Samsung fans have been waiting for the company to release its first Windows 8 phone–and it officially arrives tomorrow in the form of the ATIV Odyssey for Verizon. Though not a flagship device ($49 on a two-year contract after rebate), the phone does pack some nice specs into its compact form-factor, including a 4″ Super AMOLED display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1080p video playback and recording, 8 gigs of on board storage (with support for a 64GB microSD card as well), and a 2100mAh battery. Our unit will arrive this week, and we’ll give you are full opinion once we’ve spent some time with it; but for now, you can check out the full PR after the jump for more details.
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Potentially very bad news for Microsoft as Redmond attempts to carve out a bigger share of the tablet market. In an interview with C/Net, Samsung Senior Vice President Mike Abary disclosed that Samsung will be halting distribution of Windows RT devices in the USA.
“There wasn’t really a very clear positioning of what Windows RT meant in the marketplace, what it stood for relative to Windows 8, that was being done in an effective manner to the consumer. When we did some tests and studies on how we could go to market with a Windows RT device, we determined there was a lot of heavy lifting we still needed to do to educate the customer on what Windows RT was. And that heavy lifting was going to require pretty heavy investment. When we added those two things up, the investments necessary to educate the consumer on the difference between RT and Windows 8, plus the modest feedback that we got regarding how successful could this be at retail from our retail partners, we decided maybe we ought to wait.”
Following HP’s announcement in June that they would be scrapping RT products, Samsung’s revelation is not great, but not terribly surprising…
While everyone seems to be having fun with the Galaxy Note II and all of its new features, Samsung Mobile is about to show original Galaxy Note owners a bit of love as well with a long-awated Jellybean update. In addition to performance improvements, this update brings the Orwellian “Google Now” (which I happen to love), allowing your Jellybean-enabled phone to track all of your activity (travels, web searches, etc.) and provide you with information based on that activity without even having to ask for it. Creepy, but fantastic. But Samsung isn’t going to stop at just updating the Android OS–they’re also adding their Premium Suite to the mix, adding cool new features like Multi-Window (multiple apps on the same screen), Popup Note (instantly create a note by simply double-taping the screen with your S Pen), Easy Clip and Photo Note (you can read about this by hitting the link). There’s a ton of new functionality heading to the Phablet that started it all, and you can learn more by heading over to Samsung’s Galaxy Note microsite.
I loves me some rugged devices. There are few better joys in life than dropping a phone into a glass of water in front of people to watch their reactions. Knowing TOO many people at this stage who have ruined a device by getting it soaked or using it while working out, I wish more phones were built a little more solid. I’m not impressed with thin devices if they can’t survive a two year contract…
The Rugby III is a modest little flip phone feature-wise, but comes with the benefit of being ruggedized for the job site. Military Spec (810G) waterproof and shock resistant hardware is paired with AT&T’s enhanced push-to-talk service–so for those who don’t need a smart device, this should be a monster.
Full PR after the jump!
While I start torturing this cute little phone, I thought I’d start a photo gallery for those who like to get off on phone abuse. Join me as we put the Rugby Pro through its paces!
Don’t forget to check back as I update this gallery leading up to our full review. I’m usually much kinder to my review phones, but this little guy is bringing out my inner-sadist…
So many bad puns I wanted to use for this article title. Second place was “Galaxy Note 2: Electric Boogaloo.” We’re generally disappointed by the number of remakes/reboots/sequels that the movie industry cranks out, but this year has seen some fantastic sequels to our favorite phones. Sammy has completed a Trilogy of Galaxy S’s, and now it’s time to revisit the Galaxy Note franchise!
It’s audacious. It’s big. It’s a MONSTER! No other phone that I’ve used in public has generated more visceral responses from people who encounter it. Love it or hate it, there’s rarely any middle ground.
If you’re a Verizon customer who’s been chomping at the bit to get your hands on Samsung’s new Galaxy Note II, you can officially stop chomping–Samsung’s uber “Phablet” is now available in stores, as well as online.
Here’s the official word from Samsung:
Just in time for the holidays, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available for purchase online and in stores starting tomorrow Nov. 29. Customers who pre-ordered the Galaxy Note II will receive an e-mail alert when their device has been shipped. Customers have the option of two color models, Marble White or Titanium Grey and can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note II for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
Samsung was also kind enough to send us a Galaxy Note II..so make sure you check back for Juan Carlos Bagnell’s full review in the coming days.
As the iPhone 5 was released at the very tail end of Q3, and the GS3 was brand spanking new, the GSIII outsold the aged iPhone 4s to the tune of 18 million to 16 million units.
The iPhone 5 will certainly take the top spot once Q4 sales are published, but this is the first time that a single Android handset model has ever outsold an iPhone.
Well done Sammy!
Who were all these people buying the 4s RIGHT BEFORE the iPhone release?
Following Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5, prices for the Galaxy S III dropped to $99 on Amazon Wireless (with activation of a new contract). That’s a pretty killer price for bleeding edge hardware. Go check it out it you’re shopping a new phone!
Sammy’s experiment with “audacious” must have been a success as today they announced the successor to the Note: the Galaxy Note 2. I’m happy to see the Note follow in the footsteps of the Galaxy S III, with a more organic shape and design.
Running down the killer spec sheet:
- 5.5″ 1280x720p screen (Super AMOLED)
- 1.6GHz Quad-core Exynos Processor
- 2GB of RAM – 16/32/64GB on board storage
- 3100mAh battery
The OG Note was a monster. This looks like it’ll be a worthy replacement.
More info after the jump.