Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Vs Google Nexus 7 Vs Amazon Kindle Fire HD: A Premium Phablet or an Economical Tablet?

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 has won hearts all over the world, notwithstanding its price-tag. But today, we’re comparing the Galaxy Note 2 with some of the more affordable best-selling tablets to see if they’d make for a suitable alternative instead. So, do the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD stand a chance against this bestselling phablet?

Form factor: Now, the main differentiator between the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD is that the former can be used as a smartphone. So, you can make calls, send and receive SMS’s, in addition to doing everything else that a tablet does. But, it does have a smaller screen than the tablets. While the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have 7-inch displays, the Galaxy Note 2 is smaller, with a 5.55-inch display. All these devices have full HD displays, but the Galaxy Note 2 pips the others with its 265 ppi resolution against their 216 ppi resolution screens.  In addition, it comes with the S-Pen functionality, which can be used for easy note taking and scribbling on the device.

Tech specs: In terms of processing power, the Galaxy Note 2 packs a punch with its quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, making it suitable for those looking to run very heavy apps smoothly. However, if intense processing is not what you want, and you’re primarily looking for a decent device for gaming, email, browsing, etc. the Nexus 7 with its quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD with its dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM should suffice comfortably.

In terms of internal storage, Samsung has put in 64 GB of memory within the Galaxy Note 2 and has also included a microSD card slot, should you require more space. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD are available with space only up to 32 GB for the high end models.

Camera: Without a doubt, the phablet has a superior camera – an 8 MP one in the rear as well as a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. But, if you are happy with your current smartphone and are just looking for a device that can let you access the internet, we don’t think you’d be too disheartened with both tablets’ front cameras.

The Kindle Fire HD still runs on Android 4.0, while the Nexus 7 is available with Android 4.2 and the Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1.2. Both the tablets are available in the $199-$299 range, while the Galaxy Note 2 will set you back by over $800 for the unlocked version.… Read the rest

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If Samsung Galaxy S4 Can Come With S-pen, Then Why Not Apple’s iPhone Stylus?


So, it was Steve Jobs who said while introducing iPhone to the world that who needs a stylus when you have the best pointing device, your finger. But it seems since Tim Cook has taken the reigns of Apple, the company is singing some other tunes. It is being rumored that  Cupertino based tech giant has received a patent for “Active Stylus” to compete with Samsung’s S-pen.

Unlike the passive current stylus of Samsung Apple stylus would have an ability to create its own electronic field which would enhance the speed and accuracy of the device. Though S-pen has received immense popularity there had been complains about the lag which the Samsung users face.

In spite of complains Samsung is planning to launch its next flagship phone Samsung S4 with a stylus. The stylus has become likable amongst the users as it is more like a crayon or a pen rather than a touch input.

Though the rumors regarding the stylus are quite ripe it is still not known when it would be launched. But if Samsung Galaxy S4 is going to come equipped with an S-pen then Apple may need to churn out its own pen device very soon.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus In Dire Straits, Apple Again Asks For Ban




Even after U.S. Court gave a decision not to put ban on products Samsung Electronics Co, Apple argued that the Court should re-think its decision to knock over the pretrial sales ban on Samsung breach.












A lower court in California ordered a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smart phone but the .S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit annulled the ban.

Apple argued that this was inappropriate and asked for an “en banc review,” which means more judged would come forward to look at the decision.

The patent over which the companies are fighting is the one which allows the smartphone to search multiple data storage locations at once. For example, the smartphone could search the device’s memory as well as the Internet with a single query.

Apple argued that the sales ban should be reinstated because it uses the patent in question and competes with Samsung.

The three-judge panel had said that consumers are not getting attracted towards Samsung phone because of patent and thus sales ban was unsuitable.… Read the rest

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Samsung Vs Nokia Vs Apple: Samsung Is A Conquering Hero In The Mobile Market



It seems Nokia has some catching up to do in the fast emerging mobile market. As per the data revealed by a research firm, the Korean technology giant Samsung has outdone Nokia and has emerged as a top mobile brand of 2012.

In the history of 14 years it is for tht first time that any mobile brand has dethroned Nokia as the top selling mobile brand, according to HIS iSuppli.

Samsung has a 29% share in the cellphone shipments in 2012. From last year’s 24 percent the share has plummeted by 5% where Nokia share has dropped to 24 % from 30 %, HIS reported.

Even Apple is lagging behind in the race of smatphone sales worldwide, Samsung has taken up 28 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in 2011, while Apple’s share will rise in 2012 to to 20 percent from 19 percent.

“The competitive reality of the cellphone market in 2012 was ‘live by the smartphone; die by the smartphone,'” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst at IHS.

Smartphones are selling like hot cakes in the market today and the cell phone segment technology is on upswing today. Samsung’s emergence as a winner and Nokia’s tussle in the cell phone market this year was determined entirely by the two companies’ divergent fortunes in the smartphone sector.”  Concluded Wayne Lam… Read the rest

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Apple iPad Mini vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II: Deciding to Choose Between them

They’re among the hottest devices out in the market this time of the year, and needless to say, they’re both really impressive. They may primarily be different, one being a formidable competition in the tightly contested tablet arena, and the other a phablet – having created a category of its own. But, given that the iPad Mini and the Galaxy Note II are among the best creations of the two major, tech rivals, you can see why we decided to pit one against the other. So let’s dive in to see their similarities and differences.

The looks: This is the first thing that catches your eye about any gadget, so we decided to start from the outside and work our way in. The iPad Mini does have a larger screen of 7.9 inches against the Galaxy Note II’s 5.55 inch display. But that’s understandable – given that the iPad Mini will still be marketed within the tablet category, while the latter has a niche of its own in the phablet world. Apple has put an IPS LCD screen with a 1024X768 pixel resolution; however, the Note II has a higher resolution Super AMOLED display with 265 ppi resolution. The iPad Mini is available in black and white color options, while the Galaxy Note II sports either a blue or white casing.

Tech specs: Powering the iPad Mini is an Apple A5 dual-core 1 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM. The Galaxy Note II is far more powerful, with a Samsung Exynos 4 quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. We have to say that’s a lot of power packed into such a small package, but we’re mighty impressed! In terms of the OS, the iPad Mini runs iOS 6 while the Galaxy Note II runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We can’t really compare the two OS’s, because that becomes a lengthy discourse in itself. A sore point missing in the iPad Mini is the microSD card slot for memory expansion, which is a huge advantage the Note II has.

Camera power: Samsung has clearly put a lot of thought into making the Galaxy Note II so stellar. With an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.9 MP front-facing camera, this one’s far more effective than the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini, on the other hand, has a 5 MP rear camera and 1.2 MP front-facing one. But, given that their functions are a little different since the Note II will be considered as a smartphone while the iPad Mini will function as just a tablet, the camera power seems adequate for them in their own leagues.

Connectivity: Like we mentioned before, the Galaxy Note II is essentially a smartphone (a really smart one at that!), while the iPad Mini is a tablet. Both devices support LTE networks as well as 3G. In addition, both have Bluetooth and WiFi as well.

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LG Optimus Vu P895: New Phablet on the Block



This seems to be the era of phablets, with consumers definitely wanting larger screens on their mobile devices. The term was coined thanks to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, a 5.3-inch screen sized device placed somewhere between a phone and a tablet. And now LG has brought out its version of a phablet with the Optimus Vu, a device with a 5-inch display.

Powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, and running on Android 4.0, what sets it apart from other phablets in the market is its unique shape. The Optimus Vu has an aspect ratio of 4:3, which essentially gives it a wider screen but in a shorter package. Its design, however, can be limiting when used as a phone, since it becomes hard to grasp it with just one hand. It comes with 32GB of internal storage space, and while there is no microSD card slot to expand the memory further, LG has offered 50GB of cloud space through free of cost for its customers.

Another unique feature in the Optimus Vu is the new battery, Sio+, which according to LG is 1.5 times more powerful than a Lithium ion battery. So this device can surely run for a long time on a single charge. The rear camera has an 8MP resolution, while the front facing camera is of 1.3MP resolution. This phablet is also equipped with a stylus that lets you take notes and take screen snapshots. The Optimus Vu is priced rather competitively at Rs. 34,500, making it an attractive alternative to the Galaxy Note II.… Read the rest

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Is The Complicated Design Of iPhone 5 Reason For Its Delay?



What everyone is wondering is why there is shortage of iPhone 5 in the stores across various countries. Well according to a Foxconn official  iPhone 5 is a pretty complicated device and manufacturing it is not a task of one day.

An official of Foxconn, has stated that the iPhone 5 is facing delays because the process of making the handset light and thin is complicated.

As per a report by Wall Street Journal , “Apple has said its new iphone 5 sold faster initially than any other iPhone but sales have fallen short of some analysts’ expectations due in part to supply shortages. So what’s causing the supply shortage?  Here is Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s take. The company, based in Taiwan with factories across China, uses the trade name Foxconn Technology Group , and assembles many Apple products including the new iPhone. “The iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled.  To make it light and thin, the design is very complicated,” said an official at the company who declined to be named. “It takes time to learn how to make this new device. Practice makes perfect. Our productivity has been improving day by day.”

 The report further states that the factory wants to take hold of the situation and tackle the scratching issues found on box pack devices.

If earlier reports are anything to go by then the delay in production is because of choice of Aluminium metal. The metal makes the device lighter and thinner but  is prone to scrapes and scratches However, towards the end of September, senior Apple managers told executives at Foxconn to tighten production standards.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs. Nokia Lumia 920 vs. HTC One X+: Take Your Pick?

The present day consumer has a plethora of options before him, and naturally would be bound to get confused. If you’re window shopping for a brand new smartphone and are unsure of which one to get for yourself, here’s where you’ll find all the information you need to make the right decision. We take a look today at the flagship models of Samsung, Nokia and HTC on offer and break down the pros and cons of each of their features to make your life a little simpler.

The Software: All these phones are on top of their game, running the latest versions of their respective OS. While the Lumia 920 will run on the latest Windows Phone 8, the Galaxy Note 2 and One X+ run on the latest version of Android – the Jelly Bean.

The Hardware: Now this is where it gets really exciting to compare these 3 phones. The Lumia 920 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 1GB RAM, but the Galaxy Note 2 is almost twice as powerful, with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The HTC One X+ has also received a processor upgrade in comparison with its predecessor, the One X – this new phone comes with a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. It’s meant for heavy multitasking, we doubt if the Lumia 920 can match up to the other 2 phones.

In terms of memory, the HTC One X+ comes in 2 variants of 32GB and 64GB, while the Lumia 920 has 32GB of internal memory. Neither of these phones are equipped with SD card slots, so you’ll have to make do with the limited memory available internally. But if storage is a big concern for you, the Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with 64GB of internal memory and even has an SD card slot for additional storage requirements.

The Looks: The Lumia 920 sports a 4.5 inch LCD screen, while the HTC One X+ has a slightly bigger 4.7 inch S-LCD2 display. But if size really does matter, the Galaxy Note 2 is your answer, sporting a gorgeous 5.5 inch Super AMOLED display.

The Cameras: Both the HTC One X+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have an 8MP auto-focus rear camera with an LED flash. The Nokia Lumia 920 has a slightly better 8.7MP camera with a dual-LED flash for taking clearer pictures even in low light conditions. In terms of the front-facing cameras, the Lumia 920 has a 1.3MP camera, while the One X+ has a 1.6MP front-facing camera. Taking it a notch higher is the Galaxy Note 2’s front facing camera with a resolution of 1.9MP.

The Batteries: When it comes to finding the right smartphone, it’s not just about the technical features, but also about its battery life. Fortunately, these ultra-powerful phones are equipped with high power batteries to keep them running for at least a full day on a single charge. The Lumia 920 has a 2000 mAh battery, the One X+ has a 2100mAh battery, and the jumbo sized Galaxy Note 2 has a corresponding 3100 mAh battery for letting it run for ample amount of time, no matter how many apps you run on it.… Read the rest

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