Samsung Galaxy Mega Hands On With CZ Blog


I've spent 3 amazing days with the new Samsung Galaxy Mega from AT&T, and it has been quite a bit of fun! I'm ready to share a few details about this gigantic device, if you're considering this phablet as your main communications device.

First of all, let's tell you about what this device is. It's a mid-range smartphone made to fit your budget and give you the best multimedia experience without breaking the bank. I like that idea. This would be the perfect combo for those wanting a smartphone and a tablet all in one.

The display on this device happens to be a 720p Super Clear LCD display. This is a step down from the AMOLED HD displays found in the top of the line Galaxy S4. Even though it is a less expensive display, only experts will really notice a big difference.

The display is good enough to rock video content, and I absolutely love the extra size for watching a movie or YouTube video content. Plus, it's a complete blast for playing games like Candy Crush Saga, my secret addiction.

On the inside, you'll get a dual core 1.5GHz processor with 1.5Gb of RAM. That's enough muscle to serve up good graphics, push apps, and do some multi tasking along with Samsung's new split screen for running 2 apps in separate windows.

Being the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S4, I do notice that there's a bit of a lag when loading apps, videos, and the likes. It's not that the Galaxy Mega is slow by any means, but it does let me know just how powerful my Galaxy S4 is with its more powerful processor and extra half a Gb of RAM.

A lot of the new features that come with the Galaxy S4 are included with the Galaxy Mega, including things like Air View, the ability to minimize a video while running, and all of the nice gesture controls. That's a lot more than what you'll get with other budget tablet devices.

Size-wise, this is a gigantic device that some might complain for being too big to fit in their hands. But for me, I don't seem to mind it that much. I'd rather have a fully-functional tablet with smartphone capabilities than to own two different devices. I got used to the size really quick, and it makes my Galaxy S4 feel like an iPhone in my hands after playing with it a while.

The build of the Galaxy Mega is much like all of the other Galaxy smartphones. It's light, has the same plastic backing, and the faux metal ring surrounding the edges. The back plate does seem to pick up a lot of fingerprints, so those that are finicky about looks might be bothered by that.

Running apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media programs is a blast with the huge display. It's also quite fantastic for surfing the web, using reader software, and watching video content.

I'm actually going to be sad to see this device go back to AT&T tomorrow. If I had money to burn, I might even consider having one of these as a backup phone and primary tablet. But I might hold out for the Galaxy Note III, because I'd love to have something of this size with an S Pen stylus.

At $149 on a 2-year contract, I think this device will certainly hit a groove with those that don't want or need the cutting edge for processing power. Check out more details and have one shipped to your doorstep at the Amazon Wireless store!

Carlton Flowers
Mega Smartphone Fan

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Samsung Galaxy Mega Coming To AT&T


The Samsung Mega with its whopping 6.3" display will be coming to my mailbox soon for a full review. I'm super excited about it, and I'm going to spend some quality time running it through the mill.

This is a new concept of giganticizing a smartphone to fill the phablet niche. I think it has definite use, for those that want to perform functions like a tablet can only provide.

It's looking like this will be a budget jumbo smartphone, coming in at a surprising price of only $149 on a 2-year contract via AT&T. But the specs on the phone definitely don't scream "cheap" by any means. Plus it is said to include a lot of the gadgety features of the Galaxy S4, like multi tasking, motion gestures, and more.

I think if your focus is on having a large display and tablet functionality, this might be a hit. The device dosen't pack the power of the Samsung Galaxy S4, but I think it will definitely function and perform well for what it is.

It might be a little bit of a stretch using this as a phone, but I'm open to the idea of having a jumbolicious device like this that provides its own 4G LTE service. I just wish it came with an S Pen, but that might jack the price up beyond what they are targeting.

I'll be watching the horizon for the UPS delivery truck, and I'll give a full report when I break it out of the box. If this is something that would piquie your interest, stay tuned! More info is on the way!

Carlton Flowers
Phablet Fanatic 


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 Skyrocket Is One High-Flying Gadget


My wife has had a Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket 4G LTE smartphone now for 6 months. I bought it for her after Thanksgiving on a "Cyber Monday" sale for an undisclosed ridiculously low price. Now it's time to spill the beans on how it has performed!

First of all, let me tell you this... I had just purchased my own Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone one month before buying my wife's Galaxy Skyrocket. I am still pretty salty the whole deal, because I am the gadget nerd, not my wife, and she has the more technologically advanced device.

While I am seriously jealous of my wife's Galaxy Skyrocket, I am still 100% pleased with my Galaxy SII smartphone. We'll get into that on my next post. But for now, let me tell you what I love so much about the wife's Skyrocket.

First of all, the screen size is ever-so-slightly-larger at 4.5" in diagonal size versus 4.3" on my S2. The Super AMOLED Plus display is just spanking amazing. For me, bigger is better, and I love the extra size that the Galaxy Skyrocket sports. From what I have observed, you're not going to find a better display on the market than that of the Samsung Super AMOLED.

Watching video content, whether it be movies, television shows, or YouTube videos, cannot be beat on this device. Somehow, the engineers who came up with this display have perfected the contrast and color brilliance to where it is almost more vivid than real life. And that is no exaggeration.

Surfing the net and downloading content on the Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket is an absolute pleasure. This is a 4G LTE phone running on AT&T's latest greatest network, plus it drops back to the enhanced HSPA+ 4G network when you're not in an LTE coverage area.

While visiting St. Louis a couple of weeks ago, I was downloading on my wife's Skyrocket at 32Mbps, while uploading at 6Mbps. Comparitively, my Galaxy S2 was downloading at 11Mbps and uploading at 2Mbps (still respectable). Internet data transfer speeds are insane when using your device in an LTE area.

The Galaxy Skyrocket is no slouch when it comes to functionality and computing power. It is packing a dual core 1.5GHz processor, and has no problem pushing applications and multitasking. You've got 1Gb of RAM to help run several programs at once with no observable lag.

No review of mine would be complete without talking about durability. The Galaxy Skyrocket ranks super high, just like the Galaxy S2 when it comes to its ability to survive drops. The phone is super light, and the screen is made of a Gorilla Glass product. Unlike heavier smartphones made by HTC and Apple, this one is not going to shatter in a gillion pieces when it hits the ground.

As far as looks, you can't get any better than the white Galaxy Skyrocket with the gorgeous sliver trim! This has got to be one of the sweetest-looking smartphones I have ever seen. I ordered the standard black version for my wife, but the new white model comes with the silver trim on the outer edges.

Without getting out of control on the geek talk, I'll wrap this up by telling you that I believe the Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket 4G LTE smartphone from AT&T Wireless is probably one of the best values on the market for the price. Currently, it's only $79.99 with a 2-year contract.

If you are an Android fan and you're due for an upgrade, there's no hesitation in my recommendation that the Skyrocket will will be your best bet. Hands-down.

Carlton Flowers
Gadget Reporter Supreme


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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


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