Posted on 31 January 2011
Samsung previously piqued my interested with it’s Galaxy S Fascinate [tracking page][review], so I’ve been excited to give the Continuum a try. The Continuum is much like the Fascinate except it has a 1.8 inch 480×96 AMOLED â€œticker inch display underneath the main screen for notifications and quick access to info like time/date/weather/twitter/facebook/etc. Does the extra display equal extra functionality or is it merely a monotonous novelty without much depth? Read our full review to find out!
We’ll start out with the classic hardware tour, but before that I want you to know that, as I mentioned, the Samsung Continuum is very much like the Samsung Fascinate that we reviewed a little while ago. It’s pretty much the same device in a slightly different body and without the Continuum’s extra display. We aren’t in the business of boring our readers so I’m not going to hit you with information that we’ve already covered. I’ll point you to the Fascinate review if need be, but for the most part this review is going to focus on the Continuum’s unique aspects (ie: the ticker display) and it’s particular performance. Now that we’ve got that out of the wayâ€¦
Here’s a quick visual rundown of the Continuum to get you familiar with the device:
And here’s the specs (as always, you can find more detailed technical info on our Samsung Continuum tracking page in the device database).
- 3.4 inch capacitive Super-AMOLED screen @ 800×480
- secondary 1.8 inch capacitive Super-AMOLED @ 480×96
- Android 2.1 (custom Samsung overlay)
- ARM Cortex A8 CPU @ 1GHz
- PowerVR SGX graphics
- 366MB of RAM
- 5.0MP auto-focus camera with single-LED flash (capable of 720p HD recording)
- WiFi b/g/n & BT 3.0
Posted on 21 January 2011
Here’s a video showing how the Samsung Continuum’s â€œticker inch display functions and some of the issues that it has.
For more on the Samsung Continuum, be sure to check out its tracking page in our extensive device database for gallery photos, links, stats, specs, and more.
Posted on 19 November 2010
We’ve got our hands on a very unique Android device. Check out our unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S Continuum [tracking page], which features a secondary AMOLED display which measures 1.8” and has a resolution of 480×96. To activate the display, you squeeze both parts of the bottom part of the phone. The display has definite potential, but will it be able to prove it’s use to escape the ‘gimmick’ tag? Stay tuned for our upcoming full review to find out. If there’s anything in particular you’d like to know about the Continuum, feel free to drop us a line in the comments. (Pro tip: keep an eye on the Continuum’s gallery to get an early look at our photos of the phone before the full review is posted)
Posted on 15 November 2010
Tnkgrl mobile couldn’t have better timing. While I just finished up my Samsung Fascinate review, here comes tnkgrl with a great comparison of the four big carrier Galaxy S phones.
Tnkgrl puts the Fascinate [tracking page], Epic [tracking page], Captivate, and Vibrant side by side with photo and video comparisons and offers her usual experienced commentary on their performance. Head on over to her site to check it out the full range of photos and videos.
Posted on 15 November 2010
Samsung has now launched 5 phones under the â€œGalaxy S inch brand. They are all quite similar with 1GHz Samsung hummingbird CPUs, 512MB of RAM and running Android 2.1. The only outlier being the â€œEpic inch which has a slide out QWERTY keyboard and 4G service from Sprint, while the others all lack a physical keyboard and 4G radios.
We’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate (the Verizon version) on hand for review and dare I say, it might be the best Android handset that Verizon is currently offering.
As usual, we’ll look at the device’s important specs and show you a quick hardware tour. For more detailed specs and info, check out our Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate tracking page.
- Android 2.1 OS
- 4 inch 800×480 AMOLED capacitive screen
- 1GHz Samsung â€œHummingbird inch CPU (ARM Cortex A8)
- 512MB of RAM
- 5.0MP auto-focus camera with single-LED flash
- 18GB of memory (2GB built-in, 16GB card pre-installed)
- WiFi b/g/n and BT 2.1
- Android Marketplace access
Posted on 18 October 2010
Posted on 17 October 2010
Here’s a short and sweet unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S phone for Verizon, the Fascinate. This phone has a 1Ghz Samsung Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4” 800×480 AMOLED screen and is running Android 2.1. Stay tuned for a full review and plenty of other coverage on this so far impressive phone.
Posted on 16 August 2010
The pace of progress in the Smartphone world is stunning. Only last week we were excited to see the Droid 2 (Our unboxing video here) with its improved slider keyboard but this week, Samsung take it up a notch with the Epic 4G which has seen a raft of reviews in the last few days. It’s a 4 inch slider Android 2.1 device running on a 1Ghz Samsung Hummingbird CPU. The Epic isn’t quite available yet (31st August is planned) and even then it’s only available to Sprint subscribers in the U.S. but even if you’re not in that catchment group, it’s one to watch as it’s likely to filter out to other networks and countries. It’s based on the Samsung Galaxy S and given the high-end specs and screen size, this one is something to consider as more than just a phone. Kindle reader, free navigation, 5MP cam, fast ARM-core processor and a promised upgrade to Android version 2.2 in September. Lets not forget that keyboard too which is getting some great reports. 5-row goodness! I’m certainly thinking about selling my X10i for this if it comes to Europe!
Samsung Epic 4G product page.
We’re tracking news on this one in the product database now so click through to find the latest reviews, full specifications list, gallery and a list of comparable smartphones.
Posted on 15 July 2010
Samsung has four new Android phones that they are preparing to release for the four major US carriers. The list is as follows:
- Captivate â€“ AT&T (launches 7/18)
- Vibrant â€“ T-Mobile (launches 7/15)
- Epic 4G â€“ Sprint
- Fascinate â€“ Verizon
Each phone has it’s own styling but the Epic 4G stands out the most as it is the only one featuring a sliding QWERTY keyboard and 4G connectivity. The Captivate and Vibrant have HSDPA (7.2 Mbps) and HSUPA (5.76 Mbps), and the Fascinate will likely have EVDO Rev. A, and all three lack a hardware keyboard:
All four of these devices have a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8/16GB of internal storage, and a microSD slot for expansion of up to an additional 32GB. All four also run Android 2.1 with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UI, and are capable of 720p HD recording with their 5MP autofocus cameras. Included in the UI is a Swype keyboard, which our very own Guy demoed for you earlier this week.
Samsung is really pushing the displays on these phones which are 4 inch @ 800×480 and using Samsung’s own Super AMOLED displays which they claim to have better and brighter colors than any other phone on the market, as well as a full 180 degree viewing angle â€“ something that we’ve seen with the iPhone 4’s IPS display.
Tnkgrl has an fresh unboxing of the Samsung Captivate, shown below. Also be sure to head to her site for the Captivate’s first power on video.