Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Continuum Android Smartphone Gains Dual Screen, Eclair Browser
The Samsung Continuum Android smartphone on the Verizon network takes a radical approach to extending battery life by adding a second, very small 1.8" x .5" front facing screen. The second screen can display the time and a scrolling ticker with news, sports and social media feeds without lighting up the main display. I would prefer to see Samsung and Googlethe power behind the Android thronework on battery management schemes that extended battery life while providing a satisfying user experience but the dual-screen gimmick is a decent work around. Both displays use Super AMOLED screen technology and yield a clear and bright viewing experience. The Samsung Continuum runs Android 2.1 and started became available on November 11. The smartphone has a full retail price of $549. With contracts and rebates the price drops to $199. The Continuum is built around a high performance hardware platform. The device is equipped with a 1 GHz Hummingbird application processor and a 5-megapixel camera with a LED flash. The camera is also capable of HD video capture. The phone uses a virtual keyboard that can be used with Swype fingertip movements although I prefer the virtual keyboard. I got good reception on the street and in my office in downtown San Francisco. Otherwise, the Continuum uses a 3.5mm headphone jack, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity and can act as a 3G mobile tether for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices. Read eWEEK Labs' review of Samsung Continuum here. If you have experience with Samsung Continuum, share your thoughts at http://labs.eweek.com.