Monday, April 29, 2013

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Editors' Rating3.0 starsGood

Overall rating: 6.3

Design: 7.0

Features: 6.0

Performance: 6.0

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Review Date: 4/26/13

The good: U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director is reasonably priced and has respectable call quality.

The bad: The Director is sluggish and takes poor photos, and call volume is severely low on speakerphone.

The bottom line: Although U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director is inexpensive under contract, the carrier offers better handsets at the same low price.

I have nothing against entry-level devices. As long as they work well and are priced reasonably, there's nothing wrong with these handsets for people who don't need to be on the bleeding edge of technology.

But while the ZTE Director is indeed priced inexpensively (without a contract, it's $99.99, but with one, the price drops to 1 cent), it's not a great performer. Its screen can be frustratingly unresponsive, its camera takes washed-out photos, and its processor is sluggish. Frankly put, the ZTE Director is more of a Tommy Wiseau than a Steven Spielberg.

With its long chin, smooth matte back plate, and indented edges, the Director looks pretty much identical to all other entry-level ZTE devices, like the T-Mobile Concord and the ZTE Fury, save for the fact that it features three hot keys (back, home, and menu) instead of four.

The Director's right edge houses a shortcut hard key that launches the camera

Compact and comfortable to hold, the handset measures 4.65 inches tall, 2.46 inches wide, and 0.48 inch thick. Its left edge houses a Micro-USB port for charging and a volume rocker. Up top you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a sleep/power button, and on the right is a launch button for the camera.

On the back, in the left corner, you'll find a camera lens, flash, and a small reflective square for framing self-portraits. Below that are two small slits for the audio speaker. Using a small indent at the bottom, you can pop off the plate to access the microSD card slot (which accepts cards of up to 32GB) and the removable battery.

The 3.5-inch HVGA touch screen has a 320x480-pixel resolution. Unfortunately, the display isn't very responsive, and oftentimes it took several taps for an action to register, whether it be launching an app or closing a window.

It also looked grainy or speckled, which is especially apparent when it displays a blank white image. Lastly, the screen is very difficult to view in sunlight. While taking photos outside, I had to shield the display with my hand in order to see feedback.

Spotlight on U.S. Cellular's ZTE Director (pictures)

The phone runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and features your standard complement of Google apps, such as Gmail, Google+, Chrome, Latitude, Local, Maps with Navigation, Messenger, several Google Play Store portals like Books, Magazines, Movies & TV, and Music, Search, Talk, and YouTube.

Other apps include several from Amazon (for its retail site, Appstore, Amazon MP3, Audible, and Zappos), the game Bubble Bash 2, City ID, Daily Perks (which notifies you of deals from U.S. Cellular), MiEasyAccess, Slacker Radio, apps for getting ringtones and games, Twitter, and a navigator app.

The ZTE Director runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich and comes with Slacker Radio.

Basic task-managing apps include a clock with alarm and world time functions, a native browser, an e-mail client, a music app, a video player, a calculator, a calendar, a news and weather app, a notepad, a sound recorder, a timer, and a voice dialer.

Other features include Bluetooth 3.0, 4GB of onboard memory, and 512MB of RAM.

Camera and video
Understandably, the 3-megapixel camera has very few photo options. It has a flash, digital zoom, five white balances, three photo sizes, three shutter tones, a timer, compositional lines, an exposure meter, and geotagging. The video camera includes the same zooming, geotagging, and white-balancing options, and it has five video qualities (from QCIF to WVGA). Because the ZTE Director is slow, it takes several seconds for the camera to take a photo, and another several seconds after you press the shutter for it to ready itself for another shot.

Photo quality was obviously poor. Aside from needing to struggle to view the screen in sunlight as I mentioned before, brightly lit outdoor photos were often blown-out, colors appeared muted, and objects weren't quite in focus. Indoor photos fared even worse. You can see lots of digital noise, photos looked grainy, and colors, once again, weren't as vibrant as they were in real life.

In this well-lit indoor photo, you can see the graininess against the wall and the white chairs appear bluish.

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A new YouTube video shows the hyped smartphone launch with a Bollywood actor performing "Gangnam Style" as "Samsung Style."

Comedic spoofs on popular songs can sometimes work, but what about if they're earnest remakes?
It appears that Samsung is testing those waters. At the launch party for its Galaxy S4 smartphone in India, one of the country's Bollywood actors, Ranveer Singh, performed "Gangnam Style" as "Samsung Style" (imagine pronouncing Samsung like Gangnam).
A video posted to YouTube shows the entire spectacle of Singh rapping and attempting the signature "Gangnam Style" dance backed by men and women in sequined outfits. But it's the lyrics that are the real kicker to the remake.

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"If you like the S3, than this phone is even better. It has an HD screen and it's just a lot slimmer," he belts out. "Samsung Style."
According to A source, it was Samsung's India retail partner Reliance Digital that organized the launch and enlisted the Bollywood actors to perform "Samsung Style."
However, this isn't the first questionable example of Samsung's marketing. At the launch of the Galaxy S4 in New York in March, the company put together a flash mob of men in suits dancing in Times Square. This followed on the heels of a couple of curiously bland ads starring a little boy called Jeremy Maxwell.

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There’s no shortage of places to store your files online, but that isn’t stopping mobile carrier Verizon from jumping into the mix. Today, the company is announcing Verizon Cloud for smartphones and tablets, a storage and syncing service that lets people save 500MB worth of text messages, call logs, contacts, music, and other files for free. If that’s not enough, you can also get extra space for prices that range from $2.99 a month for a 25GB plan to $9.99 for 125GB. Comparatively, the biggest plan gives you more storage than Dropbox’s identically-priced 100GB offer, but is roughly twice the price of 100GB plans from Google Drive and Microsoft’s Sky Drive, although the ability to easily save phone-specific data like text messages offers some extra utility.

So far, the service is available on the web and a handful of Android devices from Motorola, HTC, and Samsung, as well as desktop apps for OS X, Windows, and Linux. But Verizon says more are on the way, including iOS devices, which it says will be "following soon." In the meantime, iPhone owners will have to resort to one of the other dozen cloud storage solutions out there.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

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Two analysts recently raised their rating on the smartphone maker, citing high hopes for sales of the HTC One.




The HTC One.
Will the HTC One be HTC's savior? Some Wall Street analysts are starting to come around to the idea.
HSBC upgraded the company's investment rating on Friday, citing the impressive flagship phone, according to MarketWatch. The ratings change comes after another firm, Daiwa, also raised its ratings and recommended buying the stock.

HTC has had a tough go at it recently, with sales and profits sinking with each successive quarter. On a marketing and distribution basis, Samsung and Apple have it completely outgunned, and its market share position remains anemic, not even breaching the top five smartphone vendors.


But the HTC One has garnered strong reviews and buzz with its all-metal design and revamped, love-it-or-hate-it Sense user interface. Even as the Samsung Galaxy S4 reviews emerge, a general consensus appears to be that HTC has the edge in hardware and design.
The two analysts seem to have a similar view of the HTC One, with Daiwa saying it believes the One will surprise people with its sales.

HTC has made significant progress simplifying its product lineup and expanding its distribution. Rather than a scatter shot approach with different phones and carrier partnerships, the company has essentially slimmed down its product to one core offering, available on as many carriers as possible. In the U.S., for example, the HTC One will be available on three of the four major carriers, with Verizon Wireless being the notable holdout.
The company stumbled a bit as supply constraints caused it to delay the HTC One launch -- an issue that is now affecting Samsung -- but that wait hasn't dampened demand for the device.

Whether the HTC One can hold its own against the Galaxy S4 and Samsung's marketing juggernaut remains to be seen, but it at least some early fans.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Galaxy 4 Phone-Samsung Galaxy S4 Review

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By Mylan Cellular
April 24, 2013

Samsung has done it again with the latest Galaxy flagship

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Large, sharp screen; good camera; excellent battery
Plastic build; too big for some hands
Great successor to the Galaxy S3, buyers won't be disappointed with added features
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a nice phone. When I first laid my hands on it, it felt immediately familiar. I was a Galaxy S3 owner for about seven months, and I felt right at home with the new device. If you’re in the same boat, you might feel the same, too. After diving deeper into the software, I found myself saying quite often, “Oh, that’s nice.”

That’s my overarching experience with the Galaxy S4. This is nice, that is nice. But nothing is completely mind-blowing because it’s just a finer iteration of the line of Galaxy S flagship smartphones that Samsung has been pumping out since 2010. However, all the little nice things can add up to make one excellent smartphone. You’ll see what I mean in this review.


Perhaps the best way I can sum up the hardware is that I’ve been carrying the Galaxy S4 around for the past week now and no one seemed to notice. My friends didn’t think twice to ask what it was, and it didn’t perk up any stranger’s eyes, either. The differences between the Galaxy S4 and its predecessor are immediate only to those who have obsessively researched the device online, or to those who have spent considerable time with one. Another way to tell the difference is to put the S4 and S3 together, side by side.

The new version has a 1920 x 1080, 5-inch display with 441 ppi pixel density, making it the sharpest display that Samsung has put on a smartphone to date. However, the Super AMOLED display does retain some qualities that the Galaxy S3 had. It’s hard to describe; perhaps it’s the lack of a certain kind of punch, but I’d liken it to looking at photos from a certain type of film: It’s hard to put its character into words, but you know it and feel that familiarity when you see it.
Near the earpiece are sensors and the 2MP front-facing camera. Aside from your typical ambient light sensors, there is also a sensor that detects things like motion and your eyeballs. We’ll get to more of that later. At the bottom are the touch-sensitive menu and back buttons, and a physical home button.
The right side of the device has the sleep/wake/power button, volume keys on the left, micro-USB at the bottom along with the microphone, and a 3.5mm headset jack at the top along with an IR blaster (you can use the Galaxy S4 as a remote control for your TV, music player and more).
The back of the device has a 13MP camera with an LED flash, and down near the bottom is the speaker. The plastic back plate of the device is also removable, covering the 2,600mAh battery, SIM card and microSD card slot. This is actually Samsung’s argument for using plastics instead of glass or metal alloys: Plastic allows the device to be more durable, it saves weight and allows easier access to things like swappable batteries and cards.
To those who care about these types of specs, the Samsung Galaxy S4 U.S. version has a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. The global version features Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa eight-core processor.


Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powers the Galaxy S4 along with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Whether you like the UI is a matter of preference, but it’s not bad and Samsung has taken great pains to make the device easy to use for novice smartphone users along with advanced users, too.
Samsung has thrown in nearly everything you can possibly imagine or want in a smartphone, and added more stuff on top of that. You might not use much of it, but it’s nice to have them there, even if they turn out to be gimmicky party tricks. As an example, you can scroll up and down in certain apps just by tilting your head up or down slightly. It’s imperfect, but when it works you can impress your friends with your Jedi mind tricks.
Neat features are buried everywhere. You can, for example, swipe between photos and videos in your gallery by waving your hand left and right across the face of the phone. You can also use this gesture with other apps, like the Internet browser. You’ll just have to poke around the phone to see what works and what doesn’t.
Another feature taken from the Galaxy Note 2 is Air View, except it works with your fingers now -- no stylus or S Pen necessary. If you hover your finger over galleries, videos, calendar dates and so forth, you get previews, additional information and anything else relevant to what you’re looking at. Air View is even integrated with the Flipboard app, which comes preloaded with the Galaxy S4, and it gives an expanded view of the items within a certain pane (e.g. top headlines in the tech or fashion sections).

All the new features and tricks that have been poured into the device are accessible via the notification panel or drawer (the one you pull down from the top of the screen). If you click the upper-right button in the notification panel, you’ll see an overwhelming number of features and toggles. If you’re unsure what each one does, like Smart Stay or Screen Mirroring, all you have to do is press and hold the toggle and you’ll be taken to that particular feature’s settings. From there, you’ll learn exactly what those features do.

For smartphone newbies, Samsung also has another mode called Easy Mode, much like its predecessor. In this mode, accessible in the settings, you’ll have access to basic apps like your phone, messages, email, contacts, weather and a few more. The idea is it will ease you into taking advantage of the more advanced goodies after a few weeks or months depending on your personal learning curve and level of comfort.

Overall, the software gives a little something for everyone, whether you’re new to smartphones or you’re a hacker and tinkerer, an artist or an entrepreneur, the Galaxy S4 ought to satisfy most of your needs on the software front.


I’m very critical of smartphone cameras, but for the most part the majority of them are good enough. The Samsung Galaxy S4 camera is no exception. It’s not the best, but it is great as long as you aren’t planning on making giant prints. With that in mind, I really do wonder why Samsung went with a 13MP camera sensor instead of the 8MP found in the Galaxy S3. In my experience, the newer, higher resolution sensor doesn’t lend much more to image quality, mostly because individual pixels have to be much smaller to fit on such a tiny sensor.

I did see 8 x 10 prints made from the Galaxy S4, and they weren’t particularly sharp. Otherwise, for the Web, it’s fine and probably more resolution than you’ll ever need for daily use. Image quality is good, and the camera has a decent dynamic range. Moreover, it’s fast enough that you don’t have to worry about missing important moments.

You’ll also be able to edit photos right from your camera or gallery app. Basic options like adjusting brightness, saturation, contrast and hue are standard, but the camera also features live filters. With the live filters, you can apply color tones or vintage looks to your photos and see what they’ll look like before you even take your snapshot. Samsung has gone to great lengths to make sure that casual smartphone camera users might not have to download additional apps to make their photos look cool.

Perhaps the biggest additions to the camera are the new shot features. First, there is Drama Shot, which allows you to take an action shot and have the moving subject appear in the photo more than once. I’ve included a sample below to show how it works.

Next is Cinema Photo, which is a feature built into the camera that allows you to create cinemagraphs, or animated .gif files. You shoot a scene and the camera will record movement for a few seconds. From there, you can select which areas of the scene to freeze and the areas that will retain their movement or motion. The effect is nifty, although it’s hard to make perfect cinemagraphs and the likelihood you’ll be sharing them as often as still photos is pretty small. This is what everyone talks about when they say the phone is loaded with gimmicks. There are plenty of nifty tricks, but in the end they’re just tricks.

In all, the camera is good. It has good dynamic range, images are sharp and colors look good, and the camera software is packed with tons of features and tricks that it ought to keep you or your friends amused for some time.

Performance, battery life and call quality

I feel like in all but the most extreme cases, performance reviews these days becomes meaningless when we talk about quad-core or eight-core processors. I mentioned before that the Samsung Galaxy S4 U.S. variant has a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. But the hardware is half the story, because how the software and platform use the hardware makes a big difference in practice. For daily use (i.e. phone calls, messages, email, browsing, watching videos, Facebook, etc.) the Galaxy S4 performs just fine. I didn’t experience any real hiccups or lag, which is the kind of performance you expect out of a flagship or high-end Android device these days, anyway.

Perhaps the only issue I ran into when it came to performance was using the camera. Every now and then, one of the little tricks or features like Drama Shot would lag, and I’d have to stage and take the shot all over again. That’s not something you’d want to run into if you’re taking a shot of something you’re likely not going to see again -- like watching your favorite basketball player dunk a ball when you managed to score third-row seats.

I played a few games, nothing very intensive, but the experience was just as smooth. I hate to admit it, but I must have spent about 40 minutes playing Temple Run 2 without taking a breath. Not once did the phone give me any problems, and some would consider it a moderately intensive game in terms of graphics.

Battery life was excellent, and I easily got a full day of use out of the battery except one day when I decided to push everything the phone could do. The Galaxy S4 comes with a 2,600mAh battery that is easily user replaceable. Additionally, Samsung sells a separate charger that will charge batteries only, so if you decide to carry a spare battery or two, you can charge them independently.
Battery life is a big deal-breaker for me. A phone can have every last bell and whistle that you can stuff in it, but if the phone won’t make it past lunch, there’s no sense in owning it. Smartphone manufacturers are now moving toward the trend of making bigger batteries for phones, mostly because the phones themselves are becoming increasingly huge. The upside of having these two-hand devices is that they’re likely to have enough juice to get you through the end of your day, or damn close to it.
Call quality is just as good as you’d expect for a modern smartphone. My particular Galaxy S4 unit is with Sprint, and I never experienced any robotic noises, disruptions in my calls or popping or metallic sounds with the speakerphone. If you’re going to pony up for this phone, call quality is the least of your worries. Frankly, you probably won’t have too many worries at all.

Final Thoughts

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a great smartphone. Its build quality is good, the screen is excellent and the camera is better than most smartphone cameras, too. Battery life is great, Samsung’s added dozens of new features and its Samsung Hub are all very excellent additions to the device. Will this be a ridiculously popular and another best-selling device from Samsung? You bet.

The one thing I can’t get over is the feeling that the phone is lacking something. It’s lacking soul. That’s not a knock against the phone -- I’ve already admitted that it’s a great device that is going to flood the streets much like the Galaxy S3 did. It just didn’t leave me feeling the way the HTC One did, for example. Perhaps there is something about the
methodical approach to the Galaxy S4 that gives off that feeling. Or maybe it’s the strong similarities between the new and the old devices, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. Or I can just chalk it up to being picky and having strange, intangible expectations. I should just get over it and take the Galaxy S4 for what it is: a damn good smartphone that you probably won’t regret buying.


Length 5.38 inches
Width 2.75 inches
Thickness 0.31 inches
Weight 4.59 ounces
Camera Resolution 13 megapixels
Screen Size 5 inches, 1920 x 1080 at 441 ppi
Operating System Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz UI
Additional Memory Up to 64GB microSD expansion

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Answering a phone call should be effortless. There are times though where our hands may be messy in the kitchen or we’re running from one place to the next and our hands are full with coffee, keys (sometimes coffee and keys) and the phone rings. What should be an effortless task can sometimes be a challenge, the new Pantech Perception looks to solve that.
The new smartphone, a Verizon Wireless exclusive, aims to change that with Motion Sense. The technology lets users wave a hand over the phone to answer a call, scroll through contacts, change a song being played or find a picture from their library.
Aside from touchless access and navigation, the Perception screen is a large 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED, an 8 rear megapixel camera and a 2 megapixel front. There’s 16GB of memory for storing videos, pictures and whatever else. Also included is the Camnote app, which lets users capture and save their notes to their phone so they can stay organized. The exclusive app also lets users share those notes with other co-workers and friends using 4G LTE.
The Global Ready Pantech Perception with Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (soon to be upgraded to Jelly Bean) will be available online at and in stores for $99.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate and new two-year customer agreement beginning April 25.

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The HTC One.
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The HTC One now faces a setback over its supply of microphones.
Nokia yesterday won an injunction from an Amsterdam District Court preventing sales of the current microphone for HTC's new flagship phone. Manufactured by STMicroelectronics NV for the HTC One, the microphone uses components allegedly invented by Nokia and made exclusively for Nokia phones, Reuters reported today.
Nokia said that it dissassembled an HTC One phone to find that the "dual membrane HDR" microphone, which can record high-quality audio, is the same type used on its own phones.
"HTC has no license or authorization from Nokia to use these microphones or the Nokia technologies from which they have been developed," Nokia said in a statement.
In effect until March of 2014, the injunction prevents ST Micro from selling the component to HTC. The ruling will be limited to the Netherlands, a patent attorney told the BBC. However, HTC still has to scramble to find another supplier.
"We are considering whether it will have any impact on our business and we will explore alternative solutions immediately," HTC said in an statement sent to Reuters.
This isn't the first problem faced by the HTC One. The phone's launch was postponed due to a limited supply of cameras. The delay hammered the company's first-quarter earnings.
The HTC One finally debuted on Friday, spreading its reach in the U.S. to subscribers at AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. HTC is also offering unlocked versions of the phone -- one a $574 consumer edition with 32GB of storage and the other a $649 developers edition with 64GB of storage and an unlocked bootload suitable for tweaking.

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