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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.2.2 Software Update Now Available In India


Last week, a bunch of lucky Galaxy S4 owners started receiving the latest software update than brings some nifty improvements to the handsets. This firmware update  specially brings in the option to move the applications to the SD card to free up more room from the internal storage of 16GB.

Previously, there was lot of outrage over the phone’s limited internal storage as the 16GB variant of the phone offered only 8.82GB to the user. While Samsung had said that it was not really an issue as the phone came with a microSD card slot, it was not possible to install or move apps to the card. Samsung had later accepted that it was indeed a problem and that the company was working on a solution. It’s now being reported that the new update also increases the available internal storage space to 9.23GB.

The 343MB update is being released both over-the-air (OTA) and via Samsung Kies app. As all updates are released in phases, not everyone will get this update right-away.  You can manually check for the update by going to Settings -> bout -> Software Update, but if your phone does not show an update, do not worry, you will get it in the next couple of days.

The update also brings the ability to record HDR video and fixes the scroll smearing. Also, a new semi-transparent status bar appears and the settings menu gets some new icons.

If you have already got the update, do let us know about the experience in comments and also mention any new features/changes that you might have noticed as a part of this update.

A recap of spec: Galaxy S4 houses a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and is powered by the latest Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor and flaunts 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage and Micro SD card slot supporting up to 64GB additional storage. It also packs a 13-megapixel rear shooter with innovative features and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. It also supports Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi and Infrared port.

The handset also brings on board a 2,600 mAh battery offering 17 hours talk time and 370 hours standby time.

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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Samsung

 

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New Samsung Tablets Mimic Galaxy Phones


Samsung is expanding its lineup of tablet computers and making them look more like its Galaxy smartphones, as it hopes to translate its success in phones to the tablet market, where Apple is dominant.

Samsung Electronics Co. the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, on Monday said it is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, a $199 device, will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.

“Our goal is to attract Galaxy smartphone users, and to make it the ultimate smartphone accessory,” said Shoneel Kolhatkar, director of product planning at Samsung Mobile.

The “Tab” line is Samsung’s value brand, undercutting the price of similar Apple models. Samsung’s premium tablets are in the “Note” line, which include styluses. The 7-inch and 10-inch tablets had “Tab 2” equivalents, but the 8-inch model is new, and coincides closely in size with Apple’s iPad Mini, which came out late last year.

The new tablets have the same three buttons on the front as the Galaxy smartphones. Last year’s Tab 2 had no physical buttons on the front, as encouraged by Google, which supplies the Android software.
The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 has 8 gigabytes of storage memory, while the larger models have 16 gigabytes. All of them have card slots for memory expansion.

Samsung and Apple are in a heated tussle when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Each company would like to dominate both markets. Samsung had 18 per cent of the global tablet market in the first quarter this year, according to research firm IDC. Apple had 40 per cent. In smartphones, the figures are reversed, with Samsung dominating, largely because of its Galaxy line. Apple came in second with a 17 per cent market share for the iPhone. In the U.S., however, Samsung is outsold by Amazon.com Inc., with its Kindles.

Forrester Research analyst J.P. Gownder said a hit smartphone traditionally hasn’t led buyers to get a tablet from the same manufacturer. He believes Samsung will get a bigger boost from its new mini-stores inside U.S. Best Buy locations. Having a retail environment it can control bridges some of the gap with Apple, which has its own stores.”Whether you buy it online or in person, people want to touch and feel these products,” Gownder said.

Samsung has declined to challenge the iPad on screen resolution. The new tablets have the same resolution as older models, leaving them well behind the iPad and even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The 10-inch tablet has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, compared with 1920 by 1080 for the phone. The smartphone packs in three times more detail in a square inch than the tablet does. (The 8-inch Tab 3 does, however, have a slightly higher screen resolution than the iPad Mini, the closest Apple equivalent.)

Analyst Jeff Orr at ABI Research said that the new Samsung tablets aren’t “groundbreaking in any particular direction,” it shows the South Korean company is honing a strategy that’s been successful in smartphones: producing a wide variety of devices for different customer segments.

“Samsung has certainly shown how that can be accomplished with handsets, and I see more of that occurring now with the Galaxy Tab 3 announcement,” Orr said. With the new models, Samsung will have five tablets on sale in the U.S., compared to two at Apple. In addition, Samsung sells the Galaxy Note II, a phone-tablet crossover device.

The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. That’s a significant win for the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker, which has been trying to break into the market for cellphone and tablet chips now that PC sales are slumping. Other smartphones and tablets run chips made by a variety of companies, all based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC, a British company.

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Launches New Galaxy Tab 3 Series


Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope that the success of the smartphones can boost tablet sales.

Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, $199 device will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.

“Our goal is to attract Galaxy smartphone users, and to make it the ultimate smartphone accessory,” said Shoneel Kolhatkar, director of product planning at Samsung Mobile.

The “Tab” line is Samsung’s value brand, undercutting the price of similar Apple models. Samsung’s premium tablets are in the “Note” line, which include styluses.

The new tablets have the same three buttons on the front as the Galaxy smartphones. Last year’s Tab 2 had no physical buttons on the front, as encouraged by Google, which supplies the Android software.

The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor. That’s a significant win for the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker, which has been trying to break into the market for cellphone and tablet chips now that PC sales are slumping. Other smartphones and tablets run chips made by a variety of companies, all based on designs from ARM Holdings PLC, a British company.

Samsung had 18 percent of the global tablet market in the first quarter this year, according to research firm IDC. Apple had 40 percent. In smartphones, the figures are nearly reversed, with Samsung dominating, largely because of its Galaxy line. Apple came in second with a 17 percent market share for the iPhone.

Even though the tablets have bigger screens than Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, their screen resolution is lower. The 10-inch tablet has a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, compared with 1920 by 1080 for the phone. The smartphone packs in three times more detail in a square inch than the tablet does. Competitors Google and Apple have similarly-sized tablets with higher-resolution screens.

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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Review: Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus GT-S7500


* Design

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is surely the best among Galaxy series. It’s fast and solid. It has 3.5 inch screen size with 320 x 480 pixels screen display. It measures 114.7 mm, 62.5 mm and 11.2 mm dimensions in height, width and depth is simply superb. The weight is also lighter to just 114 gm. but, you may not like its plastic body type. Below the screen is a physical home key along with back and menu touch keys. And on the bottom of the phone has a USB/charging connector with a mouthpiece alongside it. On the top of the device is a 3.5 mm earjack whereas, the left side gives you volume controls and lanyard eyelet. The right side is left alone with just lock/power key there is no dedicated camera key on the phone. The overall construction of the Galaxy Ace Plus is great and it’s handy too.

* Interface/OS

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus in-built runs on Google Android 2.3 gingerbread, which is upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a powerful Dual Core 1 GHz cortex A-9 processor supported by 512 MB RAM. When tested, the browsing on this interface with power packed processor and 512 RAM was a great experience with fun. The speed was good when on 3G but multitasking and swapping applications was not smoother.

* Battery

To ensure that you never miss your fun while experiencing Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung has used standard Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery. And when tested, battery performed admirable results on 2G and above average on 3G. The stand by time delivered was up to 650 hours on 2G and up to 400 hours when on 3G whereas, the talk time was up to 10 hours on 2G and up to 7 hours on 3G. So, we can say that Samsung galaxy Ace Plus ensures you good battery results.

* Camera

Galaxy Ace Plus comes with tremendous 5.0 mega-pixels main camera with auto focus and LED flash. It has 3X digital zoom. The camera quality of Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is great. When tested, the outdoor images captured were rich and clearer in colors and the camera worked quickly and hardly took a second to be ready for next image. The Galaxy Ace Plus camera supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP and AGIF image type. The indoor shoots were even good. The Galaxy Ace Plus camera has a 2592×1944 pixels image resolution. But, it lacks with front camera.

* Memory

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is rich in aspect of memory space too. In built it gives you 4 GB of memory with a micro SD card space of up to 32 GB more with support of 512 MB RAM. Surely, this can be the key for many people who love to keep their favorite playlist of audio/video with them.

* Audio/Video

Despite its slim in look, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has not compromised with its voice/sound quality. The sound quality when tested was good with headphones and even when on speaker mode. The Touch Wiz music player is multi functional, the sound enhancing DNSe technology and 5.1 channel virtualization gives you better music output. Samsung Galaxy ACE PLUS supports MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, FLAC and XMF audio formats. Like other galaxy phone, Galaxy ACE PLUS also has a Stereo FM radio with RDS. The video quality of this phone is wonderful. It features 1080 pixels full HD recording and playback at 30 frames per second. The video call quality from 2 megapixels front facing camera is good but the sound quality drops down if you hold it at a hand’s distance. It supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263, WMV, DivX andVC-1 video formats. When tested, the video captured from the camera was really superior quality and gave 720p HD resolution.

* Features

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is pre loaded with powerful features in-built. It features Social Hub and Music Hub. The Social Hub includes all major social sites like, Facebook, twitter, You Tube, Linked In and many more. The Music Hub is available in only 32 countries in Europe and N.America which allows you to access the world of 13 million tracks of songs. Galaxy Ace Plus is featured with Samsung Kies 2.0 and Kies air. And the much hyped ChatOn service enables single and multi-person conversations, multimedia file sharing and even more. The newly introduced Kies 2.0 enables the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus to sync with a computer using a Wi-Fi network for PIM backup, subscribing to contents, and multimedia contents sharing. And with the Samsung Kies air you can connect with any browser’s address bar without a Kies program through the web browser to manage all sorts of information and multimedia contents on a larger screen. It also is embedded with new mass Android Lite UX.

* Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is certainly a promising in this price range and segment. It offers you long list of in-built features/applications that exist in all latest Android phones. Its 3.5 inch screen is amazing and offers great display. The powerful processor and RAM gives you hassle free browsing experience. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus is a good Smartphone in almost all aspects but its slim and plastic body is not good on security basis. We give this phone three and half star rating.

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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Releases Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean Stability Update for Galaxy Note 2


Samsung has begun rolling out a software update, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with build version XXDME6, for the international version of Galaxy Note 2 with model number GT-N7100. The new official build, as Samsung notes, is a stability update and addresses several bug issues including the battery drain and other minor issues.

The firmware is available to install via Over-The-Air (OTA) and through Samsung KIES server. The XXDME6 is an unbranded version of firmware and can be installed on any GT-N7100 unit except those which are from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Samsung is expected to release Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 sometime in the Q3. The update is expected to bring new interface of Galaxy S4, notes Sammobile. However, until the Android 4.2.2 update arrives, users can enjoy the current official build.

Those Galaxy Note 2 users who failed to install Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean using both the official method, may follow out step-by-step guide to install the update manually via Odin flashing tool.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.

* Pre-requites

1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to transfer files between the Android device and computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe all data of the phone, create a back-up. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy Note should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.

5) The phone should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The device will lose custom build with the installation of official firmware. Additionally, it will lose custom recovery which will be replaced by stock recovery.

7) The Note 2 will no longer belong to a rooted version of the device once official update is installed.

8) The Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean is compatible only on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. Flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by selecting Settings>> About Phone>> Model number.

Steps to install Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100

Steps-1: Download Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean official update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to the computer

Steps-2: Extract the downloaded firmware zip to get a file with .tar.md5 extension along with few other files

Steps-3: Download Odin 3.07 which will help to install the Jelly Bean firmware on the device. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe and some other files

Steps-4: Turn off the Note 2 and wait for about five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off

Steps-5: Now boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot appears on the phone’s screen. Now press the Volume up button to continue to enter into Download Mode

Steps-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an administrator (Right click on the Odin.exe file then click on Run as administrator from the menu.)

Steps-7: Connect the Galaxy Note to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected a massage saying Added will appear under Odin’s message box in the bottom left. Also, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn yellow with the COM port number, indicating the successful connection

Note: If the Added message does not come then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device then re-install USB driver.

Steps-8: Now select these files extracted from N7100XXDME6 folder to install on the phone

a) Click the PDA button and select the file with .tar.md5 extension

b) Click the Phone button and select file with Modem in its name

c) Click the CSC button and select file with CSC in its name

d) Click the PIT button and select the .pit file

Note: Ignore the last three steps (step-b, c and d) if such files are not found.

Steps-9: Ensure the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin window. But uncheck the Re-Partition option, select it only when a .pit file is being used

Steps-10: Double check everything and finally click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take few minutes to complete

Steps-11: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. And a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin indicating successful installation. Unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 should be now updated with official Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean update. Verify the new software version running on the device by navigating to Settings>> About phone.

How to fix bootloop issue

If the Galaxy Note 2 gets at booting animation (after step-11) then go to the recovery mode by pressing and  holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. In recovery mode, perform data wiping task by selecting Wipe data/factory reset. Now select wipe cache partition and once the action is completed, reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option. It should be noted that performing wiping task will erase the internal memory data of the phone.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Comparison Review


The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is not like other tablets – it uses Samsung’s ‘S-Pen’ stylus for input, and has a highly customized version of Android 4, aimed at making it perfect for creative types. By contrast the Nexus 10 is the latest high-end Android device subsidized by Google. It is designed to pull in cash-rich tech fans in order to kick some life into the Android world.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Price and availability

On the face of it this is a big win for the Nexus. Because Google subsidizes Samsung to make the Nexus 10, it is a huge bargain. The Nexus 10 costs £319 for the model with 16GB of storage, and £389 for the 32GB flavour. For a full-sized Android tablet of the caliber of the Nexus 10, that’s amazing.

The Galaxy Note 10.1, by contrast, looks expensive. It starts at £399 for the basic 16GB model and £499 for the 16GB Note 10.1 with 3G. The 32GB Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Note 10.1 costs around £469.
But before you write off the Note 10.1, it is important to point out three salient facts. First, it is a creative device, designed to allow you be productive. The Nexus 10 by contrast is principally a nice gadget for web browsing and media consumption. It’s also important to point out that the Nexus 10 is artificially cheap. Like all Nexus products it is subsidized by Google. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it is the Nexus that is out of synch with the market, not the Note 10.1.

Finally, the Nexus 10 costs only £319, but it is pretty hard to get hold of. You can buy it only direct from Google Play. As I write there is no stock available, and when there is it will go quickly. The Nexus 10 is a great deal, but it is hard to get hold of.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Dimensions and design

As you might expect from two tablets made by Samsung, the design of the Nexus 10 isn’t too far removed from Note 10.1 (or indeed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1). There are enough variances to easily tell the difference, however.

Like most 10in Android tablets, the Nexus 10 is designed in a landscape orientation.  It has a Gorilla Glass 2 front and plastic casing. The material has a soft and grippy feel to the touch, but doesn’t match the quality of the iPad or some Android tablets such as the Asus Transformer Prime. The Nexus 10 is comfortable to hold in either landscape or portrait mode. It’s both thinner and lighter than the most recent iPad at 9mm and 604g.
Phyical power and volume buttons are located on top of the tablet while ports are located on the sides. It’s refreshing to find that the Nexus 10 uses a Micro USB port to charge rather than a proprietary one.

The Note 10.1 measures 256x175x8.9mm; and weighs in at 583g – it’s lighter than the Nexus 10. The Note has a distinctive but not especially high-end look, with a white or dark gray plastic back, matching bezel, and silver plastics accents around the edges.

You’ll find that you hold both tablets in landscape form in two hands. What’s unique about the Note, just as with the original 5.3in Galaxy Note, is its stylus. Whether you need a stylus or not is debatable, but there’s no doubt that if you need to annotate documents, draw or use a stylus for any other reason, it’s something no other 10in tablet offers.

When you remove the stylus from the bottom of the Note 10.1, a shortcut bar appears where you can launch, among other apps, Samsung’s own S Note app. This is probably the best of all the extra apps Samsung preloads and allows you to write notes, sketch and even write formulas. Text and equations can then be converted to editable text.

The pen is highly responsive and relatively comfortable to use. There will be other styluses available to buy, which are both longer and thicker. The standard pen, though, beats any capacitive stylus.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Screen

The Note 10.1, then, is different. The screen responds to your fingers as usual, but also works like a Wacom tablet when you write with the pressure-sensitive stylus. That screen is a mixed bag. Despite having the same 1280 x 800 resolution as the Galaxy Tab 2, it’s sharper and has more vivid colours. Viewing angles are good, too. Next to the Nexus 10, though, it looks inferior.

The Nexus 10 has a whopping 2560 x 1600 resolution the same as the 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display. Google calls it the “world’s highest resolution tablet display”.

A pixel density of 300ppi is nothing short of incredible. Everything displayed on the screen looks super sharp and detailed. We found the screen very responsive and viewing angles are astounding.

At 16:10 the aspect ratio is good for watching films, and there’s also the bonus of front-facing stereo speakers much more appropriate than a lot of tablets which have rear facing mono speakers.
*Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Performance

The Nexus 10 is a performer, too. Samsung has equipped it with its own 1.7GHz Exynos 5250, a dual-core processor based on the ARM Cortex-A15 architecture. Backing this up is an impressive 2GB of RAM.
In the GeekBench 2 test the Nexus 10 crushed its rivals with a score of 2505. A new tablet record proving this is one speedy tablet. Its nearest competition, the iPad 4, scored 1769.

The Nexus 10 couldn’t beat the iPad in every benchmark, though. It scored an average of 1329ms in the SunSpider JavaScript test a respectable result but the iPad 4 managed a swift 854ms.

In terms of graphics, the Nexus 10 is very competent. In the GLBenchmark test it managed a good 27fps thanks to its quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. The result is better than the iPad 3’s 22fps but not as good as the iPad 4’s 39fps.

Aside from the scientific numbers, performance is excellent. The Nexus 10 quickly responds to any input or command. Apps open quickly and pinch zooming in the Chrome browser is silky smooth.

We haven’t yet run the same tests on the Note 10.1, but expect more of the same. Inside the Note is a fast 1.4GHz quad-core processor and also has 2GB of RAM – more than any other tablet we’ve seen apart from the Nexus 10.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Storage and connectivity

The basic Note 10.1 comes with 16GB of storage, but a 32GB model is also available. There’s built-in GPS, Bluetooth and also Wi-Fi direct for sharing photos and other files with compatible devices. The equivalent 16GB WI-Fi + 3G model costs £499. I’m indebted to a reader for pointing out that I failed to mention the fact that the Galazy Note 10.1 can accept a Micro SD card of up to 64GB. A pretty big plus point.

The Nexus 10 comes in 16GB and 32GB flavours. It is well connected with Bluetooth and dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antennae and Wi-Fi Direct. There’s also NFC (near-field communications) and GPS. If you want mobile data on-the-go you’ll have to tether the Nexus 10 as there is no 3G or 4G model.

There’s a Micro USB port for charging and connecting to a PC. It also has, to our delight, a micro HDMI port so you can connect the tablet to an external display like a TV or a monitor. Sadly, a cable isn’t provided in the box.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Cameras

In terms of cameras, it’s something of a draw. The Nexus 10 has a 5Mp rear facing camera with an LED flash. It can shoot video footage up to full HD 1080p quality. The Note 10.1 has very similar specifications, taking very similar shots.

Both tablets have front facing cameras that can take still photos at 1.9Mp or shoot at up to 720p for tasks such as video calling. They provide the kind of high-quality image you’d expect from a top-end tablet.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Software

In the Android world, a Nexus device is a sure fire way to get Google’s latest operating system. It also means you’re top of the list for updates when future versions are released. This makes the Nexus 10 more attractive than other Android tablets.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the latest version of the OS and the Nexus 10 has the pure vanilla experience which Google intended. I.e. Without the clutter and bloat ware which other manufacturers can so often add on.
The user interface is fluid and has the familiar set of home screens, permanent Google search bar and customizable app tray. You can setup the Nexus 10 how you like with app shortcuts, widgets and wallpapers.

With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung offers its most tailored OS and locked-and-loaded app selection yet. Samsung ships the Note 10.1 with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on-board. Jelly Bean will come, according to Samsung, by the end of the year.

Like other Samsung devices, this tablet is not for Android purists. Most of the overlays and modifications make for a more friendly experience though occasionally we find the multiple paths to doing the same thing more confusing than helpful. For example, we tired of the pop-up utility launcher that runs along the bottom of the screen, simply because it was easy to accidentally launch.

Samsung does its most far-reaching TouchWiz (Samsung’s custom touch user interface) overhaul of the Android OS seen on one of its tablets yet. Among the tweaks: It replaces such basics as the Settings menu and the layout of the Notify launcher. The Notify launcher adds new options to existing menus. The trade off is you get more control over many options, but in other cases Samsung clutters the interface. Changed also is the stock Android keyboard which is now a Samsung keyboard with off-white buttons with black letters, and a dedicated number row.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Battery

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a battery rated at 7000mAh capacity. It’s rated at up to 2,000 minutes of talk time, and in our tests will easily get you through a couple of days of moderate use.

The Nexus 10 also has a big battery in this case a 9000mAh cell. It has if anything better battery life than the Note 10.1.

* Nexus 10 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1: Verdict

The Note 10.1 is an interesting and useful tablet. Its S-Pen offers creative options that make it unique amongst today’s breed of tablets. It is reasonably priced and performs well. But the Nexus 10 is a game changer: the first tablet that can outperform the iPad, and priced to shift. It’s just a shame it is tough to get hold of.

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Cool Android Apps You Just Have To Try!


From staying up-to-date with up-coming traffic conditions to immersing yourself in your very own augmented reality, Android apps are providing users with endless ways of streamlining and simplifying life. Check out some of the latest and coolest apps available on your Android MP3 Player.

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1. Qype – Enjoy access to the coolest reviews that are ideal for the adventurous. From places such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs to shops and services, there is always something to discover. There are currently millions of reviews and recommendations available, with over 150,000 cities and towns covered and a total of 850 categories to browse.

2. My Tracks – By accessing GPS tracking, this Android app allows you to track where your travel details, with everything from time, speed, distance and elevation available. This is the perfect app for those who enjoy activities such as hiking, biking, running or just about any outdoor activity. Once you have recorded your tracks you can then upload them onto Google Spreadsheets and put them into context with the help of Google Maps.

3. Movies – Catch the latest blockbuster thanks to the help of this cool Android app. It provides Movie-goers with access to the nearest cinemas to your location with times, reviews such as Rotten Tomatoes, cast lists, trailers and even posters of all the films playing.

4. TripIt – This handy little app is perfect for those who just love to travel. Featuring an easy-to-use itinerary for your trip, it also serves as a central hub for all your travel documents and emails such as eTickets, visa and travel notes.

5. The Post Office Ltd – Find your nearest post office easily with this time-saver Android app. It then gives an accurate breakdown of what services are available at each location. On top of that it includes a travel money calculator and tools to look up addresses and postcodes.

6. iPlayer – If you love your BBC content and want to get more from your TV licence, the BBC iPlayer Android app is a dream come true. You can watch and listen to the last 7 days of content from both BBC TV and Radio, with over 400 hours of content and even live streaming of your Most Popular and Featured TV programmes.

7. Layer – Immerse yourself in an augmented reality with the help of Layar Android app. By viewing your surrounding environment using your built-in video camera, you are able to see helpful information pop-up relating to the shops, monuments and other services within view. This app can be everything from educational, entertaining and a great way to finding money-saving deals.

8. Skifta – This is the first software tool to be given a DLNA certification, which means that it can turn your Android phone into an official DLNA device. This means streaming all of your household media to your phone, and beaming your phone videos to your TV Requires Android 2.2 or higher.

9. RAC Traffic – Keep on top of the traffic conditions with the RAC traffic Android app. It automatically detects where you are via GPS Tracking and then informs you of any problems that are occurring nearby. From breakdowns to signalling errors, it is the best way to avoid mind-numbing traffic.

10. QUICKPEDIA – Need an answer fast? The quickest way to access the site Wikipedia is actually through the app Quickpedia. It brings the extensive content of Wikipedia to you with a simple tabbed interface that it perfect for mobile browsing. It also has other tools such as predictive searching, featured articles and the latest news.

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Samsung

 

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