A Look at 10 of Samsung's Latest Mobile Devices, Virtual Reality Gear

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2016-08-10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    A Look at 10 of Samsung's Latest Mobile Devices, Virtual Reality Gear

    The Galaxy Note 7 is the just latest in a long line of quality mobile devices from Samsung. Here's a look at some of Samsung's most popular products and how they stack up to their competitors.
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    Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung's Latest Smartphone
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    Galaxy Note 7 Is Samsung's Latest Smartphone

    The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the company's latest smartphone. The device ships with a big 5.7-inch screen with dual curved edges so users can quickly access notifications and other information on the side of the screen. The device also supports a new and improved S Pen stylus, is water-resistant enough to withstand a dunk in the water and supports wireless charging. Although it's running on Android, Samsung includes a proprietary user interface on top of the mobile operating system.
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    Galaxy S7 Smartphones Are Its Top Mobile Products
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    Galaxy S7 Smartphones Are Its Top Mobile Products

    Samsung's Galaxy S7 line has been on the market for months, but it's one of the chief reasons the company's financial performance has turned around. The Galaxy S7 comes in two configurations, one with a screen that has a full bezel and another with curved edges, called the Galaxy S7 Edge. While the latter option has a bigger screen (5.5 inches compared with 5.1 inches), both devices are water resistant, come with more than a day of useful battery life and support microSD card storage up to 256GB. They're among the most popular smartphones on the market.
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    Samsung Joins Hybrid Notebook Trend
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    Samsung Joins Hybrid Notebook Trend

    Although Samsung's smartphones get the most attention, the company is also heavily involved in highly mobile PCs. Samsung's Galaxy TabPro S, for example, is a two-in-one hybrid that works as a notebook with a detachable physical keyboard as well as a tablet. The device runs on Windows 10 and comes with Intel's Core m3 CPU.
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    The Samsung Tab S2 Is a Purebred Tablet
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    The Samsung Tab S2 Is a Purebred Tablet

    Samsung also sells a tablet called the Tab S2. The device has a 9.7-inch screen, matching the display size of the iPad Air 2. It also has a fingerprint scanner for security and an octa-core processor for robust performance. The tablet even comes with bundled Microsoft Office apps, which could be an appealing feature for corporate users.
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    The Gear S2 Classic Takes On Apple Watch
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    The Gear S2 Classic Takes On Apple Watch

    Samsung has gone traditional with the circular watch face design of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch. The device, which competes directly with Apple Watch and several Android Wear alternatives, features a 1.2-inch display and runs on Bluetooth 4.1, so users can connect to handsets to obtain notifications and other data. The smartwatch has fully customizable watch faces and, once paired with an Android phone, lets users place calls, send text messages and even manage email.
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    The Gear S2 Smartwatch Is for Sports Lovers
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    The Gear S2 Smartwatch Is for Sports Lovers

    Samsung's Gear S2 is similar to the Classic, since it comes with a circular screen, but its target market is completely different. In fact, the Gear S2, which has a flexible band compared with the leather option in the Gear S2 Classic, is designed for athletes who want to track how far they've run, how many calories they've burned and additional fitness metrics. It also comes with wireless charging and other features found in the Gear S2, including the ability to place calls.
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    Get in Shape With the Samsung Gear Fit2
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    Get in Shape With the Samsung Gear Fit2

    Although the Samsung Gear Fit2 tells time, the company actually considers it a fitness tracker and not a smartwatch like those in the Gear S2 line. The Fit2 is a thinner device with a smaller screen designed for displaying health information. The app has built-in GPS for analyzing a person's movement, as well as a heart-rate monitor. It's water-resistant, so it keeps running when it gets wet, and Android compatibility so users can keep track of their progress on their Samsung smartphones.
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    Samsung Exploring Virtual Reality
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    Samsung Exploring Virtual Reality

    Samsung has been one of the leaders in the virtual-reality market, and that's clearly illustrated in its Gear VR headset. The device allows users to place a Samsung smartphone into the viewing compartment and watch virtual-reality content or play games. While it's not as sophisticated as Oculus Rift, the Gear VR supports a wide array of content and is far more capable than the rather-cheap Google Cardboard.
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    Check Out the Latest-Generation Samsung Chromebook
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    Check Out the Latest-Generation Samsung Chromebook

    Samsung offers Windows-based machines, but the company also sells a Chromebook known as the Chromebook 3. The device, which has an 11.6-inch screen, runs on Google's Chrome OS and has 4GB of onboard memory. It also boasts an Intel Celeron N3050 CPU with a 1.6GHz clock speed and up to 11 hours of battery life. Best of all, it's cheap at just $200.
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    Samsung Pay Takes On Apple Pay
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    Samsung Pay Takes On Apple Pay

    Apple Pay, the mobile-payment app from the iPhone maker, gets all kinds of attention, but that doesn't mean it's alone in that market. In fact, Samsung Pay, which comes with Samsung's smartphones, allows users to make payments with credit, debit and gift cards. It should be interesting to see how well it competes over the years against Apple Pay and Google's Android Pay.
 

When Samsung introduced its Galaxy Note 7 large-screen smartphone at its Unpacked event on Aug. 2, it put the spotlight on the company's extensive lineup of smartphones and other mobile devices. The attention comes at the right time, since Apple's iPhone 7 is still at least a month away. Even then, multiple news reports say Apple is planning only a minor upgrade for its latest smartphone model, giving Samsung a chance to emphasize features of its products that are already on the market. All of that, as well as Samsung's success with the Galaxy S7 line, might persuade mobile device buyers to take some time to explore the company's mobile universe, which includes not just smartphones and tablets, but such products as the Gear S2 smartwatch and the Samsung Pay mobile payments application. This eWEEK slide show describes some of Samsung's most popular products, including its new smartphones, wearables and virtual-reality devices, and how they stack up to competing devices in some hotly contested markets. There's a reason Samsung has become a top mobile device maker, and it has everything to do with the features and quality built into its products.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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