The Samsung Issue

Speaking Geek

Innovation At Every Turn

Justin Wylesky

Every Generation of Smart Phone seems to come with yet another innovation, yet another perk that makes that generations device that much better than the prior. Sometimes those perks end up being a flop, sometimes they end up being ridiculed by the general public, and sometimes they are so revolutionary that they change the way every device to come is built. I'm sure most of us can remember the innovation that was the qwerty keyboard, which then was improved with the addition of the slide out qwerty keyboard. Some of us may even remember when every cell phone had an external antenna. Most recently we saw the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack from both the Moto Z family of devices, as well as the newest incarnation of Apple's flagship device the iPhone 7.

We can only guess which innovations will continue to shape the market, but I think it goes without saying that Samsung positioned itself at the forefront of the pack. This Weekly we David Jarvey brings us some highlights of the new technology and specs in the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Also Kenan Goyette brings us news of the various promotions available to consumers who want to get their hands on what is sure to be the hottest new Android device on the market. Finally I take you on a journey through the history of the Galaxy S line of phones, taking you though the ups and downs of flagship phone development.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Stepping into a new galaxy... not so far far away

David Jarvey

Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ are going to be available in stores on April 21st or you can Preorder yours now in any of three beautiful colors. Midnight Black, Arctic Silver and Orchid Gray are your choice of lovely little colorful rainbows pops this year so look around and pick the one that best fits your personality!

Some things that Sammie has changed with this year’s Galaxy line up stretch from adding a retina scanner on the front to unlock your device, removing the home button entirely, and placing their fingerprint sensor on the back. Plus creating a crazy new screen!

Over the last few years phone screens have been ever expanding to a larger size, usually for the positive. I mean who doesn’t want to have the most used portion of phones real estate getting larger, more vibrant, clearer, and best of all not changing the overall size of your phone?

Not these geeks over here!

Samsung has made a new change by making both devices with their famous and now iconic curved/edge displays and removing the physical home button all together. This, our lovely reading friends is their new Infinity Display and to say the least “She’s a beaut Clark!” By using the prior tactic Samsung has managed to take the screen size and add 0.7” inches in screen size without drastically increasing the size of their phones from last year! On top of that Samsung has also made the screens a little more pixel dense. This means your screen stays looking crisp and clear instead of looking grainy when you watch a video, read a book or play a game. That’s not all though this year Samsung has made an industry first change by implementing High Dynamic Range(HDR) to their new phone screens! Because of this, everything you view will have way more vibrant colors compared to the other phones on the market right now. Actually, as a matter of fact, there are only a handful of TV’s and game systems that support this feature right now. So we give a BIG Thank you to Samsung for setting us up for future movie viewing and handheld gaming greatness!

The camera this year is staying at the amazing 12 Mega Pixel shooter they have on the S7 with some tweaks to take better photos. This time around every time you take a picture your phone automatically take 3 shots and connects the best parts from each image to generate the best possible outcome for your viewing pleasure as well as taking better low light photos while being less grainy or static looking. One of the biggest changes this year is Samsung’s new personal assistant Bixby, who may shape up to be the most helpful assistant yet in this artificial helper struggle. Bixby will have the power to recognize landmarks when you snap a picture, translate text in real time just by opening your camera and pointing it at the words you’re struggling with understanding…any language will have the ability to be translated, which is bonkers when you think about how many of us are not fluent in other languages.

Of course we need to address the elephant in the room as the S8 and S8+ come on the heels of the Note 7… R.I.P. little buddy.

Samsung knew it had to focus on its battery and battery safety. As such they are taking extra precautions this time around so they wont have to relive the nightmare their previous battery supplier put their precious Note 7 cargo through.

This time around Samsung has implemented an 8-point battery safety inspection process which measures everything from puncture tests to insure its stability if it shorts to something as simple as a visual test from an actual person. In a time where we rely on machines for everything it’s good to know that Samsung will be employing people to go around and inspect every battery batch against a battery that has passed quality inspection to make sure there isn’t any bloating or leaking that a machine couldn’t pick up while sliding by on a conveyor belt.

In the end all that remains is which size and what color?

The Galaxy S8(Same size as the S7) with a 5.8” curved Infinity Display or the Galaxy S8+(Same size as the S7 Edge) with a 6.2” curved Infinity Display.

Stay tuned on our Facebook pages to see which size wins on launch day!

Galaxy Promos

Promotions on the New Galaxy S8 & S8+ that are out of this world

Kenan Goyette

It’s coming, people…the latest in cell phone technology-the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+-are coming to a Verizon store near you on April 21st.

And with the big unveiling of Samsung’s latest, state of the art mobile device of course comes plenty of ways to save big and upgrade to this latest and greatest Galaxy phone.

Upgrade to a new phone and save money while doing so? You got it!

The primary promotion for guests interested in upgrading to the S8 or S8+ is Verizon’s new Trade-In. So long as the old, trade-in devices are in good working conditions, guests can receive up to $480 in total trade-in credits.

The promotion is available to any Verizon customer that is currently on or switching to the New Unlimited Data Plan and depending on which version of the S8 that consumers buy, and what type of device their old phone is, the credits that can be gained towards the new phone can knock the price down to as low as $16.25 a month.

For a phone that’s filled with the latest software, camera and touch screen technology that’s practically a steal and a half!

The promo can also be paired with other current Verizon offers like the $650 Carrier Switcher offer and the Free Samsung Gear VR promo through Samsung itself.

Along with getting a free virtual reality Samsung Gear with a controller that allows users to play games with the headset on, buyers are also eligible for a premium experience upgrade valued at $550 for just $99. The package includes the Gear VR with controller along with AKG by Harman headphones and a 256 GB memory card to beef up your new Galaxy S8 or S8+.

The hottest cellular release of the spring is coming soon and the promos that go along with it are clearly too good to pass up.

All offers are subject terms and restrictions as outlined by the entity providing the offer. Offers are provided by Samsung & Verizon Wireless. Please see an associate for further details.

A History Of Galaxy

From First Gen Galaxy to the New S8 & S8 Plus... We make the journey in under 12 Parsecs

Justin Wylesky

On April 21st, we will see the newest device in the Samsung Galaxy line of cellular phones, The Galaxy S8 and the S8+. Now seemed as good a time as any to look back at the turbulent history of the Galaxy S series and see exactly where its roots were sprung, and the winding road it has traveled to become the amazing flagship device it now is.

The Galaxy S series first hit the market in June of 2010, and sported an 800x480 display with half a gig of ram, a single core processor, and running android 2.1. At the time, it’s 4-inch screen was considered to be large for a smart phone, and it was up against some heavy competition from both HTC as well as from Apple’s iPhone 4. Initial reviews were shocked at the light weight of the device, combined with the thin overall profile of the phone. What didn’t impress them was the lack of premium feel. The biggest standout of the device however was the introduction of the Super AMOLED display that was in direct competition to the iPhone 4’s Retina display. In the end the iPhone 4 won out in resolution, but fell short against Samsung’s superior contrast ratio and color vibrancy.

To Follow in April of 2011 was the Galaxy SII (S2). This newly designed phone still featured a similar 800x480 screen ratio, but bumped the processor to a dual core 1.2GHz powerhouse with ¾ of a gig of ram. They also bumped the camera to a whopping 8 megapixels. Although the design was met with mixed reviews, the overall functionality of the device was very well received.

Sticking with the Roman numerals in May 2012 Samsung released the Galaxy SIII (S3). This was a huge jump for Samsung with the first in the Galaxy series of phones to have an HD display at 1280x720. It was also running Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. To support the software and upgraded screen Samsung also bumped the processor to a 1.4GHz Quad core unit with a full 1GB of ram at launch. This was the first real Samsung phone to be considered a solid contender for the iPhone, and the phrase iPhone Killer was suddenly being passed around. Part of this love for the S3 was the more rounded look of the phone, ditching the boxier look of the prior generations. It also came partnered with a new sales slogan which perplexed some, but also worked to gear the direction of the device to the masses… “Designed for Humans”.

Ditching the Roman numerals, Samsung released the Galaxy S4. This subtle yet important redesign for the phones included a full 5 inch full HD display (1920 x 1080), a bump to a full 2gb of ram, and an improved powerhouse in the form of a 1.9GHz quad-core chip. They also gave it the best camera ever seen in a Galaxy device rocking a full 13 megapixels. This was also the first Samsung device to give the consumer a choice in hard drive sizes to go along the Micro SD card slot they had on each incarnation of the device so far. This meant the purchaser had a choice of a 16, 32, or 64 GB capacity. This meant not only more photo storage, but more importantly more space for all the beautiful apps and games that could run on this newer powerhouse device. For many this was the first Samsung Galaxy S phone to really catch their eye, and one of the first to really start pulling users from its competitors.

Realizing they had hit on some success with the S4, Samsung in April of 2014 released the Galaxy S5. This new device also had a full HD screen, but following the desire to be ahead of the curve, it bumped the processor to a solid 2.5GHz quad core unit with 2gb of ram, and again they gave the camera some love bumping it to a 16-megapixel beauty. Samsung also took this opportunity to unveil its S-Health system which allowed the device to help the user track their overall health through a series of sensors on the device. The device also incorporated a native water resistance level with the addition of a rubber gasket as part of the rear cover, and a hatch type cover for the charging port. Unfortunately for as good at this was, the charging port itself was a point of contention for many. The attempt to move to USB 3.0 connection over the universal standard of micro USB meant a new charging type for users, and the cover seemed to break off a little too easily. This meant a compromise to the water resistance. Overall the S5 did not sell like its predecessor, and its flaws revealed a lot about the direction Samsung needed to go with the next flagship device offering.

In April of 2015 Samsung decided to take things in a whole new direction with the release of not one, but two different devices at the same time… the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge. This was a huge move for Samsung as it put them on par with Apple who was also offering a pair of devices in the form of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. What Samsung did to differentiate itself however was to introduce the Edge Feature. This was a revolutionary idea that allowed Samsung to feature the size of the screen, while minimizing the appearance of the side bezel of the phone. The S6 and S6 Edge featured a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED Display. They also boasted a Samsung made Octa-Core processor and 3 GB of ram. Combined with their 16-megapixel camera capable of recording Ultra HD footage, both phones were a very solid looking contender for the generation. Samsung also finally brought the front facing “Selfie” camera up in spec, ditching the 2 megapixels of the older generations to a much more solid 5 megapixels. Along with this Samsung also opted to break from their old standby of using primarily plastics for the build of their phone for a more premium feel utilizing better glass and metal materials. This was also the first Samsung Galaxy device to feature a fully internal battery, which was met with mixed reviews but was still on par with what Apple had been offering for generations. Unfortunately, Samsung opted to do away with the water resistance, as well as the expandable memory option. Instead opting to offer it again in 3 hard drive sizes of 32, 64 or 128 GB. One standout was the utilization allowed by the addition of the edge feature, and the integration of the feature into the notification system, as well as the incorporation of an edge program which would allow for the quick access of apps, contacts, and weather information.

In February of 2016 Samsung brought to the table what has been the best pair of Galaxy devices to date, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These devices brought together all the best features of their prior incarnations and in the eyes of many consumers was the culmination of everything they had been asking for. The return of expandable memory, the return of water proofing, the return in spec improvements that had been key to the growth of the brand. The S7 kept the 5.1 inch Quad HD Display with an impressive 2560 x 1440, and the S7 Edge bumped it up to a 5.5-inch dual edge display. They also made massive improvements to the capabilities of the edge allowing it to integrate with even more functions of the Android software. One of the best new features was the improvements to the camera. Samsung unveiled a new Dual Pixel technology which meant better low light pictures, and more vibrant images. Along with the new look and feel of the device, Samsung was able to really perfect their fingerprint scanner for accessing the device, and its integration into features such as Samsung Pay.

Of course, on the 21st of this month will be the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. How will the world handle a device on the cutting edge of the cellphone market? Only time will tell, but if history is any indicator we can expect to continue to see new and innovative things to come from the beautiful minds at Samsung.

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