Samsung Takes On iPhone With New Touch Phones

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Samsung has launched five new touch mobile phones in an effort to take market share away from Apple by providing users with more choices.


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The Samsung Jet Icon
As revealed two months ago, Samsung’s Icon range includes the Preston Icon, Omnia Icon, HD Icon, and Galaxy Icon (see our original story here). However, the company has added one more touch handset to its Icon range – the Jet Icon.

Samsung Australia’s Vice President of Telecommunications, Tyler McGee said that touch was a major driver for the company’s strong performance in the first half of 2009, with its F480 being the number one phone in Australia (April – June).

The Samsung Jet runs on the company’s proprietary OS, has an 800MHz processor, and sports a 3.1-inch AMOLED screen for clear images and lesser power consumption. The TouchWiz Interface is easy to use and creates a dynamic 3D environment controlled by touch and motion. You can simply shake, tilt or tap the Samsung Jet to choose from the camera, music, radio and motion dial feature.

 

It comes with a new ‘Dolfin Browser’ that allows a user to flick between five windows so that one can chat with their friends while reading a website and upload or download music and photos at the same time. By bookmarking favourite websites you can customise the phone to launch these top five sites each time you log on.

The Jet also comes with a One-Finger-Zoom function that will let you zoom in or out using one finger and a “Smart Unlock” feature that brings up the menu by drawing a letter of the alphabet on the screen.

Samsung Australia’s Vice President of Telecommunications, Tyler McGee said, “The Samsung JET Icon has already achieved phenomenal global success where it has been launched and we believe this has translated into much local anticipation. We’re excited to finally bring this mobile phone to Australians looking for the coolest touchphone technology in a very sleek package.”

See the other phones in the Icon line in the next page.

 


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Samsung Preston Icon

Samsung Preston

The Samsung Preston runs on Samsung’s proprietary OS and comes with the TouchWiz User Interface, allowing users to personalise their Home Screen with widgets. Perhaps the most notable feature for the Preston is its ‘Smart Unlock’ feature that allows you to execute any program while the phone is locked.

Samsung Galaxy

Samsung will also be launching its first Google Android Phone in the next couple of months. The Samsung Galaxy Icon (launched as the Samsung i7500 internationally) will come with the latest Android OS (Cupcake) and features a 3.2-inch AMOLED full touch screen for the brightest colours possible and the HSDPA and Wi-Fi allows you to stay connected easily.


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Samsung Omnia Icon

The Omnia Icon runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in, a 5-megapixel camera, and includes Mobile Office, Audio and Video support, GPS, and even a 3.5mm jack.

Samsung HD Icon

The HD Icon (also known as the Omnia HD) is the first phone from Samsung that runs on Symbian. It sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen, is DLNA-enabled for easy video and picture sharing and comes with GPS, Accelerometer, and Compass. This HSDPA-enabled handset has an 8-megapixel camera that can take 720p videos, plays audio (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, and RA) and video (DivX, Xvid, H.263, H.264, WMV, MPEG4, RV) files, and comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

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