Samsung Announces Tiny 2.8-Inch Android "Galaxy Pocket"
March 6, 2012 10:21 AM
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New Samsung smartphone is hardly an "iPhone killer", but it is cute
There's an old saying that says "good things come in small packages." That could be the case with Samsung’s new 2.8” Galaxy Pocket.
The cutesy petite Android was
Samsung Electronic Comp., Ltd. (
) in London, England. It will launch in the UK "later this year". U.S. launch plans were not mentioned.
The tiny 'droid uses Android 2.3 "Gingerbread". Don't expect
an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Given its small size, the phone packs a pokey 832 MHz single-core processor, a 320x240 (QVGA) display, and 3 GB of NAND. Basic HSDPA is supported. The full specs are below:
The iPhone is still the
king of the 3.5-inch niche
. But the new 2.8-inch Galaxy Pocket sets a new standard in tiny, while retaining a decent "core" Android experience. And it will likely be far cheaper than the iPhone when it finally launches later this year (it may even be offered free with contract).
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RE: useless on screen keyboard
3/6/2012 12:49:32 PM
I have to agree. I have an HTC Aria (3.2" screen) and the on-screen KB is just about only useful for people with leprechaun fingers. I can make do if I type really slow though. If you turn the phone side-ways the KB buttons get larger and you can type much faster, but you can only see what you are typing, not what you responding too. It does fit nicely in my pocket though; which is why I bought the phone 2 years ago. I would trade some thickness for a KB I can use with more ease.
RE: useless on screen keyboard
3/16/2012 5:59:23 PM
This comment probably comes too late for you to see it, but on the offchance that you do:
Swype works great on the aria's screen - the smaller distance between the letters actually lets you go faster, rather than slower. Takes some getting used to, but works great for a couple people I know... one of whom is an older mom - so it can't be that bad. ;)
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