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Samsung Galaxy Tab: second helping [Video]

Samsung Galaxy Tab: second helping [Video]

Samsung's Galaxy Tab is shaping up to be the device of IFA 2010, and while we spent some hands-on time - complete with video - with the Froyo slate right after the launch yesterday, we thought we'd head back today to see if our positive first impressions held true.  After the cut, more hands-on video and pictures of the Galaxy Tab, plus details on launch plans, Samsung's intentions for future tablets, and more!

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AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile Vibrant & Galaxy S simple unlock unearthed

Unlocking a cellphone can be a headache, so we're pleased to see Samsung has done its users a service with the Galaxy S - and the US versions, the AT&T Captivate and T-Mobile Vibrant, based on the phone - by including the unlock codes in a file on the smartphone itself.  Unfortunately they've not made them easy to access, and so the team over at xda-developers has stepped in with a simple tool that takes a locked Galaxy S family handset and spits out an unlocked version.

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Sprint Epic 4G Review

Sprint Epic 4G Review

Sprint 4G smartphones may be thin on the ground, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Epic 4G gets a free pass into our favors; there's plenty of strong competition among the smartphone ecosystem, even if you're limiting your choices to devices running the Android OS. Some - like the Nexus One - get Android updates sooner, while others - like the DROID X - have bigger screens and higher-resolution cameras. Hardware keyboards may be more rare, but the Epic 4G isn't alone in that segment either. Still, with a Super AMOLED display, high-speed connectivity and all Samsung's multimedia bells & whistles, the Epic 4G certainly stands a good chance of being Sprint's best smartphone. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.

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Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint Available August 31st for $249.99, Reservations Beginning August 13th

Samsung Epic 4G for Sprint Available August 31st for $249.99, Reservations Beginning August 13th

Sure enough, August 11th turned out to be something worthwhile. Thanks to Samsung, we can now safely say that we know when the Epic 4G, Sprint's second 4G-equipped device, will be hitting the airwaves this year. The Epic 4G is the most distinct variation of the Samsung Galaxy S devices launching here in the States: featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood, a full physical QWERTY keyboard on a landscape slider, and Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface overlaying Android 2.1, the Epic 4G also sits high on the hill thanks to its ability to connect to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network.

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Galaxy S official accessories revealed: Desk & Car docks, DLNA HD streamer [Update: pricing!]

Galaxy S official accessories revealed: Desk & Car docks, DLNA HD streamer [Update: pricing!]

Samsung has outed a range of official accessories for their popular Galaxy S smartphone, including both desktop and in-car docks together with portable charger for juicing up a spare battery.  As with docks we've seen for Motorola phones, the Samsung versions recharge the Galaxy S; however Samsung also offer a free Desk Home app in the Android Market that automatically manages daytime/nighttime brightness and provides one-touch access to the Daily Briefing, alarm clock, music, pictures, movie gallery and local weather.

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Froyo roundup: DROID 2 to launch with Android 2.2; updates for Galaxy S and Vodafone Nexus One dated

Froyo roundup: DROID 2 to launch with Android 2.2; updates for Galaxy S and Vodafone Nexus One dated

Lashings of Froyo rumor over the past twenty-four hours, with talk of Android 2.2 headed to various high-end handsets.  First off, spyshots have tipped the Motorola DROID 2 as launching on Verizon with Froyo preloaded according to Droid-Life, rather than the Android 2.1 OS we've seen on the DROID X, while elsewhere there's talk of Android 2.2 updates for existing devices.

That includes a Froyo update for the Vodafone Google Nexus One as early as next week, with the carrier-branded device finally getting what unlocked users have been enjoying for a few weeks now.  Handy, since Google has announced that they'll soon not be offering the unlocked version themselves, leaving it up to carrier partners to supply the phone.

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AT&T Samsung Captivate on sale today

AT&T Samsung Captivate on sale today

Another day, another Galaxy S family smartphone available in the US market.  Samsung continues its rollout - so that's where all the Super AMOLED displays went - with the AT&T Captivate, packing the same 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g/n and 5-megapixel camera of its siblings.

There's also Android 2.1 with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 UI, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and 720p HD video recording.  Onboard memory is 16GB, with a microSD card to expand that, and you also get the Swype keyboard preloaded.

The AT&T Samsung Captivate is available now, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement and mandatory voice and data plans.  Meanwhile AT&T's contract-free price for the smartphone is $499.99.

Road SMS Augmented Reality messaging app video demo

Road SMS Augmented Reality messaging app video demo

Samsung has taken it upon itself to rescue avid Android texters from the dangers of sturdy street furniture with Road SMS, a free download that overlays a QWERTY keyboard on top of a live feed from the camera.  We've been putting it through its paces over at Android Community - together with flagging up some of the issues - but you can get a sneak peak of our hands-on (or, as the photo shows, our hands-through) video after the cut.

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AT&T Samsung Captivate unboxing & first-impressions

AT&T Samsung Captivate unboxing & first-impressions

AT&T's Captivate is the first of Samsung's Galaxy S series smartphones to reach the US, and our review unit has just dropped onto the test bench.  Packing a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and 16GB of onboard storage, AT&T's latest Android device marks a reasonably significant style departure from the original European Galaxy S, though you still get Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0.  Check out the unboxing and our first impressions of the AT&T Samsung Captivate after the cut.

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