Samsung Galaxy Pocket
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Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Samsung has officially announced a new entry-level Android phone, going by the moniker of Samsung Galaxy Pocket, that is destined to hit UK shores. As the name suggests, this Android phone is pocket-sized and will have a tiny pocket-money price to match.

As we dip in and out of recession and even find ourselves faced with a double-dip recession, there can never be enough affordable options, even if that means forsaking a large portion of technology in the process. Therefore, we feel that Samsung deserves a huge thumbs up for adding a very affordable option to their Android portfolio.

Simon Stanford, Vice President  of UK and Ireland Telecommunications and Networks division said in the official press release:

With the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, we are building on the features we know our customers enjoy and get the most out of. This new device adds further breadth to the choice of smartphones we currently offer and provides a smartphone experience for even more customers at an affordable price.’

Samsung Pocket Specs

Samsung Galaxy Pocket is just 100 grams in weight and has a small, but perfectly formed 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Unfortunately, its single-core processor does not even reach 1 GHz and is instead a paltry 832 MHz. There is no front-facing camera and only a 2 MP rear snapper. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is what you get on this cut-price smartphone, and a Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery powers what little is going on. There is 3 GB of ROM and a microSD slot to give you up to an extra 32 GB of memory for all of your apps and media content.

This seems to be an ideal phone for a youngster or anybody that is not that bothered about being up-to-date with the latest technology. If, on the other hand, you are after a fast, powerful Android experience, this is probably not the phone for you.

Release Date and Price

Samsung Galaxy Pocket will be available in the UK later in 2012, although specific details are not as yet available. Though there is also a lack of pricing info, it’s likely to be as cheap as chips.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Weight100 grams
Height103.7 mm
Width57.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Display2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen
Resolution240 x 320 pixels
CPU832 MHz single-core processor
GPU
PlatformAndroid 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Memory3 GB ROM, (microSD up to 32 GB)
Camera2 MP
Secondary CameraNo
VideoQVGA@15fps
ConnectionsGPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, micro USB
BatteryLi-Ion 1200 mAh
Talktime
Standby

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Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection
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Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection

If you’re after a perfect Android alarm clock that requires minimal effort but provides maximum effect and is rather beautiful too, look no further. Android developer Softbork has developed an Alarm clock that fits the bill exactly.

But don’t take our word for it, download and try it for yourself. There’s a free version and a paid ad-free version that costs a tiny £0.68.  If your idea of a wake-up call, however, is to solve tricky mathematical problems to dismiss your alarm, or you like endless menu choices to fiddle through, with complex set-up instructions, you best look elsewhere.

Perfect Alarm is simplicity itself, with intuitive, fool-proof menu settings that even your poor Aunt Hilda, who unfortunately seems to have lost her marbles, can set without any issues. No need for fancy and unnecessary trimmings, such as voice control. Who needs the weather report or stock exchange read out to them when they wake up anyhow? Not Perfect Alarm, this little gem is gimmick-free and works perfectly every time, even after rebooting your smartphone. In fact, Perfect Alarm is also designed to withstand task-killing apps.

Perfect Alarm is the closest to a real alarm clock you’ll get in virtual form. To set the time you wish your alarm to wake you, you simply move the clock’s red hand with your finger. Time can be set in either AM/PM or 24-hour format, and you can see at a glance the exact time you’ve set the alarm for, as this is displayed just above the clock as you move the hand.

Don’t worry about being late for work by accidentally disabling your alarm as you rouse yourself from sleep; to disable or snooze you must long-press, and hopefully, this is not a skill that can be done whilst half asleep. You can choose to be woken by any tune you wish, and there are 3 options for fade-in, where the alarm will gently rise in volume, of either 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes. More like a gentle caress than an industrial hammer drill to the brain.

If you can’t get to sleep in the first place there’s always the option of counting the sheep that cascade down the screen like moon dust. There are 9 different alarm clock designs to choose from, it’s just a shame that the backgrounds aren’t changeable too, as there are some really enchanting ones.

To reset or disable your alarm simply tap the cheeky little rooster on your notification bar to gain instant access to Perfect Alarm’s menu.

Check out the official Perfect Alarm video below:

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Part 2 of ‘The Worlds Weirdest Android Devices’ has a few more Android oddities to show you…

Umeox Appollo Solar Powered Android Phone

For the greener amongst you, it’s nice to know that there’s an Android smartphone that will keep your conscience clear. For anybody off in ‘the middle of nowhere, where the last thing you’re liable to see is a power socket, it’s reassuring to know that there’s an Android to fill your needs.

Umeox Appollo is powered by solar, so as long as there’s sunlight you’ll have a working Android phone. Requires just 2.5 hours of sunlight to charge its built-in solar panel, but if the battery runs out completely it’s going to take a blistering 17 hours of sunbathing to get Umeox Appollo back to 100%.

As with companies such as Huawei, Umeox is an established Chinese manufacturer that’s been providing phones to be re-branded. Umax Appollo was set, in February 2011, for release in China. It was debatable whether it would surface in the USA or Europe, and it’s seeming likely that we won’t be seeing it after all, if we do, however, it will probably sport a different moniker.

Appresso

We all know that caffeine is the preferred drug of choice. Coffee bars are springing up on every high street in the UK as fast as your local breweries are ringing ‘last orders’ for the very last time. Appresso is a coffee addicts paradise, making sure that you’re perfect cuppa is always within reach, even when the Coffee shops have shut for the night… and it’s controlled by Android.

This perfect coffee lovers partner knows exactly what your favorite espresso is. Dock your Android device and as it charges it communicates with Appresso and delivers your drink while at the same time playing your fave tracks if you wish. Or music can be played from a QR code on the coffee cup.

We expect to see this design, by In-oh Yoo and Bong-yup Song, on behalf of Meta trend Institute, to be hitting the UK in the near future. We predict that this concept will soon find its way onto the high street too, whether Appresso or a similar design. It turns espresso drinking into a whole new interactive experience.

Samsung Galaxy Concept Flexi Phone

If you’ve heard of the Origami mobile phone, you’ll have a pretty good idea of where this concept Samsung Android phone is heading. For those of you who haven’t heard of the Origami mobile phone, it’s basically a phone that’s made of cardboard and folds flat when not in use. Solves the issue of ever-decreasing storage.

The Samsung concept Flexi phone, if it ever reaches production, is set to solve more than just one problem. Besides being a space saver, and possibly slim enough to fit within the folds of an oversized wallet, this Android phone would also be the only answer you’d need concerning stands and holders. If you bend it in half it becomes a bedside alarm clock, photo frame or mini TV, fold at both sides and it will sit neatly on your car dashboard, making GPS more accessible.

Samsung has developed a futuristic, fully flexible graphene AMOLED display, which they showcased at CES 2011, that would make this astonishing Android phone a real possibility in the very near future. Full marks go to Haeseong Jee and Haeyon You who designed this beautiful idea for Samsung Talent Program, at Hongik University. This is one prediction we would like to put our money on. In 20 years from now, we imagine that flexible mobile phones will be the only mobile phones in the shops.

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Looking for Android Tablets for Xmas 2011 – Just Don’t Buy a Turkey!

Christmas is racing towards us, there is nowhere to hide, it’s definitely going to happen whether you’re ready or not! If like the majority of the UK, Europe, and America, you’re suffering cash flow issues due to the economic climate, with prices rising for almost every essential living expense and little or no money to cover the costs, it’s essential you make the correct choices when present buying.

There is bound to be a list long enough to circle Earth numerous times requesting Android smartphones/tablets this Christmas. If your cherished family member will be lucky to be receiving such a device from yours truly, we implore you to do your homework meticulously before you make an expensive purchase that may end up a complete turkey.

At this seasonal time of year, almost every advert on TV, every newspaper, or magazine, is saturated with must-buy bargains at unbelievable knock-down prices. It’s human nature to begin to salivate at such offers and make a mad dash to the high street to snap up this mega bargain or to enter your card details online before the item is sold out, and all before you have time to think clearly. Stop. Take a breather, have a cuppa, a cold shower if you have to, but do not buy on impulse.

Once you’ve stopped perspiring and your heart rate has steadied, take the time to analyze the offer and maybe acquire a second opinion. Is the item in question what you think it is? Did you read the details correctly or did your eager grey matter make its own assumptions?

Xmas Turkey Example

Heavenly Android is not proud and does not feel at all clever to admit that we almost went through the exact scenario described above just this weekend. As we were happily chilling in front of the TV, an advert flashed before our eyes. We could not believe what we were seeing and were almost hyperventilated as we prepared to jump in our car and exceed the speed limit in our attempt to capture the prize.

The source of our excitement was the Archos G9 80 tablet, slashed to half price in HMV, from £249.99 to £129.99. Wow, what an amazing find! We had only recently written about the tablet in question, and we had to have it. Or so we thought.

We decided to investigate further before we committed ourselves. We discovered that in our eagerness our brains had deceived us. We, in fact, weren’t looking at the tablet we thought we were. It was a completely different model; an older, flawed model, namely Archos 101 Internet Tablet. Before you ask, no, we were not even remotely tipsy at this point. We realize they don’t even slightly resemble each other!

End of Line

If we had gone with our initial impulse and snapped up the offer at HMV (which incidentally has expired), we would have been sorely disappointed. Instead of the brand spanking new Archos G9 80, with its impressive specs, we would have ended up with a clearance, end of line item, that will soon be no more use than a chocolate teapot.

Archos 101 Internet Tablet has many faults: It runs Android 2.2 (Froyo) and is unlikely to enjoy an update. Tablets are optimally for running 3.1 ( Honeycomb). Google Android Market does not come as standard on this device. Slow CPU. Is glitchy and freezes whilst watching videos. Rumored not to support Flash. In short, a shadow of the item we thought we were seeing. Archos seems to be rather confusing with its range of tablets, just as plenty of other technology companies’ goods are confusing also. It pays to do your research, take time to decide which specifications you need in the item, which you can live without, and most importantly, don’t compromise just to save a few quid.

Conclusion

In short, check and triple-check what you’re buying, especially when you’ve spied a deal you can’t resist. Expect, as the old chestnut goes, to get what you pay for. Where technology is concerned it is likely that a sale item is outdated and possibly soon to be unsupported. In the case of Android tablets, you …

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