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Sprint Motorola Brute i680 is ultra-rugged

Sprint’s latest cellphone, the Motorola Brute i680, is not just a rugged one, it’s ultra-rugged.  The Brute i680 – fresh to the Nextel Direct Connect network complete with push-to-talk – meets military spec 810F for not just the regular dust, shock and vibration, but extremes of temperature, low pressure, salt fog, humidity, blowing rain and even solar radiation.  We’re guessing that doesn’t mean you could use it while inside the sun (if only because of the lack of coverage) but it probably cuts down on the number of places in the US where the phone can’t go.

Unfortunately like so many ruggedized devices, while you gain toughness you lose functionality.  The camera is a mere 2-megapixels (though you do get an LED flash) and there’s GPS and Bluetooth, but otherwise you’re looking at a pretty mainstream clamshell.  A microSD card slot can be used to add up to 8GB of storage.

Meanwhile the 1,750mAh battery is good for up to 350 minutes talktime, and the whole thing measures 99.5 x 53 x 26 mm.  The Motorola Brute i680 is available from Sprint Nextel now, priced at $119.99 with a new agreement.

Press Release:

Motorola Brute i680 Offers the Best-in-Class Push-to-Talk Services of Nextel Direct Connect in an Ultra-Rugged Clam Shell Design for Communications in Extreme Conditions

Motorola Brute i680 Military Specification810F certified for dust, shock, vibration, low & high temperatures, low pressure, radiation, salt fog, humidity and blowing rain

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Jan 11, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Motorola Brute(TM) i680, which combines ultra-rugged durability with the best-in-class push-to-talk services of Nextel Direct Connect(R), is available from Sprint (NYSE: S).

Motorola Brute i680 meets Military Specification 810F for dust, shock, vibration, low temperature, high temperature, low pressure, solar radiation, salt fog, humidity and blowing rain.

“Motorola Brute combined with the exclusive Public Safety applications only available on Nextel phones from Sprint allows public safety personnel to communicate, even if they are out of network range, an irreplaceable communication tool in times of emergency,” said Fared Adib, vice president – Product Development, Sprint. “Motorola Brute is a great device for anyone who works in extreme conditions.”

Motorola Brute i680 has all the features Nextel customers have come to depend on including the best-in-class push-to-talk capabilities of Nextel Direct Connect, support of business applications and Mil Spec durability. This rugged clam shell is the ideal phone for anyone who will encounter extreme conditions and incorporates a 2-megapixel camera with flash, large internal and external display, GPS, large battery for extended talk time, music features and stereo Bluetooth(R)1. It also offers the upgraded ability to switch from an active push-to-talk call to an interconnect voice call at the touch of a button.

“Nextel Direct Connect from Sprint is an invaluable tool for public safety,” said Fire Chief Charles Werner, Charlottesville (Va.), Fire Department. “During an emergency, we depend on rugged devices, like Motorola Brute, that can withstand extreme conditions, and offer instant communications; this combination is the cornerstone of effectively managing a crisis. Individuals who work in various harsh environments, such as construction and manufacturing, will find the durability of the device to be critical as well.”

Motorola Brute is available with Nextel Direct Connect(R) calling plans in all Sprint sales channels, including Sprint retail stores, Business Direct Sales, Telesales (1-800-Nextel-9) and chúng tôi for just $119.99 (excluding taxes).

About Nextel Direct Connect

With more than 16 years of expertise, Sprint is the undisputed leader and has set the industry standard in push-to-talk with the largest community of users in the world serving millions of Nextel Direct Connect subscribers on the fastest national push-to-talk network.

Nextel Direct Connect enables Sprint customers to get things done faster, at the push of a button. When instant communication is needed between two people or a group of people, next door or in the next state, Sprint provides a solution to get the job done – in less than a second. The Nextel National Network continues to operate at best-ever performance levels for dropped calls and near best-ever for block calls, based on internal metrics as of June 2009.

Powered by the iDEN Network, Nextel Direct Connect is the only push-to-talk service in the industry that offers:

Connection to the world’s largest community of users, with millions of existing Nextel Direct Connect subscribers

Nationwide and international push-to-talk services

The largest portfolio of push-to-talk phones, including the largest selection of rugged phones

The most expansive portfolio of GPS and productivity solutions for push-to-talk users including applications for inventory and fleet management, dispatch operations and workforce management

Exclusive public safety applications such as Priority Connect(R) providing priority service in times of network congestion

Unique to Sprint, Sprint’s award-winning Emergency Response Team (ERT) provides wireless telecommunications equipment, infrastructure and operations support to federal, state/local public safety, law enforcement, military and private sector entities in times of emergency

Affordable Push-to-Talk Calling Plans

Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans focus on the services used most by workgroups, which are bundled with unlimited usage, at a low flat monthly rate. Specifically, businesses can choose from the following Nextel Direct Connect Custom Plans:

Unlimited Workgroup Communications – with unlimited Direct Connect and Group Connect(R) plus unlimited text messaging, mobile-to-mobile minutes and night and weekend minutes starting at 9 p.m.

$29.99 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

Web & Navigation – includes the above features, plus unlimited data, Web browsing and GPS navigation

$39.99 per month per line for Nextel phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

$49.99 per month per line for PowerSource and Nextel Direct Connect capable Sprint phones (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

Pooled voice minutes can be added to either plan for the group to share

500 minutes for $30 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

Or 2,000 minutes for $100 per month per line (excluding taxes and Sprint surcharges)

For customers that want Sprint’s Simply EverythingSM Plan that offers a truly unlimited experience for only $99.99 per month, and they can save $1,200 over two years vs. a comparable AT&T iPhone(R) plan2. (All price plans exclude surcharges and taxes. Other exclusions apply.)

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Motorola Razr Teardown Is Full Of Red Flags

Motorola Razr teardown is full of red flags

Motorola’s Razr foldable launched a little over a week ago, and you know what that means: it’s time for iFixit to tear it down. Attempting a teardown of a foldable device is something that’s a bit more complex than a teardown of a more standard smartphone, but regardless, iFixit was determined to get inside this phone and see just how repairable it might be.

If you were expecting the Razr to be a pain to repair given its foldable design, guess what? You were right. iFixit’s teardown found that much of the phone’s important components are in the bottom half of the device, with the hardware for a second battery, the cameras, and the external display on the upper half. Thus, iFixit’s teardown began with the bottom half of the device, but before breaking into the Razr, iFixit noticed that there is a slight gap between the display and the hinge.

Gaps between the display and the hinge aren’t typically a great thing, as the first Galaxy Fold quickly taught us. The good news, however, is that the gap is usually only present as the phone is being opened or close, and in images where the phone is completely opened, the display appears to lay flat over the hinge. Still, it might be a good idea to avoid opening or closing the phone when there’s the potential for dirt and other particles to get in between the display and the hinge.

With that rather important note about the hinge out of the way, iFixit begins its teardown by removing the lower, rear panel, which requires heat and some glue slicing before it comes free. The rear-top panel housing the external display is similarly glued in place, and the battery in the bottom half of the phone needs some “alcoholic coercion” as iFixit puts it before it can be lifted free.

With the lower battery removed, iFixit is able to gain access to the motherboard, which among other things includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor; 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of storage which are both from Samsung; and separate low band and high band 2G/3G/4G modules from Skyworks.

Here’s a bit of bad news: in order to get the second battery out of the top half of the phone, you’ll need to remove the display first. That means a battery replacement will require a nearly total teardown of this phone, and given that iFixit said that display removal wasn’t easy, we’re guessing that it’s not something the standard DIYer will want to attempt on their own.

Indeed, in the end, the Razr is given a dismal repairability rating of 1 out of 10, which is one point lower than the original Galaxy Fold. The Razr earns praise for the fact that the only screwdriver it requires is a T3 Torx, but it loses points thanks to that caveat about battery replacement. Other negatives include the fact that all of the phone’s covers are held down by glue and that the charging port is soldered onto the main board, making replacement difficult.

In the end, though, iFixit didn’t expect the Razr to be a repair-friendly device, noting that “just bringing this impossible gizmo into existence was such a tall order that we’re not surprised serviceability didn’t make it into v1.0.” Be sure to read through iFixit’s full teardown of the Motorola Razr, especially if you’re curious about how the phone’s hinge functions.

Review Del Motorola G73 5G

Pros

Pantalla LCD brillante

Rendimiento de cámara principal

Autonomía

Experiencia Android 13 limpia

Contras

Cámaras secundarias

Calidad de fotografía macro

Estabilidad de los vídeos

Nuestro veredicto

El Motorola G73 5G es un móvil que cumple con lo que demanda el mercado en apartados clave como son el rendimiento y la autonomía. Lamentablemente, el apartado fotográfico deja que desear y la pantalla LCD compite con otros modelos que tienen OLED en su misma gama de precios.

Si buscas un buen móvil posicionado en la entrada de la gama media de smartphones con el que puedas afrontar gran parte de las tareas más cotidianas de tu día a día, has llegado al lugar correcto. 

En las próximas líneas, encontrarás el análisis del Motorola G73 5G, un móvil que lidera la gama de móviles de la serie G de la marca, la más numerosa de todas donde encontrarás hasta doce modelos diferentes, con precios situados entre los 149 € del Moto G22 y los 329 € del G82 (ahora en oferta a 249 €). 

Calidad y diseño

Sensor de huellas en lateral

Mantiene conector de 3,5 mm

Cuerpo de plástico que repele el agua

El Moto G73 es un teléfono que, lo mires por donde lo mires, resulta atractivo. Tiene un diseño sencillo, a la vez que mantiene un carácter premium, con un conjunto de doble cámara trasera que mantiene una gran simetría.

Es un móvil ligero de 181 gramos de peso con un grosor de 8,3 mm. A pesar de contar con un acabado de plástico en su trasera, incluido el marco ligeramente curvado, Motorola aplica el mismo tono de color a todas sus partes, lo que le otorga un mejor aspecto. 

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En nuestro caso, hemos tenido la oportunidad de probar el Midnight Blue, aunque también lo puedes adquirir en Lucent White. En ambos casos, hasta la botonera para manejar el volumen y activar la pantalla, están tintados con la misma tonalidad. 

Añadir a esto que todos los pulsadores se encuentran reunidos en un mismo lateral, de manera que el otro queda totalmente libre. Ya en la parte inferior se encuentran localizados el conector USB C, los orificios del altavoz y el conector de auriculares de 3,5 mm que se mantiene aquí. 

El diseño es continuista, pero le funciona a Motorola”

La bandeja de las tarjetas dual SIM (2 nano SIM) y microSD, está perfectamente incrustada en el otro lateral libre de botones, mientras que en la parte superior apreciamos unos altavoces extra que hacen que el móvil sea compatible con sonido Dolby Atmos, algo que la compañía ha serigrafiado sobre la carcasa del G73. 

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No he mencionado que el sensor de huellas dactilares se encuentra presente sobre el botón de activación de pantalla. Durante nuestras pruebas respondió a la perfección a las constantes interacciones, con una velocidad de respuesta que está dentro de los estándares admitidos. 

Por último y no menos importante cabe mencionar que el G73 ofrece una ligera protección para repeler el agua. La compañía no menciona ningún tipo de clasificación IP, por lo que debes evitar que entre en contacto con líquidos, pero podría sobrevivir ante el hecho de ser expuesto a una lluvia ligera fruto de manejarlo en exteriores. 

Alfonso Casas / Foundry

Como de costumbre, Motorola lo comercializa con su correspondiente cable y adaptador de corriente, y lo acompaña de una funda de protección de material de silicona, la típica a la que nos tiene acostumbrados la compañía, para protegerlo desde los primeros instantes de manejo.

Pantalla y sonido

Pantalla de 6,5 pulgadas con frecuencia de 120 Hz

Resolución Full HD+ de 2400 x 1080

Falta de contraste en panel LCD

El apartado de la pantalla en el G73 5G, bien podríamos afirmar que es uno de los aspectos que la compañía sigue cuidando con especial esmero, fruto de lo cual, el móvil nos ofrece una diagonal de 6,5 pulgadas con una frecuencia de refresco de pantalla de 120 Hz para garantizar fluidez. 

Lamentablemente, hablamos de un móvil de gama económica, con lo que el panel se conforma con la tecnología LCD en lugar de la OLED de mayor presupuesto. A pesar de esto, vemos que la definición de los colores es buena, así como el nivel de brillo manejado de 405 nits, satisfactorio incluso en exteriores. 

Pero es inevitable compararla con los modelos con panel AMOLED, y es donde apreciamos que los negros visualizados no son del todo negros (más bien grises), así como el que echemos en falta un contraste algo más nítido. 

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Si comparas la experiencia de velocidad frente a móviles que duplican su presupuesto, apreciarás un ligero retardo en los desplazamientos rápidos, pero entiendo que esto es fruto también de poder contar con un procesador de categoría superior mucho más potente.

Los 405 nits de brillo de su panel LCD son satisfactorios para exteriores”

Por la parte que toca a la pantalla, pienso que las diferencias no son tan significativas, salvo que intentes reproducir algún juego con gráficos exigentes, momento en el que el G73 queda más expuesto y se hacen más patentes su peores condiciones.

Con respecto a la cámara frontal destinada a los selfies, decir que está centrada en la parte superior de la pantalla e incrustada bajo la pantalla del teléfono. Los biseles con bordes redondeados no son excesivamente grandes, aunque el inferior tiene margen de mejora. 

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Con respecto al apartado de audio, el teléfono incluye altavoces estéreo con soporte Dolby Atmos. A todo volumen, estos altavoces suenan francamente bien, aunque es inevitable el sonido enlatado a un volumen alto, lo que no impide que sea una de las mejores opciones dentro de su gama. 

Especificaciones y rendimiento

Chip MediaTek Dimensity 930

Memoria ampliable con microSD

Almacenamiento de 256 GB de serie

La potencia de este Moto G73 5G apela al rendimiento que pueda ofrecer su procesador integrado, el MediaTek Dimensity 930 de 6 nm, un modelo que ya hemos podido ver en otros terminales como el Vivo Y77, o el CAT S75, pero sin muchas referencias más. 

A efectos prácticos y, por lo que hemos obtenido, en el cómputo general de las pruebas benchmark, vemos que no le va mal al smartphone, con lo que a buen seguro los 8 GB de memoria RAM que acompañan a la configuración, realizan una buena labor. 

Hay otra buena noticia en lo que a especificaciones del G73 5G se refiere, y es que la cantidad de almacenamiento es generosa en todos los modelos que están a la venta, con una cifra de 265 GB que más quisieran poder tener muchos usuarios compradores de iPhone a un bajo precio.

Como no podía ser de otra forma, el móvil de nivel superior dentro de la familia G de Motorola, cuenta con un buen plantel de características, con 5G, Bluetooth 5.3 así como Wi-Fi 6. También incluye NFC para soportar los pagos móviles sin contacto.

Si lo comparamos con otros modelos de su gama, vemos que tiene muchos parecidos en procesamiento con el Redmi Note 12 5G, un móvil que lleva en su interior el chip de la competencia Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 de nivel de entrada.

Cámaras

Conjunto de doble cámara

Ultra gran angular de 118º

Video a 60 fps con escaso zoom

Muchos lectores habrán esperado con ansia este momento de comentar el verdadero valor que pueden llegar a ofrecer sus cámaras. 

Y es que más allá de demandar una buena pantalla, rendimiento aceptable, o incluso una buena autonomía, la calidad de las cámaras en un móvil de 300 € sigue siendo un elemento determinante en el momento de la compra. 

En nuestro caso, cabe decir que el G73 cuenta con sensor principal de 50 MP y f/2.2 que es con el que lograrás obtener los mejores resultados fotográficos, especialmente cuando tienes unas condiciones de iluminación favorables a tu alrededor. 

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Ésta lente es la única que cuenta con el apoyo del enfoque de detección automático, lo que le permite realizar bien su trabajo, capturando buenas tomas a plena luz del día con una buena exposición y un rango dinámico aceptable que hace que los colores sean fieles a la realidad. 

Cuando las condiciones empeoran, es decir, en los atardeceres o en interiores, apreciamos que las cámaras tardan más tiempo en conseguir un buen enfoque de los objetos. Si te tomas tu tiempo, el resultado mejora, aunque por regla general, el rendimiento disminuye y comienzan a hacer su aparición las zonas granuladas. 

Esto se traduce en que podrás observar menos detalles en las fotografías y en que algunas de ellas estarán movidas. Es lo que me sucedió tratando de capturar una de las instantáneas mientras un músico tocaba su instrumento en mitad de la calle.

Utilizando el modo noche conseguí reducir el ruido en parte, pero basta con ampliar la fotografía que se muestra en pantalla, para sacar a la luz su ajustada calidad. Observa el edificio de la estación de Atocha de Madrid como pierde definición a medida que amplías la imagen.

El segundo sensor que acompaña al principal vale para un roto y un descosido. Es de 8 MP con distancia focal de f/2.2 y es utilizado tanto para conseguir imágenes a modo de gran angular de 118º, como para en un momento dado capturar un objeto en modo macro. 

Según lo que hemos podido ver, el procesamiento de la imagen que realiza el chip es bueno, pero se limita a garantizar resultados aceptables con una buena iluminación, con lo que volvemos al punto de partida que comentamos anteriormente. 

El modo macro requiere que mantengas el móvil sujeto con gran estabilidad y firmeza, lo que no garantiza que puedas obtener el resultado deseado. Tampoco puedes acercarte demasiado al sujeto puesto que en ese caso, el móvil te recuerda mediante un mensaje en pantalla que cambies al modo estándar. 

El enfoque necesita su tiempo para conseguir buenos resultados”

Lo bueno aquí es que Motorola ha integrado este modo de fotografía en la interfaz principal, de manera que no tendrás que desplazarte o buscar entre las opciones avanzadas de la cámara para localizar el Modo macro. 

En lo que al apartado selfie se refiere, el sensor de 16 MP me sorprendió gratamente con una buena detección de bordes a la hora de aplicar el efecto bokeh. Los tonos se muestran muy naturales con el modo retrato, mientras que con el selfie habitual, los tonos se muestran un tanto más rojizos de lo normal. 

Por último, los vídeos que podrás grabar con el G73 5G son de 60 fps si utilizas la cámara principal, con posibilidad de manejar el zoom digital hasta el 6x. Por lo visto en mis pruebas, hay poco rango dinámico y tendrás que alejarte del objeto para ampliar el campo de visión. 

En lo que se refiere al vídeo con la cámara selfie, la restricción baja a calidad FullHD a 30 fps, con escasa o casi nula estabilidad si lo que buscas es poder aprovechar los vídeos en tus redes sociales como TikTok o Instagram. 

Autonomía y carga

Hablar de móviles de la familia G de Motorola es sinónimo de gran autonomía. Y es que la compañía siempre se ha esmerado en ofrecer una buena capacidad, con 5000 mAh en este caso para poder garantizar que podamos afrontar sobradamente un día de uso intensivo. 

Llevamos a cabo nuestras pruebas de reproducción de vídeo de manera constante con el brillo fijado en los 120 nits y conseguimos una espectacular autonomía que alcanzó las 13 horas y 48 minutos de uso, lo que demuestra lo eficiente que es a lahora de gestionar el consumo de energía.

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En lo que respecta a la carga rápida, disponemos de la tecnología TurboPower de 30 W la cual nos ha permitido alcanzar una carga aproximada del 51 % en un tiempo de 15 minutos. Sin llegar a entrar en la horquilla de los móviles con carga más rápida (situados mayoritariamente en los 60 W), ofrece tiempos razonables.

Software y aplicaciones

Ya hemos hablado largo y tendido, en multitud de ocasiones, de las bondades que ofrece Motorola en sus móviles con la incorporación de todo el repertorio de Acciones Moto que son muy valoradas por los usuarios. 

Pero verdaderamente, lo que más nos gusta de esta familia Moto G es el hecho de que apenas se añaden aplicaciones consideradas bloatware al sistema operativo Android, lo que te permite disfrutar de una experiencia prácticamente limpia del sistema de Google, como si estuvieras manejando un móvil Pixel con Android 13. 

Da gusto manejar un móvil con un aspecto limpio de Android 13″

Para todo aquel que todavía no haya tenido previamente un móvil Moto, debe saber que la curva de aprendizaje es bastante corta, con grandes opciones de personalización de la pantalla, la interfaz y de cualquier cosa que se precie. 

Vuelvo a destacar aquí una de las funciones que más me apasiona de Moto, y es la posibilidad de consultar las notificaciones en pantalla sin tener que desbloquear el móvil, lo cual sin duda, redunda en un ahorro considerable de batería sin tener que desbloquear por completo la pantalla. 

Precio y disponibilidad

Como ya hemos anticipado, el móvil Moto G73 5G es actualmente el más avanzado de la familia G y su precio asciende a los 299 €. Para bien, o para mal, solo puedes adquirir una única configuración que lleva 8 GB de memoria RAM y 256 GB de almacenamiento. 

Motorola mantiene a la venta el modelo G82 5G que inicialmente era más caro con un precio de 329 €. Sin embargo, su precio se ha visto reducido a los 249 € actuales debido a que es un móvil lanzado en 2023, con lo que el aquí analizado se convierte por precio en el de mayor presupuesto. 

Veredicto

Personalmente, me gusta esta gama de móviles de Lenovo. No obstante, hace un par de meses tuve la oportunidad de probar el Moto Edge 30 Neo 5G, y descubrí que es un pequeño diamante si buscas un móvil compacto.

Frente al aquí analizado G73 5G, bien es verdad que el Neo tiene una pantalla de menor tamaño, pero por 50 € más que cuesta, obtienes mejor procesador, pantalla P-OLED, carga de batería mucho más rápida de 68 W, y un conjunto de cámaras que sí dan la talla en muchos aspectos. 

¿En qué casos estaría recomendando el G73 5G? En base a lo visto en mi período de pruebas, es un móvil con una gran autonomía a pesar de que su carga rápida sea de tan solo 30 W. Su pantalla LCD se ve bien y redunda en un menor consumo de energía, lo cual también está muy bien. 

De alguna manera, tendrás que pasar menos veces por la gasolinera para recargar al G73 5G, con el aliciente de que la única configuración que se encuentra a la venta, viene de serie con una generosa cantidad de 256 GB de almacenamiento, algo también a valorar. 

Si estás pensando en comprarte un móvil de 300 €, es posible que te interese consultar nuestro ranking de los mejores móviles de gama media donde encontrarás modelos muy válidos que parten de este precio como el Poco X5 Pro o el Oppo Reno 8. 

Especificaciones

Pantalla de 6,5 pulgadas FullHD+ con resolución de 2400 x 1080 ppp

Panel LCD con frecuencia de refresco de 120 Hz

Relación de aspecto 20:9 con brillo de 405 nits

Procesador MediaTeck Dimensity 930

Gráfica GPU IMG BXM-8-256

8 GB de memoria RAM

256 GB de almacenamiento

Lector de huellas en botón lateral

Cámaras

Principal de 50 MP y f/1.8

Gran angular de 8 MP y f/2.2

Selfie de 16 MP y f/2.4

Soporta dual SIM (nano SIM)

Conector de auriculares mini-jack

Altavoces estéreo Dolby Atmos

Conectividad Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3 y NFC

Batería de 5000 mAh

Carga rápida TurboPower de 30 W

Sistema operativo Android 13

Dimensiones de 161 x 73,8 x 8,29 mm

Peso de 181 gramos

The Galaxy S23 Ultra With Samsung Dex Is The Ultimate Gaming Combo

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As someone who has never been a huge mobile gamer, I never thought I’d find myself praising a smartphone for its gaming capabilities. I always preferred using my phone for simple puzzle games like Tetris and Sudoku or card games like Marvel Snap. For graphics-intensive experiences, I would traditionally turn to consoles, and I still think the PS5 or Xbox Series X offers an unbeatable gaming experience on the big screen. However, my perspective changed when I got my hands on the Galaxy S23 Ultra and discovered its gaming potential.

Before I dive into my experience, I should mention the powerhouse that drives this device: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. The one inside the Galaxy S23 series is a beefed-up “for Galaxy” version of the regular chip, boasting faster CPU and GPU clock speeds than its predecessors and topping the Android benchmark charts. As a result, the chipset flies through the latest and greatest mobile games.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy processor is made for gaming.

When you pair the phone with its often overlooked Samsung Dex feature, it opens up a whole new horizon for gaming. Dex has been around for a long time, allowing users to turn their Samsung phones into a desktop experience with a monitor. However, I never found much use for it since I often had a powerful laptop to run the programs I need. But one thing I can’t do very well with my laptop is run games on it, since it lacks a dedicated GPU. Then it occurred to me; I could play plenty of great games on the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra and connect it to a gaming monitor or TV.

How to use Samsung Dex for gaming

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Older Samsung phones, such as the S22 or S21 Ultra, are also suitable for Dex gaming, but there’s no denying the S23 delivers the best performance. Besides the phone, all you need is an HDMI to USB-C cable (preferably one capable of outputting 4K at 60 fps), a wireless controller, and you’re off to the races.

Although Samsung Dex can work wirelessly with a Windows PC or a screen equipped with Miracast or Chromecast, I recommend a wired connection to reduce screen-to-device latency. Wireless connections are limited to 30 fps, too, while a cable can take you to 60 fps. Additionally, instead of a cable, you can use an adapter with an Ethernet port, such as a Steam Deck dock, to eliminate latency from the wireless network if you don’t have a fast Wi-Fi router.

What it’s like using the Galaxy S23 for big-screen gaming

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Samsung Dex excels in the gaming department, supporting native Android gaming, cloud gaming, and emulation with robust performance. Let’s take a look at some examples from each category.

Not all games straight from the Google Play Store support wireless controllers, which could make it challenging to play touch-screen-only games. But popular titles like Call of Duty Mobile do, and it’s incredibly fun. If it’s your first time playing, one downside is that you can’t use a wireless controller to complete the tutorial stage. But once you get past that, pair a controller, and can enter multiplayer matches, it becomes a bit of a guilty pleasure to best everyone else trying to aim and shoot with a touchscreen. The game runs smoothly and looks great on a larger screen, and you can adjust all the settings to your liking, including look sensitivity and button mapping.

It blows my mind that something I carry in my pocket can reproduce the performance of past gaming consoles.

Even the audio quality when using the phone speakers is surprisingly good. The S23 Ultra is one of the loudest phones I’ve ever used, delivering excellent volume from the down-firing speaker with no distortion, even at the highest setting. You can hook up some Bluetooth speakers, but I didn’t find them necessary. And whenever I wanted private listening, I just popped in my Galaxy Buds 2 Pro for seamless pairing.

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The Galaxy S23 Ultra with Samsung Dex offers a robust, versatile experience that caters to users’ various needs. From work and productivity to gaming and media consumption, Samsung Dex has you covered. Even though the experience with some next-gen games isn’t entirely on par with next-gen consoles, it’s still satisfying to pick up where I left off in a game while traveling with a spare monitor or tablet. If you have a Galaxy S23 Ultra, do yourself a favor and pick up a cable or adapter, a controller, and hook up your monitor to have some fun using your phone for an excellent gaming experience.

Four Tips To Enhance Security For Ultra

Keeping devices and data safe in hospitals and clinical office environments can be hard, but an even more difficult challenge is protecting data when healthcare professionals leave the hospital.

When clinicians and caregivers leave the controlled environment and venture into patients’ homes, all of the same worries about data and device security remain, and all of the controls these professionals typically have around network access and device usage go out the window. To account for this, mobile healthcare professionals should structure their thinking along two main lines: protecting their devices and ensuring the integrity of the networks and applications they access. Here are four tips to help you do so:

1. Mandate devices with built-in high-end security

For ultra-mobile workers, devices have to be convenient portals to all their needs, but they must also be protected against loss, theft and unauthorized usage. The security of the hardware makes a difference here. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program may deliver freedom, but you can enforce higher security if you can control device selection even more tightly, either through Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) or Corporate Owned, Personally Enabled (COPE) approaches.

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Look for devices with Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) key stores, burned-in digital certificates for device identification, secure boot technology to block rollback and rooting of devices, and firmware-based kernel checking. These types of devices can give you a strong base that makes protecting the device — and by extension, your applications and PPI — much easier.

What kinds of MDM policies are needed for mobile healthcare workers? Implement strong controls on application store choice (only allow authorized stores), application block lists (include all applications that cannot be installed), software updates (require regular check-ins and updates for both operating systems and installed applications), remote device wipe capabilities and device unlock authentication controls.

Install next-generation endpoint security tools to detect and block malware and deliver host intrusion prevention — similar to how traditional antivirus works on Windows. The value of next-generation protection on mobile devices is evident in light of the types of malware threats these devices face. Because their operating systems and operating models are significantly different from those of traditional Windows and MacOS computers, the techniques used to breach them are different as well.

In addition, consider using device partitioning to divide the mobile device into two isolated partitions: one for “work” and one for “home.” Partitioning can dramatically reduce healthcare compliance issues in dual-use mobile devices, especially smartphones.

For example, with Android Enterprise, a Work Profile allows healthcare IT managers to create a truly isolated environment within an Android smartphone or tablet. The Work Profile can only launch approved “work” applications, and personally downloaded applications aren’t even visible when the work profile is unlocked. The Work Profile can have its own VPN, its own encrypted storage and even its own isolated clipboard. Using a well-protected, partitioned device can deliver better security and a more convenient workflow than a situation where the clinician has to juggle two devices without mixing things up or losing one.

Traditional two-factor authentication is often a source of frustration for healthcare teams, but ultra-mobile environments are a great place for innovation around authentication. Managing tokens or using fingerprint readers may be impractical because healthcare users often have gloves on, so consider devices that provide hands-free biometric authentication, such as the fingerprint and facial recognition capabilities built into Samsung smartphones and tablets.

Biometrics simplify device unlock, and they can also be used for application authentication, providing a higher level of security than simple passwords. Standards like FIDO help to extend biometrics all the way from the device to the application without using easily stolen passwords. Employing faster authentication tools such as these is critical to making end users’ lives simpler and maintaining the additional security of biometric or two-factor authentication.

4. Move to a zero-trust model

When a healthcare professional is in the field, it can be difficult to tell what type of network they will be using. Carriers may offer a penumbra of security, but the most common access point in the home is an unsecured Wi-Fi network. The plethora of untrusted and possibly malicious networks in the field indicates an obvious choice: trust nothing. The traditional answer to the issue of unsecured networks would be to build a VPN tunnel and encrypt every bit of traffic leaving the mobile device, even basic internet traffic. This is still an option for complex healthcare IT application environments.

But there is an alternative, and ultra-mobile healthcare teams are a great excuse to explore new paradigms. The more modern approach shifts network security away from the 1990s-era “crunchy shell with a chewy center” architecture. Zero trust removes the implicit trust typically afforded to office or corporate networks. If you adopt Zero trust, you don’t need to build elaborate VPN infrastructures for mobile devices. Of course, you still have to make sure that all application traffic is encrypted, usually by adding a TLS/SSL layer, if one isn’t already present.

One of the basic ideas behind Zero trust is that access to applications and services is conditional — it’s not just a question of authentication but also of the state of your device, where you are and even the time of day. Security enforcement systems can check the status of the device using an installed MDM client and define access controls using tools such as Samsung Knox Attestation.

As breach after breach has shown, devices and networks remain constant avenues for data loss. When mobile healthcare workers hit the road, focusing on a few basic security strategies, such as employing biometric authentication, zero trust, and secure hardware and software, can help to protect critical data and applications.

Iphone 5 May Cause Sprint To Bet The Farm

iPhone 5 may cause Sprint to bet the farm

If there’s one measure of a device’s popularity and success, it’s the willingness of a single company to bet their entire livelihood on future sales. That’s quite possibly what’s happening right this second behind the scenes at Sprint, where the 3rd largest mobile carrier in America appears to be making a multibillion dollar deal with Apple which will score them an exclusive deal with the iPhone 5. Sound like a possibility? Would Apple be swayed by $20 billion dollars from the pockets of Sprint, a deal that wouldn’t even have Sprint breaking even until 2014? We shall see!

Several sources including the Wall Street Journal and BGR are saying that not only will Sprint be dropping cash enough to purchase 30.5 million iPhones, they’ll be getting an iPhone 5 exclusive. This device, the iPhone 5, mind you, not the iPhone 4S, will be running on the carrier’s 4G WiMAX network and will be exclusive to Sprint until AT&T and Verizon get ahold of it as an LTE device some time in the first quarter of 2012.

The iPhone 5 is now said to be the following device: a Sprint exclusive handset with a faster CPU than in previous models, 4-inch display similar to LG’s NOVA display with higher resolution, 1GB of RAM, iPhone 5 exclusive software and API’s (including the Virtual Personal Assistant we spoke about earlier today,) larger chassis with thinner profile and larger battery, 32GB storage, and dedicated Assistant button, “possibly integrated with the new home button, “think gestures or a two-stage button like a camera shutter key).” And a marginally possible 4G HSPA+ release as well.

The iPhone 4S would therefor be something like this: multiband 3G connectivity via Qualcomm: international GSM/UMTS/HSPA, North American bands, and North American CDMA – connections to everyone, basically. A metal or rather high-quality plastic on the back, NFC for digital wallets, and an A5 chip that’s similar, though not the same, as what’s found currently in the iPad 2. Finally, an updated camera with some higher rating on both sides, the back being an 8 megapixel 1080p almost certainly.

WSJ’s source has Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse speaking with their board as recently as August on how this deal would have Sprint losing money, again, until 2014, and that the carrier would have to agree to purchase at least 30.5 million iPhones over the next four years, this whether or not people would end up buying them in the end. On top of this, Sprint, according to these same sources, would have to subsidize each phone to something like $500, this quite possibly leading to more time before the group would break even.

What do you think? Could it be? Also note the numbers – will this many iPhones over the next several years mean that Apple is aiming for a less expensive model overall?

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On the other hand, I really can’t believe it. Apple isn’t going to give another exclusive out to a carrier when they’ve already played that game with AT&T, and from what we’ve heard thus far, Apple isn’t aiming to restrict its sales in such a way, instead aiming straight for the moon with a lower cost iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 on several carriers all at once. Even my theory that the iPhone 4S will be released for free seems less outlandish, if you ask me.

You can get the real deal info straight from the Lion’s mouth tomorrow! Join us tomorrow here in the main news feed or head over to our Let’s Talk iPhone Livecast for the LIVE version of all the info, this starting at 10AM PT, October 4th, 2011. Be there!

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