Samsung Galaxy S – Films and Games and More, Oh My!

Samsung has unleashed all it has to challenge the iPhone with the Samsung Galaxy S, and after a hopeful update of Android to the 2.2 operating system, it is easily one of the smartest of smart phones. The new version of Android will give the phone a great bump in class with smother internet browsing and enhanced navigation. It will also provide the Galaxy S a better done pinch and zoom function, allowing even those with the worst of eyesight to read every word on the handset’s massive four inch screen.

The updated Google maps with location navigation will help in refreshing directions from exact locations, due to the internal GPS, and the new version of Flash will help those improved colours to look even more vivid. Not only will the internet and apps look good, but work shot on the HD camera will feel a little more HD when the playback feature is used. Speaking of films, Samsung is rolling out a movies and games package for new users of the Galaxy S that is sure to impress.

Samsung is giving away a bundle worth over £50 and offers at least six games and three movies through their Gameloft and Samsung Movies apps, which give access to thousands of hit movie and game titles. The offer is to run through March 31stand will need to be redeemed by the 30thof April by registering the phone with the original receipt for your pay monthly phone.

Beyond the new media package, there are still the same great features to the Samsung Galaxy S that has made it one of the pinnacle smart phones. The five megapixel camera provides incredible pictures from a mobile phone, coping greatly with poor lighting situations even without a built in flash. The music player provides great sound and new music just a finger tap away with 3G connectivity to download all of the classics. And the battery handles all of the multi-media-ing very well with a using time of up to 6.3 hours and a standby time of 24 hours.

Gadgets and Apps – Welcome to the Future of Travel

Travel’s facelift for the 21st century has been radical and far-reaching. Skype and wifi have replaced the ritual of calling home by feeding endless foreign coins into a phone box, updating your Facebook status is the new postcard, and travellers are increasingly likely to use ‘augmented reality’ rather than have a guidebook tucked under their arm.

If anything, the pace of change continues to quicken – exciting, sometimes mind-boggling innovations are appearing all the time, meaning how we interact with places and people keeps on evolving. Below are some of our favourite gizmos and gadgets.

iLingual

A phrasebook like no other – download the iLingual app, take a photo of your mouth, the app then has over 400 phrases your mouth can ‘say’. Cue the odd sight of travellers holding their iphones in front of their actual mouths as the screen ‘talks’. Watch a video for this app – a demo is better than any written explanation. Only a few languages on offer at the moment, but it can’t be long until iPhone-bearded travellers are pow-wowing in Swahili on the Serengeti savannah.

Word Lens

Very Star Trek this one, another app for those struggling with mastering a foreign language. Word Lens only currently translates English-Spanish, but it’s a neat idea and could be genuinely useful. All you need to do is aim your iPhone camera at some printed text and Word Lens translates it in realtime. You need never struggle over a foreign language newspaper again (or at least not a Spanish language one).

Google goggles

Google goggles may just be the biggest game-changer of all. It’s still in its infancy, but the image recognition software is looking a pretty awesome and versatile travel tool. Here’s how it works: you’re strolling around a city, or a museum or gallery, you take a snap of something you want to know more about it, if Google recognises the subject of the image it will bring up search results. Cue instant expertise and a handy tool for appearing knowledgeable about, well, everything – from sourcing well-reviewed restaurants to enabling you to wax expertly on, say, pre-Incan Peruvian art. In other words, this may be the ultimate dating tool.

World Customs

We always give people who travel with us with plenty of tips and guidance about local cultures and etiquette in foreign countries, so this app is right up our street. Pick your country and then you’ll be presented with a load of helpful info on the destination – from law & order to religious etiquette to taboos. Great for sorting out your do’s from your don’ts.

And a couple of lower-tech gadgets we like…

Solar-powered LED light and water bottle cap

This one looks genuinely good doesn’t it? Mixing water and electricity perhaps isn’t intuitively clever, but the sealing means you’ve got nothing to worry about, and the light is supposed to be decent enough for a tent lantern. The idea of a solar-powered torch may lead cynics to snipe about artificial light being a little redundant if the sun is beating down, but ignore them – this has a good charge, is cheap, light and saves space, and is environmentally intelligent.

The daddy of all Swiss Army Knives

A supercharged multi-tool that looks like it’s on steroids. 87 tools on offer, including – at last! – a golf shoe spike wrench. All that’s missing is a flux capacitor. This one kilo treat fits snugly into your pocket, providing your pocket is 30cm long. A snip at nearly $1000AUD, plus postage, which presumably bumps the final price tag up a bit, not least because the instruction manual must run to a couple hundred pages.

Download iPhone Extras and Apps For Your Apple iPhone 3G

Everyone likes to be unique not only in their personalities, but in their possessions as well. When it comes to buying gadgets like the Apple iPhone they are all pretty much the same. What is different though is all the apple extras that can be added to it so you can personalize it. It then becomes unique because you have added your personal touch.

One favorite apple extra are the numerous wallpapers that you can choose from. You can just about get any design or theme that you can possibly think of. Of course there is a trend that is followed here as well. The most popular current wallpapers are those of famous people, closely followed by sports logos.

The iPhones are not a cheap item and you want to preserve its finish as much as possible. Being as they are small, they are handled constantly and then put in a pocket or purse when not in use. Within a short time they become scratched. You can buy protectors which are called skins. These are like a very thin cover that protects the back of the iPhone. Apple extras like this really help to preserve the item.

They are really nice because of the large color selections that are available. You can even get them to coordinate with your wallpaper. They vary in prices, but sometimes you can find some great deals. Often people like to have several that they can choose from. In fact some people will match them to their clothing. These have become so popular that the iPhones almost look bare without them.

At one time when people used to be waiting for a bus, a bus stand they would read the local paper to pass the time. Now everyone is playing games on their iPhones with the new apple extras. The days of computer games just being for kids are long gone. Adults enjoy this category just as much as the kids do. This can be confirmed by the number of games that on the market geared towards the older teens and adults.

Its no wonder that many schools won’t allow the iPhones in the classroom. Its too difficult to keep the kids away from the games, and their minds on their studies.

When talking about all the exciting extras for the iPhone the applications cannot be left out. Not everyone has the same requirements and that’s where these innovative applications become a real benefit. There are individuals who deal a great deal on eBay for example.

They perhaps are involved in some of the auctions there and like to track them. This is simply done with the iPhone software for eBay which is available. A real bonus is you can some free applications. There is probably something there that everyone can use.

However, the real gems are paid applications and extras. Not the “free stuff” you can find out there. You can visit iPhone sites to purchase these applications and extras