 Honeycomb on a 1 GHz dual-core chip is considered to be the big brother of 8.9

Will the wait for the Galaxy 8.9 will be over by next week? Mobile hub will tell you!

UK to get White Samsung Galaxy S2 this September
Jul 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Mobile Logo White Galaxy S2

It has just been three months that the Samsung Galaxy S2 has hit the stands and the white version of the handset is already on its way. Don’t keep your mouth open in awe; it is indeed going to be available from 1st September in the UK.

The white Samsung Galaxy S2 has been promised this September by the Korean mobile phone major and the pics on the internet support that.

Clove, an online retailer posted 15th August as the launch date for the ivory edition of Samsung Galaxy S2 but that date will have to be pushed by a few weeks.

Having already clocked up 5 million units in sales even before the US launch, the Galaxy S2 has nothing left to prove; however the white version will have its own speciality and we need to see how it does.

The white version is no different from the black one in terms of software or hardware.

The Galaxy S II is slimmer, lighter and faster. It is a mere 8.49mm thick, weighs only 116g and has a huge 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

The device comes pre-loaded with the latest Google operating system – Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Also bungled are a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. And of course adding value is an 8MP camera capable of recording HD 1080p video.

Samsung Galaxy S being sold for just £260, thanks to Samsung S II hype
Jul 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Mobile Logo Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung freaks will be elated to know that the price of the Samsung Galaxy S has hit an all-time low at £259.95 on PAYG thanks to Carphone Warehouse. The delivery is fo free and the generally accepted fact is that CPW handsets are SIMFree and they are not locked.

Samsung is clearing the Galaxy S as it is gearing up to release the Galaxy S II. The handset was launched in May 2010 and was available with a retail price tag of £470. Samsung Galaxy S has been selected as the best Smartphone of 2010 by FoneHome mobile awards.

You can buy the handset with a £15 top up on Three so that you get 300 minutes and 300 texts apart from unlimited data every month if you want a contract. Three is offering the device for £18.55 per month on a 24 month contract via buymobilephones.

The Galaxy S has proved to be one of the best selling Android devices available on the market. Samsung has been successful to sell more than 10 million devices by the end of 2010.

Inspite of being launched a year ago, the smartphone comes with awesome specifications. It features an ARM Cortex A8 based Samsung Hummingbird SoC running at 1GHz, 8GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM and a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA capacitive touchscreen.

The Galaxy S also boasts a 5MP rear camera, a microSD card, BT, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. The 118g weighing device is less than 10mm thick. It is also expected to get an Android Gingerbread update in the later part of the year.

Samsung had earlier confirmed that the handset will get upgraded to Android 2.3.4 from the current Android 2.2.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for £535 on eBay
Jun 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is being touted as the able competitor to the market leader, Apple iPad 2. This tablet is a successor to Galaxy Tab which was launched last year. If you are one of those desperate to lay your hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, eBay is the first place to go.

A popular eBay reseller, Digigood has placed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet for sale. Digigood has 162000+ feedbacks with 99.8 per cent positive ones and thus there is a very good chance that you will get what you want.

For just £535, you can expect the tablet to be delivered within four days. With a weight of 565g, the tablet is 8.6mm thick and is powered by a dual core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 chip.

The 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 capacitive Touchscreen with 1GB RAM and 32GB on-board storage comes with a 3 Megapixel camera on the back and a 2 Megapixel camera on the front. HD Video recording is supported and it has LED Flash.

With Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct support. Music can be played for three days on the trot, thanks to the 700mAh battery, the highest capacity on any tablet PC. A 30-pin dock connector and a microUSB port are available but there is no HDMI connector.

Android Handsets for less than £40, thanks to Samsung
Jun 28th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Mobile Logo Android_logo

Samsung is favouring emergence of cheap PAYG handsets with features that are quite impressive and Samsung Europa is yet another example which is available for less than £50.

Galaxy Europa is available at £39.99 from O2 excluding a £7.5 minimum top up. Europa is the cheapest phone with a 2.8-inch QVGA capacitive display, a 2 Megapixel camera, and a 600MHz SoC processor.

The Android 2.1 powered handset can be upgraded to Android 2.2. It comes with Wi-Fi, GPS, DLNA compatibility, a microSD card reader, a 1200mAh battery and Bluetooth.

Swype and Layar app are available on the handset and thus can be used to augment reality and visual search of local attractions. There are five PayG tariffs available in Text and Web, Your country, Favourite place, O2 unlimited and Simplicity.

Laying hands on such an efficient handset for such a low price is a rarity and hence this will be grabbed by quite a few people out there.

Other Smartphones in a similar league if not the same leagure include Sony Ericsson X8, Orange San Francisco, and HTC Wildfire. T-Mobile Pulse Mini phone is from £19.99 too.

UK to get Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 this August
Jun 27th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung logo Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will hit the UK this August as confirmed by Samsung. The tablet PC which was expected sometime in July or August is pretty much on time. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is being touted as the able competitor to the market leader, Apple iPad 2. This tablet is a successor to Galaxy Tab which was launched last year.

The P7100 Honeycomb tablet is powered by a 1GHz Dual Core processor which is possibly the Samsung Exynos 4210 system. It also sports 1GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage along with an ARM Mali 400 GPU.

Just like other Honeycomb tablets, the P7100 also boasts a 10.1- inch WXGA TFT capacitive Touch-screen, a bigger tad than that of the iPad 2 and fully loaded with an array of sensors. The tablet is 10.9 mm thick which is slightly thicker than the Apple iPad. It is however 2g lighter than the iPad weighing only 599g.

Other specs of the tablet are dual surrounded sound speakers, full Google Services access, AGPS, Wi-Fi, Flash support, an 8 mega pixel rear camera along with Full HD recording and HD playback. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 thus is expected to give Apple iPad 2 a run for its money.

Will the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 just make the Apple iPad 2 run for cover or will it be a runaway hit? Let’s wait and watch.

Galaxy S II makes the right moves at the top!
Jun 10th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy S II

We reported in our earlier blog that Apple is being hounded in the market sales by its closest competitors.

And it seems the fears have come true for Apple. According to the latest sale figures from the last month, Samsung Galaxy S II is the most popular smart phone in UK. This means that Samsung has succeeded in usurping Apple from the perch.

The Samsung Galaxy S II comes with a large touch screen (4.3 inch) and has a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Also coming in the package is a 1 GB RAM, 16 or 32 GB storage space, an 8 Mega pixel auto focus camera with LED flash.

There also is a 2 Mega pixel front facing camera for video calls keeping in line with the latest trend. And of course, the usual suspects are always there in the model – FM Radio, 3G, GPS and Wi-Fi. The operating system is also the latest – Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

But what made Galaxy S II a hit in the market? Probably the impressive specifications were aided by the slim line design. This made it the best handset from Samsung to date and a hit in the UK market. Whether it would remain at the top and ward off the competition from Apple is something to be seen in the coming months.

Apple closed down by rivals!
Jun 8th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

iPhone 5

The news is out! Apple’s smart phone and tablet contract sales in the UK are being rivaled by its competitors HTC, Samsung and Motorola. This has been conformed from the latest reports according to the retail staff in UK.

The report states a huge demand for ‘high-quality-but-relatively-cheap’ HTC models like the Desire HD, Flyer tablet and the Desire S. Another fast moving product is the Motorola XOOM. Seen as a rival for Apple iPad, the Android-powered XOOM is reportedly witnessing a high-level demand from the seekers.

Even with the competition breathing down its neck, Apple has stuck to its position with its flagship products – iPhone 4 and iPad 2. These are still the most wanted models in the UK market.

According to the staffers at Orange, the iPhone is still the benchmark for most of the customers. Apart from the other questions, the common query is the comparison of the handset vis-à-vis iPhone.

The staffers at Carphone have reported that HTC Flyer and XOOM are more popular. If reports from them are anything to go by, the popularity of XOOM is such that, it is being sold out within no time.

Another model that is living up the competition is Samsung Galaxy S II. Tagged as the best-selling Android handset during its launch last month, Galaxy S II seems to be in line to challenge iPhone. The handset is well received by those looking for a non-iPhone model.

Apple still leads the pack but the seemingly invincible difference is being tracked down.

Grab the Samsung Galaxy S now for just £220
May 29th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung freaks will be elated to know that the price of the Samsung Galaxy S has been reduced by Mobiles.co.uk, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. You can lay your hands on the smartphone for just £219.90 on Pay As You Go deal from Orange.

The handset which is otherwise known as the i9000 was launched in May 2010 and was available with a retail price tag of £470. Samsung Galaxy S has been selected as the best Smartphone of 2010 by FoneHome mobile awards.

The Galaxy S has proved to be one of the best selling Android devices available on the market. Samsung has been successful to sell more than 10 million devices by the end of 2010.

Inspite of being launched a year ago, the smartphone comes with awesome specifications. It features an ARM Cortex A8 based Samsung Hummingbird SoC running at 1GHz, 8GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM and a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA capacitive touchscreen.

The Galaxy S also boasts a 5MP rear camera, a microSD card, BT, Wi-Fi and A-GPS. The 118g weighing device is less than 10mm thick. It is also expected to get an Android Gingerbread update in the later part of the year.

For £220, Samsung Galaxy S is the cheapest handset in that range and does not have any competition. Wildfire S lacks in the specs though it is cheaper while the HTC Desire is a lot more expensive.

O2 offering Galaxy Ace for just £10.50 per month
Apr 19th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

O2 Logo Samsung Galaxy Ace

Samsung Galaxy ACE, new kid of Samsung Galaxy range of Smartphone, is already available on Three network with a very affordable price tag. Samsung Ace is a new Stylish Android based Smartphone running latest version of Android Mobile Operating System, Froyo.

The UK service provider, O2 is now offering the Android-based smartphone for as little as £10.50 per month on a two year contract. However, many potential users may call off as this deal is bundled with just 50 minutes, 250 texts and no data allowance.

Though Ace is not the cheapest Android handset around, it is still the most affordable Android deal for those who are looking at something better than the Pulse without having the need to shell out the handset price of £200.

Samsung Galaxy Ace which is a simpler version of Galaxy S is interfaced through Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface which makes 3.5 inches screen of 16m color displaying capability and of 320X480 resolutions even better. It has one single home button similar to Apple’s iPhone 4 and two other buttons for navigation purposes.

The Ace which runs on Android 2.2 boasts a 5MP camera and a microSD card slot. The Smartphone has all high-end networking capabilities like 3G capability, Wi-Fi support and also don role of WiFi hotspots enabling you other home devices to connect to internet through it.

Samsung Galaxy S 2 launches this month
Apr 13th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy S 2 would be hitting the UK market this month itself – way ahead of the earlier schedule. This seems to be a way of Samsung to garner better attention and corner market share.

If you are one of those looking around to find a successor for the Samsung Galaxy S, start the party! According to rumors that were circulating in the market earlier, Galaxy S 2 was supposed to hit the market on the 1st of May.

However, according to reports surfacing from the Android Central, the eagerly awaited device will be launched in April. It is to be remembered that the Galaxy S 2 runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

Further to this, the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will be hitting the other markets across the globe. It isn’t sure when other markets would be seeing the device, which makes it interesting to see which country gains the handset first.

Samsung mobile has also come up with the statement that there will be an update on their Facebook page. The release date announcements for regional releases of the Samsung Galaxy S 2 would also be available on this page. This would mean that an eye on the Samsung facebook would be a real opener to the news!

Of course, we would keep you updated on the things as they unfold. So keep hitting the hub as we unravel the action!

Samsung Galaxy II to hit UK
Apr 11th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Smarter than a smartphone and turning the tables on the tablets, Galaxy S II is set to hit the markets

Taking a cue from the competition and trying not be left behind, Samsung has announced the roll out of its latest device. The Galaxy S II smartphone would be available from May 1st in the UK.

This comes in the wake of the news report in February that the phone would be available as early as 31st March from www.play.com. The date, later, changed to 6th May. And of course, there is the added benefit – reduction of price by £100 to £499.99, SIM free.

The competitor site clove.co.uk put the handset at £528 on pre-order, but not on any specific date. The news just quotes that the first stock is expected during May. Trying to match the price of play.com, another website Expansys.com has also reduced its price from a massive £629.99

The Galaxy S II is the latest addition to the ultra-popular Galaxy S family. Slimmer, lighter and faster, Galaxy S II is a mere 8.49mm thick, weighs only 116g and has a huge 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen.

The device comes pre-loaded with the latest Google operating system – Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Also bungled are a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. And of course adding value is an 8MP camera capable of recording HD 1080p video.

The best features of Galaxy S II make it worth the wait. Keep glued to this space!

Olympic phone from Samsung
Apr 2nd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

To capitalize grand Olympics event to be conducted in London next year, Samsung is planning to release a special phone for the event, called Samsung Olympic and Paralympic Games. This phone comes with contactless payments using visa technology as its signature feature.

It enables Contactless payments using Near Field Communication (NFC), short range gateway technology, via Visa gateways, which will allow doing payments across 60,000 locations in London without any kind of card or currency or contact. Usage of NFC for data exchange, being pilot during the Olympic season, will be rolled out across the world following that. This dream of wide range acceptance of this new payment technology is at least a year away at this point of time. Samsung is planning to introduce this technology in its all range of phones in future. Apple may soon follow Samsung to implement this feature in its iPhone.

Though not much information is available about this feature, this phone coverage will not be available on London’s Tube within this Olympics timeframe. Though there were attempts made to make it available, it did not went through after collapse of talks, which is believed due to Funding issues.

10 million Galaxy S Smartphones sold
Jan 3rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy

Samsung reached astronomic heights as it sold out more than 10 million Galaxy S Smartphones powered by Android OS within seven months of the handset’s launch.

The technology major consistently sold more than 1.4 million handsets every month and succeeded in reaching the milestone. Just to put things in perspective, Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4 handsets in the first week after the launch of the handset.

As per technology blog, DigiTimes Apple has upped its shipment goal and wants to sell another 20 million phones in the first quarter of the year. As per Finnish research firm, Inderes Oy 4 million handsets of the Nokia flagship phone N8 were sold in the Q4 of 2010.

If you are interested to know more about the Galaxy S, do read below.

Samsung’s most successful Smartphone Samsung Galaxy S was selected as the best Smartphone of 2010 by awards announced by FoneHome mobile awards. It received twice the number of votes as the Smartphone in second place HTC Desire HD has received.

Samsung Galaxy’s attractive features made it reach this place in the survey. Its 4 inch super AMOLED screen, which gives it a gorgeous look and super good touch sensitivity, is the most evident appealing feature. Its flash support to enhance its media skills makes it to play virtually everything it has downloaded. It is one among the rarest breeds to support flash over handsets.

Samsung’s monoblock touch screen phone is very light and thin, which makes it body a really appealing structure. It is 9.9 mm thin, which can slip into tightest pockets. Keeping its thinness, its 4 inch screen makes it look broader and taller among its comparables.

Updated Bada platform from Samsung
Dec 9th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung has announced a new update to its existing Bada handset platform, which will increase the performance of its bada handset platform. This move is in response to Samsung’s first bada developer challenge.

Samsung logoWith number of applications expected to download increasing (it is expected to exceed 50 million by this year end), South Korean company sources expects this upgrade will help to sustain such huge traffic. Company sources also feels that this statistics is evidence for increasing popularity of its bada based applications.

Samsung has recently started a drive of offering its apps for free to push the sales of its recently launched Wave Smartphones (Wave 525, 533, 757 and 723). Though this drive is a limited period offer for selected apps, it has increased traffic on its online apps store to a considerable extent. This drive allowed users to download selected game apps, theme apps and dictionary apps for free. Most popular among them are Tetris Refresh, FIFI 10, Asassin’s Creed II, therapy e-book and SSkin theme series.

Google’s Nexus S, built by Samsung, sold through Carphone Warehouse
Dec 7th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Google has unveiled its Google Nexus S last night. This mobile handset is built by Samsung and will be sold in UK through Carphone Warehouse. This handset is available in US through Best Buy retail chain.

SAM_GOOGLE_NEXUS_BLK_FT-460To go through third party mobile network was a deliberate action taken by Google against its previous attempt to sell through website, which is because of its failure in its previous attempts to sell the handset through website. This failure is mainly attributed to lack of customer support through website.

This mobile phone will be the first handset to sport google’s new Gingerbread 2.3, latest release of its Android mobile phone operating system. This updated operating system allows users to do searches, text and email through voice commands.

Carphone warehouse has already started taking orders for the phone, though it does not know the definite date of the delivery. But it hopes that it will happen by this Christmas time. While unlocked version of the phone will be available at £ 550, it will be available for £ 35 through contract.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales reaches 1 million mark
Dec 3rd, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Sales of Samsung’s Android based Samsung Galaxy Tab have reached one Million mark, in just two months after the release.

Reaching such a great milestone in such a small time span has increased the confidence of Samsung team to reach its target of selling 1.5 million by the end of 2010. Initial supplies of Samsung Galaxy Tabs ran out immediately after the release of the gadget. It has surpassed the expectations of many trade analysts.

With Christmas and yearend sale around, Samsung team is expecting create new records by the end of December 2010. The gadget is available on multiple providers including Vodafone, T-Mobile and 3 in UK, which makes it available across UK for consumers. It has multiple features, which makes it attractive over its rival iPad, some of them like support for Adobe flash, Android 2.2 O.S, Front and rear cameras all packed in attractive size of 7 inch wide body interfacing through 7 inch touch screen. Samsung’s support through various Samsung Hubs for Media, eBooks and Music makes it even more attractive for users.

Samsung’s answer to iPad available on Vodafone
Nov 25th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Vodafone has confirmed availability of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, Samsung’s answer to Apple iPad, is available on its stock across UK.

Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2 mobile operating system based gadget, is perfect light weight alternative to Apple’s iPad. While 10 inches Apple iPad is bit bulky to fit into your hand, 7 inches light weighted Galaxy tab perfectly fits into your palm. Galaxy tab supports streaming videos over web along with pre-installed Google widgets and Adobe flash 10.1.

Another unique feature being, Samsung’s Galaxy tab is phone indeed, allows making calls and text SMS messages, while Apple’s iPad lacks this feature. It also has front facing camera, to allow video calling. It is just not a tablet, it’s a tablet with phone features like 5 megapixel camera, WiFi connectivity, 3G and comes with up to 32 GB of storage.

Vodafone is making it even more lucrative by offering at really very lucrative price offer. It is available at £25.00 per month over contract with one-time payment £239.99. Deal is also wrapped along with 100 free text messages, 500 MB of Data and 500 minutes of talk time. It is also available with other operators like T-Mobile and Orange with prices pegged slightly higer level compared to Vodafone.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab price slashed by £50 in the UK
Nov 14th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab widely touted as the South Korean technology giant’s reply to Apple iPad has slashed its prices by £50 to be made available for just £470 in the UK. The SIM-free unlocked version of the tablet PC was launched for £529.99 in the UK on 1st November.

The slashed price for the tablet was first seen at Dixons and Amazon followed the suit soon after to offer the tablet for £479 plus free shipping. Given the fact that Samsung had a 1 million tablet sales target, the price slash might help it achieve the feat.

The 7-inch Android 2.2 powered Tablet with a 1 GHz processor, touted as Samsung’s reply to Apple iPad weighs 380g and thus turns out to be easy on the pocket. Thanks to the dual cameras that it sports, the Galaxy Tab can handle video calls and it can be helpful for a lot of business use with it browser an email credentials.

A new content service named as “Media Hub” from Samsung.com will be offered access to the Galaxy Tab. Samsung wants to provide an overall digital experience to its customers by leveraging the new Media Hub. NBC Universal, Paramount, and MTV Networks partner the Media Hub along with Samsung.

The Media Hub shall offer a library of movies, along with new releases, full TV shows and television episodes.

Powered by Froyo aka Android 2.2, the Galaxy tablet has dual cameras thus allowing video chatting and it supports Adobe Flash 10.1 too thus highlighting the glaring differences from Apple iPad.

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