While Apple has been fighting over Google for VOIP in the US over its over-marketed iPhones, South Koreans have been enjoying the future of smartphones, AMOLED-based phones with NVIDIA chip that can play DivX videos like this flawlessly: (and also stream very fast using WiMax) Also, the phone comes with GPS navigation, 5 megapixel camera w/ cropping software, SRS surround sound, and more it looks like.
*Note – Compare WVGA AMOLED 800×480 pixel LCD on the Samsung versus 480×320 pixel LCD on an iPhone 3GS. Sorry, I am definitely not an Apple fan boy.
The Hauptic GUI:
Digital Camera Features Here:
The on-board 5 megapixel camera has auto-zoom, auto-color detection/correction, practically beats the pants off iPhone, Palm Pre, or any other smartphone we have seen here in the States.
Live TV via DMB:
The TV function can play major Korean TV stations and Radio FM.
Also check out this “My Diary” function which practically lets you do a blog post: (really.)
This particular model is the SPH-W8500. According to Reuters, Sprint will be rolling out phones similar to this NEXT YEAR. Well, there goes the fun. South Korea is always about 1-2 years ahead of all the new Samsung phones we actually see in the States. Perhaps, I will have to bring one back next time I go to Korea.
What is AMOLED? See here on Wikipedia:
AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) is an emerging display technology for use in mobile devices like mobile phones. OLED describes a specific type of ultra thin, ultra bright display technology which doesn’t require a backlight and Active-Matrix refers to the technology behind the addressing of pixels. AMOLED technology continues to make progress towards low-power and low-cost large size (e.g. 40-inch) for applications such as TV.
iPhone users, don’t fret that your phone is really actually way behind the world. I don’t think iPhone will get anywhere near there for another 2 years at least.
You can see more details on Samsung site here. (It’s in Korean but you should understand most of it by pics.)
Now, where is AMOLED Apple? Where are all the features like AMOLED, why is iPhone so hyped and priced so high? That’s my thought for the day.
Mark my words, iPhone isn’t going to live too long if they don’t start rolling out new versions soon.
Everyone, start believing me, not the (dumb) people who sold you over-priced phones with outdated technology. haha. 🙂