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(The Verge)   "And our apologies for getting this right." "Oh, that's cool. Can I be your sister?" "See you later crocodile." And other awkward exchanges can mean only one thing: Samsung is holding a press conference   (live.theverge.com) divider line 39
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2014-09-03 11:32:16 AM  
The right edge of the Note Edge's slopes off to the side


Phrasing!
 
2014-09-03 12:05:25 PM  

Mugato: The right edge of the Note Edge's slopes off to the side


Phrasing!


That's actually a pretty cool idea, I'm curious to see what developers will do with it.

I've never been impressed with Samsung's design choices or build quality, but they're starting to move in the right direction.  An aluminum frame should make the Note 4 feel better, but it's still apparently mostly plastic.  Give it a full metal unibody case, or a full aluminum frame with full glass front and back and I'll put it on my shopping list.
 
2014-09-03 02:14:09 PM  
I always put my phones in a protective case, I don't care about much else other then the specs and the screen.
 
2014-09-03 02:14:43 PM  
Every Samsung android device I'd have my hands on has been a poorly-built piece of crap. Buttons get stuck, charging ports bend easily, WiFi signals drop off dramatically if you put any sort of case on them.

Meh. I'll struggle with my Note 8's wonky buttons until it dies. Hopefully by then somebody who knows how to make a physical product that isn't total garbage from the start will have supplanted Samsung as the premier Android device maker.
 
2014-09-03 02:26:21 PM  
Without spending too much time on the slideshow:

Seems like very detailed tracking on the digitizer. I would like that on my iOS devices. I can get similar results with the Jot stylus that has a clear disk on a fine point, but actually tracking a smaller target would be great.

The Gear S looks neat, but that is just a well designed graphic for a display. I can't tell much without seeing it in action and some information about battery life and such. Still, the pictures look really nice.

There are some really gaudy accessories for these things, but that doesn't detract from the products.

The blonde is someone I would like to get to know on a deeply personal level and develop a mutually fulfilling physical relationship with (Is that the way we do things now?).

The slideshow makes this event seem pretty light on specs and live demonstrations. Is that just due to the slideshow?
 
2014-09-03 02:31:02 PM  

skozlaw: Every Samsung android device I'd have my hands on has been a poorly-built piece of crap. Buttons get stuck, charging ports bend easily, WiFi signals drop off dramatically if you put any sort of case on them.

Meh. I'll struggle with my Note 8's wonky buttons until it dies. Hopefully by then somebody who knows how to make a physical product that isn't total garbage from the start will have supplanted Samsung as the premier Android device maker.


I've had an S3 ever since they came out and never had any of those issues. Of course it's only lasted this long because the wife got me an otter box for it.
 
2014-09-03 02:31:04 PM  

skozlaw: Every Samsung android device I'd have my hands on has been a poorly-built piece of crap. Buttons get stuck, charging ports bend easily, WiFi signals drop off dramatically if you put any sort of case on them.

Meh. I'll struggle with my Note 8's wonky buttons until it dies. Hopefully by then somebody who knows how to make a physical product that isn't total garbage from the start will have supplanted Samsung as the premier Android device maker.


Love my LG G3. Built solid. Also the HG One's are pretty nice phones
 
2014-09-03 02:34:58 PM  
HTC One's. Brain fart over here.
 
2014-09-03 02:44:59 PM  
"Super AMOLED is so much better that it's really unfair to compare."

I like the way they try to spin the terrible over-saturation of their screens as a good thing.
 
2014-09-03 02:46:47 PM  
I still love my note 2, but she is getting a little long in the tooth.  I am looking forward to the Note 4, and an otterbox for it. :)
 
2014-09-03 03:01:39 PM  
Meanwhile Sony released their new Xperia Z3 phones/tablets and I immediately said "WANT!"
 
2014-09-03 03:05:47 PM  

Rwa2play: Meanwhile Sony released their new Xperia Z3 phones/tablets and I immediately said "WANT!"


The Sonys are very nice.  I'd like it if they'd include a 4K screen like Samsung and LG have done, but maybe that will come out with the next model. M

Still, until they get any decent distribution in the US it's a moot point.
 
2014-09-03 03:14:35 PM  
I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.
 
2014-09-03 03:15:40 PM  
it's "see you later, alligator," subby.

Link

/after awhile, crocodile.
 
2014-09-03 03:16:08 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Rwa2play: Meanwhile Sony released their new Xperia Z3 phones/tablets and I immediately said "WANT!"

The Sonys are very nice.  I'd like it if they'd include a 4K screen like Samsung and LG have done, but maybe that will come out with the next model. M

Still, until they get any decent distribution in the US it's a moot point.


Sony's video quality is pretty damn good, so I'm not exactly pining for an AMOLED screen on my cell phone or tablet.  T-Mobile will carry the Z3.

After the disappointment with the Z1s and the Z2's never hit the US market, I look forward to getting my hands on the Z3.
 
2014-09-03 03:16:45 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


It's curved! What more do you want?
 
2014-09-03 03:17:09 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.

It's curved! What more do you want?


I never looked at it that way.
 
2014-09-03 03:37:55 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


R&D discovered they could make flexible LCDs and everyone else has been trying to figure out what the hell it's good for because the company already bought in.
 
2014-09-03 03:40:18 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


There are a few different ways to go about the curved screen thing.

There are some phones that curve inward from the top and bottom, I think LG and Samsung both make phones like that.  I believe that idea is that it hugs the contours of your face better that way, but it seems a bit gimmicky to me.

There are phones that curve outward very slightly towards the edge of the glass, like the Lumia 920 (possibly other Lumias as well) and now the Galaxy Note 4.  This is mainly for a 'premium feel' effect, having the glass fall off the side so that your fingers don't brush up against hard edges improves the quality feel of a phone.

The new idea is in the Galaxy Edge which basically has an extra curved display off to the side.  The main screen is still full 1440x2560, so you aren't losing any screen real estate to the curve.  The curved area could basically serve as a permanent 'tool' area, where you'd have common application functions for whatever you're running on the main screen.  If developers take advantage of it, it could be a nice productivity booster.
 
2014-09-03 03:40:43 PM  

moothemagiccow: Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.

R&D discovered they could make flexible LCDs and everyone else has been trying to figure out what the hell it's good for because the company already bought in.


Well that makes more sense than any of the promotional stuff I've read.

Make a 360 degree screen and then I'll be impressed. Of course there'd be no content for it and if there was if would probably give me a seizure but I'd be impressed.
 
2014-09-03 03:57:24 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


It's for when you are on a train or airplane and want to share what you're viewing with your neighbors.
 
2014-09-03 03:58:07 PM  
Waiting on the new Moto X/Moto 360 combo here
 
2014-09-03 04:11:00 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Mugato: The right edge of the Note Edge's slopes off to the side


Phrasing!

That's actually a pretty cool idea, I'm curious to see what developers will do with it.

I've never been impressed with Samsung's design choices or build quality, but they're starting to move in the right direction.  An aluminum frame should make the Note 4 feel better, but it's still apparently mostly plastic.  Give it a full metal unibody case, or a full aluminum frame with full glass front and back and I'll put it on my shopping list.


How are you supposed to hold the thing without hitting the buttons on the sloped edge?
 
2014-09-03 05:06:44 PM  

moothemagiccow: Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.

R&D discovered they could make flexible LCDs and everyone else has been trying to figure out what the hell it's good for because the company already bought in.


To me, the point of a flexible screen should be to make the phone more resistant to damage in case you drop the thing or bend it, not pre-curve the thing or wrap the screen around the edge(s). But maybe that's just me. And yes, I know you'd need a flexible circuit board to move with the flexible screen.

LucklessWonder: Waiting on the new Moto X/Moto 360 combo here


Yes, me, too. I very much like my Droid Maxx. I hope Lenovo doesn't screw up the brand
 
2014-09-03 05:15:49 PM  
Lemme guess, if it wasn't for their horse, they wouldn't have spent that year in college?
 
2014-09-03 05:26:41 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


In addition to what's already been mentioned:

Mobile phones are frequently used under ambient light conditions. A flat glossy surface can reflect that light uncomfortably into the user's eyes. A slightly concave surface is less likely to do that. It still can, but there will be a greater range of reflection angles where it won't.

Also it might fit more comfortably in some peoples' pockets.
 
2014-09-03 06:10:11 PM  
Bronze Gold? Damn. I wanted to get one in Aluminum Silver.
 
2014-09-03 06:18:50 PM  
So, maybe a dumb question, but doesn't it seem like the curved edge would be prone to breaking?  Fitting a case would be awkward at best and there's lots of "edge" to impact on hard floors and parking lots.
 
2014-09-03 06:24:18 PM  
Something broke on the headline script?
 
2014-09-03 06:27:41 PM  

way south: Something broke on the headline script?


I'm thinking a buggered up sql query.  They put the URL where the headline is supposed to be.

/farking developers
//this is why they developed stored procedures.  That way, and adult can supervise.
 
2014-09-03 06:32:26 PM  

happydude45: skozlaw: Every Samsung android device I'd have my hands on has been a poorly-built piece of crap. Buttons get stuck, charging ports bend easily, WiFi signals drop off dramatically if you put any sort of case on them.

Meh. I'll struggle with my Note 8's wonky buttons until it dies. Hopefully by then somebody who knows how to make a physical product that isn't total garbage from the start will have supplanted Samsung as the premier Android device maker.

I've had an S3 ever since they came out and never had any of those issues. Of course it's only lasted this long because the wife got me an otter box for it.


Nah the 3 was tougher than it looked. mine lived till I got my 5 and now serves my mother-out-law and has never had a problem of any kind, and never had a case. Of course the blue paint started chipping off after about 5 minutes....

The 5 is much better made than the previous phones it looks like.

Hell my S1 is still going with a niece and looks like the day I bought it so maybe we are just careful people.

The note is SO popular, I cant see it myself at all but it really is.
 
2014-09-03 06:55:26 PM  

zimbach: Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.

In addition to what's already been mentioned:

Mobile phones are frequently used under ambient light conditions. A flat glossy surface can reflect that light uncomfortably into the user's eyes. A slightly concave surface is less likely to do that. It still can, but there will be a greater range of reflection angles where it won't.

Also it might fit more comfortably in some peoples' pockets.


Actually I was talking about the TVs.
 
2014-09-03 07:16:43 PM  

gaspode: happydude45: skozlaw: Every Samsung android device I'd have my hands on has been a poorly-built piece of crap. Buttons get stuck, charging ports bend easily, WiFi signals drop off dramatically if you put any sort of case on them.

Meh. I'll struggle with my Note 8's wonky buttons until it dies. Hopefully by then somebody who knows how to make a physical product that isn't total garbage from the start will have supplanted Samsung as the premier Android device maker.

I've had an S3 ever since they came out and never had any of those issues. Of course it's only lasted this long because the wife got me an otter box for it.

Nah the 3 was tougher than it looked. mine lived till I got my 5 and now serves my mother-out-law and has never had a problem of any kind, and never had a case. Of course the blue paint started chipping off after about 5 minutes....

The 5 is much better made than the previous phones it looks like.

Hell my S1 is still going with a niece and looks like the day I bought it so maybe we are just careful people.

The note is SO popular, I cant see it myself at all but it really is.


My Galaxy S2 was in perfect condtion when I gave it to my sister in law this year, and she loves it.  I bought a 6 buck new battery it.  I honestly had no problems with it, but I got a customized Moto X for free through work, and I love it, great phone, great battery life.

And as a tech manager for a large carrier we see very little problems with most samsung phones, the only dud recently was the S4 active had issues.

Also, the Note 8 is a tablet...
 
2014-09-03 07:44:47 PM  
The standard notes are a phablet really I think?

Anyway the chinese and indian population in my area LOve THEM.
 
2014-09-03 08:24:06 PM  
Lemmy offered to be my sister.

/ curved phones. CURVED. PHONES.
 
2014-09-03 09:18:36 PM  

Mugato: I don't get the curved screen thing. I saw it in person for the first time and I don't see what's so great about it.


A slightly concave phone doesn't actually touch a surface when set face down on said surface, which means less scratching/wear on your glass surface.

/love that about my Galaxy nexus
 
2014-09-04 12:52:15 AM  
I think the Sony Z3 line is more interesting.
4.6", 5.2" or 8 inch tablet that makes calls.
Good specs, nice looking, great camera, Sony skin is pretty light.
 
2014-09-04 03:22:05 PM  

jxb465: "Super AMOLED is so much better that it's really unfair to compare."

I like the way they try to spin the terrible over-saturation of their screens as a good thing.


This.  Samsung's phone and tablet screens are awful.
 
2014-09-04 07:43:08 PM  
The world disagrees with you.
 
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