Two of a Kind: Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 vs Samsung Galaxy Note II

For those who have their heart set on Samsung, this article will surely interest you. Read on to explore all the sides of Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Large touchscreen and innovative features set both the devices apart. Almost alike in looks, both the devices are made of glossy plastic, distinguished with curved corners and a silvery trim around the sides. A little smaller than the Mega 5.8, the Note II at 5.5-inch is easier to carry and use.

The Super AMOLED 720 x 1280 pixels 256 ppi display of the Note II gives it more clarity and better display as compared to the Mega, which stands at 540 x 960 pixels 190 ppi. However, the latter is also more usable under broad daylight than the former.

The recent OS version- Android 4.2.2 interface gives the Mega 5.8 an advantage over the Note II, which has Android 4.1.2. Samsung’s TouchWiz custom UI in both the devices offer users features including Smart Stay, S Voice and Multi Window.

However, the Note II gets a ball in its court with the handy S Pen stylus that makes taking notes much easier on the device.

Both have 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash with 1080p video mode. Call clarity is better in the Note II as it has better-sounding earpiece. There’s a massive, 2600mAh battery in the Mega 5.8, whereas the cell in the Note II has a capacity of 3100mAh.

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Galaxy Tug-of-War: Would You Tug onto Samsung Galaxy Note II over Samsung Galaxy Tab II?

Samsung launched both the Galaxy Note 2 phablet and the Galaxy Tab 2 tablet last year, and both of them have performed pretty well in the market. Although both these devices can be used for making calls, the Galaxy Note 2 is considered more of a smartphone while the Galaxy Tab 2 is being offered more as a tablet. But even though they have similar functionalities and have a nice screen, there is a significant price difference between these two. So what’s the difference and is it worth spending more on the Galaxy Note 2?

Display: While the Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab 2 comes with a 7-inch display. But in terms of resolution, the former is far better with its Super AMOLED display with a 267 ppi count. On the other hand, the Galaxy Tab 2 has a PLS LCD display with a ppi count of 170.

Power: The Galaxy Tab 2 is fitted with a dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. But if you’re looking for something more powerful, the Galaxy Note 2 makes more sense for you with its quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The Galaxy Note 2 also comes with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean but can be upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. You get to choose from 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage in the Tab 2, while the Note 2 has 16 GB, 32 GB or even 64 GB of internal storage. But both of them have a microSD card slot so you can always get more space.

Camera: Here’s where we think one of the biggest difference between these two devices comes up. The Galaxy Note 2 has a powerful 8 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera. But the Galaxy Tab 2 has just a 3.15 MP rear camera and a VGA camera in the front, making it a far less appealing purchase, especially for those who are highly dependent on their mobile devices for photography.

Battery: The Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 3100 mAh battery which gives the device a talktime of up to 16 hours on 3G networks. The larger Galaxy Tab 2 has a bigger 4000 mAh battery and a higher talktime of up to 20 hours on 3G networks.

Of course, it’s not just the tech specs that make the Galaxy Note 2 score so much higher than the Galaxy Tab 2. It’s comfortably sized to make it portable enough, while the Tab 2 is slightly difficult to hold and operate as a phone. And then there’s the S-Pen in the Galaxy Note 2 for scribbling down notes, which is missing in the Galaxy Tab 2.… Read the rest

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Top 10 Smartphones AT&T Plans To Launch

So you are not an Apple person? Don’t bother, AT&T is there to help. We are listing down 10 smartphones that AT&T plans to launch between now and mid-November. All these phones run on either Google’s Android OS or Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 8.

Here’s a sneak peak for you—

HTC One X+

Elegant and stylish, HTC’s upcoming One X+ is made with a matte black polycarbonate body. The phone looks great with4.7-inch Super LCD 2 screen. It runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, supports Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, and best of all- its lightweight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HTC One VX

HTC One VX boasts a 5-megapixel camera and 960-by-540, Super LCD screen. This affordable smartphone runs Android 4.0, which HTC promises will be upgraded to Android 4.1.

 

 

 

 

 

HTC Windows Phone 8X

In a range of colors and design tapers at edges, HTC Windows Phone 8X has Beats Audio and HTC’s own image chip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 820

Nokia’s Windows Phone, the 820 looks great with so many choices of exciting colors.

 

 

 

 

 

Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia’s flagship phone, the Lumia 920 has an 8.7-megapixel camera with image stabilization and video recording features. The device comes in many colors and is equipped with Nokia maps software.

 

 

 

Sony Xperia TL

Highly publicized as the “James Bond phone,” Sony Xperia TL is an Android smartphone that boasts of a 13-megapixel camera and 4.6-inch “Reality” display with super-dark blacks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

LG Optimus G

AT&T’s version of the LG Optimus G possesses an 8-megapixel camera. This phone runs Android 4.0 with some interesting customizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Note II

With a bigger 5.5-inch screen, the Galaxy Note II has a stylus support, a new camera app, and a faster processor. It makes a great device for those who like big phones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Galaxy Express

Samsung Galaxy Express can be the Galaxy S III’s mini version. This phone has a 4.5-inch, 800-by-480 screen, dual-core 1.5Ghz processor and Android 4.0 OS, and it should be a good pick for people looking to hit AT&T’s speedy LTE network on a budget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samsung Rugby Pro

The Rugby Pro is a waterproof and relatively shockproof smartphone that’s made with a thick, rubberized casing. The Rugby Pro has a 4-inch, 800-by-480 screen, a 5-megapixel camera and LTE support.

 

 

 

 

 

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HTC One X 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Note II: Wars Within the Android Family

comparing HTC and Samsung smartphonesAt first glance on the headline, you might almost be tempted to say that we’re trying to compare apples with oranges here. Apart from the fact that both these devices run on Android, it’s quite hard to find any other common ground for competition. But you could say that that’s precisely why we’re pitting the HTC One X 5 or HTC Droid Incredible against the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is one of the latest offerings from the Samsung stable, and it features the best of the best on pretty much every aspect. From an incredibly powerful quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2GB RAM for absolute heavy performance, to a gigantic 5.5-inch touchscreen and a 3100 mAh battery for ample power, this device is meant for extensive usage – it’s almost like a mini computer in your palms.

The HTC Droid Incredible, on the other hand, is designed to be a compact smartphone that can fit snugly in your hands or your pockets. Powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, this phone has a screen size of 4-inch and runs on Android 4.0 or the ICS version. It’s also got a correspondingly smaller battery of 1700 mAh, and is considerably lighter and smaller than the Galaxy Note II.

Now, if it’s raw power that you’re looking for and you don’t mind splurging on technology, the Galaxy Note II is an ideal fit for you. But if you’re looking for something more compact to be used more like a phone and less like a computing device, the HTC Droid Incredible is definitely something you can consider. The only downside – we wish it also ran on Android 4.1 like the Galaxy Note II. Both these devices can connect to 4G networks, letting you browse the net and download stuff at lightning fast speed as well.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 1: Clash Of The Kins

 

 

Samsung seems to be on its own sweet song and its singing it really good! With Note it made a ripple that proved pretty noticeable. And now with the Note 2 it has initiated waves, the impact of which is not yet gauged in totality. With the Note, the gizmo maker brought in the Phablet,  a rare combination of phone and a tablet . And now with Note 2, we are sure, you would need to negate the PA you pay every month—to say the least. Here’s a table that could leave you grasping for breath—well , no pun intended, but here’s a comparative analysis into the specs and features each Note has up its sleeve. The ball is in your court. Check this out and hit off the right NOTE.

Specs/Features SAMSUNG NOTE SAMSUNG NOTE 2
GPS PLUS NAVIGATION A-GPS support A-GPS support
JAVA Java MIDP emulator Java MIDP emulator
EDGE Class 12 Class 12
3G HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps HSDPA 21 Mbps and HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
GPRS Class 12 Class 12
BATTERY  Li-Ion 2500 mAh  Li-Ion 3100 mAh
INTERNAL MEMORY 1 gb ram, 16GB or 32GB 2 gb ram, 16GB or 32GB or 64 GB
EXTERNAL EXPANDABLE UPTO 32GB 32GB
EMAIL Yes with push email Yes With push email, IM and RSS
BROWSING HTML Flash, HTML
MESSAGING SERVICES Push Mail, RSS, SMS, MMS, Email,  IM, SMS, MMS
WI FI Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA ,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,  Wi-Fi hotspot Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA ,Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n,  Wi-Fi hotspot, Dual band
INFRARED PORT No No
VOICE RECORDING Yes Yes
REAR CAMERA 8 MP, LED flash, Autofocus 8 MP, LED flash, Autofocus, geo tagging, face detection, image stabilization
FRONT CAMERA FOR VC 1080p@30fps 1080p@30fps
SCREEN WIDTH 5.3 inches 5.5 inches
RESOLUTION 800 x 1280 pixels 720 x 1280 pixels
TOUCH Yes AMOLED Capacitive Yes AMOLED Capacitive
RINGTONES Vibration, MP3, Polyphonic, WAV Vibration, MP3, Polyphonic,
MUSIC PLAYER MP3, WAV, AC3 and FLAC MP3, WAV, AC3 and FLAC
RADIO Stereo FM radio — RDS Stereo FM radio — RDS
2G Yes Yes
3G Yes Yes
DUAL SIM NO NO
GSM Yes Yes
QWERTY Virtual QWERTY Virtual QWERTY
DIMENSIONS 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm
COLOR Black White, Black
OPERATING SYSTEM Android v2.3 upgradable to ICS Jelly Bean
FORM FACTOR Bar Bar
CPU Mali-400MP GPU, Dual-core, 1.4GHz ARM, Cortex-A9, Exynos chipset 1.6 GHz, Cortex-A9, Quad-core Processor
WEIGHT 178 grams 178 grams
BLUETOOTH v3.0+HS v4.0 with A2DP AND EDR
PRICE 28490 INR 38900 INR

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Samsung Galaxy Note II vs LG Optimus VU 2: The Phablets Meet Head-On

Heard it right? Was that a phablet? Err, no must be tablet! No.. its a phablet! What’s it now? Well, for those who are  unacquainted, don’t worry as this is no tongue twister or typos. We are a part of the smart gizmo market 2012 and there are two top contenders for the best phablet spot. With the launch of the LG  Optimus VU2, Samsung Galaxy Note2 is up for some real stiff competition and that too all too soon. Is it better than the Note 2? Or is it just a close cousin? Let’s check out their features and try to figure the same.

  • The display is the game changer for any smartphone or phablet. And the LG Optimus VU2 display simply wows us. It comes with a 1024 x 768 resolution and 4:3 aspect ratio. The screen is 5 inches and fully capacitive touch. As for the Samsung Note 2, the display is 1280 by 720 pixel in terms of resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The screen here is high definition and of AMOLED variety and 5.5 inches.
  • As far as the processor goes, the LG phablet comes with 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 2 GB ram. The GPU is of adreno 225 variant while Samsung comes with a GPU of the ARM Mali 400 MP  variant.  The RAM is 2 GB here again.
  • Looking to click away some cool pics with your phablet? If you have the Samsung Note the regular camera is 8 MP while the front camera for video calling or video chats is 1.9 MP. The Optimus proffers 8 MP again for the rear camera and its front camera is 1.3 MP.
  • As far as storage is concerned the Note wins hands down with 64 GB capacity. The Optimus Vu2 comes only with 16 GB in this group. The OS for Note 2 is Android Jelly Bean while LG banks on the Ice Cream sandwich Android. Here again, the Note scores heads on.

Phew the comparison list seems to go on and on. Further comparison can only be gauged with us operating both simultaneously. A Note in one hand and the VU2 in the other– We are game. Are you?

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October 24: Creative Gadget, Samsung Galaxy Note II Is All Set For A Grand Launch In The US

 

Reports are coming in that the invite Samsung has sent out asking people to Save the Date October 24 could well be the date of a grand launch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the US. While the invite doesn’t mention anything about the phablet, CNET says the image of a stylus gives it away.

This invite could well be for the event to be held that will unveil the Korean manufacturer’s next generation smartphone-tablet hybrid. Some retailers in the US such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T are likely to stock up on the phone. At the same time, Sprint and T-Mobile have already announced its arrival. U.S. Cellular has even said that they will start selling the Note 2 in October.

The Samsung Galaxy Note II is a 4G LTE-enabled phablet based on the Android Jelly Bean platform. It will come in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

Note 2 is going to debut in the UK on October 1. In the UK, the phablet will be available at Samsung store in Stratford, London. It will also be available through carriers and third-party retailers. The pricing and contracts would depend on where customers go to get the device. With Clove, the 16GB device is priced at £528 inclusive of VAT. The shipping date is slated for early next week and it’s up for pre-order on their official website.

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the 16GB version of the phablet, will be priced at $299.99 through U.S. Cellular. In India, the Note II it is tagged at Rs. 39,900.… Read the rest

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The Top 6 Smartphones Which Will Give Samsung Galaxy Note II A Run For Its Money

 

 

A look at the primary features of the iPhone 5, HTC One X, Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung S3, LG 4X HD and Motorola Driod Razor

Looks, Processing, What Else has the iPhone 5 Got?

  • The iPhone 5 has a faster A6 processor that’s roughly 160 points faster than the dual-core SGS3. However, the quad-core SGS3 processor is about 10 times faster than the iPhone.
  • It has a 4-inch retina display that gives a larger and clearer canvas at 326 pixels per inch. The new iPhone gives 44% better color saturation than its previous version.
  • iPhone 5 uses the LTE wireless technology that’s optimized for better battery life and designed for ultrafast connectivity in a thin profile.
  • iPhone 5 supports more networks all over the world, including advanced networks such as HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA.
  • With the A6 processor, the iPhone 5offers faster CPU performance, which enhances your experience with apps, internet surfing and emailing.

 

Size: 4.87 inches (H) X 2.31 inches (W) X 0.30 inch (D)

Weight: 3.95 ounces

Bottomline: If you want a phone that has everything right, albeit not the best, pick the iPhone 5

Also see the in depth comparison here: http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/29/samsung-galaxy-note-2-vs-apple-iphone-5-vs-nokia-lumia-920-the-game-of-thrones/

 

Yes, futuristic in design. But is the HTC One X any good?

  • The HTC One X comes loaded with the Android 4.0.4 and Sense 4.1.
  • Has a massive 4.7-inch screen with a 720p HD display.
  • The look is completed with its 8.9mm thick chassis.
  • Offers 4G LTE data speeds for better downloads and the Super IPS LCD 2 technology makes viewing more fun.
  • Comes with a powerful camera.

Size: 5.3 inches tall X 2.75 inches wide X 0.36 inch thick

Weight: 4.6-ounce

Bottomline: If you’re looking for a smartphone with fabulous features at good price, HTC One X should be your choice.

 

 

Brighter Colors, Faster Processing. Is the Nokia Lumia 920 Worth It?

  • The design of Nokia Lumia 920 is its highlight with the iconic unibody polycarbonate shell and exciting colors.
  • It’s a Windows Phone 8 with PureView camera.
  • It has PureMotion HD+ display. This means it has a 4.5-inch HD (1280 x 768) IPS display of ‘Retina-grade’ with a 332ppi.
  • It has the Qi wireless charging standard
  • With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 SoC, it has a speedy 1.5GHZ dual-core CPU and faster Adreno 225 graphics chip.

Size:  130.3 mm (H) X 70.8 mm (W) X 10.7 mm (T)

Weight: 185 g

Bottomline: Multitasking and managing apps is easy with Nokia Lumia 920 that’s powered by Windows 8.

Nokia Lumia 920 price revealed: http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/29/get-ready-to-break-your-banknokia-lumia-920-priced-at-rs-40000-in-india/

 

How does the Samsung S3 fair against the iPhone 5?

 

  • If you want are looking for a phone that gives you a larger screen, the Samsung Galaxy S3 should be your choice.
  • The Galaxy S3 comes as a dual-core device in the United States and as quad-core outside of the US.
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 comes fully loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • It has 4G LTE/HSPA+ 42 capability and a zippy dual-core processor.
  • The phones comes with a strong 8-megapixel camera.
  • It also comes with the S Beam software enhancement for file sharing.

Size: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm

Weight: 133 g

Bottomline: This phone can be charged without the need for a cable and its near-field communication support allows wireless transactions like payments.

 

 

Buy the LG Optimus 4X HD for its hi-tech features

  • This is LG’s first quad-core smartphone.
  • It has a large 4.7-inch IPS LCD display that’s rectangular in shape.
  • The earpiece of the phone has a 1.3MP front-facing camera that makes video chatting easy.
  • The textured rear of the phone has an 8MP camera with LED flash.
  • It has the Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.
  • It has 1GB of RAM and 16GB built-in storage that’s expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card.

Size: 132.4 x 68.1 x 8.9 mm

Weight: 133 g

Bottomline: Apart from its removable battery and microSD card, the LG Optimus 4X HD offers high-definition video experience.

 

 

What to expect from revival of the Motorola driod razor?

 

  • The Razr is back as an Android phone with 4G LTE
  • It has a large large qHD screen with 4.7 inch Super AMOLED HD display
  • The new Razr has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • Said to be fitted with a 2540 mAh battery
  • Has the a Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS
  • Uses the Motorola interface

Size: 130.7 x 68.9 x 7.1 mm

Weight: 127 g

Bottomline:  If you want a thin phone with better battery life, go with a Droid Razr Maxx.

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It’s Samsung Galaxy Note II, All The Way: Lands In India With S-Pen Capabilities For Rs. 39,990

The Samsung Galaxy Note II officially launched India yesterday for the price of  Rs. 39,990. India is among the  first few countries where Samsung has launched its much coveted phablet (Phone + Tablet).

Yesterday at the Press Conference in Hyderabad  B D Park, the President and CEO of Samsung South West Asia Operations and Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics Ltd proudly took the stage  and looked exulted while talking about the unique S-pen feature of Samsung Galaxy Note II. He also talked at length about the big screen and why Samsung went for it.

Among the other dignitaries director Imtiaz Ali  of Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal fame was  present at the official launch of the phone.

Regarding the  size of the Galaxy  Note II Samsung Vice-President India, Asim Warsi said,“The smartphone is not just bigger but thinner. The screen is much better thanks to AMOLED tech and this is one of the best smartphones around.” “S pen as the most advanced mobile gadget yet” Warsi added.

Apart from the cool S-Pen feature galaxy Note II comes with a Photo Note feature which allows users to edit photos , tag and add notes to the pictures. The Photo Note has a scrapbook option which lets users create an interesting collage of the photos .

Regarding the S-pen  Warsi said  “The S Pen is tuned to sense 1024 different levels of pressure sensing. This can draw lines of depth, width, intensity”.

S-pen can be used as a normal pen and it comes as a relief for those who are not too comfortable with touch screens. If S-pen does what it claims then it can prove a major boost for the Korean electronics giant.

The surprise segment of the conference was the launch of Galaxy Smart Camera. The Camera is 21 Mp charged up Android 4.0 device , is wi-fi enabled and has SIM capability. It will be available in India post Diwali.

The smartphone is available for pre-order on Samsung’s Indie e-store. You can click here to order. The cost for pre-ordering the device is Rs 5000. The pre-order is once placed, it cannot be cancelled.… Read the rest

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It’s Samsung Galaxy Note II, All The Way: Launched With S-Pen Capabilities For Rs. 39,990

 

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note II officially launched India yesterday for the price of  Rs. 39,990. India is among the  first few countries where Samsung has launched its much coveted phablet (Phone + Tablet).

Yesterday at the Press Conference in Hyderabad  B D Park, the President and CEO of Samsung South West Asia Operations and Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics Ltd proudly took the stage  and looked exulted while talking about the unique S-pen feature of Samsung Galaxy Note II. He also talked at length about the big screen and why Samsung went for it.

Also see the list of top 6 phones which can give Galaxy Note II a run for its money http://techthirsty.com/2012/09/28/the-top-6-smartphones-which-will-give-samsung-galaxy-note-ii-a-run-for-its-money/

Among the other dignitaries director Imtiaz Ali  of Rockstar and Love Aaj Kal fame was  present at the official launch of the phone.

Regarding the  size of the Galaxy  Note II Samsung Vice-President India, Asim Warsi said,“The smartphone is not just bigger but thinner. The screen is much better thanks to AMOLED tech and this is one of the best smartphones around.” “S pen as the most advanced mobile gadget yet” Warsi added.

Apart from the cool S-Pen feature galaxy Note II comes with a Photo Note feature which allows users to edit photos , tag and add notes to the pictures. The Photo Note has a scrapbook option which lets users create an interesting collage of the photos .

Regarding the S-pen  Warsi said  “The S Pen is tuned to sense 1024 different levels of pressure sensing. This can draw lines of depth, width, intensity”.

S-pen can be used as a normal pen and it comes as a relief for those who are not too comfortable with touch screens. If S-pen does what it claims then it can prove a major boost for the Korean electronics giant.

The surprise segment of the conference was the launch of Galaxy Smart Camera. The Camera is 21 Mp charged up Android 4.0 device , is wi-fi enabled and has SIM capability. It will be available in India post Diwali.

The smartphone is available for pre-order on Samsung’s Indie e-store. You can click here to order. The cost for pre-ordering the device is Rs 5000. The pre-order is once placed, it cannot be cancelled.… Read the rest

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