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Apps for The Samsung Galaxy SIII

Posted By Guest Contributor on August 9th, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy SIII benefited from one of the biggest mobile launches of all time thanks to nine million units being pre-ordered by retailers. If you were one of the early adopters of this super-phone then you might want to try out one of these apps to see how far you can push its quad core processor and HD display.

Instagram

One of the Galaxy SIII`s best features is its eight megapixel camera, because the CPU is put to good use, enabling you to capture multiple still images at the same time as recording full HD video clips.

Once you have taken as many pictures as you like and chosen the best snap, Instagram is the app to use if you want to add some vintage flare to your pictures.

This popular editing tool has only been available on Android for a short time and is also a great social networking service that lets you follow other users and see how creative mobile photography can become.

Onavo Extend

The Galaxy SIII is a beast of a phone that will have you downloading files, surfing the web, streaming videos and doing much more besides.

However, all this usage can add up if you are harnessing your mobile data connection. This means you could go over your allowance and have to pay through the nose for additional usage.

Thankfully this app is the best way to manage your usage in real time and see exactly how much you can do with your remaining allowance. It also does its best to reduce the amount of data which is consumed by your phone, giving you extra leeway with a more streamlined approach to mobile internet access, which is handy.

Minecraft Pocket Edition

This popular Scandinavian first person sandbox game has made waves on the PC and home consoles, but now it is available on the Galaxy SIII.

Samsung`s handset is a natural fit for this block-building title, allowing you to explore your creativity in randomly generate worlds and, as the name suggests, get involved in some mining. Just make sure you have erected a shelter before darkness falls, or else death by monsters is a major threat.

Samsung Remote

Turning your Galaxy SIII into a remote for your TV is easier than you might imagine thanks to this application.

It can synchronise with your Samsung TV and then allow you to control things like volume, channel and plenty of other settings from the comfort of your sofa. It is even compatible with Blu-Ray players produced by Samsung, which is a convenient touch.

Angry Birds Space

Filling every one of the 1280×720 pixels of the Galaxy SIII`s display with glorious cartoony action is possible if you download Angry Birds Space, the latest iteration of this popular casual gaming franchise.

The Samsung Galaxy S3 deals with titles like this with ease because of its processing horsepower, but that also means that you can enjoy the smoothest physics-based puzzling of any Android device with this app.

Top Samsung Galaxy Nexus Apps

Posted By Guest Contributor on August 6th, 2012

If you have invested in a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and you want to get the most out of your high end handset then there are a number of apps and services which you might want to download and enjoy. Here are just a few of the best Galaxy Nexus apps available on the Google Play marketplace at the moment.

Ultimate Galaxy Nexus App

This appropriately titled app from Drippler is designed to keep you bang up to date with the very latest news and developments relating to your smartphone of choice.

It features its own widget and a fully customisable news feed interface so that stories and updates relating to the Galaxy Nexus are delivered direct to your homescreen.

This app has received four or five star ratings from thousands of Galaxy Nexus owners as well as positive reviews from media outlets, so if you want to stay on top of reports and events it is your best bet.

Netflix

This is one of the growing number of applications which is fully optimised for Android 4.0, which is of course found onboard the Galaxy Nexus in its native form.

Netflix is a subscription-based video streaming service which lets you watch full movies and TV show series on your smartphone.

Even if you do not have a subscription you can get a month free just for joining if you are a first time user, which means you can experience the benefits of this app without having to pay for the privilege.

TweetCaster Pro

This premium Twitter client takes full advantage of the Galaxy Nexus` large display and powerful hardware to bring you the best tweeting experience on the market.

The user interface is uncomplicated and still deep enough to grab your attention. Meanwhile you can tweet, send direct messages, organise your lists and manage multiple Twitter accounts without having to jump in and out of other apps.

Many people prefer this app to the official Twitter client because it is optimised for Android 4.0, you will get the smoothest experience when using it in conjunction with a Galaxy Nexus.

Fancy Widgets

The widgets on your homescreen may look decent enough already, but this app is for fans of customisation and real eye candy.

If you opt for the premium version then you can access hundreds of skins for various widgets including weather, time and calendar.

Those who want to get really involved in the process can choose to personalise the preset widget options even further, which will make your Galaxy Nexus` homescreen look quite unique.

There are plenty of other apps which you can download and enjoy on the Galaxy Nexus and you will definitely be able to make the most out of the power of your phone if you experiment and choose apps which appeal to your sensibilities. Because the Galaxy Nexus is increasingly available on affordable mobile phones deals, the price of ownership is falling and more people can experience its power.

Best Apps for the HTC One X

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 17th, 2012

Oh, aren’t there tons of Android apps that can be installed on a HTC One X, but of course you will want to install only those apps that will take advantage of the phone’s special capabilities among which includes its game changing superb photo capturing capabilities and its awesome sounding Beats Audio feature, to name just two.

Photaf Panorama (Free)

What can you do with the many photos you can take with the photo burst mode of the HTC One X, well you can make a panoramic photo. This app enables you to easily create beautiful, seamless 360 panoramic photos because it utilizes the camera and the orientation sensor to know the exact angle each picture was taken so it can stitch each image together to create one 360-degree photo.

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Voxer Walkie-Talkie

If you find it easier to just say what you want, instead of typing, perhaps a Walkie Talkie app will interest you. Voxer turns your phone into a Walkie Talkie that also allows you to send, for free, text, photos and your locations to an individual, or group even if they aren’t on the same mobile platform as you are.
This means you can talk with your contacts from your Android to users on the iPhone, Windows Phone or even Blackberry platform. The audio is delivered to the recipient in a real-time manner, as you would expect from push-to-talk/walkie talkie solutions. Voxer works over WiFi, 3g and 4g.

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Pandora

Enjoy the excellent audio that comes from the HTC One X with content from one of the best Android Internet radio apps. The one and only Pandora is one of the top-rated Android Internet radio apps you can find for listening to your favorite Internet radio stations and find other great ones as well. It works on Wi-Fi and 3G as well.

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Handcent SMS

You may think that the stock Android messaging app works just fine, but you will be discontented with it after using Handcent. Handcent allows you to fully customize everything about the look and feel of messages, popups and your contacts as they communicate with you.

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ESPN ScoreCenter

Whether or not you like checking live game stats and box scores, or reviewing your team’s current standings, ESPN ScoreCenter will help you follow over 100 sports leagues.
You can also use the myTeams section to have instant access to your favorite teams. The app also gives you access to content from the editorial staff who will keep you informed with the latest analysis and breaking-news.

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Lookout Mobile Security

While malware isn’t as prevalent on the Android platform as it is on the PC there is no doubt the underground communities will become more focused on exploiting vulnerabilities in smart phones. Protect your phone with a good antivirus and general security application.
While there are quite a few Android Antivirus apps, Lookout is without a doubt one of the best. The app will protect your Android from malware, phishing attempts, and can even help you recover the phone if it is lost or stolen.

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ColorNote

Stick-it notes became popular because they provided a simple solution for helping us remember the things we need to do. Task Managers on mobile devices work fine for many, but the fact that they can be hidden behind the notifications system makes them too easy to forget.
ColorNote allows you to create a note and stick it as a big color square on your phone’s home screen, as a constant in-your-face reminder.

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PDANet

It often makes little sense to pay for a separate data connection for your phone and computer. PdaNet lets you share you phone’s Internet connection with your computer, through a PdaNet desktop client, without requiring that the phone be rooted.

The app adds no latency to your data connection so the computer will connect as fast as the phone’s Internet speed allows, whether that is EDGE or even 4G.

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Flixster

The HTC One Xs screen is pretty nice for watching video, but watching a movie on a mobile device will never outshine the big screen experience. Flixster helps you get instant movie times, watch trailers, read reviews and more on flicks you can watch at your local theatre. The app lets you see what movies are coming out soon, and can even help you get the movie on DVD.
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Words With Friends

Those who loathe shoot-em-ups and racing games and prefer the more intellectual type may like “Words With Friends”. The game was built on the same concept as Scrabble so you must have a good vocabulary or at least have a good Scrabble solver. The game is fun and can engage you for hours.

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Home Manager

While the HTC Sense interface on the HTC One S, One V, One X and One XL improves upon previous versions and is actually very good, there is no doubt that many users will want to customize their phone’s interface, if only to give it a personal touch.

Home Manager lets you manage the many launchers you download and install. In addition you will be able to specify which launcher will operate as the default, among other things.

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Asphalt 6

I wish you luck trying to bog down the phone’s quad core processor, but you can try by running graphics intensive games such as Asphalt 6. The HD graphics lets you see details and animations as you speed over gravel, snow, mud and dirt, and race by the many scenic locations in a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi racecar or Ducati sport bike.
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Speedtest.net

If you see a fall in your HTC One’s performance, one possibility is that there is a bottleneck at your Internet connection. Use Speedtest.net to test the download, upload and ping speeds of your connection. You can do each test in less than 30 seconds and track past tests to see trends, or troubleshoot problems.
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Cut The Rope

Like many other games ‘Cut the Rope’ will look good on the phone’s 4.7″ display. The objective of this award-winning game is to feed the cute little monster (Om Nom) with candy to keep him happy.
The challenge is to cut the rope, on which candy is swinging at just the right time so the treats reach Om Nom’s mouth… this one is fun.
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iPad vs Android Tablets: Three Reasons to go Android

Posted By Sam Waites on February 24th, 2012

Android or iPad? That is the big question since Android tablets followed the launch of the iPad in 2010. But what makes consumers choose an Android over iPad even though the latter holds major market share? Apple has become a style statement and the standard bearer for ease of use, while for others it is more brand loyalty that hinders them from switching to other products. Yet, like all machines the iPad is not perfect and is lacking on some points when compared to Android devices.

Here are three reasons to go for an Android tablet vs the Apple alternative.

The Number of Choices and Features

The Android powered tablets are manufactured by a number of companies like Samsung, HP, Dell, Motorola and Asus, which ensures that there are many alternatives to the iPad.

iPads are available in a 9.7″ and 7.87″ size; on the other hand Android tablets are available in various sizes: a 7” tall Samsung and Amazon Kindle, a 9” tall LG and a 10” tall Motorola Xoom is just a small sample of the many choices that are available on the Android side.

Of course, there are 5” tablets as well, though some argue these aren’t really tablets, but rather should be placed in a category called phablets. In any case, just look at the number and variety of options that are available.

The iPad avoids multi-tasking for the purpose of saving battery life and improving performance. It is something that was finally offered by the second edition. But you will find Android tablets powered by dual-core processors that make multitasking snappy.

One thing that made some early adopters hate the original iPad was that it had no camera, which is a feature of most Android tablets – Apple only added on the second generation of the iPad. Still the quality of the camera has been kept to a minimum to ensure better overall performance of the iPad, while almost all Android tablets have front and back cameras, some of which have high-end specs.

Flash Support

If you spend a lot of time on the laptop watching video online and plan to do the same on your tablet computer then you better opt for an Android tablet especially if you access lots of Flash enabled websites. iPad does not support flash content, which is the main reason why you cannot watch all the videos or view many websites using this tablet. On the hand Androids, supports flash content, which means that you have the freedom to browse the World Wide Web with no restriction against Flash-based websites or videos. And if you have a high-speed Internet connection, choosing from any of the broadband only deals browsing the Internet becomes so easy.

Data Transfer and Storage

The only way to transfer data to the iPad is using a data cable connected to a computer and syncing it with the help of iTunes. Plus there is no memory card slot to support external storage, a feature that Apple has left off on purpose. While all Android tablets have memory card slots so that applications and videos, images, etc. can be stored on the external memory, not filling up internal memory. Plus, many Android tablets also have USB ports to enable transferring of data and files, which is a feature that both iPads do not offer.

A Reason to keep using an iPad

Even though iPad lovers may have thousands of reasons to prefer it over Android tablets they can not refute the advantages that Android has over iPad. One reason that can still keep you hooked on an iPad is the fact that Apple’s apps store has more applications than the Android Market.

Even though in the past year Android Market has increased drastically in size with the famous iPad apps also available on Android tablets. Still, the iTune holds more apps and is a very attractive feature that iPads have to offer.

Conclusion

The fact that the iPad is the market leader with only 2 editions competing against a host of Android tablets is an exceptional feat. However, iPad’s market share is already being eroding and expected to decrease even faster in the future if Apple doesn’t step up their game and offer something that Android tablets have not already brought in the market.

If you are interested in finding out more information about mobile phones, such as mobile phone specs, or tariff costs, then visit http://www.phones4u.co.uk. You can find out lots of information on their website to help you make a decision.

How to Choose an Android Cell Phone Signal Amplifier

Posted By Lia Robbinson on January 11th, 2012

Always staying in-touch is very important for a modern man and mobile phones help us in this case, but where can one find a solution to the widespread problem of weak cell phone signal strength that plagues most wireless technologies today, including Android devices? A option is an Android signal booster or repeater.

GSM repeaters solve the problem of absent mobile communication on your Android very quickly and effectively. You can install a cell phone signal amplifier wherever you have problems with getting a signal, whether it is in the basement, the shop, your office or the car. Moreover, it is possible to find good equipment even if you are on a budget, which is an important matter for many consumers.

Choosing an Android Signal Booster

If you have already decide that an Android cellular signal repeater is a must have technology, you will next need to choose exactly which one is right for you.

Today the market offers a variety of models at different prices.

  • If you need to amplify mobile signals in a small house, you should choose a repeater that covers an area between 80m2 and 150m2.
  • To increase the signal in industrial buildings or big houses, choose an amplifier that can cover an area between 300m2 and 1200m2.

Your choice should also take into consideration the frequency that your mobile operator uses. So before buy a repeater for your Android get this information from your cell phone service provider or check the frequencies that the phone operates on; usually you can find this information on the technical support page of the company’s website.

There is also a 3g booster you can use if your Internet connection is unstable; what can be better than always having a reliable Internet service that enables you to check on the latest news or simply chat with your friends? However, your choice of mobile repeaters should also take into consideration the area the repeater will need to serve and the cell phone frequencies that your cellular service provider uses. If you need to strengthen Internet and phone signal on your Android simultaneously, a dual band cellular cell phone amplifier will help you.

Frequent travelers and those who move a lot, the best choice would be a GSM or a 3G mobile repeater that is specifically designed for use in automobiles. It will allow Android owners to always be within range of a network where possible.

Cell phone signal boosters kits usually have all the elements that you need to install the device, so installation shouldn’t take up much time, it’s very easy and clear; only follow the instruction. However, in some cases you may need to complement your Android mobile repeater kit with accessories such as splitters (if you want to distribute a mobile signal to a larger number of rooms in your house) and antennas for a more powerful signal amplification.

If you select the right Android signal booster in no time missed calls and weak Internet service will be a thing of the past.

Amazon Android Tablet: A iPad Killer?

Posted By Alia Haley on December 23rd, 2011

Every time a new tablet is launched you hear stories about it being an iPad killer. Perhaps, it is the ubiquitous position of the gadget itself that makes people compare every new product with it and wonder whether it can be knocked from its “numero uno” position. But this time it looks like competition will be fiercer as Apple has to compete with a more established competitor, Amazon.

Features and Specifications

Amazon recently launched its 7-inch, multi-touch, Android tablet, called as Kindle Fire. The Amazon Kindle tablet comes with a starting price of $199, which should be luring to the majority of potential tablet customers. The question that may be lurking in your mind is, “what makes the Kindle Fire a tablet killer?”

Apple has developed an ecosystem in last few years, which has helped it in becoming the market leader. Factors that have helped iPad in becoming a success is the control over the software, intuitive user-interface and rich multimedia content for users in the form of audio, video and apps. Kindle Fire to some extent, offers similar advantages, but at a lower price.
Amazon itself has developed a content ecosystem over the years that offer thousands of e-books, apps, audio, video and more. In addition, Amazon has drawn on its retail experience and so should be able to make profits from the low-cost tablet in the long run.

Amazon has developed its own Appstore that will host a number of social networking, business and entertainment-based apps. The gadget currently is based on Android 2.3, Gingerbread and offers hardware that is comparable to iPad 2, in many respects. It offers a 1Ghz dual core processor with a 512 MB RAM, which promises performance comparable to the iPad. The Amazon Kindle tablet has the resolution of 1024 X 600 pixel with pixel-density of 169 pixels per inch, which in-turn is higher than the iPad. Besides these specs, it offers extra-wide viewing angle and a vibrant display with 16-million colors. Its multi-touch display is highly responsive and offers fast web browsing.

Unique to the Amazon Kindle

Amazon has compensated for the Kindle Fire’s low internal memory of 8 GB, with unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content and 5 GB free storage for non-Amazon content. Other impressive features include Whispersync synchronization, which delivers e-books, music, videos and more directly to your tab. It also has support for Adobe Flash and Amazon Prime that offers unlimited streaming of movies, shows and free unlimited two-day shipping of products from Amazon for just $79/year.

However, Amazon also trimmed some quintessential features from its tablet to make it economical and this may not impress feature-oriented consumers. The tablet doesn’t come with 3G or a camera, which means no video chatting. While most manufacturers are moving to 10-inch tablets, Amazon has decided to stick with 7-inch tablet; however, it is expected to launch a 10-inch tablet with additional features in the first quarter of 2012.

According to the market research, Kindle Fire is destined to become the second most popular tablet after iPad. Amazon enjoys the advantage of offering an already set-up content rich ecosystem to its consumers, which is comparable to what the iPad has to offer. As this comes at a much lower price than the iPad, the price conscious consumer might switch to Kindle Fire in the long run, if the tablet meets most of their basic needs. However, it is only the sales figures of Kindle Fire that will tell us, whether it turned out as a success or not.

5 Popular Apps for the Samsung Galaxy S 2

Posted By Guest Contributor on September 13th, 2011

Samsung has recently added another phone to the long list of great phones that they currently have on the market. The Samsung Galaxy S 2 has become very popular in a very short amount of time and now users are looking for new and exciting apps that can keep up with those offered by the competition because let’s face it, no one wants a smartphone that has no apps.

Samsung has some apps that they themselves have created and have made available for purchase, but there is also a large number of apps that can be downloaded free of charge in a matter of minutes. Listed below are some popular Samsung Galaxy S 2 apps.

1.       Blinkx App – this is currently the world’s largest video search engine on the market today. It was not always a part of Samsung’s apps but in recent news it was announced that Samsung would be adding this to their list of available apps. It seems that the company understands how many people want this app and they also see that there is money to be made by having people pay for the app.

2.       Pocket Legends – If you want to play games on your smartphone you must down the Pocket Legends app immediately. This is the largest massive multiplayer online games in the app world today. Using this app allows you to choose and customize your own character, pursue a quest and upgrade your stats with just the touch of a button. You can play with friends or find random players online. This is a free app which makes it even better. You will not be disappointed when you download this app.

3.       Amazon MP3 – purchasing music online from Amazon has just been made easier with the Amazon MP3 app. The app is free but the music is not. However, each day you will be presented with a free song as well as a list of that day’s most popular downloads for you to browse. This app also lets you know what the deals of the day are.

4.       E-Reader Application – why spend money on a fancy e-reader when you can download the app onto your phone and read your books from there. The app is free to download and you can choose to either purchase books or download the books that have been provided for free. The great thing about using this app on your Galaxy S 2 is that it supports color formats as well; this is something that not even all e-readers can do.

5.       TV Remote App – Are you a person who is constantly looking for the remote for the television? If this is the case then you will need to download the TV remote app onto your phone. The app uses Wi-Fi to connect to the 2010 Samsung TV models. You can download this app in seconds and never have to worry about losing the remote again.

Scott Lindsay is a web developer and entrepreneur and has been making a living online for over 12 years. He has been totally free from the 9 to 5 rat race since 1998 and enjoys every moment of it! He also writes articles on many subjects including the Nook Color Review.

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Can this App Prevent you from Getting Brain Cancer?

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 23rd, 2011

Whether you think it is a scare tactic that overly sensitive environmentalists use to make us uncomfortable using our phones, or you genuinely believe that cell phone use can cause brain cancer, we are sure you have wondered if there is some truth to the claim that cell phones can actually cause health issues.

 

We just came across an interesting app called tawkon that can measure your Android phone’s radiation level and even warn you to switch to speakerphone or use a headset when the radiation levels are too high or are reaching unsafe levels.

 

In addition to giving alerts, this Android radiation app also charts how much radiation you have been exposed to during the last call, over the past week, month and so on.  The app even reports how much radiation you were exposed to based on the phone’s orientation, bluetooth and speakerphone use. The app is free and can be download using this QR code.

 

See the radiation meter in action below:

HTC Evo 3D Smart Phone Review

Posted By Steve McFarlane on August 18th, 2011

It seems as if 3D is everywhere, so it was only a matter of time before the technology made its way into smartphones. The HTC Evo 3D is one of the first phones to support the technology, continue reading to see what we think of it.

Design and Features

Looking at the phone you are left with no doubt that this is an updated version of the Evo 4G.  At 5-inches tall, by 2.6-inches wide, by 0.48-inches thick, the handset is approximately the same size as its predecessor, and at and 6-ounces it is slightly lighter too (the Evo 4G weighs 6.2 ounces).

The phone boasts a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, the Android Gingerbread OS; a glasses-free 3D display and the ability to capture 3D photos and videos with its 5-megapixel camera. If you plan on capturing a lot of media with this phone you will need to purchase more storage, owing to the fact the it only allots 1GB of the available 4GB internal storage to user content, even so, the phone ships with only a 8GB microSD cards. Fortunately, the expansion slot supports up to 32GB cards.

The phone can capture 1080p HD video in 2D and 720p in 3D; the dual LED flash also helps the phone take great photos in less than ideal lighting. In addition, the phone has support for Wi-Fi, bluetooth, GPS and is 4G capable with the ability to simultaneously handle voice and data; if 4G isn’t available the phone will use 3G instead.

Display

The main selling point of the phone, in the eyes of many consumers, is the fact that it has a glasses-free 3D display. HTC managed to create the 3D effect by displaying two images, one on top of the other, using a parallax barrier. The resulting effect is that viewing 3D content on the device causes images to appear to pop-out from the screen, a very impressive feature indeed.

Nevertheless, we think that the 3D feature is not for everyone. In fact, 3D displays have been known to cause some viewers to become nauseous. Even if it doesn’t make you nauseous, you may be disappointed by the limited view angle when viewing 3D content.

The overall image quality of the 4.3-inch qHD (540×960-pixel resolution) Super LCD display is awesome though. We think you will be impressed by how good text and images look on this smart phone, but the display really pops when used to view 3 dimensional content.

Performance

With 4G capabilities and a 1.2GHZ dual core processor, you would expect the phone to perform well, and it does. Video playback was good, though there were some glitches when we play some 3D video. Otherwise, the phone was quite responsive, regardless of what app we threw at it.

We think that Sprint has a hit on their hands with this Android. No doubt, many will buy the phone for its 3D capability, but even if the novelty of the 3D display wears off quickly, most users will still be happy with the phones superb performance, especially if they get extra storage. You can buy the HTC Evo 3D from Sprint for $199 with a 2-year contract. If you want to use the phone as a mobile hotspot you will need to spend an additional $29.99 per month for the service; don’t worry there is no data cap.

HTC Evo 3D Specs

  • CDMA/WiMax
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quadband) / HSDPA 900/1700/2100 (Tri-band)
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system
  • Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11b, Bluetooth 3.0, IEEE 802.11n, WiMAX
  • 5-megapixels camera
  • Video recorder resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 1280 x 720 (720p)
  • 3D video recording
  • Lithium ion battery with a 1730 mAh capacity; up to 450 min talk time and up to 355 hours standby Time
  • Connector Type -1 Micro-USB, 1 Headset jack – Mini-phone 3.5 mm and 1 HDMI
  • User Memory 4 GB
  • 4.3 in color Super LCD display with 960 x 540 pixels resolution
  • 3D content sharing through HDMI
  • DLNA Certified
  • TV-out via HDMI

Top 5 Most Exciting Android Rumors

Posted By Steven Farrell on June 21st, 2011

Google’s long-awaited Ice Cream Sandwich is arriving this fall, finally merging the functions of FroYo and Honeycomb. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Android’s wacky naming scheme, this means the tablet and smartphone versions of the OS are merging, creating a single app database that should rival Apple’s. As with any major release, there are plenty of rumors surrounding Android’s future.

Android Messenger to Challenge iMessenger and BBM

Blackberry Messenger has long been the standard for instant messaging on phones, and Apple hopes to duplicate this success with their announcement of iMessenger for iOS 5. Not wanting to be left behind, Google is rumored to be working on a similar app. Platform fighting aside, this means most buyers could drop their text messaging plans when they get new Android devices.

Android moves to OMAP

While early development on Android 4.0 centered around nVidia’s Tegra 2 and rumors of the quad-core Kal El making an appearance in tablets, Google may shift the platform to Texas Instruments’ OMAP processors. Phones coming out this summer with the Tegra processor will look dated once Ice Cream Sandwich devices hit stores.

Microsoft Squeezing Droid Manufacturers with Patent Fees

Last year, Microsoft struck licensing deals with Android device manufacturers because the software giant claims that the OS infringes on a wide range of patents. There are new rumors that there may be some correlation between the patent fees firms pay to Microsoft and their production of Windows Mobile-based phones: In effect, Microsoft may be using these claims to leverage market share. If this is true, the software will certainly put more pressure on manufacturers as Windows Mobile 8 is prepared for release.

The Next Nexus

Google’s next phone is highly anticipated, since it will point the way for future Android-based smartphones. This new Nexus phone will probably be the first device to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Physical menu buttons will be dropped to allow for a larger 720p screen, while video processing will be improved to provide full 1080p video capture and playback. The Nexus will use a dual-core processor running between 1.2 and 1.5Ghz. Memory is expected to be 1GB.

It’s a Phone! It’s a Tablet! It’s the Padphone!

The first tablet available with Ice Cream Sandwich will probably be Asus’ Padphone. It takes the OS merging to a physical level, using a smartphone that can work by itself or plug into a tablet dock for expanded functionality, much like the Motorola Atrix phone/netbook concept. The tablet has a built-in battery that can recharge the phone while in use and adds WiFi for local data transfer. Users will also be able to seamlessly move between the displays while only requiring a single 3G subscription.

Top 10 Apps for Samsung Galaxy S 2

Posted By Steve McFarlane on May 12th, 2011

If you are fortunate to own a Samsung Galaxy S 2 then no doubt you will be looking for apps to take advantage of its 4.3″ WVGA SUPER AMOLED Plus display, the greater processing power of its dual core processor; its 8MP camera and its other impressive features. Here is a roundup of some great apps for the Samsung Galaxy S 2. (more…)

The Best Android Tablets with GPS

Posted By Steve McFarlane on March 11th, 2011

The market is flooded with GPS navigation devices including in-car navigation units from Garmin and software solutions for Blackberry, Android and the iOS platform.  While consumers love their gadgets, the novelty of having the latest and greatest device often wears off pretty quickly leaving consumers wanting a solution that integrates the features they want the most into one device.

Multi-function devices reduce the number gadgets that consumers have to carry around. For example, a GPS-enabled Tablet eliminates the need for an in-car navigation device and a separate Tablet, provided that the size of the device is right. Here are some Android Tablets with GPS already integrated. (more…)

Dual Sim Android Phones that are Available Now

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 15th, 2011

Dual sim Android cell phones have been available in Asia for a sometime.  Examples of which include the Chinese made Eclipse, ENJOY I9000 MINI and F003. This is a roundup of the best Android dual sim phones that are available now. If you are looking for a dual sim card phone from one of the major manufacturers, check out these original dual sim phones (Viewsonic V350 and Gigabyte GSmart Rol), they should be available in the first half of 2011.

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Dual-Sim Android Smart Phones – 2011 Availability

Posted By Steve McFarlane on February 15th, 2011

Dual sim smart phones have been popular in Asia for some time, but have not caught on in the West, primarily because mobile phone networks insist on locking phones to their own network to the exclusion of others.  Nevertheless the advantages of having a dual sim cell phone are quite obvious, especially if you travel overseas a lot and need to switch sim cards when you do so, or you want to take advantage of various service offerings on separate networks.

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Android Phones with Physical Keyboards

Posted By Steve McFarlane on January 4th, 2011

Android smart phones come with touch screens and virtual keyboards that do a very good job of accepting user commands, and work well for data entry. But there is no denying it; there are many who prefer the tactile experience of using a physical QWERTY keyboard. It is debatable as to whether Android phones with keyboards are actually better for typing, but there is no debating the fact that some users find that such keyboards are better for typing, texting and composing emails.  Below is a list of Android phones with keyboards. (more…)

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