SlashGear Exclusive: Samsung’s SGH-i550 HSDPA business phone

If Samsung’s flirtation with B&O is a little too extreme for you, but you still fancy some of that HSDPA goodness, then maybe their upcoming SGH-i550 will suit you.  A traditional candybar handset, the i550 ran the risk of being overlooked at Samsung’s press event, but there are certainly enough features to make it worth your while seeking it out.  Aside from the aforementioned HSDPA, Samsung have added a Blackberry-esque illuminated trackball for speedy control, as well as a large 2.6-inch screen and GPS.


Check out the video walkthrough of the Samsung SGH-i550 after the cut


SlashGear Exclusive: Bang & Olufsen and Samsung’s Serenata luxury cellphone

Samsung’s last collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, the Serene, grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.  Seemingly attempting to literally revolutionise normal clamshell design by putting the display on the lower half and the keys (in a dodgy circular layout, naturally) on the top.  It was very well made but difficult to use and as expensive as you’d expect something with the B&O logo to be.  Still, neither company are made up of quitters and so while SlashGear was hanging out with Samsung they granted us some hands-on time with the Serenata, their far more interesting follow-up.



SlashGear Exclusive: Hands-on with Samsung’s SGH-i450 Music Phone

It wasn’t all about luxury names and big-screen smartphonesat Samsung’s exclusive press event; they also took the time to introduce some more mainstream models.  First up is the SGH-i450, a dual-sliding music phone which still manages to pack a 2-megapixel camera, HSDPA for high-speed internet access and – more importantly, Samsung thinks – downloading fresh new tracks, and a deeply clever “Half Touch” scroll wheel.



SlashGear Exclusive: Video hands-on with Samsung’s F700 iPhone-rival

Last month Vodafone announced their agreementwith Samsung to sell the F700 smartphone under the unusual name “Croix”, and at the time I lamented my lack of in-depth playtime with the handset.  Well, thanks to yesterday’s Samsung event which SlashGear were invited to I had an opportunity to grab some footage of the HSDPA-toting, QWERTY-sliding F700; back in October I said it was “one of the strongest competitors to the iPhone”, and that opinion has only got stronger.


Exclusive hands-on video of the Samsung F700 after the cut


Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock controller compatibility questions answered

The launch of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock is coming up quick. You can bet that we’ll be bringing you all of the juicy details just as soon as I get my hands on it. I do have a tidbit of information regarding compatibility issues with the new Les Paul.

There have been rumors around that the X-Plorer will/won’t work with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. I decided to go straight to the source and find out what Red Octane had to say about compatibility of the old and new controllers. Mind you, I only talked about the 360 controllers, as they have really been the only ones in question. Hit the jump for the full transcript of my Q&A with Bryan Lam of Red Octane.


Vertu Ascent Ti

So, for those of you that don’t know, Vertu does a really good job of applying “themes” to their handsets whenever they release them, the theme for the Ascent Ti is from high performance sports cars. I have never seen a sports car made out of Titanium, but this phone is.

That is nice; since this $6300 handset is something you will probably want to las you for a while. I don’t think there is anywhere that this phone won’t work either, it has 3G UMTS, Quad-band GSM, and CDMA, so if there is any type of cellular coverage, you should be able to make a call.


Rock Band Tour 2007 – Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive

This clip of Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive gives you a good look at the HUD. Your two guitars are to the left and right of the screen (it doesn’t matter which guitar is where) the drums are in the middle and the vocals are up top.


Rock Band Tour 2007 – Inside the Tour Bus, rocking the main stage and another interview

So what was it like to attend one of the Rock Band Tour stops? It was awesome to say the least. I spent most of the time hanging out with John and the nearly legendary Fabio who were having a great time. I shot some good footage of what you will experience if you stop by. Hit the jump for a walk through, as well as a clip of some people rocking out on the main stage (yes, there’s footage of me rocking out).


Interview – John Drake of Harmonix talks about Rock Band

As you might have noticed from my article over the weekend, I traveled up to Chicago (DeKalb to be exact) to catch up with the Rock Band Tour. I’ll say this much, it was well worth it. While I was there I spent some time with John Drake of Harmonix. He took me in the bus and let me rock out for a while and then sat down for an interview. Check it out after the jump.


Rock Band van spotted

You’ve probably noticed that our Vincent travels a lot. He gets to go out and have all of the fun while the rest of us sit in our offices and work. I had the pleasure of finding out that it’s not all fun and games on the road. I left my hotel this morning at around 10am and on the plane by noon. I got back to Indianapolis around 1, I got home just in time to switch out my clothes for some new ones and make an appearance at a family gathering before hitting the road again.

Where did I head this time? I left on a four hour road trip to Chicago for the opportunity to play Rock Band before it comes out. I got to where I was going at almost 2am, however, I pulled into the wrong hotel and found a little surprise.


Live from the GM Collections Event

It’s a well-kept secret that we bloggers are taking over the world. More people are turning to blogs for information on all kinds of products. I’m not just talking about consumer electronics, there are blogs about everything imaginable. The great thing about bloggers is that they are real people, they aren’t going to skew the facts because they feel pressure from their publisher. Some companies are finally starting to really take notice of this trend. One such company is GM.


Halo 3 launch – Didn’t preorder a copy? Good luck

If you didn’t know that Halo 3 was launched just a little bit ago (at least for those of us on the East Coast) you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. If you didn’t actually head out to your favorite game store to pick up a copy, you’re probably better off, especially if you hadn’t already preordered a copy. These two lucky guys walked out of the store at just a hair past midnight, being two of the first people to get a copy of the game.