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Samsung Galaxy S20 Series Is Now Available At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags , on March 6, 2020 by itnerd

TELUS dropped me a note to let me know that the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G devices are now available in-store at TELUS starting at $0 upfront with TELUS Easy Payment, which allows customers to get any smartphone in our lineup for as little as $0 upfront, combined with new Peace of Mind rate plans that offer endless data without having to worry about overage charges.

The next generation of Galaxy is here with key features, including:

  • 108MP0 High Resolution Camera – Millions of pixels for infinitely more definition, capturing richer colours, deeper shadows and finer details.
  • 100x Space Zoom – Get closer to the action with a precise telephoto lens and 100x space zoom
  • Bright Night – Make every low light shot a highlight with low light or no light, capture pro-grade video and vivid photos without flash

Visit your local TELUS store or go to TELUS.com for more details.

 

It Turns Out That Mysterious Message That Samsung Smartphone Owners Got Last Week Was A Sign That This Was A Data Breach

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 25, 2020 by itnerd

If you cast your mind back to last week when Samsung smartphone owners globally got a cryptic message on their phones via the Find My Phone app, it was thought to be an accident by Samsung. Today The Register has a story that explains that this was not an accident. It was instead a data breach:

Samsung has admitted that what it calls a “small number” of users could indeed read other people’s personal data following last week’s unexplained Find my Mobile notification.

Several Register readers wrote in to tell us that, after last Thursday’s mystery push notification, they found strangers’ personal data displayed to them.

Many readers, assuming Samsung had been hacked, logged into its website to change their passwords. Now the company has admitted that a data breach did occur.

A spokeswoman told The Register: “A technical error resulted in a small number of users being able to access the details of another user. As soon as we became of aware of the incident, we removed the ability to log in to the store on our website until the issue was fixed.”

She added: “We will be contacting those affected by the issue with further details.”

Well, at least Samsung admitted to it. Eventually. But you have to think that the trust level of Samsung has taken a hit because of this. After all Samsung sells a pile of phones every year. Thus anything that the screw up on is going to get a lot of eyeballs looking at it. In this case, I expect that the EU and the US will be asking questions about this incident. And Samsung will have a “interesting” time answering them.

 

Samsung Freaks Out World+Dog With Weird Notification Sent To Every Samsung Phone By Accident

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 20, 2020 by itnerd

Samsung had an “oops” moment last night when they apparently accidentally blasted every Galaxy phone with a weird notification via the Find My Mobile app.  The alert, which several users reported, simply reads “1” with another “1” below it. Samsung’s Find My Mobile service allows owners of Samsung devices to remotely locate or lock their smartphone or tablet, back up data stored on the devices to Samsung Cloud, delete local data, and block access to Samsung Pay. Thus many users assumed that the they had been pwned by hackers.

Well, Samsung did not have a security breach. Their UK branch served up an answer:

I’d be interested to hear what Samsung corporate has to say on this. When they actually say something I will update this post. But in the meantime, it appears that you can relax as this was apparently an accident.

Foldable Phones Fail At Durability…. Again

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 19, 2020 by itnerd

Motorola and Samsung both have foldable phones. The former has the new Razr and the latter has the Galaxy Z Flip. And they share one thing in common. They both suck when it comes to durability. Which is unsurprising as the Samsung Galaxy Fold failed in epic fashion when it came to durability.

Let’s start with the Galaxy Z Flip teardown which was published by iFixit today. In this teardown, iFixit among other things, tests the dust resistance of the phone. Something that Samsung said when they announce the phone was a non-issue because “nylon fibers crafted by micro-height-cutting technology to repel dirt and dust” were used in the phone. But when iFixit tested that, they found the following:

The “sweeper technology” brushes performed hilariously poorly in our dust test. Though the test wasn’t exactly demonstrative of real-world use, the amount of dust trapped in the brushes (very little) wasn’t exactly confidence-inspiring.

On top of that, the screen unsurprisingly did not perform all that well either being easy to scratch. In short, this was their conclusion:

Unless you’re an Instagram influencer living in a pristine apartment who needs the newest hotness, this phone is probably not for you. It’s more of a novelty luxury item. And maybe that’s okay? All new technology has to start somewhere—let’s hope this one either matures quickly or perishes swiftly.

Ouch.

Now onto the Motorola Razr. Back in the day you were living like a boss if you had the original version of this phone. And clearly Motorola is trying to channel that with the new version of this phone. iFixit did a teardown on one. And here’s what they said:

Motorola’s nostalgia-stoking Razr officially wins the award for most complicated phone-based contraption we’ve ever taken apart. We’re impressed with the numerous feats of engineering that Moto pulled off to resurrect their iconic clamshell.

And:

It won’t win any awards for serviceability, but just bringing this impossible gizmo into existence was such a tall order that we’re not surprised serviceability didn’t make it into v1.0. It’s fun to see how they made it happen (if not so fun to tease it all apart).

So it did better than the Galaxy Z Flip. That was until Jerry Rig Everything got his hands on it and….. See for yourself.

The fact is that these are version 1.0 products. Meaning that you should not go near them. If you must have a foldable phone to impress your friends, save your money and wait for them to mature and become more durable so that you can actually use them like you would use a non foldable phone. Assuming that they do mature and become more durable because I believe that this is a fad that will pass. Which is why I am not jumping on this bandwagon.

#PSA: Not All Samsung Galaxy S20’s Support Ultra Fast 5G

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 12, 2020 by itnerd

You might have read or heard about the fact that the new Samsung Galaxy S20 phones support for 5G wireless. Now that’s kind of a big deal. But the devil as they say is in the detail. And the detail says that only the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra will be compatible with ultra-fast millimeter wave networks. That’s the version of 5G that promises gigabit speeds…. If you’re standing in the right place. The S20 only supports “sub-6” 5G which offers better coverage and range than millimeter wave, But doesn’t offer anywhere near the speed. What’s weird about this is that Samsung seems to gloss over this. Their global specs page seems not to make this clear for consumers. Instead, sites like Android Central are pointing out this fact.

So, why should you care? Well, say you’re on Verizon. They have decided not to sell the base S20 at launch and they will only offer the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra when preorders open up this month. But eventually, Samsung will make an S20 that’s fully optimized for Verizon’s 5G network. The carrier says that model will arrive sometime in the second quarter of this year. Thus you might want to check with your carrier to see what flavor of 5G they have so you can make an informed buying decision.

It also highlights that these are the early days of 5G, and as phone manufacturers come out with 5G capable phones, you’re going to need to read the fine print if you’re truly interested in making the jump to 5G. Which means that this will be painful for all in the short term. And as a result it may be worth sitting out 5G until it becomes more mature.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Is Now Available For Pre-Order At TELUS

Posted in Commentary with tags , on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

TELUS is excited to confirm that the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G and Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G devices are now available for pre-order at Telus.com/S20ultra. The latest Samsung devices will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on March 6, 2020.

Customers can get the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G today with the TELUS Easy Payment device financing, starting at $0 upfront, with financing options over 24 months. Plus, when customers sign up for the Bring It Back program, they can expect to receive the Samsung S20 Ultra 5G at our absolute best cost, all on TELUS’ amazing network with award winning coverage, speed and reliability.

Moreover, TELUS customers who pre-order one of the new Samsung Galaxy S20 devices on a minimum two year term, will receive the Galaxy Buds+ as a gift with purchase, valued at $219.99.

Samsung Announces Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

Samsung at their Unpacked event today has launched the Galaxy S20, the S20 Plus, and the S20 Ultra. All of these phones replace the S10 lineup from last year. Key features of the S20 and S20 plus include:

  • Snapdragon 865 processor
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 5G connectivity
  • Punch-hole selfie camera which is a 10MP sensor with 4K 60fps video recording
  • The S20 has a display measuring in at 6.2-inches and the S20+ at 6.7-inches. Both displays are WQHD+ SuperAMOLED panels with 120Hz refresh rate.
  • Android 10 pre-installed with Samsung’s One UI skin on top
  • 12MP primary camera which is paired with a 64MP telephoto lens that produces 3x optical zoom.
  • There’s also a 12MP ultra-wide camera.
  • 8K video recording.
  • ToF sensor
  • 128GB to 512GB storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 4,000 or 4,500 mAh batteries
  • IP68 water resistance
  • No headphone jack….. Which is ironic as they trolled Apple for removing it.

As for the S20 Ultra. You get everything that the two other phones have. But storage on the S20 Ultra goes up to 512GB, and still with that microSD card slot to upgrade things by another 1TB. And you get 16GB of RAM on-board. The display is a huge 6.9-inches. A 5,000 mAh battery. And a 40MP selfie camera too. The main rear camera is a 108MP sensor which is backed up by a 48MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom, a 12MP ultrawide camera, a ToF sensor, and a 10x optical zoom camera sensor that can get an insane 100x digital zoom.

Now to price. Brace yourselves:

  • Galaxy S20 starts at $999 USD.
  • Galaxy S20+ starts at $1,199 USD.
  • S20 Ultra is an insane $1,399 USD.

Pre-orders start February 21st with shipments arriving in early March.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Announced At Unpacked Event

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

Samsung ran into some issues with the Galaxy Fold last year. But that isn’t stopping them from trying again with the Galaxy Z Flip which will start at $1380 USD and is meant to be a more budget friendly foldable phone.

Key features include:

  •  6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED foldable display
  • 1-inch AMOLED outer display
  • Snapdragon 855+ processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • USB-C for charging
  • Two-piece 3,300 mAh battery
  • Wireless charging
  • Two 12MP sensors, one with an ultrawide lens.
  • Colors include black,  radiant purple, and a gold version in some regions.

The Z Flip is available on February 14th. Let’s see how well this works out for Samsung.

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus Announced At Unpacked Event

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 11, 2020 by itnerd

During today’s Galaxy Unpacked event Samsung announced the Galaxy Buds Plus true wireless earbuds. The key features are:

  • It lasts 11 hours on a charge which is nearly double the playtime of the original Galaxy Buds. It can be charged via USB-C or Qi wireless charging as well.
  • Samsung has partnered with AKG to give the buds a high quality sound signature.
  • The Galaxy Buds Plus feature adjustable levels of noise cancellation powered by three microphones.
  • Each bud also features a touchpad allowing quick access to media controls as well as invoking your phone’s voice assistant.
  • Color options include Black, White, and Cloud Blue.

They are available for pre-order now for $149 USD.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & 10+ Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 8, 2019 by itnerd

Samsung’s latest iteration of the Galaxy Note series of phones were announced at an event yesterday. If you missed the event, here’s the event in full:

The Galaxy Note 10, for the first time in a Note device, is available in two sizes: 6.3 (Galaxy Note 10) and 6.8 inches (Galaxy Note 10+).

The Galaxy Note 10 has a HDR10+ 6.3-inch screen at 2280×1080 resolution, with the Note 10+ coming in at 6.8 inches diagonally at 3040×1440, moving it well into phablet-size territory. For comparison, the iPhone XS Max features a 6.5-inch display.

Samsung added a triple-lens camera to the Note 10 and a quad camera to the Note 10+. The Note 10 features a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera. The Note 10+ has the same lenses but also adds a new DepthVision Camera.

RAM varies between 8GB and 12GB depending on model, wireless connectivity, and internal storage. Storage begins at 256GB. The Galaxy Note 10+ has a microSD card reader, but the smaller Note 10 does not have card reading capability

The Galaxy Note 10 is priced starting at $949.99 USD, while Galaxy Note 10+ pricing starts at $1099.99 USD. In terms of Canadian pricing (seeing as this is a Canadian blog), I heard from TELUS where the Galaxy Note 10+ is now available for pre-order at TELUS at Telus.com/galaxynote10plus. The Galaxy Note 10+ will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on August 23rd. Customers who pre-order the new Galaxy Note10+, on a minimum two year term, will receive Samsung Galaxy Buds as a gift with purchase, valued at $219.99.