Samsung Driven by Galaxy S

Digitimes:

Samsung said it sold 71.4 million handsets during the third quarter, up 19 on year. The rollout of its flagship smartphones, Galaxy S and Wave, were the primary drivers of continued sales growth amid a global demand recovery.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab seems to be poised to be a big seller; it will be sold in many carriers worldwide. And that Galaxy Player, which is a Galaxy S sans phone, should be a big hit for those who only need/want a data connection. Read Samsung Galaxy Player 50: An Android iPod touch 3G.

HP Direct: Unlocked GSM Palm Pre 2

MarkGuim.tv (YouTube) → Engadget:

More importantly, however, he made clear that it wouldn’t be just the developers nabbing an unlocked GSM Pre 2. According to Tim, that very handset will be “available direct from HP.com”…

That would be Tim Pettitt, product manager for HP Palm. Other interesting tidbits: 5 megapixel camera with 1fps, and Corning’s Gorilla Glass for protection.

Sergey Brin & Larry Page Wanted Steve Jobs to Run Google

Bloomberg (Flash) → Gizmodo:

According to interviews in Bloomberg’s documentary series, Game Changers… Sergey and Larry had interviewed some 12-13 candidates to become CEO of Google but didn’t like any of ’em. Instead they wanted Jobs, their quote-unquote hero, to be the CEO. Unfortunately Jobs was busy running some other company that was about to embark on a renaissance for the ages.

Google changed the game of search. Apple changed the game of a few important things including the business of selling music.

MobileCrunch: T-Mobile G2

Devin Coldewey, MobileCrunch, on the T-Mobile G2:

The 3.7″ “super LCD” display is super indeed. It’s extremely bright, perfectly visible in daylight, and showed colors extremely well. Its 800×480 resolution isn’t quite the pixel density of the iPhone 4, but is still excellent. Contrast is excellent, and at minimum brightness it gives out very little light (great for clock/alarm apps like Bedside). No complaints at all about it.

Seems like the T-Mobile G2 has an excellent display.

Trusted Reviews: ViewSonic ViewPad 10

Trusted Reviews on the ViewSonic ViewPad 10:

Where the ViewPad 10 – and indeed the vast majority of other tablets – really can’t compare with the iPad is in screen quality. Rather than the latter’s IPS panel, with its excellent viewing angles and great contrast, here we’re back to good old TN. This manifests itself in relatively poor viewing angles lesser contrast and colour. That said, from the right angle, it’s still quite nice to use.

Good old TN? I’m afraid there is little good about TN but maybe the low price. If ViewSonic really wants to compete in the tablet market it will need to realize one very important fact: the display makes the tablet.

Engadget: HTC Trophy

Thomas Ricker, Engadget, on the HTC Trophy:

Try as we might, we can’t put it down even though we have an iPhone 4 and Galaxy S at our immediate disposal. The HTC Trophy may not be our smartphone champ but it’s definitely a winner.

Let me get this straight: it’s not a champ but a winner? Confusing. Most likely the newness of Windows Phone 7 is what’s contributing to the heightened interest. The HTC Trophy sports a 3.8-inch TFT LCD with a WP7-standard 800×480 pixel format. My guess: eventually the iPhone 4 or the Galaxy S would be picked up more.

Apple: Nitride Coating to Prevent Scratches on Stainless Steel

US Patent & Trademark OfficeAppleInsider: Apple’s patent application titled “Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products”:

In addition to providing a durable, hard surface that is both scratch and impact resistant, the nitride layer allows for the natural surface color and texture of the underlying stainless steel to remain visible to the user. It is this natural surface color and texture of the stainless steel that adds to the aesthetically pleasing appearance of the consumer electronic product, thereby enhancing the user’s overall experience.

I’m not too worried about stainless steel getting scratched. How about a nitride coating over glass?

Fortune: Verizon iPhone Confirmed for Early 2011

Sarah Ellison, Fortune, on the Verizon iPhone:

Verizon, sources say, will sell its own version of the iPhone 4, which will work on Verizon’s CDMA-based 3G network. Unfortunately for globe trotters, the first version of the phone likely won’t be built to work outside the U.S. — it probably won’t carry a special chip that can turn it into a “world phone.”

I live in an area where AT&T is simply terrible. Just this morning I was not able to get any 3G connection so I had to switch over to 2G, which is slow but more dependable. I’m paying $25 per month for this fast 3G connection that AT&T brags about. Can I take much more of this? Probably not. If I trust this Fortune article to be true then I best be heading back to the Apple Store to return my iPhone 4.

An interesting tidbit: According to Lowell McAdam, COO at Verizon Wireless, the average Droid user consumes more data than the average iPhone user.

TSA: Resistance

Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic, on the TSA’s new pat-down procedure that requires meeting resistance, a.k.a your balls:

… the obvious goal of the TSA is to make the pat-down embarrassing enough for the average passenger that the vast majority of people will choose high-tech humiliation over the low-tech ball check.

That high-tech humiliation involves a back-scatter body imaging device, affectionately called “The Dick-Measuring Device” that sees under your clothing.

The machine captures an image of your naked self, including your genitals, and sends the image to an agent in a separate room.

What happens when the guys in the separate room thinks they see something?

The pat-down, while more effective than previous pat-downs, will not stop dedicated and clever terrorists from smuggling on board small weapons or explosives. When I served as a military policeman in an Israeli army prison, many of the prisoners “bangled” contraband up their asses. I know this not because I checked, but because eventually they told me this when I asked.

I’m driving to CES.

AOC e2243Fw: Slim 23-inch LED-Backlit 1080p LCD Monitor

Engadget: The AOC e2243Fw is a 23-inch LED-backlit LCD monitor that sports a 1920×1080 pixel format. The 12.9mm-thick monitor has VGA & DVI connections and a 5ms response time.

The AOC e2243Fw is certainly eye-candy. But don’t ask me to pay more for that slim design. A slim profile does appeal aesthetically but it has almost zero functional value to me. I am certainly not mounting this monitor on the wall. Nor will I be using a monitor mount; as far as I can tell the e2243Fw doesn’t come with VESA compatible holes. And the base is about 10 times as thick.

Instead of investing resources to making monitors thinner monitor manufacturers should focus on making the displays better. For too many years digital camera brands fought over how many pixels they could cram into the image sensor. The result was digital cameras that had image sensors with lots of pixels but took crappy photos. They finally realized what they were doing was stupid and now are focused on capturing better photos. I would hope monitor makers would do the same. Instead of focusing on making the displays thinner monitor brands should focus on making the monitors display better quality text and images.