Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus—Lift The Lids Off To Pick Your Latest Date

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is all set to launch in the markets soon, giving tablet consumers yet another very interesting option. So we decided to compare it against the existing Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus to see if you should stick with this buy or wait until the Galaxy Note 8.0 hits the market?

The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is a successor to the popular Galaxy Tab 7.0 and is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. It has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024X60p pixels and comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, in addition to a microSD card slot. The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb which can be upgraded to Android 4.0 ICS – we find it rather obsolete now in the age of Android Jelly Bean though.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a more powerful quad-core processor, an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280X800 pixels, comes with either 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, expandable up to 64 GB with a microSD card. And better features and a newer Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean give it a much higher score on benchmark tests – 6995 on Quadcrant Standard in comparison with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus’s 3357.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Motorola Droid Razr Vs Amazon Kindle: The Cream Of Android

Given the plethora of devices that draws sustenance from Android it is time we do a quick take on the devices that rank high our list in terms of popularity.

  • Samsung Galaxy S3- With the world feeding out of Samsung Galaxy S3’s hands, Android perhaps received the highest boost from the S3. No wonder it accounts for 14 per cent of the Android market in USA.
  •  failed to give us an amazing phone but lapped up fans enough to escalate Android to the top tier of the popularity charts. The Droid atleast gained spot on some list atleast, sigh!
  • Locking horns with smartphones is a tablet that has catapulted the popularity of Android to the top of charts. Amazon Kindle Fire helped Android grab slightly more than 3 percent of the share in the Android niche.

A flood of other devices pumped with Android account for the popularity of the operating system. With names such as Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and Lime Pie, the operating system evokes tasteful memories. It seems well justified that it has picked up so much popularity in its race with Apple iOS.… Read the rest

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Is The First Facebook Phone To Die For: HTC Design Doesn’t Shout For Attention

Finally, we got a peek into HTC’s Facebook phone, called the First, and so far, we have to say, we like what we saw. First off, it’s got a typical HTC design – minimalistic, nothing that shouts out for attention. The phone isn’t exactly a powerhouse – it’s got a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1280X720 pixels and reminds us of the first iPhone.

It’s powered by a decent dual-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1 GB of RAM. There’s 16 GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot and a 2,000 mAh battery. The camera turned to be a bit of a disappointment with a resolution of just 5 MP. For a Facebook phone, focused so much on social networking, we would’ve loved at least an 8 MP offering. As for the front-facing camera, there’s a 1.6 MP one for your video calls.

The device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a Facebook Home experience overlay. There’s also an Instagram app available by default on the device – no surprises there. We’re guessing this phone will be quite moderately priced to be able to do well in the market – for now it will be available on AT&T for $99.99. For all those Facebook addicts, would you consider buying the HTC First?… Read the rest

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Not Just A HTC One And Samsung Galaxy S4 Thing Anymore, Facebook Lord Is Coming With Stunner Of A Phone

It’s been a while since we heard about how Facebook was busy working on bringing out a whole smartphone of its own. Given how most of the activity on this popular social network comes via mobile devices, it’s not surprising that Mark Zuckerberg’s creation has decided to take the plunge into the technology space directly.

But in a world where Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android mobile OS’s reign supreme and a bunch of others like BlackBerry and Windows Phone fight hard to occupy a distant third place, do we really need yet another smartphone that stands out so much? And as addicted as we are to Facebook, do we really need a completely dedicated Facebook smartphone? Or is an Android or iOS Facebook app more than adequate?

Facebook is trying to expand beyond being just a social network that keeps you connected with your friends. With its active push for social media in the business space, it even lets you keep connected with your favorite brands and businesses. And now with the newly introduced Graph Search, looks like Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to depend entirely on Facebook for all their online needs.

HTC is supposedly building the first Facebook phone, but we wonder if it can hold up against stiff competition from high-end phones like the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 or even upcoming smartphones like the Apple iPhone 6. After all, unless there’s something absolutely terrific about the phone beyond just Facebook, why would tech enthusiasts shun the likes of the iPhones and Galaxy S4 to switch to it?

The phone is expected to be based on Android, but will primarily focus on the messaging and camera apps, so it could be stripped down version of the world’s most popular smartphone OS. Also, Facebook is expected to offer apps through the Amazon Store instead of letting users download apps through Google Play. This considerably reduces the variety of apps users can access through the Facebook phone.

Now, it’s still too early to comment on the tech specs comparison of the Facebook phone against the hotter phones in the market like the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S4. And of course, there’s no word on the pricing either. But even if the Facebook phone’s as competent and also ends up being cheaper than the current range of flagship smartphones on offer, will these incentives be enough to lead us away from Apple and Android?

Of course, only time will tell if Zuckerberg’s strategy will succeed. But even if it does succeed momentarily, what will happen when users experience Facebook fatigue – something that’s already been happening to quite a high percentage of users who have spent enough time on the social network. And how will this affect our privacy, given that this has been one of the biggest bones of contention with Facebook to begin with?… Read the rest

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z Vs Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: Samsung Tablet May Thrill With Its Spectacular Features

If you’re thinking of investing in a new tablet in the near future, are you better off picking up the fabulous Sony Xperia Tablet Z or should you wait to find out what Samsung’s keeping under wraps? There are a lot of tablets out there and you are obviously spoilt for choice, but these two tablets can make your decision a lot harder to make for sure. Take a look:

Sony Xperia Tablet Z: Sony unveiled its Tablet Z a short while ago, and like its flagship smartphone, this one also boasts of being water and dust resistant – a sturdy choice indeed. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a 10.1 inch screen with a resolution of 1200X1920 pixels. This tablet is powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon Krait processor and 2 GB of RAM, with 16 GB of internal storage space as well as a microSD card slot. There’s a gorgeous 8.1 MP camera in the rear, making it a powerful photo-capture tool and there’s a 2.2 MP front-facing camera for making video calls too. The tablet comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and can be upgraded to Android 4.2.A 6,000 mAh battery promises up to 10 hours of continuous usage on a single charge.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3: So this one’s still under wraps and everything we know so far is all based on rumors. In all likelihood, this 7-inch tablet could be powered by a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and have a resolution of 1280X800 pixels. But we might just see an 8-inch version too – so you can expect something bigger too. We’re expecting it to be priced quite reasonably between $149 and $199. Stay tuned as we get you more on the Galaxy Tab 3 as soon as hear something.



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The Secret Of HTC Bringing Up Its Signature Phone HTC One Against Samsung Galaxy S4

They say if you don’t have a winning strategy, learn what your competition is doing right and tweak yours that way. Looks like that is going to be HTC’s plan for 2013. HTC didn’t manage to make too much of an impression in the Android market last year with its One X and One X+ handsets, which eventually just ended up confusing the consumers.

It started 2012 with the launch of its first flagship, the One X, which didn’t end up gaining much popularity mostly due to its inadequate 1800 mAh battery and dual-core processor. And shortly after its launch, HTC followed it up with an upgraded flagship, the One X+, which launched about 8 months later. The One X+ with its quad-core processor and bigger battery surely had good specs, but HTC loyalists who picked up the One X ended up feeling letdown, stuck with a more obsolete flagship.

Fortunately, HTC has realized the wisdom of its ways and decided to keep just one flagship for this year. So those of you who find the HTC One appealing enough can go ahead and pick it up without worrying about being shortchanged. It’s what Samsung did with the Galaxy S3 and look how well that worked out for the company. But will the HTC One do the same for HTC, especially with the like of Sony Xperia Z and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4?… Read the rest

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Bye-Bye BlackBerry Z10: Pentagon Employees Can Choose Apple iPhone Or Android Smartphones Instead

BlackBerry has been steadily losing ground to iPhones and Android based smartphones, and looks like its recently launched BlackBerry 10 OS hasn’t helped stem the tide much. Many companies have chosen to quit BlackBerry and let their employees use iPhones or Android phones as corporate smartphones. But BlackBerry still had a significant share of enterprise customers in the government, which unfortunately looks like is also getting smaller by the day.

The latest to ditch BlackBerry is Pentagon, which announced its decision to let users pick iPhones or Android-based phones instead of the BlackBerry if they wish to starting from February 2014. However, employees can continue to use BlackBerry too if they like. 470,000 of the 600,000 smartphones in use at the Pentagon are from BlackBerry, but this new ruling will definitely pull away a chunk of this share.

While Pentagon has clearly stated that it is not in favor of implementing a BYOD (bring your own device) program, this freedom should help partially curtail expenses while giving some level of freedom to the employees to use their devices in their personal lives too.… Read the rest

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Samsung’s Growth Story: Samsung Galaxy S3 Vs Apple iPhone 5 Vs Google

Maybe all’s not as hunky dory in the Google-Samsung friendship as we’d all thought. Andy Rubin, who heads Google’s Android division, has admitted that the company worries about Samsung becoming more than just a partner and on to a threat to Google’s business.

Rubin apparently made these remarks during a recent Google event indicating that there could be some friction between these two companies in the future. He also reportedly justified Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility as a safety net to protect Google from Samsung’s constantly growing footprint in the world of Android.

Samsung has emerged as the world leader in smartphones, especially over the past couple of years, all thanks to the Android OS. And there seems to be no stopping the success wave that it is riding. From being a mere OEM (original equipment manufacturer) supplier, Samsung went on to make the world’s best smartphone, the Galaxy S3 in 2012, and helping Android overtake iOS and the world’s most popular smartphone OS.

You can’t help Google from being a little worried about the progress Samsung has made. Many partnerships in the tech world have ended bitterly even in the past – take Microsoft and IBM for instance. But for now, and in the near future, the partnership between Google and Samsung continues to get stronger and there seems to be no rift expected in the short term at least. However, as Samsung continues to maintain its position as the leading hardware manufacturer for Android, Google has sufficient reason to worry that it could be bullied by Samsung regarding the design, pricing and various other aspects of its smartphone OS.

After all, there’s more than just Android that bonds these two companies together – they also have a common rival, Apple. Given the tremendous sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 smartphones, coupled with the relatively lukewarm response to Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad 4, Apple has enough reason to worry about Samsung. Even though the two companies have taken their war into courtrooms across the world, Apple can’t deny that its formidable opponent is getting better at innovation with each passing quarter – Apple’s key strength. As Samsung continues to turn out more alluring products and taking away Apple’s customers, the company needs to reexamine its strategy and develop some spectacular products to stem this trend.… Read the rest

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HTC One Looks Good On Paper, But Is It Enough To Revive The HTC Brand?

Well, HTC finally did lift the veil off its grand new smartphone, the HTC One. And from what we’ve seen so far, what can we tell you, the phone looks really promising. But the real question on everyone’s minds is if the phone is good enough to steal the spotlight away from current world leader Samsung and its range of amazing products like the Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note II and of course, the upcoming Galaxy S4?

There’s no doubt that HTC has worked real hard on making this phone a brilliant gadget. Its specs are truly mind-blowing – a 4.7-inch full HD display with 468 ppi resolution, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2 GB of RAM, an HDR mic, LTE connectivity, an HTC Ultrapixel camera, a 2300 mAh battery and a variety of storage options to choose from. The Snapdragon 600 processor is especially remarkable in performance, although we don’t know how many Android apps can work well enough with it.

There’s also a brand new marketing initiative being set up by HTC under the new Chief Marketing Officer John Wang. The ad campaign of the HTC One features a bold tagline, calling it to be “Everything your phone isn’t”, but we are still unsure of how aggressively HTC will be able to market the One.

However, the phone does have a beautiful design and looks premium. Even the upgraded Sense 5.0 UI makes Android look even better on the HTC One – but we’re not sure if it will be well received among hardcore Android fans. Let’s hope the company meets with some success this time around.… Read the rest

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Save $109.99 On The Sony Xperia S Tablet By Buying it Directly From Sony

The Japanese electronics maker is going the American way in terms of sales strategies, and looks like it will succeed for sure. Until February 23rd, Sony is offering a President’s Day discount of $50 on its Xperia S tablet. And that’s not all – you also get a Casual Cover worth $59.99 free with the tablet. That means total savings worth $109.99 on the tablet when you order it directly from Sony.

The 16 GB version of the tablet will now cost $349.99, while the 32 GB model will set you back by $449.99. The Xperia S tablet features a 9.4-inch display with a 1280X800 pixel resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor and 1 GB of RAM. You also get an 8 MP camera and it runs on Android 4.0 ICS, but can be upgraded to Android 4.1.… Read the rest

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