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Monday, December 20, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Now With More Nvidia: Will Tegra 2 Be then Next Snapdragon?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://blogs.barrons.com/techtrader...ge-tegra-order/

"Shares of Nvidia (NVDA) are up 13 cents, or 0.9%, this morning at $14.70 amidst buzz that its "Tegra" chip is gaining ground. I reported earlier that the Asian electronics trade pub DigiTimes did a report quoting anonymous sources saying the Tegra's second version, Tegra 2, may show up in numerous tablet computers next year."

This is some interesting news and quite surprising at that what with previous talk of Samsung working on their own dual core processor. According to rumors, Samsung has just placed a very large order for Nvidia's Tegra 2 CPU. So will we see a Tegra powered Galaxy Tab 2 or then next Galaxy S phone? The other tasty bit of news that might explain Samsung's actions is that Tegra 2 might be be the reference design for Gingerbread. 2011 is going to be a good year for Android.


48 Hours With a Nexus S

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 07:00 AM

It got here around 48 hours ago, and I've got some interesting observations on the newest Nexus phone. So how does the gingerbready goodness stack up to the bar set by it's older brother, the Nexus One? Well let's talk about it in my Micro-Review-Quick-Look! Read more...


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Anyone Else Order a Nexus S?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM

I gave in to the temptation and placed my order this morning at around 8:08 AM EST. Anyone else cave in and pony up some cash for this beauty? Hopefully the overnight shipping will kick in and I can tell you all about my first impressions sometime this weekend. As for now, I'm going to wait in anticipation, and be thankful that my gadget fund can support purchases like this!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Best Buy Offering Nexus S Beginning December 16th

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.androidguys.com/2010/12/...m+(AndroidGuys)

"The Samsung Nexus S and Android 2.3 are set to make their retail debut later this week at a Best Buy near you."

Beginning at 8am, the Samsung Nexus S will be available from Best Buy. The Nexus S will include Android 2.3. Plus, Best Buy will have demo units in all of its locations so you can take a peek and decide if you would like to purchase it. And if you do want to purchase, it will cost $529 without a contract and $199.99 with a two year agreement on T-mobile.


Totally Tabular: The Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab Reviewed!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM

Product Category: Android Tablet
Manufacturer: Samsung
Where to Buy: Sprint
Price: $399 (w/ 2 yr. agreement; $29.95/mo data plan)
Specifications: 7 inch 1024x600 Touchscreen, Android 2.2, Dual Cameras (1.3 MP Front, 3.0 MP Rear), Mobile hotspot, 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, 2 GB Onboard Memory, 16 GB SD Card Included, 4,000 mA battery, 1.0 Ghz AP S5PC110 Processor, Bluetooth 2.1

Pros:

  • Comfortable in one hand or two, portrait or landscape;
  • Samsung's customizations of Android 2.2 are useful and beautiful;
  • Excellent battery life.

Cons:

  • Proprietary connector - no micro-USB and no charging over USB;
  • Low resolution cameras;
  • Smaller size, higher price.

Summary: In a world where seemingly everyone wants to release an Android based tablet, Samsung has put forth the Galaxy Tab, a device that sports two cameras to the iPad's none, shaves off a few inches, and is popping up on networks all over the place. Recently I was able to spend a few weeks with Sprint's version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab... so was it Tabtacular or does it leave your slatesmitten soul sad? Read on and find out! Read more...


Monday, December 13, 2010

Nexus S Review: The Good, The Bad, And The OMG I Want One!

Posted by Jason Lee in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/10/nexus-s-review/

"It can be difficult to review a phone like Google's Nexus S in a world already populated by so many outstanding Android devices. Not only does the manufacturer of this phone make a series of handsets that are all essentially the same (the Galaxy S line), but countless other OEMs are cranking away on hardware for the platform. Of course, the Nexus S is a decidedly different phone altogether. Picking up where the company's Nexus One left off, the S continues Google's legacy of creating standalone, "pure Android" phone experiences, seemingly aimed less at the mainstream and more towards developers."

Here it is, folks. Engadget gave the Nexus S a thorough going over in their review of the device and I have to say, it's pretty swanky. I'm still not sure that I'm ready to ditch my Nexus One for this tasty new treat but it sure is tempting. My decision balances on knowing that there is much better hardware than this right around the corner vs. knowing that this will probably be the only "pure" Google device for quite some time. I do NOT want a carrier branded device with some crazy UI tweaks or bloatware. Plus I just dropped way too much money on desk and car docks for my Nexus One. If an AT&T banded version of this device drops early next year I may have a much lighter wallet... but we shall see. Anyone out there plan on picking up a shiny new Nexus S? If so can I play with it? ;)


Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Million Galaxies Among Us

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 12:00 PM

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/12...0-estimates-50/

"Samsung said it had moved one million Galaxy Tabs less than two months after launch and less than a month after its U.S. launch on T-Mobile on November 10."

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is on the fast track to becoming a household name. Samsung has reported that it has sold over one million Tabs and projects it will sell over 1.5 million by the end of the year. Not too bad for a device that has been on sale for less than 2 months!


Monday, November 29, 2010

When is an iPad not an iPad?

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Laptop Thoughts News" @ 01:00 PM

http://www.daniweb.com/reviews/review327951.html

"The iPad, without doubt, energized a genre by pretty much redefining it. Of course, that energy is boosted by competition and nowhere is this stronger than the small army of Android-powered tablets that are now available for the seasonal shopper."

If anyone mentions the word tablet these days, most people will immediately think iPad. Slate tablets have definitely been around a long time, but the recent generation of tablets are unlike anything we have seen. While the iPad continues to dominate, there are many competitors which might be worth your consideration. Based on the reviews and comments from Daniweb, there seems to be many limitations to the current crop of Android tablets, and it may be best to wait for them to start supporting to newer Android OS versions which are much more tablet friendly. These tablets also seem to be lacking support for the Android Market, which pretty much means that that lovely tablet you just bought is likely to offer very little in terms of what you can do with it. If you must go Android though, the Froyo tablets are your best bet as they will give you as close to a full Internet experience as can be had. Otherwise, look towards the Fruit for your tablet needs.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Amazon.com Offers Android Phones For As Low As $0.01

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 01:30 AM

http://www.androidguys.com/2010/11/...m+(AndroidGuys)

"Amazon has some amazing deals for those of you looking to pick up a new Android handset this holiday weekend."

Amazon.com has a whole slew of Android phones on sale right now. Some of the phones being offered for only $0.01 are the Samsung Captivate, LG Optimus T, and the Motorola FLIPSIDE. Keep in mind though, that to get the sale price on the phones you have to sign up for a two year agreement. But it may be worth it to get a great deal on some spectacular phones!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab On AT&T, Bell and Rogers Also Has Phone Abilities

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 01:00 PM

http://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ad.php?t=847273

The Samsung Galaxy Tab now has the capability to send and receive phone calls on, not only T-Mobile, but on AT&T, Bell and Rogers as well. The phone feature is available after you follow the instructions and flash your device. But remember, the possibility to brick your Tab does exist. So proceed at your own risk!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Reviewed

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:00 PM

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/tab...x#axzz15mXHtYCi

"Samsung's Galaxy Tab is fast becoming the main competitor to the iPad. With its hi-res 7-inch screen, a more travel-friendly design, and access to the Android Market, the Tab strikes a strong balance between a large smart phone and Apple's larger tablet."

Wondering if the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the tablet for you? Take a look at this review to help you make up your mind.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Samsung To Focus On Windows Phone 7 Over Android in 2011

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest...117-247679.html

"Next year, Samsung will introduce 15 to 20 new smart-phone models using Android, Windows, and Brada operating systems. For every 50 smart phones using Windows, it will make 24 using Android and five using Brada."

While Samsung has put together a pretty impressive lineup of Android devices, it's Windows Phone 7 that they appear to be targeting in 2011, with approximately 50% more WP7 devices than Android coming out in 2011. So is it that they see WP7 as a superior platform, or just one they want to be as heavily invested in as they are already with Android?


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Price Comparison Chart For the Samsung Galaxy Tab

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 03:30 PM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...,2372723,00.asp

"The Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet will soon be available on five major carriers in the U.S., and while the various models aren't the same, they're similar enough to give similar experiences. They're all priced differently, so if you're interested in an Android tablet, take a look at our chart."

Hopefully, this price comparison chart will help you decide where to buy your Samsung Galaxy Tab. The chart shows pricing for the Tab with a two year agreement or no contract, as well as the cost of data over two years. Depending on how much data you will use with the device, you may profit more by going with a different carrier than you normally use.


Nexus S Shown Off At Web 2.0, Gingerbread "In The Next Few Weeks"

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.androidguys.com/2010/11/...d-coming-weeks/

"It was rumored that Google CEO Eric Schmidt would bring us some Gingerbread news at his Web 2.0 Summit appearance today. Well, sure enough, Android 2.3 made an appearance."

Google CEO Eric Schmidt made an appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday wielding none other than the Google Nexus S! Not a whole lot was learned about the device other than it's ability to read NFC chips. This would allow the device to be waved over a sensor at a cash register then choose how you would like to pay. Wouldn't you like to buy your groceries with Google Checkout or PayPal? Regardless of the lack of information this device looks amazing and it is super thin to boot. Here's hoping the rumors are true about the new dual core Samsung CPU. Maybe this is an upgrade from my Nexus One after all....

On top of all of that, Mr. Schmidt just so happened to mention that Gingerbread would be rolling out "In the next few weeks". I'm hoping that it lands before the holiday so that I will have plenty of time to sit and play while my uncle yells at the football game on TV.


Monday, November 15, 2010

Ring, Ring: Samsung Tab Has Phone Capabilities On T-Mobile After Flashing

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 11:00 AM

http://forum.xda-developers.com/sho...ad.php?t=838250

"...We now have the US TMobile Galaxy Tab making/receiving phone calls."

The T-mobile Samsung Tab in the US can make and receive phone calls if you flash it. The ability to make phone calls would make this one handy device! Would you consider flashing your Tab to have the ability to use the phone?


Friday, November 12, 2010

This Isn't The Nexus S You're Looking For... Or Is It?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/11/...is-the-nexus-s/

Samsung denied it, Google said it ain't so... but here it is. A pile of leaks surrounding this phone that doesn't exist came to light this week to build a rather convincing story. Yes, Virginia, there is a Nexus S. Through several Best Buy leaks, to EXIF photo information, to some hands on picks the Nexus S seems to be a hard device to keep under wraps. I, for one, am VERY excited about this phone. I haven't owned a carrier branded phone in many a year and don't plan to any time soon. Even though this device may not be enough of an upgrade over my Nexus One to justify the purchase (especially if there is no AT&T 3G support) it keeps my hopes alive that there may still be a "pure" Google phone out there when I next choose to upgrade. Anyone else looking to purchase the new and improved Nexus?


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Get the Samsung Continuum From Verizon November 11th

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Samsung Android Phones" @ 06:00 AM

http://news.vzw.com/news/2010/11/pr...010-11-08k.html

"Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest and most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network, and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the number one mobile phone provider in the United States, today announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Continuum, a Galaxy STM smartphone."

Samsung's new phone, the Continuum, will be available from Verizon Wireless for order on November 11th with full roll-out happening November 18th. It comes with Android 2.1, 3.4 inch screen, 5 megapixel camera/camcorder, Bluetooth and other features for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement and data package. Is this a phone you would consider purchasing?


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Galaxy Tab is not so Far Away

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/01/...axy-tab-review/

"The Tab certainly packed the specs -- a 1GHz processor, full Flash support thanks to Android 2.2, dual cameras, support for up to 32GB of storage and WiFi / 3G connectivity -- to put other Android tablets to shame, and our initial hands-on with it only had us yearning for more."

Sell! Sell! Sell! Slate tablets are the hottest thing right now and everyone wants a piece of the potentially lucrative pie. Samsung's entry is the Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android wonder. Along with the usual Android goodness there are some custom Samsung apps to help the lightweight tablet along and make better use the screen. It is nice to see that there is going to be some competition against the iPad as it will help drive innovation and make sure that no one stagnates in this revived market. The big decision looks like it will be either you go with a 7 inch or 10 inch model. Both have their advantages and there could be room for both. I am just waiting for the standardized keyboard to use with all these tablets so I can type faster. Oh, wait...


Saturday, October 30, 2010

T-Mobile G2 Versus Samsung Epic 4G In Cnet Prize Fight

Posted by Tony Rylow in "Android News" @ 04:00 AM

http://cnettv.cnet.com/mobile-g2-vs...64.html?tag=api

The team over at CNet has put together an awesome comparison video between the the G2 and Epic 4G. They have a number of other comparison videos of the same quality so if you are looking at some other devices, definitely check them out.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Available November 14th At Sprint

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 06:30 AM

http://sprint.com/

Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint will be available beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, through select Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web sales and telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. It will cost $399.99...

The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available through Sprint starting November 14th! The cost will be $399.99 for the device with a choice of either a $29.99 or $59.99 per month data plan. To get more details, read more!

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