Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Design Confirmed By Faked Photoshop Images


I have to say that all I could do was just laugh when I read the news last week regarding the "leaked photos" of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

Several blog sites jumped all over the release of fake photographs of a photoshopped image of a mockup Galaxy Note 2 design. This is par for the course in tech rumors. People swear they have unearthed the design of the next big gadget, only to find out that they have been snookered themselves.

But what cracks me up is how it all unfolded. First, they reported the story as "legit" because the fake photoshopped mockup matched the design that was "leaked" by a previous fabrication artist. I guess if you have matching fake mockups, that means the pictures are 100% legitimate.

Somewhere along the lines, I would think that reporters would try to dig up at least a shred of credible evidence before they go blabbing the news that they undermined the tech giants by outing their new hardware design. But that never happens.

I previously reported about the fake iPhone 5 digitizer and my opinion that it is complete garbage. But the same process holds true there also. They used the digitizer as proof of the new design because it fit the dimensions of a fake case that supposedly was "shipped" from China. The same thing happened last year before the iPhone 4S was released.

I love it when the big blog sites release their retractions after getting hoodwinked into believing these ridiculous stories. It makes for great gadget entertainment at the very least.

Here's my new bold prediction: The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will look exactly like the final design that Samsung has successfully kept hidden!

Thank you,

Carlton Flowers
Geek Rumor Buster


Galaxy Note 2 Touching Down This Week?


There's a Samsung event coming up on August 15th. That's Wednesday of this week. Rumor has it that Samsung is going to drop the news on the Galaxy Note 2. I'm ready to hear the details!

The mobile event is called " Meet The New Way". I'm almost certain that this is going to be centered around the new "S Pen" stylus that will have new capacitive capability. That could be the "new way" they are eluding to.

The stylus on the first generation Galaxy Note was good enough for me, but some complained that it wasn't exact. There were problems calibrating the tip, and lines could be drawn that were a millimeter or two off of the tip. I did notice this when I tested the device, but it wasn't a deal breaker in my opinion.

Enter in the new capacitive S Pen which would in fact be a breakthrough feature. If you somehow add capacitive capability to the stylus, the sensitivity and accuracy should be out the roof. I'm terribly excited to try it out.

The freshest rumors state that AT&T may have exclusive rights to sell the Galaxy Note 2. It is said to be sporting a huge 5.5" 720p display and possibly a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 cpu. That means plenty of muscle combined with a gorgeous display and a breakthrough stylus.

For the operating system, it is being said that it will feature Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" with a new version of Samsung's proprietary overlay called TouchWiz Nature UX. Add double the RAM at 2Gb, and expect upgraded front and rear-facing cameras on this jumbo chunk of technology.

All this adds up to me waiting patiently for my October 2012 upgrade to lock and load on the phattest phablet to hit the scene this fall. Bring it on, Samsung!

Carlton Flowers
Galaxy Note Rumor Tracker


Best Android Phones of 2012 - The Big Phat Note


So... continuing on my series of writing about the best deals on Android smartphones, I want to reel back and re-post one of the lost blog articles that I wrote before the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note hit the market.

Let's take a look back at what my thoughts were, and then we'll hit the fast forward and talk more about the Galaxy Note and what has become a surprising success of a device!

Here's the "Blast From The Past" post for your enjoyment!


The Samsung Galaxy Note is back in the news! Samsung is set to launch the tremendously-sized tablet/smartphone hybrid on February 19th, 2012 via AT&T. If you have $300 to spare and a hankering for a Texas-sized display, your day is coming!

Bloggers and tech writers are calling devices of this type the "phablet", which is a ridiculous yet catching-sounding nickname for this prototype. The Galaxy Note certainly isn't the first phablet to hit the market, but may very well be the first successful device to enter the high tech mobile market.

In the past, we saw the Dell Streak 5 do a big fat belly flop when it entered the world of smartphones, and it fizzled just as fast as it entered. But Samsung's Galaxy Note has taken a different approach to the phablet concept, and they've added a pile of features that we have not seen in the past.

The Galaxy Note will sport a whopping 5.3" Super AMOLED 1280x800 display and it will be packing a 4G LTE radio. But there's something unique that the Note will include that others have not. The Galaxy Note will attempt bringing back the stylus.

We haven't seen styluses since the days of the Palm Treo. Unlike the stylus-packing "somewhat smart" phones of the past, the Note will have a capacitive screen just like the regular line of Galaxy S devices.

You'll be able to operate the phone with your fat little fingers, and you'll also be able to make much more accurate delineations with the stylus, dubbed the "S Pen".

The S Pen will take you to new levels of functionality. You can make hand written notes on web pages and documents, convert handwriting into standard text, and even take screen shots on the fly. This is something we have never seen in a smartphone, and what I believe to be the biggest missing feature of all the tablets on the market including the iPad.

The Galaxy Note is not packing the latest processing power, however, as it will only feature a dual core 1.0GHz cpu. Honestly, I don't think this is going to cause any lagging or other serious issues with operation, but I sure would have liked to see the 1.5GHz Exynos processor in this device for what they are charging.

Nonetheless, it's going to be a versatile gadget that will stand out in the crowded Android smartphone market. If I wasn't on month number 3 of my current upgrade, and if I had $300 burning a hole in my pocket, I would probably be the first in line to buy the Note.

It would be perfect for the engineer type that I am. Is the Galaxy Note in your crosshairs? Do you think $300 is a fair price for a monstrous phablet? Sound off and let me know what you think!

Carlton Flowers
Phabulous Phablet Watcher


Take advantage of the price drop on the Galaxy Note! The price has come down to $189 at the Amazon Wireless store when signing up for a 2-year contract! Get all the details on this fantastic "Phablet" by clicking the link above or the picture to the left, and grab yours while the special is still on!

Samsung Galaxy S3 Boasting Big Beautiful Display


The Samsung Galaxy S3 superphone is out in the open and scheduled to be released around the world in 2012. This is a significant and monumental leap from the current Galaxy S2 phone, and there’s a lot to talk about with Samsung’s newest Galaxy flagship model.

There are enough things to discuss about this smartphone that I could write a detailed 10-page report. But today, all I want to talk about is the display, it’s size, and the new form factor of the Galaxy S3 model.

Samsung has changed the world of smartphones with its Super AMOLED Plus display. I didn’t think it would be possible to create something of a noticeable upgrade on the quality of the display for the next Galaxy phone. But somehow, they pulled it off.

The resolution of the Galaxy S3 will sport a 1280x760 pixel density which will rival Apple’s Retina Display now seen in the current iPhone 4S. But they have not just jammed more pixels into the screen, they also upgraded the color saturation. From the sounds of it, I think the new display will seem more realistic and less “cartoony”.

The size of the digitizer is a whopping 4.8” in diagonal. That’s a big leap from the current 4.3” size of the Galaxy S2, but still less than the ginormous 5.3” display featured on the Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid. They claim that it is still operable with one hand with the extra half inch of screen real estate.

The bigger display is a welcomed idea to me, because each increase in size will only take me farther away from the "need" to own a tablet computer. Right now, the 4.3” size of my Galaxy S2 barely keeps me on this side of not buying a tablet. So 4.8” is even better in that regard.

The form factor of the Galaxy S3 has changed. I actually preferred the shape of the Galaxy S2 over the Galaxy Skyrocket because of the sharper corners versus the rounded oval shape. This might be a carryover from looking at my iPhone 4 for the previous year. I didn’t like the oval shape when I first saw the Galaxy S3, but it’s starting to grow on me.

The rounder, more oval-like shape is probably going to mean that the phone will jam into my pocket a lot easier. It’s also going to mean a smoother more ergonomic feel while gripping the phone. I guess I will quickly get used to that.

One of the biggest technological breakthroughs with the display on the Galaxy S3 is its ability to dim the screen when you aren’t looking at it. If you are paying attention to your screen, the camera will be able to “see” your eyes. When it detects that your eyes have gone elsewhere, it will save the battery and go into dim mode, but pop back on when your gaze returns. That is an amazing feat!

Lastly, I am hoping to see the US version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to ship with the oval elongated physical home button on the bottom of the screen. From the pictures, it looks like the button will come with a software button on either side. I love the idea of this, maybe because of my iPhone background.

So there you have it. The big beautiful display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 which will certainly catch people's eyes when it is released in the summer of 2012. It's enough to get me dreaming of the third generation Samsung flagship device!

Stay tuned for more details and opinion on the Galaxy S3, and please post your comments about what excites you most about the new display! Or not...

Carlton Flowers
Samsung Gadgeteer


Samsung Galaxy Note Price Drop On Amazon


It's been a while since I reported about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4G smartphone available from AT&T Wireless. I had the rare opportunity to test this handset a month ago, and I loved it. There's been a recent price drop on this monstrosity, so I thought I'd alert the troops.

You can snag this hybrid smartphone/tablet from Amazon for only $229 at the moment. No clue as to how long this price will stay low, so grab it while you can. It comes in black and white, and is yours with a 2-year contract agreement from AT&T.

To refresh you, I think this is the most amazing concept device ever released in the smartphone niche. The Galaxy Note is a super capable computer running on a dual core 1.5GHz processor and the ginormous 5.3" 1280x800 Super AMOLED HD display and the first stylus to hit the streets since the days of the Palm Treo series.

If you are anything like me, not sure of whether or not a tablet computer is a good purchase and justifiable expense, the Samsung Galaxy Note is the answer. You're getting a smartphone plus a tablet all in one, with a very unique feature...

The Samsung S Pen gives this device functionality that nother tablet can offer. It's a pressure-sensitive stylus that you can use to take notes, annotate pictures, scribble notes on maps, and even do artwork. There is no comparison between the S Pen and the older styluses that were basically resistance-touch operational only.

You can forget needing an extra 4G LTE wireless service agreement like those that carry iPhones and iPads, because the Samsung Galaxy Note is the perfect in-between device that covers communication and data consumption like a tablet. I think it's the perfect combination.

For all the critics out there who say that the Galaxy Note is "too big", they can put a lid on their constant complaining. How could 5.3" be a problem when people are so willing to haul around iPads at 9.7" in size? And I'm sorry, but the Galaxy Note is not nearly as big as the telephones and cell phones of yesterday!

Whatever the case, the Samsung Galaxy Note is an excellent value for those that want a wide range of functionality in a smartphone without the need of buying a tablet or laptop. I give it my highest recommendation, and I think you'd be pleased with what it can do and how it can make your work life more efficient.

I'll keep you posted if I see any more price movement, or if any fresh rumors pop out. Do you have a Samsung Galaxy Note? Chime in and let us know what you love the most about this device!

Carlton Flowers
Gadget Watchdog


Click the thumbnails on the left to jump to Amazon Wireless where you can purchase a Samsung Galaxy Note 4G smartphone tablet hybrid for $229 through AT&T Wireless on a 2-year contract! Get the best of both worlds with a cutting-edge smartphone combined with the most bombastic Super AMOLED display for a smartphone that money can buy with its 5.3" diagonal size and S Pen smart stylus!