Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 12:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless


Well, it looks like Samsung finally managed to do what it has been trying to do for a painfully long time - the Korean manufacturer has made its first Tizen-powered phone official. Called the Samsung Z, the phone features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display of 1280x720 resolution and is powered a quad-core 2.3GHz processor (most like a Snapdragon 800), and runs on version 2.2.1 of Tizen. The Z comes with a new look that should come as a breath of fresh air for those who have gotten bored of Samsung's design language on Android devices (let's face it, who hasn't?), though the overall design seems to be along the same lines as the company's previous efforts.

I want one of these, like, right now. Not only is it an alternative operating system backed by a huge player, it's also very likely to become a rarity a few years down the line. A great and fascinating addition to my collection.

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Not sure what's special about the design...
by leech on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 14:28 UTC
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The design of it may be different than Samsung's other devices, but it still looks just like an Android device that they slapped Tizen on.

Same curved arrow for the back button, same lines for a menu button, same elongated oval for the 'home' button.

Give me something like SailfishOS or MeeGo Harmattan, that has no front facing buttons!

Yes, sadly, the days when you don't have a billion devices with the same operating system are all but over. It would have been nice if Nokia could have upgraded their Symbian line with more of the MeeGo bits, and gotten an N10, N11, or whatever they'd call them out.

I mean the N9 is ALMOST perfectly smooth with the hardware it was given. If it was running on the monstrosity that is my Note 3, it would fly! As it is, the Note 3 kind of chugs along at it's own pace, because Android/TouchWiz is such a hog.

I bought a Note Pro 12.2" as well, and that thing is constantly running out of memory, even though I have pretty much nothing running but some average things like Facebook. You can't kill the really big memory hogs like TouchWiz, New York Times, etc... I've actually ran out of memory on it several times, and it has 3GB...

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