Samsung Galaxy Pocket
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Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Samsung has officially announced a new entry-level Android phone, going by the moniker of Samsung Galaxy Pocket, that is destined to hit UK shores. As the name suggests, this Android phone is pocket-sized and will have a tiny pocket-money price to match.

As we dip in and out of recession and even find ourselves faced with a double-dip recession, there can never be enough affordable options, even if that means forsaking a large portion of technology in the process. Therefore, we feel that Samsung deserves a huge thumbs up for adding a very affordable option to their Android portfolio.

Simon Stanford, Vice President  of UK and Ireland Telecommunications and Networks division said in the official press release:

With the Samsung Galaxy Pocket, we are building on the features we know our customers enjoy and get the most out of. This new device adds further breadth to the choice of smartphones we currently offer and provides a smartphone experience for even more customers at an affordable price.’

Samsung Pocket Specs

Samsung Galaxy Pocket is just 100 grams in weight and has a small, but perfectly formed 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Unfortunately, its single-core processor does not even reach 1 GHz and is instead a paltry 832 MHz. There is no front-facing camera and only a 2 MP rear snapper. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is what you get on this cut-price smartphone, and a Li-Ion 1200 mAh battery powers what little is going on. There is 3 GB of ROM and a microSD slot to give you up to an extra 32 GB of memory for all of your apps and media content.

This seems to be an ideal phone for a youngster or anybody that is not that bothered about being up-to-date with the latest technology. If, on the other hand, you are after a fast, powerful Android experience, this is probably not the phone for you.

Release Date and Price

Samsung Galaxy Pocket will be available in the UK later in 2012, although specific details are not as yet available. Though there is also a lack of pricing info, it’s likely to be as cheap as chips.

Specifications

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

Weight100 grams
Height103.7 mm
Width57.5 mm
Depth12 mm
Display2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen
Resolution240 x 320 pixels
CPU832 MHz single-core processor
GPU
PlatformAndroid 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Memory3 GB ROM, (microSD up to 32 GB)
Camera2 MP
Secondary CameraNo
Video[email protected]
ConnectionsGPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, micro USB
BatteryLi-Ion 1200 mAh
Talktime
Standby

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Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection
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Perfect Alarm is Android Alarm Clock Perfection

If you’re after a perfect Android alarm clock that requires minimal effort but provides maximum effect and is rather beautiful too, look no further. Android developer Softbork has developed an Alarm clock that fits the bill exactly.

But don’t take our word for it, download and try it for yourself. There’s a free version and a paid ad-free version that costs a tiny £0.68.  If your idea of a wake-up call, however, is to solve tricky mathematical problems to dismiss your alarm, or you like endless menu choices to fiddle through, with complex set-up instructions, you best look elsewhere.

Perfect Alarm is simplicity itself, with intuitive, fool-proof menu settings that even your poor Aunt Hilda, who unfortunately seems to have lost her marbles, can set without any issues. No need for fancy and unnecessary trimmings, such as voice control. Who needs the weather report or stock exchange read out to them when they wake up anyhow? Not Perfect Alarm, this little gem is gimmick-free and works perfectly every time, even after rebooting your smartphone. In fact, Perfect Alarm is also designed to withstand task-killing apps.

Perfect Alarm is the closest to a real alarm clock you’ll get in virtual form. To set the time you wish your alarm to wake you, you simply move the clock’s red hand with your finger. Time can be set in either AM/PM or 24-hour format, and you can see at a glance the exact time you’ve set the alarm for, as this is displayed just above the clock as you move the hand.

Don’t worry about being late for work by accidentally disabling your alarm as you rouse yourself from sleep; to disable or snooze you must long-press, and hopefully, this is not a skill that can be done whilst half asleep. You can choose to be woken by any tune you wish, and there are 3 options for fade-in, where the alarm will gently rise in volume, of either 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 5 minutes. More like a gentle caress than an industrial hammer drill to the brain.

If you can’t get to sleep in the first place there’s always the option of counting the sheep that cascade down the screen like moon dust. There are 9 different alarm clock designs to choose from, it’s just a shame that the backgrounds aren’t changeable too, as there are some really enchanting ones.

To reset or disable your alarm simply tap the cheeky little rooster on your notification bar to gain instant access to Perfect Alarm’s menu.

Check out the official Perfect Alarm video below:

Samsung Galaxy Pocket

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