Apple’s answer to the Galaxy S4: There’s iPhone, And then there’s everything else.

There's iPhone. And then there's everything else.

Reluctant to sit by the sideline, while Samsung is making home-runs with the Galaxy S4, Apple has launched a new ad campaign, highlighting the iPhone 5′s key differentiating features.

This time, Apple has chosen to make a dedicated web page rather than launching a new TV ad. That’s probably due to the fact that it wouldn’t be able to fit all the information in just 30 seconds.

But before bragging about its iPhone 5, Apple points out that it has won eight consecutive J.D. Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction. Next, the marketing team from Cupertino goes on to saying that “has been meticulously considered and refined”

The Retina display is next on the feature list.

“Only iPhone has the Retina display.”

If Retina means a specific screen pixel density, we agree. Latest droids have higher pixel density than the iPhone’s Retina, so in a way… the iPhone 5 is the last of the flagships to have that low pixel density.

The Retina display on iPhone ushered in the era of super-high-resolution displays. Its pixel density is so high, your eye can’t distinguish individual pixels. The images and words are amazingly vivid and crisp. Everything just looks so real. In fact, once you see a Retina display, you’re never satisfied with anything less. Yet it remains a feature found only on iPhone and other Apple products.

The rest of the stuff Apple touts as best-in-class are the performance of Apple A6 chip, the iPhone 5 battery efficiency, the widespread LTE support, the user-friendliness of iOS 6 and Safari, as well as the iPhone 5′s spectacular camera. Mind you, most of these self-pats on the back are well deserved.

Apple joins HTC in attacking Samsung after the Koreans unveiled the Galaxy S4. Unlike HTC however, Apple’s approach is more positive and dare I say, mature.

The Galaxy S4 is due to hit stores by the end of April, so we’ll see if it’ll sell like hot cake, justifying the anxiety of its rivals.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame smartphones!

Couple of days ago, benchmarks had appeared for five unannounced Samsung devices, two of which have officially been announced today: the Galaxy Fame and the Galaxy Young. Both handsets are mid-range, aimed at those who need a combination of budget-friendly pricing and decent hardware. Both feature the distinct Galaxy style.

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First up is the Galaxy Young, which runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will be available in white, wine red, deep blue, and metallic silver. Inside you’ll find a 1GHz processor and 768MB of RAM, as well as 4GB of internal storage space and a microSD expansion slot with support for up to 64GB. The screen is a 3.27-inch HVGA TFT display; there’s a rear 3-megapixel camera.

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The Galaxy Fame is similar, featuring slightly higher specs. This handset likewise runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and features a 1GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage space with up to 64GB of expansion. The rear camera is 5-megapixels, and the display is 3.5-inches at HVGA resolution. There’s Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC.

In terms of software, both Galaxy handsets feature Samsung Hub, Samsung Kies, TouchWiz, S Cloud, and ChatON. Both are pre-loaded with Google apps, including Gmail, YouTube, Navigation, G+, Maps, and more. Overall, both handsets look like solid mid-range Galaxy offerings similar to other Galaxy handsets already available. No word on availability or price yet.

Will a Samsung Unpacked event reveal the Galaxy S IV in March?

A Korean publication speculates now that Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S IV right in Apple’s homeland this year, at one of its Unpacked events that will take place on March 22. Whether that means the US in general, or somewhere in the Silicon Valley in particular, remains to be seen.

While teasing the public with an eventual announcement of the 8″ Galaxy Note at MWC, Samsung’s boss JK Shin also let out that we won’t be seeing its flagship handset for 2013 announced at the same forum.

Since last year, Samsung is making the all important yearly Galaxy S line newcomer announcement at a separate event, like Apple, so as to give its potential Android bestseller the attention it deserves.
In all cases we are expecting a Full HD AMOLED display, Cortex-A15 processor, and whatever else Samsung’s heart desires to throw at us, but it won’t be seen next month, that’s for sure.

The New BlackBerry 10 photo leaks

RIM is holding a BlackBerry Jam conference next month in Orlando where it is supposed to give out development devices running the upcoming BlackBerry 10 to ten of the developers attending the event. We are now seeing what are allegedly pictures of this developer device, courtesy of a CrackBerry forum member.

The phone looks like a shrunken down PlayBook, with the same matte plastic back that goes around the side and surrounds the display. The front has the earpiece and a camera at the top, the display in the middle and what seems like a (blurred out) logo at the bottom.

Of course, how this device looks like is irrelevant because it is only intended as a developer unit and won’t make it to production. The final devices are likely to have a bit more flair although to be honest this doesn’t look to shabby either.

Samsung Galaxy S3 photo leaks,Yes..Again!

Another day, another “Next Galaxy” image, this time sent by one of our own tipsters, who claims this is the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S3. Your guess is as good as ours whether this is a final version, some prototype, or something else altogether, concocted through image editing.

Alleged Samsung Galaxy S3 photo shows both physical and capacitive buttons
There is evidently a physical home key, as rumored, and two capacitive buttons, while the whole setup resembles a lot the render from the leaked early manual of a Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S3 that we saw yesterday. The side bezel of what seems to be quite a big display is pretty thin, but we’ll leave the speculations on screen size aside, as we can’t vouch whether this is the real deal anyway.
In fact, Samsung’s VP Robert Yi all but confirmed the naming scheme yesterday at the quarterly results conference call with the slip of the tongue “We are anticipating very strong demand of Galaxy S3”, so at least that guessing game seems to be over now