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Samsung Galaxy S2 4G T989

“Better late than never” – that’s what those who were eagerly waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S2 must be thinking as the next-generation Samsung handset, which was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in February of 2011 and released in Europe early in late May in Europe. Today, Samsung is partnering with AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint to announce variants of the Galaxy S2 platform for these carriers. If you read this site, you may already know that Verizon has reportedly chosen to skip the Galaxy S2.

As Samsung pointed out in Mobile World Congress, it is very thin and light. In the back, there is a 8 Megapixel camera. Samsung has added a video editing app called Video Maker which allows users to edit videos… before sharing them. Google video chat is supported and it will be the main video chat from Samsung’s point of view. Skype video may work too, but we’ll have to confirm that.

The Samsung Galaxy S2 also has a battery that is 10% bigger than last year’s models from Samsung. It’s great, but in the real-world it doesn’t feel substantially different – we want to make sure that we set the expectations properly.


We always say that the value is in the software, so let’s take a look. Samsung has spend some time refining the Microsoft Exchange experience – although it did not feel much different when I tried it in July. On-Device encryption is now hardware based, which is great for business users, as the encryption won’t consume as much power. Samsung also supports VPN (including Cisco’s) and has partnered with Sybase to help IT departments manage mobile devices. You’ll have to sync with your own IT folks to see if it works.


You can get content on the Samsung Media Hub, which is an online service that is multi-devices. You can buy content once, and consume it on many devices. Content can also display content to any HDMI television. Samsung talks about “DVD quality”, so don’t expect 1080p content on this front. This setup is also compatible with HDCP, the copy-protection industry standard.

Samsung has also integrated the Samsung Voice Control Engine which lets users dictate commands for the phone to execute. Kies Air is there to help manage/sync content from a computer to the handset.

User Interface

The Touchwiz interface is cleaner than previous versions, although it did look very similar when I used a Galaxy S2 it this summer. There are also a number of user-interface optimizations that aim at reducing the number of taps or swipes required to navigate. If you are ready to “commit” to the Samsung platform, I recommend learning some of the new features as they will make your life better.

Social Hub

Social Hub used to be a widget experience, but now, the aggregation of social network content has more of an “app” feel. As it is the case with other application like this, it is possible to see updates, and interact with them directly from the update stream, without having to launch any particular app. It is also possible to sort by “subject” in addition of “by date”


In the end, the Galaxy S2 is pretty much what we expected it to be, and it has been adapted to the different networks for Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile.
The Sprint version will be called the Epic 4G Touch ($199.99 with contract) and will run on Sprint’s Wi-Max (4G) network. The AT&T and T-Mobile flavors are simply called Samsung Galaxy SII and will work on the companies HSPA+ (“4G”) networks. The naming is great because it avoids confusion. Expect pricing for all carriers to be comparable, but do take a good look at the data plan.


  • 4G – HSPA+ (AT&T, T-Mobile) or 4G WiMax (Sprint)
  • Android (2.3 Gingerbread)
  • GSM Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz)
  • UMTS Tri-band( 850/1900/2100MHz)
  • Screen: 4.3″ Super AMOLED+
  • Processor: Samsung 1.2Ghz dual core
  • Camera: 8MP AF with LED flash + 2MP front
  • Video Record: 1080p Full HD
  • HDMI Out: HDMI via HDTV Smart Adapter with HDCP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 1650mAh

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100 Unlocked GSM Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S II i9100  Touchscreen has an awesome screen with high contrast, perfect blacks, looks good in direct sunlight without the ugliness that was PenTile. Here, you just get the bright, popping colors  and at 4.3 inch, it’s a pleasure to look at from any distance.

The resolution is still 800 x 480, though. Wish they’d up to it to match iPhone.

Samsung  Galaxy S 2 i9100 is very light and fairly thin in. Android wasn’t kidding when they stressed that point. Considering the size of this thing, it’s very hard to believe. When you put the phone into someone else’s hand for the first time, they usually are confused because they expect it to feel more solid, and not so featherweight and good if you wear your phone in the pocket of your pants.

Samsung Galaxy S II Unlocked GSM Smartphone with 8 MP Camera, Android OS, 16 GB Internal Memory, Touchscreen, Wi-Fi

UI is buttery smooth, with no hiccups that are common on all other android phones I’ve seen. Not sure if it’s Samsung’s new powerful GPU (Exynos), software optimizations that they did, or a combination of both, but overall this thing is just as slick as iPhone 4. It can be rooted, and custom ROMs already exist. It’s no signed boot loaders or other similar malarkey.

Samsung Galaxy S II‘  i9100 comes with Android 2.3. That means better performance, WiFi tethering/hotspot out of the box, and the ability to tilt and rotate the map in Google Maps among other things.

When it comes to the internet, this phone supports 21,1 Mbps HSPA+ speeds, so downloads are amazingly fast. This is another area where it blows my old iPhone 3G out of the water. Downloading apps feels the almost instantaneous and web pages load very quickly. You might want to check if your area is covered by 4G, as coverage isn’t that extensive.

It supports blazing fast downloads, has a stunning 4.3″screen powered by Super AMOLED Plus technology, and with two 1.2 GHz processors, it can handle any workload that throws at it and has a great micro SD card slot for all those gigabytes of music.

This Unlocked GSM Smartphone comes with Polaris office too. It is a very nice android office suite – from what I’ve seen so far, more full-featured than Quic Quick Office, Docsto Go, especially when it comes to supporting advanced MS Office features such as charts. It cannot be purchased from the market, and only comes bundled with select devices, such as this one or Asus Transformer.

Samsung  Galaxy S 2  i9100 Unlocked GSM Smartphone is excellent, and I’m very happy with my purchase. Its a real upgrade over my old iPhone 3G.

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Google says it would pay more tax in UK

Mr Schmidt‘s comments come after months of controversy surrounding the UK‘s corporate tax system, which has seen campaign group UK Uncut target high street chains including Vodafone, Boots and Barclays. Violence has often been used, bringing condemnation from business leaders.

Activists from UK Uncut claim that a number of major companies have avoided paying corporation tax on their offshore assets.

Although Google has not been targeted by UK Uncut, the company’s fiscal policy has come under fire for diverting some £2bn of its UK revenues through Ireland, where corporate tax rates are lower.

Mr Schmidt said that the online search giant, which employs more than 1,000 people in the UK, was committed to having a presence in the UK regardless of the rate of tax.

“We love Britain. If Britain changes its tax laws, we will pay taxes in accordance with those laws. I can’t be clearer than that,” he said. His comments will reignite the debate about paying tax in the UK, with Mr Schmidt putting the issue firmly at the door of the Government. The Treasury did not comment last night.

Mr Schmidt also spoke about Google’s agreement to buy Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn (£7.6bn) for the first time since the deal was announced, claiming the group is interested in handsets as well as its library of 17,000 patents and 7,500 pending patents. But he added that Google did not want to find itself “disadvantaged” in the growing “patent wars” brewing in mobile computing.

HOW TO: Protect Your Laptop In Case of Theft

This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Our laptops often contain a lot of sensitive data for work and personal use, and for most people, the thought of losing all that information is more than a little frightening. The sudden, unexpected loss (or worse, theft) of expensive equipment and delicate documents doesn’t have to be a paralyzing experience, however. Here are some quick tips outlining steps you should take should your laptop become lost. We’ve also added a few handy precautionary measures you can take beforehand, so your laptop has a better chance of making it home safe if the two of you become separated.

1. File a Police Report

While it may seem obvious, many people don’t bother to file police reports on lost property under the assumption that there’s little law enforcement can do. While this may or may not be the case (depending on your situation), contacting the police gets the word out that your laptop is missing. Even if the police can’t find your missing MacBook, stolen computer hardware is entered into a national database, so if someone tries to sell your laptop, there’s a good chance it will raise a red flag when they do, even if they’re across the country.

If you live near a university, be sure and tell the campus police about your missing laptop as well, and don’t forget about alerting any private security in the area where you were working when the laptop disappeared.

2. Inform Local Repair and Pawn Shops

Tell any pawn or repair shops in your area about your missing computer. Be sure and give them serial numbers and describe any identifiable features, such as scratches in the case or worn paint. Most reputable pawn or repair shops will check with the local police department before purchasing used laptops, but it never hurts to make them aware of your plight, either.

3. Contact Your Insurance Agent

Many insurance policies for homeowners and some renters will cover stolen computer hardware, even if the item wasn’t taken from your residence. If your laptop was stolen out of your vehicle, its loss could be covered by your automobile insurance. If your laptop is company property, it is most definitely going to be covered by your company’s insurance policy. Get in touch with your insurance agent and inquire about filing a claim so that you can recover some of the cost of replacing your laptop. You’ll likely need that police report to do this, but your insurance agent can help you with the specifics.

4. Continue Spreading the Word

Get the word out to friends, colleagues and people in the community by letting your Twitter followers and Facebook friends know your laptop is missing. Post notices to community classifieds like Craigslist and other local directories. You may even want to put up fliers in your local grocery store or take out an ad in the local newspaper. If you can afford to do so, consider offering a reward for your laptop’s return. Offering a reward that’s similar to the laptop’s actual value may not save you a lot of money on replacing hardware, but it may help ensure that your data is returned safely.

5. Remain Vigilant

Once you’ve filed all the paperwork, got the word out to local businesses, tweeted about your lost laptop and placed an ad in the lost and found section on Craigslist, it may be tempting to sit back and let fate decide what happens next. Don’t give up, though — remain proactive. Check those lost and found ads yourself — but go beyond that, too. Many laptop thieves will attempt to sell the laptop online, because it’s harder to trace, so keep an eye on sites like eBay and Craigslist. If you were at a place of business when your laptop vanished, check in with them every few days. Keep an eye peeled to the local paper or community bulletin boards. Your laptop may turn up, and if it does, you need to be aware so you can claim it.

How To Prevent Theft and Protect Data

By taking the steps above, you maximize the chances that your laptop will be returned to you, whether it was stolen or simply misplaced, but what about precautionary measures? Here are a few things you can do beforehand to help make sure your laptop finds its way home and that your data stays protected.

1. Install Prey

Prey is a monitoring application that you can activate remotely should your laptop become missing or stolen. Prey then “calls home” to the Prey server (or your own server, depending upon configuration) once the laptop connects to the Internet. A Prey report gives the IP address, geolocation (complete with map) and even a screenshot from your webcam. You can also use Prey to lock your device to prevent others from accessing it.

2. Encrypt Sensitive Data

Personal data such as credit card, financial and medical records should always be encrypted — this is doubly true if your computer is portable. Encrypting your data will help to ensure that your identity doesn’t get stolen along with your laptop and helps protect you from any liability regarding the loss of sensitive work files.

There are a number of good encryption tools out there, and many modern operating systems have encryption options baked in. One popular, free encryption tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms is TrueCrypt. Cross-platform and free, TrueCrypt is an affordable way to protect your personal files.

3. Make Your Laptop Easy to Return

Consider placing a prominently named text file on your desktop (e.g. REWARD_IF_FOUND.TXT) containing your contact information and any information about a reward, if you can afford to offer one. These details will make it easier for anyone who’s stumbled across your missing computer to return it to you without the need to go digging through personal data. It may even cause a remorseful thief to have a change of heart — especially if you can provide a way for the laptop to be returned anonymously.

4. Back Up Your Data Frequently

You should already be backing up your data on a regular basis to protect against hardware or software failure, but if you’re not, the possibility of a missing laptop is just one more motivator to do so. If you’re on the go with your laptop a lot, you may want to take advantage of online backup services like Dropbox. If you choose to backup to an external hard drive, don’t store the drive in your laptop bag! While this is fine for protecting you from technical issues, having your backup hard drive stolen along with your laptop doesn’t do you any good at all.

5. Consider an Engraving

If you’re serious about hanging onto your laptop, consider having your company or name and a piece of contact information such as your email address or phone number engraved into a prominent location on your laptop. This greatly decreases its resale value and makes it obvious who the laptop belongs to. Engraving is a reasonably good deterrent against theft and provides just one more way of letting the finder of your laptop know who to return it to. Of course the downside to this is that it makes the laptop harder for you to sell as well, unless you replace the engraved portion of the case.

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