Samsung Continuum first palms-on (replace: video!)

Samsung Continuum first hands-on (update: video!)

If shock was the main target of the occasion, we might say the Samsung Android-powered, Verizon-unique (and, alas, Bing-pushed) Continuum reveal was a comedy of errors — however who cares now that we have got our palms on the Galaxy S telephone, secondary ticker and all (at 480 x ninety six decision). The Android buttons themselves, because it seems, are on the show as nicely — principally, it is one big show. The grip sensor that prompts the show appears to work nicely, though it is fairly straightforward to squeeze the digital camera button accidentally since it is also on the decrease proper of the telephone. Sadly, there is no approach for third-celebration apps to replace the ticker — it is restricted to Samsung’s stuff proper now. We’re making an attempt to get some battery life information — we’re curious if turning on a smaller display extra typically will end in an extended shelf life, or if it’s going to simply be about even.

Replace: Video after the break!

Replace 2: Okay, we acquired some extra information on that display. The complete entrance of the telephone is one large 4-inch display, with the Android buttons kind of painted over the decrease third — the display lights up beneath them in white to light up them. Samsung says it is simply simpler for advertising functions to say it is two screens, however that they are selectively turning on the underside portion of the show for the ticker. So far as battery life, it is a 1500mah battery that’ll final a few day, we’re advised — the decrease display activates every time a notification is available in, however since it is a smaller display the battery life is on par with the Fascinate.

We additionally discovered the “grip sensor” is not actually grip-based mostly in any respect — it is capacitive, so simply calmly touching each side of the telephone lights up the ticker. It is fairly good, though tremendous straightforward to set it off by simply holding the telephone. Samsung says there’ll ultimately be an API for third-get together apps to make use of the ticker, however proper now they’re simply targeted on their core experiences. As for Bing, nicely, nobody’s saying why some Verizon telephones get Binged out and a few do not, however each indication is that Verizon calls these photographs, not Samsung. We’re additionally informed that an Android 2.2 replace will ultimately arrive, however there isn’t any timeline but — and there is a actual probability this’ll launch with 2.1 after 2.three hits. Creating…

Replace three: Added a fast macro pic of the buttons after the break — you’ll be able to see the way it’s only one huge display. We additionally took some aspect-by-sides with a Captivate — the Continuum is thicker and narrower. Samsung says the narrower measurement is designed to attraction to ladies, who usually have smaller palms. %Gallery-107011%

Samsung Continuum first hands-on (update: video!)

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