Hot Topics: Galaxy Tab, Phone 7

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 11-12-2010

Hot Topics: Galaxy Tab, Phone 7

Over the past week, we've seen Samsung launch its highly anticipated Galaxy Tab tablet to rave reviews from critics. Windows Phone 7 also came on the market, while a new study ranks iPhone and BlackBerry devices are the most reliable smartphones. But all the news isn't mobile and wireless. Other hot topics this week: a new browser has been made available to compete against current favorites; and AVG is moving into the Android security market.

Samsung Launches Galaxy Tab

Samsung launched its Galaxy Tab tablet this week for T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers. A Sprint version of the device will be available on November 14. With the launch, Samsung now has the opportunity to take on Apple's iPad in the tablet space. That might be a tall order, but it's something that the tech company has been looking forward to for quite some time.

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Critics find a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy Tab. At the moment iPad dominates the tablet market, but the Galaxy Tab has a lot to offer, including standard 3G connectivity, for its $600 price tag (without a contract). Plus, it allows for video conferencing, which should appeal to enterprise customers.

Windows Phone 7 hits the U.S.

Windows Phone 7 devices are finally available in the United States. The smartphones deliver a unique new design, and many analysts say that they could meet the needs of enterprise IT while pleasing end users. So far, reports say the U.S. launch of Windows Phone 7 didn't go as well as it did in Europe, but as Microsoft points out time and again, there is a lot of time left.

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At this point, it's probably best to take a wait-and-see approach to Windows Phone 7. It has several features you might favor for your users, but it's unproven in the marketplace. And its actual security capabilities have not been tested. Take some time to learn more about Windows Phone 7 before you jump in.

iPhone, BlackBerry: Most Reliable Smartphones

A study from tech-warranty company SquareTrade says that Apple's iPhone and BlackBerry handsets are the most reliable smartphoness on the market.  The company said that Motorola also performed well in the study, but it was Apple and RIM that came out on top.

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If reliability matters to you, SquareTrade's study is one to keep in mind. Device reliability is an important factor in keeping costs down when it comes to deploying mobile devices in your enterprise. While iPhone had the lowest failure rates, BlackBerry was most likely to survive accidental drops and other user abuse.

RockMelt Browser Launches

The new RockMelt browser is built on Google's open source Chromium code. It requires users to log-in to start browsing. Once they do, they quickly find all kinds of nice features, including an automatic feed update, social features built-in, and much more. It's designed to provide a single spot where users can keep tabs on their social lives.

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RockMelt could be a significant drain on productivity. But it's important that you know about it, and as best as you can, keep it out of your operation going forward until you know it won't hurt employee productivity.

AVG Acquires DroidSecurity

AVG has acquired mobile-security firm DroidSecurity in an attempt to bolster its Android-based security efforts. The company is joining the burgeoning mobile-security space, which has become a hot-button issue for companies as of late.

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AVG's acquisition is one you should keep a close eye on. Mobile security is becoming a greater issue for enterprises than ever before. Android doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to security, and smartphones based on the OS are proliferating among consumers. If you have smartphones like the Motorola Droid 2 or the Motorola Droid X running in your business, consider deploying DroidSecurity.