Samsung's Style Phones 2007
Serenata is the newest fruit of Samsung's partnership with Bang & Olufsen. Much like the Armani partnership, Samsung is hoping that some of Bang & Olufsen's cachet as a high-end luxury brand rubs off on the Samsung brand.
The first B&O phone - Serene - was generally seen as an experiment in industrial design; a beautiful phone concept, but difficult to take seriously as a real product. The Serenata is different. It's far from perfect, but I expect there is a real market for this product among B&O afficianados.
AD article continues below...
To simply call the Serenata a "music phone" wouldn't do it justice. The phone actually includes a large, loud, very high-quality speaker for listening to music out loud. It includes a small flip-out stand. Sliding up the speaker and setting it on a table, you actually have a small standalone stereo system that not only fills a room with great-sounding music, but fits in your pocket. The high-quality speaker has also been optimized as a speakerphone for conference calls. And of course it's a great-sounding phone.
Putting all of that together, the Serenata will definitely be worth a look for some business executives looking for a luxury phone. If you have an assistant to handle your email, but you want a great portable speakerphone for meetings, plus great music in your hotel room, the Serenata might be for you.
The two major drawbacks are size and usability. The Serenata is not a small phone. Once you learn the quirks of the scroll wheel and partial touch screen, the UI is decent, (for a phone without a real keypad,) it just has a steep learning curve. Text input is a major chore using the scroll wheel. You can choose from groups of letters and use T9 to speed things up, but it's not the kind of elegant solution Nokia came up with for their scroll-wheel text input on their fashion phones. The UI is quite pretty, though, as you would expect from B&O design.
The Serenata also sports 3G (HSDPA) but no camera, so it's not designed to be an everything-phone, just a really, really good music phone.
Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+
The S8 is Samsung's flagship phone for 2017, and it combines absolutely every idea Samsung has ever come up with for a high-end phone, plus a couple of new ones. From the extra-tall curved display to the iris scanner, to a new voice assistant, Samsung is throwing down the gauntlet.
Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung's new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, are here and they offer lots to be excited about. Samsung took the wining design of last year's phones and upped the ante with improvements to the chassis, cameras, and software.
Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Samsung's 2016 flagship smartphones are updates to last year's models. Each features modern specs and brings water resistance to the table, as well as support for memory cards.
Hands-On with the Samsung Gear S3
Samsung is back with a new Tizen-based wearable. The Gear S3 takes last year's model and makes numerous refinements.
Review: Alcantara Case for Samsung Galaxy S9+
I learned the hard way that the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is breakable. This dual-glass-sided phone is begging for some protection.