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Smartphones are now available in different shapes and sizes. In fact some has grown a bit bigger and larger than usual. There are some people that still long for a smartphone that they can place comfortably in their pockets. This is what the new Samsung Galaxy Pocket is designed for.

The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is a new Android smartphone that caters to those who still want to have their mobile phone always handy in their pants pockets. This mobile phone is only 11.98mm thin and weighs 97 grams. It also comes with a 2.8 inch touchscreen display that features the convenient TouchWiz user interface for smoother navigation. It comes with a 3GB user memory with an SD card slot for an additional 32GB storage space as well as WiFi and HSDPA 3.6 connectivity for faster Web browsing. The Samsung Galaxy Pocket is set to first arrive in UK shores sometime this year and possibly to other countries as well. No pricing details have yet been provided.

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The Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T is bound to bring a massive dash of toughness to the Korean giant’s Android ranks. Compliant with MIL-STD-810f military grade standard, the handset will also enable Samsung to compete in yet another smartphone segment of the already saturated U.S. market.

While it is no secret that Samsung’s smartphone lineup in the United States is difficult to keep track of due to its sheer size, a rugged device had been a notable omission until the arrival of the subject of today’s feature.

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Despite being a newcomer to the U.S. market, the Samsung Rugby Smart is hardly a revolution in terms of design or specifications. What Samsung have done essentially, is put the single-core, 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU and Snapdragon chipset of the Galaxy W into the casing of the Galaxy Xcover. Add a 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen to the mix and there goes the Samsung Rugby Smart for AT&T. Here is the full list of key features for you.

Key Features

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • MIL-STD-810f ruggedness standard compliant
  • 1.4GHz Snapdragon CPU; Adreno 205 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset; 512MB RAM
  • 4GB storage, microSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 3.7″ Super AMOLED display with WVGA (800 x 480) resolution; 252ppi pixel density
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera; HD (720p) video recording at 30fps, LED flash
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread with TouchWiz 4.0 launcher
  • Rich video format support out of the box
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Hot-spot and DLNA connectivity
  • Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS; Digital compass
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • DivX/XviD/X264 video support
  • Office document viewer/editor
  • Web browser with Adobe Flash 11 support

Main disadvantages

  • Not exactly a looker
  • Hardware is not exactly at the cutting edge
  • No dedicated camera button

As you can notice at its key features above, the Samsung Rugby Smart is not exactly at the cutting edge of the Android realm today. The smartphone surely is not a looker either. Instead, the handset is here to offer its potential users solid functionality, without compromising on toughness.

Just a couple of days after uncovering the security loophole in iOS, whereby an application can copy the user’s entire photo library and upload it simply by asking for location information in photos and videos, The New York Times is back with similar issue found on Android devices as well.

In case of Android, the issue is a bit more worrying, as was demonstrated by the Times, using the same method they used with iOS. They built a simple time app for Android, which, in its permission dialogue, made no mention of accessing the photos on the device but simply for Internet access. This app was then able to not only access the photos on the device but also post it on a website, all behind the user’s back.

When The Verge contacted Google regarding this, it gave the typical developer argument of it being a feature and not a bug. Google said Android was designed in a way to facilitate access to your files because older devices had memory cards in them. But now that more and more Android device are having a fixed internal memory, the will be looking into adding permission for apps to access images.

Like we mentioned in our previous article regarding the iOS bug, this is no different than the way images can be access on your desktop computer. However, with Google now monitoring apps using its Bouncer program, like Apple, it too has fewer excuses to allow such behavior from apps on its store.

New Swann HD PenCam is Ideal for High-Definition Espionage

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Swann has announced a pair of digital imaging products that could be straight from Q’s gadget inventory. The Swann HD PenCam and regular old PenCam 4GB are stylish pens with built-in cameras that capture video and stills. The HD PenCam is capable of shooting 720p AVI videos and JPEGs while the PenCam 4GB captures standard-definition videos to its 4GB built-in memory. The HD PenCam can hold up to 16GB MicroSD cards and recharges via USB for a 45-minute lithium-ion battery life. The PenCam 4GB screws open to reveal a USB terminal for fast file transfers and easy charging, and offers a battery life of up to 90 minutes.

You can buy James Bond’s favorite new writing utensils for $99.99 (HD PenCam) and $69.99 (PenCam 4GB) from FRY’s, Costco.com, Amazon.com and other major retailers soon.

Gigabyte GSmart G1355 is a dual-SIM droid with a 4.3 screen

Gigabyte has a new affordable droid on the way – the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 – and it has two tricks up its sleeve. The G1355 is a dual-SIM droid with a 4.3″ WVGA screen making it a rare beast – most dual-SIM droids have small screens.

Now, the GSmart G1355 isn’t a high-end device by any means, despite what the large screen might lead you to believe. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on an outdated Qualcomm MSM7227T chipset (800MHz CPU, 512MB RAM, Adreno 200 GPU).

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The rest of the specs include a 5MP auto-focus camera with LED flash, microSD card slot and Wi-Fi b/g/n. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 measures 11.5mm thick, which is quite decent, but it weighs nearly 170g, which is chunky even for a phone with a 4.3″ screen.

Specs are pretty close to the ZTE Skate (also known as Orange Monte Carlo) with the advantage of the second SIM card slot, of course.

Anyway, the GSmart G1355 will launch at the end of this month, which means it will most likely be present at the MWC. There’s no pricing info yet.

Samsung Launches Low-Cost Android 4.0 Tablet

By Mikael RicknäsIDG News    Feb 13, 2012 10:30 pm

 

Samsung Electronics has launched the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), the first of its tablets to ship with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and its own Touchwiz user interface, the company said on Monday.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)The latest addition to Samsung’s tablet portfolio is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and has a 7-inch screen with a 1024-by-600 pixel resolution.

The tablet will cost about €270 (US$350) excluding taxes for the Wi-Fi version, according to a statement from Samsung in Sweden, which also says that it will start shipping in March.

Samsung will also sell a 3G version of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), which can function as a phone and connects to the Internet using HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) at 21mbps.

The tablet is 0.41 inches (10.5 millimeters) thick and weighs 0.75 pounds (344 grams), compared to the iPad 2, which is 0.34 inches (8.8 millimeters) thick and weighs 1.32 pounds (601 grams).

The specification also includes two cameras; 8, 16, or 32GB of integrated storage and MicroSD card slot; and a 4000 mAh battery that should last for up to 39 hours, according to Samsung.

With a lower price, Samsung hopes to attract a larger audience to its tablets. Sales of Android-based tablets more than tripled during the fourth quarter of 2011, but Apple still dominates the market, according to a recent report from Strategy Analytics. The Android camp had a 39.1 percent share of global tablet shipments, compared to 29 percent a year earlier. Apple’s share dropped from 68.2 percent to 57.6 percent, according to Strategy Analytics.

This is not a GSM device, it will not work on any GSM network worldwide.

Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

GENERAL

BODY

  • Dimensions        130.7 x 68.9 x 9 mm
  • Weight                 145 g

DISPLAY

  • Type: Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 540 x 960 pixels, 4.3 inches (~256 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass

SOUND

  • Alert types: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes

MEMORY

  • Card slot:  microSD, up to 32GB, 16GB card included, buy memory
  • Internal:  8 GB storage, 1GB RAM

DATA

  • GPRS:  No
  • EDGE: No
  • Speed: Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps, LTE

WLAN

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP, LE+EDR
  • USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0

CAMERA

  • Primary: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Video: Yes, 1080p@30fps
  • Secondary: Yes, 1.3 MP, 720p

FEATURES

  • OS: Android OS, v2.3.6 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
  • Chipset: TI OMAP 4430
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX540

BATTERY

  • Battery: Li-Ion 3300 mAh
  • Stand-by: Up to 380 h
  • Talk time: Up to 21 h 30 min

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S

GENERAL

BODY

  • Dimensions      125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight               117 g

DISPLAY

  • LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • 480 x 854 pixels, 4.2 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
  • Multitouch
  • Scratch-resistant glass

SOUND

  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3 ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: Yes

MEMORY

  • Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
  • Internal 1 GB (320 MB user-available), 512 MB RAM

DATA

  • GPRS: Up to 86 kbps
  • EDGE: Up to 237 kbps
  • Speed: HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
  • USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support

CAMERA

  • Primary: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
  • Features: Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
  • Video: Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, check quality
  • Secondary: No

FEATURES

  • OS: Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread), planned upgrade to v4.0
  • Chipset:  Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
  • CPU: 1.4 GHz Scorpion
  • GPU: Adreno 205

BATTERY

  • Battery:  Li-Po 1500 mAh
  • Stand-by: Up to 460 h (2G) / Up to 460 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 7 h 25 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 35 min (3G)
  • Music play: Up to 37 h